I had just reported in from Germany where I was stationed for the last three years. When I walked into the wing on the top floor of the largest building in Washington, D.C., I knew was in big trouble.
A room full of military and civilian men and women were waiting to meet me for the first time. A two-star general I knew for years greeted me, and introduced me to this crowd. He said, “Folks, meet your new boss.”
While assigned to the Pentagon in ’71 and ’72, was the noncommissioned officer in charge (NCOIC) of the largest Message Center in the world. I also had the Message Distribution Branch and the Printing Department of the Headquarters Telecommunications Center Activity, Communications-Electronics Operations Division of the 2044th Communications Troup, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C.
When the genera l showed me around, I found I was in charge of most of the third floor of the Pentagon.
I was told I did a great job in the next 14 months before I retired from the Air Force.
(Contributing writer Everett Vanover lives in FairBy field, Calif.)