Aulay Carlson

Retired July 1980

Wife: Liz

Chrilden: Sondra, Janet, Ingrid, Chuck, John

Grandchildren: Rebekka, Jack, Sam, Ellie, Harry

 

When I arrived at OCS I had been ski bumming in Colorado. During that time I had grown a beard and still had it when I got to Lackland.  At Laudersteins I met some very friendly guys from our First Class who, for some reason, were kind enough to take me out to the OCS area and introduced me to everyone they could find.  I felt very honored by this attention and knew that with a First Class like this OCS would be a lot of fun. This of course turned out to be true, as we all know.  The only disappointment for our kindly First Class was that when I turned up shaved and in uniform no one recognized me.

After OCS I went on to Nav and EWO school where after all that training I ended up in Systems Command.  At that time a wonderful command and maybe the worst place for a new lieutenant.  They expected us to think.  As I later found out thinking in the operations commands is some what frowned on. All in all I spent most of my Air Force life in systems and logistics.  By 1967 I like many others found my self in SEA where I was assigned to B-66Cs.  I flew 143 missions of which 115 were in the North. I was honored to serve with men who were professional and hard working. While I was at Takhlie AB in Thailand we held the first practice Red River Rats Reunion. This was in 1968 As it turned out I was the last guy remaining in the squadron who had flown above the 20th.  So I got to be on the float. This image that I found on the web shows me in the front of the float with a San Miguael in my hand.  That also was the only day the girls from down town were allowed on the base.  I was very surprised I didn't know there were girls down town.

After SEA I returned to Systems Command and then to AFIT.  Where I earned those college degrees that Colonel Long urged us to get when we got our bars.  After three years in AFIT I returned to the active Air Force but this time to to the 4713 TEWS.  I was a little low on flying time.  The B-57 was a great aircraft and we got around the counrty. We took this bird to the Air Forces 25th anniversary at Andrews AFB. Following that tour I went Log Command at Tinker were I managed the ECM upgrades to the B-52s.  This job lead me to Wright-Patt were I managed the new ECM systems coming down the line for, again the B-52.  Wright-Patt was where I left the Air Force for a new life, this time as a beltway bandit.This lasted for a couple a years when I decided that  being a full time photographer would be fun.  I would like to post all the pictures of all the nude and seminude photographs that I have been forced to take of young women but I won't.  As I look back on my career I see that almost every base where I was stationed is closed and every command I was assigned to is now gone.  Althought I was never stationed in SAC I did visit Hq. SAC so I count that also as a mark. I will add to this over time.