How Much is It Worth to You?

I flew to Rota, Spain, to perform my two weeks of active duty with the Navy Reserves during the summer of 1975. I was in VP-91which was based out of Moffatt Field, CA. Our schedule cycle was a Duty, Ready … Continue reading

My Unique Christmas 1998 Started with a Bus Fire Before a 10-Mile Tunnel

It was the last couple of years of my military career. I was on active duty in Stuttgart, Germany, supporting operations in Bosnia. My wife and son joined me for the Christmas holidays. USEUCOM (United States European Command) gave everyone … Continue reading

Winter is Around the Corner, and There is Nothing We Can Do About It?

We had our first cold front of the Fall season last week. I am happy when the daytime temperature is in the mid-90s or above, and the overnight low does not go below 80 degrees. I love humidity along with … Continue reading

Equatorial Mapping of the Pacific Ocean Allowed Me Four Days R&R in Tahiti

A call from my squadron, VP-91, in Moffatt Field, CA, offered me the first right of refusal to fly a mission from Hawaii to Tahiti. We are stationed in California, and my squadron is a Reserve squadron. Why is this … Continue reading

I Will Do It Again the Next Time I vacation in Peru

I am taking a break from health, wellness, and pandemic subjects to write about another passion I have – travel. I have been fortunate to have been to 61 countries in my life, mostly thanks to the military. My wife … Continue reading

Around the World Flight in Twelve Days Minus a Few Clothes

Most of us have flown overseas. Most of my operational missions were at least a thousand miles from the nearest land in both the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans in the military. Antisubmarine warfare requires us to be where the submarines … Continue reading

Wearing Nothing but a Smile Might Cure Coronavirus

I’ve seen a few references to a method of destroying coronavirus using heat. The method is to inhale air at temperatures at or above 133 degrees F for at least five minutes. I don’t know if this is true or … Continue reading

Where in the World is Red O’Laughlin Now?

Travel is a wonderful thing to do. I’ve learned so much from the 60 countries that I have had the opportunity to visit over the years. Almost every one of them were in some relationship to being in the Navy … Continue reading