We were in Taif, Saudi Arabia with F-111s from Lakenheath, Upper Heyford, and Mt. Home AFB, Idaho. We were on one side of the base and the U-2 was on the other. We had a tent city and they had double wide trailers. It wasn't until 1997 that I appreciated those trailers as I was now a crew chief on the U-2. The biggest quote that came out of this time and one that I still use today, EVERY DAY ABOVE GROUND IS A GOOD DAY!
I saw in the uniform area that the Men's Dark Blue Long-sleeve Uniform - 1988 was listed as worn only by men. That is not quite true and although worn mostly by men, women in Security Forces wore this shirt as part of the honor guard uniform in England in the mid to late seventies. Instead of wearing a tie we wore it with a white ascot.
Started out as a 11831 on AWACS and ABCCC. Cross trained to be a KC-10A Boom Operator in 1997. Became a "Mustang" in 2003 and retired as a 13B/0-3E.
A Portrait of me drawn by a former Chief of the CBPO at Patrick AFB, FL rather sums up my career in the Air force. It reads "CMSgt Ray Wyland - Forever Air Force! Enlisted: 6 August 1948 - Retired: 1 April 1978.