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BG-CT Edward J. Waitte (RET) shares stories from his years of service.
Meet The Avenger Girls World War II made “Rosie the Riveter” famous. But have you ever heard of the “Avenger Girls?” In 2012, Betty Wall Strohfus holds a picture of herself when she was a WASP pilot. In 2012, Betty Wall Strohfus holds a picture of herself when she was a WASP pilot. It was World War II. American factories were turning out aircraft by the thousands, but there weren’t enough male pilots to deliver them to airfields. Besides, male pilots were needed for combat duty overseas. So, in August of 1943, the US Army Air Force (precursor to today’s … Read More
Retired Air Force fighter pilot Jay Waitte explains the American Air Force’s unofficial – but very real – military doctrine. When I would fly in Europe, the British pilots were crazy. They would try to hit you when you were in a dogfight. But you know, I learned a lot from them. I could see how they did so well in World War Two, as did the Americans. Throughout history, many manuals have been written on how to fly a certain airplane, how to do ground attack, how to do dogfighting. Like every air force, we have our flight manuals, … Read More
Retired Air Force fighter pilot Jay Waitte honors the many Black soldiers who volunteered and fought for the Union…and for their freedom. Black Americans have bravely fought for this country since this country began. Some 5,000 men were combat-dedicated troops during the Revolutionary War. And over 900 Tuskegee Army Air Force fighter pilots flew over Europe. But this blog is dedicated to the Black soldiers from all over this country who fought to preserve the Union. In particular, this is the story about those who fought in Louisiana to break the back of the Confederate states. In 1863, at the … Read More
When briefing the military, it’s just as important to explain what NOT to do. Just the FACs. Over the years, I have gone on a lot of deployments to other countries. I used to go up to Canada and assist them to teach their “forward air controllers”. The “FACs” job is to call in airstrikes against the enemy in support of their own troops. The A-10 is the best airplane in the world for close air support. I would fly up and land at their base, give them briefings, and then we’d go fly to the target area. Then the … Read More
Holidays with the Air Force Retired fighter pilot Jay Waitte looks back to past year’s holidays with the Air Force family: Staff Sgt. Sarah Meadows, a 36th Airlift Squadron loadmaster, writes a holiday greeting on a box of humanitarian aid during Operation Christmas Drop at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam. The missions carry on this tradition of international goodwill after nearly seven decades and more than one million pounds of charitable goods delivered. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Ryan Brooks, 2019) These bags of holiday cookies are destined for single servicemembers living in the dormitories on Vogelweh Military … Read More
When Morrill Worcester was 12, he won a trip to Washington D.C. that included a trip to Arlington National Cemetery. This trip left a lasting impression on Worcester, who later founded the Worcester Wreath Company (Wreaths Across America). At the end of the 1992 holiday season, Worcester’s company was left with a surplus of wreaths. With the memory of the trip still on his mind, Worcester decided to use this opportunity to honor the veterans buried at Arlington. Worcester, assisted by Maine Senator Olympia Snowe and others, arranged for wreaths to be placed in a section of Arlington Cemetery that … Read More
As a US Air Force fighter pilot, Jay Waitte flew against the Warsaw Pact in the 1970s to guard against another surprise attack: December 7th is the 79th anniversary of the attack at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. There were over 3,500 military and civilian casualties. The attack seriously damaged the U.S. Pacific Fleet, including permanently sinking two battleships. Of the 402 American warplanes stationed in Hawaii, 347 were either damaged or destroyed outright. Bombers, pursuit fighters, patrol seaplanes. That’s a casualty rate of 86%! It was all over in 90 minutes. Jump ahead to the 1970s. I was deployed in Europe, … Read More
When it comes to the personal insurance business, one of the good things is that both my brother and I are retired military fighter pilots. We are very good at assessing an individual situation. We are very prompt at getting back to the person. We try to get back to them on the same day with an answer. Now, sometimes they might not like the answer we give. But in our minds, it’s the most ethical and the proper way to do things. It may mean they might have to spend more money on premiums than they would with another … Read More
That’s just a part of life when you’re flying combat aircraft. One of the best ways to learn how to train for air combat is to take off and look for other fighter jets to practice against. You would go fly a specified low level. And the next thing somebody would “jump” another country’s jet and try to get behind them and “shoot” them down. And then somebody would jump behind them. It was quite an experience. Well, that is what happened to a friend of mine in Germany. He was flying and two Germans tried to get behind him … Read More
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 the time owned Waitte’s Insurance, said he knew the Assistant Adjutant General for the Connecticut Air National Guard, since they were both Shriners – … Read More
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 kind local families who can act as substitutes, at least for one day. For example, sailors from the local submarine base in Groton, Connecticut, … Read More
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BG-CT Edward J. Waitte shares his experiences in our new blog.
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
Ethan Waitte — Lieutenant Colonel; 1996-Present
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