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Skinner, Don, CMSgt Radar Maintenance
 
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Current Service Status
USAF Retired
Current/Last Rank
Chief Master Sergeant
Current/Last Primary AFSC/MOS
30390-Ground Radar Superintendent
Current/Last AFSC Group
Radar Maintenance
Current/Last Unit
1973-1974, 30390, 779th Aircraft Control and Warning Squadron
Previously Held AFSC/MOS
M 0521-Airman Basic
M 0955-Radar Repairman, Airborne Equipment (Designated Set)
M 0867-Radar Mechanic, Bombardment
M 0775-Radar Mechanic, Ground Equipment (Designated Set)
30353A-Automatic Tracking Radar Specialist
30373-Automatic Tracking Radar Technician
30393-Ground Radar Superintendent
Service Years
1949 - 1974
Voice Edition
Chief Master Sergeant

 Official Badges 

Meritorious Unit Commendation 1944-1961 Air Force Retired Missileman (Basic)


 Unofficial Badges 




 Military Association Memberships
Chapter 43Military Order of the Purple HeartTWS Memorial TeamAFTWS Vietnam Fallen Remembrance Project
AFTWS Memorial Teams
  1980, Disabled American Veterans (DAV), Chapter 43 (Aiken, South Carolina) [Verified] - Chap. Page
  1998, Military Order of the Purple Heart [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2011, TWS Memorial Team [Verified]
  2012, AFTWS Vietnam Fallen Remembrance Project [Verified]
  2013, AFTWS Memorial Teams [Verified]



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  1962-1963, 30373, 11th Radar Bomb Scoring Squadron

Technical Sergeant
From Month/Year
- / 1962
To Month/Year
- / 1963
Unit
11th Radar Bomb Scoring Squadron Unit Page
Rank
Technical Sergeant (1947-Present)
MOS
30373-Automatic Tracking Radar Technician
Location
Det 9, Winslow
Country/State
Arizona
   
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 11th Radar Bomb Scoring Squadron Details

11th Radar Bomb Scoring Squadron
Garrison/Combat
Garrison
Active Duty/Reserve
Active Duty
Type
Garrison - Test
Existing/Disbanded
Existing
Parent Unit
Radar Units
Strength
Squadron
Created/Owned By
Not Specified
   

Last Updated: Oct 6, 2009
   
Memories For This Unit

Best Friends
SMS Lebaron (Maintenance Chief)
A/1c David Richards
TSgt Bob Spotts

Best Moment
Being chosen for maintenance crew, and going TDY to White Sands, NM.

   

Worst Moment
Finding I was assigned to RBS - a unit I had tried to avoid for a number of years. However, my internal assignment (maintenance rather than operations) somewhat soothed my feelings.

Chain of Command
Detachment 9 reported to 11th Radar Bomb Scoring Squadron, located in March AFB,CA. In turn, 11 RBS reported to 1st Combat Evaluation Group (SAC) at Barksdale AFB, LA.

   

Other Memories
I was assigned to Detachment 9 (1962)from overseas (OL 8, 601st TCS) in Landshut, Germany. I had been an autotrack maintenance man since 1951 but I had never been assigned to an RBS unit. So, most of the equipment was new to me; all the operations were a mystery. However, I was assigned to the maintenance crew. We performed all the preventive and reactive maintenance, and slowly, I learned the equipment. In 1962, I was selected to attend the first school on a new radar being developed by Reeves Instrument Co. of New York. The class was held in Garden City, Long Island, NY from September '62 until December '62. In early '63, I was again selected, this time to participate in the field testing of the AN/MSQ-35 system at White Sands, NM. I was the only maintenance man assigned, and worked with civilian engineers to maintain the radar while operational tests were being conducted. After 193 days, the tests were determined as failures and the mission dropped. I returned to Winslow in time to be advance party to move one of the older radar susytems to a new location - St. George, UT.

   
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 2 Members Also There with AFSC Group 303:
  • Montgomery, Wayne, A1C, 1964
  • Reyburn, David, TSgt, 1982
 
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