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    Enlisted in the U.S. Air Force on June 7, 1966. After Basic Training at Lackland AFB, Texas attended technical school at Keesler AFB, Mississippi for Airborne Radar and Navigation Equipment Maintenance. First duty station in 1967, after completing technical training, was with the Strategic Air Command (SAC), 397th Bomb Wing at Dow AFB, Bangor, Maine working KC-135A and B-52G's. From Dow AFB PCS’d in 1968 to the 374th Tactical Airlift Wing (TAW), 374th Field Maintenance Squadron (FMS) at Naha AB, Okinawa. First TDY to Southeast Asia out of Naha with C-130A’s was to Cam Rahn Bay, Republic of Vietnam (RVN), for 126 days. Had a subsequent 60 day TDY to CRB and then TDY’s to Tan Son Nhut AB, RVN, and Ubon RTAB, Thailand (twice) before joining 21st TAS E-Flight in 1969. In 1971 when Naha AB, Okinawa closed went to Ching Chaun Kang (CCK) AB, Republic of China (Taiwan) and remained with 21st TAS E-Flight for another year before being MediVac’d back to Tachikawa AB, Japan and then on back to Wilford Hall Medical Center, Lackland AFB, San Antonio, Texas in May 1972. Was placed on Temporary Disability Retired List (TDRL) from October 31 1972 until March 1974. Returned to active duty with the 67th Tactical Reconnaissance Wing, 67th AMS, Bergstrom AFB, Texas working RF-4C's in March 1974 and went on to serve subsequent assignments at Clark AB, Philippines (1975) and Yokota AB, Japan (1975-1980 working C-130E's, C-5's C-9's, C-141's), Hurlburt Field, Florida (1980-1982 Working MH-53's), George AFB, CA (1982-1984), Kadena AB, Okinawa, Japan (1984-1988), and finally HQ AFSC, Andrews AFB, Maryland (1988-1992) before retiring on August 31, 1992. Worked on Airborne Radar and Navigation Equipment for first 16 years and then performed Manpower Management duties the last 10 years. Retired from Air Force on August 31, 1992. Went to work for VA, Austin Automation Center, as computer programmer on May 31, 1994. Retired from the VA on August 31, 2010. Now retired and enjoying the hell out of life.
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    Computer Analysts for DVA, Austin Automation Center, Retired effective August 31, 2010.

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  1. Johnny Womack, John McCall, Gene Faircloth, Bill Cannon are some names that come to mind.
  2. I'm not sure Paulo. All my career was on APN-59 on C-130's and Multi-mode on C-5 with a couple of years on MH-53 with APQ-158 Terrain-Following. Never worked on color weather radar. Need to get an answer from someone else on the color weather radar.
  3. Start by checking the waveguides between the R/T and Antenna.
  4. I agree with you Dutch. This guy doesn't know what he is saying.
  5. I don't know why McGowan keeps saying the maintenance people didn't fly on Blind Bat missions. I was Radar Nav and I made three TDY's to Ubon and I flew Blind Bat Missions once a month, every month I was there, as you said to get the combat pay and tax exemption. Every maintenance person and crew chief I knew that went TDY to Ubon flew the missions for the same reason. I flew with E-Flight my last 2 years at Naha and at CCK. In E-Flight at Naha we were awarded crew member wings and I also was awarded an Air Medal. The Blind Bat missions were counted in the flights for the Air Medal.
  6. You picked the right airplane for the picture Dutch. Abeautiful old A-Model. I loved the A-Model.
  7. When you have worked on the B-52 and the F-4 and other planes it makes you realize just how much you love the C-130's.
  8. The author is David Kirk Vaughan. The book was available on Amazon.
  9. On the Blind Bat Patch it should be 374 TAW, not TCW. At least from 1968 on it was TAW. Gary
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    I would order one of those also Casey if you can make the print. Gary Robinson
  11. That is great news Tommy. I am glad someone finally responded. Gary
  12. 56-0542 is not on this list. I am pretty sure it was given to the VNAF.
  13. The HELL they didn't. I went to Ubon twice, Cam Rahn Bay 3 times, and TSN once. There were also many side trips to Da Nang, etc. Don't tell me Blind Bat troops didn't go to SVN. Gary Robinson
  14. True, to some extent all of the legislation that passes through congress is political and the President does have to sign the bills in order for them to become law. I just know that I retired in 1992 in Austin, TX and a couple of years latter Bergstrom AFB closed and we ended up on TRICARE Prime. Almost ever since, DoD has tried one way or another to increase annual enrollment, raise co-pays, etc. The S*** never stops and it does not make any difference if there is a Republican or Democratic Administration. Both sides of the political process are part of the problem. The only way to really start resolving the issues is to clean house and senate and sent the whole bunch packing, Republican and Democrat. If they don't start working together and cooperate on things nothing is ever going to get better.
  15. This has nothing to do with Obama. DoD has been trying to cut TRICARE and medical expenses for years. I had to stop going to the pharmacy at Randolph a number of years ago because all of a sudden they no longer carried any of the prescriptions my wife or I used. That was during the G. Bush administration. These changes have abolutely nothing to do with whatever party happens to be in the White House.
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