With the 30th anniversary of the end of the cold war last week, I thought about this 2004 feature I wrote at the closed Plattsburgh Air Force Base. Winning the Cold War took uncountable sacrifices and missions from service members at those since shuttered bases and scrapped Navy ships, which now remain in veterans’ memories. BTW, please tell your representatives that they deserve an official Cold War federal service medal, not a print-from-home certificate.
By Staff Sgt. Mike R. Smith, Guard Times Staff
PLATTSBURGH AIR FORCE BASE, N.Y. — With a hospital full of dusty medical equipment, thousands of refugees needing medical treatment, and the Gulf of Mexico in between, a small mission upstate recently called upon Airmen to aid in a miracle.
“I feel blessed to have met this group,” Sister Deb said. She looks across the broken down remains of what was once an emergency room as sharp clanking and banging sounds echo through an open doorway on her right. Something large and heavy is being lifted.
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