Joined the AF in Jan 1980. Started out as an SP at Minot in May 1980. Went to Hahn in Sept 1981. Then to Grand Forks in Sept 1984. Crosstrained into CE then went to patric in 1988. Cross trained from CE in 1989. Started out in the 33 AMU at Shaw. ADCC on 83-1164. Went to UAE in Aug 1990 for Desert Shield/Storm. First combat launch on Jan 17 1991 was with Captain Scott "Spike" Thomas. After the war DCC on 89-2138. Selected to crew for Lt General Chuck Horner and became the DCC of 89-2129. Went to Osan in Sept 1992 and worked in TA. September 1993 went to Luke and started up the 62nd. Our first jet was 83-1164, my first jet. Was Spike-4 the B Flight Expeditor for 3 years then became the Assistant Flight Chief. Went back to Osan in Feb 1997. Started out crewing 710, the Wing CC jet for General Polk. After 3 months became the EOR Super. Went to Cannon in Feb of 1998 as a Senior Controller in the MOC. Became the Assistant NCOIC when I made MSGT, then NCOIC of the MOC. Retired in May 2002 to join the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
Current or Favourite assignment
It was a tight squadron. Had lots of fun working EOR. LT Col Robin Rand was the Squadron CC and he had to be the best CC ever. He took care of the maintainers and knew us by our first name. He had commanders calls with refreshments including beer.
Deployed to an F-16 crash at Hornburg Germany. Desert Shield/Storm. Key West to fly with the Navy. Many times to Nellis for Red Flag.