Part of the U.S. defense against an unnamed enemy is the Air Force Reserve. After setting the context of the threat of atomic warfare, we venture to Marietta, Georgia, where we see reservists at evening seminars. We meet a half dozen of them, who, in their civilian lives work at a hardware store, a car dealership, and a poultry farm. Then, there's a scramble, a simulated drill, in which the civilians race to the base and assume their military roles - from colonel to pilots to communications specialists. In the middle of the Cold War, these civilian soldiers are part of the sentinels in the air. Written by
Reviewer Confused Air National Guard with Air Reserves
Unfortunately the comments above are based on the erroneous belief that the film was about the Air National Guard in Georgia. It was not. The film was about the Air Force Reserves headquartered at Dobbins Air Force Base which, with its worldwide mission, had a much broader impact than the Air National Guard Unit at Dobbins. This Air Force wing was an important support to air defenses against foreign threats. The wing featured had missions to South and Central America, Vietnam, and Europe. The latter included sending activated reserve troops to serve at Mildenhall, England in the late 1960s.
The men portrayed in the film were actual reservists although they are credited under the names they were given for the film.
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