Started out on T-38 in 1985, then OV-10's, RF-4 between 1988-1989, and did 4 1/2 years working Transient Alert between 1992-1997 at which time I launched, recovered, serviced just about everything in US inventory.
Deployed to Balad AB with 4 FS for almost 6 months. Best experience in my AF career.
My Jets & Assignments
Laughlin AFB, TX
1985 - 1987
Best jet you can start working on as a crew chief.
F-4 Phantom II
Osan, AB Korea
1988 - 1989
Also worked OV-10 19th AMU, Osan AB, Korea
Homestead AFB, FL
1989 - 1992
Homestead, AFB, FL one of the best base ever. Too bad Huricane Andrew came and wiped out the base and all it was close for active duty personnel
1992 - 1997
There are many interesting stories while working this assignment but the 2 that stand out was the time I was the RED HAT on an aircraft lift while doing crash recovery. Two jets had mid-air collision over the runway. One landed safely though damaged. The other wasn't so lucky, pilot ejected and the jet crashed on the runway. Jet was badly damaged but intact. I was selected as team chief of the recovery operations, my team and I removed jet from runway without any major issues in minimal time. My other interesting story was when one on my crew chief was recvovery an F-18. I was ramp rat at the time and noticed both main gear brakes ignite on fire as he was pulling into chocks. My transient team and I got pilot out of aircraft and proceeded to extinguish the fire. It was job well done which saved the aircraft from further damage.