Rick, I think the majority of them recognized the advantage they were given. I didn't mean to suggests I didn't get a few thanks and fist bumps, which I did. But just the older seasoned vet made it a point to express exactly what he believed the skills were worth.“That statement from a seasoned older officer was worth being there. But that's just ONE of 14 guys who made the effort to express their appreciation for us being there.“
That’s bordering on the surreal!
I can’t understand how they failed to realize the lifesaving skills they’d just been given.
My first class was a lifechanging event; and how anyone could not recognize that and thank the guy who made it possible is just inconceivable to me...
first 90% of those there were young. 23-27 years old. Just a guess, though cordial, the younger guys had a mild holier than though mentality. We had dinner with a senior 33 yr vet head bomb tech for the state [ now retired ] Friday night, that Keith knew and invited to dinner. When he asked for aar's, he looked right at me and waited for me to water it down. I told it like it was, he reached over and whispered something to the effect that if I'd told him they were anything but keystoners, he'd have know Keith was blowing smoke up his butt about my background.
We talked for two hours, I asked him if he knew who Randy Lamatina was in the 90's. He thought a minute and aksed if that was the bomb tech who had his face and hands blow off after being told the bomb has been determined safe and had already been transported.
Yup, he said there was likely a training video they used back then back in his offices archives still there. Asked why I asked, told him I was from that area and knew him personally but hadn't met him before the accident. That opened up a world of questions and war stories from our "street" days.
Where we stayed, he'd been commander of prechecks on explosives there dozens of times when dignitaries were visiting. He commanded all bomb techs in the state of Indiana for years. Real pro in his field. Once he knew I was from Ma., told me he had a 9 day gig supervising DoD types at Ft. Devins, did I know of the place. "Ya mean the mil base on Rte 2 outside Gardner? Ever get to the pizza joint 1/2 way down the hill on main street, left side? He cracked up, man we could have talked for hours. Real pro, good sense of humor.