Blogs by Rep Bob Lynn

Blog site of Representative Bob Lynn, Alaska House of Representatives,District 31 Anchorage, Alaska. Blogs consist of public comments during legislative sessions, speeches, political commentary, as well as personal observations, and some journal type entries. Comments are invited.

Location: Anchorage, Alaska, United States

Member of the Alaska State House of Represeentatives since 2003. US Air Force, Retired; military bandsman; F94C interceptor pilot; Vietnam service as radar controller (Monkey Mountain), radar site commander(Pleiku); Government Contract Management; Public school Teacher, Retired. Married 55 years to Marlene Wagner Lynn, 6 children, 20 grandchildren, 1 great-grandchild. Member St. Elizabeth Ann Seaton Church. Former Tucson Arizona policeman, Ambulance Driver and Mortician's Assistant, Realtor (currently on referral status).

Tuesday, February 28, 2006


Fifty-four years ago today I enlisted as a private in the US Air Force at the recruiting office at Phoenix, Arizona. I was eighteen years old by only five days. My Air Force job specialty? “Apprentice Bassoonist,” Level 3. I kid thee not.

From Phoenix I rode the train to basic training at Lackland AFB, San Antonio, Texas. In 1951, airmen usually traveled by train, not by plane. These were the old Air Force “brown shoe” days, when the snazzy blue uniform was new, brown shoes were optional, and the lowest rank was “private” not “airman.”

I was born in East Los Angeles, and had never been away from home. The entire Air Force experience marked many major turning points in my life, beginning with basic training and especially, a little over a year later, aviation cadets.


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