Found this while surfing the net and watching Red Eye on the DVR after work. I tossed in a couple of pics to get you all interested. Neat Old Stuff.
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Today I am at the VA, pick my number to away to be called for a blood test and to pass time, start a conversation with the fellow sitting next to me.
“When were you in?”
“Where were you stationed?”
10 miles away from me, at the same time I was there.
In regards to the Aviator Memorial out at NAS Lemoore. My daughter (The WSO) got this information from LCDR Eric “Dook” Kenny, Safety/Admin Officer for VFA-14 (TOPHATTERS) regarding the brick size. And believe me, we’re getting the big one, final tally on the donations was $1258.25. Nice work folks!
To answer your questions, I’ve attached a picture of the demo brick the brick company sent us. This is the standard “small” brick that you can get for $250 or $500. The “large” brick is twice the size. I don’t have the measurements in front of me, but I believe the small brick is 8″ by 4″ and the large brick is 8″ by 8″. The amount of characters and lines can be adjusted depending on what you exactly want it to say, but for a small brick with no logo, we are recommending no more than 3 lines and 20characters per line (we can adjust that on a case by case basis). The less lines/characters the bigger the font can be. If you go with a $500 brick with a logo, we are recommending squadron logo on one half and something simple on the other half “VFA-2 Bullets” for example. If you go with a large brick, again we can really do whatever you want but logo and text lay out looks really good here (we could also do just a large squadron logo). So as you can tell just like TOPGUN, the answer to your question is: it depends. We are flexible and willing to ensure the brick encompasses what you envision. Bottom line is this is being organized by aircrew for aircrew so I will ensure everyone’s bricks look awesome.
- LCDR Kenny VFA-14
I think that’s it. Again, thanks to all of you. Once the memorial goes up, the pictures will be posted here. If I have to fly out to Lemoore to take them myself. And fly the Rhino sim again. And maybe get Big Time to give me a ride in the real thing…
Hey, I can dream, right?
I enjoy history for the fact that it is a road map showing us how we got here from there. Military history and the effect of intelligence gathering are at the top of my list. Think of the battle of Midway and the efforts of Joseph Rochefort & his team decrypting the Japanese military codes.
Of course you can have intelligence that is 100% accurate, but you need military commanders who believe it and act on it – thank Adm Nimitz & Adm Spruance for taking that intelligence and changing the Japanese Navy from an offensive to a defensive posture all at Midway.
Lest I completely lose my focus tonight, I was reading a fascinating article on Bletchley Park in the BBC History Magazine.
Bletchley Park was wartime Britain’s equivalent of the NSA (perhaps minus monitoring Angela Merkel’s conversations to her husband on what to get at the supermarket) and I learned that they did a lot more there than “just” cracking the Enigma, the code generated by that German machine that was considered by many to be impossible.
The knowledge of this code is said to have cut the war in Europe’s duration by 2 years, according to some.
The biggest surprise for me was learning that Bletchley Park was more than just a place that housed math geniuses like Alan Turing .
It went from a population of 200 in 1938 to over 10,000 in 1944, and became an ‘Intelligence Factory”. It was highly segmented and efficiently organized. One of the funnier stories was learning that until declassification in the 1970s, some spouses found out that the other worked there only when meeting each other at reunions.
More surprising facts?
It was more than a code breaking operation but evolved to becoming an integrated signals intelligence entity.
Because it was centralized, there was a lot of co-operation and knowledge sharing. (this I read elsewhere was the also main reason for focusing the Manhattan Project at Los Alamos)
It was the size of the operation that allowed the success of the code breakers.