posted on Sep, 17 2007 @ 10:07 AM
Hi Guys, let me say that I just read 3 pages of messages on this subject so if I repeat something someone else said, forgive me.
On the subject of the nuclear weapons, I’d like to point out that the AF has a strict 2-man policy on anything that has to do with nuclear ordinance
and I believe its related equipment. Not to mention the paperwork. So while 5 or 6 weapons may have gone somewhere they shouldn’t have, there were
a lot of people somewhere who knew about it. The problem arises when the ‘right’ people aren’t in the loop. And while I’ve been out of the
AF for about 13 years, I doubt procedures have changed much. When I was stationed overseas at a base where the presence of nuclear weapons couldn’t
be confirmed or denied, there were times when a munitions convoy was moving and all vehicle and pedestrian traffic was halted. So I doubt that the
weapons got from the bunkers to the aircraft without some kind of show of force. I don’t know about bomber bases, but I know fighter bases had a
specific area of the base was set aside strictly for nuclear loaded aircraft. If the aircrew claims that they didn’t know their aircraft was loaded
with ‘armed’ weapons, it may me possible if the arming isn’t ready apparent, but they should have known they were hauling nuclear capable
Enough on that, back to the real reason for this thread. Suicide in the military is a part of life. Today, supervisors are trained to get an
individual help should they indicate their thoughts on the subject. But the airmen (or young people) know that too and they also know that it will
become a permanent part of their military records, therefore affecting future assignments. So many hide there feelings, often with alcohol which is
the easiest drug to get on base. Seriously, in the clubs, you can get a 12 beer for about the same price as a 6 oz cup of coke that’s filled with
ice. Do the math. Many times, during the holidays, the only places open during the holidays where there’s any real action are the clubs.
Overseas, the military supervisors with families pretty good about having young people over to there homes for the holidays, but not so evident in the
During my first assignment at Beale AFB (home of the SR-71) I went to a Supervisior/drinking buddy one night with my thoughts on suicide. There were
no procedures in those days to turn me in for my thoughts, so he did what a friend should do, he talked to me. Now 31 years later, I’m still here
to tell the story. My depression was the same old story, no real friends my age, no girlfriend, weight problem, away from home, etc… Had it not
been for my serious self imposed religious background in high school, I may have never gotten to the point where I sought out help. I always
remembered that and throughout my career, I always tried to keep a line of open communication with the members of my team.
The men and women who guards our bases, planes, and weapons, often times do not have the network that many of us take for granted. They are required
to stand a post alone. Many times it’s for 12 hour shifts. They check badges and such, but there’s no one for them to speak to. In the course
of my day, I have many opportunities to vent about the way things are done, but they can’t do that. It’s also a fact that many of them did not
want to be a Security Policeman. Anyone entering the Air Force is tested to see what career they might be suitable for. Those that don’t meet
minimum testing or physical standards for the much sought after fields that is always at the front of the commercials, end up as a Security Policeman
or a Cook. I have a brother whose AF career was a cook because of their minimal standards. He couldn’t be a Security Policeman because of an ear
problem and if he hadn’t met the standards for food services, he’d have been discharged. Can you imagine how that must make those young people
feel? I’m not trying to put these brave young men and women down, after all, the Air Force is an all volunteer force and these kids have chosen to
give their lives to serve us as a nation. But remember that when you see these young people talking brave and tough on the news, that many of them
are seriously frightened or hurt on the inside. I know from experience because I was one of those whose job didn’t have me on the front line, but
the fear was still there whenever I was involved in situations such as going off to far away countries where we weren’t always welcomed. And I
wasn’t standing there as the first line of defense. I really respect these men and women.
I doubt that Amn Blue’s suicide was due to a conspiracy and the report that he was going to be buried at Arlington is most likely false, since it
almost takes an act of congress to get anyone buried there. It’s reserved for those whose service and heroic feats have earned them a place. And
while the service will most likely foot the burial expenses for this young man and would even bury him in a national cemetery, due to the method of
his death, they’re not going to put him in a cemetery designated for Hero’s. If he does end up in Arlington, then I’d seriously believe that
there’s more to his death and or service than we’re being told.
I apologize for going on so long.