Theater Command Visit
Gartow, W. Germany

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Theater Command Visit

The IG's Visit resulted in an almost immediate followup from the Theater Commander, Gen Price, who seemed most happy to be there.(Photo)

Gartow was a gem in his crown and it was NOTICED in Washington – not because of the IG inspection but because of our ‘operational capability’ – the very serious work the guys did day and night when there was no Inspector around, by keeping an ear out across the East German horizon.

They did it so well that, sometime after we rotated back to the States, the Gov't put in a more capable Field Station, with many more antennas, people, etc. Most of my people either left the service for school or greater opportunity or were cherry-picked for their next assignments. The greatest difficulty for the Agency was retention of incredible talent! Certain of our skills earned a large re-enlistment bonus multiplied by 4! 30 yrs later, I occasionally hear about it from insiders who worked that location at one time or another.

None of them walked on water either. (Goodbye 1) (Goodbye2)

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