SERVICE REFLECTIONSOF AN AIR FORCE VETERAN DEC 2017 TSgt Samuel McGowan, Jr.
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What profession did you follow after your military service and what are you doing now?
After obtaining my private pilot’s license, I enrolled in Advanced Flying Training using my GI bill benefits. By the time I up for my third reenlistment, I had my commercial pilot’s licenses with instrument and multi-engine ratings and my flight instructor certificate. I was unhappy with the way the military was changing after we withdrew from Vietnam so I decided not to reenlist even though I had 12 years in service.
I went into aviation, first as a flight instructor and charter pilot then was hired as a corporate pilot by a major corporation (Ashland Oil.) I flew corporate from 1984 to 2000 then flew as contract pilot until 2010 when I was placed on medication for nerve pain caused by Type II diabetes that the FAA does not approve.
Since I quit flying, I have spent my time writing. I’ve authored several books, some of which are Air Force related. They can be seen at http://www.sammcgowan.com/books.html. I had intended to finish out my 20 years in the Reserves or guard but when I went for my physical, I learned I was just over the enlistment weight. I never joined either the Reserves or Guard.
I am currently rated 60% disabled due to Type II diabetes and complications caused by exposure to Agent Orange.
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Special place in hell for the person who decided to use that “weapon”.
As well as for all the politicians and bureaucrats that sent us to an unwinable war.
Dona Nobis Pacem
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