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 Sgt. Todd Lester

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Name Sgt. Todd Lester
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Unit 307th Fighter Squadron "Stingers"
Crewing F-16s from 1987 until 1990
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Took basic at Lackland AFB in 1986 then went to Sheppard AFB for training.
Then I went to Homestead AFB, FL and the 31st TFW from 1987 to 1990.

While there, I first went to the 307th AMU (Stingers) and worked on F-4Ds until they retired them and got F-16s. I remained in the 307th until it was deactivated.

Then I went to the 308th AMU (Emerald Knights) where I crewed the 31st TFW commanders jet until I got out in 1990.

My Jets & Assignments

Unit 307th Fighter Squadron "Stingers" [History]
Period 1987 -
I crewed an F-4D 65-658 in the 307th AMU at Homestead AFB, FL. We also had a number of F-4s that were mig killers in Vietnam that I had the pleasure of working on from time to time. We retired the F-4s and got F-16s.
81800 [Detailed history of this F-16]
Unit 307th Fighter Squadron "Stingers" [Unit History]
Period 1987 -
Current: 81800   F-16A Block 15 [scr]
I crewed 81-800 until the 307th (Stingers) was deactivated at Homestead AFB. Then I moved over to the 308th AMU also at Homestead AFB.
83076 [Detailed history of this F-16]
Unit 308th Fighter Squadron "Emerald Knights" [Unit History]
Period 1988 - 1990
Current: 15133  FAP Esq 301 F-16A Block 20 MLU [act]
While in the 308th (Emerald Knights) at Homestead AFB, I was assigned to the 31st TFW commanders jet (Col. Tom West). It was F-16 83-1076. I remember crewing the commanders jet took alot of extra hours of cleaning and polishing to keep right.

Visitor Comments

NCOIC 1986-1989
SMSGT Ron Brooks, May 04, 2011 - 03:40 PM

I always wondered where all my children went. Alive and doing well in Riviera Beach

Stingers
Scott Ramsauer, May 24, 2011 - 02:28 PM

Cool to see this sight. I worked the exact same dates and squadrons as Sgt Todd Lester. Tails F-4D 66-0244, 66-490. F-16's 81-0900, 83-1112

I worked the 308th jet 1031
Mark DeBord, Jul 24, 2011 - 09:11 AM

Great assignment... and I remember Sgt Lester and Amn Ramsauer. Hope you guys are doing well!!

Emerald Knights
Adam Buitron, Jul 25, 2011 - 03:58 AM

I worked on aircraft 1072 during the same era. I remember Todd Lester, Scott "Rammy" Ramsauer, and Mark Debord, along with a few others. Hope everyone is doing fine.

Stingers & Knights
Darrell Featherston, Sep 27, 2011 - 02:00 AM

I worked in the 307th from Jan 88 to Apr 88 on F-4's. I know all you guys except Lester. Apr 88 I went to the 308th. I worked on 1076 during our rivet work force conversion with Tsgt Reynolds. Ramsauer needs to get on facebook so we can all connect.

Emerald Knights
Anonymous, Oct 07, 2011 - 06:31 PM

I agree Darrell. I've been trying to get a hold of Ramsauer for a while now. Don't know if you remember Joe Laviolette or Joel McCord, but I've been in touch with both of them.

stingers (307th) to ducks (309th) 88-90 B-shop F-16
A1C Donnie Boggess, Apr 11, 2013 - 05:34 PM

Good to see the stinger patch. Was just an 18 yr old kid then. Good memories and good friends although the names posted don't ring a bell. Anyone remember A1C Mike Young from green amu A-Shop (radar) or A1C John Linder green amu B-shop (flight controls) or A1c Tony King went from red 307 to blue 309 B-shop?

1076
Marty mad man kucharzak, Aug 07, 2018 - 05:11 PM

Had that bird when I was at homestead with Sgt Owens. Took it to Texas to get the paint stripped once.

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