The Way It Was - Sorta'
From the time I left ISO/Windsock
I felt there was a story in my experiences at that place. Problem
was I just didn't have the skill to do it. Still don't. So
instead I put what I could remember here. It's not a long story,
just a collection of interesting, some funny, stories. We had
some good writers go through the ISO while I was there. I have
never understood why one of them hasn't written about that office
during that time.
In the 60s it was called the Information
Services Office. Today it's called Public Affiars Office.
Their spokepersons are called Public Affairs Officers. That change
alone gives you an idea of the attention the Marine Corps gives
to this office.
In the 60s the ISO was, in some respects,
a dumping ground for incompetant and useless officers and staff
NCOs. They gave little or no consideration of the abilities of
those who ran this office. When this photographer was in Vietnam
the OIC for the ISO at FLC was a young, younger then me, captain
who majored in English at Oregan State. English major as the public
At Cherry Point the OIC for most of my
tour there was a former high school teacher now a major in the
Marines. The AOIC, a captain, was an ex-LAAM officer. What did
a high school teacher and a LAAM officer know about public relations?
From what I saw - nothing.
These two were so bad that they aquired
the names Tweedledee (the major) and Tweedledumb (the captain.)
The major was afraid of his own shadow and couldn't make a decision
on his own. The captain, on the other hand, was one of the stupidist
people I ever worked for.
Add to these two losers was the
NCOIC. For most of my tour at the Cherry Point ISO the NCOIC was
a gunny that was one of the most mean spirited, spitefull, do
nothings I have ever encountered. To say moral at ISO was low
was an understatement.
Other Marine personal who made decisions
and were responsible for what went out to the public weren't much
better. We had a young 2nd Lt who requested transferr to the ISO
and had no experience. Several Warrent Officers came through the
office. Now most of them did know what they were doing but were
given little to do. Some of them retired, others transferred out.
I remember 2 Staff Sergeants that were there just waiting to retire.
They did nothing or worse they didn't care.