From what I knew about him, he had spent a lot of time up at the Pentigon. He worked on the design of the combat uniform including the helmet the US Army soldiers are wearing today. He also worked on the MRE rations the soldiers use today.
The most unique feature of the man, aside from talking with the troops like Alexander Haig, was his nose. When he looks at you straight on, his nose appears to providing you with a rather snotty attitude.
But once you come to know him a while, that look is assumed normal and you don't take insult to it.
I remember seeing him sitting down beside Secretary Of The Army Howard Hollis "Bo" Callaway once when we were conducting an Air Assualt In Action demonstration so he was probably Callaway's Aid De Camp.
So, with that said, to appreciate what was about to come next, you also have to understand the people who knew me well. I had taken a very serious image of General Sidney Berry, my wife worked for the 101st Avaition Group. The names below either knew me by first name or knew of my photographic reputation or worked for the 101st Aviation Group. They also became Commanding Officers of the 101st Airborne Division:
These men served in name, brought their units back and were responsible for preparing the 101st Airbone Division Air Assualt for Reforger 76. Except for John N. Brandenburg, the rest were either Lieutenant Colonels or Colonels.
Here's the story:
I'm over on the tarmac over at Fort Campbell Army Airfield. A C-5A had just landed and I was there to take images of it. I did my usual 360 around the aircraft. Once I was done and had all the images I wanted, I had to wait on LTC Gary E. Luck to get a ride back to the 2/17th Cavalry -- it was five miles on the other side of range road. I could have caught another military cab and left him there.
But what I was seeing was to comical to not want to stay and watch. Apparently, the rest of the 101st Avaition Group thought the same thing.
Here's my boss inspecting the C-5A like he had never seen one before. He was all over it. In the wheel well, looking at tires, walking through the C-5A, going up to the top portion of it and peering out from up top where the chief flight technician would peer out of as the plane taxied along.
About that time, I think it was Colonel Charles W. Bagnal walked up behind me.
"Sergeant Edwards, isn't that your boss," he asked in a voice of disbelief.
"Can I plead on the 5th, Sir?
We both got a good chuckle out of that one.
As it turns out, I would meet LTC Gary E. Luck, in person and up close and personal in just about 1 year.
Along with BG Charles W. Bagnal and the rest of my cast of characters I fondly knew as the 101st Airborne Division Air Assault. The entire division was about to return to Germany during Reforger 76.
Just another Rendezvous With Destiny I'm proud to be part of.