Judy Harper 1966
The above picture was taken to send to our parents as well as the local newspaper. We weren't aware of this at the time we had our picture taken.
The above outfit was what we wore daily. This uniform was known as our Fatigue Uniform. We wore this to work in or play soldiers during our pretend war games. Which are coming up!
Above is my unit going through Bivouac trials during training. Before graduating from technical training, we had to go through a setting where we're camping out and pretending we're at a unit in a war zone, since I was in a medical unit, we had to rescue pretend injured personnel and bring them back to the medical unit to administer treatment. One of the tests is where four of us women had to carry an injured male airman back to the unit. This involved sliding under strings, with cans filled with rocks (simulating wires with explosives). If we touched a can by mistake, it would rattle, letting everyone know we set off an explosion. This meant we had to start all over. Then we had to lift him over a high wall and across swinging bridges with smoke bombs going off. I can tell you it was a fun day, as you can see from the picture below!
This activity happened at Wichita Falls, Texas, Shepard AFB, between March and April 1967. It was cold and the wind would blister your face, as you can see! What made it even worse was that we had to go back to class after a session. The last time back, as we crossed a walkway bridge, one of the airmen startled a skunk, who immediately sprayed him. I still remember the smell of wet wool, sweat and skunk!
After technical training, my permanent base was Lackland AFB, San Antonio, Texas. I was stationed there for almost a year, then sent to Kadena AFB, Okinawa. I stayed there from September 1968 through July 1969.
I also want to honor my nephew Carl Spatz, who is an Air Controller for the Air Force and is currently stationed in Missouri, soon to be sent to Guam.
And of course my Dad, Clifford William Harper 1916-1982......
Clifford Harper 1941 the Fiji Island
Military Police 1942 Fiji Island