Previously Held AFSC/MOS 99000-Basic Airman
29231-Apprentice Morse Intercept Operator
29330-Apprentice Ground Radio Operator
29251-Morse Intercept Operator
29350-Ground Radio Operator
29350E-Ground Radio Operator
29352C-Airborne Radio Operator
29372-Airborne Radio and Flight Inspection Technician
Best Friends A3C Charles Guilmette PFC Michael A. Smith A3C William Waite A1C John A. Marshall A1C Harold Jones A1C Olin Gober
Best Moment Verbal Field commendation by Commanding General (I called him "sir") for the Blue Army during Joint Exercise at Ft. Hood, Texas in 1962. "Sir" was so impressed because of my team's camoflauging of our TSC-15 Radio Van. The job was done so well, that the General and his party, including our Platoon Leader (1st Lt. Hibschle) were unable to locate it during visual inspection of the hillside on which we were situated. PFC Smith had simply driven the Radio Van into a lone Water Oak Tree, completely hiding it and the 50 whip antennae used for communications to our forces. A3C Gilmette and I had strung EE-8 wire from the van to the Platoon communications tent (located in a draw about 75 yards form the tree), and covered the wires by digging a trench in the hard Texas soil (otherwise known as rocks) and covering them. This was to prevent Tank commanders (unfriendly and otherwise) from doing "wheelies" on our wire, which was their habit during this type of exercise.
Worst Moment Sent TDY to Panama Canal Zone, never to return to STRICOM. TDY turned PCS for Project Blue Baron. Panama was great also, but missed my STRICOM buddies (AF and Army).
Chain of Command TSgt Beardsley, 1st Lt. Hibschle
Other Memories TDY to Cross City on October 22, 1962 for Exercise High Heels III (otherwise known as The Cuban Missile Crisis). NCOIC Army SFC Bruno Castagera, TSC-15 Radio team consisting of myself (Team Leader), William Waite (Radio Operator) and Pvt Michael R Smith (Driver/Radio Operator); TSC-20 Radio team consisting of A1C Olen E Gober, A1C Samuel L Micolucci (Radio Operators), A1C Jack T Prince (Crypto).