United States Air Force OCS 61 D


Bryon J. Ziegler

Bryon J. Ziegler
Retired: October 1985

Jobs / Assignments
1961 Lackland AFB, TX Officer Candidate School
1961-62 Williams AFB, TX Pilot Training
1962-63 Donaldson AFB, SC
1964 Hunter AFB, GA
1965 RAF Alconbury, UK
1966 Tan Son Nhut AB, RVN
1967 Raminstiein AB, Germany
1971 Maxwell AFB, AL
1972 Bergstrom AFB, TX
1976 MacDill AFB, FL
1980 Shaw AFB, SC
1981 Seymour Johnson AFB, NC
1983 Homestead AFB, FL
Oct 1985 Retired USAF, Colonel

Lionel Youst

Lionel Youst
Retired: June 1975

Wife: Hilda

Children: Oliver, Julia, Alice

Lionel Youst

Biography   My Works

 Jobs / Assignments

1961 Lackland AFB, TX Officer Candidate School

1961-62 Chanute AFB, IL Aircraft Maintenance Officer School

1962-65 Wheelus AB , Libya Field Maintenance Officer, 7272 ABW (USAFE)

1965-67 Selfridge AFB, MI Commander, 1 st Field Maintenance Sq ( ADC ); Quality Control Officer

1966 Maxwell AFB, AL Squadron Officer School

1967-69 Clark AB , PI Chief, Management & Plans Division, 13 th AF Hq; Received Regular AF appointment

1970 Tan San Nhut AB,RVN Chief, Logistics Readiness Center , 7 th AF Hq.

1971 Omaha , NE Operation Bootstrap: University of Nebraska

1971-73 Offutt AFB, NE Field Maintenance Officer, 55 th Strat Recon Wing (SAC)

1973-75 Norton AFB, CA Maintenance Inspector, AirForce Inspection and Safety Center (AFIG)1 Jun 1975 Retired, USAF, Major (22 years)

1975-Present Coos Bay, OR Live in my boyhood home far up in the woods near Coos Bay,OR. Owner/operator of Youst Charter Vans, providing Group transportation throughout Oregon , 1978-92.

Managed programs for various local governmentalEntities, 1976-92.

Avocations: Theater acting and Directing, research and writing regional history and Biography.


Born at Woodland, Washington, January 19, 1934; claimed Coos Bay, Oregon, as home since 1937. Worked in logging camps from 1950 to 1953. Served in the Air Force as a jet engine technician and as an aircraft maintenance officer, stationed at various places around the world, until June, 1975. Returned to boyhood home near Coos Bay at that time to pursue strong avocational interests in regional history and ethnography. Attracted to the power of biography as an approach to those subjects, had two books published by the University of Oklahoma.

Press in its Civilization of the American Indian series:

She’s Tricky like Coyote: Annie Miner Peterson, an Oregon Coast Indian Woman (1997),

and with William R. Seaburg, Coquelle Thompson, Athabaskan Witness: a Cultural Biography (2002).

A third book, Above the Falls: An Oral and Folk History of Upper Glenn Creek, Coos County, Oregon, based on oral interviews and family histories of remote wilderness homesteads in western Oregon, was self published in 1992 with a second, revised edition in 2003.

Selected Works

by Lionel Youst


She’s Tricky Like Coyote: Annie Miner Peterson, an Oregon Coast Indian Woman

The story of a Coos Indian woman born on a tidal slough on the Oregon Coast in 1860.

Coquelle Thompson, Athabaskan Witness: A Cultural Biography

The compelling life story of an Upper Coquelle Athabaskan Indian who lived almost 100 years.

Local History

Above the Falls: An Oral and Folk History of Upper Glenn Creek, Coos County, Oregon. Second Edition.

Local wilderness homesteads, 1875 to 1955. 160 photos, verbatim interviews.

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Yarber Jr.

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Samuel B. Wilson Jr.

Samuel B. Wilson Jr.
Died: 30 September 1997

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Donald J. Wilde

Donald J. Wilde
Retired: 31 December 1974

Wife: Gloria
Children: Cheryl. Thomas, James, Karen
Grandchildren: Ellen, Aaron, Jenna
Jobs / Assignments
1961 Lackland AFB, TX Officer Candidate School
1961-62 Harlingen AFB, TX Undergraduate Navigator School
1962-63 Mather AFB, CA Electronic Warfare Training
1963-66 Griffis AFB, NY Rome Air Development Center
1966 Takhli RTAB, Thailand EB-66C
1967-71 Mather AFB, CA Electronic Warfare Instrauctor
1971-72 Offutt AFB, NE 343 rd Strategic Reconnaissance Squadron
1972-74 Offutt AFB, NE StanEval, 55 th Strategic Recon Wing
31 Dec 1974 Retired, USAF
1975-94 Omaha, NE Comuputer Programmer/ Systems Analyst, Mutual of Omaha
31 Mar 1994 Retired
1994-Present All Around Lazy Loafer and Gadabout

Dec 1982 Bachelor of General Studies (Computer Science), University of Nebraska, Omaha, NE

Don Remembers . . . . “ I think the most memorable memory of OCS was the day we all reported in. When I arrived, the area was peaceful and quiet. I signed in and was met by one of the members of our First Class from Fifth Squadron. He escorted me to the barracks. Peace and quiet reigned all the way to the barracks. Once inside the door, however, I thought I had stumbled into hell. There was shouting and screaming and name calling, and much of it was aimed in my direction. My only thought that day, while being put on the wall and called every lowlife name in the book was, ‘ They can’t hit me. ’ As long as I kept that in mind, I could survive.”

Richard W. White

Richard W. White
Retired: 1 May 1979

Wife: Kay
Children: Stephen. Penny, Melissa
Grandchildren: Adam. Jacob, Craig, Nicholas, Jackson
Jobs / Assignments
1961 Lackland AFB, TX Officer Candidate School
1961-62 Keesler AFB, MS Communications Officer School
1962-65 Spangdahlem AB, Germany Communications Officer
1965-68 Waco, TX Hq 12 th AF, Communications Staff Office
1968 Keesler AFB, MS Communications-Electronics Staff Officer Course
1968-69 Vietnam & Thailand DCA, Communications Engineer
1969-72 Shaw AFB, SC Tac Air Support Comm, Chief of Maintenance
1972-75 Langley AFB, VA Hq TAC, Ground Systems Maintenace Staff
1975-77 Port Austin AFS, MI Commander, 754 th Radar Squadron
1977-79 Washington, DC Hq USAF, Radar/EW Staff Officer
1 May 1979 Retired USAF, Lieutenant Colonel
1979-81 Co-founder, International Security Specialists, Inc
(Grandiose name for a burglar alarm company)
1981-Present Retired for real I like to say that I ’ m a “ Gentleman Farmer ”

Dec 1971 Bachelor of Science (Economics), University of Tampa, Tampa, FL
Jun 1974 Master in Public Administration, Golden Gate University, San Francisco, CA

Dick Remembers . . . “ The night I learned the true meaning of the word, “ PANIC! ” will always stick in my mind. It ’ s a very short story, and many of our classmates were allowed to go home to fetch our better halves, go to the OC Club and learn those social graces which we were not able to learn as Enlisted Men? If you do, then you MUST remember the ever-popular 4H Club. To make a long story short, I fell asleep after a particularly arduous 4H Club session! PANIC! Need I say More?


William J Wetzel Jr.

William J Wetzel Jr.
Died: 24 February 1985

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Dennis P. Watson

Dennis P. Watson
Died: 7 November 1991

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Gerald A Warner

Gerald A Warner

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Omer L. Ward

Omer L. Ward
Retired: 1985

Wife: June  
Children: Greg, Mitch, Jenny, Beth
Grandchildren: Yanya, Jon, Emma, Michael
Jobs / Assignments
1961 Lackland AFB, TX Officer Candidate School
1961-62 Craig AFB, AL Undergraduate Pilot Training
1962-63 Perrin AFB, TX Advanced Interceptor Training, F-102
1963-66 Soesterberg AB, Netherlands F-102 Pilot
1966-67 George AFB,CA Advanced Fighter Training, F-4
1967 Eglin AFB, FL F-4 Aircraft Commander
1967-68 Udorn AB, Thailand F-4 Aircraft Commander (Combat)
1968-71 Perrin AFB, TX Instructor Pilot, F-102
1971-72 Getafe AB, Spain Production Test Pilot, F-4
1972-74 Sheppard AFB,TX Undergraduate Pilot Training Instructor, T-37
1974-75 Maxwell AFB, AL Air Command and Staff College
1975-76 Osan AB, Korea F-4 Flight Commander
1976-78 Fort Hood, TX Air Liaison Officer, 2 nd Armored Division
1978-81 Homestead AFB, FL Ops Officer, Squadron Commander, 306 TFTS, Wing Assistant Deputy Commander for Ops, 31 TFW
1981-82 Bergstrom AFB, TX Wing Assistant Deputy Commander for Ops, 602 TACW
1982-84 Davis-Montham AFB, AZ Wing Deputy Commander for Ops, 602 TACW
1984-85 San Francisco, CA Retired, Colonel, USAF
1985-89 San Francisco, CA First Officer, Continental Airlines, Denver
1989-96 Houston, TX First Officer, Continental Airlines, Houston
1996-99 Agana, Guam Captain, Continental Airlines, Guam
1999-Present Houston, TX Retired from Continental Airlines

Jul 1974 Bachelor of Science (Business/Economics), Culver-Stockton College, MO
Jun 1975 Master of Business Administration (MBA),Auburn University,

Sam Remembers . . . “ If it moves, salute it. If it doesn’ t move, pick it up. If you can ’ t pick it up, paint it. ” Square meals, care packages of PBJ sandwiches, pineapple and mayo sandwiches, Baby Ruth bars, and anything sweet. We may have been the first people in the U.S. to really use the term, “ bug out. ”

Vito D. Vispi

Vito D. Vispi
Died: 29 April 1996

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James M. Valentine

James M. Valentine
Retired: USAF Medical 1964

Wife: Deana
Children: Schell, Paige
Grandchildren: Devin, Michael, Zack, Olivia, Taylor
Jobs / Assignments
1961 Lackland AFB, TX Officer Candidate School
1962-63 Craig AFB, AL Pilot Training
1963 Tinker AFB, OK C-124 School
1963-64 Travis AFB, CA 75 th ATS, MATS
1964 Medical Discharge (Diabetes)
1964 Atlanta, GA Homelite Division of Textron, Sales
1965 Columbia, SC Homelite, Sales
1971 Columbia, SC Porter Brothers, Inc., Sales
1978 Shelby, NC Porter Brothers, Inc, Sales Manager – OPE Division
1987-Present Hickory, NC Retired

1954-55 University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN
1955-56 University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC
1957-58 Asheville-Biltmore, Asheville, NC

James G. Truman

James G. Truman
Died: 24 December 1974

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Gerald B. Stuyvesant

Gerald B. Stuyvesant
Retired: 1978

Wife: Kitty
Children: Joseph, Jacob, Joshua
Grandchildren: Jacquelynne
Jobs / Assignments
1961 Lackland AFB, TX Officer Candidate School
1961-62 Hill AFB, UT Explosive Ordnance Disposal Officer
1962-63 Kunsan AB, Korea OIC Bomb Dump/ EOD Officer
1964 Davis-Monthan AFB, AZ R/V Branch Chief / EOD Officer
1965-67 Glasgow AFB, MT Commander, 68 th MMS (SAC), TDY ARC-LIGHT Guam & UT
1968-69 Westover AFB, MA Hq 8 th AF, Staff EOD Officer & Ammunition Inspector 1969 Itazuke AB, Japan Commander, 6348 th MMS (PACAF)
1969-70 Naha AB, Okinawa Commander, 451 st MMS (PACAF)
1970-73 Kadena AB, Okinawa Commander PACAF Mobile EOD Team (TDY In-Country (RVN)))
1973-74 Kincheloe AFB, MI Commander, 449 th MMS (SAC)
1974-75 U-Tapao Afld, Thailand Commander, 307 th MMS (SAC)
1975-76 Kirtland AFB, NM Deputy Commander, Interservice Nuclear Weapons School (ATC)
1977-78 Kirtland AFB, NM Staff EOD/Logistics Officer, AFLC Nuclear Support Office
1978 Retired from USAF, Major
1978-80 Amarillo, TX Safety Engineer, Department of Energy PANTEX Plant
1980-81 Albuquerque, NM Risk Manager, Presbyterian Hospital Corporation
1981-86 Albuquerque, NM Director Risk Management, Albuquerque Public Schools
1986-87 Albuquerque, NM Director, Risk Management, City of Albuquerque
1987-95 Albuquerque, NM Director, State of New Mexico Worker’s Compensation Administration
1995-99 Albuquerque, NM Chief Operating Officer NMRA/PAULA Insurance Company
Dec 1999 Albuquerque, NM Retired


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Edward B. Steele

Edward B. Steele
Retired: July 1991

Wife: Julie
Children: Susan, Mark
Grandchildren: Chandra
Jobs / Assignments
1961 Lackland AFB, TX Officer Candidate School
1961-62 Keesler AFB, MS Ground Electronics Officer ’ s Course
1962-63 Saulte Sante Marie AFS, MI Communications Electronics Officer
1963-64 Hattiesburg, MS Bootstrap, University of Southern Mississippi
1964-65 Rockville AFS, Iceland Communications Electronics Officer
1965-67 Keesler AFB, MS Systems Plans Manager
1967-68 Auburn University, AL AFIT Graduate Student
1968-71 Lindsay AFS, Germany Electronic Intelligence Officer
1971-72 Moorestown, NJ RCA Corp, AFIT Education with Industry
1972-75 NORAD Cheyenne Mtn, CO Systems Controller
1975-77 Lockport AFS, NY Site/Squadron Commander
1977-79 Offutt AFB, NB Command, Control, Comm Director
1979-82 Mather AFB, CA Deputy Base Commander
1982-84 Los Angeles AFB, CA Nato Satellite Program Director
1984-86 Los Angeles AFB, CA Base Commander
1986-88 Izmir, Turkey Chief of Staff, NATO Comm
1988-91 Norfolk NavalBase, VA Deputy Director, Command, Control, Comm
July 1991 Retired, USAF, Colonel
1991-93 Christopher Newport University Tennis Instructor, Part Time
1993-Present Niceville, FL Okaloosa-Walton Community College, Mathematics Instructor, FT/PT

Aug 1964 Bachelor of Science (Mathematics), University of Southern Mississippi
Aug 1968 Master of Science (Celestial Mechanics), Auburn University
Dec 1992 Bachelor of Arts (Secondary Education), Christopher Newport University

Ed Remembers . . . The first minute (actually the first second) of the first time I set foot into the dormitory with all the 1st Class OCs “ barking ” instructions and the 2nd Class OCs trying to comply by shouting responses and “ bugging ” around in circles. I knew immediately that I was in for an experience of a lifetime!

Anthony L. St. Amant

Anthony L. St. Amant
Retired: 1987

Wife: Lynne
Children: Tony, Lisa, Renee, Chris, Cheryl
Grandchildren: Nicole, Matt, Madelyn, Samantha, Dean, Zach, Jessica, John, Rachel, Madelyn, Sophia
Jobs / Assignments
1961 Lackland AFB, TX Officer Candidate School
1961-62 Williams AFB, AZ Pilot Training
1962-66 Mather AFB, CA T-29 Mission Pilot, Instructor Pilot, Flight Examiner
1966-67 Tan Son Nhut AB, RVN 7 th AF Command Center (Mission Launch Control Officer)
1967-70 Fairchild AFB,WA KC-135 Aircraft Commander & Instructor Pilot
1970-72 Kadena AB, Okinawa RC-135 Aircraft Commander, instructor pilot & flight examiner
1972-73 Maxwell AFB, AL Air Command and Staff College
1973-75 Bolling AFB, MD Staff Officer, Headquarters Command
1975-78 Washington DC Pentagon (Staff Officer, Joint Reconnaissance Center (J-35)
1978-79 Maxwell AFB, AL Air War College
1979-80 Grissom AFB, IN 70 th Air Refueling Squadron (Commander)
1980-83 Beale AFB, CA 100 th Air Refueling Wing (Deputy Commander for Operations, Vice Commander, Commander)
1983-87 Washington DC Pentagon (Deputy Director & Director, Strategic Force Analyses, AF Center for Studies & Analyses
1987-91 Chico, CA California State University (Student & part-time instructor)
1991-94 Butte County, CA Deputy Administrative Officer
1994-2000 At leisure including 18 months full-time Rving.
2000-01 Butte County, CA Deputy Administrative Officer

1973 Bachelor of Science (Social Science), Troy State University, Montgomery AL
1991 Master of Arts (Political Science), California State University, Chico CA

Anton F. Srba

Anton F. Srba
Retired: 1989
Died 23 July 2013

Wife: Dorothy
Children: Kathy, Dan, Mike, Brian
Grandchildren: Shelby, Austin
Jobs / Assignments
1961 Lackland AFB, TX Officer Candidate School
1961-65 Shilling AFB, KA ICBM Launch Officer, 550 th Strategic Missile Sq.
1965-68 Loring AFB, ME Maintenance Supervisor, 42 Airborne Missle Maintenance Sq,
42 nd Bomb Wing
1968-69 Westover AFB, MA Missile Maintenance Inspector, 8 th Air Force IG
1969-70 March AFB, CA Missile Maintenance Inspector, 15 th Air Force IG
1970-71 Udorn, Thailand Maintenance Supervisor, 432 Avionics Maint. Sq
1972-77 Carswell AFB, TX Commander, 7 th Avionics Maintenance Sq.
1977-78 Carswell AFB, TX Commander, 7 th Munitions Maintenance Sq.
1978-82 Offutt AFB, NE Avionics Inspector, Maintenance Staff Inspector
1982-89 Carswell AFB, TX Chief of Aircraft Maintenance, 19 th Air

Anton Srba Jr,

I am sorry to have to pass the word that our classmate, Tony Srba, died Tuesday. His widow, Dorothy (Dot), sent me an email yesterday that Tony suffered a heart attack. The only info I have is from Legacy.com. He will be buried tomorrow in the Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery. His obituary from today’s Star-Telegram follows. I am sending this to all whose addresses have. If you notice any I missed, please forward this to them.
With Regret, Dick White
Anton F. Srba Jr.

Anton F. Srba Jr. Obituary
Anton “Tony” Srba Jr., 79, passed away on Tuesday, July 23, 2013. Graveside service: 9:15 a.m. Friday in Dallas Fort Worth National Cemetery, Lane B. Visitation: 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Thompson’s Harveson & Cole Funeral Home. Memorials: Should friends desire, memorials in lieu of flowers may be given to the Wounded Warrior Project. www.woundedwarriorproject.org Tony was born in Granger and was proud of his Native Texas heritage. He served in the U.S. Air Force, traveled throughout the U.S. and worldwide serving his country. He retired as a lieutenant colonel after 36 years of service. He was a dedicated family man who enjoyed hunting, golf, and reading. He was known by all for his ability to “fix” anything, often saying “If I can’t fix it, then it’s broke.” Survivors: He is survived by his wife of 36 years, Dorothy Srba; his children, Brian Srba, Dan Srba and his wife, Jill, Kathy Dorchester and her husband, Brian, and Mike Srba and his wife, Cristina; grandchildren, Shelby Artymovich, Austin Dorchester, Luke and Will Srba. Published in Star-Telegram on July 25, 2013

Marvin R. Sproston

Marvin R. Sproston
Retired: 1 January 1983

Wife: Laurene
Children: 4
Grandchildren: 5
Jobs / Assignments
1961 Lackland AFB, TX Officer Candidate School
1961-62 Harlingen, AFB, TX Navigator Training
1962-63 Mather AFB, CA Navigator-Bombardier Training
1963-65 Shaw AFB, SC RB-66 Navigator
1965 Tan Son Nhut AB, RVN RB-66 Navigator
1966 Shaw AFB, SC Instructor, RF-4C Training
1967-69 RAF Alconbury, UK RF-4C WSO, Sq, and Wing Standard Evaluation
1970-72 Shaw AFB, SC RF-4c WSO, Instrauctor and Wing Stan Eval
1972-73 Maxwell AFB, AL Air Command and Staff College
1973-77 Langley AFB, VA TAC Hq Staff Officer
1977-78 Yongsan Reservation, Korea 314 AD, Chief of Plans
1978-80 Norfolk, VA CINCLANT, Special Activities Planning
1980-83 Langley AFB, VA TAC Hq, Division Chief and Special Planning
1 Jan 1983 Retired USAF, Lieutenant Colonel
1983-93 Newport News, VA Crestar Bank, Loan Officer/Branch Manager, AVP
1 Jun 1993 Retired
1993-Present Yorktown, VA Volunteer Work and Golf

1964 Bachelors Degree, University of Nebraska, Omaha
1976 Masters Degree, Golden Gate University

Marv Remembers . . . After our last exam an unnamed few of us had a few beers (whether too many, is debatable) at the Annex and after returning to the Wheel House, continued with some high spirited hi-jinks. We were observed by some sneaky Tac Officer(s) who proceeded to spill the beans to Major Strouhal. Art Coulter, at the morning meeting, assured him that ‘ all was well ’ in the OCS Wing last night; however, after Major Strouhal presented Art with a laundry list of our alleged crimes, a select group of us confessed our guilt and ended up on restrictions (ramped in, I believe was the term) for the first few days of our last week.

Charles E. Snyder

Charles E. Snyder
Retired: 1 August 1975

Wife: Patricia
Children: Deborah, John (Deceased) Michele
Grandchildren: Crystal, Summer, Alex, John, Riannon
Jobs / Assignments
1961 Lackland AFB, TX Officer Candidate School
1961-65 Maxwell AFB, AL Personnel Officer
1964 Omaha, NE Operation Bootstrap – Municipal University of Omaha, Omaha NE
1965-66 Saigon, Vietnam Chief of Personnel, 1964 Communications Group
1966-67 Boulder, CO AFIT – University of Colorado
1967-70 Bolling AFB, DC Chief, Personnel Inspection Branch, Hq Command USAF
1970-73 Houston, TX Commander, 1 st USAF Special Activities Squadron, Johnson Spacecraft Center 1973-74 Stuttgart, Germany Commander, Det 7, 1141 st Special Activities Squadron, HQ EUSCOM, Patch Barracks
1974-75 Ramstein AB, Germany Chief of Administration
1 Aug 1975 Retired, USAF, Major
1976 Galveston, TX Director of Personnel, Glveston County, TX
1977-80 Estes Park, CO Owner, Antique Shop
1980-83 Denver, CO Owner, Energy Paced Consulting, Personnel Recruiting
1983-Present Antiques Dealer – Shows nationwide; restored/updated 1908House in Estes Park, CO; raised quarter horses, built Corrals, sheds, stall, and shoveled lots of manure; Restored 1897 house in Pine Bluffs, WY; and last, but Not least, world traveler.

1964 Bachelor of General Education (Business Management) Municipal University of Omaha
1967 Master of Science, University of Colorado

Gene Remembers . . I shall never forget the “ Special Inspection ” I experienced, nor the reason I had to undergo that ordeal and doubted my ability to endure it. I was ordered to report for inspection because I had “ reacted ” to a brutal room inspection by “ falling apart, ” storming into the hallway, throwing my hands in the air, and saying those stupid words, ‘ I quit. ’ Needless to say, I realized I had made a serious error in judgment as soon as I said it and from that moment until I finished my “Second Class” days, the pressure was put on me to really quit the program. During the ” Special Inspection” my classmates worked together ” pouring ” me into various uniforms, carrying me down the stairs to keep me from “breaking” creases or wringling the uniforms I was ordered to change into. I ’ll never forget how my classmates encouraged and supported me. I don’t recal how many times I reported in fresh uniforms, how long I was on the wall, how many push-ups I did or how long I sat in the ‘ green chair, ’ but I am convinced I set some sort of records.

Alan E. Snyder

Alan E. Snyder
Died: 27 July 1997

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Frank L. Shilling

Frank L. Shilling
Retired: 1 August 1979

Wife: Delores
Children: Dellarie, Thomas
Grandchildren: Leslie Anne, Kellie, Taylor, Katelyn Stephens, Christian Stephen
Jobs / Assignments
1961 Lackland AFB, TX Officer Candidate School
1961 Keesler AFB, MS Tech School – Communication ’ s Officer ’ s Course
1962-64 Shaw AFB, SC Communications Officer, 15 th Comm Sq
1964-65 Washington, DC (Hq USAF) Radio Frequency Allocation Officer Course
1965-68 Wiesbaden, Germany Hq, USAFE Frequency Manager
1968-69 Scott AFB, IL Hq, AFCS, Frequency Manager
1969-70 Langley AFB, VA Hq, TAC, Frequency Manager
1970-71 Tan Son Nhut AB, RVN 1964 th Comm Group, Frequency Manager
1971-74 Wiesbaden, Germany Hq, USAFE
1975-78 Wiesbaden/Ramstein AB, Germany USAFE Det 1, Frequency Manager, Deputy Commander
1978-79 Washington DC -Hq USAF Communication-Electronics Staff Officer, AFOOC
1 Aug 1979 Retired from Regular AF, Lieutenant Colonel
1979-86 Annapolis, MD Aeronauticial Radio, Inc, Deputy Director External Affairs
1986-93 Montreal, PQ, Canada International Civil Aviation Org (ICAO), Technical Officer


1973 Bachelor of Arts (History), University of Maryland
1975 Master of Arts (Education), Troy State University, Alabama 1978 Certificate, Masters in Business Curriculum Complete, University of Maryland

Frank Remembers . . . OCS was many things to each student, and frequently many things at the same time. Frustrating, exciting, tiring, challenging, demanding, etc., etc,. . . . . . There were never enough hours in the day (and the night) to get done those things that had to be done. My memorable events were those occasional times when those of us who were married could meet our wives (legally or otherwise). Those “ goody bag ” runs which provided us (and our single classmates) with those items we just couldn ’ t do without. Especially memorable for me was being the first member of Class 61D to have a weekend pass for Billy Mitchell Village. It was only for a brief time, but was it ever welcome!!!!!


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Bobby H. Russell

Bobby H. Russell
Retired: 1 April 1984

Wife: Lorraine
Children: Randal, Darryl, Alan
Grandchildren: Erika, Ian
Jobs / Assignments
1961 Lackland AFB, TX Officer Candidate School
1961 Amarillo AFB, TX Supply Officer ’ s School
1961-63 McGuire AFB, NJ Supply Staff Officer,1611th MAW (MAC)
1963-66 RAF Prestwick, Scotland Base Supply Officer, 1631 st ABG (MAC)
1966 Maxwell AFB, AL Squadron Officer ’ s School
1966-69 Scott AFB, IL Supply Staff Officer, Hq Military Airlift Command
1969-71 Lajes Field, Azores Chief of Supply, 1605 th ABG (MAC)
1971-72 Seoul, Korea Logistics Staff Office,r J-4 Div, Hq UNC
1972-73 Maxwell AFB, AL Air Command and Staff College
1973-74 Chanute AFB, IL Aircraft Maintenance Officer ’ s School
1974-77 Griffiss AFB, NY Maintenance Supervisor, 416 th FMS (SAC); Commander
1977-80 RAF Mildenhall, UK Director Materiel, 306 th SW (SAC)
1980-82 Beale AFB, CA Commander, 9 th FMS (SAC)
1982084 Offutt AFB, Ne Aircraft Maintenance Div Chief, Inspector Genera l(SAC)
1 Apr 1984 Retired, USAF, Colonel
1984-87 Bellevue, NE Self Employed, Financial Planning and Trucking
1988-95 Lincoln, NE Director Aircraft Services, Duncan Aviation
1995-98 Hurst, TX Program Manager, Flight Safety International
1998-2000 Long Beach, CA Operations Manager, Gulfstream Aircraft Service Center
2000-2001Retired – Bonaire GA
2001-2004 Retired – Haslet TX


July 1973 Bachelor of Science (History), Troy State University, Troy, Alabama
June 1980 Master of Science (Aviation Management), Embry-Riddle University, Daytona Beach, FL

Bobby Remembers . . . The Commissioning ceremony was my most memorable OCS moment. However, on my first entry into the 4 th Squadron dormitory, I was snared by an Element Leader who knew me as a cop at our old base. He wasn ’ t fond of cops and proceeded to insure that my OCS experience got off to a “ good start. ” He and his classmates gnawed on me there, it seemed, forever. That foyer seemed like my personal mine field. As they chewed on me, everything around me went into slow motion, which I now understand a shift into an intense state of situational awareness, i.e., they had my attention. Although my pulse was probably about 160, I felt like I had all the time in the world to deal with these guys, and also tune into other things going on in the room. I became aware of another new OC who was headed in the wrong direction and drawing lots of attention. Seems he ’ d been upstairs about 15 minutes when he decided OCS was not for him. It was a strange experience dealing with my own situation as though I was detached from it, and at the same time, think about this guy who got to OCS so ill prepared to succeed. That was the first, but not the last time I would experience that intense state of situational awareness. As for the OC who had SIEed, I never heard who he was or why he quit, but I sure appreciated his few minutes in OCS. The diversion he created allowed me to get out of that damn foyer.

William R. Robinson

William R. Robinson
Retired: 1 September 1979

Wife: Barbara
Children: Rhonda, John
Grandchildren: Chelsea, Alex, Rocky
Jobs / Assignments
1961 Lackland AFB, TX Officer Candidate School
1961-64 Lackland AFB, TX Administration Officer, Senior Training Officer
1964-67 Toul-Rosiers AB, France Career Control Chief; Chief, CBPO
1967-68 Rhein-Main AB, Germany Career Control Chief
1968-71 Holloman AFB, NM Chief, CBPO; Director of Personnel
1971-74 Langley AFB, VA Hq TAC, Chief Management Information Division, Directorate of Personnel
1974-75 U-Tapao RTNB, Thailand Director of Personnel
1975-79 McConnell AFB, KS Director of Personnel
1 Sep 1979 Retired, Extended Active Duty, Lieutenant Colonel
1979-85 Baton Rouge, LA Real Estate Property Manager
1985-2000 Baton Rouge, LA City of BatonRouge: Internal Auditor; EMS Admin Manager
15 Jul 2000 Retired from City of Baton Rouge, LA

May 1964 Associates Degree, San Antonio Community College, San Antonio, TX
May 1974 Bachelor of Science (Business Management), Hampton University, Hampton, VA
May 1977 Master of Arts (Management), Webster University, Webster Groves, MO


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Ron W. Poinsett II

Ron W. Poinsett II
Retired: USAF 1963 Medical

Wife: Dot
Children: Karen, Amy
Jobs / Assignments
1961 Lackland AFB, TX Officer Candidate School
1961 Sheppard AFB, TX Missile Officer School, Atlas F
1962-63 Schilling AFB, KS Missile Combat Crew
1963 Medical Discharge, Diabetes
1963-66 Newark, NJ Newark College of Engineering
1966-72 Lanham, MD Engineer with DOD
1972-74 Asmara, Ethiopia Engineer with DOD
1974-78 Lanham, MD Engineer with DOD
1978-82 Aurora, CO Engineer with DOD
1982 Resigned from U. S. Government
1982-97 Hughes Aircraft Co., Engineer/Program Manager
1997-Present Retired in Colorado and loving every minute

Jun 1966 BSEE, Newark College of Engineering, Newark NJ.
Jun 1969 MSEE, University of Maryland, College Park, MD

Ron Remembers . . . Doing push-ups on the walk in front of 4 th Squadron in the dark and coming face to face with a cactus with ice on it . . . So this is Texas! Also a new definition for the good American word, “ BUG. ”

Oliver L. Pickens

Oliver L. Pickens
Retired: 1979

Wife: Patsy
Children: Steven
Jobs / Assignments
1961 Lackland AFB, TX Officer Candidate School
1961 Greenville AFB, MS Student, Personnel Officer Course
1961-65 Grand Forks AFB, ND Personnel Officer (SAC)
1965 Maxwell AFB, AL Squadron Officer School
1966-67 Tan Son Nhut AB, RVN Director of Personnel/Manpower, 315 th Air Commando Wing
1967-68 Westover AFB, MA Executive Officer to DCS/Personnel, Hq 8 th AF (SAC)
1969-72 Offutt AFB, NB Chief, Selective Officer Assignmebnts, Hq, SAC
1972-77 Randolph AFB, TX Chief, Support Officer Distribution & Training Section, Hq, AFMPC
1977 Keesler AFB, MS Manpower Staff Officer Course
1977-79 Tinker AFB, OK Commander, Det 2, 3025 Management Engineering Sq (AFLC)
1979 Retired, Active Duty, Lieutenant Colonel
1979-Present Live Oak, TX Retired
1970 Bachelor of Arts (Business Administration), University of Nebraska

Jack Alan Phillips

Jack Phillips
Retired December 1977

The Early Years (1937-1948)
I was born in Wichita, Kansas, in 1937. Dad left in 1941, but my mother managed to support us with a job at Cessna Aircraft until World War II ended. All the women were laid off and the jobs were given to the returning men. Mom moved my younger brother and me to a small farm near Rose Hill, Kansas, in 1948 and we lived a poor, but happy life. Except for when our house burned down in 1952 and we lost everything (but that’s another story).

After Graduation (1955 to 1958)
After graduation from Rose Hill High School in 1955 it was off to wheat harvesting (my fourth season) and then to a job at Boeing for about six months until I enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps in 1956. After finishing boot camp as the platoon honor graduate I was assigned to Camp Pendleton, California, where I remained and became a Sergeant before discharge in 1958.

U. S. Air Force Enlisted Years (1959 to 1961)
In 1959 I enlisted in the U. S. Air Force, at a lower rank, and was directly assigned to Nellis AFB, Nevada, as an administrative clerk for the Fighter Weapons School, home of the Air Force Top Gun program and the Thunderbirds. Since I was about the only guy on base that shined his shoes they selected me as Nellis AFB Airman-of-the-Month and gave me a ride in an F-100 fighter aircraft, thereby addicting me to that type of flying. At the urging of local pilots I applied for Officer Candidate School. Luckily I was one of 144 that was selected, but only 101 of us made it through and got commissioned.

Becoming an Air Force Fighter Pilot (1961 to 1966)
After OCS graduation I was fortunate enough to obtain one of the pilot training assignments and was sent to Vance AFB at Enid, Oklahoma. By graduating as the top pilot of that class I was able to select F-100 fighter pilot training at Luke AFB, near Phoenix, Arizona. It was great to be flying the same type of aircraft that had gotten me interested in becoming a fighter pilot.

Completing the F-100 course as a top graduate gave me the opportunity to choose an assignment to the newest fighter aircraft, the F-105 Thunderchief. The first operational assignment was to McConnell AFB, at Wichita, Kansas, where they were converting from F-100s to F-105s. I was not excited about returning to Kansas, but my mom thought it was great since I was only 10 miles from home. Upgrading to the F-105 was sporty at Nellis AFB and my class lost two airplanes in a week while the Thunderbirds had one come apart in the air, so they grounded the entire fleet and sent me back to McConnell. While on a training mission on January 6, 1965, my aircraft caught fire in the forward area resulting in complete electrical failure and partial loss of control. Despite poor weather conditions, I managed to land the aircraft and was subsequently awarded an Air Medal for saving the aircraft and avoiding a crash in a populated area. Most guys said I was just too scared to eject.
Next was an assignment to Spangdahlem AB, Germany, for about two years. Late in 1966 I had the choice to either transition to the newer F-4 Phantom or volunteer for Vietnam duty in the F-105. I chose the latter.

Off to war (1967)
In January 1967, I joined the 34th Tactical Fighter Squadron at Korat RTAFB, Thailand. During this period I flew 100 combat missions over North Vietnam, plus many more over Laos. Due to my experience in the aircraft I was assigned many of the high priority missions and led numerous flights to the highly defended Hanoi area. It was a tough time with very restrictive rules of engagement, which caused the loss of a lot of aircraft and crews. Although my aircraft was damaged several times by ground fire, I completed the tour without injury. I had considered volunteering for a second 100 missions, but changed my mind after dealing with all the restrictions. And the fact that one of our pilots, Karl Richter, was shot down and killed on mission number 198 didn’t help.

I completed my 100 missions on August 2, 1967, and returned to the U.S. the next day.

Flight instructor and awards (1967 to 1970)
Then it was back to McConnell AFB as an F-105 instructor pilot. On Veterans Day, 1967, President Lyndon Johnson personally decorated me with three awards of the Silver Star for actions during the Vietnam tour. Four awards of the Distinguished Flying Cross were presented at later ceremonies, also for combat-related actions. In early 1968 I was sent to Korea in response to the capture of a U.S. Navy ship, the Pueblo. We planned and sat alert, but no military actions were taken against North Korea and after four months, I returned to McConnell.

Flying and other jobs (1970 to 1977)
After early promotion to major in 1968 came attendance at Command and Staff College at Maxwell AFB, Alabama. A joint staff tour of four years followed at MacDill AFB, Tampa, Florida, in the U.S. Strike Command (later to be called Central Command). The most interesting aspects of this tour were the trips to many middle east countries such as Iran, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, India, and others. In 1973 after I finally got my BS from the University of Tampa (Magna Cum Laude), I was selected as aide to Lt. General Ernest Hardin (the Deputy Commander in Chief). This challenging job included writing speeches and giving briefings to the highest levels of command including the Joint Chiefs of Staff in the Pentagon. This duty included being the General’s pilot and performing as an instructor pilot in the T-39 Saberliner. It also let me know that I was not cut out for the politics at that level, which helped me make a career decision a few years later.

Upon promotion to Lieutenant Colonel in 1974, which coincided with the end of my tour, the general gave me my choice of assignments. Desiring a flying assignment I again went to Korat RTAFB in the 34th TFS, this time flying the F-4 Phantom as the operations officer. While there we participated in the Mayaguez incident (where the fighting continued for some) and provided air cover for the evacuation of Saigon.

As the commander, I brought the squadron back to the U.S. in December 1975, making them the last F-4 squadron to leave Southeast Asia. Another staff tour was next at Tactical Air Command Headquarters, Langley AFB, Virginia, with duties as the Chief of Flight Simulation. When they offered me an assignment to the Pentagon I turned it down and retired in December, l977.

Retirement activities
I had obtained a real estate degree while at Langley AFB and returned to Tampa for a couple years working in the commercial and investment real estate field. After my wife left in the early 1980’s I decided to become a full time treasure hunter. Never made much money, but I had a great time diving, dredging gold, and searching for lost treasures of all types. Met Barbara (also a treasure hunter and the best treasure I found) this way and we married in 1990.

We have four children, three girls and a boy, scattered around the country plus six grand children. We gave up treasure hunting in 1995. Today we live in a small town in North Alabama and enjoy the quiet life. It’s been a great journey!

Our Current Status (August 2017)
Barbara was diagnosed with a rare, neurodegenerative disorder, Hashimoto’s Encephalopathy, in the summer of 2010. Since then she has endured numerous procedures and tests, but nothing has stopped the disease progression. She can no longer walk, but is able to use a motorized wheelchair. Although speech is impaired, her mind is good. Fortunately I am in very good health and can do what is required. We are unable to travel, but do get out to lunch at a local restaurant every day.



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Marlin W. Olson

Marlin W. Olson
Died: 20 July 1980

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Paul Nyhus

Most of my career spent overseas. I have four children scattered between Portland OR, San Francisco, CA, Atlanta, GA and Madison, NJ. One granddaughter. My first wife and mother of my children died in 1992, and I remarried in 1998. I remember my Air Force days fondly and am delighted that you all are keeping in touch with each other.


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Daniel J. Moore

Daniel J. Moore
Retired: 1979

Wife: Erika
Children: Denise, Eric
Grandchildren: Ian, Sean, Anita
Jobs / Assignments
1961 Lackland AFB, TX Officer Candidate School
1961-62 Lackland AFB, TX Air Police Officer’s School
1962-63 Offutt AFB, NE Base Police Officer
1963-66 Zaragoza, Moron, Spain Base Police Officer
1966-68 Wurtsmith AFB Chief of Security and Law Enforcement
1969-71 Offutt AFB, NE SAC InspectorGeneral, SAC Protocol Officer
1971-75 Wiesbaden, Ramstein, GE Protocol Chief, USAFE
1975-79 Bergstrom AFB Chief of Security and Law Enforcement
1979 Retired Active Duty, Lieutenant Colonel
1979-89 Austin, TX Security Director; Customer Service Division Manager, Texas Commerce Bank
1989-99 Scottsdale, AZ Protective Services Director, Scottsdale Princess Resort
2000 Austin TX Retired in God ’ s Country

Dan Remembers . . . Getting caught with a flashlight cap full of NoDoz. Getting kicked out of Glee Club because I couldn ’ t carry a tune, thus losing access to the candy bar machine in the Officer ’ s Club, which was why I signed up for that anyway. And the saddest memory, with OCFC Marx and his wife at my elbow, writing a letter appealing his dismissal from OCS. ”


Wesley A. Mills

Wesley A. Mills
Retired: 31 January 1974

Wife: Jeanie
Children: Frank, Kerry
Grandchildren: Bryan
Jobs / Assignments
1961 Lackland AFB, TX Officer Candidate School
1961-62 Harlingen AFB, TX Basic Navigator Training
1962-63 Mather AFB, CA Electronic Warfare Officer School
1963-65 Hunter AFB, GA Electronic Countermeasures Training Officer
1966 Takli AB, Thailand 41 st TacRecon Sq, EB66 (60 Combat missions)
1967 Fairchild AFB, WA Cross Training into B-52s
1967-74 Fairchild AFB, WA B-52 (300+ Combat missions SEA (2 years)
31 Jan 1974 Retired, Regular Major
1974-78 Oklahoma City, OK Sambo ’ s Restaurant Owner/Manager
1982-99 Oklahoma City, OK Computer Programer, State of Oklahoma
30 Mar 1999 Retired
1999-Present Oklahoma City, OK Staying busy doing honey-dos, trips and riding our Honda Goldwing

Fall 1960 Associates Degree, Allen Hancock Junior College, Santa Maria, CA
Sep 1979 Bachelor of Arts (Business Management), University of Eastern Washington, Cheney, WA
Jan 1982 Established a Major in Computer Science, University of Central Oklahoma

Wes Remembers . . . The time I was subjected to a “ Special Inspection. ” It seemed to me that those “ conducting ” said inspection were a small group in our upper class, maybe looking looking for a weak OC. Their special inspection literally fell apart when, after an hour or more and numerous uniform changes, ‘ they ’ stated that absolutely no one in the whole second class would place even an ounce of trust in me. On my objection, ‘ they ’ asked who? My answer, which ‘ they ’ then verified by bringing that person before us, left ‘ them ’ virtually speechless. OC Hauser (female) told them that I had both her respect and her total trust. “ Inspection ” over!!!! (My special inspection ‘ crew ’ was basically the same ‘ crew that delighted in testing the female OCs rolled underwear by throwing them across the room to check ‘ proper adherence to specifications; ’ generally causing their underwear to somewhat approximate a parachute prior to reaching the wall of the room, thus failing to open drawer inspection (no pun intended) and becoming subject to more upper class ‘ training ’ – (this, from OC Hauser on one of the club nights). (OC Hauser dropped out of 61D, later re-intered OCS in a larger class of female candidates and received her commission).

Lowell T. McKinney

Lowell T. McKinney
Retired: Retired: 1 September 1980

Wife: None
Children: Suzanne, Catherine
Grandchildren: Ian, John
I was born on Tams Mountain in southern West Virginia on August 6, 1937. My father died when I was ten and my mother slipped into insanity as a result. For various reasons there were no “safety nets” in place to render care for our family, and I experienced first-hand the rigors of hunger, poverty and near death as an “Urchin of Appalachia.” At age twelve I came down with appendicitis and peritonitis, but as bad as that was, it brought attention to the squalid conditions my family had undergone for two years. My mother was committed to a state hospital, and my brother and I were placed in separate adoption homes. I was placed in a strict environment. Back talk or even showing emotion was forbidden. It was a 30-acre farm and there were many chores to do. Each evening I was ordered to study for two hours whether I had homework or not. I put the time to good use.

After graduation from high school, I spent one quarter at Virginia Tech, which at that time was a military school. The Corps of Cadets was a disciplined environment, but for me that part was a piece of cake compared to my teen years. I also worked in the dining hall to supplement my tuition. My problem was, due to the hectic schedule I could not stay awake in class. After one quarter, I realized that I was wasting tuition money so I dropped out, but I didn’t return home. Instead, I worked for a brief time on the Norfolk and Western Railroad.

It was the close of the steam locomotive era at N&W, an experience that had great impact upon me. I used to fuss when those behemoths would rumble by and blow smoke and cinders in my eyes, but God, how I miss them now.

After a year on the railroad, I landed a job with the Virginia Agricultural Experiment Station (at VA Tech) and worked there as a lab technician for two years. Then in 1959 I got a draft notice from Uncle Sam, and to avoid the draft I enlisted in the Air Force.

The results of my Air Force entrance tests were shocking to both my recruiter and me. I scored eighth out of a group of 400, and qualified for training in electronics. I suppose all that studying had begun to pay off. I went from basic training to Lowry AFB to Armament/electronics School and then to Lockbourne AFB, Ohio, where for the next year I worked on B-47’s. Then I took the Air Force Officer Qualification Test, and was accepted into Officer Candidate School (OCS) in January 1961. After OCS. I went to Keesler AFB to study ground electronics and was selected for instructor duty.

In 1964 I was reassigned to 5 th Tac Gp, Clark AB, Philippines. It was a two-year tour in a unit that specialized in pulling together deployable RADAR site packages for deployment to Southeast Asia. 5 th Tac Gp allowed me to go on TDY trips to exotic places such as Udorn, Da Nang, Dong Ha, Hue/Phu Bai, and lastly, Bangkok.

Upon return to the ZI, I attended the Communications/Electronics Staff Officer Course at Keesler, and once again, was “tapped” for instructor duty. While at Keesler, I attended SOS (in 1969) where one of the instructors looked very familiar – Gordon Links (Academic Instructor in OCS). He had not changed much, but instead of playing the organ, he played the accordion. His music was of the same ilk.

Also during my Keesler tenure, I was able to take advantage of the tuition assistance programs provided by the Air Force, and spent many hours taking evening college courses. I received my bachelor’s degree at the University of Nebraska at Omaha in 1970-71 (alongside some guy named Harley Yarber).

My next assignment was to the Distant Early Warning Line (DEW Line) as a Contract Monitor. There was not a lot to do, and when I was not eating or drinking to excess, I completed the Air Command and Staff Officer Course via correspondence. After that lovely assignment, I was reassigned to the NORAD Cheyenne Mt. Complex, where I worked shift duty as a systems controller (alongside some guy named Ed Steele).

My next assignment was to Hq. USSOUTHCOM in the Canal Zone, where I served on the Comm/Electronics Staff, part of J-3, USSOUTHCOM’s equivalent of a J-6. There I became intimately acquainted with all the US communications and RADAR systems in the Canal Zone. I also did staff work on the turnover of the Canal Zone to Panama. It was then that I first realized that Departments of State and Defense do not always see eye-to-eye, nor get along well.

My family and I were billeted at nearby Albrook AFB, by far the best assignment of my career. While there, I earned my Master’s Degree through the University of Oklahoma extension program. I also taught Sunday school at the Albrook Base Chapel, which was where I began one of my books, the one on religion (the other one is a compilation of poetry that I wrote wherever I was).

My favorite pursuits while at Albrook were fishing and camping. Lake Gatun, the fresh water lake that feeds the locks on both sides of the Canal, is teeming with Peacock Bass, one of the quickest hitting and hardest fighting fish that I have ever encountered. On a Bad day, one could catch 25. The nights that I camped on the banks of the Canal (in my screened shelter of course) were majestic. A campsite could be leased from the Panama Canal Commission for 24 dollars a year. Needless to say, I did not want to leave there!

After retirement from the Air Force, I returned to the Distant Early Warning Line (DEW Line) as a communications/electronics/cryptographic technician and weather observer. The working environment was lonely, but I grew to love the Arctic. It is truly a lovely, yet unforgiving place, and not a healthy place to stay for extended periods of time. The pay, however, was good and I had two daughters in college. After two years in northern Canada, I landed a job with Northrop Corporation, Rolling Meadows, Illinois as a Logistics Engineer, once again communications/electronics but from a logistics aspect.


In 1984 I took my Logistics Engineering experience to General Electric, King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, and I lived in Valley Forge, less than a mile West of the national park. Valley Forge was a somewhat rural setting at that time, and Freedom Foundation was practically my next-door neighbor. Many times I have walked through Medal of Honor Grove there. It is a sacred spot.

During the 15 years I worked in the King of Prussia area, my office was merged, divested and sold numerous times. I retired in 1999 (actually, I was “downsized” but I qualified for Social Security, so I never looked back).

I now live in West Chester, Pa. I have two Grandsons, one in Denver, CO and one in Valley Forge, Pa (8 miles away). I keep myself busy working on my Model A Ford, which I purchased in 1962 for the exorbitant sum of $275.00. When not doing that, I enjoy doing carpentry, electronic/electrical projects and writing. I have published two books through an on-line publisher. I also square dance and round dance. I live alone. My wife and I separated in 1996, and she lives in St. Petersburg, FL. We are on cordial terms.

Desmond F. McGowan

Desmond F. McGowan
Died: 28 January 1965


Desmond F. McGowan was killed in an aircraft accident, Libya
WHEELUS Air Base, Libya (Special) – The United States Air Force announced the post-humous award of the Distinguished Flying Cross to the F100 pilot who have his life as he attempted to guide his disabled jet away from a populated area near the base. The pilot was 1 st Lt. Desmond F. McGowan of New York City, who was assigned to the 48 th Tactical Fighter Wing stationed at Lakenheath, England. The 27-year old Air Force pilot was married and the father of three children.

James McMormack

James McMormack
Retired: Unknown

Jobs / Assignments
1961 Lackland AFB, TX Officer Candidate School Lackland AFB, TX Training/Administrative Officer
Keesler AFB, MS Ground Electronics Officer ’ s Course
Hunter AFB, GA Chief of Maintenance
SEA Chief of Maintenance
Keesler AFB, MS Communications-Electronics Staff Officer School
Hill AFB, UT Radar Evaluation
Omaha, NE Bootstrap, University of Nebraska, Omaha
Dayton, OH Command and Base Social Actions Officer
Hickham, HI Command and Base Social Actions Officer
Retired, Active duty, Major
Odd jobs with State of Kansas, Frito-Lay, State of Louisiana, State of Nebraska, a couple of transportation companies and transportation brokers, several other jobs and am currently helping with my son ’ s contracting business.

Bachelor of General Studies, University of Nebraska at Omaha
1975 Master of Arts, Central Michigan University
Currently enrolled in a Ph.D. program in Dayton


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Carl M. Mantsch

Carl M. Mantsch
Died: 6 August 1990

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Carl H. Malberg

Carl H. Malberg
Retired: 1 August 1977

Wife: Michiko (Passed away on 9/5/2004)
Children: None
Jobs / Assignments
1961 Lackland AFB, TX Officer Candidate School
1961-62 Keesler AFB, MS Ground Electronics Officer Course
1962-66 New Boston, NH New Hampshire Station Satellite Operations Controller
1966-67 Driftwood Bay AFS, AK Commander
1967-68 Keesler AFB, MS Communication-Electronics Staff Officer Course
1968-71 Sunnyvale, CA AF Satellite Test Center, Chief of Operations
1971-72 Maxwell AFB, AL Air Command and Staff School
1972-75 Misawa AB, Japan Chief of Maintenance
1975-77 Scott AFB, IL Hq, AWS Chief of Maintenance & Plant Engineering
1 Aug 1977 Retired, Regular Air Force, Major
1977-83 Sunnyvale, CA (Lockheed) AF Satellite Test Center, Satellite Operations Specialist
1983-87 Sunnyvale, CA (Lockheed) AF Satellite Test Center, Satellite Operations Supervisor
1987-91 Sunnyvale, CA Onizuka AS, – Lockheed, Department Manager
1991-97 Sunnyvale, CA Onizuka AS, – Lockheed, Special Projects Enginee
1 Sep 1997 Retired from Lockheed Martin
1997-2019 Led the good life in Sunnyvale CA: Golfing (3 to 5 times/week), Deep Sea Fishing (Co-owned a boat with two other Lockheed employees from 1998 to 2012. We tried to get out at least once/week for Salmon, Albacore Tuna, Ling Cod, Flounder, Rock Fish and Dungeness Crab — season and weather permitting). Volunteering with St. Vincent de Paul Society helping the needy with food, clothing, rent assistance, emergency travel, etc.. Playing pool/snooker with some Lockheed co-workers once/week. And, of course taking care of necessary household chores, home maintenance/repairs and yard work. I finally acknowledged that some increasing physical limitations (primarily neuropathy in my feet) were preventing essential duties, and so I moved into a senior living facility, Villa Siena, on 1/7/20. They offer three levels of care: Independent Living (where I am now), Assisted Living and Skilled Nursing. My plan is to spend the rest of my life here — the food is good, the people are friendly and caring, and there are plenty of activities to fill the time. 

2020-Present Leading the carefree life in Mountain View CA.


Carl Remembers . . . “ My most memorable thing from OCS was the people and the wonderful things we did for each other in that awful environment. To my knowledge, there were no ‘ Buddy Flushers ’ in Third Squadron. ”


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Nathaniel Mack

Nathaniel Mack
Retired: August 1973

 Jobs / Assignments

1961 Lackland AFB, TX Officer Candidate School
1961-62 Keesler AFB, TX Ground Electronics Officer Course
1962-66 Eglin AFB, FL Data Analyst, Electronic Countermeasures R & D
1966-67 Lowry AFB, CO Special Ground Electronics Course
1967-68 Shemya AFB, AK Communication-Electronics Staff Officer
1968-71 Hof AS, Germany Chief of Maintenance; Director of Materiel
1971-73 Tyndall AFB, FL Staff Communication-Electronics Officer
31 Aug 1973 Retired, Extended Active Duty, Captain
1974-92 Panama City, FL High School Math Teacher; Owner, Awards business
1992-94 Frankfurt, Germany Director, Army Child Care Center
1994-2000 Chievres, Belgium Manager, Army Training Support Division (SHAPE)
30 Apr 2000 Retired, U. S. Army Civilian
2000-Present Navarre, FL Retired to a life of Leisure???????
1972 Associates Degree, Gulf Coast Community College, Panama City, FL
1974 Bachelor of Arts (Elementary Education), University of West Florida, Pensacola, FL
1976 Master of Arts (Elementary Education), University of West Florida, Pensacola, FL
1977 Master of Education, University of West Florida, Pensacola, FL


Nat Remembers . . . Having to form a burial party for a Burial at Sea for the giant wooley-booger found under my bed., and the goody bags from wives of Third Squadron for those of us who were unaccompanied, and the 3 rd Squadron classmate who, when caught studying in his closet after “ lights out,” responding to the member of the 1st Class, “ Going Up? ” Wish we could remember who that was, he’d surely get the “ Mickey Mouse ” award

John P. Lynch

John P. Lynch
Retired: August 1990

Wife: Moira
Children: Mitchell, David, Michelle
Grandchildren: 7
Jobs / Assignments
1961 Lackland AFB, TX Officer Candidate School
1961-62 Kelly AFB, TX Intel Staff Officer, USAFSS
1962-65 Hof AS, Germany Flight Commander
1965-67 Iraklion, Crete Chief, Exploitation
1967-68 Ent AFB,CO SSO Operations Officer (NORAD)
1968-69 DaNang AB, Vietnam Chief, Exploitation
1969-72 Frankfurt, Germany Intel Staff Officer, ESR
1972-74 Iraklion, Crete Operations Officer
1974-77 Pentagon, DC Soviet Air Analyst, DIA
1977-78 Kelly AFB, TX Director Plans and Programs, Hq ESC
1978-79 Medina Annex, TX Commander, 6948 ESS
1979-81 Chicksands, England Commander, 6950 ESG
1981-85 Kelly AFB, TX ASP, A/DO, DO, Hq, ESC
1985-88 Ramstein AB, Germany Commander, EESD
1988-90 Ft. Meade, MD Chief, G-6
Aug 1990 Retired Active Duty
1990-Present San Antonio, TX Real Estate, High School Teacher

Bachelor of Arts (Political Science), University of Maryland
Master of Arts (Clinical Psychology), Catholic University of America
Post Graduate (Mental Health), St. Mary ’ s Universit


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John Loring

John Loring
Retired: Aug 1981

Wife: Rose
Children: Margaret, Catherine, Jacqueline
Grandchildren: Patricia, Ronnie, John, Diamond,Robert
Great Grandchildren: Jordan, Kayla, Amythyst
Jobs / Assignments
1961 Lackland AFB, TX Officer Candidate School
1961-62 Keesler AFB, MS Communications Officer ’ s School
1962-64 Langley AFB, VA TAC Command Post
1964-68 Hickam AFB, HI Command & Control Branch Chief & Maintenance Control
Assignment included TDYs to Viet Nam, Okinawa, Wake, Midway, etc.)
1968-69 Keesler AFB, MS Communications Staff Officer’s Course
1969-71 Ent AFB, CO Chief Communications Operations – NORAD Cheyenne Mtn;
Chief Communications Operations, Peterson AFB
1972-73 Maxwell AFB, AL Command and Staff College
1973-78 Croughton RAFB, UK Chief of Maintenance, Wideband Communications Group 1978-80 Kapaun Barracks, Germany Chief, Communications Operations, USAFE
1980-81 Ramstein AB, Germany Chief Communications Operations, 1964 Comm Squadron Aug 1981 Retired Active Duty
1981-84 Neches, TX Pecan Grower (plenty of experience with nuts in AF)
1984 Retired and moved to Cedaredge, CO 1984-Present Cedaredge, CO. Whatever I wanted to do, including local politics, volunteer work, managing county senior transportation, holding offices within the Veterans of Foreign Wars from local Post level through State Commander, working with hospitalized veterans, and just enjoying this great country.
I did complete a Bachelor of Science with the University of NY in 1979. (took 17 years of night classes in seven universities-but any OC “can do” if they set their mind to it..)



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Roy N. Larsen

Roy N. Larsen
Died: 2002

Wife: Georgia

Children: Libbie, Jeff, Gretchen, Nels

Grandchildren: Jeffrey, Kelsey

Jobs / Assignments
1961 Lackland AFB, TX Officer Candidate School
1961 Harlingen AFB,TX Navigator Training
1962 Mather AFB, CA Navigator-Bombardier Training
1963 Shaw AFB, SC RB-66 Aircrew Training
1963-65 RAF Alconbury, England Navigator; RF-4C Squadron Navigat
1966-68 Davis-Montham AFB, AZ Instructor, F-4C, D, E
1968-71 Nellis AFB, NV F-4D Special Project
1971 Maxwell AFB, AL Air Command and Staff College
1972 Eglin AFB, FL Weapons Flight Test
1974 Retired, USAF
1974-1994 St. George, UT & Las Vegas, NV Real Estate Broker

John Allen Lampkin

John Allen Lampkin
Retired: 1979
Passed Away 1 Feb 2007

John A. Lampkin born Dec 2, l937. Baldwyn, Miss. Attended Miss. State Collage 2 years and enlisted in the Air Force in l958. Stationed at LoweryAFB, Calif, Attended OCS. Was a Communicator. Always said “It is us that keeps you pilots aloft.”Stationed at Scott, Keesler and Germany over and over. Married in l96l to Sandy. Two sons Mark and Mike. Survived by same. Died Feb. l. 2007. The above provided by John’s wife Sandy

Wife: Sandy
Children: Mark, Michael
Grandchildren: Colin, Danielle
Jobs / Assignments
1961 Lackland AFB, TX Officer Candidate School
1961-62 Keesler AFB, TX Technical School
1962-66 Siegelbach AS , Germany Teletype Relay
1966 Kansas City , MO Park College (Operation Bootstrap)
1966-69 Scott AFB, IL Hq AFCS NCMO
1969 Keesler AFB, MS Communication-Electronics Staff Officer School
1970 Tan Son Nhut AB, RVN DCA Systems Controller
1970 Long Binh US Army Depot, RVN Commander, DCA Long Binh Detachment 1971-73 Sembach AB , Germany Chief, Depl Planning, 2 MCG
1973-74 Lindsey AB , Germany DO, 2 MCG
1974-79 Scott AFB, IL Director, C-E, Hq, ARRS
1979 Retired USAF
1979-85 Real Estate Broker – Finance
1985-87 Restaurant Manager
1978-2000 Business for self – Antiques / Rental Property
2000-Present Really Retired!!!!

Aatended: Milsaps Collelge, Jackson , MS
Mississippi State Univeristy, Starkville , MS
University of Maryland , European Division
1966 Bachelor of Arts (Economics/Business Administration), Park College , Kansas City, MO

Charles F. Krause

Charles F. Krause
Retired: 30 June 1974
Died: 23 December 2009

Charles Krause Obituary:

Charles Frederick Krause, 73, of Champaign, passed away on the afternoon of Dec. 23, 2009, at Provena Covenant Medical Center, Urbana. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 29, with viewing at 10 a.m. and service to follow at St. John’s Lutheran Church at 509 S. Mattis Ave., Champaign.
Charles was born on April 14, 1936, at Marseilles, Ill. He is survived by his wife, Caroline; mother Lily; sons Steve, Fred, and Paul; daughter Angela; and six grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his father, Ralph, and stepmother, Cleo Krause.
He retired from the U.S. Air Force as a Major in 1974 and retired from Civil Service in 1996. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War. He was active in the Sons of the American Revolution, serving as Registrar.
Champaign, IL

Wife: Caroline
Children: Steven, Angela, Fredrick, Paul
Grandchildren: Charles, Danielle, Andrew, Tyler, Steven, Adam
Jobs / Assignments
1961 Lackland AFB, TX Officer Candidate School
1961-62 Harlingen AFB, TX Undergraduate Navigator Training
1962-63 Mather AFB, CA Navigator/Bombadier Training
1963 Stead AFB, NV Aircrew Survival Training
1963-64 Dyess AFB, TX Navigator, C-130D and C130E
1964-65 Eglin AFB, FL C-130E Tactics Test Navigator
1965-66 Ching Chuan Kang AB Taiwan Navigator (386 combat sorties RVN)
1967 Shaw AFB, SC RN-1 First class of Navs to replace PSOs in RF4C
1967-69 RAF Alconberry, England Squadron Navigator IWSO
1969-74 Shaw AFB, SC IWSO, RAS Instructor; Instructional Systems Development Team (IWSO)
30 Jun 1974 Retired Extended Active Duty, Major
1974-75 Champaign, IL University of Illinois (School of Mechanical Engineering)
1975-92 Chanute AFB, IL Instructor, Instructor Supervisor , Training Specialist, Chief- Training Development Branch-Maint Mgt Tng Flt
1992-96 Sheppard AFB, TX Chief-Training Develop Branch-Maint Mgt Tng FLt
14 Apr 1996 Retired, DAF GS-12
1996-Present Champaign, IL Researching our Geneology (members of DAR & SAR)

June 1978 Bachelor of Science (Occupational Education), Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, IL
1978-80 27 hours toward Master of Science (Technology Education), Eastern Illinois University

Chuck Remembers . . . I was scheduled to be “ minnie caller ” in the early AM for the First Class. The night before I was scheduled, I came down with a case of the “ Bankok two step ” that continued all night. The next morning, I couldn ’ t get more than two steps from the commode, much less call the minutes for the First Class. “ Cooperate to Graduate ” took over and classmate Lewis stepped in and ran the gauntlet (bless his heart). I remember sitting on the throne, listening to all hell breaking loose downstairs and blessing OC Lewis for stepping into the breech. Thank you again. You are a true officer and gentleman, OC Lewis.



Bernard J. Kleinrock

Bernard J. Kleinrock
Retired: 30 September 1980

Wife: Barbara
Children: Jeffery, Bradley, Bernard, Jennifer
Grandchildren: Timothy, Thomas
Jobs / Assignments
1961 Lackland AFB,TX Officer Candidate School
1961-62 Harlingen AFB, TX Navigation School
1962-63 Mather AFB, CA ECM School; Survival School
1963 Castle AFB, CA Crew Training
1963-67 Minot AFB, ND B-52H Electronic Warfare Officer
1967-70 Barksdale AFB, LA Command Evaluation Group
1970 Shaw AFB, SC EB-66 Crew Training
1970-71 Takali RTAFB, Thailand EB-66 Electronic Warfare Officer
1971-72 Maxwell AFB, AL Air Command and Staff College
1972-76 Pentagon, DC Air Staff USAF Plans and Policy Directorate
1976-80 Pentagon, DC Defense Intelligence Agency Foreign Disclosure Officer
30 Sep 1980 Retired USAF/DIA
1980-96 Bethesda, MD Owner, Yardscapes, Inc. – Landscape Management
1996-Present Columbia, SC Retired

June 1972 Bachelor of Arts (History), Troy State University, Troy, AL
June 1976 Masters in Management, Central Michigan University, MI

Robert L. Kennison

Robert L. Kennison
Retired: 1977

Wife: Elena
Children: Elaine, Terri, Andrea, Robert, Douglas, Victoria, Patrick
Grandchildren: Matthew, Laura, David, Sean, Alexander, Natalie, Liam
Jobs / Assignments
1961 Lackland AFB, TX Officer Candidate School
1961-64 Arizona State University Undergraduate Engineering
1964-68 South Vietnam I Corps, attached to 1 st Calvary Division
1969-70 Wright Patterson, OH F-15 Program Office
1970-75 Randolph AFB, TX Air Force Military Personnel Center
1975-77 Kelly AFB, TX San Antonio Air Logistics Center
1977 Retired, active Air Force (Lt. Colonel)
1977-91 San Antonio, TX Fairchild Aircraft Corporation
1991-99 Irapuato, Guanajuato, Mexico Compa ñ ia Manufacturera de Artefactos Electricos, S.A. de C.V.
1999-Present San Antonio, TX Compa ñ ia Manufacturera de Artefactos Electricos, S.A. de C.V.

1954 Associate in Arts, Springfield College, Illinois
1964 Bachelor of Science in Engineering, Arizona State University
1968 Master of Business Administration, University of New Mexico

George E. Kennedy

George E. Kennedy
Retired: Retired 1981

Wife: Judy
Children: 4
Grandchildren: 3
Jobs / Assignments
1961 Lackland AFB, ATX Officer Candidate School
1961 Harlingen AFB, TX Navigator Training
1962 Mather AFB, CA Electronic Warfare Training
1963 Hill AFB, UT EB-57 Squadron, ECM targets for NORAD training
1964 Bien Hoa AB, RVN B-57 Squadron, close-air-support and interdiction
1965 Hill AFB, UT EB-57 Squadron, ECM targets for NORAD training
1966 Korat RTAB, Thailand F-105 Squadron, Wild Weasel defense suppression
1967-69 Nellis AFB, NV F-105 Wild Weasel Instructor, develop electronic range
1970-71 Fuchu AS, Japan PACAF Weapons School Instructor
1972 Kadena AB, Japan F-4 Wild Weasel Squadron, Administrative Officer
1973-76 Langley AFB, VA TAC Staff, Defense Suppression
1977-80 Ft. Hood, TX USAF Det Commander, National Intelligence System Testing
1981 Resign from Military
1981-87 Albuquerque, NM BDM Corp, Assoc Manager Wild Weasel Systems Testing
1988-89 White Sands, NM Calspan Corp, Director Army AAA Systems Testing
1990 Sante Fe, NM New Mexico State Health Department, develop statewide database system
1991-Present Albuquerque Massage Therapist

1973 BGS (Political Science), University of Nebraska at Omaha
1977 MPA (Public Administration), Golden Gate University
1985 MA (Computer Resources Management), Webster University


Classmate Kellogg has not been found

Ron Kelley

Retired Sept. 1979

wife: Nancy

children: Gregory and Jeffery. Six grandchildren.

Living in St. George, UT

Retired as Major in 1979, involved in sales for a season and served for 15 years as a substitute teacher in Lake Stevens, WA.
Retired for good and moved to St. George, UT.
Will celebrate 60 years married in September 2021
Just celebrated my 82 years on earth in December 2020.
Am in relative good health for my age.
Wish you all the very best.

Troy D. Jordan

Troy D. Jordan
Retired: 1 September 1975

Wife: Jean
Children: Larry, Sheri, David, Jim
Grandchildren: Morgan, Rachel, Matthew, Michael, Abigail, Joseph, Mason, Shelby, Daniel, Bennett, Caleb
Jobs / Assignments
1961 Lackland AFB, TX Officer Candidate School
1961-64 Westover AFB, MA Staff Weather Officer, 99 th Bomb Wing
1964-65 Omaha, NE Operation Bootstrap, University of Omaha
1965-67 Offutt AFB, NE Briefing Officer at Global Weather Central for SAC Hq.
1967-69 Clark AFB, PI Staff Weather Officer to 13 th AF Headquarters
1969-73 Scott AFB, IL Staff Officer at Air Weather Service Headquaraters
1973-75 Pentagon DC Chief, Sjpecial Projects and Staff Officer in DCS/Ops, Hq, USAF
1 Sep 1975 Retired, Major
1975-88 Private Business
1988-Present Mostly Retired —- Occasionally Productive

1965 Bachelor Degree (Business), University of Omaha

Troy Remembers . . . “ One vivid incident occurred on a Saturday morning after inspections. As “ Pope ” I was excused from participating in the weekly mayhem. Instead, I strolled through the barracks and offered encouragement. On this particular morning one young man was extremely distraught. He told me that he wanted to be a pilot, but was going to SIE. I urged him to hang on because the payoff was worth it. I ran into him several years later at Clark AB. He had wings on his chest. Not unusual except for the fact that the kid was a minority who, on that Saturday morning was convinced all those white guys were not going to let him finish the program. ”

Donald Leroy Jacobsen

Donald Leroy Jacobsen
Died: 7 November 1966

Captain Jacobsen was killed in action, Long An South Vietnam. “Hound Dog” FAC Donald Jacobsen lost while supporting the U.S. Marines 7 Nov 66. He is remembered on Panel 12E Row 37
Republic of Vietnam

Norman Hassett

Norm Remembers . . . My favorite memories of OCS were the Sunday morning mandatory champagne brunches with the Commander. The decathlon at the end was great, too, and being an ex-marine, I really appreciated all of those early morning fitness hours!! ”

Joel A Hassell

 Joel A Hassell
Retired: 1 Janary 1977

Wife: Mary
Children: David, Bob, Joel, Terry, Jennifer, Jocelyn, Debbie, Jonelle, JerylLyn, Joseph, David-Joel, Michael
Grandchildren: Brian, David, Michael, Laura, Kathy, Rosco, Dawson, Erin, Joel, Lyam, Alea, Chrisy, Stephanie, Brandon, Jocelyn, Tim, Ariana, David, Michael, Peter, Steven, Brenna, Anthony, Ashley, Alex, Aaron, Jason, Phyllip, Aleq, Hannah, Leah, Noah, Jonah, Judah, Talitha, Gabriel, Zachariah, Jacob, Isaiah, Abrianah, Elijah, Jonessa, Ivy, Jodan, Jonah, David
Great Grandchildren: Jasmine, Kayla, Jay, Starla, Allisa, Zola, Breanna, Victoria, Theresa, Hayden

Grandchildren: 46, Great Grandchildren 44, Great Great Grand Children 3
and counting; names available on request. lol

1956 Graduate from High School and enter Air Force
1957 Technical School, Special Weapons Maintenance
1958-60 Operational Assignments
1961 OCS
1961-63 Keesler AFB, Radar Maintenance Officer Course
Computer Maintenance Officer Course
1963-64 Ft. Lee, VA Computer Maintenance Officer
1965 Bachelor ’ s Degree Math, U. of Neb. Omaha
1965-66 Fr. Lee, VA Chief, Ground CEM Maintenance
1966-1968 MS Engineering, Texas A&M
ABD Engineering, Texas A&M
1968-1970 Eglin AFB, Flight Test Director
1970-72 Wright-Patterson AFB, FTD
1972-74 Wright-Patterson AFB, SCAD Program Office, Chief System Analysis
1974 Armed Forces Staff Collage
1974-77 OJCS, Studies & Analysis
1977-84 BDM Corp, Washington DC
Calspan, Dayton, OH
Arinc, Tustin, CA
1984-85 Cal State, Fullerton Permed
1985-89 Lay Vicar, St. Michael ’s Church
Franciscan School of Theology
1989 Ordained Episcopal Priest
1989-90 Associate Rector, St. Paul ’ s Modesto, CA
1990-94 Vicar, St. Mark ’ s Tracy, CA
Police Chaplain, Tracy PD
1994-03 Rector, Our Saviour, Lake Charles, LA
2003 – 2004 Priest-in-Charge, St. Luke ’ s Jennings, L
2004 – 2009 Rector, Church of the Messiah, Pulaski, TN
2009 –  undecided
2012 – 2019 Rector St. Stephen’s Anglican Church
2019 – present, Waiting to see what He wants me to do next.

Joel remembers:
Day 1 from civil welcome to hell night, being first in our class to perform table gunner duties at the Wing Staff table, having the Group Commander tell me during our second week that if OCS had been a one week program I’d have been first in the class, sweating out graduating after our first exams, graduating!! The thing I remember most was the meaning of ‘ cooperate and graduate. ’ We seem to have done it.

Harrington Jr.

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Retired May 1, 1993.

Wife: Mary
Children: Susan, Jennifer
Grandchildren: Aaron, Jessica, Lindsey, Chelsea, Bernadette
Jobs / Assignments
1961 Lackland AFB, TX Officer Candidate School
1961-62 Vance AFB, OK Pilot Training
1962-65 Mather AFB, CA T-29 Pilot; Instructor Pilot; Flight Examiner
1965-68 Randolph AFB, TX T-39/T-38 Instructor Pilot/Flight Examiner; Instrument Pilot Instructor School
1968-69 Mountain Home AFB, ID RF-4 Training Program
1969-70 Udorn AFB, Thailand RF-4 Instructor Pilot/Flight Examiner
1970-73 Alconbury AFB, England RF-4 Instructor Pilot; Operations Officer
1973-74 Mildenhall AFB, England Director, Air Operations Services
1974-77 Pentagon, DC Action Officer, U.S./NATO Plans and Policy Division, Hq. USAF
1977-78 Fort McNair, DC National War College
1978-81 Plattsburgh AFB, NY Base Commander; Director of Operations, F-11, KC-135
1981-83 Pease AFB, NH Wing Commander 509 th BMW
1983-85 McClellan AFB, CA Vice Commander, Sacramento Air Logistics Center
1985-88 Wright Patterson AFB, OH Commander, Information Systems Center; Chief of Staff, Air Force Logistics Command
1988-90 McClellan AFB, CA Commander, Sacramento Air Logistics Center
1990 Wright Patterson AFB, OH Vice Commander, Air Force Logistics Command
1990-93 Pentagon, DC Deputy Chief of Staff for Logistics, Hq USAF
1993-Present Sacramento, CA Executive Director, Residential Services, Eskaton Corp.

1968 Bachelors in Business Administration, St. Mary ’ s University, San Antonio, TX
1973 Masters in Business Administration, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT
1981 Graduate of Management Program for Executives, University of Pittsburgh
1990 Graduate of John F. Kennedy Senior Managers in Government Programs, Harvard Univ


Lieutenant General Trevor A. Hammond is deputy chief of staff for logistics, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.

General Hammond was born in 1937. A native of Hartford, Conn., he graduated from East Hartford (Conn.) High School. He earned a bachelor of science degree in business administration from St. Mary’s University in 1968 and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Utah in 1973. He completed Squadron Officer School in 1964, National War College in 1978, the Management Program for Executives at the University of Pittsburgh in 1981 and the program for senior managers in government at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, in 1990.

Enlisting in the Air Force in October 1955, the general attained the rank of staff sergeant while serving as an air traffic controller. He subsequently attended Officer Candidate School and was commissioned as a second lieutenant in 1961. After completing pilot training at Vance Air Force Base, Okla., he was presented the Orville and Wilbur Wright Flying Achievement Award by the Order of Daedalians. He served as an instructor with Air Training Command at Mather Air Force Base, Calif., until 1965, when he was assigned to the Instrument Pilot Instructor School, Randolph Air Force Base, Texas. While there he served as a member of the Instrument Standardization Branch, and authored and co-authored numerous manuals on instrument flying, including the Air Force Manual of Instrument Flying.

The general began RF-4 training at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, in June 1969. In January 1970 he was assigned to the 14th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron, Udorn Royal Thai Air Force Base, Thailand, where he flew 172 combat missions and served as a member of the initial “Fast FAC” forward air controller cadre.

In December 1970 he transferred to the 32nd Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron, Royal Air Force Station Alconbury, England, where he served as an instructor pilot, flight commander and operations officer. Transferring to Headquarters 3rd Air Force at Royal Air Force Station Mildenhall, England, General Hammond served as director of air traffic operations from August 1973 to October 1974. He then was assigned to Air Force headquarters as a member of the Europe-North Atlantic Treaty Organization Plans and Policy Division within the Directorate of Plans. While there he was extensively involved in Greek, Turkish and Spanish base right negotiations, and mutual balanced force reduction negotiations. In May 1976 he became executive officer to the director of plans.

After graduation from the National War College in July 1978, the general took command of the 380th Combat Support Group, Plattsburgh Air Force Base, N.Y. In October 1979 he was assigned as deputy commander for operations with the 380th Bombardment Wing at Plattsburgh.

General Hammond transferred to Pease Air Force Base, N.H., in July 1981, as vice commander of the 509th Bombardment Wing and assumed command of the wing in December 1981. Under his command, the 509th won both the Fairchild Bombing Trophy and the Saunders Tanker Trophy.

He was awarded the Moller Award as the 1982 Outstanding Wing Commander for Strategic Air Command. In May 1983 he was appointed vice commander of the Sacramento Air Logistics Center, McClellan Air Force Base, Calif. The general became deputy chief of staff for information systems, Headquarters Air Force Logistics Command, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, and commander, Logistics Management Systems Center, also at Wright-Patterson, in August 1985. In July 1987 he was assigned as chief of staff at Air Force Logistics Command headquarters. He returned to McClellan Air Force Base in September 1988 as commander of the Sacramento Air Logistics Center. During his tenure, the center won the federal Quality Institute’s prestigious Quality Improvement Prototype Award, one of only two organizations in the entire federal government selected for the award in 1990. The general returned to Air Force Logistics Command as vice commander in December 1990. He assumed his present position in May 1991.

The general is a command pilot with more than 5,000 flying hours in T-33, T-37, T-38 and T-39. His military awards and decorations include the Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Distinguished Flying Cross, Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters, Air Medal with 12 oak leaf clusters, and Air Force Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters.

He was promoted to lieutenant general Jan. 1, 1991, with same date of rank.

(Current as of June 1991)

Griffith Jr.

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Franklin L. Greene

Franklin L. Greene
Reetired: 1 September 1979

Wife: Carol
Children: Elizabeth

Jobs / Assignments
1961 Lackland AFB, TX Officer Candidate School
1961-62 Keesler AFB, MS Tech School; Instructor
1962-65 Mountain Home AFB, ID Titan Missile Team
1966 Whiteman AFB, MO Director of Operations- Communications Squadron
1966-67 Houston, TX Manned Spacecraft Center (Apollo Space Program)
1967-69 Los Angeles, CA Satellite Systems Center – Project Manager
1970 Pleiku AB, RVN Director of Civil Affairs II Corps
1971-73 Tinker AFB, OK Communications Programming Center – Manager, Automated Weather Net
1974-76 Gunter AS,AL Data Systems Center – Technical Manager, Medical Development
1976-79 Lackland AFB, TX Wilford Hall USAF Medical Center – Director of Computer Systems
1 Sep 1979 Retired, Lieutenant Colonel
1979-82 Pittsburgh, PA Director of MIS, Allegheny General Hospital
1982-84 Detroit MI Director of MIS, Independence Health Plan
1984-86 Chicago, IL Director of MIS, Unity Health Plan
1987-96 Knoxville, TN President, Delphi Systems of Knoxville
1996-Present Knoxville, TN Principle, Oracle Systems


1965 Bachelor of Science, Park College, Parkville, MO
1967 Master of Science, University of Oklahoma
1969 Master of Health Administration, Texas State University

Denis Golemis

Denis Golemis
Retired: 30 June 1985

Wife: Marie
Children: Georgia, Janice, Anthony
Grandchildren: Timmy, Alex, Katie, Marina, Nicole
Jobs / Assignments
1961 Lackland AFB, TX Officer Candidate School
1961-62 Keelser AFB, MS Ground Radar Maintenance School
1962-63 Grand Rapids AFS,MN Radar Maintenance Officer
1963-65 Kirksville AFS, MI Radar Maintenance Officer
1965-68 Naha AFB, Okinawa Radar Evaluation Officer
1968-69 Keesler AFB, MS Communication-Electronics Staff Officer Course
1969-72 Hill AFB, UT Radar Evaluation Officer
1972-74 Almaden AFS Commander
1974-77 Ogden, UT AFIT, University of Utah
1977-81 Wheeler AFB, HI PACAF, Director of Engineering
1981-85 Wheeler AFB, HI DCA Pacific, Chief Quality Control
30 Jun 1985 Retired, Lieutenant Colonel, 31 years service
1985-88 Worms, Germany Contractor, 5 th Signal Command, Techdyn, Inc.
1988-90 Sacramento, CA Contractor, McClellan AFB, TRW, Inc.
1990-95 Dayton, OH Contractor, Wright Patterson AFB, TRW, Inc.
1995-97 Dayton, OH Contractor, Wright Patterson AFB, Frontier Applied Sciences, Inc.
Nov. 1997 Retired To a life of Grandparenting and Political Commentary Directed at TV Screen.
1997-Present Sacramento, CA

June 1971 Bachelor of Arts (History), University of Nebraska at Omaha, Omaha, NB
June 1977 Bachelor of Science (Electrical Engineering), University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT
June 1982 Masters in Management, University of Central Michigan Extension Program, Honolulu, HI


Allen Gabris

Al Remembers . . . The one thing I remember most about OCS is developing a tumor in my right ankle only three weeks before graduation. After surgery and another week in the hospital, I was washed back to take First Class over again. This resulted in my having the next couple of weeks off with nothing to really do, so I went home until class started again. It was really hard to get with the program again after I returned – – – but I made it! ”


Charles Fritts

Charles Fritts
Retired: 30 June 1974

Wife: Joan
Children: Charles, Robert, Scott, Brian
Grandchildren: Erica, Daniel, Ashley, Joshua, Samuel, Victor, Marcus, Shane, Andrea, Cassidy, Sarah
Great Grandchildren: Damien
Jobs / Assignments
1961 Lackland AFB, TX Officer Candidate School
1961-62 Keesler AFB, MS Technical School
1962-66 High Wycombe AS, England Communications Operations Officer
1966-69 Keesler AFB, MS Advanced Communications Staff School
1970 Weathersfield AFB, England Commander, 2163 rd Communications Squadron
1970-72 Alconbury AFB, England Commander, 2166 Communications Squadron
1972-74 Lindsey AS, Germany Director, Command & Control Communications, Hq, European Communications Area
30 June 74 Retired, Major
1974-98 San Manuel & Tucson AZ Retail Business Owner/Manager – Western Auto Associate Store
1988-98 Vice President, Mega Enterprises, Inc., Shopping CenterOwner/Management
1998-Present Retired


Chuck Remembers . . . During our first week, due to failure of my roommate ’ s alarm clock, I was late arriving to perform First Class Minute Caller duty. Not yet under the demerit program, the Squadron Commander assigned me two weeks First Class Minute Caller duty. I seriously considered leaving the program before that two weeks of hell was over. I most definitely learned how to request permission to enter the quarters of the gentlemen of the First Class. ”

Lawrence H. Friedman

Lawrence H. Friedman
Retired: 14 January 1969


Wife: None

Jobs / Assignments
1961 Lackland AFB, TX Officer Candidate School
1961-62 Keesler AFB, MS Ground Electronics Officer Course
1962-63 Larson AFB, WA Maintenance Analysis Officer
1963-65 McChord AFB, WA Maintenance Coordinating Center Duty Officer
1965-66 Sparrevohn AFS, AK Electronics Officer
1966-67 Keesler AFB, MS Communications-Electronics Staff Officer Course
1967-69 Los Angeles AFS, CA Comm-Elec Staff Officer, AF Satellite Control Facility
14 Jan 1969 Retired Active Duty Medical, Heart Attack in 1967
1969 Los Angeles, CA Merrill Lynch
1970-72 Philadelphia, PA Completed College at Temple Univeristy
1972-2001 Philadelphia, PA Area Tax Accountant

Jan 1972 Bachelor of Business Administration, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA

Larry Remembers . . . My memory of OCS is in bits and pieces. I remember a fast 6 months which I mostly enjoyed. I recall trying NOT to smile while being screamed at by upper classmen. I remember the skit that I was in and I remember the peanut butter jar in my panic drawer. But my best memory is that of working with my other classmates to achieve my commission, which was a major goal in my life.


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Michael S. Farman

Michael S. Farman
Died: 6 November 1969

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The only picture available.  Farman did not appear in the Shavetail.

George D, Edrington

George D, Edrington
Died: 1964

Libya Crash Kills Hahn F100 Pilot

HAHN, Germany (Special) – An F100 Super Sabre from Hahn Air Base crashed near Wheelus Air Base, Libya, killing the pilot, 1 st Lt. George D. Edrington. Lt. Edrington, 29, was on a routine training Mission Monday from the North African base. The 10 th Tactical Fighter Sq pilot is survived by his wife and three children who live at Hahn.

Thomas G. Dye

Thomas G. Dye
Died: 3 July 1990

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Ralph L. Davis, Jr.

Ralph L. Davis, Jr.
Retired: 1978

Wife: None
Children: Tim, Kathleen, Suzanne
Grandchildren: 5
Jobs / Assignments
1961 Lackland AFB, TX Officer Candidate School
1961-62 Webb AFB, TX Undergraduate Pilot Training
1963 Luke AFB, AZ F-100 Gunnery Training
1963-66 RAF Woodbridge, U.K. F-100 Pilot
1966 Bien Hoa AB, RVN F-100 Pilot
1966-67 Phuouc Vinh, RVN o-1 Pilot / Forward Air Controller
1967-69 Richards-Gebaur AFB, ND T-33 Pilot / Base Flight Manager
1969-70 Holloman AFB, NM F-100 Pilot
1970-72 Tainan AB, ROC Emergency Actions Officer
1972-76 Ft. Lewis, WA O-2 Pilot / Air Liaison Officer / Forward Air Controller
1976-77 Kunsan AB, ROK Staff Operations Officer
1977-78 Davis-Monthan AFB, AZ O-2 Pilot / Operations Officer
1978 Davis-Monthan AFB, AZ Retired from Active Duty
1978-85 Seattle, WA Law Student / Graduate School / Music School
1985-Present Washington State Lay Monk in the Nyingma Tradition of Vajrayana (Tibetan) Buddhism

Dec. 1974 Bachelor of Arts (Political Science), St. Martin ’ s College, Lacey, WA
Mar. 1981 MBA, City University, Seattle, WA
Jun 1988 ASC (Piano Technology), Conservatory of Music, Shenandoah University, Winchester, VA

Ralph Remembers . . . Bugging . . . Square Meals . . . Painting 1 st Squadron ’ s Gold Bar to resemble a Warrant Officer ’ s Bar . . . Saturday night at the “ 4-H ” Club . . . Starched uniforms . . . Left hand salutes . . . A goldfish burial . . . Spit shining shoes with alcohol . . . Marching as an Egyptian soldier in the opera “ Aida ” . . . Backward uniforms . . . Early AM calisthenics . . . Marching backwards in parades (as squadron commander) . . . Up against the wall.


Arthur W. Curtis

Arthur W. Curtis
Retired: June 1979

Wife: None
Children: Scott, Troy, Andrea, Heidi, Kayli

Jobs / Assignments
1961 Lackland AFB, TX Officer Candidate School
1962-1962 Harlingen AFB, Nav School
1961-65 Robins AFB, GA Navigator on C-124C
1965-70 Mather AFB, CA Instructor, Basic navigation training
1970-71 Davis-Montham AFB, AZ F-4 Training and Survival School
1971-72 Korat AB, Thailand F-4Es, Making “ Crispy Critters; ” RP1 thru 6
1972-75 MacDill AFB, FL Maintenance Supervisor OMS, 1 st Tactical Fighter Wing
1975-79 Pentagon, DC NGB/LGM Maintenance Supervisor for all ANG F-4s, F-101s
Jun 1979 Retired
1979-81 Tulsa OK McDonnell Douglas
1981-95 Wichita, KS Boeing Airplane Co.
May 1995 Retired
1995-97 Wichita KS House husband
1997-98 San Antonio TX “ Too hot in summer!! ”
1998-2001 Colorado Springs CO “ Just right!!!! ”
2001-2002 Longview TX
2002-2003 Annville PA
2003 to Present Norman OK

1975-79 Bachelor of Science (Business Administration), University of Maryland, College Park, MD

Joseph T. Cummela Jr

Joseph T. Cummela Jr
Died: 16 Feburary 1991

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Arthur C. Coulter

Arthur C. Coulter
Retired: 1 October 1979

Wife: Rene
Children: Susann, Mark (Deceased)
Grandchildren: Jean, Ryan, Kate, Cary
Jobs / Assignments
1961 Lackland AFB, TX Officer Candidate School
1961-62 Harlingen AFB, TX Navigator Training
1962-63 Mather AFB, CA Nav-Bomb Training
1963 Shaw AFB,SC RB-66 Crew Training
1963-66 Toul Rosieres AFB, France RB-66 Nav Bomb (Photo Recon)/ RF-4C Systems Operator
1966-70 Mountain Home AFB, ID Squadron Trianing Officer; RF-4C System Operator
1970-71 Udorn RTAFB, Thailand Wing Stan/Eval Officer; RF=4c System Operator
1971 Lowry AFB, CO Supply Officer School
1971-72 Scott AFB, IL NAF, OIC Supplies Management Div; Hq AWS Supply Dir
1972-73 Huntington Beach, CA AFIT, EWI, McDonnell Douglas Astronautics Company
1973-74 McClellan AFB, CA NAF, Weapons Systems Procurement Officer, ALC 1974-75 Maxwell AFB, AL Air Command and Staff College
1975-78 Los Angeles, CA DoD, Chief, Defense Subsistence Office
1078-79 Los Angeles, AFS, CA SAMSO, Procurement Division Chief DSP SPO
1 Oct 1979 Retired (27 years, 1 month, 18 days)
1979-94 Seal Beach, CA Attorney, Law Offices of Hagel and Coulter
1994 Palm Desert, CA Retired at Palm Valley Country Club

1967 Bachelor of General Studies, University of Omaha
1975 Master of Business Administration, Auburn University
1980 Juris Doctor, Western State University College of Law



James A. Coats

James A. Coats
Retired: November 1974
Died: April 09, 2002

Wife: Barbara
Children: David, Michael, Deborah
Grandchildren: Jennifer, Amy, Ashley, Andrew, Josh, Caroline, Emily

Jobs / Assignments
1961 Lackland AFB, TX Officer Candidate School
1961-62 Harlingen AFB, TX Navigator Training
1962-63 Mather AFB, CA Electronic Warfare Officer Training
1963-67 Steward AFB, NY WO 4713 th DSES – B57s)
1964 Vietnam 8 th BW – B57s
1967-69 Richards Gebaur AFB, MO Hq, 10 th AF – Mission Planning Officer
1969-72 McChord AFB, WA NORAD Mission Planning Officer
1972 Chanute AFB, IL Aircraft Maintenance Officer School
1972-74 Seymour Johnson AFB, NC Commander, 68 th AMC, SAC
Nov 1974 Retired from active duty (after injury from high speed ejection)
1975-2001 Mount Olive, NC Mount Olive College, professor of business;
Chair and Dean of School of Business; Vice President and Vice President for Finance
Feb 2001 Retired and hold Emeritus status.

Jan 1969 Bachelor ’ s Degree, University of Nebraska at Omaha (Business & Economics)
May 1972 MBA, Pacific Lutheran University (Concentration-Management)
Aug 1981 Master of Arts, Central Michigan University (Personnel Management)
May 1986 Doctorate of Education, North Carolina State University (Higher Education Administration)

Jim Remembers . . . . I remember “ bugging ” everywhere, the “ squared ” meals, and the “ green chair ” in 2 nd class, and morning exercises with Debbie Drake while in 1 st Class. It was a great life-changing experience, but I would not want to do it again .


Messages From OCS 61D


My brothers and sisters,
I remember Jim vividly and fondly. He showed up overweight and way out of shape, and was ridden unmercifully for it. Or maybe it was just “training”, because Jim would not quit and he refused to be defeated. He persevered and overcame. He got fit and lost the weight, but he never got bitter or lost his sense of humor or his sweet nature. We will not see his like again. May he rest in peace.
Yours, in sorrowful alliance,
Zack (Blanchard)

Aulay, Do you have an email or snail mail address for Mike Coats?? I would like to send him a note about his father and how much he was liked by all of us.
Phil Brown

He was my friend
Berkshire (Tom)

Really sad that Jim had to go so young. He took a lot of heat from some sadistic upper classmen and came through like a trooper. Godspeed. Art (Colter)

I agree. Jim and I were friends even before OCS. He was a wonderful, intelligent Christian. The world will miss him. (Don Wilde)



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Clark Jr

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John E. Charlton

John E. Charlton
Retired: 30 September 1979

Wife: Mary
Children: John, Cathy, Dana
Grandchildren: Tasha, Tiffany, John, Michelle, Tenisha, Michael, Brandon
Great Grandchildren: Justine
Jobs / Assignments
1961 Lackland AFB, TX Officer Candidate School
1961-62 Reese AFB, TX Pilot Training
1963-65 McChord AFB, WA Pilot, C124
1966-68 Yokota AB, Japan MAC Command Post Controller & Pilot, C124 & T33
1969 Phu Cat AB, Vietnam Pilot, AC47 Gunships
1970-76 Travis AFB, CA 22 AF Command Post Controller & Pilot C141
1977-79 Scott AFB, IL Hq, MAC Manager, Ops Support Airlift
30 Sep 79 Retired (Lt. Col)
1980-Pres Granite Falls, WA Real Estate Broker (Website: prosrealty.com)


Added Note: The past 10 years have also found Mary and I involved in breeding and racing thoroughbred race horses in Washington and California.

Glenn R. Chambers

Glenn R. Chambers
Retired: 1 September 1975


Wife: Dodie
Children: Glenn, Theresa Dillon, Todd
Grandchildren: Christopher, Mathew, Patrick, Julie, Kevin, Gerrod, Travis, Jacqulin
Jobs / Assignments
1961 Lackland AFB, TX Officer Candidate School
1961-62 Chanute AFB, IL Tech School
1962-64 Clark AFB, PI Aircraft Maintenance Officer
1964-66 Hickham AFB, HI Hq PACAF Maintenance Staff Officer
1966-69 Langley AFB,VA Hq TAC Maintenance Staff Officer
1969-70 Phan Rang AB, R.V. Aircraft Maintenance Officer
1970-72 Sheppard AFB,TX Chief, Requirements Branch FTD
1972-73 Maxwell AFB, AL Air Command and Staff College
1973-75 Mather AFB,CA Field Maintenance Squadron Commander
1 Sep 1975 Retired (Major)
1975-76 Sacramento, CA Tech Writer, Sunpower Corp
1976-78 Sacramento, CA Manager, Woodard Supply
1978-81 Sacramento, CA Outside Sales, ITT Grinnell Corp
1981-93 Sacramento, CA Sales & Engineering, Sacramento Pipe Works
1993-96 Sacramento, CA Branch Manager, Gerlinger Steel & Supply
1 Sep 1996 Retired

August 1973 Bachelor of Science Degree, Troy State University, Troy, Alabama

Aulay Carlson

Aulay Carlson
Retired July 1980


Wife: Elizabeth
Childen: Sondra, Janet, Ingrid, Chuck, John
Grandchildren: Rebekka, Jack, Sam, Ellie, Harry, Cassie, Sheana
Great grandchildren

How I got to OCS is its own story, and I owe the story of what happened to a man whose name I don’t recall. I was stationed at Fairchild AFB. One night I was walking down to the BX when the squadron commander saw and stopped me. After “Good evening sir”, he asked me what my plans for the future were. Was I going to stay in the Air Force or get out? “Out, sir”, I told him. “Oh good, and then what?” “ I’am going to college.” “That’s great”, he said, “Where?” I said, “UCONN.” “Oh good, you have been accepted?” “Well, no, I said, but I’m a resident of Connecticut so no problem.” “Great”, he said, “You have the money set aside?” “Well, no, I said, but I will get a job.” “That’s good”, he said. “You have a job lined up then.” “Well, no, I said but I’m an electronic tech so I should be able to find a job.” “Ok, Carlson, let me sum up: You are getting out of the Air Force and going to a college where you have not been accepted, and you are going to pay with money from a job you don’t have. Is that correct?” “Well, sir, I wouldn’t put quite that way but yes.” “Carlson, the Air Force has a OCS program. If you get in, you will get a commission and the Air Force will send you to AFIT. Think about, and have a good evening.” I did think about it and took the test and was accepted. That said, I was still unsure, until one day. I was in ops squadron and once a month my section had latrine duty. One day I cleaning the urinal when a captain walked in and started peeing at the other end, as if I wasn’t there. My point: I decided if I was staying in I was going to be the guy peeing in the urinal, not the guy cleaning it. I also said, “I will never do that to anyone.”
When I arrived at OCS, I had been ski bumming in Colorado. During that time, I had grown a beard and still had it when I got to Lackland. At Laudersteins, I met some very friendly guys from our First Class who, for some reason, were kind enough to take me out to the OCS area and introduced me to everyone they could find. I felt very honored by this attention and knew that with a First Class like this, OCS would be a lot of fun. This of course turned out to be true, as we all know. The only disappointment for our kindly First Class was that when I turned up shaved and in uniform, no one recognized me.

After OCS, I went on to Nav and EWO school where after all that training I ended up in Systems Command. At that time, it was a wonderful command and maybe the worst place for a new lieutenant. They expected us to think. As I later found out, thinking in the operations commands is somewhat frowned on. All in all, I spent most of my Air Force life in systems and logistics. By 1967 I like many others found myself in SEA where I was assigned to B-66Cs.


I flew 140 missions of which 115 were in the North. I was honored to serve with men who were professional and hard working. While I was at Takhlie AB in Thailand, we held the first practice “Red River Rats Reunion.” This was in 1968. As it turned out I was the last guy remaining in the squadron who had flown above the 20th, so I got to be on the float.

This image that I found on the web shows me in the front of the float with a San Miguael in my hand. That also was the only day the girls from downtown were allowed on the base. I was very surprised. I didn’t know there were girls downtown.

After SEA, I returned to Systems Command and then to AFIT where I earned those college degrees that Colonel Long urged us to get when we got our bars. After three years in AFIT, I returned to the active Air Force but this time to the 4713 TEWS. I was a little low on flying time. The B-57 was a great aircraft and we got around the country. We took this bird to the Air Force’s 25th anniversary at Andrews AFB. Following that tour I went to Log Command at Tinker were I managed the ECM upgrades to the B-52s. This job led me to Wright-Patt where I managed the new ECM systems coming down the line for, again the B-52. Wright-Patt was where I left the Air Force for a new life, this time as a beltway bandit. This lasted for a couple years when I decided that being a full time photographer would be fun. I would like to post all the pictures the nude and seminude photographs that I have been forced to take of young women, but I won’t. As I look back on my career, I see that almost every base where I was stationed is closed and every command I was assigned to is now gone. Although I was never stationed in SAC, I did visit Hq. SAC so I count that also as a mark.
Time has gone by since I last updated this little bio. We left Dayton OH, in 2014 for the wilds of Connecticut. Yes, there are bears. Over the last 19 years I have spent a lot of time in Italy and I am somewhat fluent in Italian. Am still taking photos and working on them at home.
I will add to this over time.




Phillip R. Brown

Phillip R. Brown
Retired: 1 May 1973

Wife: Karna
Children: Paul, Aislinn, Kenneth, David, Lars
Grandchildren: Daniel, Eric

Jobs / Assignments
1961 Lackland AFB, TX Officer Candidate School
1961-63 Loring AFB, ME Duty Forecaster, Det 14, 8 th Weather Squadron
1963-66 Loring AFB, ME Wing Weather Officer, 19 th Bomb Wing
1966-67 Norman, OK AFIT Student, University of Oklahoma
1968-70 Fuchu AS, Japan Asian Weather Central
1970-72 Offutt AFB, NE Weather Briefing Officer to CINSAC
1972-73 Offutt AFB, NE OIC Weather Support Unit, SAC Command Post
1 May 1973 Retired from Active Duty, Major
1973-74 Bellevue, NE Finish Carpenter, Osburn Construction Co.
1974-75 Omaha, NE Trainee Agent, State Farm Insurance Co.
1975-82 Caribou, ME State Farm Agent
Apr 1981 Boston, MA Ran Boston Marathon
1982-94 Orono, ME Manager, State Farm Insurance Agency
1 Apr 1994 Retired, State Farm Insurance Co.
1991-2000 Orono, ME Town Councilman
1997-2000 Orono, ME Mayor
2000-01 Belfast, ME Building Contractor
2001-Present Bellfast, ME Vice Chair, Comprehensive Planning Committee

Associates in Math, Ricker College, Houlton, ME
1967 Bachelor of Arts (Meteorology), University of Oklahoma, Norman Oklahoma

PHIL BROWN REMEMBERS . . . . As most of us remember, our 1 st Class was academically challenged with some of them going into first class with two flushes. This did not leave some of them much time to give us a bad time. What they did not know was, I had been a member of OCS class 58G for 10 weeks. Some of you may remember the short briefing sessions I used to hold whenever we had a chance. This gave 1 st Sq. a big jump and totally confused our first class, because we were so far ahead of the other squadrons. This came to an abrupt end when, one night, the whole first class arrived in my room and scared poor Stan Aldrich out of his shorts. I was marched upstairs and given the 3 rd degree on how much I new and how much had I given out to the rest of the squadron. It was great fun knowing what was coming next in the training. I have always wondered who in our class gave me away. If I remember correctly, our first class was proud of the boys downstairs and gave us our shoe taps before anyone else had them. I can still remember marching (at 120 per min) to chow after drill 19 and hearing all of us in perfect step all the way. Ahhhh, those were the days.


Carl D. Brown

Carl D. Brown
Retired: July 1982

Wife: June
Jobs / Assignments
1961 Lackland AFB, TX Officer Candidate School
1962-63 Lubbock, TX Pilot Training
1963 Nashville, TN C-130 Basic
1963 – 65 Charleston, SC C-130 MATS/MAC
1965-68 Tachikawa Japan & Ubon, Thailand C-130 Rescue
1968-71 Hamilton AFB, CA C-130 Rescue
1971-72 Maxwell AFB, AL Command and Staff College
1972-73 Ubon, Thailand C-130 Gunship
1973-75 Eglin AFB, FL C-130 Rescue
1975-79 Rhein Main AB, Germany 7405 th Special Ops Squadron (C-130)
1979-82 Little Rock AFB, AR (MAC) Flight Simulator Section; C-130 Pilot Instructor/Evaluator
July 1982 Retired Took year off – just wandering around through west USA & Canada in 19′ motorhome with Jane (my one and only, OCS and forever wife, Amen)
1983-88 Marietta, GA Lockheed Hercules Flight Training Center
1988-89 Uganda Uganda Air Cargo Company, Ltd.
1989-91 Continental Systems Technology
1991-94 Self Employed Training Systems consultant for L-382/C130 pilots
1994-Present Marietta, GA Lockheed Martin, Senior analyst engineer

Charlie Brown remembers . . . Jane, my 4′ 11″ redheaded wife who gave birth (C-section) to our second son, just 10 days before graduation and danced at our graduation ball (with two bed sheets holding her stitches together). She still managed to supply goodie bags and laundry runs for several of the single cadets until she went to the hospital for birth. We ’ re both looking forward to dancing again in San Antonio.


Dennis L. Brosowske

Dennis L. Brosowske
Retired: 1 July 1976

Wife: Delina (dee)
Children: Dean, DeEtt Hernandez
Jobs / Assignments
1961 Lackland AFB, TX Officer Candidate School
1961-62 Keesler AFB, MS Communications-Electronics School
1962-63 Vancouver, WA Communications-Electronics Advisor to Air Force Reserve
1963-66 Zweibrucken AB, Germany AFCS Detachment Commander
1966-67 Keesler AFB, MS Communications-Electronics Staff Officer School
1967-68 Tinker AFB, OK Communications-Security Officer – Central Comm Region 1969-71 Tinker AFB, OK Programmer – Comm Computer Program Center
1971-73 Incirlik AB, Turkey Deputy Commander, Communications Group
1973-74 Maxwell AFB, AL Air Command & Staff College
1974-76 Kelly AFB, TX Communications Security Division Chief, Hq, USAFSS
1 July 1976 Retired, Major, USAF
1977-79 Portland, OR Computer Program Manager – Georgia Pacific
1979-90 Portland, OR Computer Systems Analyst – Am Data Service
1990-96 Newberg, OR Computer Support – Springbrook Software
16 November 1996, Retired Following a stroke. Left side was seriously effected but has almost totally returned. Now playing and tennis with no real sign of past problem. Dee and I now winter in Mesa, AZ and enjoy the cool NW from April-October.


August 1974 Bachelor of Arts (Business Management), Troy State University, Troy, Alabama

Dennis Remembers . . . While I spent six months at OCS, my wife and two small children were living in Spokane, Washington. My fondest memory was making it back to Spokane, via Space-A during the few days we had between lower and upper class. The experience gained as Wing Adjutant during all the drills and ceremonies at OCS resulted in my being charged with organizing and performing in numerous parades during the remainder of my military career.


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George T. Brindle

George T. Brindle
Retired: July 1975

Wife: Wakako(Jeanne)
Children: Eleanor Kathryn (Ringo); Eileen Kathryn (Smith)
Grandchildren: Olivia Lauren Ringo; Victoria Leigh Ringo
Jobs / Assignments
1961 Lackland AFB, TX Officer Candidate School
1961 Sheppard AFB, TX Accounting & Finance Officer Tech School
1961-63 L. G. Hanscom Field, MA Chief, Internal Systems Control, Accounting & Finance Office
1963-65 Yokota Air Base, Japan Chief, Non-Appropriated Funds Office
1965 Kimpo Air Base, Korea Special Disbursing Agent
1965-66 Yokota Air Base, Japan Administration Officer
1966-67 Yokota Air Base, Japan Commander, 6220 th CAMRON Squadron Section 1967-69 San Francisco, CA Postal Finance & Supply Officer, Postal and Courier Service
1969-70 Tan Son Nhut AB, Vietnam Chief, Saigon Aerial Mail Terminal
1970-74 Stuttgart, Germany Chief, Plans & Support, 1141 st Special Activities Squadron
1974-75 Andrews AFB, MD Administration Inspector, Air Force Systems Command
July 1975 Andrews AFB, MD Retired, Major
1975-78 Fair Oaks, CA Manager, Real Estate Offices
1979-80 Citrus Heights, CA Manager, Picture Framing Business
1980-84 Sacramento, CA Manager, Direct Mail Advertising Firm
1984-85 Orangevale, CA Self Employed, Photography Service
1985-88 Sacramento, CA Instructor, Business College
1989-91 Stockton, CA Methods & Procedures Analyst, American Savings Bank
1991-99 Sacramento, CA Accounting Department, McKesson Drug Co
April 1999 Retired Fishing, part-time work, fishing, part-time work, fishing


1967 Bachelor of Arts, University of Maryland Far East Division

George Remembers . . . The night or two before the graduation of our upper class (61C), one of their more illustrious members got “ three sheets to the wind, ” and roared his car down the parade field and past the reviewing stand. At the graduation ceremony as he was presenting the diploma, Colonel Long, the School Commandant, made the remark that commissioning this individual was maybe the biggest mistake he ’ d made in his entire career. AND, the time one of our own classmates in 1st squadron fell asleep while standing at attention during afternoon drill practice. No-Doz, anyone??


John J. Bradwell

John J. Bradwell
Retired: December 1981

Wife: Kathleen
Children: John, Jett, James
Grandchildren: Andrew, Jordan, Colman, John, Jonah,Catherine,William, Jacob
Jobs / Assignments
1961 Lackland AFB, TX Officer Candidate School
1961-64 Kirtland AFB, NM Deputy Accounting and Finance Officer
1964-67 Laon AB, France Accounting and Finance Officer
1967-68 Nakhon Phanom RTAFB, Thailand Accounting and Finance Officer
1968-71 Cedar Rapids, IA Asst Proffessor of Aerospace Studies, Coe College
1971-73 Tallahassee, FL (FSU) AFIT Advanced Degree Program
1973-81 Maxwell AFB, AL Faculty Member, Air University
Dec 1981 Retired from USAF – Lieutenant Colonel
1982-Present Montgomery, AL Faculty Member (Speech), Auburn University
1982-95 Montgomery, AL Licensed Professional Counsellor, Private Practice


Jun 1954 Associate Degree, Centerville Jr. College, Centerville, Iowa
Aug 1963 BA Degree (Education), Simpson College, Indianola, Iowa
Jun 1973 MS Degree (Counseling), Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL
Jun 1979 ABD for EdD (Counseling), Auburn University


John remembers . . . ” When Jim Coats was my roommate, two members of the first class were coming to inspect our room. Jim and I had everything perfect, so we expected to pass. One of those coming to inspect was probably the most sadistic member of our first class. They couldn ’ t find anything wrong, so this individual reached down under Jim ’ s bed and claimed he found a little ball of lint (wooly-booger) in the corder of the frame. He then went berserk, overturning our beds and tearing everything out of our closets. He then put Jim in the “ green chair ” and left the room. Forth-five minutes later they came back and told Jim to get up. He couldn ’ t get up, nor could he walk. At this point they panicked, and started carrying him up and down the hallway trying to restore circulation in his legs. After a tense period of time, Jim was eventually able to walk again. Considering the medical knowledge we have today, Jim could have experienced a serious blood clot. This even almost turned me against OCS. ”

Walter Clay Booth

Walter Clay Booth
Died: Killed in Action, 26 March 1969

Killed in action in SVN in Khanh Hoa province, Republic of Vietnam from hostile fire while in a helicopter as non-crew. His name is located at the Memorial on Panel 28W Row 43.


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John Zachary Blanchard Jr.

John Zachary Blanchard Jr.
Retired: 1977


1961 Lackland AFB, TX Officer Candidate School
1961 Chanute AFB, IL Aircraft Maint Officer School
1962-64 Blythville AFB, AR (SAC) Bomb Wing Maintenance Officer
1964-67 Athens, Greece Athenai AFS, Depot Maint Supervisor
1967-69 Beale AFB,CA (SAC) Bomb Wing Maint Control Officer
1969-70 March AFB, CA (SAC) Hq 15 th AF Staff-Reconnaissance Maintenance            1970-71 Udorn RTAFB, Thailand (PACAF), 7 th Airborne Comm and Cont Squadron
1971-77 Barksdale AFB, LA (SAC) Hq, 8 th AF Maintenance Management Division
1977 Retired
1982-Pres Shreveport / Bossier City, LA Attorney in Private General Practice

June 1975 Louisiana Tech University Bachelor of Arts (English)
Dec 1981 Louisiana Tech University Juris Doctorate
Dec 1998 Louisiana Tech University Master of Library & Information Sciences


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Tom Bertenshaw

Tom Bertenshaw
Retired July 1975

1961 Lackland AFB, TX Officer Candidate School
1961-62 Keesler AFB, MS Communications Officers Course
1962-63 Cherry Point MCAS , NC Comm/Elect Officer
1963-65 Carswell AFS , ME Comm/Elect Officer
1965-66 H-3, Iceland Comm/Elect Officer
1966-69 Stillwater , OK AFIT, Oklahome State UniversityElectrical Engineering
1969-73 European Defense Analysis Cen Chief of Production
1973-74 Norfolk Naval Station, VA Armed Forces Command & Staff College
1974-75 Port Austin AFS , MI Commander
Jul 1975 Retired, extended active duty
1976-79 Northern Penobscot Vocational Region Director
1979-80 Crant Naval Weapons Support Center Staff Engineer
1980-;81 Kollsman Instruments Project Engineer
1981-83 Martin-Marietta Aerospace Group Lead Engineer
1983-85 Sperry Aerospace Engineering Section Head
Oklahoma State University Prof & Dept Head, Elect Eng Technology

Jun 68 Bachelor of Science (Electrical Engineering) Oklahoma State University
May 69 Master of Science (Electrical Engineering) Oklahoma State University
May 77 Master of Science, University of Maine
Dec 92 Doctor of Education, Oklahoma State University
Aug 96 Registered Professional Engineer
Tom Remembers . . . “ It was the Friday before the first week-end that we had any realistic probability of having a week-end off base, and we still had at least one of the female OC ’ s in our ranks . . . we were marching back to lunch from academics . . . As we were marching, someone from First Class asked in a command voice, “ Miss. TBD, what are you going to do off base this weekend? ” “ Sir, I’m going to get laid, Sir! ” came back the reply. Immediately, from our Second Class ranks came, “ SIR, REQUEST PERMISSION TO COME TO THE AID OF MY CLASSMATE? ”

John Berkshire

John Berkshire

Retired: September 1986

 John BerkshireI was born and raised in Elkhart, Indiana, a small industrial town in the extreme northern part of the state, most notable for its’ manufacture of mobile homes/RVs and band instruments. My father ran a small, three pump gas station there for nearly 40 years, so I came to automobiles at an early age. I was trained as an auto mechanic in high school and apprenticed to the local Ford garage during my senior year. After graduation, I went to work at Whitehall Laboratories, maker of Anacin and Dristan products, in the machine maintenance division, in order to better support what at that time was my life’s great passion: building and racing cars on short tracks and dragstrips throughout the state.

Car in green HueAs the Draft approached my age group, I learned that it was possible to obtain a lengthy deferment by applying for Aviation Cadets through the local Air Force recruiter. I did that and began the lengthy testing process while building my last hot rod, a ’35 ford coupe into which I had shoehorned a ’57 Lincoln engine with all the bells and whistles- a real Corvette killer. After passing all the Aviation Cadet testing, I was sent for a physical at Chanute AFB, Illinois- my first time ever on a military installation- where I was told I didn’t have enough teeth to qualify for flying training. I had worn dentures since I was 20 years old. Now I was a year older than the oldest guy being drafted and my deferment was gone. I immediately enlisted in the Air Force, and turned 22 years of age during Basic Training- by far, the old man of the group.

Berkshire and TruckHaving a prior trade, I bypassed tech school and was sent to Keesler AFB, Mississippi, as a qualified auto mechanic. The most notable events of my enlisted service were getting married to a girl from my home town, Sharon Miller, being named Airman of the Month for Oct., 1960, and being selected to attend OCS- the last two events were considered highly unusual in the automotive maintenance career field at the time. My Sergeant still maintains I had a “fix” in with the judges because I had a Colonel’s personal vehicle torn down for overhaul at the time of selection. His car, a 1937 Buick, was the pride of the installation when it was finished.

As is true for all my OCS classmates, my six months there was a life changing experience. Not the least of which was, as a captive passenger in a drunken upper classman’s car, while returning from the OClub, I got a 70 mile an hour tour of the “bomb run” which ended in a crash in the parking lot that destroyed both the car I was in and Youst’s personal vehicle which was parked there. On a higher note, after graduation, as a commissioned officer, I was afforded the opportunity to take on challenges far removed from the “grease pit”– including working with some of the sharpest individuals in America, helping to develop new and advanced weapons systems, commanding large numbers of men and women, and guiding the daily alert status of America’s ICBM force. OCS opened the door to an entirely new life for me.

After graduation, Blanchard, Booth, Chambers and I went to aircraft maintenance training at Chanute AFB. Booth and I often played chess in the evening hours, much to his chagrin at having to play chess with an auto mechanic. I would never see Walt Booth again, as he was later killed in action in Vietnam.

My next assignment, in 1962, was to the 11th Bomb Wing, Altus, Oklahoma, as an aircraft maintenance officer on the flight line, PE docks and in maintenance control.

By 1964, the Air Force was just getting ICBMs in quantity, and there was a sudden need for ICBM maintenance officers. I was retrained in that speciality and reassigned to the 44th Strategic Missile Wing at Ellsworth AFB, South Dakota. I was promoted to Captain during this tour, and spent seven years there as a targeting officer, OIC of field maintenance, organizational maintenance, field supervision, DCM Training, and finally as the first company grade maintenance supervisor of a strategic missile wing in the USAF, normally a Lt. Colonel billet. I also attended SOS in residence during this tour, class of 66-A. My wife, by that time having seen enough of me, South Dakota, and the Air Force, pulled up stakes while I was in SOS, and we were divorced that same year. We had no children.

In 1971, I did a year in Vietnam, again an aircraft maintenance officer, with the 360th TEWS, trying to keep 30 EC-47s and two B-57s in service. The bone yard in Davis Monthan was our major source of supply, and we learned to hang engines in the jungle using an Army wrecker and home-made maintenance stands- quite a learning experience. I was promoted to Major during this tour.

On my return from Vietnam, I attended the Command and Staff College in residence, class of ’73, then went to SAC Headquarters from ’73 to ’76 as a missile maintenance staff officer. Because we had a number of in-flight explosions of the Minuteman ICBM on the test range during this period, I spent a lot of time at the various civilian manufacturing facilities and at Vandenberg AFB, California, the home of SACs ICBM test range, investigating failure modes of rocket motors. I think this experience, probably more than any other, led to my next assignment as missile maintenance staff officer at Headquarters, USAF, the Pentagon.

While at the Pentagon, from 1976 to 1980, I managed ICBM assets for Titan II, Minuteman II and III, and participated in planning for the Peacekeeper ICBM. I briefed various members of congress and their staffs on ICBM matters, and advocated ICBM funding requirements to various Congressional budgeting agencies. I also graduated from the University of Maryland, BS, Psychology, Summa Cum Laude, and was promoted to Lt. Col during this assignment.

My first command, in 1980, was the 90th OMMS, at F.E. Warren AFB, Wyoming. That squadron had the responsibility for first reaction maintenance on 200 Minuteman III missiles. We also had responsibility for Base Flight activities located at the Cheyenne, Wyo, civilian airport. As the Division Commander had to fly his turn on the Looking Glass aircraft out of Offutt AFB , his T-39 shuttle to and from Offutt was our most regular customer. When the 0-6 list was about to come out, the DCM informed me that there was only one 0-6 billet in the Directorate of Maintenance, and he would be damned if he was going to leave! Well, I was fortunate enough to make the list and was immediately transferred out.

My next command, from 1981 to 1983, was the 394th ICBM TMS at Vandenberg. The responsibilities of the 394th included maintaining launch facilities and launch control facilities for the SAC ICBM test program, installation of the command destruct packages on test missiles, refurbishing the silos after firing, and EOD support for the Southern California area. We were also charged with support of the various missile wing maintenance teams involved in the test program.

The Thor IRBM unit was still a part of the 394th when I arrived and was deactivated under my command. I pinned on my eagles, which were presented by Congressman Lagomarsino, during this assignment.

My last tour of duty was back at SAC Headquarters, now as Director of ICBM Maintenance, from 1983 to 1986. My responsibilities there included maintaining the day to day alert status of America’s ICBM force of 1000 land based missiles, and planning for and implementing modifications and life extension programs for the ballistic missile fleet. We also began deactivation of the Titan II systems, completed deactivation of the Minuteman II systems and began deployment of the Peacekeeper systems during this period. I retired at Sac Headquarters on 1 Sept 1986, in the grade of Colonel, completing 26 years, 8 months and 25 days of active duty service. My major decorations include: Vietnam Campaign Medal, Vietnam Cross of Gallantry Medal with Palm Device, Vietnam Service Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal, Meritorious Service Medal with 2 OLC, Bronze Star, and Legion of Merit.

After retirement I went to work at Aerojet Propulsion, a rocket motor contractor, as an Engineering Specialist and Manager of Reliability and Maintainability. When the Soviet Union collapsed, our government began cancelling ICBM contracts with a vengeance. Having been with the company just over five years, and being just over 55 years old, I was given the opportunity to take early retirement. I had met my old high school sweetheart, Ardie Young, at a class reunion a few years earlier, and we both took early retirements in 1992. We now reside in Orangevale, California, happily living the good life!


Stanley G. Aldrich

Retired Maj. Stanley George Aldrich of Moreno Valley, Calif.

died Nov. 8, 2000. He was 65.

Aldrich enlisted in the Air Force in 1953. He received his commission in June 1961 from USAF Officer Candidate School, and earned his wings as navigator/bombardier flying in RB-66s and F-4s. Aldrich ’ s career included tours in France, Thailand, England and Vietnam. He served with the elite Pathfinders in Vietnam and fought in the Tet Offensive.

His awards and decorations include the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Bronze Star, Air Medal with 13 devices, National Defense Service Medal with one bronze service star, Combat Readiness Medal and a Vietnam Service Medal with five bronze service stars. Aldrich retired from the Air Force in 1973. Aldrich is survived by his wife, Jeannine Aldrich; three sons, John Aldrich of San Francisco, Fred Aldrich of Tinker Air Force Base, Okla., and Tony Aldrich of Paris France; and six grandchildren