Old Crew Dogs 740th SMS

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Re: Old Crew Dogs 740th SMS

Postby SSgt Tom on Sat Dec 19, 2009 5:06 pm

gwpire wrote:...when D-04 tried to start WW3 all by itself – Geddy Dosher and Chet Camp couldn’t change-over fast enough – leaving me with an Enabled sortie that wouldn’t respond – not even in AJ.

D-04 was what got LA King fired as DO. I requested a MNX team to be dispatched by Huey and an A & B combo clear text transmission en-route to penetrate the launcher ASAP to manually safe the sortie – he sent out a MNX team by car (Ford Fairmont wagon if I remember). By the time they got there D-04 went from Enabled to Launch Commanded to Launch in Process to LF No Go. The SAT/ART team I stuck out there to try and wing the sortie on the way out of the hole (thank God it crapped out before then) never forgave me – they needed clean underwear after that one.


Holy s**t! I never heard of this before (of course), not much else to say.
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Re: Old Crew Dogs 740th SMS

Postby Piquet on Tue Feb 02, 2010 5:42 pm

I biggest thing I remember about McAdoo was that he wanted me to pay for damages to a crew vehicle when I slid on the ice and hit the cattle gate at Fox. The day he died of a heart attack, I went back to transportation control, and they gave me my license back and closed the case. I went to McAdoo's memorial service that afternoon.

After another crew vehicle caught on fire when I was driving, someone mentioned in pre-D that after one more, I would be an ace!

I remember the two IG busts very clearly, because Col Hogan (wing CC) looked like he'd been drinking all night when he received our EWO cert the next day. He fell asleep two slides in. He woke up with a start and said, "Best briefing I've ever heard." We had skipped about 10 slides while he was snoozing.

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Re: Old Crew Dogs 740th SMS

Postby Piquet on Tue Feb 02, 2010 8:17 pm

I wasn't in the 740th, but I was in Minot for much of the 80s, and I remember one bad two-year stretch for the 740th: one ops officer killed himself, one crewmember killed himself, one squadron commander's wife died of a brain hemorrhage, and another squadron commander was fired for being drunk at work. Must have been around the 85-87 time frame.

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Re: Old Crew Dogs 740th SMS

Postby Keith "OBK" D on Tue Mar 30, 2010 10:54 pm

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This was a picture taken in 1986 my last month on crew at Minot. I was the Senior Instructor (acting) at the time and the DOT came and said for me to get one of my instructor crews over to the MPT for some pictures. Me and Pat Ide were the only two available so we made our way over. Once there, the photographer told us about the effort whereby 200+ photographers fanned out across the USA and were going to take hundreds of thousands of pictures of that one day and make a book titled A Day in the Life of America. Pat and I laughed and never figured we would make the book. Subsequently, I had PCS'd and was at my EWI assignment in Cincinnati when I received a newspaper clipping from a friend in Denver and this photo was displayed in the paper telling about the book.
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Re: Old Crew Dogs 740th SMS

Postby banjodog on Tue Mar 30, 2010 11:47 pm

OBK:

I have the book "A Day In the Life of America". The pictures were taken on May 2, 1986. That picture was used (pg 73) and here's the caption:

"Air Force Capt. Keith Davis and Lt. Patrick Ide run through their monthly four-hour brush-up session in a missile-procecdures trainer at Minot Air Force Base in North Dakota. The trainer is an exact duplicate of the 15 underground launch control centers attached to Minot's 150 Minuteman nuclear missile silos.

"If the President were to order a nuclear attack, here is what would happen: A launch order would come over the phone and via telex printout. Captain Davis and Lt. Ide would remove the launch codes and keys from a locked safe with two separate combinations. (Davis and Ide each know only one combination.) Then, each would enter one set of codes and simultaneously turn the keys. By turning their keys for five seconds Davis and Ide together cast one "launch vote." (Their keyholes are 12 feet apart so that neither can cast a luanch vote on his own.) When the computer receives two launch votes from two separate locations, the nuclear missiles are fired.

"Crew members are seated in special chairs that roll on tracks along banks of computers and communications equipment. They are buckled in to help cushion the shock waves from an incoming nuclear warhead."
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Re: Old Crew Dogs 740th SMS

Postby Capt. Bill on Tue Mar 30, 2010 11:54 pm

Keith "OBK" D wrote:[img]This was a picture taken in 1986 my last month on crew at Minot. I was the Senior Instructor (acting) at the time and the DOT came and said for me to get one of my instructor crews over to the MPT for some pictures. Me and Pat Ide were the only two available so we made our way over. Once there, the photographer told us about the effort whereby 200+ photographers fanned out across the USA and were going to take hundreds of thousands of pictures of that one day and make a book titled A Day in the Life of America. Pat and I laughed and never figured we would make the book. Subsequently, I had PCS'd and was at my EWI assignment in Cincinnati when I received a newspaper clipping from a friend in Denver and this photo was displayed in the paper telling about the book.
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Are those scarfs white? My time at Minot (early 70s) instructors had yellow scarfs. That MSIL looks familiar, For the MOD they added two lights to the existing 10 lights from MM I non-MOD got smaller and harder to see. CLIP was one but can't remember the other one.
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Re: Old Crew Dogs 740th SMS

Postby Goes2Fast on Wed Mar 31, 2010 1:47 am

OBK, also have the book. Often wondered what became of Pat...heard once he became a Deputy Sheriff in L.A. but not sure. At the time you guys were DOT, Russ Miller and I were DOV. Had dinner with him a few weeks ago here in Ohio on the day of his retirement.
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Re: Old Crew Dogs 740th SMS

Postby Piquet on Thu Apr 01, 2010 3:11 pm

Pat Ide got out of the Air Force and moved to southern California to be a California Highway Patrolman. He died of AIDS several years ago. Got this info from another former crewmember, Dave Reynolds, who was a good friend of his.
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Re: Old Crew Dogs 740th SMS

Postby Goes2Fast on Sat Apr 03, 2010 1:49 am

Really sorry to hear that about Pat. He was also good friends with Steve Long, and Pat bought a new 4x4 we went out busting snow drifts in on our way to Dominos...lucky there was nothing under the drifts. I remember him as a good guy, too bad.
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Re: Old Crew Dogs 740th SMS

Postby Piquet on Mon Apr 05, 2010 1:22 pm

Pat was a good guy. I still see Steve Long now and then. He does reserve duty here at STRATCOM. He's finally retiring.....as a major! He was a captain when he left Minot 20 something years ago, so he soared up the ranks.
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Re: Old Crew Dogs 740th SMS

Postby Piquet on Tue Sep 13, 2011 7:20 pm

sleepydog25 wrote:Living in southwest Virginia now, own a wine shop in a small town, and live within 3 hours of my best bud, Robert "I Ain't Dick" Moore. . .he sent me here, actually. Hope to catch up more later.
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Pat, I remember when you used to write the EWO self study, and one month you wrote a version of The Night Before Christmas with a missile theme. When I went into EWO training a few years later, we rehashed that old poem up one more time.
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Re: Old Crew Dogs 740th SMS

Postby Goes2Fast on Tue Sep 13, 2011 11:57 pm

Dave, if you see Steve Long or have contact with him, tell him to email me at goes2fast@woh.rr.com. Thanks.
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Re: Old Crew Dogs 740th SMS

Postby MajorG1000 on Mon May 14, 2012 2:13 am

Hey Ernie! Bob Groman from the 742nd here. I remember you, NitWitt, (Hi Mike), Shuds, (hi Jim) and almost everyone else who has replied on here.
I have never really stayed in touch with anyone, and now live in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. I hope all of you are doing well.

I now collect and restore British Sports cars (Triumphs), if any of you have the same interests. I do it for fun, not profit.
You guys might also like to check out this website: www.johnmollison.com he does aviation art.
Any of you can contact me at MajorG1000@aol.com if you like. It would be great to hear from you.

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