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BG-CT Edward J. Waitte (RET) shares stories from his years of service.

Joining CT Air National Guard

Joining the CT Air National Guard

By BG-CT Edward J. Waitte (RET) | November 30, 2020 | 0

I was stationed at Hahn Air Base, West Germany, in 1978, a 28-year-old Captain. The Air Force wanted me to either go back to the Academy to become a professor or go to the Pentagon to be a staff officer. I did not want to do either. I wanted to keep flying. Maybe eventually I can change my career path, but that is not what I wanted to do right now. So, my father, who at … Read More

2014 Subase New London Adopt a Sailor Thanksgiving Dinner Facebook Posting

A Military Happy Thanksgiving

By BG-CT Edward J. Waitte (RET) | November 23, 2020 | 0

A retired Air Force pilot describes how, whether it’s in New England or the Middle East, our extended military families gather to celebrate their blessings. Happy Thanksgiving! Back when I was a cadet at the Air Force Academy, I was able to come home to Connecticut for most Thanksgivings. I was lucky, but a lot of men and women in the military can’t make it home to be with their families. Fortunately, there are a lot … Read More

Image of Veterans and Color Guard

Veterans Day 2020

By BG-CT Edward J. Waitte (RET) | November 11, 2020 | 0

Veterans Day 2020 Air Force veteran pilot Jay Waitte appreciates your thoughts this Veterans Day. But he wishes you could do a little more than just words. It’s Veterans’ Day. I know the men and women who have served in uniform for this country appreciate it when total strangers walk up to them and say, “Thank you for your service.” I know I do. But I also know what they would appreciate even more. They fought…and … Read More

Flying Across the Atlantic

Deploying Across the Atlantic

By BG-CT Edward J. Waitte (RET) | November 9, 2020 | 0

How flying an A-10 Warthog from Connecticut to West Germany has aspects you might be able to guess, and some you might not. Many times when we deployed overseas, we would take off from Bradley International Airport. They would have us stay in a hotel and eat a special meal. You would eat steak and eggs the night before, to make sure you would go to the bathroom prior to takeoff. You wanted to make sure … Read More

A Stuck Stick Over Norway

Stuck Flight Controls Over Norway

By BG-CT Edward J. Waitte (RET) | October 26, 2020 | 0

Sometimes problems with a jet come and go…and those are the most dangerous. On a mission over Norway, we finished the dogfight training, then flew back to base at about a hundred feet over the fjords. It’s a very, very beautiful country. But when we came to the end of the fjord we needed to pull up. Well, I tried to pull back on the stick and it didn’t want to move! I finally said to … Read More

Agents vs Online Insurance

Insurance Agents Versus Online Insurance

By BG-CT Edward J. Waitte (RET) | October 12, 2020 | 0

Online insurance is a great deal…until you need it! People ask me, “Jay, why should I use someone like you, instead of staying home in my puffy pants and using something like Esurance or Progressive?” And it’s true. A lot of people – young people especially – are doing all their insurance on their phones. The problem is that they have no idea what they’re buying. That’s the biggest thing. They aren’t getting the right professional … Read More

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Flying Without Combat Boots

By BG-CT Edward J. Waitte (RET) | October 12, 2020 | 0

During the Cold War, the Warsaw Pact would test NATO’s air defense system. NATO’s air defense was set up in four different layers. An air defense identification zone (ADIZ). A buffer zone (BZ). A political border. And finally, the actual border. The Warsaw Pact would start flying some of their jets directly at the border. Not parallel, but perpendicular, at a fairly high speed. They’d probably be going Mach 1. They were testing our response times. … Read More

The Ties Between the Military and Insurance

The Ties Between the Military and Insurance

By BG-CT Edward J. Waitte (RET) | September 28, 2020 | 0

One winter, I was flying as a wingman over the North Sea. Suddenly, my leader’s F-4 jet engine caught on fire. He had enough time to make a Mayday call – or a “Save Our Souls” call – before he and his backseater ejected from a nice warm cockpit into the 40-degree water and heaving seas. An unprotected person in that kind of water has less than a half-hour to live. Not only is the water … Read More

Gunsmoke Competition

Gunsmoke Competition

By BG-CT Edward J. Waitte (RET) | September 28, 2020 | 0

Fighter pilots have a reputation for being cowboys. They even have their own rodeo. The Israelis Air Force reviewed some of their gun camera film from the ’73 war. It was horrific. Their pilots had not been taught how to “dog fight.”  They were able to get behind the enemy aircraft, but they could not keep the “pipper” (gunsight) smoothly on the target in order to shoot that aircraft down. The pipper was all over the … Read More

Why Most Airline Pilots are Military Pilots

Why Most Airline Pilots are Military Pilots

By BG-CT Edward J. Waitte (RET) | September 14, 2020 | 0

Continental Flight 1549 has just departed LaGuardia Airport and is climbing over The Bronx. Continental Flight 1549 (calmly): “Mayday mayday mayday. This is Cactus fifteen thirty-nine. Hit birds. We’ve lost thrust on both engines. We’re turning back towards LaGuardia.” LaGuardia Departure Control (just as calmly): “Ok. Yeah, you need to return to LaGuardia. Turn left heading two-two-zero.” Flight 1549: “Two-two-zero.” …2 minutes later…. Flight 1549: “We’re are going to be in the Hudson.” Most of the … Read More

At The Air Force Academy

At the Air Force Academy

By BG-CT Edward J. Waitte (RET) | August 31, 2020 | 0

How shining shoes for hours on end and rugged academics turned an 18-year-old high school graduate into a capable and confident Air Force Second Lieutenant. There is a lot of very difficult training at the Air Force Academy. It was a very tough experience, but it was a good experience for me. I didn’t understand the purpose of that training until about ten years later. They put you through hell. But the whole point of that … Read More

The Dawn Patrol Poster

How The Dawn Patrol Influenced My Life

By BG-CT Edward J. Waitte (RET) | August 17, 2020 | 0

Retired US Air Force fighter pilot Edward “Jay” Waitte recalls a 1938 classic war movie with its fearless camaraderie, code of chivalry, and fierce rivalry. A lot of people have asked why I wanted to go to the Air Force Academy. It’s rather a funny story because one time I was watching Dawn Patrol starring Errol Flynn and David Niven. What interested me is that they would be in a fighter squadron. At that time pilots … Read More

At Waitte’s Insurance, we are committed to the safety and security of our insurance clients as well as that of our country.
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Military Service

At Waitte’s Insurance we are committed to the safety and security of our insurance clients as well as the that of our country.

Some areas of operation we have served in:

Jay Waitte — Brigadier General-CT; 1968-2010
Panama, (preparing to capture Noriega) Bosnia, Iraq

Mike Waitte — Major; 1977-1997
Panama, Bosnia

Ethan Waitte — Lieutenant Colonel; 1996-Present
Afghanistan, Syria

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