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FAMILY MAN — Sgt. Doug Bow« If a family man, likes to be a part of .the community. The Bowe
family (Doug, Lucille, Richard and Janet) chat here with mail man Hubert Lewis. (News-Argus Photo)
COMMUNITY, MAN, TOO — Tlie sergeant, also-is a prominent member of tlie Junior Chamber of
Commerce. He is shown here enjoy^ a meeting with .A. W. Griffin, Jr. (News-Argus, Photo)
Seymour Johnson Top-Kick—A Civilian At Heart
By EUGENE PRICE
He’s a career Air Force man,
but he’s a civilian at heart.
That confession came today from
Master Sergeant Douglas Bowe,
who as sergeant major of the 83rd
Fighter Wing, is the number one
noncomissioned officer at S e y-
mour Johnson Air Force Base.
He's typical of the career men
who make up today's Air Force.
He’s a family man and although a
professional in the military, he isn’t
the brawling soldier of fortune or
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“The Air Force .is a good life
for a man and his family, I chose
it as a profession because I liked
it,” said Bowe, who at 35, will be
eligible for retirement in just
four more years.
“But under the uniform, I'm a
! civilian. I like to be a part of a
; community. And I find Goldsboro
I to be a good community to be a
I part of,” the sergeant explained,
j Bowe, who came here about a
I year ago, wasted no time in be
coming a part of Goldsboro. He
joined the Jaycees and his wife
became active in the Jaycees.
They both serve on the boards of
directors and the sergeant is co-
chairman of the Seymour Johnson-
“We have an awful lot of friends
here. I can thank the Jaycees for
that. The club here is as good as
you’ll find anywhere. Just about
everywhere I go do%vn the street
I meet people I know,” he com
He and his wife, Lucille, •are
active in church work, too. They
attend Good Shepherd Evangelical
With two small children
(Richard, 5, and Janet, 2), the
Bowe’s don’t “gc>out”-too m-urh at
night, aside from their Jaycee
activities and occasional visits with
Air Force and civilian families.
But they find plenty to entertain
themselves with at home. Sgt.
Bowe Is a successful amateur
photographer who once won an a-
ward with a picture he took of
three streaks of lightning flashing
across the sky. He collects stamps
Mrs. Bowe Insisted that she
“isn’t any good at all .at it” but
her husband mentioned that she
entertains herself occasionally by
Both like Goldsboro. “It’s much
better than our last station. The
town is a nice size and the people
are friendly. The scenery is beauti-
for the folks of home,,.
or those you care
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to fish,” said Bowe.
Mrs. Bowe enjoys the shopping
center: “There’s a big store here
for just about anything you might
As sergeant major, Bowe can ex
pect to remain here for a fairly
long tour of duty — one, he says,
which could easily extend through
his retirement period.
As for after that, he hasn’t de
cided yet. “We're both from Sari
Diego. We may go back out there.
Or we might stjay here, depend
ing on what I can find to do. We
wouldn’t mind at all living here,”
They have bought a brick home
at 906 Pittman St.
WASHINGTON — The Pentagon
later this year may ask for a law
allowing all servicemen to ad
vance on the retired at com
pletion of 30 years r to the
'allows such advancememK the* ^
higher grade was held in tie serv
ice frorii which retired. But in other
cases there is no advancement au
A War n Navy or Marine offi
cer, for example, who enlisted in
the Air Force and retires from the
AF as an airman, cannot ad
vance to the highest grade held
in the other service (Army per
sons who switched to AF under
the law establishing AF as a sepa
rate service can advance, It has
The change, now being worked
on in the Pentagon, is going into
a draft legislative proposal. But it
may be some time before it clears
the big hangai*.
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Rates By Rail
WASHINGTON — Furtough
rates, customarily granted service
people by the railroads, probably
will be renewed this year, but
at a .slightly higher per-mile cost,
an official of the Association of
American Railroads said this week.
The furlough rates, roughly 30
percent below civilian passenger
fares, are renewed by the railroads
on a year-to-year basis. They com^
up again in June, and Earl Pad-
rick of the Railroad Association!
said he “sees no reason why they i
should not be renewed.” i
An increase. Padrick said, would '
be in line with a recent general I
fare hike granted the carriers by '
the Interstate Commerce (ilommis-
slon. Present civilian passenger
fares are 3.7 cents per mile In the
East and 3.03 cents in the West and
South. Sendeemen pay 2.02 cents
The furlough rates were begun
during Wprld War IT and have been
renewed every year since. They
are good for servicemen traveling
in uniform and by coach only.
To Hero’s Son
McGHEE TYSON APRT., Tenn.
—The Distinguished Flying Cross,
awarded only for “rare heroism”
during peacetime, was presented
posthumously to t%vo - year - old
Jeffrey Paige Couch, for his father,
Lt. Robert P. Couch.
Col. George B. Simlgr, command
er, 355th Fighter Gv., made the
presentation here, before friends
On October 18, 19.56, while on
a routine training flight over
Minneapolis, Minn. Lt. Couch’s
aircraft experienced an explosion
and sudden power failure. Al
though he could have bailed! out
successfully he chose to stay with
his plane and maneuver it away
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