Tuesday, November 10, 2015

My Story on Veterans Day 2015

I have decided to share my military story this year on Veterans Day. It's all my words and photo. All in a book that was published by the veteran admin in Oregon a few years ago. I decided to submit my story and was happy one of two photos was included with my story. Not alot happening then but I still served alongside many other people as well. Never knowing what could happen. I wasn't as good of a writer then but it's hard to put down all in words what covered 4 years of my life in minimal space.

 Enjoy the story and I'd like to give a shout out to all the veterans and active duty soldiers...a happy veterans day and God bless you and thank you for your service.

Disclaimer.....All words and photos are mine. Do not share or copy.

Becky Lowmaster: “I got to serve God and my country.”


Growing up on a farm outside of a small town in Oregon with my parents, three brothers and a sister, I was raised to respect and honor the servicemen of our country. Going to the Veterans Day parades in Albany always was a highlight for me. I loved seeing all the veterans in uniforms and hearing the music.
When I was older, I joined the United States Air Force to serve my country, which I love. I knew it would be hard work, but it was something I wanted to do to.
I went to basic training at Lackland Air Force Base in Texas. When I got to the San Antonio airport, I learned my luggage hadn’t made it yet so I waited around for a few hours. Waiting with me was a young man who was going to basic training as well and he didn’t want me to stay by myself. My luggage finally came. I think we rode the same bus to the base as well.
Basic training wasn’t a piece of cake, but believe it or not, my TIs (training instructors) weren’t too bad. Somewhere near the end of basic, when men and women both were getting their training orders, a young man came up to me and said, “Hello, do you remember me?”
At first I didn’t because he had no hair. Then he explained to me that he was the young man who had waited with me at the airport. I thought that it was kind of him to come over and talk to me for a little bit. I never saw him again.
My training for material facilities specialist (supply) was at Lowry AFB, Colorado near Denver. Just prior to the end of this training I got my orders to my first duty station. I was so excited, because I got orders for the Royal Air Force (RAF) Bentwaters, in Suffolk, England. I couldn’t wait to go! Before I left, I had to qualify to shoot the M-16. I had never shot a gun before so that was quite an experience.
I first arrived at RAF Lakenheath, England, and later rode a chartered bus to RAF Bentwaters. I was there for two years, working in the warehouse assigned to the 81st Supply Squadron with the 81st TAC Wing. We supported flight operations for F-4 Phantoms.
I met a lot of nice people on and off base. One I liked so much I married him; another airman who worked in missile maintenance. After we were married, we lived off base in Felixstowe. We lived in the bottom floor of a house that was made into two flats (apartments). The landlady lived upstairs. She called us her colonials.
Leaving England behind, my next assignment was Holloman AFB, New Mexico. My husband and I flew out of RAF Lakenheath, December 1978. I was then assigned to the 4449th Mobility Support Squadron at Holloman and worked in the inventory section. We were the squadron that would have been the first to mobilize and set-up a base in the event of a war. We never went anywhere, but there was one scare. In January 1980 (a month after my daughter was born) we signed paper work in case we had to be mobilized.
My enlistment ended in August 1980 and I processed out as a Senior Airman. I am proud of my experience in the U.S. Air Force. I grew as a person, got to see the world, and to serve God and my country.

God Bless America! Thanks for stopping by to read my story and so thankful for all of you!


Linda W. said...

Thanks for sharing your Air Force experience. I enjoyed reading your story. And thank you for your service to our country! Happy Veterans Day!

Betsy said...

I remember when You first showed me this article Becky. Congratulations again and thank you for your service. Dennis was also at Holloman and Ramstein.

aimee said...

Thank you and your hubby SO much for your service!! Thanks for sharing your story too (had never heard about the ODVA book). Very neat:)
PS: Great pic of you! Have a blessed Veteran's Day.

mamasmercantile said...

Thank you for sharing, it was a great pleasure to read about your experience. My husband served 22 years with the Army Air Corps and I served in the Women's Royal Army Corps for 7 and a half years. God bless.

Gracie Saylor said...

Becky and Phil, thank you for your service to our country. I am grateful for all you did and do to promote peace and freedom, and thank you for sharing your story, Becky. May the Lord continue to bless you and yours. xx

Kathy said...

This was so interesting to read. I worked with te F-4s and F-14s when I was employed by the Navy back in the 80s. Thank you and your husband for your service to our country. I'm glad to know about this part of your life.

Teresa Kasner said...

What a neat story! Thank you for your service to our country - and your husband too. It's nice to learn that part of your history. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)