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PostFallon, Nevada (Timothy Brown, USA, 01/09/17 2:12 pm)
Fallon, in the wilds of Nevada? I beg to differ with John E's statement of January 9th.
Eons ago, while I was a student at Sparks (Nevada) High School, I played football, basketball and track against Fallon High, participated in glee club and forensic club competitions there and, on occasion, went to its rodeo (and tried unsuccessfully to date one of Fallon High's prettiest girls.)
As for NAS Fallon, it has considerable value to the Navy for several reasons, because it has one of the longest runways in the United States and almost always good flying weather. It hosts the CAGs off aircraft carriers when they are on the West Coast and has a very large first-rate training range for military aircraft close by.
Once, decades later during my four years while I was the State Department's SLO in Central America stationed in Tegucigalpa, NAS Fallon's communications center handled my classified communications. When a classified message came for me or I needed to send a classified cable, the NAS communications center would even send a vehicle to escort me on and off the base. At the time my mother was living in Fallon. When she passed, she left me a few acres on the NAS's flight path. She was buried in Fallon and every time we visit her grave, we get buzzed by Navy fighters.
JE comments: My apologies; I shouldn't have dismissed Fallon! I was contrasting it on the fly with San Diego, Top Gun, and palm trees, but that was thoughtless of me.
Some translations: CAG is a Commander, Air Group. SLO is Senior Liaison Officer. Did I get those right, Tim?
Fun with Acronyms--and a Top-Secret Mission
(Timothy Brown, USA
01/11/17 9:28 AM)
To clarify the acronyms in my post of January 9th: CAG is used by the Fallon folks as standing for Carrier Air Group. SLO stood for Special Liaison Office (r).
As to the acronym SLO--at the height of the Iran-Contra imbroglio, Pres. Reagan went to Congress, asked for, and was authorized $100 million to continue support for the Nicaraguan Democratic Resistance, better known as the Contras. But Congress added as a condition that the Secretary of State take personal responsibility to see to it that there were no more Iran-Contra end-runs around them. State then opened two offices to monitor the program, one in DC at State and one in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. At the time they were both secret compartmentalized offices, and communications were labeled SECRET/EXDIS/CONTRA (the working title of my next book).
None of this was public at the time and I was happily ensconced in Martinique as Consul General when first Lynn Nofziger and then Senator Laxalt contacted me. They knew me and that I was both a former Marine with both pro and counter-insurgency experience and a Central America specialist. (They also knew I owed them--I'll explain that in my next book.) They both said they had a job the White House wanted me to take. Very reluctantly, I tossed my hat into the ring and got orders about a week later. I wound up as the Central America head of what I was told was the first compartmentalized office State had ever had.
In Tegucigalpa I worked out of an office inside a vault inside a vault inside the embassy in Tegucigalpa. What then happened has been largely untold history. But recently that caption was declassified in response to a FOI (Freedom of Information) request I made.
JE comments: Goodness, Tim: what a teaser for your next book! But please don't--to paraphrase Trump--keep us (totally) in suspense. Can you give us a preview?