Here’s a different way to carve Jack o’ Lanterns on Family Craft Night this year.
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”.
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.
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.
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.
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.