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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.


MSgt. (Ret.) Jeff Nagle 379th OMS (Bomber Branch) (October 1985 to March 1989)
Fort Worth, TX
Jgusn1985@gmail.com

7/14/2016 11:55:42 PM)
B-52G Crew Chief


Sgt & SSgt Tom Lightner 75th FIS/94th FIS (Nov. 1968-December 1969)
Liberty Township, Ohio
tomblightner@yahoo.com

7/14/2016 4:17:33 PM)
Worked in the missile shop. Lived on base right past the main gate in a condo on the left side of Skeel Street. My first son was born in the base hospital. The missile shop was under CMSGt Weyemeier ???, spelling is incorrect I'm sure. Another missile specialist was Dennis Ball. I know him, because my wife and I babysat his kids. There have been too many years gone by to remember other names, but Oscoda and the winter I'll never forget. Been back to base 1 time since 1969, tried to get on to show my son where he was born, but got shut out. Oh well, I tried.


Tsgt (retired) Frederic W Richter 193rd Special operations Grp (Nov 1968 to April 1970)
Hegins , Pennsylvania
fwrichter@yahoo.com

7/14/2016 3:44:38 PM)
Assigned to AMS Nav shop (VOR Tacan, ILS, ATC transponders & KC135 Weather Radar). Wonderful memories of SAC and a privilege to be part of the avionics maint crew on the B-52H and KC-135. I particularly like to work in the shop on the APX-25 transponder and APN-59 radar. After leaving active duty in Apr 1970 I returned to civilian life. In August 1970 I joined the Pennsylvania Air Nation Guard 193RD SOP in the Avionics COM/NAV shop. They had EC-121. Super G. They were flying Radio and Television stations in an unique configuration. In 1977 they converted to EC130H. In the early 2000's they converted to the Current EC-130J. Basically the same mission since before 1970. I retired in 1988 21 years. I was promoted from E-4 to E-5 upon joining the 193rd because of my SAC experience and did not have to train a new person. I previously worked on Connies at Howard AFB Panama. My Electronics training and working experience in the Air Force very much helped in landing a 31 year career in a major communications company. I really enjoyed my Air Force and Guard Service. Now fully retired. Age 72.


SSgt Barbara Shinault 2030 Comm Sq. (Mar 1984 - Sep 1985)
Pensacola, FL

7/13/2016 4:56:42 PM)
Went by My Nickname ... Bobbi. Great Place to be Stationed!


Lt Col (Retired) Stine, Terry E. 379 Munitions Squadron (Jan 1986 - Dec 1987 (2yrs))
Midwest City (Tinker AFB), Oklahoma
terry.stine.1@us.af.mil

7/13/2016 10:47:48 AM)
I didn't know that this site was on the internet! I started my career as a Maintenance Officer at Wurtsmith and it was a great first assignment. I served as the Officer in charge of the Weapons Storage Area (WSA) during the during the SAC Inspector General Team and the SAC Maintenance and Standardization Evaluation Team in 1987. It was a pretty tough inspection and we did very well through it all. Other events/inspections while I was there: • Personally toured General Curtis LeMay/guests the Intergrate Maintenance Facility (IMF) in the Weapons Storage Area to included logistical/security planning as well as an aircraft bomb operation. • Received the following awards for an error-free conventional reserved equipment and weapons: Excellent from Defense Nuclear Agency, Strategic Air Command Inspector General, and Strategic Air Command Maintenance Standardization and Evaluation Team. Received the coveted Technical Excellence Award. • Won the Fairchild Trophy and four Strategic Air Command Bombing and Navigation Competition Trophies.


A1C Bruce Chevrette OMS (Aug83-Sept85)
Felch, Michigan
bchevy4@gmail.com

7/12/2016 9:59:14 PM)
I want to go back in time. We had a great life there.


A1C Bruce OMS (Aug83-Sept85)
Felch, Michigan
bchevy4@gmail.com

7/12/2016 9:58:03 PM)
I want to go back in time. We had a great life there.


SMSgt Roger Stebbins 379 SPS (November 1987 - February 1991)
Mason, MI
rogerstebbins91@yahoo.com

7/12/2016 6:00:02 PM)
Spent some of my best years there, and my worst last 6 months there!


sgt kent preston (Dec 1966)
orwell, Ohio 44076
lauriepreston50@hotmail.com

7/12/2016 10:21:51 AM)
was stationed there for 3 and a half was with 379th CES my job was to keep the runways open 24 hrs a day while it was snowing . and help keep the base clean the rest of the year would no we would a surprise base base inspection. going to visit there soon after 50 years


sgt kent preston (Dec 1966)
orwell, Ohio 44076
lauriepreston50@hotmail.com

7/12/2016 9:58:45 AM)
was stationed there for 3 and a half was with 379th civil eng


Colonel David Cowan 524BMS (86-89)
Mt Pleasnt , SC
david@cowan.net

5/25/2016 9:00:41 AM)
See you at the reunion


MSgt William Oldham 93rd BW (Was not stationed at WAFB)
Atwater, CA
bill.oldham@gmail.com

5/23/2016 11:22:13 AM)
Just checking the history of WAFB. I was stationed at Castle AFB in CA. We probably fell under the same cut-backs under early closure.


A2C Roger Weaver 379th Security Police (Aug 1964 to Jan 1966)
Napoleon, Ohio
rweaver777@embarqmail.com

5/8/2016 4:44:36 PM)
Too bad there wasn't any photos from the 60's.


Sgt (ret MSgt USAFR) Thomas Smolen 379 FMS/ASD Det 6 (SATAF) (78-82)
Macomb Township, MI
tsmolen999@comcast.net

4/23/2016 10:38:54 PM)
Worked as FMS Aerospace Systems Branch and ASD Det 6 Staff Support Admin. Met a lot of good people and had a lot of good times.


A1c Tom LeMaster 379th CES, water plant (Apr 80 to Feb 82)
Washington Courthouse, Ohio
tl3709@att.net

4/20/2016 7:42:00 AM)
Was 20 and thought I knew everything. Now 56+ and still don't.


2LT Mark Wright 379th SPS (Dec 76 - Nov 78)
New Philadelphia, OH
ohceans11@gmail.com

4/18/2016 11:12:35 AM)
What a great place to start my USAF adventures. Those short two years of my life were incredibly rewarding, maturing and has left me with many fond memories of the special people with whom and for whom I worked. Thanks WAFB! mark wright


SSGT Bill LaRiviere 379th AMS (Nov 1983 - Mar 1990)
Birmingham, Alabama

4/11/2016 10:54:08 AM)
I loved my time in Oscoda. I have very fond memories of the town as well as work. Worked many hours on the B-52, and really enjoyed prepping for Bomb Nav Competition each year. Wurtsmith was very well represented each year in this competition.


Sgt Womack 379 Avionic Mainenance (83 - 86)
Birmingham, AL
corderobetsy@gmail.com

4/4/2016 10:50:34 AM)
Very cold harsh winters is what I remember most.


TSgt Paul Cote 379 BMW/AC (Sept 78 - Nov 84)
Franklin, IN
cote584@comcast.net

3/30/2016 4:48:48 PM)
WAFB for me was, looking back, the best 6 years 2 months of my AF career!


SSgt Fred Muskopf Jet Shop and Test Cell (JAN 67 to JUL 68)
Arvada , Colorado
newmelle@live.com

3/28/2016 1:08:52 PM)
Had never been to a place that cold before for so long, started in jet shop working for Charlie Frame, and John Morrison in engine tear down. Then went to test cell, loved M37 cell next to the flight line! Lived off base and was neighbors Jerry Butler( aka BAMA) and Dave Daubs. When I left there went to Torrejon AB Spain for 4 years then to Calif at Castle AB. Wish I had stayed in and retired. Would do it all over again!


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