If the Navy has been selling the Total Force concept recently, then why have the midshipmen at the Naval Academy gotten only a peek at the professionalism and the capabilities of the Naval and Marine Corps Reserves?
I had been flying in a P-3B from Glenview Naval Air Station (NAS) outside of Chicago to Willow Grove NAS in Pennsylvania. Being a midshipman at the U. S. Naval Academy, I received a lot of attention from the reserve crew. As the flight progressed, I was invited into the cockpit. Since I had had some flight training, the crew was soon explaining the ins and outs of flying a multi-engine propeller airplane. By the time we approached Willow Grove NAS, darkness had fallen. The illuminated runway drew closer, and we prepared to enter the landing pattern. The pilot passed me an extra set of headphones so I could listen to the control tower.