Thomas E. Sandidge, Jr
“Tom”

Tom Sandidge enlisted in the Army Reserve in 1976 and entered active duty as a Second Lieutenant in 1984. He left active duty as a Captain in 1993 and separated from the reserves as a Major in 2003. He served at White Sands Missile Range, in Turkey, at Andrews Air Force Base, and in Korea. His varied duties included special weapons officer, cryptographic and physical security officer, theater ammunition officer, and counter-nuclear terrorism team leader.

As commander of the 149th Explosive Ordnance Disposal Detachment, he provided technical security for Presidents Reagan and Bush. He also coordinated technical security for the Victory Parade in Washington, D.C. His last assignment was to build and command the 375th Chemical Reserve Company (Biological Integrated Detection System) in St. Louis, Missouri.

He is currently a database administrator for a major health system and a member of Veterans for Peace. He and his wife are working to become active in the field of international Disarmament, Demobilization, and Reintegration (DDR).

MILITARY HAIKU

Parchment bodies
scoured by sand.
Pebbles on a beach…

©Copyright March 12, 2003 by Thomas E. Sandidge, Jr

An open wound’s
red lips.
The kiss of death.

©Copyright March 24, 2003 by Thomas E. Sandidge, Jr

A man’s life
in a tiny black puddle
The desert sand blows…

©Copyright March 24, 2003 by Thomas E. Sandidge, Jr

Arlington Cemetery,
White stones jump into line
As I march past.

©Copyright March 25, 2003 by Thomas E. Sandidge, Jr

Precision guided
death lurks
The clear blue sky…

©Copyright March 26, 2003 by Thomas E. Sandidge, Jr

Bullet’s zzzzzzzziidt
Rifle’s crack
My heart still beats

©Copyright June 21, 2004 by Thomas E. Sandidge, Jr