Fred Remembers~Part 18

30 Dec


Judy Wills


More of Fred’s adventures at the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque (UNM):


University of New Mexico – Credit Google Search and UNM websit


During the first week – Freshman Orientation – various organizations on campus set up tables to advertise their presence.  As God would have it, the first table I came to was the BSU – Baptist Student Union.  They quickly found out I was a believer, and they offered to provide a ride to church the next Sunday.

Sure enough, on Sunday, one of the students came to the dorm and took me to his church – the First Baptist Church of Albuquerque.  I remember the young men’s Sunday School class he took me to was called “The Radiators.” Their motto was:  “if we rest, we rust.”


Photo credit Google search First Baptist Church, Albuquerque


After visiting that church for a few months, I joined the church and soon joined the adult choir.

One of the classes I signed up for was Air Force ROTC (Reserve Officer Training Corps).  (There are only three ways to be commissioned as an officer in the United States military:  (1) ROTC, (2) attending the Military Academy, or (3) completing Officer Training School (affectionately called the “90 Day Wonders,” since it is a 90-day program).

During my third semester of ROTC, I completed all the officer-qualifying exams which included a complete physical exam.  My vision was such that I was not qualified to be a pilot.  Since the Air Force was only commissioning pilots at that time, I was not allowed to continue in the ROTC program.  Some years later, after I completed my graduate school, I applied to Air Force Officer Training School and was accepted.  After completing the 90 days, I was commissioned a 2ndLieutenant in the Air Force.  I was immediately ordered to San Jose State College in California for training as a meteorologist.


Fred’s commissioning 1966


Fred receiving his commission papers as a 2nd Lieutenant


For many years, beginning in my high school years, I had a “Dairy Queen” hairdo, complete with a large curl in front.





I knew the Air Force ROTC unit would not allow such a haircut, so before my first class, I went to the nearby Kirtland AFB barber shop and had my hair cut in a very short “flattop,” which I kept until after Judy and I arrived in Germany in the summer of 1967. (As a side note to this: I quickly discovered after arriving in Germany in 1967, that the German people looked askance at me with my flattop.  It was because Hitler’s German Youth Corps wore their hair so short, that I reminded them of the Nazi’s.  When I learned that, I let my hair grow out – but no longer with the curl)



Charles wrote:   In December of 1957 we left Japan for assignment to Cannon Air Force Base at Clovis, New Mexico.  There we would be not too far from Fred.

We went over to Albuquerque to pick up Fred at the end of his first year there and brought him to spend the summer with us.  During that same summer we were visited by a group of young people from the First Baptist Church of Albuquerque.  Fred had joined that church and was active in the young people’s group. Among those visiting us was a very attractive young woman who seemed interested in Fred and he in her. Eventually this mutual interest led to their marrying a few years later.




And so, as they say, the rest is history……


~~~~~~~~~THE END~~~~~~~~~~



JUDYJudy is living in Central Florida with her retired U.S. Air Force husband of 50+ years. Born in Dallas, Texas, she grew up in the Southwestern United States.She met her husband at their church, where he was attending the university in her town. After college and seminary, he entered the Air Force, and their adventures began.They lived in eight of our United States, and spent six years in Europe, where their oldest daughter was born. She was a stay-at-home mom for many years
Judy has always been involved with music, both playing the piano and singing.
Always interested in exercise, she was an aerobic dancing instructor, as well as a piano teacher for many years, and continues to faithfully exercise at home.
After moving to Central Florida, she served as a church secretary for nearly nine years.Her main hobby at this point in time is scanning pictures and 35mm slides into the computer. She also enjoys scrapbooking.
She and her husband have two married daughters and four grandchildren, including grandtwins.
She and her husband enjoy the Disney parks as often as possible.

2 Responses to “Fred Remembers~Part 18”

  1. divoran09 December 30, 2018 at 1:56 pm #

    Excellent story now when do we get the romance part?


  2. GP Cox December 30, 2018 at 6:45 am #

    Maintain a diary of thoughts remembered!! Thank you, Fred for all your service!!


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