I entered the Air Force in August of 1964. After Lackland, I was assigned to Sheppard AFB, Texas for training as a reciprocating engine specialist. I was then sent to Kinchloe AFB, Michigan, where I had my first taste of aircraft maintenance; we had one C-47! In 1965, I was sent from the frozen north to Hickham AFB, Hawaii. There I was assigned the the 61st FMS. I worked on the C-124 until 1967. I returned to the mainland to Eglin AFB Auxiliary Field #9, better known as Hurlburt Field, Florida. I was assigned to the 4410th Combat Support Group where I worked on C-123, A-1E, O-1, O-2, and B-26 aircraft. No wonder they called us the Flintstone Airport! I was at Hurlburt until I was assigned to Cam Ranh Bay, RVN in January of 1969. I was assigned to the 483rd CAMS and worked the phase docks for a few months before moving to the flight line. I finished out my stay at Cam Ranh on the flight line, working nights and launch crew. I returned the states in January of 1970 and was assigned to the Keesler AFB, Mississippi where I worked the flight line on T-28 aircraft. I left Keesler in 1972 for Torrejon, Spain, where I was assigned to the 401st FMS. We had one C-118 and 25 engine men! After two years at Torrejon, I got a transfer to Aviano, Italy where I was a one-man shop maintaining one T-29. I returned to the states in 1975 and was assigned to Grissom AFB, Indiana. Upon my arrival, I was forced to retrain due to the lack of need for us "recipers". I chose to get into something marketable on the outside and I was selected to retrain into radiology (that's X-rays, not radio repair!). I returned to Sheppard and was trained at the School of Health Care Sciences as a Radiologic Technologist. I went from there to Carswell for Phase II of my training and after a year, moved on to Offut AFB, Nebraska for Phase III of my training. After completing one more year of training, I spent another three years at Offut. I was selected for instructor duty and back to Sheppard I went. I spent the last four years of my career as an instructor.
I prepared myself for civilian life while at Sheppard. I completed my B.S. in Radiologic Technology at Midwestern State University and also earned my Registry of Radiologic Technology Certificate; the only national governing board for "Rad Techs". I retired in August of 1984 and moved to Abilene, Texas. I took a position as Radiology Instructor and Quality Control Supervisor. After four years, I decided to take a job with the U.S. Post Office because of better overall pay and retirement "bennies". That is where I am today. You can contact me at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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