United States Air Force
I enlisted in the US Air Force for four years in 1960 at the age of 18.
After completing basic training and security police training at Lackland AFB in San Antonio, Texas, I was sent to Offutt AFB in Omaha, Neb. This was headquarters for the Strategic Air Command (SAC).
There was a special security unit there known as the Sac Elite Guard and attached to that was the Sac Drill Team.
I applied for and became a member of the drill team. We did a lot of traveling from coast to coast to take part in military exhibitions, parades and civic celebrations, including the Seattle World Fair. We also did honors at funerals when requested and honor guard for the many visiting high ranking officers and government officials, including President Kennedy.
Even though this was really a good duty, I wanted something different, so I volunteered to spend my last year in Morocco, North Africa.
After arriving at Sidi Slimane AFB and wondering what my duty would be, I was informed that there was a need for a sentry dog handler. The dog was a 3-year-old German Shephard named Elmo. I spent my last year with him, which was quite an experience. I left Morocco in December of 1963, after the Air Force closed down its three bases in that country and I was discharged upon my return to the USA.