The Secret Life of Shakey the Pig. (Airman's World).
ANDERSEN AIR BASE, Guam -- There's something smelly going on at the 36th Maintenance Squadron munitions mu·ni·tion
War materiel, especially weapons and ammunition. Often used in the plural.
tr.v. mu·ni·tioned, mu·ni·tion·ing, mu·ni·tions
To supply with munitions. flight storage area. It has something to do with the large black wild boar lolling in a grand pool of slop near the squadron building.
The bomb loaders call him Shakey the Pig Shakey the Pig is the mascot of the 36th Air Base Wing's Munitions Squadron. Just within the gate of the bomb dump of Andersen AFB, a pig poke contains a living, wild boar that has become the bomb dump's "official" pet. , and he's a must-see for distinguished visitors. He's even on the squadron patch. The pig is the squadron mascot.
But the dirty secret is out: The swine isn't the original. In fact, he's possibly the fourth or fifth Shakey. And he's not even kin to the first.
Root around in the files long enough, and you'll discover the truth. It's a sordid story, curly as the 200-plus pound porker's corkscrew corkscrew
a deformity in which the affected part is spiraled like a corkscrew.
a probably heritable defect of the lateral claw, usually of the front feet, of cattle causing serious lameness. tail. It's a tale of pignappings, behind-the-pen dealings and even - gasp! -- barbecues.
People talk. You hear things. Like the first Shakey was just a wild boar, happily scrounging for grubs in the jungle surrounding the storage facility. That is, until an unknown airman snagged him for a planned squadron barbecue some time in the 1980s, said Master Sgt. David Torelli, one of the squadron flight chiefs.
"They couldn't eat him, though," Torelli confessed. "So they sort of adopted him."
How'd he get the name?
"One of the guys was a serious coffee drinker," Torelli said. "He was always shaking and had the nickname. They gave it to the pig."
But certain folks weren't real keen on the squadron keeping a pet pig. Someone called the base veterinarian veterinarian /vet·er·i·nar·i·an/ (vet?er-i-nar´e-an) a person trained and authorized to practice veterinary medicine and surgery; a doctor of veterinary medicine.
n. . But he gave the boar a quick checkup and ruled the porker perfectly fine for consumption -- or cohabitation A living arrangement in which an unmarried couple lives together in a long-term relationship that resembles a marriage.
Couples cohabit, rather than marry, for a variety of reasons. They may want to test their compatibility before they commit to a legal union. . Soon a pen went up, and Shakey settled in for the long haul.
Then he escaped. Or maybe someone let him out. Whatever the case, he disappeared.
Now you have a poke, but no pig. Time to get another Shakey. Out went the bomb loaders with orders to come back with a surrogate mascot.
They did. Again and again. It became a pattern. Some at the squadron whisper that some Shakeys were the guests of honor at more barbecues than people might imagine. Torelli said at least one Shakey was the main course at a local wedding dinner.
The current Shakey has been happy as a pig in--well, you know -- for seven years. He's a big, lazy pig. Content to flop around his luxury pig condo until he turns hooves up.
"A few times he's gotten out," said Staff Sgt. Wyatt Crozier crozier
see crosier. , a munitions specialist. "But Shakey always comes back for food. Beats hunting for it in the jungle, right?"
Shakey's a living legend now. Many a visitor has gone out of his or her way to pet the pig, including a trough full of generals, diplomats and government officials.
"He's definitely a star," Torelli said. "When people come here, one of the first things they ask is: 'Where's Shakey?'"
So the ammo troops keep the pig fat and happy. They aren't too concerned this Shakey will suffer the fate of his predecessors. But if the day comes, they'll be ready.
"There are hundreds of 'em out in the jungle," Crozier said. "Every Shakey has been a wild boar. We'll lust go out there and get another one."