Brown, Kenneth, SSgt

Aircraft Maintenance
 
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Current/Last Rank
Staff Sergeant
Current/Last Primary AFSC/MOS
43151E-Aircraft Mechanic
Current/Last AFSC Group
Aircraft Maintenance
Primary Unit
1961-1964, 43151E, Strategic Air Command (SAC)
Previously Held AFSC/MOS
43131E-Apprentice Aircraft Mechanic
43151E-Aircraft Maintenance Specialist
Service Years
1960 - 1967
Official/Unofficial US Air Force Certificates
Cold War Certificate
Cuban Missile Crisis
Voice Edition
Enlisted Collar Insignia
Staff Sergeant

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Strategic Command (Pre 2002)


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Cold War Medal US Air Force Honorable Discharge (Old Style) SAC Master Crew Chief


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The B47 Stratojet Association
  2016, The B47 Stratojet Association [Verified]


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Cuban Missile Crisis
From Month/Year
October / 1962
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October / 1962

Description
The Cuban Missile Crisis, also known as the Caribbean Crisis or the Missile Scare, was a 13-day (October 16–28, 1962) confrontation between the United States and the Soviet Union concerning American ballistic missile deployment in Italy and Turkey with consequent Soviet ballistic missile deployment in Cuba. The confrontation, elements of which were televised, was the closest the Cold War came to escalating into a full-scale nuclear war.

In response to the failed Bay of Pigs Invasion of 1961, and the presence of American Jupiter ballistic missiles in Italy and Turkey, Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev decided to agree to Cuba's request to place nuclear missiles in Cuba to deter future harassment of Cuba. An agreement was reached during a secret meeting between Khrushchev and Fidel Castro in July 1962 and construction of a number of missile launch facilities started later that summer.

The 1962 midterm elections were under way in the United States and the White House had denied charges that it was ignoring dangerous Soviet missiles 90 miles from Florida. These missile preparations were confirmed when an Air Force U-2 spy plane produced clear photographic evidence of medium-range (SS-4) and intermediate-range (R-14) ballistic missile facilities. The United States established a military blockade to prevent further missiles from entering Cuba. It announced that they would not permit offensive weapons to be delivered to Cuba and demanded that the weapons already in Cuba be dismantled and returned to the USSR.

After a long period of tense negotiations, an agreement was reached between President John F. Kennedy and Khrushchev. Publicly, the Soviets would dismantle their offensive weapons in Cuba and return them to the Soviet Union, subject to United Nations verification, in exchange for a U.S. public declaration and agreement never to invade Cuba again without direct provocation. Secretly, the United States also agreed that it would dismantle all U.S.-built Jupiter MRBMs, which were deployed in Turkey and Italy against the Soviet Union but were not known to the public.

When all offensive missiles and Ilyushin Il-28 light bombers had been withdrawn from Cuba, the blockade was formally ended on November 20, 1962. The negotiations between the United States and the Soviet Union pointed out the necessity of a quick, clear, and direct communication line between Washington and Moscow. As a result, the Moscow–Washington hotline was established. A series of agreements sharply reduced U.S.–Soviet tensions during the following years.
   
My Participation in This Battle or Operation
From Month/Year
October / 1962
To Month/Year
October / 1962
 
Last Updated:
Mar 16, 2020
   
Personal Memories

People You Remember
I was deployed to Niagara Falls Municipal Airport with B-47E, 53-2379, loaded with nuclear weapons. My most memorable experience, at that time, was the wonderful Citizens of Niagara Falls bringing us a homemade dinner on Thanksgiving Day !smiley

See my Cuban Crisis experience on YouTube  at   "MY AIR FORCE STORY - SSGT KEN BROWN"

   
Units Participated in Operation

USS Henrico (APA-45)

USS Bayfield (APA-33)

 
My Photos From This Battle or Operation
B-47E takeoff using ATO.
My B-47  back home after CUBAN CRISIS
Cold War Cert.
Niagara Falls Airport during Cuban Missle Crisis

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  • Beckett, Carl, TSgt, (1960-1983)
  • Bolton, Robert, TSgt, (1961-1981)
  • Boyer, Joe, Col, (1954-1975)
  • Brown, James H., MSgt, (1956-1979)
  • Brown, Thomas, SMSgt, (1955-1976)
  • Burkel, Fred, MSgt, (1960-1998)
  • Byam, Peter, A2C, (1960-1964)
  • Callahan, Michael, A1C, (1959-1964)
  • Ceballos, Peter, Maj, (1945-1970)
  • Clark, Lawrence, Lt Col, (1959-1980)
  • Clark, Lloyd
  • Clarke, Bruce, A2C, (1959-1965)
  • Clawson, Lyle, Maj, (1943-1973)
  • Clifton, Craig, MSgt, (1959-1983)
  • Cook, Al, A3C , (1961-1964)
  • Corso, Emanuele, Capt, (1961-1976)
  • Cowder, Michael (Mike), CMSgt, (1961-1991)
  • Cox, David, A1C, (1959-1963)
  • Cross, Art, SSgt, (1961-1970)
  • Dale, James, Sgt, (1962-1968)
  • Dean, David, A1C, (1959-1963)
  • DeGusipe, Ron, A1C, (1959-1963)
  • Dilling, Roger, Lt Col, (1955-1977)
  • Dot'o, Sr., Ronald J., TSgt, (1960-1983)
  • Drake, James, SMSgt, (1961-1988)
  • Elliott, Hall, Maj, (1955-1978)
  • Frakes, Forrest, MSgt, (1960-1983)
  • Freitas, Edward, A1C, (1961-1967)
  • Fuson, Eugene, A1C, (1961-1965)
  • Gallenstein, William, A1C, (1960-1964)
  • Gates, Jim, A1C, (1962-1968)
  • Goldstein, Arthur, A2C, (1958-1964)
  • Gomes, Manny, A2C, (1960-1963)
  • Goodhue, Doug, SSgt, (1961-1995)
  • Gouer, Robert, SMSgt, (1956-1980)
  • Greer, Harry, MSgt, (1961-1983)
  • Hall, Charles, SrA, (1958-1963)
  • Hall, Woodrow, CMSgt, (1962-1988)
  • Hauswald, Arnold, A1C, (1961-1965)
  • Helms, William, Capt, (1961-1983)
  • Hewitt, Billie, SMSgt, (1961-1981)
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