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
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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  1978-1983, 43191, 6th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing

Master Sergeant
From Month/Year
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6th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing Unit Page
Master Sergeant
43191-Aircraft Maintenance Superintendent
Eielson AFB
 6th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing Details

6th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing
HQ/ Command Element
Parent Unit
Air Force Wings
Created/Owned By
Not Specified

Last Updated: Jan 15, 2011
Memories For This Unit

Best Friends
Charlie Womack, Don Roden, Joe Romero, Mel Brabham, Tom Whiting, Ruben Gurerro, Mike Brown, Steve Keller, Sam Judd, Harry Baker, Leonard Nelson. Jimmy Carter - NO NOT THAT ONE.

Best Moment
Graduating both the SAC NCO Academy and the Senior NCO Academy.


Worst Moment
Losing the aircraft (RC-135S 61-2664) I signed for in Texas in 1972 in a winter storm landing at our forward operating base, Shemya AFB, Ak on March 15, 1981, and six damned fine Officers and NCO's in the accident.

Other Memories
Flight Chief Recon Branch (RC-135S,T,U,V,W). Flight Chief KC-135A Recovery. Shop Chief Repair and Reclamation.

TDY's to Hickam, Lajes, Fairchild, Castle, Shemya, and Beale AFB's.

Retirement 31 August 1983, and the shoot down of KAL-007 off the Russian coast September 1, 1983. Read the book "The Target Is Destroyed" and you'll know who the Russians thought they were shooting down.

My Photos For This Unit
SAC NCO Academy Graduation - 1980
My In-Laws and I at the SAC NCO Academy Graduation 1980
RC-135T 55-3121
RC-135S 61-2663 Taking Off From Greenville, TX  - 1980's
10 Members Also There at Same Time
6th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing

Roden, Donald, MSgt, (1976-1998) 431 43151E Staff Sergeant
Illingworth, Ronald, Maj, (1965-1985) 401 4011 Major
Masters, Melvin, CMSgt, (1968-1993) 432 43200 Chief Master Sergeant
Harmon, Thomas, MSgt, (1968-1991) 920 92090 Master Sergeant
Ingraham, Michael, MSgt, (1969-1989) 423 42370 Master Sergeant
Knipstein, Thomas, MSgt, (1973-1993) 457 45799 Master Sergeant
Ceballos, Michael, TSgt, (1975-1987) 423 42351 Sergeant
Ceballos, Michael, TSgt, (1975-1987) 423 42351 Airman 1st Class
Gill, Laura, Sgt, (1981-1987) 201 20150 Airman 1st Class
Dingman, Steve, MSgt, (1979-2000) 2A 2A5X1 Airman
Detachment 1

Appel, Howard, MSgt, (1967-1992) 702 70270 Sergeant
Appel, Howard, MSgt, (1967-1992) 702 70250 Sergeant

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