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Sergeant Thomas Kerzman 379th FMS AGE (1985-1988)
watertown, Wisconsin

2/7/2019 9:58:31 AM)
I enjoyed my time at Wurtsmith. I don't recognize any manes here but if you recognize me send me an email.

E-3 Jeff Hunter FMS (82-85)
Decatur, GA

2/2/2019 4:19:33 PM)
Still love my BUFF'S! Was on the flight line for the first time and saw my first B-52 take off and the damn tail took off before the rest. Started screaming thinking it was going to crash, then everyone around me was saying, "Yepper, got a Greenhorn." Good times but hated that water tower with the smiley face on it, we wanted to blow it up!!!!!! God bless Pappy and his 69 El Camino, my first car! Appreciate the latitude of the Air Force for the opportunity to serve, and the longitude to get out.

Airman 2nd class David Kresl MP (8/63 - 1/66)
Downers Grove, Illinois

12/29/2018 6:59:10 AM)
Had been stationed at Kunsan Air Base, Korea, for 14 months. Returned home and married Joan 7 days later. We will celebrate 56 years in August. Guarded 52's initially, but then served as a ADT Alarm Annunciator at the weapons storage area. Typical of the Air Force...I had 2 stripes doing the job of a Tech Sargent. Lots of pressure but the winters were warmer than on the flight line. Rented a cottage on Loud Drive (on Lake Van Etten) for $75/ mo. Eventually moved into town for $50. Joan taught 2nd grade for $4100. Had fun returning to Oscoda last year.

SSGT Michael D. Mundell Assigned to 379 Bomb wing. Supply/Fuels Mgt Branc (1983 to 1989)
Akron, OH

12/12/2018 5:10:35 PM)
If you remember me, shoot me an email, and let me know whats happened since the early Air Force days.

A1C Rick Nedescu OMS (75-76)

11/19/2018 5:36:47 PM)
Had a great time while there !!

Ssgt Andrew Brown (1982-1992)
Alpena, MI

11/17/2018 3:56:43 PM)
379 OMS/FMS Tanker Cr.ew Chief had the best time of my life there. Miss my family there.They called me digger.lol must have been my call sign because it stuck with me.

Maj Luis A Muniz 920th Air Refueling Squadron (1988-1992)

11/17/2018 11:18:00 AM)
Deployed to Desert Sheild and Desert Storm with this great unit!

TSG (RET) Deborah L. Hicks 379th Bomber Squadron (83 - 86)
Hendersonville , North Carolina

11/12/2018 4:51:38 AM)
A lot happened at Wurtsmith. Was assigned there with ex as a humanitarian reassignment from Germany. My ex-became my ex there. My life partner and I met there. We were introduced at the Edelweiss Bar and Grill by Supervisor. Worked in Maintenance Scheduling and Maintenance after cross training out of Transportation. Was married in East Tawas. Marries Master Sgt Will Hicks. It seems like a lifetime I was there. Got a reassignment to Chanute from there as a Technical Instructor for Scheduling. We now live in North Carolina and I am terrible with names. It has been a lifetime ago. Loved to play darts. Was very involved with base goings on. Was there when General LaMay came through and toured the base and attended the ceremony we had involving him. Like I said been a long time and I have slept since then. Can't remember many names. The Browns - Tom and Rista they helped with my wedding reception at the Edelweiss. Lt. Berg Transportation. Good and bad memories there but mostly good. Some may have known me as Daniel.

MSgt (Ret) Hubert Erich Snoke 379th SPS (Jun 1974-Sep 1976)
Toney, AL

11/8/2018 5:34:45 AM)
Lots of memories of lots of great people. Cold winters. Humid summers.

A1C William I. Fahey 379th SPS L/E (2/71-9/71)
Freehold, N.J.

11/5/2018 4:46:32 AM)
First duty assignment and one cold winter!

Retired Lawrence L Woodward 920 ARS (Mar 1972 - Dec 1976)
Ponte Vedra, - Fl

10/29/2018 3:56:40 AM)
I am currently living in the Del Webb community in Ponte Vedra, FL (just South of Jacksonville). Would love to here from anyone stationed at WAFB between 1972-1976.

S/Sgt Raymond Maliszewski 63 rd Fighter Squadron (Oct 1953 to Oct 1956)
Monroe, MI

10/13/2018 6:44:43 PM)
I have commented twice before but have since changed my E-mail address. Worked the "Hot Room" scrambling the fighters. I had a great time on the base and enjoyed the people of Oscoda and Tawas. I know there are not too many of us left from that time period. but if the name rings a bell send me a note. I am just sick reading about the ground water contamination and its possible problems to not only the Air Force Vets, but the local people as well. I so loved the area and my family vacationed in the Tawas area for years. Had a great time at the 07 reunion, but was not able to make it to the later ones. God Bless to All, Ray

Ssgt Mark E. McGinn 379th Security Police (Apr 71-Jan 73)
Livonia, Mi

10/10/2018 7:01:07 PM)
I came to Wurtsmith after Vietnam-Lived just west of Detroit and was glad to get the base nearest my home. I made a lot of good friends at Wurtsmith, Had a great flight chief - Tsgt Donald R. Owens-got married to my high school sweetheart and spent my last three months with her at the base. I still come back to Wurtsmith, even though it's closed, just to relive old memories.

TSgt Johnson, Matthew R. 35th AGS (GAFB), 7th FMS (CAFB), 2 BW (BAFB) ()
Benton, LA

9/14/2018 9:41:43 AM)
On my way to the old Wurtsmith AFB to go to work for Kalitta Air (09/2018). Hope to be living in Tawas.

Sgt James E Pierce 379th SPS (1882-1984)
Caldwell, Idaho

9/11/2018 11:56:25 PM)
Really enjoyed my time at Wurtsmith. Meet a lot of net people who some I still in contact with. Haven’t Been back since I left but have seen pictures so sad to see the way the base looks today. Hoping one day to get back and see the old place... Sgt James E Pierce

E2 to E3 Glenn Rambach 2030 Communications Squadron (Jul66-Jan68)
Cameron Park, CA

9/3/2018 12:24:53 PM)
Kept the radio transmitters, receivers and RAPCON and tower radio equipment alive. Loved midnight chow before mid shifts. Can't beat WAFB at 30 below in the winter.

Sgt Mccreery 416oms ()
Wichita, Ks

8/26/2018 10:17:41 AM)
Wasn't stationed there however I was crew chief on 59-2568 and would like to see the nose art.

MSgt Ret Rich Albright 379 MMS (Nov 74-78)
Yonkers, New York

8/25/2018 2:52:10 PM)
Remember those cold mornings doing Alert Pad exchanges. Also practicing for Giant Sword comp in '77. Our load crew came in 17th place. Man, we sucked. Ken, Dave, Sandy, Bill and our CC Paul. Still remember you guys.

SSgt. Harry McCown 379th FMS (1966-1967 and 1968-1970)

8/13/2018 8:15:29 AM)
If you where stationed at Wurtsmith the water there maybe more contaminated worse than Camp Lejeune. You may want to read this: http://www.uppermichiganssource.com/content/news/Report-Michigan-military-base-water-may-have-caused-cancer-490637671.html

Louis Smith ()

3/18/2018 8:36:16 AM)
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Tsgt (MSgt Retired) Paul Cote 379th BW/ACF (Sept 1978 - Nov 1984)
Franklin, Indiana

3/14/2018 4:29:54 AM)
My wife, Samia worked in 379th CSG/DPM (CBPO). Both our children were born there. We had the world famous CMSgt Walker from AMS as our next door neighbor in base housing. Just loved the assignment!

SRA Joseph Semick 379FMS (Nov.77-Feb81)
Mentor, Ohio

2/23/2018 6:36:07 PM)
Just wanted to update my email. My phone # is 440- 392-7543

Capt, USAF, RET Frederick C Brace III USAF Hospital (Nov 75 - Jun 79)
Dover, DE

2/22/2018 12:08:26 PM)
Assigned to the Surgery Dept as an OR tech out of Tech School. Met and married my wife, Linda of "40" years there. Left Summer 1979 to attend the USAF Physician Assistant School, Sheppard AFB, TX and Mather AFB, CA. Subsequent assignments included Castle AFB, CA, Wright-Patterson AFB, OH, Comiso Sicily and retired from Dover AFB, Aug 1994.

SMSgt (Retired) Jim Williams 379th CSG/CBPO (August 1976 - April 1978)
Baldwin City, Ks

2/22/2018 11:24:20 AM)
Wurtsmith AFB was my first assignment out of Tech School at Keesler as an A1C. I started out as a Personnel Specialist in Airman Records, then Officer Records, and finally in Promotions and Testing. I remember when my wife and I first arrived at the Base, they put us up in a resort cabin on Lake Huron. We were sitting there enjoying looking out over the lake one evening and heard a rumble in the distance that kept getting louder and louder until a KC135A model came right over us. I looked at my wife and said this is going to be great. I still remember our address once we got stationed on base - 8310C Hawaii. It was a great unit and great people. I still miss SAC!

MSgt USAF (Ret) James SPeed 379th Strat Hosp, Dental Clinic (Nov, 1975 - 1978 & Feb, 1982 - Jul 1988)
Madisonville, , TN

2/18/2018 6:01:03 PM)
Will be in Michigan from mid-July visiting family. We will be there. It will be great to meet everyone again.

Sgt William Naida Hospital (1971-1972)
Chicago, IL

2/11/2018 6:23:11 PM)
I decided to look at one of my prior duty stations and immediately came across three names I recognize. Ken Was, I recall your bedspread which was somewhat unusual for a barracks. Mark McSherry, since I was not of legal age to drink in the bars in Oscoda I recall borrowing your ID to go into town with Ken's roommate Mike. Oh yeah, Bob Lappe was usually with us too. And Dr. Wayne Alberts! I had an interesting one-on-one conversation with him during a car ride while he was Acting Hospital Commander. We didn't know that the mic on his portable radio was on and several corpsman heard our chat. Oh, and our destination was the Officer's Club,when we arrived he introduced me as Sgt. Naida, his Major's Aide. Hopefully this will get sent, a prior attempt by me was not successful.

Ssgt John Warnick 379th OMS (1980-88)
Frankenmuth , MI

2/3/2018 7:11:24 PM)
Many memories of Wurtsmith; lot of good ones, a few not so good. Hated to see it close!

SSGT (CMSGT RET) Mike Cowder SPS (67-68)
Stafford, Va

1/21/2018 7:30:43 PM)
Any cops here during this time (especially K-9s

SSgt Harry McCown 379th FMS R&R Shop (9/66 to 10/67 and 12/68 to 1/70)
, MI

1/12/2018 9:30:09 AM)
There will be a base reunion for the 25 year closing of Wurthsmith. It will be June 22,23 and 24th 2018. More info can be found on the Wurtsmith Air Museum facebook page.

Tsgt. Richard Hosman 379 AMMS (1960)
Rantoul, IL.

1/11/2018 7:50:23 AM)
was stationed at Wurtsmith AFB from 1960 to 1965 went to chanute for hound dog missile training helped activate the missle unit

Sgt Richard Joerg Hospital (1971-1975)
Mankato, MN

1/10/2018 5:42:11 PM)
Assigned to the Flight Surgeons Office. Have a lot of good memories of the base. Recognize a number of names of people who have posted over the years. Worked with a lot of good people while stationed there - Dave Empey, Bill Powers, Drs Howard, Stronach, DeLong. Feel free to contact me. Visited the base back in about 2010 - brought back a lot of good memories.

MSgt (Ret) Stacey Ward (N/A)
Tinker AFB, OK

1/10/2018 2:30:08 PM)
Now retired and in B-2 Engineering Office at Tinker AFB, OK. Worked with a couple fine ECM troops from 379th OMS during Desert Storm while I was also deployed from Eaker AFB, AR.

TSgt Robert Macqueen 379thMMS (1 mar 73 - 30 Sep 75)
Las Vegas, Nevada

1/9/2018 3:47:46 PM)
MSgt (E-8 selectee) retired. 46370 at aWAFB, NCOIC SRAM Maintenance when leaving WAFB. Lead Team Chief on SRAM set up team. Initally Team Chief in gravity weapons msintenance.

Sgt (E4) Jeff Paddock 379th MMS (Feb 1973 - Aug 1976)
Sulphur Springs, TX

1/5/2018 6:41:49 PM)
Assigned initially for short period in WSA as 46330 in bomb shop then assigned to build-up of AGM-69 SRAM as 46350. Appreciate this web site.

Maj (Ret) Jim Leavenworth 524 BS (1989-1991)
Edinburgh, Scotland,

1/2/2018 10:47:39 AM)
Hey all ex sqdn members. Nice to see all the memories on the net. One correction though...the picture of my crew labelled "Old Crow Express" with her crew following 53 missions in Operation Desert Storm" which shows us in front of a Buff standing in fromt of a few 750 pounders is not labelled right. This photo was taken after our first combat mission after the employ-deploy mission into Iraq/Saudi (if my memory serves me correctly!).

A2c Alfred Fickensher 445th FIS (Jan 1960-Mar 1963)
Bettendorf, Iowa

1/1/2018 9:58:59 PM)
Just checking in since it has been a bit over three years since my last visit. Nice to see recent postings from guys who served at WAFB back in the early 60s and even a few names I recognized. Memories of that time are becoming more precious as time passes. Interesting, I can’t seem to bring up an unpleasant thought about my time at WAFB, even the winters there now seem to have been merely adventures. We each honorably went where it was our Uncle sent us. Alf Bettendorf, IA

Msgt (Ret) Roy Cardone 379th AMMS (1967-1971)
Blue Creek, Ohio

12/31/2017 11:47:48 AM)
Some of the best times ever was at Wurtsmith, hunting, fishing oh yea and work. Nellis was my next Stop then onto Lakenheath (UK) for nearly 6 years. I appreciate those who came before and those who came after. Must be getting old I miss the Good Old Days!

Sgt Ken Leppert 379 AMMS (August 17,1967)
Rogers City, Michigan

12/30/2017 1:05:12 PM)
Spent my entire time at Wurtsmith except for a 6 week TDY

SGT Glen Sluiter 379th Headquarters Squadron (12/73 to 5/7/1973)
Shelbyville , Michigan 49344

12/23/2017 5:23:12 PM)
Was assigned to Housing Supply at Wurtsmith after discharge drove semi for awhile and got college degree and worked as supervisor at Keeler Brass in Grand Rapids Michigan

A1C Gregory McComas 379 AMS (1979 - 1981)
Albuquerque, NM

12/1/2017 11:57:58 AM)
Comm/Nav shop, I remember MSgt. Don Struble and TSgt. Jerry Malseed along w/a few of my co-workers. Too many days have passed to recall it all.

Sgt Glenn Burton Mms (84-89)
Maryville, TN

11/20/2017 10:18:15 AM)
I was there from 84-89. Great bunch of people. Missed it. Darts and beer.

A1C-Sgt Kevin L. Rinehart 379th SPS (1986-1991)
Great Falls, Montana

11/8/2017 8:03:11 AM)
This was my first assignment out of tech school and I have a lot of great memories of the area and the people I served with. I also enjoyed my time as an Oscoda Reserve Police Officer while there. I visited the base in 2015 while on vacation in Michigan and it brought back many memories. My best to any of my friends and teammates who see this posting.

Sgt. lynn lasley 379th FMS/ Csd Team (69/70)
Grand Blanc, Michigan

7/15/2017 10:50:39 AM)
Anyone from the csd team in 69-70 please contact me @ ( glfn338@aol.com )

TSgt Dean Freeman 379th (1972 - 1978)
Covington, GA

6/10/2017 11:34:18 AM)
I started as a Communications Specialist cross trained to Emergency Actions Comand and Control Specialist in the Command Post.

A1C JOE BOSZE 379 BOMB WING (1964 TO 1967)

5/29/2017 7:21:47 AM)

AB D. G. Photo Lab (Sept 1972)
Oscoda, MI

4/26/2017 9:23:57 PM)
Gave it my all, treated like a dog. I had more understanding and discipline of my career than my NCOIC. Abysmal accommodations in the barracks. Finally received an assignment after 2 years of confinement then life became normal.

Msgt Thomas Knipstein 379th OMS (06/73 to 06/75)
Livermore, Colorado

4/9/2017 10:34:41 AM)
My recovery team chief at that time was Tsgt Alvin Miller on the Buffs. Had a wonderful 2 years at Wurtsmith. My other SAC assignments were 305th FMS at Grissom AFB, 6th Strat Wing at Eielson AFB and the 43rd FMS at Anderson AFB. AfTer I retired I stayed with the AF and the Tinker AFB Depot unit working the B52H retiring in 2015 so I started on the Buff in 1973 and finished my AF career in 2015. It's been a wonderful life. Always a SAC trained killer.

SGT Charles Ortlieb 379 FMS (8-1995 thru 9-1991)
Kalamazoo, Michigan

3/23/2017 11:06:19 AM)
First assigment after Basic training . Great place to spend my first assignment under great leadership. Loved being back serving in the same state I grew up in

Sgt. john Laibe 379 OMS (78-81)
Columbus, Oh

3/23/2017 5:40:22 AM)
Been awhile since I was on here. was surfing looking for Jerry Laurie and found out on Tribute.com that he passed away last fall, went through Chanute and was in his wedding.

SMSGT Richard Gregaitis 379th Combat Support (Oct 1970-1972 Aug 1983-Oct 1986)
Ludington, Michigan

3/20/2017 5:04:30 AM)
Great assignment. Our oldest son was born at the hospital on base Feb 20, 1972. I worked at the Base Procurement Office at the main gate.

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