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Unread post03 Mar 2007, 18:56

It's Been Real, And It's Been Fun, But I Can't Say It's All Been Real Fun :lol:

March 1st 2006 Retired Air Force
2002 - 2006 Enlisted Accessions Recruiting 333d R.S. Hollywood, Fl.
2000 - 2002 B-52H Plans & Scheduling 2nd Bomb Wing, Barksdale AFB, La.
1997 - 2000 U-2S Plans & Scheduling 5th RS Osan Korea
1994 - 1997 F-16C&D Plans & Scheduling 510TH FS. Aviano Italy
1990 - 1994 C-130 Plans & Scheduling 317th TAW Pope AFB, N.C.
1989 - 1990 B-52 & KC135 Plans & Scheduling 43rd BW Andersen Guam
1986 - 1989 F-16A&B Plans, Scheduling & Engine Mgt. 388th TFWi Hill Ut.
April - July 86 Tech SchoolChanute
Feb 20th 86 Basic Training Drum and Bugle Corps at lackland

Desert Shield/Storm Aug 11th 1990 - Apr 7th 1991
TDY's to Hickam Hi, Mildenhall, Little Rock, Tyndall, Beale, Holloman, Darwin Nothern Territory Australia, Ramstein, Rota Spain & Keeler to name a few.

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Unread post03 Mar 2007, 21:22

I was Station at
Lackland
Sheppard
Tyndall (T-33A) FTD
4787 ABGP/MATS Duluth MN on T-33A (57-0698) 1 Yr
50th TFW/313th AMU Hahn AB West Germany F-16A (80-0543,80-0561) 2 yrs
509 BW/OMS Pease AFB NH FB-111A (68-0168) 1 Yr
56 TFTW/62AMU McDill AFB FL F-16B (78-0115, 79-0495) 2+ yrs
50 TFW/496th AMU Hahn AB Germany F-16D (84-1325) 4 Yrs + 1 was a member of the block 40 test team where I crewed and was the first Crew Chief of 87-1351.
388 TFW/34AMU/FS Hill AFB UT F-16D (88-0168) 2+ yrs
51FW/51 MS/TA/Crash Recovery 1 Yr
56 FW/62FS/21FS (F-16D 84-1396/F-16B 93-0825) 5+ yrs
51 FW/51 OSS/FOD NCO
27 FW/428FS/AMU Singaporean Block 50 as APG laison 3+years
8FW/80th AMU 1 Yr
56FW/63 AMU 1.3 yrs

1 Yr T33As
1 Yr FB-111As
24 Yrs F-16s block 10,15,20,25,30,40 and 50s

Crewed (TA), F-16, F-15, F-14, A-6, A-7, AV8B, F-18, C-12, C-21, C-22, C-5, C-130, 747, KC-135, C-141, A-10, B-57s, T-37 and many helicopters. I also crewed FB-111As in NH and T-33As in Duluth MN.

TDYs to
ZZA
Incirlik
Corsica
Zwibruken
Ramstein
Saudi
Hawaii
Alaska
Guam
Cold Lake
Holloman
Nellis
Edwards
Tyndall
Homestead
Kirkland
Dugway
Ellsworth
Sheppard
Maron
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Unread post05 Mar 2007, 13:24

WoW - THanks to you "both" for the Outstanding work...very well done and welcome
More than likely have "been there and done that at some point", it sure keeps you young if done correctly
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Unread post06 Jul 2007, 17:52

Oct 1987- Entered Air Force

Nov 1987- Attended Aircraft Armament Systems Specialist Tech School at Lowry AFB, Co.

Apr 1988- Barksdale AFB, La. Assigned to 2nd MMS initially working in Weapons Loading Support Section for six months and finally Weapons Loading.

Aug 1990- Castle AFB, Ca. Assigned to 93rd MMS working in Weapons Loading Standardization.

Nov 1992- Spangdahlem AB, Germany. Assigned to 81st FS with F-4G Wild Weasels. 480th FS Warhawks and 22nd FS Stingers. Worked as Weapons Loader the entire 8 years with 2 1/2 years in the Load Barn.

Nov 2000- Luke AFB, Az. Assigned to 63rd FS Panthers initially as Weapons Loader and then as Weapons Flightline Expediter.

Feb 2003- Osan AB, ROK. Assigned to 36th FS Fiends as Weapons Flightline Expediter.

Feb 2004- Edwards AFB, Ca. Assigned to 31st TES as Weapons Flightline Test Expediter on B-1, B-2 and B-52s.

TDYs- RAF Fairford, RAF Lakenheath, RAF Coltishall, Decimomanu, Incirlik, Prince Sultan, Zaragoza, Stavanger (Norway), Nellis, Tyndall, Aviano, Cold Lake, Wurtsmith.

Operations- Desert Storm, Provide Comfort, Northern Watch, Southern Watch and Allied Force.

Aircraft Loaded- B-52G, F-4G, F-16CG and CJ, B-1B, B-2A and B-52H.

Favorite Assignment- Castle AFB, Ca and Spangdahlem AB, Germany.

Worst Assignment- Workload at Luke sucked, but location was great. Osan workload was super easy but location SUCKED!

I retire next week from the Air Force but will continue to work as a civilian employee. Can't seem to get away from the flightline and maintaining aircraft. I hope to someday return to the F-16 since most of my experience has been maintaining the VIPER!!!
Weapons Loader
Barksdale, Castle, Spang, Luke, Osan, Edwards
B-52G/H, F-4G, F-16CG/CJ, B-1, B-2
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Unread post08 Jul 2007, 21:25

Outstanding, the USAF has kept us all very busy...amazing - Thanks for posting
More than likely have "been there and done that at some point", it sure keeps you young if done correctly
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Unread post08 Mar 2008, 15:53

Well, I guess I'll switch up the gears a bit. I'm an AD 1NO51 (Intel).

Assignments
- BMT: Lackland AFB, TX; 22 Nov 2004 - 12 Jan 2005
- Tech School: Goodfellow AFB, TX; 12 Jan 2005 - 23 June 2005
- 437AW: Charleston AFB, SC; 24 June 2005 - 18 July 2006
- HQAMC AIS: Scott AFB, IL; 18 July 2006 - 16 April 2008
- 20th FW: Shaw AFB, SC; 16 April 2008 -

Deployments
Deployed out of Charleston in support of both OIF and OEF.
Flew on missions into both countries.
Been to nearly every base in Iraq and Afghanistan.

TDYs
McGuire AFB
Hurlburt Field
Scott AFB

Flown on
C-17: More times than I can count...been shot at 3 times in one also.
C-5: What can you say about FRED that hasn't been said already.
C-130: Brits are CRAZY!
KC-135: Never been so cramped in my life.
F-15*: Almost got an incentive ride back in '06, day before I was Sked to fly the canopy came off the jet in midflight....put an end to the incentive flights.

Not the most exciting career, but I'm really looking forward to getting to Shaw and working with the Block 50 Vipers.
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Unread post08 Mar 2008, 16:07

Lots of flying in your career so far from what I have seen, good on ya!

Don't be hard on yourself, it is early yet in your career, plus I think you have done much you cant discuss here and I understand, I think you are doing great and life will bring even more adventures real soon.

Be safe, be smart and be careful - and most importantly...have fun doing it, enjoy the moments, many will never understand or get the chance to do what you have or see what you have seen...well done :cheers:
More than likely have "been there and done that at some point", it sure keeps you young if done correctly
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Unread post12 May 2008, 16:31

Meathook, I noticed you first started this string about 2 years ago, but I just recently found the site. Not sure why I was looking, but I guess I was thinking back on my military career and was doing a Google search for F-16 screensavers.

So here my story....

Assignments:
Chanute AFB, IL ('79) -- Engine tech school
Reese AFB, TX ('79 - '82) -- Engine shop, Flightline
Loring AFB, ME ('82 - '87) -- Engine shop, Phase, Flightline, QA
Incirlik AB, TU ('87 - '89) -- Flightline (MAC)
Spangdahlem AB, GE ('89 - '95) -- Phase, Flightline (rivetized to Crew Chief)
Luke AFB, AZ ('95 - '97) -- Phase dock chief, TAMS Section Chief
Spangdahlem AB, GE ('98 - '01) -- Section Chief, Production Super, WingStaff

Aircraft and Engine experience:
T-37 (J69)
T-38 (J85)
B-52G (J57)
KC-135A (J57)
C-130E/H (T56)
C-141B (TF33)
C-5A/B (TF39)
F-16C/D (F110)

Favorite Assignment:
Mmmm....hard to say. Either Spangdahlem or Incirlik. Spangdahlem I was at the longest (9+ years). Awesome mission, loved the travel. Incirlik was interesting, though. It was before the war, so it was very low key and laid back. I loved the job assignment, being the only engine troop for the heavies. I got to work a bunch of the other systems...radar, INS, autopilot, etc.

Favorite Aircraft:
Would have to be the B-52G. Have a lot of fond memories changing engines in 60 below weather....snow blowing so hard the crane operator can't see your hand signals. Hands get cut on safety wire and it'll be so cold that you're blood seems to freeze as soon as it starts to flow from the cut.

Currently:
Retired at the end of 2001. Since aviation has been my life and passion, it was my goal and desire to continue working in this field after retirement. However, the since the events of 9/11 pulled the rug out from underneath me that put the aviation industry into a spin, I switched gears (only slightly) and worked for 5 years in Industrial Gas Turbines as a field engineer for GE. I still work for GE, but now I'm with their Aviation division (yes, I'm home with my true passion once again) and work as a Development Engine Test engineer. I love this job and love engines and hope to be here for years more to come.


I have a soft spot for all veterans, so I'd like to say thank you for all your contributions.

Later,
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Unread post12 May 2008, 18:23

Assignments:
Sheppard AFB, TX & Luke AFB, AZ ('98) -- Tech school
Moody AFB, GA ('98 - '00) -- ADCC- 68FS
Kunsan AB, ROK ('00 - '01) -- Phase- 80FS
Luke AFB, AZ ('01 - '04) -- DCC, Support & Expediter- 309FS, Wheel & Tire
Luke AFB, AZ ('05 - '07) -- Support (Civil Service) 425FS

TDYs:
From Moody -- Al Jaber AB, Kuwait & Nellis AFB, NV (several times)
From Luke -- Miramar MCAS

Favorite Assignment:
Moody. Awesome people & a small town. I was stupid though...spent 2 years wanting out of there and the rest of my time wishing I could go back!

Currently:
Medically discharged in '04 after 7 years and have been lost ever since! I was planning on retiring from the AF and had to make a career change all of a sudden. Went back to school and got a job back on base with Civil Service but had to leave it for an internship (counseling). Currently a Voc Rehab Counselor for the state and cant fight it anymore...going to get my A&P this year and get back to turnin the wrench!


I also have a soft spot for all veterans, so I'd like to say thank you for all you've done. And to those that still serve...God bless and ENJOY IT!
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Unread post12 May 2008, 22:06

Military:
Aug 1981 – September 1983, Hill AFB, 421st “B-Shop” – F-16 A/B (Block 1, 5, & 10)
TDY’s – Luke AFB / Mountain Home AFB / Howard AFB / Albrook AFB, Panama
September 1983 – September 1984,Kunsan AB, ROK, 80th “B-Shop” – F-16 A/B (Block 15)
TDY’s – Clark AB, PI / Okinawa / Hickham AFB, HI
September 1984 – September 1985,Hill AFB, 34th “B-Shop” – F-16 A/B (Block 15)
TDY's - Cannon AFB, Nellis AFB
September 1985 – September 1987, 3246 AMS (Test side) Avionics – Eglin AFB, FL – F-16A/B/C/D (Block 5-40) / F-15A/B/C/D / F-111
At Eglin I became 7-level on all 3 A/C so I had all three shreadouts on my AFSC (keep your “dream sheet” updated, I didn’t and for my next assignment- see below)
September 1987 – June 1990, Pease AFB, NH, 509 AMS – FB-111A (pre & post AMP) (luckily the base closed and I put in for an SDA to get back on the 16)
TDY's - Plattsburg AFB / Nellis AFB
June 1990 – September 1992, Nellis AFB, USAFADS, F-16 A/B (Block 32) & F-16 C/D (Block 32)
TDY's - lots of 'em....
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Civilian:
October 1992 – March 1996, Otis ANGB, MA, Lockheed Martin, F-15 A/B avionic mods as part of a CFT (Contract Field Team)
March 1996 – September 1998, Fort Worth, TX, Lockheed Martin, In-House Field Service rep (Analog Flight Controls), FMS Training (Crosslands), then got snagged to be Life Cycle Cost Anaylist (pencil pusher – hated it!!)
September 1998 – March 2003, Marion, MA, Sippican, Inc (now Lockheed Martin) – Naval EW systems, Lots of trips with:
Greek Navy – Limnos / Elli
Turkish Navy – Sallireis / Kemilreis
Venezuelan Navy – Lupo Frigates
Ecuadorian Navy – All ships
March 2003 – present, Wallingford, CT, Times Microwave Systems, working on airplanes again!! Lots of trips back to Ft. Worth & Marietta. And the list of new aircraft keeps on growing....

Had a brief time off from aircraft where I played with guns, but that industry isn’t doing quite as well…..so I’m back to what I know best
Tim Smith
Avionics '81 - present
F-16 A/B/C/D
F-111D FB-111A
F-15A/B
F-22A
F-18E/F & G
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Unread post12 May 2008, 23:49

OK--my turn:

First, I am not nor was I ever a Crew Chief. Avionics all the way, baby!

Feb-Mar 1969: Lackland AFB for basic training

Mar-Nov 1969: Chanute AFB IL for 32531 Avionics Instrument Tech School (not to be confused with 422X0 Instrument school which was non-electronic. I was in the fourth class to graduate from 32531).

Nov 69-Oct 71: 87FIS Duluth MN in F-106A/B Instrument shop. Took a "side trip" to 4787th ABGP in Apr 71 maintaining T-33, T-29, and C-47 supporting 23rd AD when 87th FIS moved to KI Sawyer, MI. Got into heated argument with a SMSgt Smrcka about his cheesy little outfit (he was Chief of Maintenance in 4787th) and he told me he'd "pay me back...", which he did. See below.

Oct 71-May 73: 5 FIS Minot AFB ND working F-106s again. Yup, SMSgt Smrcka "screwed" me so bad he sent me from a lousy unit to a good one, and managed to keep me from going to Vietnam at the same time. Thanks, Smrcka!!! By the way--if you're ever going to be stationed on a SAC base, ADC is the command to be in!

Oct 73-Aug 2005: in Va Air National Guard's 192d TFG (later FW) working Instruments (F-105D/F), IMS & WCS (A-7D/K), A-shop (F-16 blk 30) and later ALL of avionics. Also moonlighted on the military side of the VaANG as Expediter and ProSuper. Was a Civilian Technician all this time and retired as Avionics Supervisor/E8. Turn 60 next year and finally get my military retirement bennies.

TDYs:
Savannah GA
Gulfport MS
Tucson AZ
Andrews AFB
Seymour Johnson AFB
Langley AFB
Eglin AFB
Tyndall AFB
Nellis AFB
Howard AB (almost got tossed into one of Noriega's jails, but that's another story...)
Incirlik AB
Evenes, Norway
RAF Lakenheath
Moron AB (supposed to go to Al Udeid, but got "stuck" in Spain, gosh darn the luck...)
CFB Cold Lake
Hill AFB
Davis Monthan AFB
Scitt AFB (permissive TDY--got to see repatriated Vietnam POWs kiss the ground there--VERY moving!)
Myrtle Beach AFB
And probably a few more that I don't remember now. It's hell getting old...

Aircraft flown in:
Just about all the "C"s except the Gooney Bird and the C-133. Also not the C-17.
T-33. The only fighter type I ever flew in. Guess I didn't kiss enough a$$ to get a real fighter ride. Good thing I have my own pilot license, eh??
F-106A/B '69-'73
F-105D/F '73-'81
A-7D/K '81-'91
F-16C/D '91-'05
SCUBA bum '05-Present
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Unread post13 May 2008, 11:59

Active Duty Air Force 1999-2006, i worked the F-16, all flightline maintenance. spent almost 4 yrs at Luke AFB, in the 308th. Made Staff, got my lucky set of orders to Kunsan AB, ROK, worked in the 80th. then went to Mountain Home in the 389th. that was the make or break the Air Force assignment for me. I separated in March of 2006.
308 FS Luke AFB,AZ. 2000/04
80 AMU Kunsan AB, ROK 04/05
389 AMU Mtn. Home AFB, ID 05/06
Separated 3/06
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Unread post13 May 2008, 19:29

texasranger26 wrote:Active Duty Air Force 1999-2006, i worked the F-16, all flightline maintenance. spent almost 4 yrs at Luke AFB, in the 308th. Made Staff, got my lucky set of orders to Kunsan AB, ROK, worked in the 80th. then went to Mountain Home in the 389th. that was the make or break the Air Force assignment for me. I separated in March of 2006.


At least you were a Juvat....!
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Unread post14 May 2008, 01:31

WHO DAT????? JUVAT!!!!!!!!
308 FS Luke AFB,AZ. 2000/04
80 AMU Kunsan AB, ROK 04/05
389 AMU Mtn. Home AFB, ID 05/06
Separated 3/06
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Unread post14 May 2008, 16:13

Weapons / Avionics Maintenance. Let’s see, the bases are few, but the TDY’s were many.

USAF Active Duty Sep 75 thru Aug 96

Sep 1975 thru Jan 1976 Basic and Tech School

1976 – 1980 RAF Lakenheath, UK 48th TFW
Weapons troop
F-4’s and F-111’s

1980-1981 Eglin AFB, FL
F-16 Avionics (cross-trained)
F-16A/B

1981-1983 McDill AFB, FL, 56th TFTW, 62nd AMU
F-16 Avionics
F-16A/B

1983-1991 Edwards AFB, CA, 6510 Test Support Squadron, F-16 Combined Test Force.
F-16 Flight Test
All models of the F-16 (10 thru Block 40) and several Foreign Military sales models tested during this period
Expeditor / Flight Chief / Pro Super

1991 – 1992 Kunsan AB, ROK, 35th Fighter Squadron
F-16 Block 30
Pro Super

1992 – 1996 Edwards AFB, CA 412th Test Squadron, F-16 Combined Test Force
F-16 Flight Test
All models listed above plus Block 50 and CCIP
Pro Super
Retired Aug 1996

DAF Civil Servant 1996 thru Feb 2001

1996 – 2001 Edwards AFB, CA 412th Test Squadron, F-16 Combined Test Force
F-16 Flight Test
All models listed above
Civil Servant Avionics Technician

Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company Feb 2001 to Present

2001 – 2003 Edwards AFB, CA, 411th Flight Test Squadron, F-22 Combined Test Force
F-22 EMD Aircraft
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company
Flight Test Engineer

2003 – 2005 Edwards AFB, CA 412th Test Squadron, F-16 Combined Test Force
F16 Aircraft
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company
Technical Representative (CETS)

2005 – Present HQ ACC/A8, 5th Generation Fighter Division, Langley AFB, VA
F-22 and F-35
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company
Technical Representative to HQ/ACC

TDY’s are too many to list.

Untold number of flight hours in all variants of transports.
Only 14.7 total flight hours in fighters. 5 different F-16’s
79-0426
80-0635
81-0816
81-0813
97-0392
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