Submitted by Name: Bill (BJ) Johnston From: Orlando, Fl. E-mail: Contact
Comments: After nine months at Syracuse in the Intensive Russian program and some technical training in San Angelo, I received orders to go to Turkey. I wanted flight duty, so I was assigned to some additional training and received my order to Yokota Air Base. Spent the best years of my life as a BAT5 in the 6988th. I was born in Portland, Oregon, but now live in Florida because of my best friend that I met at Syracuse. Tom Johntry was from Jacksonville and challenged me to move to Florida. These were the best years of my life. After getting my degree I tried to re-enlist, but the recruiter said I was too old. Since when is 25 too old?!
Added: September 5, 2012
Submitted by Name: GLENN FINLEY From: OHIO E-mail: Contact
Comments: 6949TH USAFSS FEB 67 THRU DEC 68 SGT HAD AROUND 900 CREW HOURS OVER 40 MISSIONS(AM with 3clusters) AS 203-51 LINQUIST N ANALYST MAINLY FIGHTERS SUPERVISORS WERE SSGT MIKE COONEY AND TSGT ART GORT(FATHER IN LAW WAS MAJOR ENGELS OF YOKOTA unit) BOTH WERE GREAT GUYS AND AMS'S(WIZZARDS)
FLEW ARTIC, MED, EUROPE, FAR EAST, SEA OF O, WITH 55TH STRAT RECON LANDED UPPER HEYFORD, EILSON, YUKOTA, KADENA
ENJOYED MY TIME AND WOULD HAVE REUPPTED,BUT NEW FRAU DIDN'T WANT TO LIVE IN ALASKA, WHICH IS WHERE EVERYONE WAS GOING AFTER OFFUTT AND INTERMEDIATE RUSSIAN AT SYRACUES; SO I GOT OUT AND WENT INTO COMPUTER ANALYST/PROGRAMMER AND MADE GOOD MONEY.....WHICH I LEARNED ABOUT WHILE IN THE 6949TH FROM ANOTHER AIRMAN WHOSE WIFE WORKED FOR MA BELL MAKING TWICE(10K) WHAT WE DID AS SGT WITH FLIGHT PAY AND SEPARATE RATS(5K).
OUR REUP BONUS WAS ABOUT 5K. QUITE A FEW MSGTS AMS WITH MASTERS IN RUSSIAN WENT TO OCS AND CAME BACK AS 2ND LTS AND AMS.
I CONSIDER MYSELF FORTUNATE TO HAVE HAD SUCH EXCITING, INTERESTING AND FUN DUTY WITH WELL EDUCATED AND DEDECATED MEMBERS.
Added: August 7, 2012
Submitted by Name: Msgt (Ret) Rex Speiser From: Chanute, KS 66720 E-mail: Contact
Comments: Am enjoying my read of "The Price of Vigilance". It hits close to home 'cause I x-ferred from Darmstadt to Rhein Main In July of 1958, so knew most of the guys on 528. I had a very exciting and rewarding career with USAFSS: three tours at Rhein Main, three at Goodbuddy, a year at CRB Viet Nam (the ONLY slot for a MSgt A20371-MA), two years at RAF Mildenhall, and two years at Offutt. I guess I enjoyed the C-130s the most: the great TDY's to Incerlik, Teheran, Athens, Italy and Spain. I'd liken to hear from some of you!
Added: July 30, 2012
Submitted by Name: Keith Grantham From: Florence Ms E-mail: Contact
Comments: USAFSS HQ 6964th KELLY AFB SAN ANTONIO TX
Added: July 26, 2012
Submitted by Name: David English From: California E-mail: Contact
Comments: My father, Richard English, was a USAFSS flyer, and an AMS. That's all I know for sure.
Our family is mounting a plaque at the veteran's memorial, Mt. Soledad CA, in honor to him, and all silent warriors.
If anyone knew/knows him, and would like to make a comment that we would share with him in the presentation, it would be very much appreciated.
Added: July 19, 2012
Submitted by Name: Howard "Stan" Poyas From: Spokane, WA E-mail: Contact
Comments: Served in USAFSS from 1961 to 1978. Started with the 6916th in Germany and ended my career in 1978 on the RC135's at Offutt AFB. Spent my career as an AMT with the best group of personnel anyone could serve with. It was the best part of my life to say the least. Spent time with the: 6916th SS and Det 76 Adana, Turkey 1961-1967 RC-130A 6985th SS Upper Heyford, UK 1967-1968 RC135 6944th SS Goodfellow AFB 1968-1969 6994th SS Det 2 Pleiku,DaNang Vietnam 1969-1970 EC-47 6947th SS Homestead AFB, Florida 1970-1970 RC-130A 6949th SS Offutt AFB 1970-1973 RC-135's 6994th SS Nakohm Phenom, Ubon Thailand 1973-1974 EC-47 6944th SW Offutt AFB 1974-1978 RC-135's Wish the best for all and keep up the great work. It is the best job in the Air Force.
Added: June 11, 2012
Submitted by Name: C.V. "Clint" Clinon From: Originally from New York, Retired in California E-mail: Contact
Comments: Served with 6913th Security Group, Bremerhaven Germany, 1964-66
Submitted by Name: Matthew J. Russel From: Lincoln, NE, later Rochester NY E-mail: Contact
Comments: I was at Kaufbeuren, Germany, later moved to Sembach, Germany. Served from 1950-1954, attended Russian Language School at Syracuse, NY, married a beautiful girl from Albany, NY, then overseas. Was S/Sgt, in charge of a trick of analysts in the field at Kaufbeuren, and then moved to Flight A, Sembach. Lovely time. Saw Munich, Paris, Venice. Later was discharged in 1954, Mechanical Engineer at Kodak, designed structures for Lunar Orbiter, authored 26 patents in copier field. Retired in 1991 with spinal cord injury. In wheelchair since. Would appreciate any email from former buddies
Comments: My Dad, Wilson C. Lowery, was in Security Service. We lived in Alaska, were the first dependents on Wakkanai, and San Vito Dei Normandi, Italy. My dad had strokes in Wakkanai, Italy, and then in San Antonio where he was stationed at Medina. He was medically retired in 1969 when I was 14 years old. Please contact me if you knew him. Phylo955@hotmail.com. Thanks.
Added: May 10, 2012
Submitted by Name: jerry danish From: linden nj E-mail: Contact
Comments: served 1955 to 1958 darmstadt dog trick worked in faxsimili had a great time :!cool: