So another old shipmate sent me a funny story and asked me to spruce it up for him a bit… and give it some prose! This one is from Dana Goodrich, a former shipmate from the brown shoe Navy back in the day!! I hope you all enjoy!!!
There was an aviation maintenance meeting at every shift change! During those meetings each shop supervisor was given maintenance requirements to be divvied out in each shop!! Medical and Dental lists were also addressed as well as …
“You are the reason the Skipper Hates Us!”
… And anything else in the Plan Of the Day!!!
So anyway, we had several shipmates who never managed themselves off the list if you know what I mean! As times went and there was a second go around, they read out who still hadn’t made it to dental and this one supervisor we had was a Second Class ‘Old School Navy’ hard working kind of guy!! He was an ADR2 ... and we’ll just call him Bo for short!!!
His name came up on the hit list for the third or fourth time! Now we got the Leading Petty Officer, the Leading Chief Petty Officer and damn near the whole maintenance department from the Command Master Chief, the Maintenance Officer, Department Head, etc… etc… on down the line!! They were all standing in Maintenance Control Spaces as the CMC was pitching a fit!! Finely they read the list and of course that old codger ‘Bo’s’ name came up!!!
“If brains were gold ADR2, you wouldn't have enough to fill a tooth!”
Now, he was told he would go immediately to dental after that very meeting! Don’t pass Go and don’t collect Two-Hundred Dollars kind of thing!! So Bo calmly asks for a MAF bag!! A MAF bag, if you don’t know, was a standard issue flight bag back in the day!!!
Someone handed one to him and he took out his pearly white false teeth, put them in the bag, handed them to the Master Chief, then told him…
“I’d really like to have my teeth back before dinner time!”
We all just stood around smiling like Cheshire Cats!!!
And that’s how the story goes! That there is a no shitter I tell you!! I was there imbedded to coin the phrase… an expert Eye-Witness!!!