USAF 1979 - 1999
Alaska, Washington, Oklahoma, Germany
TDY all over the &#$@*! world!
Proud Heavy crewdawg on E-3s
Ground Radar before that.
Can't kill the bad guys if you can't find them first!
Any other flyers? Ground-pounders?
84 to 88, started on the T-38 Talon at Laughlin...man that was EONS ago!
Active duty student pilot at Vance AFB, OK.
SSgt. AFSC 325X0
Automatic flight Control/Compass technician
B-52, KC-135, C-130 F-4, A-7, EC-121, EB-66, F-105 Wild Weasel
Okinawa, Thailand, Phillipines, Arkansas & California
American Legion Post 88, Donelson, TN
SrA. F-15 Crewchief
Elmendorf AFB, Anchorage, AK
Went TDY to quite a few places but still missed Europe and Thailand.
'66 - '69
Okinawa, Thailand, Vietnam
SSgt 46150 Munitions Maintenace Specialist (BB Stacker)
"We make the mission worthwhile"
Ahhh Jerry i see that you served. How could you doubt a fellow air force mechanic! By the way, is the A7 the Corsair, big intake under the nose?
72-76 Benton AFS, Elmendorf AFB AK
Electronics tech, ground radio
Lackland AFB, TX
Fallon AFS, NV
Korat AB, Thailand
Fairchild AFB, WA
McClellan AFB, CA
Suwon AB, Korea
Osan AB, Korea
Camp Long, Korea
Sunnyvale AFS, CA
SSgt Electronics Communications Tech. My work was so secret I didn't even know what I was doing...
Lackland AFB, Tx
Illinois for weather training
Forbes AFB, Ks
Kadena AFB, Okinawa
Suwon AFB, Republic of South Korea
In and out of various bases around Tailand, Taiwan, Viet Nam
Yep, I worked on the A-7 in Thailand, where it flew close air support. Ugly as a mud fence, but it could carry lots of payload. The 20MM Gatling gun in that big nose could really chew up a target, and the rockets were just an added bit of bang. I was an avionics technician.http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/f/f2/Mb-a7dkorat72.jpg
Helicopter Mechanic/Phase Dock Jolly Greens
T-37 Jet Mechanic/Phase Dock
OV-10 Bronco Mechanic/Phase Dock
Avionics OV-10 Bronco and F-4 Jet
F-16 Jet Engines and Crewchief
321st bomb wing med. SAC B47 instrument mechanic Pinecastle AFB Florida. 90 days TDY to
Lakenheath/Mildenhall AFB Cambridge UK.
Lages AFB Portugal
Norwegian AF station OSLO Norway
With stops at
Sidi SLimane North Africa
Keeping an eye on the russians who were keeping an eye on us.
Man thats 62 years ago. I must be an old fart
1975-1981 Stationed at Griffiss AFB NY,lost to BRACC 1995 and at Hickam AFB Hi. I was a structural technician aka carpenter. Found my lovely bride in NY and returned in 1981 to make my home. Still a transplanted rebel( born and raised in VA) though.
RCAF 1952-1957 Search and rescue, Training Command
Airframe tech on Dakotas, Harvards, Norseman and De haviland single engine Otters This is where I owned my 1950 Chevy 1/2 ton.
Williams AFB, AZ
Offutt AFB, NE (Awful AFB, OMG NE)
North Omaha Boy, who after talking with a lot of vets about the different branches of the service, joined the AF Medics. Joined the Medics, cause I was told that all of the girls were in the Medics. Purely from a 19 year old male perspective!
Met my wife while at Williams in 1982. She was AF also. Meeting/ Marrying her the best thing Uncle Sugar did for me!
Long time ago!
Lackland AFB, Texas
Lackland, Keesler, Castle, Kadena and misc TDYs
SAC AEMS, radio/radar, B52, KC135, C47
July 83 to April 07, retired master sergeant, civil engineer dirt boy, (heavy equipment operator)
Basic, july 83/ Aug 83
Tech school, aug 83/ oct 83
Davis Monthan, Tucson Arizona, oct 83/ mar 88
Wethersfield England, mar 88/ aug 90
Kirtland, Albuquerque New Mexico, aug 90/ june 94
Osan AB Korea, june 94/ june 95
Vandenberg, California, june95/ june 04
Nellis, Las Vegas, Nevada, june 04/ apr 07///retired
Air Force 1965 - 1969
Lackland and Keesler (radio maint. school)
Bamberg and Bad Kreuzanch Germany
Few months at Warner Robbins AFB
Well, I sent that a little too quick. Add:
Mather AFB, CA
McDill AFB, FL
Danang AB, Vietnam
Seymour Johnson AFB, NC
I guess it does not like long posts....
Eglin AFB, FL
Kadena AB, Okinawa
Nellis AFB, NV
Yongsan, Seoul, Korea
Seymour Johnson AFB, NC
Weeds A/1C aircraft instrument mechanic. 1952/56.
Lackland AFB TX
Shepard AFB TX.
Chanute AFB IL.
Pinecastle AFB FL. 9thAF 321st maintenance squadron (SAC) B47s
TDY to Oslo Norway,Lakenheath AFB UK. Sidi Slimane North Africa and Lages AFB. Azores.
Glad to see you spent your formative years in God's country Weeds!
Allen, Spent a lot of time in TX as a young man,Had just turned 20 when I ended up at Lackland as a basic airman. Good times in Sams air force!
Mountain man here. 71 - 76 radio relay equipment repairman (304X0).
Worked on 10KW troposcatter radios and kwm2a's. Two assignments on small sites and one in the regular air force.
lackland - San Antonio
kessler - Biloxi
2187th comm group - mt limbara, sardinia (Italy)
3rd mob - OKC
2187th comm group - Oderzo Italy
USAFSS 1964-1968 Pesahawar and Shu Lin Kou 15 months each 29251 and 20350. Quite a time. Just moved to Taos NM from Sun Valley ID
49 Chevy 3100
49 3100, and to all others. Welcome to the Stovebolt and Thank You for your service. May 2017 be one of the best years yet.
Spent 8 1/2 years in the AF. Started in Lackland, then to Stewart in TN, Little Rock, Ubon Thailand, Davis Montham Arizona, Osan Korea, Thailand (base?) and then back to Little Rock Ar. Worked on C-130 entire time as a mechanic. Mostly on A's and E's, Gunships and Droneships. Some good times and some bad ones, but it really helped me in the cycle of life.
1939 Chevy 1/2 Ton
1934 Chevy 3WC
1939 Chevy 1 1/2 Ton COE
1948 Chevy 1/2 Ton PU
F-111A/E/F Crew chief/aero repair, crash recovery
RAF Upper Heyford UK
1981-2014 Air National Guard technician, AGR
F4-G Wild Weasel. ( this is where Weaselkeeper comes from)
A-10 production Super
Mountain Home AFB ground radar
Chief enlisted TACP squadron.
Chief enlisted advisor
6 deployments to Southwest Asia
1979-85 then national guard.
Navigation systems, Communications.
England, Keesler, places I can't talk about.
EC-135, C-130, UH-60, MH-63
F4-G Wild Weasel. ( this is where Weaselkeeper comes from)
I worked on the weasels at Korat Thailand, back when they were flying F-105's. Those guys had to be the biggest party animals in the USAF! One night they used an 8-foot potted palm tree to sweep out the stag bar at the O club- - - - -"Nobody but Weasels gonna drink tonight!"
Lots of respect for those guys- - - -"YGBSM!"
At Nellis, The F 105 weasels sat on the flight line row across from the F111s I worked on. I wanted to work F105s since I was a kid. What a monster. I did get to pet a few. I got to watch them takeoff during red flags. Twenty four F-105s taking off in 2 ship formations at dawn really got the day started.
SSgt/Weapons load crew chief
Lots of TDY's during the winter do to bad flying weather much of the time. That never bothered us much as we always went south to much warmer places.
Thanks to everyone for posting. Its great to know we have so many veterans that still love the old iron.
Here's one of the toys I got to play with- - - - -the B-58.http://randolphbrewercom.fatcow.com/b58/img/59-2453.jpg
Supposed to be able to fly Mach 3, but the top speed was "classified". We had 14 minutes to get the alert birds in the air from Little Rock before the Russian ICBM's started dropping on our heads!
Retired from Air Force 1994
C130E/C130H Crew Chief
Rhein Main AFB
My son is active duty Staff Sargent, Heavy Maintenance Crew Chief, B-52. He has been all over the world with his planes, including a stint last year in the middle east. If you look on You Tube, there are videos from when the B-52s first got to Qutar. Its pretty impressive seeing them land and deploying the parachutes. He was telling me the usual was 120 degrees on the air field while they did their thing. That is hot working man. He was over in England for the big British air show (tatoo I think they call it). He was telling me that he had crowds around the B-52 that our country sent over the entire show. Not too bad a reputation for an old girl, lol. He is headed up to Minot, ND next week and new B-52 adventure (cold, lol).
"Why Not Minot?"- - - - -well, according to a comment by one of the locals- - - - -"We've got 10 months of hard winter, and two months of lousy snow skiing!
One of the D-model BUF's I worked on at Kadena in the early 1970's is the one on display at the Air Force Museum in Dayton Ohio. I watched some of the panels on the battle damage diagram that's displayed with the plane getting repaired before its next sortie over Hanoi- - - - where it collected a few more holes- - - -etc.
I don’t think he had much choice. Without saying so I think they have a lot of of young airmen that don’t know what to do withemselves up in the cold so they moved a whole crew of experienced nco’s, they all had been deployed overseas, a bunch of them deployed more then once including my boy, and a good number of them had been deployed together overseas, up there. A group of them were asked to test for technical Sargent before they left so I took that as a little realignment up in North Dakota. So they are all gorging themselves on one more craw dad feast and a few daqueries from Louisiana’s famous drive through daqueri shops before they make the trip up north, lol.
Minot, Loring Maine, and a few of the other deep freeze bases along the Canadian border have always had staffing problems. Back when SAC was still in existence, they got around to rotating just about everybody through those places before the Air Force wide musical chair department got to them. Since dedicated command structures like SAC, TAC, ADC, etc. got phased out, a lot of intra-command transfers stopped. In general, things just don't get done in the military the way we did it 40 years ago. Some people think that's a good thing!
F-15C/D/E Crew Chief
Mountain Home, ID
Matt, thank you for your service. (I'm an old AF guy myself)
My boy sent me a text this morning to let me know it was 6 degrees at Minot Air Force Base. Quite a bit different from Barksdale Air Force Base, lol.
Barksdale, ugh. Spent 9 months there in '95 before I transitioned back to civilian life. I was at the base transportation detachment that brought in the trains of vehicles and equipment for readiness center training. We also did a lot of the heavy forklifting on the base. Got to clean up a pretty good derailment not far from the base too. But Sleazeville left a lot to be desired. The best part about the area was the Air Force people (I was Army) and a lot of the people we met off base. I think the Army went there as punishment. The food was fantastic.
Fort Drum, NY was similar but the opposite end of the weather spectrum also. -24 degree wind chill at the range. Kinda hard to shoot when you're dressed like the Michelin man. Maybe I should have stopped requesting hometown, CA each time I left Europe?
July, 1980-July, 1984. As everyone does, I started off at Lackland AFB for Basic Training. Then I was off to Keesler AFB in Biloxi, MS for 6 months of 32781 Avionics Navigation School. Then three months at Tinker AFB in Oklahoma City for E-3A AWACS schooling before shipping out to Keflavik, Iceland for a year. Not much in the way of NAV systems to repair there so everyone was a crew chief, marshaling specialist, lavatory cleanout guy, etc. I went from Iceland to the Mojave Desert at Edwards AFB where there was plenty of NAV systems work on lots of different aircraft. Spent my last two years there working on T-38’s, F-4’s, T-37’s, KC/RC/EC-135’s, B-52’s, A-10’s, HH-1H helicopters, UH-1N Huey’s plus a bunch of transient aircraft. That place kept us hopping! It was really tough when it was really hot but I made some of the best friends and had some of the best times of my life at Edwards!!
We used to claim that B-52's had two navigators for "reading and writing capability!"
Good to see so many Air Force folks enjoying the same hobby and sharing some old memories. I couldn't seem to keep a job, so I held several AFSCs - I was also a heating/ac specialist in the ANG for a little while until my poor color vision about got me electrocuted. Every day I am thankful for my service time, it provided me opportunities I never would have had if I had taken a different route.
1975 - 1976 - Admin Specialist at Davis-Montham AFB, Az
1977 -1978 - Admin Specialist at Fairchild AFB, WA
1978 - 1981 - Manpower Management at Fairchild AFB, WA
1981 - 1984 - Training NCO Air National Guard at Fairchild AFB, WA
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1987 - 1988 - OTS and Intel School
1988 - 1992 - Intelligence Officer at Elmendorf AFB, AK
1992 - 1995 - Professor of Mgmnt, USAF Academy, CO
1995 - 1996 - Intelligence Officer at Peterson AFB, CO
My son sent me a text message this morning in case I was wondering how autumn was going at Minot AFB. The accompanying photo needed no additional explanation, snow on the ground, lol. I told him it was still in the 80 degree range at home. He took it pretty well, lol.
Mike, reminds me of when I left Texas early Dec. and in the low 80's only to get off the plane at K.I. Sawyer AFB in Mi. and the temp 15 below zero....and I still had on my summer blues!! (Worst winter on record, 1966, until a few years ago)
That base was shut down a few years ago as well. Seen enough snow to last me a lifetime.
It is a shared experience isn't it lol!
Jan. 1967-1970. Basic at Ft Campbell, Ky then AIT at Ft Knox Ky, then OCS at Benning school for boys, told them to shove it after 18 weeks. Sent Viet Nam Dec. 1968. Stationed at Bearcat firebase. Then sent to the DMZ mid-year at Wonder beach at Quan tre City. Home from there and finished out my enlistment at Redstone Arsenal Huntsville, Al. Mustered out as an E-5 specialist. Mostly in Headquarters my whole enlistment.
Ron! What does your post have to do with the U S Air Force? You Groundpounders just trying to mess with us fly boys? Just wondering.
Martin, there's a term USAF pilots use for well-equipped and trained ground troops- - - - - -"Target!"
" . . . there's a term USAF pilots use for well-equipped and trained ground troops- - - - - -"Target!" "
What are the survival odds, both ways, between a pilot/jet/plane and a Surface-to-Air equipped ground troup (with little need for education or training)?
They do not even need to be able to read the instructions on the weapon?
Jump out of your hole/cave/hovel, and point, and pull the trigger?
OOOOK, lets be careful. It takes ALL military together to git r done.
Yes, Alvin, and those of us who did not serve are (or, should be,) forever grateful to/for those who served.
I was on a permissive TAD trip to Washington D.C. to run the 1982 Marine Corps Marathon. There were about 20 of us from Camp Pendleton who were running in formation. We flew cross country in a C5. A very impressive aircraft I might add. We got into ? Dover maybe ? It's been a while, but the Air Force put us up for the night in a nice barracks and fed us in a superb chow hall. I was always somewhat jealous of the perks that the Air Force has.
The absolute best chow hall I ever ate in was at Kadena AFB on Okinawa. We generally ate pretty good on the Rosey (USS FDR) but Kadena AFB beat it out by a nose. LOL.
One of my BIL's nephew was an AF PJ, he was one squared away airman.
Gained 15 pounds while stationed at Kadena. Midnight chow was very satisfying.
My oldest son is currently stationed in South Korea. Some of the pictures that he sent of the food he was eating off base looked pretty gross to me. :ohwell:
Martin. My brother was stationed at Kadena, not sure what year but in enlisted on the Air Force in 1961 and served 23 years. His granddaughter is in the AF in Florida, she has been deployed once to the middle east.
Interesting 18 months excluding the 90 day TDY to Suwan AFB, ROK for the big flare up over the spy boat.
75-79 Plattsburgh,NY. KC-135 and FB-111 flight control mechanic. Was on Giant Voice Team in, I think 78. We won the Fairchild trophy, bombing competition. Base is closed now.
Welcome to Stovebolt and thanks for your service. ...........many of our old bases are now closed. Add K.I. Sawyer, my old base, a few years ago!
See you arouind the garage forums.
Martin, I read this, this is the place for veterans -- ALL veterans -- to check-in and stand tall with your brothers. And thought I would be welcome, guess not.
Not sure what you are referring to. Never mind, I found it. Just military humor. Nothing personal. Us fly boys get picked on by the swabbys (sp), ground pounders, grunts all the time so I give back when I can. You are welcome any time.
My brother put in 23 years in the AF muster out as an E-8 first Sgt. and another 25 at Wright Patterson AFB as did his wife. His granddaughter is an E6 soon to be posted to Washington and has had one deployment.
A rare look at the 309th AMARG aircraft "Boneyard" facility at Davis Monthan AFB...... over highly restricted air space.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yS9IrVVq-dU
Interesting video. I didn't see it, but there is/was a very low production aircraft stored there. it had a huge bulge on it. My father worked on that model.
So if you all don’t mind, I want to beam just a little bit. My oldest son is a heavy maintenance crew chief for our B-52 bomber fleet. Hanging around dad with alll this old iron I guess made him a natural to work on the buff. He was stationed at barksdale Air Force base is Shrevesport LA for 6 years and is currently stationed at Minot Air Force base in Minot, ND. He has been awarded Air Force maintenance professional of the year, and deployed overseas three different times.
He called me today to tell me he was promoted to technical sergeant! It made my day.
The photo with the crew is in the desert in Qatar. They had just finished changing out a broken landing gear. He told me it was over 100 degrees while they were doing the work.
Congrats to your son, Dragsix! Holy moly, jacking the BUFF must be quit an operation in itself!
John, he tells me there is a whole science to jacking that plane and while they have a lot of institutional experience because of how long the Air Force has been flying that plane, there were still new challenges to doing the work on an open airfield in the Middle East desert. Not having served in the military myself (dad served twice), I find what our service people do on a daily basis to be fascinating. I can’t imagine the prep work required to do some of what they do to that plane.