Brown, Clyde, SSgt

Communications Systems
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Current Service Status
USAF Veteran
Current/Last Rank
Staff Sergeant
Current/Last Primary AFSC/MOS
29372C-Airborne Radio Communications Technician
Current/Last AFSC Group
Communications Systems
Primary Unit
1968-1969, 29372, 31st Communications Squadron
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
Service Years
1956 - 1969
Foreign Language(s)
Official/Unofficial US Air Force Certificates
Cold War Certificate
Cuban Missile Crisis
Enlisted Collar Insignia
Staff Sergeant

 Official Badges 

Missileman (Basic)

 Unofficial Badges 

Cold War Medal KC-135 2000 Hour

 Military Association Memberships
Air Force Together We ServedAir Force Communicators & Air Traffic Controllers AssociationVeterans of the Vietnam WarPost 454, John H. Kraus Post
Post 635Air Force Memorial (AFM)
  2009, Air Force Together We Served [Verified]
  2010, Air Force Communicators & Air Traffic Controllers Association
  2013, Veterans of the Vietnam War
  2014, Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW), Post 454, John H. Kraus Post (Member) (Bloomington, Illinois) - Chap. Page
  2014, American Legion, Post 635 (Deceased Member (Honor Roll)) (Normal, Illinois) - Chap. Page
  2015, Air Force Memorial (AFM) [Verified] - Assoc. Page

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  1968-1969, 29372, 31st Communications Squadron

Staff Sergeant
From Month/Year
March / 1968
To Month/Year
August / 1969
31st Communications Squadron Unit Page
Staff Sergeant
29372-Airborne Radio and Flight Inspection Technician
Omaha AFB, NE
United States
 31st Communications Squadron Details

31st Communications Squadron
Combat - Communications
Parent Unit
Communications Units
Air Squadron
Created/Owned By
Not Specified

Last Updated: May 17, 2011
Memories For This Unit

Best Friends
SSGT Jerald E. Hungerford, TSGT Willie C. Smith, TSGT Virginuis T. Bowen, CMSGT James E. Maxson.

Best Moment
Being awarded Missileman Badge on January 10, 1969 by demonstrating the responsibilites of Radio Operators during possible missile launchings using the SAC Airborne Command Post (Looking Glass E-135C aircraft) system.

Appointed SAC Airborne Command Post Instructor on March 28, 1968.

Three Letters of Favorable Communication from Colonel Wilton G. Weaver, Deputy Director of Command and Control, Deputy Chief of Staff Operations; Captain Ronald R. Thiem, ABNCP Communications Controller; and Captain Clark A. Murray, ABNCP Communications Controller in August 1969.


Chain of Command
SMSGT Brandt (NCOIC Stnds-Eval-Trng), CMSGT James Maxson (NCOIC, ABN/GND Radio Ops), Capt. Penny (OIC CmdPostOPS), Maj. Kelley (Chief, CommCtrlDiv), Lt. Col. Sutton, Jr. (CMDR, 31COS), Col. DeCoster (CMDR, 1st ACOMG), Col. Service (Chief, DOCE)

Other Memories
Looking Glass

"Operation Looking Glass" provided at least 11 EC-135C command post aircraft to the Commander in Chief Strategic Air Command (CINCSAC), which were either based at its headquarters at Offutt AFB, Nebraska, or at Ellsworth AFB, South Dakota. All aircraft have been retired or repurposed.

The U.S. nuclear strategy depends on its ability to command, control, and communicate with its nuclear forces under all conditions. An essential element of that ability is Looking Glass; its crew and staff ensure there is always an aircraft ready to direct bombers and missiles from the air should ground-based command centers be destroyed or rendered inoperable. Looking Glass is intended to guarantee that U.S. strategic forces will act only in the manner dictated by the President. It took the nickname "Looking Glass" because the mission mirrored ground-based command, control, and communications. Besides being the program name, "Looking Glass" is the official name for the "C" model aircraft of the EC-135. It has a crew of at least 15, including at least one or more general officer.

The Strategic Air Command began the Looking Glass mission on February 3, 1961. Looking Glass aircraft were continuously airborne 24 hours a day for over 29 years, accumulating more than 281,000 accident-free flying hours. On July 24, 1990, "The Glass" ceased continuous airborne alert, but remained on ground or airborne alert 24 hours a day.

On June 1, 1992, SAC was deactivated and replaced by USSTRATCOM, which now controls the Looking Glass.[2][3] On October 1, 1998, the Navy's E-6 Mercury TACAMO replaced the USAF's EC-135C in the Looking Glass mission.

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9 Members Also There at Same Time
31st Communications Squadron

Shockley, Denzil, CMSgt, (1961-1991) 293 29370 Staff Sergeant
Mumbower, Alan, Sgt, (1966-1970) 293 29350 Sergeant
Murphy, James, Sgt, (1965-1968) 305 30553 Sergeant
Bellain, Warren, SSgt, (1960-1980) 295 29570 Staff Sergeant
Jones, Ralph, SSgt, (1957-1971) 291 29170 Staff Sergeant
Paker, Phillip, Sgt, (1965-1969) 687 68750 Sergeant
Sowell, Johnny, Sgt, (1967-1971) 291 29150 Sergeant
Hart, Mary, A1C, (1966-1971) 290 29030 Airman 1st Class
Chandler, Martha, A3C , (1967-1968) 00 Airman 3rd Class

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