"Thank you" and "Meow!"
On their way home and out of TQ, the Marine Corps Reserve unit running the passenger terminal here, known to us as the Arrival/Departure Airfield Control Group or ADACG, stopped by to say, "thank you" to the TQ Punisher detachment.
At first, neither I nor the other pilots understoof what was going on. Not all of the pilots and crew chiefs were present as there was a mission out at the time, but A Co was well represented and the Marine SGT started the presentation by saying, "We would like to thank the Punisher squadron for all of your help [in getting people where they need to go]." With those words, the TS Company of the 15th Landing Support Battalion presented a signed flag and a "Red Tab" certificate, after which we all recounted various incidents and inside jokes.
One we will always remember is the "Meow" we tack onto the end of our radio transmissions, a reference to the slapstick movie "Super Troopers" and an attempt to lower stress levels by adding a bit of fun to our jobs. Several long flights were tamed by knowing we were almost done for the night when we heard the radio operator of the passenger terminal tell us "Goodnight, meow!"
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