A Highlight of an Air Force Career

I can neither confirm nor deny that this incident happened.

A nolone 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 nolone zone is an area in which the presence of a single individual is prohibited.

AFI91-104 23 APRIL 2013
Read the Regulation here.

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.

WAR STORY

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.

Sylvia Escaped Scientology

Sylvia Wagner-DeWall is an amazing woman. She escaped the Church of Scientology with her Family and Marraige  intact.

ME AND SYLVIA

I met her in Germany when she wandered into our Flight Office. We were both Stationed in West Germany and were in the 313th Aircraft Maintenance Unit, 50th Aircraft Generation Squadron, 50th Tactical Fighter Wing, Hahn Airbase, West Germany. We were both in the same Flight, Baker Flight. The “Bogus Baker Boys” as opposed to our sister Flight “Unstable Able”.

“Unstable Able”

Honestly, many young women wind up in the maintenance career field and can’t hack it with heavy tool boxes and long hours or on their on a personal mission to find a husband and get pregnant. Not necessarily in that order.

Sylvia would have none of that. She held up her own end on the flight line while fending off sexual harassment with a combination laser wit and devastating anger. At 20 years old, she was also a knock out in a mini-skirt and a great dancer. Don’t try to out drink her, you’ll be dragged back to the dorm.

HER STRUGGLE

Life was good for Syl and then this happened….

I was stunned. I had my own brush with Scientology when I was a 19-year-old Airman and survived by getting in and out faster that you can say “fuck this”. The first hint of her torment was when I saw that video on the Internets. The next few years I anguished as she and Tim wandered the country. Looking for a place to live and dodging the Scientology Goons. I did three years myself hiding from the NSA. Different reason, same effect.

Then she and her family were settled. I still will not publish where she lives. Her Facebook page was sealed. Nothing in, nothing out. For good reasons she was very, very cautious. I would not put it past the Church of Scientology  to have them eliminated with extreme prejudice. This was the impact of her publishing her being “declared”. It ripped the mask of a very dangerous and damning cult. I was also in and out of The Church of Latter-Day Saints, another nice, healthy cult if you’re shopping for one.

That last sentence was sarcasm. Stay away from them too.

HER ESCAPE

Since the beginning of her escape from Scientology, I’ve been praying for Sylvia and her Family. Her and Tim have rebuilt their business and her son is in a very good rock band.

Read more about Sylvia and Scientology here.

What you should take from this is be kind to each other, especially family. You simply cannot know the personal Hell they are going through. Also reach back when someone musters up the courage to reach out for help. You could save their life.