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Frye, Kenn (1971-1973)

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Home Town: Duncan, Oklahoma
Unit at Loring: 42d HSW
First Day at Loring: Mid May, 1971.  Drove up from Keesler AFB in Biloxi.  I really liked the countryside and the glacial formations (my major at Okla U was geology).
Most Memorable Experience: Every Wing Cmdr's ambition is to become a general.  My first boss, Col Kelly, was no different, but one of the things he got zinged on were AWOL's.  Loring had its fair share.  At the staff meetings, he emphasized keeping this number down and to not formally report it until the airman was 24-hrs overdue.  Keith Blakey, a Black kid from Detroit, loved to push the envelope and skirt just outside the regs to aggravate his supervisors. He was due in off leave at midnight but arrived at 12:15 am.  The Lt Col of his squadron insisted I charge him with AWOL.  I tried to explain the situation, but he demanded we visit the Wing Commander.  Dep WC Col Ruger Winchester listened to his complaint but backed me up.  I don't know what made him madder, that an airman he wanted punished got off scott free, or that he had to defer to a lowly 2nd Lt.
Last Day at Loring: April 4, 1973.  It should have been April 1st, but the Wing Commander (Col Magruder) hadn't assigned anyone as my replacement (HSW Commander).  I stayed and worked for free for several days until one morning I showed up at the orderly room and another Lt. was sitting at my desk.  I went back to the BOQ and loaded my stuff in my car and drove south.  A few months later, I got a letter from the Col. thanking me for hanging around.  
What did you do after Loring? Went to grad school at U of Iowa (1973-75) got a job later in 1975 as a geologist for the Bureau of Land Management (Dept of Interior) in Rock Springs, Wyoming.  Transferred to the US Forest Service (Dept of Agriculture) in Montana (Lolo NF) in 1980 and retired in 2006.
If you agree, people can contact you at (email): kennfrye@sbcglobal.net