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Mornings unPHILtered - A Veterans Day edition
Vet Day Program 2009
    It was a Veterans Day preview on Tuesday's “Morning's unPhiltered” show. Host Phil Boyum welcomed Cliff Holt, a retired US Navy pilot and the chairman of the House Committee for the Statesboro Kiwanis Club. Holt came on the show to talk about the annual Veterans Day observance at the Averitt Center that starts this morning at 10:30 a.m.
    Holt said he studied journalism in college, but decided that was not what he wanted to do for the rest of his life. As he had been flying airplanes for a while, the Navy signed him up during a recruitment drive. After graduating, Holt earned his pilot's wings in short order. He actually trained by flying Naval aircraft on carriers off of Pensacola, Fla.
    Holt, however, soon found himself using his journalistic training after the Navy made him a public relations officer, writing for a variety of newspapers about Naval affairs. Holt started flying again, and attained the rank of commander. He was placed in charge of an anti-submarine warfare squadron in Norfolk, tracking Russian submarines off the east coast of the United States.
    Holt stated that during his tour of duty in Japan he was often sent up ready to do battle if necessary. During the Cold War, Holt said American and Russian navies regularly played a high-stakes game of cat and mouse in their efforts to evade or locate each other.
    In fact, Holt said that sometimes his group would play practical jokes on “particularly obnoxious” Russian subs that they encountered during their missions. He participated in many major training exercises with American military units from all branch of the services.
    Holt said the Veterans Day program would start at 10:30 a.m. with entertainment from the singing group “Outrageous Joy.” At 11 a.m., different speakers will talk about the wars of the 20th Century.. After those speakers, Commander Holt will address the assembled group about his experiences during the “Cold War.”
     “Mornings unPHILtered” airs live Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. on and also simulcast on WWNS-AM 1240 on the radio. You also can listen anytime at on
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