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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.


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 9:26:39 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.


Msgt Thomas Knipstein 379th OMS (06/73 to 06/75)
Livermore, Colorado
Tomcatknip@gmail.com

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
Charles.Ortlieb@stryker.com

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
tjlaibe@aol.com

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
popcornitis@hotmail.com

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.


SMSGT Richard 379th Combat Support ( Oct 1970-1972 Aug 1983-Oct 1986)
Ludington, Michigan
popcornitis@hotmail.com

3/20/2017 4:58:44 AM)
Fond memories of WAFB. Our first son Brent was born there in 1972. Worked at the Base Procurement Office at the entrance of the base. Had two assignments there. Retired in Oct 1986.


Travis Salsgiver ()
Davison, Michigan
travissalsgiver14@gmail.com

3/14/2017 4:58:44 PM)
I've been to wurtsmith once and enjoyed the museum when I was their in 2014. I will be back in August of 2017 for a week in Tawas.


SGT Robert Anderson (Andy) 379Th SPS (1986-1992)
, Tennessee
Andersonroblee@yahoo.com

2/7/2017 1:25:24 AM)
Great assignment if you liked the cold weather. The Best Squadron on base. I met some great people in Michigan..!


A1C - SMSGT Daniel Bowyer 379 OMS (2/86- 4/87)
Rice Lake, Wi
4153stud@gmail.com

1/27/2017 5:17:30 AM)
First base for me from basic to crew the mighty BUFF. I learned a ton and liked very much being one of the Chiefs on that J-57 equipped fire-breathing dragon of a Bomber! We had a COLORFUL group there and while the assignment was a blast- I couldn't find a place to LIVE as housing was scant. I later swapped & PCS'd to KIS. Best to all you former 379ers!!!!


Civilian Jackie Isabelle Kissell ()
Phoenix, AZ
jackiekissell1@gmail.com

1/27/2017 2:51:45 AM)
RIP Wes Euler


TSGT (RET) Dennis Wear 379 OMS (1980-1986)
Conway, South Carolina
djw472000@yahoo.com

1/23/2017 3:54:53 PM)
Just want to update on my location . Move to South Carolina in 2015. Needed to get out of the snow.


AB - SSgt (MSgt Ret) Chris Webber 379 OMS Bomber Branch (1980)
Haysvile, Kansas
chriswebbercfii@gmail.com

1/4/2017 5:52:33 PM)
Great times, great people, awesome airplanes!


AB-SSgt (MSgt RET) Chris Webber (1980 - 1987)
Haysvile, Kansas
chriswebbercfii@gmail.com

1/4/2017 5:50:34 PM)
Lots of good times, good people, awesome airplanes!


MSgt (Retired) Joseph (Joe) Monter 379th OMS (September 1989 through June 1992)
, Mississippi
joecmonter@gmail.com

1/4/2017 10:55:19 AM)
Was assigned to WAFB as a pneudraulic apprentice on the bomber side then both the bomber and tanker after the merger. Deployed with the bombers to Saudi Arabia to the 1708 provisional bomb wing.


04 Leonardo Gomez 482 TFW, AFRES (Ret) (none)
Homestead, Florida
elego49@gmail.com

1/1/2017 12:47:14 PM)
My good friend from Nav School at Mather AFB was stationed here in late 1070's. His name was Armando "Gus" Hernandez, 1st Lt or Capt when I joined him here for a brief visit. I would like to find him again. If anyone knows of his whereabouts, please pass on my e-mail to him. Thanks. Leo.


E-4 Derek K Glendale 377 Supply Sq (8/19/1972 - 4/16/1974)
Albuquerque, New Mexico
teenangel1965@gmail.com

12/26/2016 3:27:40 PM)
How do I join?


E4 Tony Phillips 379th Supply -POL (78-82)
South Whitley, IN
tony.phillips60@gmail.com

12/2/2016 2:58:27 PM)
I need some bunny boots or muckalucks. Lol


E-4 Matt Rogers Security Police (Nov 1983-March 1985Chapin )
Chapin, SC
mrogers@grayca.com

11/2/2016 12:53:19 PM)
It was super cold but loved it anyway! Enjoyed working around the Buff's (B-52's) and the KC-135 too! Got to meet some really good people both officer and enlisted especially working in the "mole hole" (if you ever worked in there then you know what I'm talking about). Played softball with a bunch of good guys-Brad Miller really sticks out the most! Sad to see it close.


MSgt (Ret) John Townley 379 OMS (Bombers) (1985 - 1991)
Shreveport, LA
jtownley@sjbcathedral.org

9/28/2016 3:59:37 AM)
Just looking at the postings in the guestbook and the flood of familiar names prompted a trip into memory of a long-gone era. So many good people and good times. Just recalling the mid-January barbeques at Gary and Cindy's house. I tell people here in the deep south of what we endured and so thoroughly enjoyed and they think I am just shy of lunacy for my fond recollections. Then again, I chose to live in an area where summer highs may not drop below 100 for weeks on end. There may be some validity to their claims of my being a lunatic. All is well with "JT" and his family. Good tidings to all who remember such a very good assignment and the great people we met while there.


Joan Laux powers tower ()
Palmer, Alaska
Jetower1942@icloud .com

9/23/2016 1:56:56 AM)
I carhops at the Jet drive in in 1959 and 60. My father owned Lowell construction co and worked on building the runway. Also remodeled the base gas station three different times over the years. I have great memories


Sgt. Mark Nighswonger 379th AMS (9/77-6/79)
Windsor, South Carolina
markn50@gmail.com

9/16/2016 6:19:24 PM)
Worked and played with a great team!


Dependent Michael Wilson-Cox (1965-1966)
Orlando, Fl
Wilson7448@att.net

9/16/2016 7:11:30 AM)
My dad (Lt.Col Hannibal M Cox) arrived there from Thule in 1964. When he secured housing at 8005A North Alaska, we moved there in 1965. What an experience for a 16 year old. The base was a self contained world of it's own, and Oscoda was something else. Never had we been stationed in such a small community. It was the year that the Oscoda Owls went undefeated on the football field. There were the kids from town, and the kids from the Base, and everyone knew everyone else. A&W in AuSable was like Arnold's place in "Happy Days". Colonel Knudsen was base commander, and Colonel White wing commander of the 379th. I remember wandering throughout the woods around the base, and the ice cold water of Lake Huron. The beach on Lake Van Etten at the end of the runway as our favorite warm weather hangout. (What warm weather there was) Although we were transferred out in 1966, and I'm nearing 70, it remains one of the strangest, most interesting, and formative years of my life. Naturally, just before we left, a girl, another LC's daughter, revealed feelings for me and I was devastated by the move, as I had gone the whole year without a girlfriend. I wish we could have stayed another year. And Meredy, if you read this, I never forgot your kindness.


Dependent Michael Wilson-Cox (1965-1966)
Orlando, Fl
Wilson7448@att.net

9/16/2016 7:10:56 AM)
My dad (Lt.Col Hannibal M Cox) arrived there from Thule in 1964. When he secured housing at 8005A North Alaska, we moved there in 1965. What an experience for a 16 year old. The base was a self contained world of it's own, and Oscoda was something else. Never had we been stationed in such a small community. It was the year that the Oscoda Owls went undefeated on the football field. There were the kids from town, and the kids from the Base, and everyone knew everyone else. A&W in AuSable was like Arnold's place in "Happy Days". Colonel Knudsen was base commander, and Colonel White wing commander of the 379th. I remember wandering throughout the woods around the base, and the ice cold water of Lake Huron. The beach on Lake Van Etten at the end of the runway as our favorite warm weather hangout. (What warm weather there was) Although we were transferred out in 1966, and I'm nearing 70, it remains one of the strangest, most interesting, and formative years of my life. Naturally, just before we left, a girl, another LC's daughter, revealed feelings for me and I was devastated by the move, as I had gone the whole year without a girlfriend. I wish we could have stayed another year. And Meredy, if you read this, I never forgot your kindness.


Victoria Hilbun Treadway (1960-63)
Mckinney, TX-Texas
vikkitreadway@att.net

9/8/2016 2:23:02 PM)
My father, Lt. Col. Robert F Hilbun was assigned to Wurtsmith in either 1959-60. We lived S. Vermont Ave. I'm thinking that the number was 8821. As a child of 8, I had no clue what my Daddy did, he told me he was a radio man and I had no reason to question. We were sandbagged in our basement during the Cuban Missle Crisis. While all of this is really cool, the best thing I remember about Wurthsmith was the layout of the housing. It was so significant to me that it eventually led to a degree in Architecture. Wurtsmith was our last duty assignment as Dad retired and we left for his home state of Texas in 1963.


Victoria Hilbun Treadway (1960-63)
Mckinney, TX-Texas
vikkitreadway@att.net

9/8/2016 2:22:52 PM)
My father, Lt. Col. Robert F Hilbun was assigned to Wurtsmith in either 1959-60. We lived S. Vermont Ave. I'm thinking that the number was 8821. As a child of 8, I had no clue what my Daddy did, he told me he was a radio man and I had no reason to question. We were sandbagged in our basement during the Cuban Missle Crisis. While all of this is really cool, the best thing I remember about Wurthsmith was the layout of the housing. It was so significant to me that it eventually led to a degree in Architecture. Wurtsmith was our last duty assignment as Dad retired and we left for his home state of Texas in 1963.


CMSgt (Retired in 1985) Roy Allen 379th OMS and 379th FMS (January 1968 - December 1969)
Ft Worth , Texas
Ournetstuff@sbcglobal.net

9/3/2016 10:27:13 AM)
I was first assigned to the Tanker Branch in the 379th OMS. I truly hated it (my previous base, Amarillo AFB had just closed and I was in the Aero Repair Shop there for my first 3 1/2 years and loved it). So when it came time to decide to reenlist or leave the Air Force I told my commander the only way I would reenlist would be if I could transfer squadrons and be assigned to the 379th FMS Aero Repair Shop. He said no problem and set it all up. A few days later I was in FMS and happy! Our only daughter was born in the base hospital on a cold and very snowy February night in 1969. Later I received orders to Okinawa and we left Wurtsmith to never return again. It was a nice place to live, pretty cold with lots of snow but not as cold as other bases. Example: we later on spent nine, yes nine, very cold years at Minot AFB, North Dakota. We are still trying to thaw out! I retired from the USAF on June 30th 1985 and have lived in the Fort Worth area since then.


A1c Lynnwood Stephens 445th FIS (June1960 to Aug 1963)
East Jordan, MI
stephenspfc@torchlake.com

8/16/2016 5:43:29 PM)
Looking for F-101B Radar troops, Sgt Gibson, where are you? I'm a MI boy so Oscoda was home ground for me. Went on to U Conn and graduated as a forester and worked the woods of northern MI since 1969 - U.S. Plywood in Gaylord and S.D. Warren out of Muskegon. Still see Al Stebbins from NY and go to church with my room mate, Don Regmund from 445th AFC. Thank you Jesus! USAF was a privilege to serve, proud to be an American.


A/2c William Laurance Weber K6 (01/05/1954 6/13/1956 & 1/14/1956-8/8/1958)
NOrth Charleston, SC
cbusby@charlestoncounty.org

8/16/2016 1:04:27 PM)
The veteran now age 80 is suffering with Dementia. We have assisted him with filing some VA Disabilities and he keeps getting denied due to his records being destroyed in the fire at NPRC. Is there anyone that can help us verify he served in Korea? the veteran feels it was in March or April 1954.


Sgt David Sancrant 2030 Communications Squadron (4/80-7/83)
Toledo, OH - Ohio
dsancrant@yahoo.com

8/12/2016 3:01:24 PM)
Worked in cctv along side weather and BISS maintenance.


SRA Anthony (Tony) Reed 379th Supply/Fuels (July 1991/February 1993)
Olney, Illinois
tonyreed@gmail.com

8/4/2016 12:53:40 PM)
Loved my time at WAFB and in Oscoda. Was my first base out of basic and tech school. Loved my almost two years at WAFB. I was one of the last in fuels to leave. Oscoda was a great small town. Loved the summers, but winter not so much. I miss the basketball games we played in the old barn. Great times!


A1C (at that time) Mark Wales 379 OMS (Support Branch) (81-84)
Cape Carteret, NC.
mawales@gmail.com

8/2/2016 4:43:44 AM)
This was my first station of my 24 year career and also my favorite. Cross Trained in 1984 to C-130's and crewed them for 21 more years.


Sgt Keith SPP (4/76-1/79, 11/1/80)
Menomonee Falls, Wi
Keschwichtenberg@yahoo.com

7/22/2016 10:22:30 AM)
Served in the Security Police Squadron Law Enforcement. I went to Kunsan Korea in 1979 and returned back to WAFB for a few months to out process. I married a wonderful lady from Tawas and have been married for nearly 37 years. We have two adult sons. I have many fond memories of WAFB.


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