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Gearinger, Neal (1973-1976)

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Home Town: Easton, PA
Unit at Loring: 42nd MMS (SRAM)
First Day at Loring: Arrived in February and could not believe how deep the snow was and how cold it was.  Had never been that far north before.  And it did not go away for months.  Summers were great, but the winters were brutal.  I live in Ohio now and laugh when people complain about the little snow we get here.  They have no idea of what real winters can be like.
Most Memorable Experience: The October, 1973 alert Nixon put the country on during the Middle East war.  I remember getting woken up in the middle of the night and hauling out to the WSA to get all the SRAM launchers loaded with nukes and ready for the flight line.  It took awhile for it to become known that it was not just "another SAC alert."   Then people got scared because there was no information being shared.  Everyone got worried even more when the KC-135's deployed to other bases in case Loring got hit.  Then for a week the two B-52's sat at the end of the runway with crews in them ready to takeoff.  Everything that would go bang was out of the igloos and loaded on the planes that would fly.  Scary times.
Last Day at Loring: Like most young people, I did not appreciate what my years at Loring had really meant to me.  So I was anxious to out-process and head South to my current girl friend.  Only as I have gotten older have I come to appreciate what that time meant to the rest of my life.  I now have a son about to enter college and join AF ROTC.  Life goes in circles.
What did you do after Loring? Got a degree in Medical Technology and an MBA.  Spent most of career in pharmaceutical marketing and advertising.  Have a wife and three grown children.  Now live just outside of Columbus, Ohio.
If you agree, people can contact you at (email): ngearing@insight.rr.com