In 1992 an aimless young man decided to serve his country and joined the Air National Guard. To complete his training, he was sent to venerable Chanute Air Force Base in the flats of Illinois to learn how to turn wrenches on jet engines. It was a place brimming with history, a place he soon grew to love.
Soon thereafter, Chanute closed its doors forever, becoming a modern ruin in the years that followed, taking the young man's heart with it.
This humorous, witty and occasionally ribald memoir details the experience of one of the last Airmen to pass through the hallowed gates of Chanute Air Force Base, and how the experience haunts him to this very day.
Ren Garcia is a Science Fiction/Fantasy author and Texas native who grew up in western Ohio. He has been writing since before he could write, often scribbling alien lingo on any available wall or floor with assorted crayons. He attended The Ohio State University and majored in English Literature. Ren has been an avid lover of anything surreal since childhood, he also has a passion for caving, urban archeology and architecture. His highly imaginative "League of Elder" book series is published by Loconeal Publishing.
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I agreed to read and review this book with the expectation that it might be a dry, factual memoir detailing the Chanute facility. I could not have been more wrong. The author's humorous collection of tales telling how he became involved with the Ohio National Guard, his experiences with the recruiter, basic training, and arriving at Chanute to be trained as at "Jetmec" kept me entertained. His adventures with his superior officers, fellow airmen (and women) and his run-ins with Navy swabbies and Marines (he wasn't a fan of either) who were there for weather training just before the base closed added to the humor. Although the story of this facility the last 10 weeks it operated was included, this book was more the personal experiences of the people, particularly the author.
The language is definitely rough and vulgar--military personnel are not know for genteel vocabulary--but the emotions and irony come through and made the story. I enjoyed the pictures the author scattered throughout the book. This is not your typical research book full of facts. I enjoyed reading 10 Weeks at Chanute.
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