50 years behind the barber chair at Lackland


Go through basic over the last 50 years? You may have met this guy, Lester West, who  has been cutting Air Force recruits’ hair for more than half a century.

West works in the Air Force Basic Military Training’s  Clipper Cuts barber shop, which cuts the hair of more than 500 recruits every day.  In this video, you get to hear West’s perspective on his long career as a barber and see what it’s like for brand- new recruits at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas.

The video was posted Wednesday by On Patrol, the USO’s magazine; the Air Force released this video late last year.

One fun fact: when West started in 1961, haircuts cost $0.65 apiece. Now, they’re three for $15.50.


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