I was made Rifle Sergant because of my experience with the Springfield Rifles rifle drill team. I was also IG for my last 2 months. I added a few frills to the rifle routines like a Queen Anne Salute, exchanges, and a stairs routine. I fought to get real rifles, Springfields or M1's, but no success.
I remember making the boot blousers out of tin cans with pennies taped to them for weight, and the boot-burning to ready the boots for spit-shine. We wore white helmets and plain white ascots with the 1550 uniform. Khakis were phased out that year. We threw a lot of 'boots' in the shower, and other forms of harrassment were common. The 24 hour inspection was brutal. My best year in USAF.
Dennis Brown's Certificate of Recognition. Note the Squadron designation: 3410
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