Pictured immediately below is another souvenir from the
So: gig me.
I lusted after one of these belts since the first time I saw one back in the late ‘60s or very early ‘70s. I was assigned to USAFSS (at Wakkanai AS, more about which…here) in 1968 when I saw my first Red Army belt… or three, or six. USAFSS was a fairly insular org for some career fields back in the day, especially the Russian linguists. These linguists would shuttle from assignment to assignment at “listening” sites we had around the periphery of the old
To cut right to the chase… the Duty Train stopped for “inspection” at multiple locations during the transit from
Fast-forward to the ‘90s and my first biz trip to
And lots of vodka and caviar, of course.