George E. Rogers
Omaha Master sergeant, U.S. Air Force
Served with 307th Field Maintenance Squadron at U-Tapao Royal Thai Navy Air Field 1972 and '73. Active duty 1971 to '74; Nebraska Air National Guard 1974 to 2000.
Memory: “Less than one year after enlisting in the U.S. Air Force in May 1971, I was on my way to Southeast Asia. I served as a jet engine mechanic on a quick-turnaround crew at U-Tapao during the Vietnam conflict. In support of “Operation Linebacker II,” our crew would replace the jet engine's complete turbine section while the aircraft (B-52 or KC-135) was being serviced by the ground crew for its next mission.
“The jet engine would then be reinstalled to the aircraft without the aircraft missing a beat. I remember celebrating my 21st birthday eating a water buffalo steak overlooking the South China Sea.”
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