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    Robert D. Dinkins - Government Service

    • 36 yrs – Military and Civilian Service

    • Married to Irene, 36 years.

    • Jan 22, 1969 - Enlisted in U.S. Air Force at Coral Gables, Fl. Basic Training and Aircraft Maintenance schools at Lackland and Sheppard AFB, TX.

    • Jul 1969 to Jan 1971 assigned to the 374th Tactical Airlift Wing, Naha, AB Okinawa. Duty, served as a Crew Chief on C-130A aircraft.

    • Dec 1969 to Oct 1970 Detached to the 834th Air Division, DET 2, Cam Ranh Bay AB, Republic of Vietnam. Duty, served as a Crew Chief on C-130A aircraft (Tactical Airlift).

    • Jan 1971 to Dec 1972 assigned to 316th Tactical Airlift Wing, Langley AFB, Virginia. Duty, served as a Crew Chief on C-130E aircraft with world wide deployment to Europe, South and Central America, and Southeast Asia.

    • Sep 1975 to Sep 1978 As a Air Reserve civilian technician with the 920th Weather Reconnaissance Squadron, at Kessler AFB, Ms. Duty, served as a Crew Chief on WC-130H aircraft with deployments to Central America, the Caribbean, Mexico and Alaska (Storm tracking and Hurricane Reconnaissance).

    • Sep 1978 to Sep 1984 Quality Assurance Specialist with Defense Contract Administrative Service office at NASA’s Michoud Facility and Stennis Space Center. Space Shuttle Main Fuel tank and Main Engine testing.

    • Sep 1984 to Sep 1989 Lead Quality Assurance Specialist at the Defense Contract Administrative Service office, Grumman Aircraft Corporation St. Augustine Fl.

    • Oct 1989 to Jul 1992 Supervisor Quality Assurance Specialist at the Defense Plant Representative Office, Northrop Grumman Aircraft, St. Augustine Fl.

    • Jul 1992 to Dec 2004 Program Integrator Specialist at the Defense Contract Management Agency office, Grumman Aircraft, St. Augustine Fl.

    • Sep 2003 to Mar 2004 Quality Assurance Specialist for Contingency Contracting Administrative Services (CCAS) LOGCAP III, during Iraqi/Enduring Freedom.

    • Dec 2004 to Aug 2007 Team Lead for Technical Operations at DCMA office, Northrop Grumman Corporation, St. Augustine, Fl

    • Retired from Government service, August 3, 2007

    • During my career, I received honors for the Defense Logistics Agency Resident Quality Assurance Representative of the year (1987) and the Meritorious Civil Service Award and Ribbon.
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  1. Herky 504

    Herky504, Dinkins

    Southeast Asia 69-70
  2. Does anyone from Naha remeber sending you bird to Kadina TDY for two weeks to sit on alert? Do you remeber the mission, it was classified????? Cigar Bob
  3. I was asst CC on 7786 at LAFB, 71-72. Took her on many of TDY's, she was a great bird. I had to leave her at CCK in Nov72 during the Spring Offensive. l rotated home for discharge and the acft stayed. Bob Daley, I may have flown with you on some rotations to Mildehall or Panama with the 37 TAS and 316th OMS. I found quite a few flights on 7786 while at Langley. I flew rotes to Mildenhall and Wiesbaden in 70, Rhein Main and Weisbaden and Panama in 71, Mildenhall in 72, CCK in 72 and 73. We probably flew together. Thanks for the great airplane. Bob
  4. Larry, Your are right about Gregorio. I met him through Bill Gohegan and Nole Hugg. We three arrived at the 374th OMS in July 69 as newbee's. They were assigned to "A" Section and I went to "D" Section on Acft 504 working for Roger Smith and Msgt Domi. It was some great times a Naha and the TDY's to Nam and Thialand.
  5. I agree with you guy's, sometimes good and sometimes not so good. But as 20 year old, I loved the job and would not trade the experience for the the world. Being a CC was great for me.
  6. Thanks alot Sam. Was at Naha 69-71 with 374th OMS.
  7. Sonny, Your wife's memory's will always be with you—but yes, in time your pain over her death will fade. It won't happen all at once, but little by little comfort will come—with God's help. I lost my mother to cancer. US Air Force motto: "Aim High ... Fly-Fight-Win" Bob
  8. Ken, I have a wallet size card (AF 1274) orange in color and a (AF 1256) Blue in color for the cetificate of training. I hope this helps.
  9. I do remember some of the "Bind Bat" RAMP RAT'S but I will have to rack my brain to remember. I am not the same remembering after 30 months of Chemo. Keep on Truckin'.
  10. Becky, I was a Crew Chief also at Naha 69-71 with 374th TAW. I did spend some time in Thailand, but most of my TDY's were at Cam Ranh Bay. I was diagnosed with AL Amyliodosis in 2008. The VA has regonized this desease, certain cancers and other health problems as presumptive diseases associated with exposure to Agent Orange or other herbicides during military service. I recomend that you use your County Veterans Service Office or Vietnam Veterans of America as your advocate. I am now recieving 100% compensation. Most of these claims are taking 18 months to two years to be resolved. Good luc
  11. Ken, I have been slow in getting back to you, sorry about that. I was at Naha June 69 to Jan 71. I was with Section "D" (YP) under Msgt Domi. Rotations on 504 and 512 with Roger Smith and Brian Maxwell to CRB, spent some time at Herky Hill. My first time at the canteen, I got tagged for a round of beers, I had my cover on. Also TDY from Langley in Apr - Oct 72 during the Sping Offensive, to CCK. Welcome Home, Bob
  12. All, I remember 7786 as a Langley bird with the 37th TAS. I was there Jan 1971 to December 1972. I was an asst. CC with Ron Cameron, I took her TDY to Europe, Panama, Taiwan and SEA. She always was a great bird to fly and work on. We had many of "OK" flights with her. By the way 7783 was her sister ship and she was a good bird too. They both must have come off the line at Lockheed, on a Wednesday. Bob D.
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