Brown, Kenneth, SSgt

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Staff Sergeant
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43151E-Aircraft Mechanic
Current/Last AFSC Group
Aircraft Maintenance
Primary Unit
1964-1967, 43151E, Military Airlift Command (MAC)
Previously Held AFSC/MOS
43131E-Apprentice Aircraft Mechanic
43151E-Aircraft Maintenance Specialist
Service Years
1960 - 1967
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  1964-1967, 43151E, 1612th Organizational Maintenance Squadron

Staff Sergeant
From Month/Year
- / 1964
To Month/Year
- / 1967
Unit
1612th Organizational Maintenance Squadron Unit Page
Rank
Staff Sergeant
MOS
43151E-Aircraft Mechanic
Location
McGuire AFB, NJ
Country/State
United States
   
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 1612th Organizational Maintenance Squadron Details

1612th Organizational Maintenance Squadron
Type
Combat - Maintenance
Existing/Disbanded
Existing
Parent Unit
Organizational Maintenance Units
Strength
Not Specified
Created/Owned By
Not Specified
   

Last Updated: Feb 26, 2017
   
Memories For This Unit

Best Friends
When I transferred to McGuire, I got married and lived in Mount Holly, NJ. So I didn't really have any "tight " friends on base.

Best Moment
The best moments were having our daughter and son at Walson Army Hospital at Fort Dix, NJ.

   

Worst Moment
The worst moment was when I was Courts Martialed. My flight worked the midnight shift. An airman on the night shift didn't seem too motivated about doing any work: the 781's showed he rarely did anything. So we would be stuck with making up the slack. One night he left his tool box in the flight van and we divided up his tools. We eventually got caught. I thought it was a very serious charge. We ended up having some money taken out of our pay for three months - and I made staff sargent the next go around. As I said in court, "We have our military men and women dying in Vietnam and we're stealing our fellow airmen's tools."  I felt very bad about that, for a long time.

Chain of Command
Don't remember.

   

Other Memories
What struck me when I arrived at McGuire was the seemingly lack of security. I guess, coming from SAC, was a whole new ball game. I was briefed on the organization and was told I could go out and look around the flight line. I said, " Oh, I don't have my security badge yet. They said, you don't need one.indecision.
I also had "culture shock" . At Lincoln we were a very close knit squadron. We wore red baseball hats(98th Bomb Wing color), When on Alert Duty we lived and ate with the officers(flight crews) in the same quarters. On weekends when I wasn't on alert duty or TDY (REFLEX) in England or Spain, I would usually be out working on my B-47 on my own time.The AP's didn't seem too comfortable with me doing that , at first. But they got used to "this weirdo".

But McGuire was a different experience and that's what makes life interesting. smiley

   
My Photos For This Unit
DD-214 -SSgt Kenneth R Brown Jr -1967
McGuire AFB Guide Book
Maj. Thomas B. McGuire - WWII Fighter Ace
6 Members Also There at Same Time
1612th Organizational Maintenance Squadron

Ross, Lyle, Sgt, (1964-1968) 431 43151E Sergeant
Thompson, Francis, A1C, (1961-1965) 431 43151E Airman 1st Class
Zera, Stanley, A2C, (1961-1964) 431 43151E Airman 2nd Class
Atherton, James, A1C, (1961-1965) 431 43151C Airman 1st Class
Murdaugh, Thomas, A1C, (1964-1968) 431 43151W Airman 1st Class
Stamp, Walter, A1C, (1962-1966) 431 43151 Airman 1st Class

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