Looking for Crew Chiefs from the 17th AMU 1987-1991

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Unread post09 Nov 2006, 12:53

Trying to find any of the crew chiefs from the 17th from 1987 through 1991. I keep in contact with John Ablang and Frank King and I know where a few others might be. Any responses would be cool.
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Unread post09 Nov 2006, 15:52

I was there from 89-93 and knew Frank well. We used to fish together. I crewed 84-1378 and then went into the truck until I left for the Kun. Send me a pm and let me know who you are.
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Unread post09 Nov 2006, 22:02

I wasn't in the 17th, but I sure knew who King Wakefield was....

Joe Sambor 19th TFS 363d TFW 1982 - 1987

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Unread post10 Nov 2006, 02:00

I was a "Hooter" - 17th Phase in 1987 then to the Amu in 1988. DCC for 84-1217[/serial] from 1988 till deployed for D.S. I remember [serial]84-1378 during the war, but cant remember the DCC name

Stayed in the Hooters (later reorged to the 77th) till 1998.

I'm Rick Davis, Jon Ablang was my assistant for several years - lost touch with him after he pcs'd.

Lets see - Vick McKinney, Vernon Suzuki, Mark Hanes were some with us. Joe Shade was one of the expeditors. Mason was one of the P-1's. OMG, that batch of guys/gals we had during that time period - seems like so long ago - and looking back was the best time of my career.

Dave Walls was back at Shaw when I PCS's in 2002, Curtis Helms is still there.

Have Jon pm me.
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Unread post10 Nov 2006, 02:21

Did you know Al Benson?
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Unread post11 Nov 2006, 21:59

I knew a Benson, can't remember if his first name was Al. He was from Gastonia NC.
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Unread post10 May 2007, 14:59

Hey all you old Hooters,

I'm sorry that I have not replied to anyone since I made this post since last Nov. Things have been so busy that I have not had the time. I ran into Jon Ablang in February at Nellis. He will be hangin' it up in Dec.

I also ran into Col. Billy Diehl in April at the Eglin Air Show. He is retired and works for Lockheed Martin. He is involved with the F-35 program. He is in F-35 Customer Engagement. He can be reached at william.c.diehl(at)lmco.com Well gotta go for now. Enjoy your time it goes by fast.
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Unread post23 May 2007, 01:23

Ever see Major Dave Hill, last I heard, he was flying for FedEx (I think), he was (is) a hell'va pilot both in Phantoms and the Falcon...you "Hooligan's" sure knew how to party, every trip I made in your neck of the woods, you partied until I was blue in the face...hell'va crew of guys and gals...love ya all - salute
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Unread post26 Jan 2008, 03:13

I was in the 17th at the end of 91 and during the conversion to the 77th till 94. Damn gets hard to remember folks after so many beers and years. I was ACC for 90-0748 till the conversion to block 50's and got the bus 91-0841. Worked with King as my DCC. Talk about a party group.... that had to be the tightest knit group and hardest partying squadron I was ever in. Hung with Jody Strausser in Korea after Shaw I still keep contact with Blaine Estridge, weapons toad. Lost track of Tony King thought I understand he's SC gurad now.
Sie Williams
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Shaw 91-94
Osan 94-95
Nellis 95-97
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Unread post15 Apr 2008, 05:09

Had dinner with Cliff Peck yesterday, he was there 86-89, now works for Univ of Tenn. Knoxville on the LifeFlight helo..
I was in the 33rd, thankfully away from the Plantation
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Unread post17 Apr 2008, 00:59

thankfully away from the Plantation


Awww, he must have be referring to our nice painted white rocks! 8)

Well you know we did have the head plantation keeper at the time.... :lol: hehe.

I do believe he was already at Shaw when they re-orged from the Army Air Corps to the USAF. :shock:
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Unread post27 Feb 2018, 20:43

I see this is an old thread, but hopefully someone who can help will see my post. I was in the 17 TFS from 85-88. I'm having a custom model built of the jet that had my name and I want to include my crew chief's name on it, but I don't recall his first name. Would any of you happen to remember the first name of SSGT Dotson?

Thanks!!

Marc "Fig" Feigenblatt
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Unread post14 May 2018, 19:06

I believe you are referring to SSgt Mike Dotson.
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