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LaMar, Jon (1988-1992)

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Hometown:  Burlington, New Jersey

Unit at Loring:  42nd ARS

First day at Loring:

It was the day after Thanksgiving, 1988.  Should have been there on Thanksgiving Day but there was a terrible (in my mind) snowstorm which dumped over a foot of snow and I was stuck in southern Maine for the night.  Luckily I got a motel room and the next day I couldn't believe how well they had cleared the roads for my continued trek to Loring! I had driven all the way from Castle AFB.

Most memorable experience:  

The week we were on Guam for a PTTF living life to its fullest and then Saddam invaded Kuwait 2 Aug 90.  The next day we were sent to Diego Garcia and began ops there.  We were the 2nd tanker into the AOR for the entire Desert Shield fiasco and that was only because we were #2 in cell behind a Malmstrom tanker.  We stayed for 3 1/2 months and got home right before the real "shooting war" started in January 91.

Last Day at Loring:  

I was actually glad to leave Loring.  I was ready to get somewhere warmer and more "civilized". The wife & I were assigned to McConnell AFB and were ready to go, especially since the base was closing and there was a lot of anxiety (for everyone) as to what would happen to us.  It was a time of great change:  SAC (and hard alert) was standing down, AMC was standing up, the post-Gulf War period was beginning, Kadena (where I wanted to go) went to PACAF and I was denied a PCS there.


What did you do after Loring:

Became an Altus IP for 5 1/2 years.  Got out, got hired by American Airlines, got furloughed after 9/11, then joined the NJ Air National Guard.  Still there as of 6/24/10 as Chief of Training.  Never got recalled to American, and wouldn't go back anyway.


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