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This part of the site features monthly devotional thoughts by the Association's Chaplain, with the goal of encouraging Signal Corps OCS Graduates to be exceptional in their lives and to live life at a higher level. Our current Chaplain is of the Christian faith, so naturally, his devotionals are fashioned around his Christian beliefs. Your comments and suggestions are welcome and can be offered directly to the Chaplain by eMail at:

by LTC (R) Max Holt, Class 02-67

November 2013


Dreams can soar on wooden wings.

LTC (R) Max Holt - TodayLTC (R) Max HoltHave you ever been accused of ‘day dreaming?’ I’ve been a dreamer since I was a child. As an eight year old on our small East Texas farm I used to dream of flying. I now hold a commercial pilot’s license for airplanes and helicopters and I remember vividly the flight test that qualified me as a commercial pilot. But, that was not my first flight. I remember, we lived directly under the flight path of Air Force B-52 Bombers, which trained in North Texas, and we saw many airplanes flying over. I used to watch those big airplanes and wonder what it would be like to be the pilot, far above the earth, soaring through the clouds. My dream was to someday be a pilot.            

One Saturday 4 of my brothers and I had a free afternoon and were playing in the barn. There were some old boards lying around, so they decided to build an airplane.  They nailed two boards in the shape of a cross and nailed a smaller one across the main board near the back, thus completing the fuselage and front and back wings. They put a vertical fin on the back and made a cockpit from an old apple crate. One of them cut a piece of tin in the shape of a propeller, twisted it so it would be turned by the wind and nailed it on the very front. A big stick appeared from somewhere and was nailed to the floor inside the apple crate, to provide controls.  The airplane would not compete with any of the major aircraft manufacturers but it was complete.            

I was the youngest and smallest one there so they all decided I was to be the pilot. My older brother Jack placed me in the cockpit and spaced the three oldest ones around the plane, one on each wingtip and one in the back. They lifted the little wooden airplane up onto their shoulders and ran out of the barnyard and toward the back fence. I was gripping that stick tightly and the wind was turning the tin propeller. Then, something amazing happened; I pulled back on that stick as I had done so many times in my dreams. And, in my eight-year-old mind, that airplane lifted off the shoulders of my brothers and cleared the fence! I could see myself climbing over the pond near the barn, crossing the stream and turning over the cornfield as I circled and climbed toward the clouds. I could see my brothers far below in the back yard, waving to me as I climbed into the clouds to join in a flight of Air Force airplanes. That was my first flight.  And, I can truthfully tell you this; that flight was as real to me as the one that got me the Commercial License!             

It’s all about being able to dream about the future and take steps necessary to bring your dreams into reality. Proverbs 29:18 says, “Where there is no vision the people perish.” (KJV) When you are in tune with what God wants for your life the vision will become more clear and in agreement with Jeremiah 29:11, “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.” (NIV)  

 Common Sense Application

1.  When you decide on a course of action to accomplish something in your life do not let distractions keep you from concentrating on your goal.

2.  Stick to your plan until you begin to see more of your dreams really come true.

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