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MSgt Danny G Sprong 379 MMS (Nov 1972 - May 1975)
Cheyenne, Wyoming
dgs2w2@gmail.com

4/20/2019 9:19:49 AM)
Wurtsmith AFB and the 379th BW were my first assignment after tech school as a Nuclear Weapon Spec.. I arrived just in time to help prep the Wing for our massive TDY to Anderson AFB, Guam for Operation Linebacker II. All of the Wings Bomb Loaders and Conventional Munitions folks except for one advisor of each career field held been developed throughout SE Asia to support other wings or all ready in Guam waiting for the Wing to arrive. All of us 463s found ourself's pulling double-triple duty in other career fields to keep the couple of B-52Gs left behind for strategic alert. On Mondays we'd prep the hounddog guidance sets and warheads. On Tuesday we'd work the conventional shop loading rocket pods, ammo cans for the B-52 gun and prep flares. On Wednesday we'd recert and do maintenance the B-28FI Nuclear Bombs. Thursday we'd transport everything to the flight-line, load the new B-52 to go on alert with everything, once cocked on, we'd download the old aircraft and transport the old items back to the WSA across from the bomber pad. On Fridays we went to the EOD Bomb Range and exploded and burnt old munitions, while in the afternoons we cleaned, inspected, our equipment and vehicles and setup what we could for the next week. I was amazed as how great our supervisors were in taking new personnel, organizing us, training us, to maintain the Wing's Nuclear Alert Force with a bunch of guys who were scared enough and knew little to help, except learn and follow their lead. This lasted until January, when the Wing was returning we went into a DEFCON THREE actual alert and things really got more real. We were converting every bomber as they landed from conventional bombing to carrying nuclear weapons loads and placing them on alert, while also loading our extra nuclear weapons for movement to classified airfields for reloading the bombers if they were able to return. This was a crazy and really exciting time to be in SAC and I sure learned a lot. Once everything returned to normal. if there was such a thing, we began the hard work of training and deploying the new AGM-69A Short Range Attack Missile which I would spend 14 years working on and even sometimes travel with the Boeing Deployment team to other bases to help our sister Wing's deploy the SRAM. Though quite remote, with the only MacDonalds 40 miles North, which was opened in 1974, still remains as one of my most favorite assignments. I have never found a place with better fishing!!!!


Sgt Thomas 379 supply sq pol (66-67)
Enola, PA
tjk31147@aol.com

4/16/2019 6:01:05 PM)
Spent one long cold winter there.


A1C Robet (Bob) Bordeaux SAC 379th FMS (Apr. 1964 - Oct. 1965 & Apr. 1967 - Oct. 1967)
Godfrey, IL
rmbordeaux@msn.com

3/2/2019 2:07:20 PM)
I worked the 379th FMS aero repair and the tire shop. Knew Dan Rein & family and would like to touch base with them. Also Don Robbins & family. Knew Lin Campbell and Brian Grothe who had a band and played at the AuSable Inn & NCO club. I was at Wurtsmith April 1964 to Oct. 1965. Did a 18 month tour on Okinawa (TDY's in Thailand) and back to Wurtsmith from April 1967 to discharge in Oct. 1967. Really enjoyed the time spent at Wurtsmith.


TSgt Fred I. Williams 379th SPS (Nov 1976 - Sept 1978)
Saginaw , Michigan
fiwilliams@icloud.com

2/21/2019 6:24:03 PM)
Wurtsmith was my first duty assignment out of tech school. I cut my SAC teeth at WAFB. All my other SAC tours were in the South! It was great to be assigned close to home! I won a talent show in 1977, and made many friends!


Sergeant Thomas Kerzman 379th FMS AGE (1985-1988)
watertown, Wisconsin
tomk@davedroegkamp.com

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
jeffhunter@bellsouth.net

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
dokresl@gmail.com

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
mundell50@yahoo.com

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)
ORMOND BEACH, FL
rikkn@msn.com

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


Ssgt Andrew Brown (1982-1992)
Alpena, MI
brownandrew185@gmail.com

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)
,
zabprince@yahoo.com

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
dlynnhicks@bellsouth.net

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
erichnsue@hughes.net

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.
wfahey2@verizon.net

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
truth@verizon.net

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
raynancy-maliszewski@comcast.net

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
markemcginn@gmail.com

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
matthew.johnson0153@gmail.com

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
jepierce11@yahoo.com

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
HBR404@aol.com

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
Coltpatriot56@gmail.com

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)
,
b52frosty@yahoo.com

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
cote584@comcast.net

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
JSemick11@yahoo.com

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
fbrace@verizon.net

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
retyrdusaf@mchsi.com

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
jspeed46@hotmail.com

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
bdunnow@yahoo.com

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
reserveman47@msn.com

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
mikecowder@aol.com

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
b52frosty@yahoo.com

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.
irepair1@aol.com

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
djoerg1950@gmail.com

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
macqueenr@aol.com

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
jjpaddock@msn.com

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,
4leavenworths@gmail.com

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
Alfickjr@mediacombb.net

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
rcardone@gmail.com

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
Kgleppert@hotmail.com

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
glensluiter@yahoo.com

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
glmccomas3@gmail.com

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
zippo1965@icloud.com

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
kevin.rinehart@us.af.mil

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
glfn338@aol.com

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
deasan32@gmail.com

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)
NORTHFIELD, OHIO
JFBOSZE@AOL.COM

5/29/2017 7:21:47 AM)
WAS CREW CHIEF ON KC 135 TIME HAS GONE BY 50 YEARS I THINK OF MY TIME IN THE AIR FORCE OFTEN MANY GOOD MEMORIES AND FRIENDS


AB D. G. Photo Lab (Sept 1972)
Oscoda, MI
dc@verizon.com

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.


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