"Missilater"

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"Missilater"

Postby sdmytriw on Sun Dec 02, 2007 4:56 am

With all due respect to Mr. Wycoff – I do have my official copy of the Missileer, and my original vinyl of “Missile Duty’s Pleasin’…?”, which I am, as I type, converting to mp3 (which is why I was googling the Groobers and found this site). I had the “pleasure” of trying to schedule alerts for the Groobers around their show schedules. You have to remember, this poem was written in 1975 – at the time we drove out to the sites, went down for 12 hours, came up for 12 hours, went down for 12 hours, then drove home when the next crew arrived. There was no TV in the hole, and all you could get was Little House on the Prairie and VERY local news upstairs.

MISSILATER

In vacant wastelands of U.S., near lonely ice cream stands,
There is a fear filled group of men, who must protect our lands.
For them there are no holidays, no rest, no joy a plight.
And only four years at a stretch, before they see the light.

So in an often varied rite, they coolly hang their locks,
Where codes and old Mad magazines, are in a small red box.
In a world of paranoia, and endless SNAFU's deep,
The missile crews will eat a while, but will soon fall asleep.

To flash of light or sound of bell, like Pavlov's dogs respond,
These steely sighted killers dream, of transfer and beyond
They live with fear of standboard checks, with EWO minds confused,
With drumming murmurs of the heart, with checklists seldom used.

Unable they, to cease to be, the mindless tools they are,
They simply open another peanut butter jar.
Down in the ground so deep, so cold, where night looks like the day,
They eat and sleep and sleep and eat, to pass the time away.

Behind the concrete door shut tight, no one can hear or see,
The ways in which they go about, protecting you and me.
In spite of the blind wrath of SAC, or death by the IG,
They're ever grimly at their posts, no doubt going crazy.

Beneath the ground they're common men, who eat and sleep and eat,
Between them is a common bond, the shingles on their seats.
A group of men who love their pay, who stand their vigil well,
When out of milk and cereal, can sure say "war is hell".

They do their job reluctantly, and mainly out of fear,
and worried so that if they stay there long they'll turn queer.
For duty, honor, country ... and their own rears so dear.

- Unknown, 1975

It may say “Unknown”, but I know who you are, Dave.
Believe it or not, we were an ”S” (Select ) crew, 90SMW, 400SMS

We claim the record for the fastest LCF check for Minuteman III CDB – 90 seconds. The prints kept coming out for several minutes afterwards, but they were all initiated in 90 seconds, and everything was done – except possibly some grease marks on the checklists. And, despite those ugly rumors, we didn’t jam rolled up magazines against the silence buttons to keep the warning buzzers from going off. Honest.

Steve Dmytriw,
Another fine product of the “rated supplement” program
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Re: "Missilater"

Postby PASMAN II on Mon Dec 03, 2007 1:14 pm

Howdy Steve.

What is an LCF check?

Do you mean changeover?

Great poem!
Bob

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Re: "Missilater"

Postby sdmytriw on Tue Dec 04, 2007 4:18 pm

LCF - Launch Control Facility, it may be out-of-date and/or incorrect terminology (It HAS been a while).
Yes - basically changeover - after the old crew leaves and before get you got settled, we had to query each missile status, check all communications and check that a bunch of other switches were in the right positions (I assume a similar thing still goes on). If done by the book, waiting for each result and with check marks, took 20-30 min (as I remember).
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Re: "Missilater"

Postby PASMAN II on Sun Dec 09, 2007 1:44 am

Okay, I'm slower... So you are not really talking about crew changeover.

I see that your 90 seconds begins after you kiss the old crew goodbye.

Our changeover ended with gun-swap, signing for the warheads, and sending the old crew on their way. Then we did the LF checks and crap.

If it was a calibration day or if new targeting (RDCT) was needed, forget about it. We spread that crap out for the whole alert most of the time.
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