Butz, Tim, Sgt

Aircraft Maintenance
 Service Photo   Service Details
198 kb
View Time Line View Family Time Line
Current Service Status
USAF Veteran
Current/Last Rank
Current/Last Primary AFSC/MOS
43151C-Aircraft Maintenance Specialist
Current/Last AFSC Group
Aircraft Maintenance
Primary Unit
1968-1969, 43151C, 67th Tactical Reconnaissance Wing
Previously Held AFSC/MOS
43131C-Apprentice Aircraft Mechanic
43131C-Aircraft Maintenance Specialist
Service Years
1965 - 1969

 Official Badges 

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Association Memberships
Tan Son Nhut AssociationDisabled American Veterans (DAV)Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA)AFSA 984
  1997, Tan Son Nhut Association
  2001, Disabled American Veterans (DAV) [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2003, Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA) [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2019, Air Force Sergeants Association (AFSA), AFSA 984 (Member) (Offutt AFB, Nebraska) - Chap. Page

 Additional Information

What are you doing now:
I finally got my Bachelor of Science degree in June 2006, 40 years after starting my college career with an Operation Bootstrap course at Moody AFB. The motto for the graduation party was:

"40 years spanning five decades, seven colleges and one lousy degree."

I am married to a marriage and family therapist, and we have two adult children, one son-in-law, and one happy Beagle. On the whole, our life has been pretty good. I married my wife about 16 months after she hired me as a social services case worker. In October 2017, we will celebrate 38 years of marriage.

I am a Chapter Service Officer for William V. Brpoks Chapter 47, Disabled American Veterans.  Our small (330 members) chapter is the most active in Nebraska; seven of our members are in the top ten DAV members state-wide for volunteer hours worked.   In addition to the DAV, I am a Life Member of the VVA and also a member of the Tan Son Nhut Association.


Other Comments:

I enlisted in the Air Force at age 17 and was on active duty from August 1965 to January 1969. Following basic aircraft mechanic training at Sheppard AFB, I worked in the T-37 Periodic Inspection Dock at Moody AFB. I pulled a six week TDY to McDill AFB to learn the F-4, then a 19 month tour at Tan Son Nhut, Vietnam, as a crew chief with the 12th Tac Recon Sqd . On my "dream sheet" I asked for reassignment to Lockbourne AFB (now Rickenbacker ANGB) in Ohio. Some idiot in the Pentagon thought Idaho and Ohio were close enough and I was assigned to the 10th TRS at Mt. Home. I was loaned out to the 22nd TRS for a�21 day TDY to Germany following the Russian invasion of Czechoslovakia. I was released from active duty on January 28, 1969, completed my six-year commitment in the Individual Ready Reserve and was honorably discharged in August 1971.

My brother and I are the fifth consecutive generation of our family to serve in the military. My brother joined the Army at age 18 and retired as a Major. He lives a half mile from the Big Shanty battlefield where our great-great grandfather was wounded while serving in the 32nd Ohio Vounteer Infantry during the Civil War. His son, our great-grandfather served in the Ohio National Guard in the late 19th century; two of his sons served during World War I. Our dad served as a crew chief on B-24s during WW II and was in pilot training when the war ended; his male cousins all served in either the Army or Marines. His brother is retired from the USAF.


 Remembrance Profiles -  3 Airmen Remembered
  • Appelhans, Richard Duane, Lt Col, (1959-1967)
  • Clarke, George William, Maj, (1961-1967)
 Photo Album   (More...

 Ribbon Bar

 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
Click here to see Training
  1965, Basic Military Training (Lackland AFB, TX), 3701 /1271
 Unit Assignments
Professional Schools and Courses3762nd Student Squadron3550th Pilot Training Wing12th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron
460th Tactical Reconnaissance Wing22nd Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron10th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron67th Tactical Reconnaissance Wing
  1965-1965, Aircraft and Engine Mechanic Course
  1965-1966, 43131C, 3762nd Student Squadron
  1965-1966, Aircraft Mechanic Jet Over Two Engines Course
  1966-1966, 43131C, 3550th Pilot Training Wing
  1966-1968, 43151C, 12th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron
  1966-1968, 43151C, 460th Tactical Reconnaissance Wing
  1968-1968, 43151C, 22nd Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron
  1968-1969, 43151C, 10th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron
  1968-1969, 43151C, 67th Tactical Reconnaissance Wing
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1961-1973 Vietnam War2
  1968-1968 Vietnam Air/Ground Campaign (1968)9
 Colleges Attended 
Florida State UniversityBoise State UniversityKent State UniversityGeorge Washington University
Antioch CollegeBellevue University
  1966-1966, Florida State University
  1968-1968, Boise State University
  1969-1970, Kent State University1
  1972-1972, George Washington University
  1976-1977, Goddard College
  1981-1982, Antioch College
  2006-2006, Bellevue University
 My Aircraft/Missiles
T-37 Tweety  F-4 Phantom  
  1966-1966, T-37 Tweety
  1966-1969, F-4 Phantom
Copyright Togetherweserved.com Inc 2003-2011