I entered the Service in July of 1975 and after Basic training at Lackland, I went to Sheppard AFB in Wichita Falls Tx for Tech School as an Aircraft Maintenance Tech on Jets 1 and 2 engines! My first ten years was spent at various bases beginning with Shaw AFB, Clark AB, Reese AFB, then Kunsan AB, working F-4's with a brief stint on T-33, T-37, T-39 and F-5! I then went to Luke AFB in Aug of 1985 and started working the F-16 C/D's Block 25's in the 312th AMU, 58TFTW and went back to Kunsan, 80TFS on the F-16' and from there to Moody AFB to finish out my career in the 347th TFW, 69 FS on the F-16's! I retired from Moody in Aug of 1994!
I went to the General Dynamics Factory with the pilot, LTC. Cary (not sure on the spelling) to accept the forms for this aircraft! I was the first assigned Crew Chief on it! I got to launch it out of the factory with 0.4 hours on it! I was the Crew Chief on it when it had to deadstick into Goodyear Airport with an engine failure while flying to the Goldwater range from Luke AFB on Dec the 4th of 1986! We took a MB-4 Coleman and a tow bar from Luke to Goodyear, (about 6 miles South of the base) and towed it off the Goodyear runway! We pulled the engine and sent it to depot to be evaluated and to determine the reason for the eng failure but we never found out! we put another engine in it and our FCF pilot, LTC. Ray Naylor flew it back to Luke on Dec 8 th.