from High School, June 1981 I went to work in the same
furniture plant that my parents work. I worked there
until I joined the Air Force. I went to Basic Training
7 Jan. 1982. I stayed a little longer waiting for my
flight physical. I had decided to be a C-130 Loadmaster.
I went to Shepherd AFB for Basic Loadmaster training.
After that I completed my Loadmaster training at Little
Rock. I was assigned to 2 MAPS- Mobile Ariel Port Squadron.
I was then assigned to the 50 TAS in June of 1984. I
went on a 72 day ROTE to Mildenhall, AB, England. Then
in April 1987 I, PCS'd- Permanent Change of Station.
I was assigned to the 17 TAS. At Elmendorf AFB, Alaska.
I've spent time in Japan, Korea and the Philippines.
In June 1990 I went TDY-Temp. Duty back to Little Rock
for C130 Instructor school. After a while they put me
in Stan-Eval. I became a Standard Evaluator. In other
words I made sure people knew what they were doing.
I gave Check Rides. Make sure people were updated on
Safety Measures. Then in July 1992 I became ill and
medically retired from the Air Force. I retired at Little
Rock. After leaving the AF I started working for the
company I currently work for. I am a Lead Supervisor.
My favorite say is "Get off my plane." In 1990 Barry
and another Loadmaster saved an Army guy's life. After
the jumpmaster called "Clear" the other Loadmaster decided
for what ever reason to look "outside." He found that
the guy's static line got tangled and he was hanging
on for dear life. Barry and the other Loadmaster laid
on the floor and tried to pull him in. After they decided
that they couldn't get him back in that way. Barry got
up and started the static line switch. After a short
time he turned the switch off. It broke. But thankfully
they had a hold of they guy. His injuries contained
of a few bruises and 17 stitches on his face. Ironically
that was the squadron number 17.