Brown, Thomas A., SSgt

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Current Service Status
USAF Veteran
Current/Last Rank
Staff Sergeant
Current/Last Primary AFSC/MOS
112X0-In-Flight Refueling Operator
Current/Last AFSC Group
Primary Unit
1978-1979, 113X0, Military Airlift Command (MAC)
Previously Held AFSC/MOS
99000-Basic Airman
43131C-Aircraft Maintenance Specialist
43151C-Aircraft Maintenance Specialist
113X0-Flight Engineer
Service Years
1972 - 1978
Enlisted Collar Insignia
Staff Sergeant

 Official Badges 

Combat Crew Outstanding Airman Military Free Fall Jumpmaster

 Unofficial Badges 

US Air Force Honorable Discharge Cold War Medal KC-135 2000 Hour

 Additional Information
What are you doing now:
Retired with 30 years service from Verizon Telecommunications since June 30, 2009. The company was in the process of selling off to Frontier Communications here in West Virginia, so in order to keep my benefits and get the best "buyout," I left. Not currently employed, just living the "good life," enjoying grandchildren, walk 2 miles daily, mountain bike, caving/spelunking, fly fishing, sightseeing, shortwave listening, traveling, camping, hiking, computers, etc. Working on getting my "camp" fixed up in Summersville, WV. I hurt my back while shoveling heavy snow during the Winter of 2013-2014 bulging three disks in my lower back so I had to give up running. Still have much to occupy my time and looking forward to doing many new things too.
Other Comments:
Not Specified
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Aircrew Enlisted (Basic)
Maintenance (Basic)

 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1972, Basic Military Training (Lackland AFB, TX), 3720/0883
 Unit Assignments
HQ Air Reserve Personel Center (HQ ARPC), Air Force Reserve Command Lackland Military Training Center (LMTC)Sheppard Technical Training Center (Staff/Cadre) - Sheppard AFB23rd Tactical Fighter Wing
Tactical Air Command (TAC)Water Survival Training CourseCombat Survival Training CourseTropic Survival School
4017th Combat Crew Training Squadron (Cadre)Strategic Air Command (SAC)Advancement Schools and Courses41st Air Refueling Squadron
West Virginia Air National GuardMilitary Airlift Command (MAC)
  1972-1972, 99000, HQ Air Reserve Personel Center (HQ ARPC), Air Force Reserve Command
  1972-1972, 99000, Lackland Military Training Center (LMTC)
  1972-1972, 43131C, Sheppard Technical Training Center (Staff/Cadre) - Sheppard AFB
  1972-1976, 43151C, 23rd Tactical Fighter Wing
  1972-1976, 43151C, Tactical Air Command (TAC)
  1976-1976, 112X0, Water Survival Training Course
  1976-1976, 112X0, Combat Survival Training Course
  1976-1976, Tropic Survival School
  1976-1977, 112X0, 4017th Combat Crew Training Squadron (Cadre)
  1976-1978, 112X0, Strategic Air Command (SAC)
  1977-1977, Arctic Survival Training Course
  1977-1978, 112X0, 41st Air Refueling Squadron
  1978-1978, 112X0, HQ Air Reserve Personel Center (HQ ARPC), Air Force Reserve Command
  1978-1979, 113X0, West Virginia Air National Guard
  1978-1979, 113X0, Military Airlift Command (MAC)
 Reflections on Service
Please describe who or what influenced your decision to join the Air Force.
Whether you were in the service for several years or as a career, please describe the direction or path you took. What was your reason for leaving?
Of all your duty stations or assignments, which one do you have fondest memories of and why? Which was your least favorite?
From your entire military service, describe any memories you still reflect back on to this day.
What professional achievements are you most proud of from your military career?
Of all the medals, awards, formal presentations and qualification badges you received, or other memorabilia, which one is the most meaningful to you and why?
Which individual(s) from your time in the military stand out as having the most positive impact on you and why?
Can you recount a particular incident from your service, which may or may not have been funny at the time, but still makes you laugh?
What profession did you follow after your military service and what are you doing now? If you are currently serving, what is your present occupational specialty?
In what ways has serving in the military influenced the way you have approached your life and your career? What do you miss most about your time in the service?
Based on your own experiences, what advice would you give to those who have recently joined the Air Force?
In what ways has helped you remember your military service and the friends you served with.
 Colleges Attended 
Community College of the Air ForceWest Virginia University
  1972-1976, Community College of the Air Force
  1978-1979, West Virginia University
 My Aircraft/Missiles
A-37 Dragonfly  A-7 Corsair II (Sluf)  T-33 Shooting Star (T-Bird)  C-47 Skytrain/Dakota  
T-29 Flying Classroom  KC-135 Stratotanker  C-130 Hercules  
  1972-1976, A-37 Dragonfly
  1972-1976, A-7 Corsair II (Sluf)
  1972-1976, T-33 Shooting Star (T-Bird)
  1972-1976, C-47 Skytrain/Dakota
  1972-1976, T-29 Flying Classroom
  1975-1978, KC-135 Stratotanker
  1978-1979, C-130 Hercules
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Nov 23, 2012, General Photos1
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