Started on the F-16 Block 10 in 1983 with the 428 TFS at Nellis. Got 2 good TDY's there to Cold Lake and RAF Woodbridge/Bentwaters. Other than that and the drinking at the Capri Lounge out the back gate and some of the people the assignment sucked in a big kind of way. Volunteered to go to Korea just so I could leave. Left in August of 1984.
Arrived at Kunsan in September 1984. The Kun had Block 15's at the time. I had a good time at the Kun. Worked hard and partied harder. A couple of good TDY's to Kwang Ju and Cope Thunder in the PI. If you have ever been there, well you know what it was like. If you missed out on it, it is hard to put into words. Left in September 1985.
Arrived at Ramstein AB in October 1985. The 512 TFS had just lost their last F-4's and were preparing the squadron area for F-16 operations. They only had like about 4 F-16's and they were all being used for maintenance training when I got there. All were Block 25 C models with the Pratt motors in them. Within about a year the squadron transitioned again to the Block 30 C models with the GE motors. Funniest thing I ever saw was when they decided to paint the tail of the wing CC red and white. Nickname "Peppermint Patty." None of the pilots wanted to fly the thing. They be complaining that were getting there asses kicked in ACT missions. Great TDY's to Solligen to fly against Canadian F-18's. Deucimemano to fly against the Brit's. And of course trips to Zaragosa just about every quarter. Plus one trip back to the states for Red Flag. Great people and a great location. Doesn't get any better than that.
Left in December of 1987 for Homestead AFB, FL closest thing to home. About the same as Ramtein when I showed up there. The F-4's were still there but this time they were older. Ramstein had E models, Homestead had the D models. I was assigned to the 307 TFS but they did not aircraft yet. So I put together tool kits for the first 3 months until they did get their first aircraft. Since I had the nost exeperience on the F-16 Iwas assigned as the crew chief for the first one. Of course it turned out to be the squadron CC's jet. Only one good TDY from hee to Tyndall AFB. I was disappointed with the assignment. If uit had not been home I would have left alot sooner. By 1991 I had had enough and volunteered to go to Korea again. I got the hell out of there just in time Hurricane Andrew came up in August and I left in April 1992. Were it not for Andrew I would have had a follow on assignment back to Homestead.
Got to the Kun for my second tour in April 1992. Even though I wasn't crewing anymore I had a great time. Bought a car and drove to Osan just about every weekend for a year. Job wise it was okay.
Got assigned to Holloman AFB after the Kun, got there in May 1993. Spent my first 3 years as superintendent of the MOC. Then 2 years in the 7 FS. Like the second 2 years the first 3 not so much.
Got assigned to the school house at Sheppard AFB in 1998 and retired in 2000. Hated being a babysitter with no aircraft engine noise to hear.
Current or Favourite assignment
Worked and partied with some special people. The dual conversion. The applecorn and Perminators. The Risk games in the dorm after a nightshift. The Rod and Gun club and all the weapons acquired. The wine probing and Bad Durkhiem. The TDY to Zaragosa. First one we stayed in the Rey Alfonso with flipper flooding the room below because he left the water in the tub running. Hot bunking on base after the attacks on Libya. Buying all the beer they had at the dormitory while waiting for the bus to take us to the El Sleazen after a night shift. Engine runs on the flight line with Spangdalems F-4's parked behind us and going to mil power to watch them chase their tools boxes and stuff down the flightline. The nose gear of that Tornado falling in that manhole at Deuci. Alot of hours stuffed insde a Herci bird. The Sully's restaurant at the NCO club after the TDY. If I had a time machine to use for 1 hour life would be great.
Got to the point where we were canning engines and moving them from one airframe to another overnight. It was done so that the aircraft would not go hangar queen and have to be reported up the chain. Kindest term I could use for this assignment is "sucked."