His Final Reenlistment
By Master Sgt. Brian Mohlman, 110th Force Support Squadron
/ Published May 02, 2012
April 20, 2012 --
On June 4, 1979, Master Sgt. Brian Mohlman enlisted into the Michigan Air National Guard, with his father, Lt. Col. Harold J. Mohlman administering him the Oath of Enlistment. At the time, the Battle Creek Air National Guard Base was flying the O-2 Skymaster aircraft. Lt. Col. Mohlman served as the base's dental officer for over 20 years, and served as Commander, 110 TAC Clinic for approximately year and a half.
Almost thirty-three years later in retired status, Colonel Mohlman donned the uniform once more, returning to the Battle Creek Air National Guard Base to administer the Oath of Enlistment to his son, Brian, for his final term.
With the exception of a small break in the early 1980's, the relationship between the Battle Creek Air National Guard Base and the Mohlman Family can be traced back to April 1960. At that time, the base was flying the RB-57 aircraft, and transitions to the O-2 Skymaster, the OA-37, the A-10, and the C-21 were witnessed by at least one member of their family over the years.
"I grew up near St Mary's Lake with the familiar sight and sound of the
RB-57's on their final approach, entrenched in my memory." said Sergeant Mohlman. Colonel Mohlman also added, "And I remember coming home from Summer Camp in Alpena one year, to the sight of a 35 foot CB Radio antenna tower that my son had mounted to the roof of my house without my knowledge!" With a smile on his face, Sergeant Mohlman had no further comment.