It was now October 31, 1992, and David and I carved pumpkins for Halloween – both a traditional design and a clown design – and displayed the jack-o’-lanterns on the front porch once they were completed.
In September 1992 I was passed over for promotion to major, which wasn’t unexpected in the Air Force drawdown that was underway; RAF Upper Heyford would close at the end of the following year and the F-111E/F/G models were to be retired or sold as well.
David poses in front of the jack-o’-lanterns he helped me carve; my future Air Force options were to either ride out the December 1993 promotion board at RAF Upper Heyford and accept orders to Cannon AFB, NM, in the process – or work another assignment – which is what I chose to do and try to stay in USAFE.
My wife purchased a Robin Hood costume for David to wear trick-or-treating and makes up his face in this picture to make him look the part in his costume; and I called up the USAFE personnel office to see what options for reassignment they had for me.
My wife transformed David into Robin Hood and here’s the finished result; I chose to find another USAFE assignment and was told I could be the 86th Wing Electronic Combat Officer (ECO) – and on November 4, 1992 was granted permission to transfer to the 86th OSS, Ramstein AB, Germany.
David poses with his Robin Hood hat and Jack-o-Lantern flashlight as he prepares to begin trick-or-treating; in the meantime I became the 79th FS Executive Officer and worked squadron deactivation planning while remaining crewed with both the 79th FS Commander and the 20th FW Vice Commander in the F-111E.
David’s all ready for trick-or-treating in his Robin Hood costume; and after just settling into Bloxham on this assignment we quickly switched gears and begin making moving preparations for our next assignment to Ramstein AB, Germany.
A close-up of David as Robin Hood, who would soon need to switch to yet another school in Germany; so far I left: Spangdahlem AB with the transition from F-4Es to F-16s, Hahn AB because it was closing and now RAF Upper Heyford faced the same closure verdict – the drawdown was in full force and I was passed over for major – what was the future to hold for us at Ramstein AB, Germany?
David’s heading out trick-or-treating in Bloxham and in a few short months we’re all moving to Ramstein AB, Germany; where I was to work with their two F-16 squadrons as the Wing Electronic Combat Officer (ECO) and face an uncertain future.