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Belated Father’s Day post « Ted's Polish-Mexican Page

Belated Father’s Day post

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Published on: June 20, 2016

As many of you know, my dad was in the Air Force for long enough to retire as a Chief Master Sergeant. He worked in life support, which put him in charge of making sure that planes were properly equipped should a pilot have to eject, and he also trained pilots in survival techniques. He was also involved in accident investigations and, when he was stationed in Southeast Asia, rescue. His job was basically to make sure that our pilots survived.
I don’t hear him take offense at slights about his military career, and he doesn’t exhibit excess pride over it. For example, he casually gave me an A-10 model one day. It sits on my desk at work. He d35600_429465131788_5360695_nidn’t tell me for years how he got it. He packed the first life support kit in an A-10, and Fairchild Aviation presented him with it. No big deal, he acted like.

Sometimes, a bit of that pride he had in his former career comes through.

His movie watching, like many ex-military people I’m sure, is an exercise in finding mistakes. Odd combinations of insignia, improper protocol, bad terminology: he’ll see it all instantly and let everyone know. But, he was particularly incensed one day when I caught a bit of 2008’s Iron Man with him. There’s a scene when Shellhead collides with an F-22 and the pilot ejects. Sure enough, chute fails and the pilot has to be bailed out by Iron Man.

This sent him into a rant. Why does the chute seem to always fail in movies, he said. He never saw that happen. He’d never admit it, but he talked as though his own career and professionalism was called into question. It pissed him off.

It seems he had the right to be.

Hasta la proxima. Do zobaczenia.

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