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 Association Memberships
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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  1971-1975, 43171E, 6th Strategic Wing

Technical Sergeant
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6th Strategic Wing Unit Page
Technical Sergeant
43171E-Aircraft Maintenance Technician
Eielson AFB
 6th Strategic Wing Details

6th Strategic Wing
Combat - Refueling
Parent Unit
Air Force Wings
Created/Owned By
Not Specified

Last Updated: Jan 28, 2020
Memories For This Unit

Best Friends
Jack Harris, Steve Todd, Tony Alcala, Larry Johnson, George Belding, Rod Love, Wayne Richardson, Carlos Zanazzo, Harry Baker, Carl Benson

Best Moment
Being assigned to RC-135D 60-0357(A43171E.) Going to Greenville, TX to pick up a freshly overhauled RC-135S with Tony Alcalla as my Assistant CC.


Worst Moment
Being recalled from Mildenhall because my wife had hit a train with my 69 Camaro.

Other Memories
TDY's to Mildenhall, Torrejon, Kadena, Hickam, Shemya, March, Boeing Wichita, Beale, Castle AFB's.

Attending 15th AF NCO Leadership School, March AFB, CA 1972. Aircraft Weight and Balance School, Castle AFB, CA 1974.

My Photos For This Unit
RC-135D  60-0362
Operation Big Safari Flag
RC-135D 60-0357 Being Refueled Over The Arctic Ocean 1973
9 Members Also There at Same Time
6th Strategic Wing

Nix, James, SSgt, (1970-1977) 431 43171E Staff Sergeant
Reyer, Jr., Charles, Lt Col, (1966-1992) 402 4024 Captain
Baker, Gene, MSgt, (1964-1985) 301 30173 Master Sergeant
Mcbrayer, James, MSgt, (1951-1977) 112 112X0 Master Sergeant
Heiert, Ron, SSgt, (1968-1972) 423 42350 Staff Sergeant
Linde, Dwight, SSgt, (1963-1975) 325 32570C Staff Sergeant
Linde, Dwight, SSgt, (1963-1975) 325 32570 Staff Sergeant
Pelkey, Arthur, MSgt, (1944-1977) 462 462X0 Staff Sergeant
Stephens, William, SSgt, (1967-1974) 702 70250 Staff Sergeant
Forrest, William, Sgt, (1968-1972) 328 32850 Sergeant

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