T. Wayne Babb
of Knoxville - South of Atlanta
This is a partial autobiography by Chief Master Sergeant T. Wayne Babb, USAF, Retired, during his first four years in the Air Force. It follows the Chief from basic military training to tech school and on through two overseas assignments in northern Japan.
Chief Babb's primary objective when he enters the Air Force is to see the world, drink whiskey, and chase women. The reader will agree he meets his objective -- in spades. But along the way, he learns some important life lessons, mostly by making big
mistakes and doing stupid things. Chief Babb comes close to flunking out of tech school, fails the skill level test twice, dabbles in illicit love, is almost court martialed, and is mediocre on the job. Despite all this, the Chief went on to have a successful 30-year Air Force career in spite of this rather ignoble beginning.
If you are an old "gray beard" who was in any branch of the military in the 1960's, this is a must read for you. This is a good read for those who were, or are, in the military and can relate to this story on a personal basis. But even folks with no military experience will be amazed at the military culture and how it functions. Lastly, if you are an intelligence buff, this book is a gold mine. Recent declassification initiatives enable the author to relate events that were highly classified just a few short years ago.
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A Tiger by the Tail
"A Tiger by the Tail" is a snapshot in the long and distinguished history of the 6924th Security Squadron of the USAF Security Service. The photographer is Chief Master Sergeant T. Wayne Babb, USAF, Retired, who served in the unit as a Technical Sergeant.
The 6924th was activated in 1965 at Da Nang Air Base, Viet Nam. Its mission was providing air intelligence support to war fighters. They performed their mission well, but they were in harm's way. Rocket and mortar attacks were frequent and casualties resulted. The 24th didn't cut and run, but since it was possible to accomplish their mission from Thailand, they relocated to Ramasun Army Station in April, 1971.
The 6924th resided there for only five years; Chief Babb served there during one tumultuous year. The war in Viet Nam was winding down, so the unit needed to transition to a peacetime footing. It experienced a great deal of difficulty doing so. Half way through Babb's tour, NSA made the decision to pull all Air Force intercept operators out of the unit. They were replaced by Army operators, and the result was not pretty. Babb also became seriously ill during his tour and was admitted to the hospital at Yokosuka Naval Station, Japan. Conforming to Navy regulations and traditions proved problematic.
Official unit histories are boring, but this history of a unit is anything but. If you were ever a member of the 6924th Security Squadron, or Security Service, or even the Air Force you need to read this book.
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This book is based on a journal compiled by Chief Master Sergeant T. Wyman Beal,
USAF, Retired, during his assignment as the Operations Superintendent of the 6903 Electric Security Group, or SKIVVY NINE, at Osan Air Base, Korea.
In only one year at SKIVVY NINE, the Chief endured a massive security violation; MARGINAL IG Inspection; fired Commander; new "John Wayne-type" Commander hell-bent on healing a sick unit; the humiliation of a public dressing down; scores of unnecessary readiness exercises; an IG re-inspection; and finally, the skullduggery and intrigue required to avoid being relieved of duty. According to Chief Beal, this was a "one million/two million" experience. He wouldn't take a million dollars for it--he wouldn't do it again for two.
If you were ever stationed at SKIVVY NINE, this will be a stroll down memory lane and is a must read. This is a good read for those who were, or are, career military men and women who will be able to relate to this story on a personal basis. But even folks who spent one tour in the military then got out will find it interesting to learn what their leaders were up to behind the scenes. People with no military experience at all will be amazed at the military culture and how it functions. Lastly, high school and college seniors considering a career in the military will want to read this book to see what they're getting in to.
About the Author
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Born to be Brothers
[DutchNote: While Born to be Brothers is not a USAFSS-related novel, it is presented here simply to complement the three USAFSS books written by its author, Chief Babb.]
In Born to be Brothers, the reader will follow the exploits of a Confederate soldier, Private Kentlock Falconer, and a Union soldier, Private Rudolphus Zoll, as they fight a war that will decide if the Union is preserved, or if a new nation will spring forth on the
North American Continent.
Both young men are brave in the extreme, believe strongly in what they are fighting for, and do not hesitate to kill their enemy to advance their cause. What they do not realize is they are more alike than they are different. But the politicians and the generals want a war, and it is their lot to fight it.
If you are a history buff, Born to be Brothers is a book you will very much enjoy. If you are a Civil War history buff, this book is a must read for you. But if you are one of those people who detests history because your high school teacher made you memorize all those dates and places and names and compacts and treaties ad nauseium, then you absolutely must read this book! When you do, you will realize that history is more than dates and places etcetera, it is about people and their stories and how the events of our past affect our lives today.
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