Taylor, Richard, MSgt

Aircraft Maintenance
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Current Service Status
USAF Retired
Current/Last Rank
Master Sergeant
Current/Last Primary AFSC/MOS
43191-Aircraft Maintenance Superintendent
Current/Last AFSC Group
Aircraft Maintenance
Primary Unit
1978-1983, 43191, 47th Air Division
Previously Held AFSC/MOS
43131E-Apprentice Aircraft Mechanic
43010-Aircraft Maintenance Helper
43151E-Aircraft Mechanic
43151E-Aircraft Engine Mechanic
43171E-Aircraft Maintenance Technician
Service Years
1963 - 1983
Enlisted Collar Insignia
Master Sergeant

 Official Badges 

Air Force Retired

 Unofficial Badges 

Cold War Medal SAC Master Technician Master Crew Chief Munitions Recovery Team Chief

US Air Force Honorable Discharge (Old Style) KC-135 2000 Hour Young Tiger Task Force

 Military Associations and Other Affiliations
The Retired Enlisted Association (TREA)Air Force Sergeants Association (AFSA)American LegionVeterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW)
Disabled American Veterans (DAV)Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA)
  1995, The Retired Enlisted Association (TREA)
  1995, Air Force Sergeants Association (AFSA) [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  1997, American Legion [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2000, Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW) [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2002, Disabled American Veterans (DAV) [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2002, Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA) [Verified] - Assoc. Page

 Additional Information
What are you doing now:
Just finished writing my Memoir of my service years, and a major undertaking of doing a re-write of the family military history (1770's to 1983.  Being the last member of my family to serve, probably puts me at the pinacle.  Hopefully the kids who are just now growing old enough to understand willspend the time to read both and accept the challenge of returning the favor of securing our freedom for their grandkids.
Other Comments:
I served as an Aircraft Maintenance Ground Crewman, Assistant Crew Chief, Crew Chief and Aircraft Maintenance Superintendant.  Crew Chief Duties were on B-52H, KC-EC-RC-WC-135, C-141A and Enroute Maintenance Team Chief for all MAC - boy that's OLD - aircraft, including Commercials, transiting through Andersen AFB, Guam 1968 thru 1969.  My last assignment was Night Shift NCOIC Production and Mobility for the Field Maintenance Branch, 6th CAMSq, 6th Strategic Recon. Wing, Eielson AFB, AK.

After my retirement I went to work for the State of Alaska as a Correctional Officer/Prisoner Transport Officer for another fifteen years.  Received my Commission from the Alaska State Troopers in 1985 and retired it in 1997.  Retired from the DOC in 1998.

Drove School Bus for a year, and then went into Private Security.  Worked two years under the Federal Protective Service as a Security Officer/Sergeant at the U. S. Federal Building in Fairbanks, AK.  Retired due to health.

Moved back to Michigan in 2004 to pursue my dream of completion of a degree in drafting.  When it's over I'm going back to Alaska and ship my two sons to Florida.    LMAO.

Just a note:  Crew Chiefs went by numerous nicknames while I was in that line of work.  Some readily identifiable examples were "Ramp Apes", "Screw Chiefs", "AGE Monitors", "Gorilla," and so on.  Along about 1980 something, I first heard the term "Crew Dawg" used by an Aircraft Commander.  When asked what that really meant, he replied "Dedicated, Able, Worthy, Guardian!"  I agreed.  The "DAWG" is the man or woman who has an awesome responsibility.


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Aircrew Enlisted (Basic)

 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1963, Basic Military Training (Lackland AFB, TX), 37072
 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
Air Training Command3300th Technical Training Wing (Staff)3707th Basic Military Training Squadron (Cadre)Training Units
28th Organizational Maintenance Squadron28th Bombardment Wing, Heavy821st Air DivisionStrategic Air Command (SAC)
4082nd Strategic Wing45th Air Division8th Air Force95th Strategic Wing
Consolidated Aircraft Maintenance Units322nd Airlift Division21st Air Force602nd Organizational Maintenance Squadron
60th Military Airlift WingMilitary Airlift Command (MAC)31st Air Rescue SquadronUnited States Pacific Air Forces (PACAF)
US Air Force605th Military Airlift Support Squadron3rd Air Division40th Air Division
Second Air Force (2nd Air Force)449th Bombardment Wing, HeavyStrategic Air Command (SAC)12th Air Division
6th Strategic Wing14th Air Division15th Air Force6th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing
6th Consolidated Aircraft Maintenance SquadronStrategic Air Command (SAC)47th Air Division
  1963-1963, 43131E, Headquarters, Air Training Command
  1963-1963, 43131E, 3300th Technical Training Wing (Staff)
  1963-1963, 3707th Basic Military Training Squadron (Cadre)
  1963-1963, 43010, 3366th School Squadron (Cadre)
  1963-1965, 43151E, 28th Organizational Maintenance Squadron
  1963-1965, 43151E, 28th Bombardment Wing, Heavy
  1963-1965, 43151E, 821st Air Division
  1963-1967, 43151E, Strategic Air Command (SAC)
  1965-1966, 43151E, 4082nd Strategic Wing
  1965-1966, 43151E, 45th Air Division
  1965-1967, 43151E, 8th Air Force
  1966-1967, 43151E, 95th Strategic Wing
  1966-1967, 43151E, 95th Consolidated Aircraft Maintenance Squadron
  1967-1968, 43151E, 322nd Airlift Division
  1967-1968, 43151E, 21st Air Force
  1967-1968, 43151E, 602nd Organizational Maintenance Squadron
  1967-1968, 43151E, 60th Military Airlift Wing
  1967-1968, 43151E, 602nd Organizational Maintenance Squadron
  1967-1969, 43171E, Military Airlift Command (MAC)
  1968-1968, 43151E, 31st Air Rescue Squadron
  1968-1969, 43171E, United States Pacific Air Forces (PACAF)
  1968-1969, 43171E, 61st Military Airlift Wing
  1968-1969, 43171E, 605th Military Airlift Support Squadron
  1969-1969, 43171E, 3rd Air Division
  1969-1969, 43171E, Detachment 1, 3rd Air Division
  1969-1971, 40th Air Division
  1969-1971, 43171E, Second Air Force (2nd Air Force)
  1969-1971, 43171E, 449th Bombardment Wing, Heavy
  1969-1983, 43191, Strategic Air Command (SAC)
  1971-1971, 43171E, 12th Air Division
  1971-1975, 43171E, 6th Strategic Wing
  1971-1975, 43171E, 14th Air Division
  1975-1978, 43171E, 28th Bombardment Wing, Heavy
  1978-1983, 15th Air Force
  1978-1983, 43191, 6th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing
  1978-1983, 43191, 6th Consolidated Aircraft Maintenance Squadron
  1978-1983, 43191, Strategic Air Command (SAC)
  1978-1983, 43191, 47th Air Division
 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?
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?
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?
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 
Eastern Washington UniversityCommunity College of the Air ForceGeorgia Military CollegeUniversity of Alaska, Fairbanks
  1976-1976, Eastern Washington University
  1980-1983, Community College of the Air Force
  1980-1980, Georgia Military College
  1983-1983, University of Alaska, Fairbanks
  2005-2007, Others/Not Listed
 My Aircraft/Missiles
B-47 Stratojet  B-52 Stratofortress (Buff)  KC-135 Stratotanker  HU/SU-16 Albatross  
U-1 Otter  RB-47 Stratojet  C-97 Stratofreighter  C-141 Starlifter  
C-124 Globemaster II  C-140 Jetstar II  C-130 Hercules  C-133 Cargomaster II  
C-135 Stratolifter  C-47 Skytrain/Dakota  HC-130 Hercules  WC-130 Hercules  
VC-135B Command Support Aircraft  C-121 Constellation  C-137 Stratoliner  RC-135 Cobra Ball  
RC-135M  Rivet Card  EC-135H Silk Purse  B-52 Stratofortress (Buff)  EC-135 Looking Glass  
WC-135 Weather  KC-10 Extender  
  1963-1967, B-47 Stratojet1
  1963-1978, B-52 Stratofortress (Buff)
  1963-1983, KC-135 Stratotanker3
  1965-1967, HU/SU-16 Albatross
  1965-1967, U-1 Otter
  1965-1967, RB-47 Stratojet
  1965-1969, C-97 Stratofreighter2
  1967-1969, C-141 Starlifter3
  1968-1969, C-124 Globemaster II
  1968-1969, C-140 Jetstar II2
  1968-1969, C-130 Hercules
  1968-1969, C-133 Cargomaster II2
  1968-1969, C-135 Stratolifter1
  1968-1969, C-47 Skytrain/Dakota
  1968-1969, HC-130 Hercules1
  1968-1969, WC-130 Hercules
  1968-1969, VC-135B Command Support Aircraft
  1968-1969, HC-130 Hercules
  1969-1969, C-121 Constellation
  1969-1969, C-137 Stratoliner
  1971-1983, RC-135 Cobra Ball4
  1973-1973, RC-135M Rivet Card
  1973-1973, RC-135M Rivet Card
  1973-1973, EC-135H Silk Purse
  1975-1978, B-52 Stratofortress (Buff)
  1975-1978, EC-135 Looking Glass
  1975-2003, EC-135 Looking Glass
  1978-1983, WC-135 Weather
  1981-1983, KC-10 Extender
  2003-2003, RC-135 Cobra Ball
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