From the Daily Post Prompt, When you were 10, what did you want to be when you grew up? What are you now? Are the two connected?
I wanted to be an astronaut, pretty much like any child who grew up watching the Gemini, Apollo & Skylab missions become the Space Shuttle. Now I am a photographer with my daytime job of being a business professional working in human resources.
As a young man, I was a voracious consumer of all things space & that flew. Kites, Estes Rockets, plastic model rocket kits, books about the Air Force & then finally books about Ham Radio. By 1973, I was a licensed Novice Class Amateur Radio Operator — popularly known as Ham Radio – abbreviated as HR.
Ham Radio eventually led to a 21 year Air Force career. My enlistment contract included a guaranteed job as a 304X4 Ground Radio Equipment Repairman. My first assignment was working heavy HF in Turkey. Then I went underground while heading for space. I was assigned to a SAC Titan II ICBM wing. The Titan II rocket was the same launch platform as the Genimi Space missions. After that othe assignments included Minuteman II & III, and Peacekeeper ICBM weapon systems. Temporary duty assignments to Vandenburg, where a Space Shuttle launch complex was being built out of the modified MOLE launch complex. This was as close as my career would brush space.