Cross, Howard, SMSgt

Electronics Systems
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Current Service Status
USAF Retired
Current/Last Rank
Senior Master Sergeant
Current/Last Primary AFSC/MOS
30499-Radio Superintendent
Current/Last AFSC Group
Electronics Systems
Primary Unit
1979-1982, 30499, 1942nd Communications Squadron
Previously Held AFSC/MOS
AAF MOS 533-Demolition Specialist
30432-Apprentice Ground Communications Equipment Repairman
30452-Ground Communications Equipment Repairman,
30454-Ground Radio Communications Equipment Repairman
30474-Ground Radio Communications Technician
30496-Ground Radio Communications Superintendent
Service Years
1959 - 1982
Official/Unofficial US Air Force Certificates
Cold War Certificate
Enlisted Collar Insignia
Senior Master Sergeant

 Official Badges 

NORAD Command Badge Air Force Retired

 Unofficial Badges 

US Army Honorable Discharge Cold War Medal US Air Force Honorable Discharge (Old Style) Vietnam Veteran 50th Commemoration

Vietnam 50th Anniversary

 Military Association Memberships
AFSA 367San AngeloScottish-American Military SocietyNational Rifle Association (NRA)
Post 72
  1980, Air Force Sergeants Association (AFSA), AFSA 367 (Pope AFB, North Carolina) [Verified] - Chap. Page
  1995, Freedom Through Vigilance Association (FTVA), San Angelo (San Angelo, Texas)
  2009, Scottish-American Military Society [Verified]
  2009, National Rifle Association (NRA)
  2015, American Legion, Post 72 (Trustee) (Dover, Tennessee) - Chap. Page

 Additional Information
What are you doing now:
Currently and permanently retired, however still serving. Living now in Clarksville, Tennessee and enjoying work with our church, community, American Legion Post 72 as First Vice Commander and Post 50th Vietnam War Commemoration Partner Chairman. Very pleased to be able to recognize those Vietnam Veterans that did not return to a Welcome Home celebration. Also widows of Vietnam Veterans that did make it home, and families of those listed on the Memorial Wall in Washington, DC.
Other Comments:
Enlisted in the 1092 Combat Engineer Battalion, West Virginia Army National Guard on 9 Jun 1957, went on 6 months active duty with the Regular Army in June 1958 thru December 1958. With basic Infantry training at Fort Knox, KY, basic Engineer training at Fort Leonard Wood, MO and a further two months assigned to the 82nd Engineer Battalion (Combat) at Fort Leonard Wood, MO.  Discharged from the WVANG on as a Private First Class on 10 March 1959.  Enlisted in the Air Force on 11 March 1959, trained as a communications equipment maintenance technician, and retired from the Air Force on 1 March 1982 at Homestead AFB, FL.  After which I entered employment with the Navidyne Corporation (no longer in business) of Newport News, VA as the Director of Quality Assurance in the manufacture of Maritime Satellite Navigational and Communications equipment.  On 19 April 1984 I was hired to a civil service position with the U.S. Army Electronics Material Readiness Activity at Vint Hill farms in Warrenton, VA as an Equipment Specialist (Electronic). Two and a half years later I moved on the the National Security Agency at Ft George Meade, MD on 4 Aug 1986 as an Engineering Specialist. During service with NSA I was awarded the Joint Meritorious Unit Award, the National Intelligence Meritorious Unit Citation, a Directors Distinguished Station Award and the Directors Productivity Award and retired as a Senior Engineering Specialist. After numerous Air Force, Army and NSA TDY's and overseas tours, I retired on 1 June 2005 for the final time.  A very fruitful and enjoyable government career.  

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 Unit Assignments
Army National Guard (ARNG)Training Units932nd Aircraft Control and Warning Squadron827th Radar Squadron
Air Force Security Service - Silent Warriors6922nd Security Wing6924th Security Squadron6950th Security Group
6921st Security Wing644th Radar Squadron20th Air Division2146th Communications Group
Communications Units
  1957-1959, AAF MOS 533, Army National Guard (ARNG)
  1959-1959, 30432, 3407th Student Squadron
  1960-1961, 30432, 932nd Aircraft Control and Warning Squadron
  1961-1964, 30452, 827th Radar Squadron
  1964-1964, 30454, 6942nd School Squadron (Cadre)
  1964-1965, 30454, 3388th Student Squadron
  1965-1965, 6925th Security Group
  1965-1965, 30474, Detachment 2, 6922nd Security Wing
  1966-1966, 30474, 6924th Security Squadron
  1966-1967, 30474, 6922nd Security Wing
  1967-1970, 30474, 6950th Security Group
  1970-1975, 30474, 6921st Security Wing
  1975-1978, 30496, 644th Radar Squadron
  1978-1978, 30496, 20th Air Division
  1978-1979, 30496, 2146th Communications Group
  1979-1982, 30499, 1942nd Communications Squadron
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1966-1966 Vietnam Air Campaign (1966)
 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?
If you participated in any military operations, including combat, humanitarian and peacekeeping operations, please describe those which made a lasting impact on you and, if life-changing, in what way?
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.
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?
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?
What military associations are you a member of, if any? What specific benefits do you derive from your memberships?
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 ForceUniversity of Maryland - Far EastLos Angeles City CollegeThomas Nelson Community College
  1978-1982, Community College of the Air Force2
  1978-1979, University of Maryland - Far East
  1979-1979, Los Angeles City College
  1982-1984, Thomas Nelson Community College
 My Aircraft/Missiles
C-118 Liftmaster  C-130 Hercules  KC-97 Stratotanker  
  1960-1961, C-118 Liftmaster
  1965-1965, C-130 Hercules
  1966-1966, KC-97 Stratotanker
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