Hardesty, Richard, CMSgt

Electronics Systems
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Current Service Status
USAF Veteran
Current/Last Rank
Chief Master Sergeant
Current/Last Primary AFSC/MOS
30496-Ground Radio Communications Superintendent
Current/Last AFSC Group
Electronics Systems
Primary Unit
1975-1976, 30496, Detachment 1, 729th Tactical Control Squadron
Previously Held AFSC/MOS
9Y200-Reserved for Future Use
30454-Ground Radio Communications Equipment Repairman
30452-Ground Communications Equipment Repairman,
30472-Ground Communications Equipment Maintenance Technician
Service Years
1952 - 1976
Foreign Language(s)
Voice Edition
Enlisted Collar Insignia
Chief Master Sergeant

 Official Badges 

Missileman (Basic)

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Associations and Other Affiliations
Post -Post 6827, Sunshine City PostChapter 83AFTWS Unit Historian
  1964, American Legion, Post - (Vice President) (Annville, Pennsylvania) - Chap. Page
  2007, Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW), Post 6827, Sunshine City Post (Member) (Saint Petersburg, Florida) - Chap. Page
  2008, Disabled American Veterans (DAV), Chapter 83 (Treasurer) (Brandon, Florida) - Chap. Page
  2013, AFTWS Unit Historian [Verified]
  2019, American Legion, Freedom Post 72 (Columbia Falls, Montana) - Chap. Page

 Additional Information
What are you doing now:
Retired after teaching Federal Contract Law and how to do business with the government at the University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida
Other Comments:
Spent twenty years as a Service Corps of Retired Executives counselor, specializing in Federal Contract law cases.
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 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1952, Basic Military Training (Lackland AFB, TX)
 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
3704th Basic Military Training Squadron (Cadre)Training UnitsROK/ US Combined Forces CommandAir Force Communications Service (AFCS)
San Antonio Air Materiel Area (SAAMA)Air Training CommandUnited States Army Air Forces (USAAF)4th Allied Tactical Air Force (4 ATAF)
Ground Electronics Engineering Installation Agency (GEEIA)Air Defense Command (ADC)Strategic Air Command (SAC)Senior Noncommissioned Officer Academy (SNCOA)
US Army (USA)AC&WS/AC&WG Units
  1952-1952, 3704th Basic Military Training Squadron (Cadre)
  1952-1952, 3313th Student Training Squadron (Cadre)
  1953-1953, 9Y200, ROK/ US Combined Forces Command
  1953-1955, Air Force Communications Service (AFCS)
  1955-1957, 30454, San Antonio Air Materiel Area (SAAMA)
  1955-1957, Air Training Command
  1957-1958, IX Tactical Air Command
  1958-1961, 4th Allied Tactical Air Force (4 ATAF)
  1961-1963, 30452, Ground Electronics Engineering Installation Agency (GEEIA)
  1963-1966, 30472, Air Force Communications Service (AFCS)
  1967-1968, Air Defense Command (ADC)
  1969-1971, Strategic Air Command (SAC)
  1971-1971, 30496, Senior Noncommissioned Officer Academy (SNCOA)
  1971-1973, Army Mission Military Assistance Advisory Group Iran ( ARMISH-MAAG) , US Army (USA)
  1973-1973, AC&WS/AC&WG Units
  1974-1975, 30496, Air Force Communications Service (AFCS)
  1975-1976, 30496, Detachment 1, 729th Tactical Control Squadron
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1950-1953 Korean War
  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?
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.
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?
List the names of old friends you served with, at which locations, and recount what you remember most about them. Indicate those you are already in touch with and those you would like to make contact with.
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?
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 TogetherWeServed.com helped you remember your military service and the friends you served with.
 Colleges Attended 
Saint Leo UniversityGolden Gate University
  1974-1977, Saint Leo University
  1981-1983, Golden Gate University
 My Aircraft/Missiles
F-86 Sabre  F-100 Super Sabre  F-105 Thunderchief (Thud)  
  1954-1955, F-86 Sabre
  1958-1960, F-100 Super Sabre
  1959-1960, F-105 Thunderchief (Thud)
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