Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Wednesday's Warriors - Arnold Air Society at Anchorsplash

My oldest son is a freshman at the University of South Florida (USF).  He is also enrolled in the Air Force ROTC program - the same detachment where I received my commission as a second lieutenant.   

My son's picture popped up earlier this week on the AFROTC's Facebook page, engaging in extraneous exercise.  I just had to laugh as the only exercise we did was march around USF's Sun Dome parking lot, practicing the 54 commands that we would never use on active duty.

Above is a picture from my freshman year - I was one of twenty plus scholarship students at the University of Tampa (UT) who participated in the AFROTC program at USF.   I'm the second from the left ... it looks like I rolled out of bed.  Of the 13 in the picture, I still keep in contact with three. 

In 1986, during my junior year, I was a member of the Delta Gamma (DG) social sorority at UT.  Our symbol was the anchor.  I should have been in Navy ROTC!

I recruited the AFROTC's "fraternity", Arnold Air Society, to participate in DG's annual fundraiser - Anchorsplash.   The fundraiser pitted fraternities against each other in a series of contests.  The first contest was held Friday night - Mr. Anchorsplash.  Remember, this is the late '80s!

I procured a flight suit for the cadet above who shall remain nameless.  He came up with his own routine to the tune of Top Gun's Danger Zone.  He won, snatching the trophy away from traditional fraternities.   During our drill the following week, the ranking cadets presented gave him a bouquet of flowers ... there may be a picture somewhere in the detachment. 

Next week I'll share the pictures from the pool events of Anchorsplash.  Yes, bathing suits!

Do you have a favorite song from the 80s?  One randomly selected commenter from this week's blog posts wins a book choice from my convention stash.  Comments are open through Saturday, October 24, 10 pm in Baltimore (keep 'em clean).  I'll post the winner on Sunday, October 25, on my book blog, SOS Aloha.


Kim in Baltimore
Aloha Spirit in Charm City

Mr Danger Zone and I celebrate the victory!


  1. Betty Davis Eyes is a big favorite of mine.
    Thanks for sharing your memories, great pictures.

  2. Madonna's "Crazy For You" is a favorite.

  3. Girls just want to have fun by Cindi Lauper.

  4. All NIght Long by Lionel Richie

  5. What a Feeling from Flashdance

  6. So many
    Culture club wham

  7. Angel Eyes by the Jeff Healy Band.

  8. I don't remember a lot of the 80's music since that's when I started raising my family but I do like the ones that were mentioned above.