I can neither confirm nor deny that this incident happened.
A no–lone zone may contain a cryptographic component, weapon system hardware under test, a nuclear weapon or active nuclear weapon controls. In the United States Air Force (USAF) policy concerning critical weapons, a no–lone zone is an area in which the presence of a single individual is prohibited.
3.4.2. Take immediate, positive steps to prevent or stop an incorrect procedure or unauthorized act.
In the United States Air Force there is a Nuclear Authentication NCO. They are in charge of the permission to launch a nuclear strike. Pilots are cycled in and out for training. the NCO position is permanent for continuity.
On Thursday, we* were standing Nuclear Alert as a training exercise. Even though it was training, we were uploaded with the real weapons and were the ninth largest nuclear power in the world.
* pronouns are used for story telling and do not indicate any real person, living or dead.
I got a radio call from one of my security guards saying he had a problem. On arriving, I found a LtCol Pilot who come out to see “his” aircraft and “his” weapon. I informed him that it was “my” aircraft and “my” weapon. I offered him a ride back to ops and gave him 20 minutes to find his “two-man”.
Twenty minutes later, the guard called me again. The Colonel was back. I was not polite this time. I told him he had 20 minutes to shag his ass back to ops and find his two-man. If I found his crew chief watching movies in the lounge, I would handcuff the two of them together. I jangled cuffs in his face. The pilot who was my two-man said, “He’ll do it, sir. I’ve seen him do it.” The Colonel stomps off.
I was enjoying my MRE lunch of a Ham Slice when I got a third call. Fuck. Now I’m pissed. The conversation with the Colonel was heated.
He accused me of doing sexual things to my Mother.
I accused him of doing sexual things with small farm animals and kitchen appliances.
I’d have enough. I took an immediate, positive step to prevent or stop an incorrect procedure or unauthorized act.
I drew my pistol. At this point the guard turned off his radio and went behind the crew chief shack for a smoke break. My Lt pissed his pants. In the de-brief he said he didn’t know if he was supposed to shoot me or help me shoot the Colonel.
As per regulations, he supposed to help me shoot the Colonel
.I gave him to the count of three to leave the No Lone Zone. I counted down. At “one” I took the safety off and said,
“This is you last and final warning to un-ass the NO..LONE..ZONE…sir.
On Monday morning he was spot demoted to Major and sent back to the States. I was awarded a Meritorious Service Medal and acquired a reputation not to be fucked with.
Italians have been the butt of many a joke. “Why are Italian rifles so expensive? Because they’ve never been fired and dropped only once.” Not so Major Amedeo Quillet who may well be voted “Badass of the Century”.
Born into Italian aristocracy on February 7th, 1909, young Amedeo led a pampered life and became an excellent horseman. He was to have been part of the Italian Equestrian Team for the 1936 Olympics, but Italy’s war with Ethiopia in 1935 quashed those plans. Using family connections, he was commissioned a Second Lieutenant and raised a force of over 2000 African cavalry. After several successful engagements with Ethiopian forces, he was asked to join the Black Flames. This was a unit of volunteers sent to fight in support of France in the Spanish Civil War.
Quillet then accepted a posting to Italian East Africa and
planned to have a quiet life. This ended
abruptly when Italy joined World War Two as part of the Axis.
Surrounded by British forces, the Italian Army fought a
defensive campaign. Quillet was again commanded a force of African calvary “Gruppo
Bande a Cavallo”. Using sabers, rifles and hand grenades , once again he
led horseback attacks successfully against his enemies. His exploits led him to be named The Italian
Lawrence of Arabia, The Knight from Another Time and the Black Commander.
THE BATTLE OF CHERU (Keru)
His most legendary battle occurred January 1941 as Italian forces were in full retreat. In a rear guard action to give the Italian Army time to escape the British and regroup, Quillet led a series of attacks on the British Army. This cumulated in the last charge of Horse cavalry faced by the British Army and the last horse charge in history.
Quillet attacked with 1500 horsemen against infantry,
machine guns and tanks. Flanking the heavy
weapons, the cavalry cut into the British camp tossing hand grenades and
slashing down survivors. The focus of
the attack was the British Headquarters which was defended by a line of
artillery. The panicked gun crews zeroed
their guns and fired point blank into the Africans. Many shells missed the attackers and caused
severe casualties among the British. Suffering
heavy losses, Quillet’s cavalry destroyed the gun crews, many hacked to death.
The attack left chaos and death in its wake and Quillet escaped with most of his men. The action did in fact by the time for the Italian forces to regroup. Their defensive positions held the British force in check preventing the loss of Italian East Africa and saved thousands of lives in the process. For this action, Quillet was promoted to Captain.
Despite this success, the Italian General surrendered to the
British. Thousands of Italian soldiers,
including Quillet refused to surrender and took to the mountains.
The “Gruppo Bande a Cavallo ” suffered 826 deaths and more than 600 injured from the beginning of WW2; it had no deserters and received the gold medal in the memory of the heroic Togni, and high praise from their enemies, written on the official reports of the British High Command.
NOW IT GETS GOOD
Dressed as natives, Quillet led his horsemen in eight months
of attacks, ambushes and sabotage against the occupying British. Supplies were plundered, trains derailed and
bridges blow up. The British placed a
bounty of Gold on Quillet’s head, dead or alive. He evaded every effort to destroy his
force. Reduced to be armed with only
pistols and hand grenades, Quillet forced the British to divert significant
forces from the main battles in North Africa.
With the defeat of Axis forces in North Africa, Quillet
escaped to neutral Yemen and stowed away on a Red Cross ship to get back to Italy. Promoted to Major and still not admitting
defeat, he requested men and supplies from the Italian War Ministry to continue
the fight in East Africa. Unfortunately, Italy surrendered shortly after his
return and declared war on Germany. With
the blessing of the American Army, Quillet conducted guerilla warfare against
the Germans. This continued until the
end of the Second World War in Europe.
Although wounded several times, Quillet survived the war
having survived three wars and fighting on both sides of World War Two. Amedeo
married Beatrice Gandolfo in 1944. The couple subsequently had two sons; Paolo
and Alfredo. Beatrice died in 1990.
Following the war Quillet entered the Italian diplomatic service where he represented Italy in Egypt, Yemen, Jordan, Morocco, and finally as ambassador to India until 1975. In 1971, he was in Morocco during an assassination attempt on the King.
On June 20, 2000, he was awarded honorary citizenship by the
city of Capua, which he defined as “highly coveted”.
On 4 November 2000, the day of the Festivity of the Armed
Forces, Quillet was presented with the Knight Grand Cross of the Military Order
of Italy by President Carlo Azeglio Ciampi. This is the highest military
decoration in Italy. Quillet is one of the most highly decorated (both civil
and military) people in Italian history. In 2001, Quillet visited Eritrea and was met by thousands of
supporters. The group included men who previously served with him as horsemen
in the Italian Cavalry known as Gruppo Bande a Cavallo. The Eritrean people
remembered Quillet ‘s efforts to help Eritrea remain independent of Ethiopia.
Since 1974 Quillet had been living in retirement in
Kentstown, County Meath, Ireland although latterly he had spent his winters in
Italy. For some years he was a member of and hunted with the Tara Harriers and
the Meath Hounds.
In 2009, his 100th birthday was celebrated with a special
concert at the Palazzo Barberini in Rome.