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 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. On October 1, 1998, the Navy's E-6 Mercury TACAMO replaced the USAF's EC-135C in the Looking Glass mission.