De Venuta, Martin, SSgt

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Current Service Status
USAF Veteran
Current/Last Rank
Staff Sergeant
Current/Last Primary AFSC/MOS
70250-Administrative Specialist
Current/Last AFSC Group
Primary Unit
1970-1970, 70250, 8th Air Force
Previously Held AFSC/MOS
70230-Apprentice Administrative Specialist
Service Years
1966 - 1970
Official/Unofficial US Air Force Certificates
Cold War Certificate
Staff Sergeant

 Official Badges 

 Unofficial Badges 

Cold War Medal US Air Force Honorable Discharge (Old Style) Vietnam Veteran 50th Commemoration Vietnam 50th Anniversary

 Military Association Memberships
Post 8063, Lamorinda PostVietnam Veterans of Diablo ValleyB-52 Stratofortress AssociationUTAPAO Alumni Association
Tan Son Nhut AssociationAir Force Together We ServedTroop Carrier/Tactical Airlift AssociationAir Force Memorial (AFM)
AF120AFSA 1320
  2000, Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW), Post 8063, Lamorinda Post (Life Member) (Lafayette, California) [Verified] - Chap. Page
  2006, Vietnam Veterans of Diablo Valley1
  2008, B-52 Stratofortress Association [Verified]
  2008, UTAPAO Alumni Association [Verified]
  2008, Tan Son Nhut Association [Verified]
  2008, Air Force Together We Served [Verified]
  2014, Troop Carrier/Tactical Airlift Association [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2015, Air Force Memorial (AFM) [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2015, Air Force Association (AFA), AF120 (Member) (San Francisco, California) [Verified] - Chap. Page
  2015, Air Force Sergeants Association (AFSA), AFSA 1320 (Life Member) (Travis AFB, California) - Chap. Page

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  1969-1970, 70250, 4258th Strategic Wing

Staff Sergeant
From Month/Year
June / 1969
To Month/Year
April / 1970
4258th Strategic Wing Unit Page
Staff Sergeant
70250-Administrative Specialist
U-Tapao Royal Thai Air Force Base
 4258th Strategic Wing Details

4258th Strategic Wing
Combat - Command Element
Parent Unit
Air Force Wings
Created/Owned By
Not Specified

Last Updated: Apr 28, 2018
Memories For This Unit

Best Friends
Major Bill McCarthy, Col. Ray Nash, Capt. Walt Brinkman, Major Fred Kirby

Best Moment
I have to say there were several best moments: My best moment was when I got promoted to Staff Sergeant (E-5). I thought that I would pull a surprise on the officers I was working with in Bomber Ops on the 6 p.m. - 6 a.m. shift. Just before mindnight on my last day as an E-4, I left the office to take a break and go for dinner and went off to change into my new shirt with the 4th stripe. I checked back into the office close to midnight and was hoping to surprise everyone. Well, these officers already new of my promotion and had a bottle of sparkling cider ready to uncork. We worked our asses off that night on the crew briefings but we still managed to have a great time celebrating my promotion to E-5.

The going home parties at the Swan Lake Hotel were a lot of fun with a lot of serious drinking going on as we wished the very best to the lucky officer. The Christmas Show with Bob Hope and his beauties (Connie Stevens and the Golddiggers) was a night that everyone should have enjoyed - I certainly did.
I enjoyed going to the beach on-base just to get that tan or to fish (never caught anything) and to Pattaya Beach. These are other great moments that I relish from my last year serving in the Air Force.


Worst Moment
Getting drunk more than once.

Other Memories
I use to love watching the Buffs taking off fully loaded with bombs while on the beach at U-T. All the Admin guys in Bomber Ops, except me, got to go up on a B-52 mission after we were qualified at the altitude chamber on Guam. When my incentive trip was due, the AF called them off because the missions were becoming more dangerous. I was really pissed because I couldn't go on a mission as I was so psyched up when the time came for me to go to Guam to get qualified to fly on a B-52. I still would love to go up on a B-52 before they retire them all. Sadly, leaving Thailand was the end of my Air Force career. I was at the end of my first enlistment period. The Air Force recruiter at U-Tapao said that they would send me to work in the Pentagon if I re-enlisted. I chose instead to leave the Air Force to get a college degree. I was at 3 years 8 months so they gave me an early-out from my 4-year contract. The flight back to the U.S. took me to Travis AFB and that is where I was discharged within 24 hours after landing. I got my BS Degree 3 years later since I had already completed some college courses before I joined the Air Force and 2 Accounting courses I took while at KIS. As I look back at the age of 67 and reminiss, I could kick myself in the ass for giving up the great Air Force career I had and the opportunities to travel the world for free. I don't know why I never considered re-joining the active Air Force or going into the Air Force Reserves after I got that degree - it never crossed my mind.

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41 Members Also There at Same Time
4258th Strategic Wing

Bagnall, Rick, MSgt, (1968-2009) 702 70250 Sergeant
Fields, Harry, Sgt, (1967-1971) 702 70250 Sergeant
Conner, William, Sgt, (1964-Present) 431 43151F Sergeant
Peterson, Brian, Sgt, (1966-1970) 323 32350G Sergeant
Ceballos, Peter, Maj, (1945-1970) M10 M 1038 Major
McDaniel, Jim, Capt, (1962-1969) 402 4024 Captain
Radke, Mike, MSgt, (1957-1978) 323 32371 Master Sergeant
Eisenman, John, TSgt, (1967-1971) 431 43151C Technical Sergeant
Furr, James, SMSgt, (1957-1979) 274 27470 Technical Sergeant
Pumford, John N., TSgt 112 112X0 Technical Sergeant
Walsh, William, MSgt, (1954-1980) 424 42472 Technical Sergeant
Champlin, James, TSgt, (1961-1981) 323 32350G Staff Sergeant
Clark, David B, SMSgt, (1964-1987) 431 43171E Staff Sergeant
Derr, James, MSgt, (1960-1980) 323 32370C Staff Sergeant
Louviere, Anthony (Pete), SSgt, (1966-1970) 732 73250 Staff Sergeant
McGinnis, Franklin, MSgt, (1958-1980) 325 32570 Staff Sergeant
Mehrhoff, Mel, SSgt, (1965-1974) 301 30171 Staff Sergeant
Winters, Thomas, SSgt, (1962-1970) 422 42271 Staff Sergeant
Bernier, Dave, Sgt, (1966-1970) 431 43151E Sergeant
Collins, George, SSgt, (1966-1972) 423 42350 Sergeant
Cooper, Lorren, Sgt, (1965-1969) 431 43133 Sergeant
Jones, Frederick, SMSgt, (1967-2004) 462 46250 Sergeant
Moore, Ronald, Sgt, (1968-1972) 421 42153 Sergeant
Pennington, Ritchie, Sgt, (1966-1969) 00 00000 Sergeant
Kleinsmith, Richard, SSgt, (1966-1970) 732 73250A Airman 1st Class
Lance, Don, A1C, (1966-1970) 431 43151E Airman 1st Class
Dahlback, Jerry, Sgt, (1967-1970) 462 46250 Airman 1st Class
Provost, Joe, Sgt, (1968-1972) 431 43151E Airman 1st Class
Evans, John, A1C, (1965-1970) 113 113X0 Airman 1st Class
Provost, Joseph, Sgt, (1968-1972) 431 43131E Airman 1st Class
Saldana, Joseph Ralph, SSgt, (1967-1971) 645 64550 Airman 1st Class
Anderson, G.F., Maj, (1960-1980) Major
Condon, James C., Lt Col, (1954-1978) Major
Blazer, William, Capt Captain
Darkenwald, James M., Capt Captain
Lingle, Charles Spencer, Lt Col, (1954-1974) Captain
Louviere, Anthony, SSgt, (1966-1970) 00 Staff Sergeant
Cassidy, Danny, SMSgt, (1963-1991) Sergeant
Parrott, Charles, A1C, (1966-1970) Airman 1st Class
[Name Withheld], (1968-1989) Sergeant
Lambert, Ron, Maj, (1963-1983) Captain

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