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I became a part of USAFSS in 1971 and remained a part of the family thru its many iterations up to and including AIA. I served as an MK and an MF in numerous functions both airborne and ground and retired at the end of 2000. From my first operational assignment at Offutt (OL-AA 6948th SS but flying 14+ hour "Beaner" missions with the 6949th) to NAS Key West (OL-BB (later Det 1) 6947th SS) to Hellenikon AB (6916th ESS), to Kelly AFB (HQ ESC), to Iraklion AS (6931st ESS), to Souda Bay (OL-RS 6988th (later 488th) ESS), to my last assignment at WPAFB (HQ NAIC), nothing compared to flying operational missions. Especially memorable are those out of Hellenikon flying along side the likes of Les Baney, Mike Powell, Gary Kehl, Sam Watson, Wally Knox and a host of other superb, highly talented technicians. Those really were the days...some truly unique and interesting missions, and the TDYs to such vacation spots as Khartoum (Operation Arid Farmer) and Riyadh were just icing on the cake. Thanks for providing the forum and allowing and old linguist to reminisce and share a few memories.

Added: March 16, 2015
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I worked with Larry and often was part of his crew while stationed at the 6916th ESS in Athens, Greece. He was a guest at my wedding in Ano Glyfada and our 41st wedding anniversary is coming up in June. I have been able to maintain my linguistic expertise due to several civilian jobs over the years. I will be 66 this April and am contemplating early retirement at that time. I'll never forget the hard work and good times we had at the 6916th.

Added: February 28, 2015
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I was a Russian linguist at Syracuse 1961-62. Trabzon, Det.3-2 from 9/62-12/63 (arrived just in time for the Cuban Missile Crisis), 6913th RSM, Bremerhaven from 12/63-10/64. Great times.

Added: February 12, 2015
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Served in the USAFSS from May 1968 to June 1972. Kelley AFB in 1969 and Shemya ( 6984th Scgty Sq) 1970 to 1971.

Added: January 23, 2015
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Served from 1955 to 1965 in Alaska, UK with USAFSS
Thanks Larry for this literary effort. 6981st before Alaska was a State and 6950th through Cuban Crisis and French Algerian "War"
Lots of good stories about our service during those years. 2014 :!cool:


Added: December 17, 2014
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Just found this site. It's marvelous. I'm still looking for guys who served in the 6985th at Eielson AFB 1968-1970. I've found a few names, but cannot get their contact info. Basic training Lackland 1966, Russian language at Indiana University 1966-1967, Airborne training at Goodfellow 1967, Eielson AFB 6985th 1968-1970. I was supposed to be on the RC135 that was lost coming back from Shemya, but was grounded by the flight surgeon. We looked for those guys for many weeks. Lost some good friends on the plane. The SAC crew was awesome, especially the guys who landed us safely with only two engines still turning, blew seven tires skidding down the runway!! :)

Added: December 10, 2014
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I served with the 6917th Security Gp from 65 to 67, then served with the 6916th Scty Sqdn from 67 to 70.

Added: November 16, 2014
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I served in the USAFSS in Misawa Japan from July 1966 to June 1968 and at Pleiku Vietnam from Nov 1968 to Oct 1969. I published my historical novel based on my experiences both in Japan and Vietnam which is now in the library of the National Cryptological Museum. The title of my book is AP Alley.

Added: November 15, 2014
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I served with USAFSS from 1958-1967 with 6925th RSM, Hq USAFSS, 6960th and 6980th RSM. Enjoyed every minute of my time with USAFSS.

Added: October 21, 2014
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Well this old relic from USAFSS is still hanging in there and just wanted to send Best Regards to all in USAFSS and the present members of the present command.
I was in USAFSS for almost 18 years as an AMT with my first assignment to the 6916th in Germany. Had a few rare trips to some rare places during my years. Norway and Iran.
The organizations I was proudly serving was the 6916th, TUSLOG Det 76 6916th,6949th,6944th,6994th, Det 1,6985th
The time I supported the mission, I could not have had a better group of airmen to support. USAFSS had such a great group of personnel and I was so proud to support them when they needed a wirebender. We had a few unique missions. My prayers still go out to the crew of 60528. I relive those days in command constantly and consider those days as the most important of my life.
I could not have served with a better group of members of the AF. God Bless you all !


Added: September 15, 2014
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