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 TSgt. Rollin Rathbun

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Name TSgt. Rollin Rathbun
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Unit 17th Fighter Squadron "Hooters"
Crewing F-16s
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I'm still in after all these years.

Current or Favourite assignment

THIS UNIT WAS ALMOST LIKE MY SECOND FAMILY.

Deployments

VEGAS TOO MANY TIMES TO COUNT, MAPLE FLAG, LUKE, UAE, KKMC, DESERT SHIELD, DESERT STORM, PSAB, AND SOME OF THE LATEST DEPLOYMENTS.

My Jets & Assignments

84236 [Detailed history of this F-16]
Unit 17th Fighter Squadron "Hooters" [Unit History]
Period 1987 - 1988
Current: 84236  USAF 64 AGRS F-16C Block 25 [act]
Sgt. Lively crewed this acft when I first got to Shaw. His whole misiion in life was to have a clean jet no matter how bad it flew.
84244 [Detailed history of this F-16]
Unit 17th Fighter Squadron "Hooters" [Unit History]
Period 1988 - 1989
Current: 84244  USAF 64 AGRS F-16C Block 25 [act]
TSgt. Eddie Gilder was the DCC on this acft.
84320 [Detailed history of this F-16]
Unit 17th Fighter Squadron "Hooters" [Unit History]
Period 1989 - 1990
Current: 84320  USAF 119 FS F-16D Block 25 [w/o]
SSgt Vernon Suzuki was the DCC of this acft. He was known as the "samuri".
84379 [Detailed history of this F-16]
Unit 17th Fighter Squadron "Hooters" [Unit History]
Period 1990 - 1991
Current: 84379  USAF 17 TFS F-16C Block 25 [w/o]
Crashed killing the pilot, Capt. Dale Thomas Cormier. Pilot was attempting to land at Al Dhafra AB, United Arab Emirates. It was a non-combat loss. Pilot took off on the evening of February 14, 1991 but exact confirmation of the time of loss needs to be determined. Some reports have the loss on February 16 which is not correct.
84320 [Detailed history of this F-16]
Unit 119th Fighter Squadron "Jersey Devils" [Unit History]
Period 1991 - 1995
Current: 84320  USAF 119 FS F-16D Block 25 [w/o]
This jet followed me from active duty at Shaw to the New Jersey Air National Guard ( Jersey Devils)
Unit 315th CES
Period 1995 - 1998
I decided to try something different and went into the AF Reserves as an EOD Tech.
91363 [Detailed history of this F-16]
Unit 55th Fighter Squadron "Fightin' Fifty Fifth" [Unit History]
Period 1998 - 2000
Current: 91363  USAF 14 FS F-16C Block 50 [act]
I came to my senses and stop playing with explosives and went back active duty as an F-16 Crew Chief and was sent right back to Shaw AFB, SC.
Unit 35th Fighter Squadron "Pantons" [History]
Period 2000 - 2001
Got a break from jets and played TODO for a year.
83163 [Detailed history of this F-16]
Unit 40th Flight Test Squadron [Unit History]
Period 2001 - 2001
Current: 83163   F-16C Block 25 [sto]
This jet was named Christine for a reason.
78102 [Detailed history of this F-16]
Unit 40th Flight Test Squadron [Unit History]
Period 2001 - 2002
Current: 78102   F-16B Block 5 [i/a]
This jet is now a training acft at Eglin.

Visitor Comments

Hey Rollin
Bartman77, Feb 07, 2008 - 07:40 AM

Rollin we worked together at Shaw 84-1244 wore Bart simpson as nose art i painted it on there during desert storm Got pics of us together at King Kalid

Tsgt Bart Phillips (Ret)

Before the first
Daniel Sevier, Sep 21, 2010 - 06:54 AM

Wow these birds bring back memories. I was assigned to the 17th AGS before their first 16 arrived. We were crew dogs without anything to crew. I remember when the first one rolled in and we were waiting for it to be accepted. I worked with guys like Walt Shuler, Eddie Gilder and a guy we used to call "chicken coop.".

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