The Night Before Christmas---Alert Style

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The Night Before Christmas---Alert Style

Postby FarDeucer on Mon Dec 08, 2008 6:52 pm

This came from a friend of mine, sent out via SACDIN a year or two ago:

Twas the Night before Christmas,
and all through the MAF,
not a message was ringing,
not even from the NAF.

Flight suits were hung on the comm racks with care,
in hopes that their relief crew soon would be there.

The commanders were nestled all snug in their beds,
While nightmares of STAN/EVAL danced in their heads.

The deputy in his slippers,
and I in my crocs,
had just settled down to play some X-Box (ok not really)

When out in the shaftway there arose such a clatter,
I spring from the chair to see whats the matter.
Away to the door I made a mad dash,
when the critical alarm suddenly began to flash.

With a push of the plunger,
so lively and quick,
The sound of an error was now not so thick.
With no source of knowledge,
not even a hint,
I just came to realize, it was only a SCNT.

But to my surprise,
along with the alarm,
A jolly jingle of bells clanged on the radio from a nearby farm.

More rapid that REACT
The dispatch was briefed
It was Commander Saint Nick!
much to my disbelief.

He quoted his trip number, callsign, and additional personnel,
my deputy and I turned to each other, "What the hell?"

"nLIP, nWALM, nSDFAULT, nRAMO,
nOZ, nIZ, nTEST, nRADDT, and nPWRFAILURE"
All were recited in a manner so quick
The cops all shouted "Lock and Load, It's Saint Nick!"
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Re: The Night Before Christmas---Alert Style

Postby bedbug on Mon Dec 08, 2008 7:45 pm

Back in 63 to 65 SAC sent out a message if an unidentified flying object was spotted and plane
had been sent to chech it out.

Latter they would report that the plane had intercepted a fat guy being pulled by deer.

Do they still do this?

If you worked Christmas do you get new years off?


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Re: The Night Before Christmas---Alert Style

Postby hockey85 on Mon Dec 08, 2008 10:47 pm

bedbug wrote:If you worked Christmas do you get new years off?


I go out on alert Christmas Day and I have New Year's Eve off as of now. No word yet on New Year's Day though.


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Re: The Night Before Christmas---Alert Style

Postby DeuceDeputy on Mon Dec 08, 2008 11:33 pm

bedbug wrote: If you worked Christmas do you get new years off?


The way the schedule usually works is that everyone works a holiday - either Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year's Eve or New Year's Day (Yeah, lame calling New Year's Day a Holiday, I know - especially since calling that a holiday negates the holiday part of New Year's Eve since you can't really party if you pull your "holiday" alert on New Year's Day). It seems to work pretty well since the single folks usually take the more family-oriented holidays and the married folks usually take New Years.
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Re: The Night Before Christmas---Alert Style

Postby rocketman on Thu Dec 11, 2008 9:55 pm

I enjoyed this version. Thanks for posting it.
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Re: The Night Before Christmas---Alert Style

Postby D Preidis on Thu Dec 25, 2008 5:52 pm

DeuceDeputy wrote:The way the schedule usually works is that everyone works a holiday - either Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year's Eve or New Year's Day (Yeah, lame calling New Year's Day a Holiday, I know - especially since calling that a holiday negates the holiday part of New Year's Eve since you can't really party if you pull your "holiday" alert on New Year's Day). It seems to work pretty well since the single folks usually take the more family-oriented holidays and the married folks usually take New Years.

Back in the 70's when I pulled New Years Day alerts no senior staff would show up for Pre-D and only a single squadron ops officer would be there to do the briefing.

You could smell booze from the breath of the previous night parties, many of the crew dogs were hung over, and no one would dare light a match for fear the atmosphere would ignite from the breathing alone!

No one of any rank wanted to even acknowledge those facts and have to act on them so they ALL stayed away from New Years Pre-D.
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Re: The Night Before Christmas---Alert Style

Postby SAC Killer on Mon Dec 29, 2008 1:06 pm

Yep, New Years pre-dep was something.

And I recall also in the 70s that the senior staff would often feel a need to go out to the field on Christmas Day to "share the pain." The crews hated that because it meant they had to put scarves and sidearms on. The same attitude probably prevailed upstairs as well. Generally people working the field that day just wanted the senior staff to leave them alone.
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Re: The Night Before Christmas---Alert Style

Postby D Preidis on Tue Dec 30, 2008 4:02 am

SAC Killer wrote:Yep, New Years pre-dep was something.

And I recall also in the 70s that the senior staff would often feel a need to go out to the field on Christmas Day to "share the pain." The crews hated that because it meant they had to put scarves and sidearms on. The same attitude probably prevailed upstairs as well. Generally people working the field that day just wanted the senior staff to leave them alone.

They stayed away from us in Titan and we were allowed to have family out to the sites under a special dispensation.

My second Commander, Lew Schweickler, had his wife out and she was not only a very good person but a GREAT chef. I have yet in all these years found anything as good as her Red Devil cake.
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Re: The Night Before Christmas---Alert Style

Postby DaneTrain on Sun Jan 25, 2009 4:20 pm

Funny.
Proud of my all 200+ (And counting) alerts.
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