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Letter to AOC headquarters.

From James M. Takos, AOC member since 1973

July 21, 2005

"Back in November of 1990, I was assigned to the Tactical Air Control Center in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, during Operation Desert Shield. While walking to my duty station, I noticed a gentleman in civilian clothing wearing an Old Crow tie. I lost site of him, but kept a sharp eye out for him. I was lucky and spotted him a few days later. Turned out he was a British Aerospace contractor and the tie was from the British chapter of the AOC. The tie had the AOC crow and an outline of England on it. I asked if I could buy one through the gentleman. He laughed and a few days later I was given a similar tie. I have naturally kept that tie.

After the terrible events in London recently, I looked for any way I could show my support for our British brethren. On the day after 9/11, they did play the Star Spangled Banner at the changing of the guard. I remembered my tie. Naturally, since I had not only moved from one state to another, but also from temporary housing to permanent. I was not too organized.

I have finally found the tie. I will wear this tie each Thursday that I wear a tie to honor those killed and wounded in London and to show that despicable acts such as the London bombings do not change our resolve. I will also wear it to honor the Old Crows fighting terrorists everywhere in the world."


Dan Graves

3562 Geis Rd.

Dayton, OH 45416


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Title Annotation:Administrative Office of the Courts
Author:Graves, Dan
Publication:Journal of Electronic Defense
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Sep 1, 2005
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