|This is a double posting.
On April 3rd Luftmeldekorpset in Denmark was disbanded. The same day the Baltic nations joined NATO - apart from postponing it so the stand down didn't fall on april foolsday - us volunteers would have thought it a joke.
For the last decade some of us have been trying to hand the torch on to the Baltic countries, but they have apparently chosen a different way. I only hope, if they reconsider, that there will be enough of us left to even the way for them.
To me, as a long serving member of Luftmeldekorpset, it is a very proud day: We volunteers have achieved the highest a soldier can: To dissuade an agressor from his evil intend by our mere presence and training activities and our ability to cooperate with other arms and a host of allies. The number of allied squadrons, regiments and their nationalities are to many to be named and thanked separately, but they be all thanked as we put our binoculars in the casing for the last time. Thank God we never had to have the butchery in our skies, we hope the Baltic will remain as unpoluted of vicious aluminium as ours.