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Cynthia Brown Long

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Born and raised in South Jersey in the town of Cedar Brook and went to Edgewood Regional High School.
Enlisted out of high school into the USAF( Dad was a B17 pilot in WWII and my brother later did 20 in the USAF). Was inspired by Cherry Ames Flight nurse books growing up but science was not my strong suit, so went in to become an air traffic controller in 1973. Once in basic my male DI a former ATC, who just returned from his second tour in Nam and talked me out of ATC. Became a 291 Comm Center Specialist instead.
Did Basic at Lackland AFR, tech at Tinker, and then my first duty assignment was RAF Alconbury 2166 Comm/DAT, 10 TAC Recon Wing. Everyone I worked for has just completed tours in Nam so heard lots of stories from them locked in the command center during slow midnight shifts.
Funny story- got married during an alert week and most guests attended the wedding in alert gear as the all call to end alert did not happen till 5 pm on Friday an hour before my wedding. Because our unit was attached to the command center got to know all the F4 pilots assigned to do rotation duty in the command center. Was invited to join their families for Thanksgiving dinner and one of them, Major George Tucker, and his former wife hosted our wedding reception and he gave me away when I married Airman Ric Miller. George almost missed the wedding as he flew out during the alert was not allowed to fly back till late Friday. Would love to find George who served in Vietnam. The last I heard he and his current wife Debbie had a horse farm in the south.
We returned to the states where I was assigned to the Pentagon command center for USAFand Ric got out as he completed his tour. Worked midnight shifts and rotating shifts with a great team. Sgt Sandy Muench one of my key teammates left at the same time I did would love to track her down.
1977 – Left USAF and Ric and I settled in Richmond where I used my GI bill to graduate from VCU. Worked as a manager for JC Penney full time through part of college then as a meeting planner for Dynasty World Travel as an event planner. Traveling in the USA and abroad.
Separated in 1982 and returned home to NJ where I worked for the infamous Cherry Hill Inn and had the unique honor to manage my dad’s army unit reunion as part of my assignment at the hotel. Promoted and moved to the eastern shore of Maryland as Director of Sales at Easton’s Tidewater Inn.
Was sought out for hotel GM and took over and managed the St Michaels Habour Inn and Marina for 7 years. Was actively involved in the community in many volunteer groups.
Met my husband John and married in October 1989.
After assisting in creating a hospitality education program for Chesapeake College accepted the position of Hospitality Education Coordinator.
With several moves related to my husband's job held a position as Hospitality Educator at Lake Michigan College, Benton Harbor. With lots of volunteer experience in event planning and fundraising as a volunteer transitioned into Development in St Petersburg, Florida working for the Florida Orchestra in several roles and finally as Director of Development. In relocation to Virginia had two development short-term development positions.
I am now honored to apply my veteran and other work experience to work with dedicated volunteers around the USA to share The Wall That Heals in their communities. I hope someday to connect with MGT Bruce Powers, TSgt Willie Miller, or MSGT Mike Burchfield…….during one of these visits for The Wall That Heals…

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