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Bruce, Stewart (1979-1981)

Profile Added:  7/24/2010 1:40:18 AM

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Hometown:  Bellbrook

Unit at Loring:  42 ams ew

First day at Loring:  I remember driving there from Ohio through Canada in my old green International Scout 4 wheel drive.  I picked up two cute French girls hitchhiking and was speeding like crazy because I heard that the first new guy to show up at ems would be assigned to work the 28/155 units and the next two guys were going straight to flightline so I wanted to be the first guy.  I recall speeding about 100 mph and passing cars like crazy and seeing in my rearview mirror someone following.  They caught up in about 30 minutes and they were cops that spoke French and no English.  I had no idea what they were saying and I kept pointing to speed sign that said 100.  I knew it meant kilometers but tried to indicate I did not.  They gave me ticket which I never paid, because hey, it was in French.  I probably still have a warrant for my arrest up there.

Most memorable experience:   Well 4-wheeling would do it and many stories.  You could drive all over base.  One time we were fishing or drinking or both and we wanted to check out an old bunker.  So we drove around the woods and came across a triple fence.  We drove along it and then found a road to an open bunker and stopped and went in.  When we came out we noticed a big dust cloud on other side of fence coming to us.  We walked up to fence and all these security guys rolled out of trucks with big machine guns and yelled at us saying we were to close to fence.  They asked for ids and would have jacked us up but they were on wrong side of fence.  It was amusing as we all had open beers.  They told us to get the hell out of there and stay away from fence but we had to drive back along fence to get out of there.  Got in trouble the next day from AMS commander.

We drove everywhere there even onto flightline.  That old Scout knew that base.  Once we drove on flightline accidentally and figured we best get off so we went back to gravel road and haul ass leaving big dust cloud behind us.  Didn't realize that security chased us for three miles until we stopped to piss off some beer.  They were really upset but they didn't jack us up.

Last Day at Loring:   I got drunk at a bar off-base really bad.  My friend, John Allmondinger's (gunnery shop in AMS) girlfriend was the bartender and I didn't realize she was giving me doubles all night.

 

What did you do after Loring: I went into defense electronics for a long while but finally went to college and now I teach geographic Information systems at a small liberal arts college in Maryland.

Would love to connect with some of the folks I hung out with but so many years ago and I don't remember all the names.  John died several years ago in a motorcycle accident and he was my best friend at Loring.  A lot of good times and more stories not all suitable for a public forum.

Would especially like to connect with Bill Graham as he was in my shop two years before I and worked at same bench I did fixing alt 28's.  

 

If you agree, people can contact you at (email):sbruce2@washcoll.edu

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