Lieutenant General D. M. Twomey (RIP)
Back in 1981, I was a Second Lieutenant at The Basic School, at MCCDEC Quantico, Virginia, when then Major General Twomey addressed my class. The base had a history of not turning on the heat until a certain set date. When the class was asked if there were any questions, I raised my hand (but then, that was typical of me when a General addressed an audience that I was a part of). I said, “General, I know that the heat is not turned on until a certain date, but I am freezing my ass off.”
You could hear a pin drop in the room, and idiot classmates of mine tried to tell me that I had to address him as “Sir.” I reminded them that I was a MUSTANG and that I knew that any Marine that was a Colonel or above, could be addressed by his / her rank, rather than Sir or Ma’am.
General Twomey responded, “Well, Lieutenant, we can’t have you freezing your ass off, now can we?”
The heat was turned on 48 hours later.
May Lieutenant General D. M. Twomey, Rest – In – Peace