|Living Legends Presentations and Peacekeeper Deactivation Ceremony||
|(One of our members, MSgt Brooke (Shaw) Cushing, participated in a ceremony in September 2005, at F.E. Warren AFB, that included her wearing a SAC Elite Guard uniform. Her comments follow.)
|I just wanted to let you know that everything went superbly with the Living Legends presentations. We participated in the POW/MIA ceremony at the base flagpole, marched the 24-hr vigil at the base flagpole and at the capitol building downtown, made a special appearance at the club to celebrate the Air Force birthday, and were selected as ushers and stanchion guards for the Peacekeeper Deactivation ceremony. The response that I received when people saw the uniform was amazing…and surprisingly enough, some of them actually knew what the uniform was. I even discovered a fellow former Guardsman, Chief Schmitz; we spoke at the club for 20-30 minutes about the uniforms, the job, and the people. It was very cool.
|The Peacekeeper Deactivation ceremony was quite an experience—seeing the end of a nearly 20-year era that was so much a part of the cold war and SAC. They actually deactivated the last site during the ceremony, and notified the crowd via radio link. Our guest speaker was the Undersecretary of the Air Force, Dr. Sega. They invited the President and the VP, but I guess their schedules wouldn’t allow it. The Base Photographer took lots of pictures during the events. As soon as we get our copies, I’ll be sure forward them to you. For the time being, I’ve attached a couple of pictures of me that were taken in my Squadron. We have three crests on the wall in head shed for the three major commands that we’ve been attached to: SAC, ACC, and finally Space Command. I wanted my picture taken by the SAC crest, naturally. :o) You’ll see in the picture that I’m wearing a large silver tag above my nametag. It’s our F.E. Warren Living Legends badge and it authorized us to wear our “garb” for the entire duty day—headgear included…the only thing missing was my gun!
|Associate MembersCorrespondence from our Associate Members:
|SAC Elite Guard Web Site Awards|
That Blue Beret
I still have dad’s photo on the wall
Still makes my eyes water
How I would watch in awe
What a treat it was
By …Audrey LeBlanc
The Blue Beret
The Army has it’s claim to fame;
The world knows the Navy Seals;
The Corps have their elite too;
But when it comes to us, not much is heard;
In Vietnam, through toil and strife,
We fought for freedom, yours and mine.
This piece of ground, we will defend,
So fear not pilot, you can fly all day,
The Air Force Song
Off we go into the wild blue yonder
Minds of men fashioned a crate of thunder
Here’s a toast to the host of those
Off we go into the wild sky yonder,
The Air Force Blue
We take the blue from the skies,
To put the drive and the dream
We know where we’re going
And when the blue from the skies
by John Gillespie Magee, Jr.
And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings.
Sunward I’ve climbed and joined the tumbling mirth
Of sun-split clouds and…done a hundred things.
You have not dreamed of…wheeled and soured and swung.
High in the sunlit silence. Hovering there,
I’ve chased the shouting wind along, and flung
My eager craft through footless halls of air.
Up, up the long, delirious, burning blue
I’ve topped the wind-swept heights with easy grace
Where never lark, or even eagle flew.
And, while with silent, lifting mind I’ve trod,
The high untresspassed sanctity of space,
Put out my hand and touched the face of God.
Code of Conduct
I am an American, fighting in the forces which guard my country and our way of life.
I will never surrender of my own free will.
If I am captured, I will continue to resist by all means available.
If I become a prisoner of war, I will keep faith with my fellow prisoners.
When questioned, should I become a prisoner of war, I am required to give name, rank, service number, and date of birth. I will evade answering further questions to the utmost of my ability.
I will never forget that I am an American, fighting for freedom, responsible for my actions, and dedicated to the principles which made my country free.