My name is Ed and new to this forum. I use to load the F4C/E/G and worked on the jet for 15 years srtaight. I enlisted June 1976 and retired Oct 1997.
The first time I worked on the F4C/E was at George AFB, CA. Then at Osan AB Korea, Nellis AFB, NV, then back to George AFB. I was pretty good loading the jet, even if I say so. I also worked in LSC when I went back to George the 2nd time. The NCOIC called me at Nellis and ask if I wanted to work in LSC, I said sure. I ended up being on the LSC crew vs the SLC crew. When I got to George, he ask me to watch a crew in the load barn training and to give him some feedback. The two evaluators passed the crew and I would have failed them. My NCOIC asked what I thought of the load crew. I told him straight up that "A bunch of SH*T eating monkeys could load better then them". From that point forward I gave little breaks, I couldn't train load crews and have them fail in war time. Over time I was even kicked off the flightline one time for one section because they thought I was too hard, after a month went by the other evaluators was failing them also, so it just wasn't me. Needless to say we ended up going to war (Gulf) and I saw some of the people I helped trained loading on TV, they did good.
When I went back to the flightline, my crew made load crew of the month a few times, load crew of the qtr and load crew of the year. I was the wpns crew chief and I had some good guys working for me.
I retired as a MSgt and currently its been 17yrs and time is going by faster. I still miss working on the F4.