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Comment: (Posted: 4/14/2021 6:44:16 PM)Grandson of Lt Col Paul Richard Okerbloom. Teaching my 10 year old son about his family history, which led us here to your webpage.
Comment: (Posted: 4/13/2021 10:35:18 AM)Assigned to maintain the BISS security system around the Weapons Storage Area (WSA) and the Aircraft Alert Area (AAA). My first duty assignment in 1979 at the age of 18 years old.
Comment: (Posted: 3/21/2021 12:05:41 PM)just checking in . Winter in FL. Anyone remember me contact me at this e- mail
Comment: (Posted: 2/18/2021 8:04:17 PM)I was assigned to the 379th Air Police Squadron as my first assignment out of basic training in December 1955 at Homestead AFB, Florida. Wishing you all the best.
Comment: (Posted: 1/22/2021 5:16:16 PM)Assigned to the 379th Command Post
Comment: (Posted: 1/15/2021 2:38:40 PM)Great place. I was also the base athletic officer. Always remember great commander Col Wilson. Great leader and gentleman.
Comment: (Posted: 11/19/2020 8:00:41 PM)I served in the Comm Center. Looking to contact Maureen Swinton (Donovan). And...a big Thank You to all the fine soldiers that I meet and served with.
My life is better for it!
"Peace Through Deterrence"
Comment: (Posted: 11/19/2020 7:09:54 PM)I am putting this up in the hopes that someone will remember my father. He passed away in 2011, after a long illness. If anyone remembers him you can drop me a line on the email. I'm his oldest son and I remember his key punch shop very well.
Comment: (Posted: 11/12/2020 10:42:14 AM)This was my first assignment after basic training. April 1961-June 1966. Got married there and lived in base housing on Tennessee st. Was taught how to plow snow , and became a shift leader as a A1C , enjoyed the summers and fall in the great state Michigan. Many memories of Wurtsmith AFB.
Comment: (Posted: 11/3/2020 2:06:12 AM)Nice and wonderful to be together on the froum
Comment: (Posted: 10/21/2020 9:50:01 AM)My First assignment (Contracting) and my best.
Comment: (Posted: 10/13/2020 9:30:02 AM)We drove through Loring AFB in my home state of Maine last weekend that closed a year after Wurtsmith AFB & got us thinking of our time at Wurtsmith AFB. Lot of good memories, glad to see a site dedicated to its history.
Comment: (Posted: 10/4/2020 5:30:54 AM)Assigned WAFB after one year SEA tour in Korat Thailand. Worked on autopilot and compass systems on KC-135's and was training on systems on B-52's. Upgraded 52's autopilot with SAS (Stability Augmentation System) designed to quickly sense and correct aircraft yaw to prolong airframe life. Must have worked pretty good! Was settled in and looking forward to fishing and mc riding and just enjoying time with some great people in a beautiful place before my DOS in August. That all came to an end when I crashed my bike on the way to work on 5/20/70. Was flighted to Wright-Pat for treatment and convelesance and finally separated from service March '71.
Comment: (Posted: 9/27/2020 1:43:21 PM)This was my father last duty station prior to his retirement in 1964 his name was SSGT. Leroy F. Henderson my dad was air traffic control . I am looking for the unit or wing patch .I ride with Patriot Guard Riders I would like to find his last unit patch so that I can sew it to my vest when I ride for other fallen hero's he can ride with me . If there is any could help or lead in the right direction to look I would greatly appreciate .
Lester G Henderson
Comment: (Posted: 9/13/2020 5:09:16 PM)I was stationed in supply. The Michigan area is very nice....our guys used to hang out at Lake Oscoda, it was really nice there. I can remember some of the guys I was stationed with in supply : Mike Mangold, Andrew Wunning, to name a few. I worked 4- midnight shift...I can remember us going to chow hall at midnight and getting cheese omelets- the food was good! Had a lot of good times there.
Comment: (Posted: 7/27/2020 5:27:56 PM)Nice area. Very nice people. Good NCO's and co-workers. Dorms were a trip. Some good times, some bad. Mostly good memories.
Comment: (Posted: 7/14/2020 11:23:52 AM)Worked in the SRAM IMF as AFSC 46350.
Comment: (Posted: 7/6/2020 1:34:50 PM)Good place for a first duty assignment
Comment: (Posted: 7/5/2020 3:50:51 PM)!!!!!!
Comment: (Posted: 7/5/2020 3:46:11 PM)Great Start to Life!!!
Comment: (Posted: 6/29/2020 2:22:56 AM)First time in the military. Discovered snow can kill but the people were friendly there.
Learned my craft as a bomber troop.
Purchased my first car( red 1968 Dodge Charger RT) and was taught by a Sgt how to drive in the snow because he "did not want me to die."
Many found memories there.
Comment: (Posted: 5/28/2020 8:46:27 AM)As I look back on my 4-yr tour at WAFB, it was a great learning experience for a young LT. I sincerely regret not continuing my service in the USAF Reserves. We hope to visit the base once again in the coming years.
Comment: (Posted: 5/16/2020 5:02:09 AM)WAFB was my base of choice coming out of Vietnam. I lived in Michigan and wanted to be close to home. This was one of my best assignments. I often wish I had stayed in the USAF.
Comment: (Posted: 5/10/2020 6:29:25 AM)Worked in missile shop
oldest son born in base hospital in 1969
lived on corner of skeel/cedar drive
Comment: (Posted: 5/8/2020 12:45:34 PM)Wurtsmith was my first duty assignment out of tech school. I arrived in mid Dec 1972 and by Mar 1973 I had orders to Udorn RTAFB. By the first of Jul 1973 I was gone from Wurtsmith.
Comment: (Posted: 4/21/2020 1:39:51 PM)Cross trained into Supply due to Asthma.
Comment: (Posted: 4/20/2020 5:16:39 PM)First duty assignment after Tech School.
Comment: (Posted: 4/20/2020 11:16:43 AM)My first duty station. I complained while there but realized after I left how it was a great assignment. I worked with some great folks, had a great time playing softball and flag football.
Comment: (Posted: 4/15/2020 7:30:46 PM)Checking in again, been a while since I last wrote something. Always looking for comrades with whom I served with at WAFB.
Comment: (Posted: 4/6/2020 6:37:08 AM)Crew Chief B-52H 60-011. Rick Ceja was my assistant. Pulled a lot of alert but I liked that duty. Had some tense moments. Favorite Oscoda places was the Nordic and Ausable Inn. Spent the summers dirt biking the snow mobile trails. Hung with Sgt Dave Olsen, Sgt Dave Lloyd, and Ssgt Keith Gendreau
Comment: (Posted: 3/31/2020 7:53:21 PM)I have discovered crash site of TF-51H-10NA Mustang serial number 44-64711A
crashed about 6 miles from Oscoda AFB 26 June 1951
Pilot Captain Harold Howard Buth killed
Aircraft assigned to the
56th Fighter Interceptor Wing, 56th Fighter Interceptor group, 63rd fighter interceptor squadron Oscoda
Big pieces of wreckage at the crash site
I'm looking for pictures of F-51 Mustangs at Oscoda.
Comment: (Posted: 3/30/2020 7:46:10 PM)Crew Chief B-52H 60-011. Alert duty was fairly consistant, but I liked that assignment. Sgt Rick Ceja was my assistant, Msgt Nick Martella my section supervisor. Loved the summers in Oscoda.. The Ausable Inn and Nordic were the hotspots back in those days. Weekends off were spent riding dirt bikes on the snowmobile trails. Sgt's Dave Lloyd, Keith Gendreau, and Dave Olsen were my closest buddies. Great assignment
Comment: (Posted: 3/30/2020 8:12:13 AM)The pictures are awesome, I liked the SPS pics in the Alert area.
Comment: (Posted: 2/23/2020 5:16:06 PM)Comm-Nav
Comment: (Posted: 1/31/2020 6:45:47 AM)I thoroughly enjoyed my time there. Beautiful area, and did a lot of hiking in the woods around the base and the Ausable river. One of the highlights was them building a McDonalds in Oscoda. Before that I had to drive 50 miles north to find one :-) To this day, decades later, the best pizza I've ever had was in Oscoda! Never did give a thought to the fact that I was living in the crosshairs of one or more Soviet ICBMs, something I also did at several remote sites we maintained while I was stationed in northern Italy near Venice.
Comment: (Posted: 1/23/2020 4:26:03 AM)Really loved my time and experiences at WAFB
Comment: (Posted: 1/2/2020 4:28:17 PM)The best squadron I was assigned during my career. Unfortunately we lost squadron mates and on bomb squadron mate in the accident.
Comment: (Posted: 12/27/2019 7:10:49 AM)I owe this base so much - my growth, humility and the friends i made there
Comment: (Posted: 12/17/2019 10:55:39 AM)A Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all that served at Wurtsmith
Comment: (Posted: 12/11/2019 12:02:04 PM)Wonderful tour, learned so much. Served as a Nuclear Weapon technician, maintaining the nuclear components for the F-101 Voodoos. Lifeguarded at the base beach on Lake Van Etten, and actually lived on a parcel of land on the lake until we moved into base housing. I am now the Commander of the American Legion post 835 in Rancho Cucamonga, Ca, Captain of the Honor, Rifle, and Color Guards and Finance Officer of the Sons of the American Legion. I also volunteer at the Ontario International Airport USO, 2nd largest in the US. I collect military memorabilia, challenge coins, pins, badges and am looking for anything from the 445th. Especially pins that can be worn on my covers, or on my jackets. Anyone out there with any info I would appreciate hearing from you via email. Thanks
Comment: (Posted: 12/1/2019 1:43:44 PM)B-52 Pilot
Comment: (Posted: 11/14/2019 4:25:34 PM)Assigned to CES Elect. shop as Elect. power production Spec. First assignment out of tech. school. Winter was hell for a single guy living in the barracks and on snow removal standby 24/7. Summer was heaven !!!!
Comment: (Posted: 10/18/2019 8:44:02 PM)Not sure on dates but close. Long time ago
Comment: (Posted: 10/16/2019 7:30:10 PM)First duty assignment. Worked in the ER and treated many... Good times with Night shift base personnel who came by for cup of coffee during some of those cold nights..... Many fond memories....from Fishing for salmon, steelhead, smelt dipping, to Deckers for a “mess” to the Nordic Inn for drink, dancing , and occasional fight. Saw comments from a few I worked with. Still think about those cheesesteaks just outside the front gate. I remember some pretty wild broomball games with the SP squadron too—got my nose broke. Would like hearing from folks who visit the site.
Comment: (Posted: 8/16/2019 7:21:28 PM)Came from Phan Rang, Viet-Nam to Wurtsmith. I was a Auto-Pilot tech and surprised to work on some of the same Voodoos that I had worked on at Hamilton, AFB Calif.from
1963 until 1966 when I went to Viet Nam to work on the F100 Super Sabre. I came to Wurtsmith with a 1962 409 Chevy and did a lot of racing with friends like Stanley Girard, the base barber and Bill Kitchens, a Air Policeman In 1969 the Voodoos were given to the Air National Guard at Fargo, North Dakota, where I spent 3 months at the coldest place that I had ever been to. I am from North Carolina so North Dakota and Michigan were absolutely bitter cold for me. I made a lot of friends in Oscoda and still have some of them today. I own property a few miles North of Oscoda and it is a shame to see a city shrink when a local military base closes.
Comment: (Posted: 8/11/2019 6:52:58 PM)Great time and people @ WAFB
Comment: (Posted: 8/5/2019 10:37:42 AM)looking for pictures of dorms,chow hall and base as it was while i was there
Comment: (Posted: 7/17/2019 5:12:21 AM)Haven't checked in here for like ,I don't know, seven years or so. Glad to see this is still up and running. 32 years since I was up there, sometimes it seems like yesterday, but mostly I recall being cold, REALLY cold. Flight sim guys, aka the floor cleaning crew, give me a shout if you are still alive. AMS dorm guys, I guess some of you might not be dead from liver problems brought on by our drinking, let's hear from you too.
Comment: (Posted: 6/12/2019 9:56:34 PM)My last assignment prior to retirement in 1984. Most memorable events were the introduction of Air Launch Cruise MIssiles and the Easter Sunday 1984 nuclear protesters that nearly penetrated the alert area. I was blessed with a talented Senior Airman, Tom Gunning, who served very well as Editor of the base newspaper.
Comment: (Posted: 5/27/2019 4:23:12 PM)I was the NCOIC of the Records Section. Played center and defensive end for the Hospital football team. I was on the Hospital Broom Ball team when we won the base championship. My oldest daughter was born at the hospital in June 1976. After leaving WAFB, I went to Officer Training School. When I was a Major, I completed Seminary and became a Chaplain. I retired as a Chaplain Lt Col on 30 September 2013.