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  • Six Airmen in a tub

    Early Sunday morning (some time between midnight and 3 a.m.) I got a call from the command post. I often have a hard time reconstructing the specifics of these late night and early morning calls, but in this particular case the image was indelibly printed in my cranium. Apparently we had six Airmen running through the ballpark sprinklers in their
  • Fitness freak

    During a safety seminar at a coal-burning power plant the following incident was reviewed for lessons learned. Jack's job in the power plant was supervising the coal runner which was kind of like a treadmill except it moved coal from the hopper to the burner. One day Jack's co-workers returned from their break to find Jack missing. In fact, all
  • "USAF supports you"

    "If we did all the things we are capable of doing, we would literally astound ourselves." Thomas Edison said that ... and yes, Team Incirlik astounds me! Your preparation for and support of the displaced American citizens from Lebanon has demonstrated the big heart of our small community. You have clearly hosted our fellow American citizens with a
  • Flack vest testing

    There is a training video used by police forces. The title of the video is Flack Vest Testing by a Fool. The star of the video is a man who is goofing off and asking people to shoot his bullet proof vest...while he is wearing it. The video shows him taking round after round of fire, from a .22 to a .357 magnum. The final shot was from an AR-15
  • Pesky gopher

    This one comes from the Sacramento Bee ... three employees of the Carroll Fowler Elementary School decided to take on a pesky gopher that was having its way with the grounds. The one janitor and two maintenance men managed to corner the pesky gopher and hauled it into a small janitorial closet. Their plan was to do away with the gopher by spraying
  • Rocky Raccoon

    Leon and his friends were drinking beer in rural Carbon County when Rocky the Raccoon had the misfortune to wander by. Leon and his friends took dead aim at the raccoon. Despite firing 35 shots at Rocky, he managed to escape unscathed into a three-foot-diameter drainage pipe about 100 feet out in front of the firing range aka: sun deck. Determined
  • A few good men and women

    On June 25, 1876, Gen. George Armstrong Custer received information that a significant number of Native Americans were gathering at Little Big Horn. Without analyzing the facts, he decided to ride out with 250 men to "surround" about 3,000 Native Americans ... this was a serious mistake. As most scholars of the battle of Little Big Horn know, Gen.
  • Turkish Air Force history Cont.

    (Editor's note: This is a continuation from last week's Ask Mehmet column.) When the war of Independence ended in 1922, the Air Force consisted of one group composed of three companies, one at Izmir, Afyon and Bandirma. There was also a naval air company at Izmir. Under the directives of Ataturk, considerable effort was given to strengthening the
  • Tip's Patton Speech

    Once upon a time there was a movie called "Patton." In the opening three minutes of the movie, General George S. Patton is standing in front of a big U.S. flag talking to his troops before going into battle during World War II. The speech is stirring and timeless. I have taken some liberties and twisted it to fit Team Incirlik at this very point. I
  • Team spirit

    This story comes from Florida which is chalk full of staunch baseball fanatics. A few days before a big Marlins game, two supporters decided to show their loyalty and team spirit by constructing an enormous paper Marlins banner. Naturally, they wanted to display their efforts prominently so they chose to drape the banner across the Metro Rail