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Senior Master Sergeant Jim Farley Retired ()
Tavares, Florida

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.

TSgt Dean Freeman 379 Headquarters Squadron (06/72 - 09/78)
Pontiac, Mi

1/22/2021 5:16:16 PM)
Assigned to the 379th Command Post

Lt Don Shupe 445 fis (1957-59)
Franklinton, NC

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.

Sgt. Ed Tucker 2030CS (1977-1981)
Mpls., MN

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"

ssgt Herbert Gensburger 445th, 75th, 94th fis (1969-1971)
Bismarck, North Dakota

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.

Smsgt John Conley 379th CES (15 April 1961)
Lake Havasu City , Arizona

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.

col john stank 23 ()
Memphis, Tenneses

11/3/2020 2:06:12 AM)
Nice and wonderful to be together on the froum

MSgt (Retired) THOMAS STRANGE 379 Combat Support Group (Sept 1968 to Nov 1971)
Coatesville, Indiana

10/21/2020 9:50:01 AM)
My First assignment (Contracting) and my best.

Sgt(s) Ross & Kim Michaud 379 SPS/SPOL (1987-1991)

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.

SSgt Dave Smith (January 1970-May 1970)
Stow, OH

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.

Lester henderson ()
Graham, NC

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 . Sincerely Lester G Henderson

SGT jeff philipbar supply (1972)
salt point, NY

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.

A1C Cyprian Yost 379th SVS (1986-1988)
Media, PA

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.

E-4 Jeff Paddock 379th MMS (2/1973 - 8/1976)
Sulphur Springs, Texas

7/14/2020 11:23:52 AM)
Worked in the SRAM IMF as AFSC 46350.

Sgt C..L Vancourt 379th FMS (Jan 87 - Aug 92)
Medina, Ohio

7/6/2020 1:34:50 PM)
Good place for a first duty assignment

Cmsgt Donald Rawlins 379 Supply/Fuels (Nov !977)
Stout, OH

7/5/2020 3:50:51 PM)

Cmsgt Donald Rawlins 279 supply/ Fuels (Nov !977)
Stout, Ohio

7/5/2020 3:46:11 PM)
Great Start to Life!!!

Sgt Walter Nelson 379th Organizational Maintenance Squadron (January 1976 to August 1979)
Dallas, TX

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.

Capt Glen Middleton 379th USAF Hosp (Nov 1970--April 1974)
Plano, TX

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.

SSGT Richard Moehle 379th OMS (4/1968 to 4/1970)
Traverse City, MIchigan

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.

SSGT Thomas Lightner 75th FIS (2 Nov 68 thru 19 Dec 69)
, ohio

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

A1C Alan Richard Thomas 379th AMS/ECM (mid Dec 1972 to end of Jun 1973)
Gastonia, NC

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.

A2C Hrouda, Joseph 379 Air Police/ 379 Supplly (Nov. 1963 / Dec. 1965)
Cleveland, Ohio

4/21/2020 1:39:51 PM)
Cross trained into Supply due to Asthma.

A1C William Fahey 379th SPS L/E (3/71 to 10/71)
Sebastian, FL

4/20/2020 5:16:39 PM)
First duty assignment after Tech School.

SrA William Doss 379 CES (Nov 1983-Jun 1987)
Mineral Ridge, OH

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.

SSGt Patrick Burnham 379th SPS/SPOL ( Jan 1976- Sep 1980)
Scotts, MI

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.

Ssgt Bill Stinson 379th OMS (6/68-1/72)
Rock Hill, SC

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

retired David Trojan ()
Vacaville, CA

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.

SSgt Bill Stinson (06/68-01/72)
Rock Hill, SC

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

E3 Darryl Hagey 379th SPS (1977-1981)
Constantine, Michigan

3/30/2020 8:12:13 AM)
The pictures are awesome, I liked the SPS pics in the Alert area.

A1C Larry E Vogler 445th (1960 - 1963)
Advance, NC

2/23/2020 5:16:06 PM)

SSgt Michael A. Czuhajewski 379 BW first then Comm squadron, whatever it was (July 1974 to December 1976)
Severn, MD

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.

MSgt Samuel DeWitt 2030 Comm Sq (May 1985 - May 1993)
Coraopolis, Pa

1/23/2020 4:26:03 AM)
Really loved my time and experiences at WAFB

MSgt Roger Gossett 920th AREFS (8/85 - 11/89)
Derby, KS

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.

sgt michael wolonsky supply (77-79)
suffield, oh

12/27/2019 7:10:49 AM)
I owe this base so much - my growth, humility and the friends i made there

SSgt Harry McCown 379th FMS (9/66 to 10/67 and 12/68 to 1/70)

12/17/2019 10:55:39 AM)
A Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all that served at Wurtsmith

SGT NEAL HUGHES 445TH FIS (1/3/62-9/1/65)

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

Captain Alderman 524th BS (1974 to 1981)
Buffalo, Missouri

12/1/2019 1:43:44 PM)
B-52 Pilot

Msgt. (ret) Richard Hartman 379th CES/ pwr. pro-elect ( (may -62 thru May- 63))
Colorado Springs, CO

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 !!!!

A2C Don Benet A2C Fire Dept (6/61-12/62)
Carson City, NV

10/18/2019 8:44:02 PM)
Not sure on dates but close. Long time ago

Matt (Ret) Steve Nicole 379th Hospital (March 77 - Sep 79)
Webb City , Missouri

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.

SSgt George B Parker 445 th (Aug, 1967- Feb 1970)
Sterling Heights, MICHIGAN

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.

Sgt Kip Boone OMS (1976 to 1979)
Georgetown, Texas

8/11/2019 6:52:58 PM)
Great time and people @ WAFB

airman first class andrew tonich 379 oms (1980-84)
hamilton, oh

8/5/2019 10:37:42 AM)
looking for pictures of dorms,chow hall and base as it was while i was there

A1C David Jenkins 379th AMS (1983-1985)
Roanoke, Va

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.

Major Gerald R Taft 379th Bomb Wing Public Affairs (Nov 1981 to July 1984)

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.

SGT Doug DeWitt USAF Hospital (June 75 - Dec. 76)
Hamler , Oh

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.

Sgt Michael Martello 379th MMS (august 1973 to August 1976)
San Clemente, CA

5/6/2019 10:49:06 PM)
I worked in Aircraft Systems checkout for the brand new SRAM system under MSGT Earl "the pearl" Phillips. one of the best managers ever. Froze my ass off. Ended up in california as a government lawyer. warm now.

Sgt Travis Smith 379 SPS (Nov 1988-june 1992)
465 Highland Dr sw cleveland, Tennessee

4/30/2019 12:35:52 PM)

MSgt Danny G Sprong 379 MMS (Nov 1972 - May 1975)
Cheyenne, Wyoming

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!!!!

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