In November of 1963, the week President Kennedy was shot, Omer was ordered to Vietnam, to be stationed at Bien Hoa AFB until November 1964. Omer was assigned to the 34th TAC GP (Tactical Group) NOCIC (Non-Commissioned Officer in Charge), as Dispensary Supervisor Outpatient. This was Omer’s only Combat Duty assignment, although he was never exposed to all-out combat.
Omer worked odd jobs while in Vietnam, for instance he ran the movie projector for evening movies, worked as bartender, called Bingo, and managed the swimming pool. He was also given flying status to accompany searches for retrieving or rescuing pilots or their remains. Omer said it was best to keep busy in this setting.
After surviving Vietnam unscathed, Omer opted for Middletown AFB, PA, for his base of choice, which was close to his hometown of Lewistown, PA. This was to be his final assignment before retirement, but the base closed, and he was then assigned to Hill AFB, UT. Here he was to replace a Master Sergeant, which was also Omer’s rank, who was also the NCOIC (Non-Commissioned Officer in Charge) of Hospital Services Supervisor. This assignment resulted in the management of an old WWII “cantonment” type hospital, and assisted in the layout operations for a new proposed facility which occurred after his retirement on September 30th, 1970.
Omer joined softball, football, bowling or basketball sports leagues at all his duty stations, and carried these to the community level in Little Leagues for children and teens.