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 MSgt. Rich "Hoppy" Hopkin (Ret.)

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Name MSgt. Rich Hopkin (Ret.)
Unit 388th Fighter Wing
Crewing F-16s from 1980 until 1995
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Was at Hill most of my Air Force carrier. Works in the 4th FS, Phase, and 34th. Loved the area and the skiing.

My Jets & Assignments

Unit 366th Fighter Wing [History]
Period 1974 - 1976
Don't know what I did to deserve this assignment when I was 19, single. Met some great guys while work imaging in R&R crash recovery.
F-4 Phantom II
Unit 8th FMS R&R Crash Recovery
Period 1976 - 1978
Worked hard and played hard. The F4 was a lot of work but loved every minute of it. Kunsan was so friggn cold working the night shift.
79298 [Detailed history of this F-16]
Unit 4th Fighter Squadron "Fightin' Fuujins" [Unit History]
Period 1978 - 1983
Current: 79298  USAF 63 TFTS F-16A Block 10 [w/o]
Worked in R&R on the F4 and then made the transition to the F16. I went to the 4th FS in 1980 and was the crew chief on 79-0289 and expedited until 1983.
Unit 35th Fighter Squadron "Pantons" [History]
Period 1982 - 1983
Transitioned from F4D to the F16 working as dock chief for the 35th FS. This was the first time I went TDY to the PI. One great year.
Unit 388th Fighter Wing [History]
Period 1983 - 1985
Was dock chief for the 34th and the 4th while stationed at hill. Loved it here we would do military ski nights and all would leave work and go skiing.
Unit 13th Fighter Squadron "Panthers" [History]
Period 1985 - 1986
This was awesome. We had no jets yet so I set up the phase docks and facilities. So much snow there and a great bunch to work with. Loved Misawa.
Unit 36th Fighter Squadron "Flying Fiends" [History]
Period 1986 - 1988
This was the home of the gutter maintenance crew. The hardest working fun loving group aand best mechanics i ever worked with. Went TDY to the PI way to much and this is when I got the cope T maintenance award for best crewchief means a lot to me. To Rudy, Ferch, Velvan, walker, Radar, Singer, Ramon, Sharp, Opie, Tim Burley and so many others hope your all doing fine and god bless it was the best of times. Brothers always!
Unit 34th Fighter Squadron "Rams" [History]
Period 1988 - 1990
We were the best thank you Capt. Ken Stoudt for asking me to be in your squadron. To Dan Durante, where are you?
Unit 13th Fighter Squadron "Panthers" [History]
Period 1990 - 1991
Great year here great to be back at Misawa. Great camping and great family times.
Unit 56th Fighter Wing [History]
Period 1991 - 1997
This is where I grew the most and became a First Sergeant a job I loved until I retired in 1997. Worked with some great commanders and others while in the EMS, 311, 308th and Comm squadrons. To all I served with thanks for your service and great times.

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