I was in the Air Force stationed at Pruem Air Station in West Germany in December, 1980. This was to be my first Christmas overseas. We suddenly got deployment orders in mid-December. Myself, most of my shop, and most of the "Rubber Ducky" where the radar info was put onto the radar consoles were to be packed up.
We deployed to Ramstien Air Base and set up our equipment behind United States Air Force Europe Headquarters Building. Our mission was to allow the big wigs to be able to view live, AWACS radar data showing what planes were flying behind the Iron Curtain.
Once set up, there was much for me to do. I was a computer repairman then. So long as the system was working, it was boring.
One of the days shortly before Christmas, I started writing this poem. I was that bored.
So here it is. I hope you enjoy it. Merry Christmas!!!!!!!!!!
My Christmas Wish
Years ago I remember sitting on Santa’s lap
Telling him what I wanted as I looked at his cap.
A bike, a truck, an HO gauge electric train
And ending my list with a model fighter plane.
A few I got and others, it was wait for next year.
Now my list is simple and would give many good cheer.
For Christmas I want all of the B-52’s made in detail
By Monogram I one seventy-second scale.
Titan II’s Trident, Sparrow, and Minuteman III’s
To forever be built with care by Estes.
The Armies that fight and brave Winter’s chill
Should only be on paper by Avalon Hill.
I want the Navies to sail and fight for the seas
In soapy water and anchored at a kid’s knee.
My Christmas wish is for something simple
As popular as a girl’s dimple.
It would make sense, and easy to be enjoyed
To make all the world’s military----------------UNEMPLOYED!