ATR2 Al Bahr was released from active duty from NAF Andrews AFB in Sept 1971 and was Honorably discharged thereafter . Except for Recruit Training at Great Lakes and technical schools in Memphis, Tenn. And Whidby Island, WA, he spent his whole tour of duty at NAF Andrews.
While at NAF, Al was assigned to the intermediate maintenance avionics shop. Initially, he was trained on the ARN14 Omni and later on the ARN - TACAN. He became familiar with other navigation systems and a multitude of communication systems. Advancing to ATR3, the chief made him shop technical publications P.O. He was also assigned as a platoon leader in the NAF Honor Guard. In this capacity he served as an usher in Richard Nixon's inauguration. He disavows any further responsibility for President Nixon's actions and did not attend the honorary White House dinner for the inaugural ushers (The Chief had a fit!) The same night Navy Avionics shop was to bowl against the Marine Avionics Shop for the base championship. The Navy shop won! (The Chief had a fit of ecstasy!)
Bahr made second class in under two years. That was possible during "Nam". While a second class, he was supervisor of the shop "grave shift." He remained a second class for a year and nine months and got an early release as "Nam" was winding down. Al will never forget his time in the Navy and the many good friends he made during this period. Sometimes he thinks he should have stayed in the Navy.
Upon his return to the mainland, he lived for a while in Florida but after a short time got together with two Navy buddies and returned to MD. He found work as an avionics quality control inspector at Amecom Industries in College Park. MD. Later he was material control supervisor at Welex Electronics in Silver Spring, MD.
Underwhelmed by industry, Al decided to return to school. He left Welex and enrolled at the Univ. of MD in College Park, MD to pursue certification in special education. He was quickly rehired by Amecom: this time as a prototype test technician. He attended classes during the day and worked full time at night. Bahr lived, while being certified to teach, on skills he learned in the navy.
Al met Helen, a colleague, during he his first teaching assignment. They were later to wed and remain so today. Al taught special education for nearly 18 years. He found this to be very gratifying but after a serious auto, accident took disability retirement. Al sometimes enjoys sailing his 30 ft sloop "inertia," reading and archery. He serves as a "Past Commodore" of the Chesapeake Bay Alberg 30 Sailing Association. He also enjoys public speaking.
Tom and Pete, the shipmates Al returned to MD with from Florida still live near Al and are happily married with children. They frequently get together and are now planning a NAF reunion for 1999.
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