On Way to Beale AFB for Drone Protests
I am at the airport in Portland, Maine heading to northern California for two days of protests at Beale AFB which hosts the Global Hawk surveillance drone and the U-2 high altitude spy plane. Regular protests have been happening at Beale for several years and loads of activists have been arrested there for their non-violent actions.
This is a sort of personal trip for me as I lived on Beale from 1969-1971 when my dad was stationed there. He worked on the spy cameras on the SR-71 Blackbird plane. In 1971 I left Beale to head to the Oakland, California military induction center where I joined the Air Force wanting to be a career man like my dad. After my training I was sent to Travis AFB, also in northern California, which was then an airlift base for the Vietnam War. It was the anti-war activity inside and outside that base that helped turn me into a peacenik.
Looks like there will be two days of protests at Beale gates and then I'll head to San Francisco where I will do a talk on Wednesday, March 9 at 7:00 pm at the S.F. War Memorial Veterans Building (401 Van Ness Ave).