On Unfirm Barracks Terra Firma!

Dateline January 12, 1963; approximately 7 am; Lackland AFB, Texas; Basic Military Training.

My first sergeant yells …


So, naturally I jump. Then he screams …

Did I order you to come down!!!???


Sir! No! Sir! …… Sir!


Barrack B, 2 am in the morning ……

The same first sergeant returns to the barracks, apparently ‘drunk as a skunk,’ and starts screaming …

Get up you sissy-assed fools! Everything out of the barracks! Two minutes or else!!’

And I mean everything … NOW!!!

So all us frightened, blurry-eyed future airmen do as as ordered. About 24 terrified trainees in a panic carrying and dragging beds, mattresses, personal belongings: in our underwear up and down the barracks stairs.

Oh, the pandemonium! Oh, the total destructive mess!

Then after the barracks was stripped naked he screams …

Everything back in the barracks now! Two minutes! And it damn well be in inspection order. Do you hear me!!!

No way, by the way!


Well! That first sergeant was never seen again for some unknown reason that escapes me!

But four years later I was commissioned an “Officer and Gentleman” and 10 years later was assigned to the Pentagon, USAF Operation Center.

And my God, that looney first sergeant was now also an officer and was assigned to the Joint Chiefs of Staff

Or was it the Joint Chiefs of Daffy Staff!?


If you believe this complete story, well, you should also be commissioned an officer or at least committed to a mental hospital all laced up in a dandy straight jacket!

Well! Actually it was true as ‘true can be’ up until all the Pentagon tomfoolery!

But what really happened to that typical USAF first sergeant?

The rumor is he eventually got into politics and ran for Congress.

He won hands down!



14 Comments Add yours

  1. This was funny!!! Thanks for posting it and putting a smile on my face.

    Liked by 2 people

    1. Thanks! And who said you could stop smiling!!!

      Liked by 1 person

      1. Hahaha…thank you so much for the reminder πŸ™‚


  2. Amy Barbera says:

    Dad this is such an Awesome post about your military experience! πŸ™‚

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Yes! Basic training hell!


  3. hcmorris77 says:

    I need a straight jacket for sure! Or maybe just a hard hat…

    Liked by 2 people

    1. Not necessary … the first sergeant never became an officer. The rest is true!

      Liked by 1 person

  4. How hilarious…I enjoyed reading about your military experience, it bought a smile to my face 😊

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Halbarbera says:

      Glad for that, indeed!

      Liked by 1 person

      1. 😊😊😊

        Liked by 1 person

  5. I wished he’d tried that barracks cleaning trick when he got to congress!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Halbarbera says:

      You know … you’re right!

      Liked by 1 person

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