Gaarenstroom, Richard, TSgt

Aircraft Maintenance
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Current Service Status
USAF Retired
Current/Last Rank
Technical Sergeant
Current/Last Primary AFSC/MOS
43270-Jet Engine Technician
Current/Last AFSC Group
Aircraft Maintenance
Primary Unit
1988-2001, 2A6X1, 142nd Consolidated Aircraft Maintenance Squadron
Previously Held AFSC/MOS
60350B-Vehicle Operator
60370-Motor Transportation Supervisor
2A6X1-Aerospace Propulsion
Service Years
1967 - 2001
Enlisted Collar Insignia
Technical Sergeant

 Official Badges 

Outstanding Airman

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Associations and Other Affiliations
VFW Riders
  2013, VFW Riders - Assoc. Page

 Countries Deployed To or Visited

 Remembrance Profiles -  1 Airman Remembered
  • White, Ronald, Sgt
 Photo Album   (More...

 Ribbon Bar

Maintenance (Senior)
Aircrew Badge
Expert Marksman
Rocket Launcher

 National Guard Awards

 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1967, Basic Military Training (Lackland AFB, TX), 0412
 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
Air Force Bases/ Installations60th Transportation SquadronField Maintenance UnitsMilitary Airlift Command (MAC)
6171st Combat Support SquadronDetachment 3, 621st Tactical Control Squadron142nd Consolidated Aircraft Maintenance Squadron
  1967-1967, Air Force Bases/ Installations
  1967-1968, 60th Transportation Squadron
  1968-1969, 460th Field Maintenance Squadron
  1969-1970, 60350B, Military Airlift Command (MAC)
  1970-1971, 60370, 6171st Combat Support Squadron
  1970-1971, 60370, Detachment 3, 621st Tactical Control Squadron
  1971-1973, 142nd Consolidated Aircraft Maintenance Squadron
  1988-2001, 2A6X1, 142nd Consolidated Aircraft Maintenance Squadron
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1961-1973 Vietnam War
 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.
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?
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 
Multnomah University, Portland, ORPortland Community CollegeUniversity of Maryland Far East DivisionSan Bernardino Valley College
Portland Community CollegePortland Community CollegeCentral Oregon Community College (COCC),  Bend OROregon State University
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical UniversityAlabama Aviation & Technical CollegePortland Community CollegeCommunity College of the Air Force
  1966-1967, Multnomah University, Portland, OR
  1967-1967, Portland Community College
  1968-1969, University of Maryland Far East Division
  1969-1970, San Bernardino Valley College
  1971-1972, Portland Community College
  1972-1973, Portland Community College
  1972-1972, Central Oregon Community College (COCC), Bend OR
  1973-1975, Oregon State University
  1978-1980, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
  1980-1981, Alabama Aviation & Technical College
  1984-1988, Portland Community College
  1988-1990, Community College of the Air Force
 My Aircraft/Missiles
C-141 Starlifter  C-124 Globemaster II  C-133 Cargomaster II  B-52 Stratofortress (Buff)  
A-1 Skyraider (Sandy, Spad)  RF-4C  Phantom II  RB-47 Stratojet  C-119 Flying Boxcar  
AC-47 Spooky/Puff  AC-119G/K Shadow/Stinger  C-121 Constellation  C-130 Hercules  
C-123 Provider  RF-101C Voodoo  U-6 Beaver  UV-18 Twin Otter  
U-1 Otter  L-4 Grasshopper  C-7 Caribou  L-1 Valiant  
F-4 Phantom  F-15 Eagle/Strike Eagle  
  1968-1968, C-141 Starlifter
  1968-1968, C-124 Globemaster II
  1968-1968, C-133 Cargomaster II
  1968-1968, B-52 Stratofortress (Buff)
  1968-1969, A-1 Skyraider (Sandy, Spad)
  1968-1969, RF-4C Phantom II
  1968-1969, RB-47 Stratojet
  1968-1969, C-119 Flying Boxcar
  1968-1969, AC-47 Spooky/Puff
  1968-1969, AC-119G/K Shadow/Stinger
  1968-1969, C-121 Constellation
  1968-1969, C-130 Hercules
  1968-1969, C-123 Provider
  1968-1969, RF-101C Voodoo
  1968-1969, U-6 Beaver
  1968-1969, UV-18 Twin Otter
  1968-1969, U-1 Otter
  1968-1969, L-4 Grasshopper
  1968-1969, C-7 Caribou
  1968-1969, L-1 Valiant
  1969-1970, C-141 Starlifter
  1970-1971, F-4 Phantom
  1991-2001, F-15 Eagle/Strike Eagle
 Additional Information
What are you doing now:

Oregon Military Research Institute is engaged in documenting and recording military histories of servicemen and women connected with the State of Oregon.

Several Projects on the books today:
Operation: Oregon Military Service Roll Call Registry. OMRI's main purpose is to recognize the military service of the men and women of Oregon and their contributions. OMRI maintains an official State Registry database documenting the military service of our state veterans. If you would like your military service to be recognized and immortalized on the State Registry please contact us at 503-701-6589.
Writing histories of the 7 Oregon Radar Squadrons sited in Oregon during the cold war. We are collecting personal histories and photos connected with that Air Force Mission. We are also interested in civilian stories associated with the interaction between the Radar Squadron, it's personnel and the host communities around them.

We are collecting histories on the Army Air Fields located in Oregon during WWII. All research will be linked with the Oregon Historical Society.

If you have any information of a historical nature re: Oregon Military service or deployments please contact me.
Dick Gaarenstroom

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