I was watching TV in the day room in my home at the time: the 4533rd Tac Traing squdron at Eglin AFB, FL. I had rotated to Florida. after nineteen months in Okinawa, and temporary duty in both Japan and Korea during the Pubelo incident.

I was half paying attention when I heard "September 14th" –my birthday. At the time I was a sergeant in weapons in the USAF. I only had eight months left in a four year enlistment. A burst of profanity followed.

I knew then I had made the right choice by joining the Air Force.
The Draft was the only lottery I ever won.