During the T-46A Next Generation Trainer [NGT] 'exercise' in acquiring a Tweet replacement, Chief Bob was a key Mx advisor. I recall one of our many trips to Fairchild-Republic on Long Island, NY ...I threw my back out of place [incapacitated]. While driving to our TDY quarters at the Freeport Motor Inn & Boatel [remember "Joey" Buttafuoco?] the CHECK ENGINE master caution light came ON. I went straight to bed ...Bob Hemp took off on a hike to find a filling station ...1½ miles back towards the Long Island parkway, and walked back, with one quart of engine oil. To Bob, no big deal. And you know, he never claimed that quart of oil on his travel voucher.
He served his country during two combat tours in Southeast Asia: KC-135 'Young Tiger' FOL and again as superintendent of the 366th Gunfighter FMS at Da Nang [Rocket City].