Slusser, John, SMSgt

Avionics Maintenance
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Current Service Status
USAF Retired
Current/Last Rank
Senior Master Sergeant
Current/Last Primary AFSC/MOS
32090-Avionic Systems Superintendent
Current/Last AFSC Group
Avionics Maintenance
Primary Unit
1978-1980, 32090, 354th Component Repair Squadron
Previously Held AFSC/MOS
99000-Basic Airman
32231F-Apprentice Weapon Control Systems Mechanic
32251F-Weapon Control Systems Mechanic
32251P-Weapon Control Systems Mechanic
32271P-Weapon Control Systems Technician
32291-Fire and Weapon Control Systems Superintendent
Service Years
1958 - 1980
Senior Master Sergeant

 Official Badges 

Air Training Command Instructor (pre-1966) Air Training Command Master Instructor (post-1967) Air Force Retired Air Training Command Instructor (post-1966)

 Unofficial Badges 

US Air Force Honorable Discharge Cold War Medal

 Military Association Memberships
12th Tactical Fighter Wing AssociationAF105-National Rifle Association (NRA)AFTWS Living History Team
TWS Volunteer Profile Assistance Team (VPA)United Services Automobile Association (USAA)Air Force Memorial (AFM)Air Force TWS Advisory Group
AFTWS Forums TeamTWS Memorial TeamTWS Profile IntegrityTWS Memorial Team
  2005, 12th Tactical Fighter Wing Association [Verified]
  2009, Air Force Association (AFA), AF105 (Paymaster) (Tucson, Arizona) [Verified] - Chap. Page
  2009, -National Rifle Association (NRA)
  2010, AFTWS Living History Team [Verified]43 - Assoc. Page
  2011, TWS Volunteer Profile Assistance Team (VPA) [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2014, United Services Automobile Association (USAA) - Assoc. Page
  2015, Air Force Memorial (AFM) [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2015, Air Force TWS Advisory Group [Verified]
  2015, AFTWS Forums Team
  2015, TWS Memorial Team [Verified]
  2015, TWS Profile Integrity [Verified]
  2015, TWS Memorial Team [Verified]

 Additional Information
What are you doing now:

I'm retired with the exception of being a partner in a small R&D company, FSNC, LLC. . I retired from Hughes Aircraft/Raytheon in 1998 as Engineering Specialist and Member of the Technical Staff, primarily working for the old Division 28 (Field Support) supporting Radar Systems Group and later CX (Field Support) supporting the Maverick Missile.  I was a Tech Rep for Hughes with US Customs Air Operations from 1980 until 1987. I supported the drug interdiction program Cessna Citation-I radar and later, flew with the P-3 Orion, supporing the Hughes F-15 Radar which had been modified for drug traffic interception. 

The remainder of my time with Hughes, I was a "MavericK", supporting the AGM-65 Air to Ground Missile at the Ogden Depot and at Chambersburgh, PA depot.  The highlight of my Maverick tour was a two year technical support contract with the Spanish Air Force at Zaragoza from 92 until 94.


Other Comments:

My Amateur Radio call is WD7F. Whisky Delta Seven Foxtrot  Check it out on  I am a member of the Southern Arizona DX Association and here's the link:

I'm a member of the 12th Tactical Fighter Wing Association and I have posted many pictures on my RVN-66 Website . You can find a few "war stories" that I provided to this group as well.

The 51st FIW made a mass exodus in December 1964, when a record number of personnel traveled back to the states on reassignment.  I recently received two PDF files from SSgt Curt Oberg.  They are scans of the Outpost Newspaper, one of the December port calls and the other is the orders changing the DEROS of the 51st A&E personnel.  Check them out if you are interested.

To download a 479th Field Maintenance Squadron yearbook from 1969, provided to me by CMSgt Bob Ross, click here:

You can see some Hughes/Raytheon Mavericks here:

Here are a few of the Tucson US Customs Air Ops old timers:

 Countries Deployed To or Visited

 Remembrance Profiles -  20 Airmen Remembered
  • Coulon, Rodney, SSgt
  • Frickman, Fred, MSgt, (1955-1975)
  • Rouse, Robert, Maj, (1941-1952)
  • Zonnefeld, Marlyn, A1C, (1962-1966)
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 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
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  1958, Basic Military Training (Lackland AFB, TX), 3711/9292
 Unit Assignments
3711th Basic Military Training SquadronTraining Units3424th Instructor Squadron51st Armament and Electronics Maintenance Squadron
51st Fighter-Interceptor Wing366th Armament and Electronics Maintenance Squadron391st Tactical Fighter Squadron - Bold TigersUS Air Force
US Air Force479th Field Maintenance SquadronAir Training CommandAir Training Command
NCO Academy -  TAC8th Avionics Maintenance Squadron8th Aircraft Generation Squadron354th Tactical Fighter Wing
354th Component Repair SquadronThomas N. Barnes Center for Enlisted Education/Senior Noncommissioned Officer Academy (SNCOA)
  1958-1959, 99000, 3711th Basic Military Training Squadron
  1959-1960, 32231F, 3430th Student Squadron
  1960-1961, 32251F, 3420th Training Squadron
  1962-1963, 32251F, 3424th Instructor Squadron
  1963-1964, 32251F, 51st Armament and Electronics Maintenance Squadron
  1963-1964, 32251F, 51st Fighter-Interceptor Wing
  1965-1966, 32251P, 366th Armament and Electronics Maintenance Squadron
  1966-1966, 32251P, 391st Tactical Fighter Squadron - Bold Tigers
  1966-1966, 32251P, 12th Armament and Electronics Maintenance Squadron
  1966-1967, 32251P, 479th Armament and Electronics Maintenance Squadron
  1967-1967, 32251P, 479th Field Maintenance Squadron
  1967-1968, 32271P, 479th Field Maintenance Squadron
  1968-1971, 32271P, Field Training Detachment 516S (FTD 516S)
  1971-1973, 32271P, Field Training Detachment 912 (FTD 912)
  1973-1974, 32271P, Field Training Detachment 908 (FTD 908)
  1975-1975, 32291, NCO Academy - TAC
  1975-1977, 32291, 58th Avionics Maintenance Squadron
  1977-1977, 32090, 8th Avionics Maintenance Squadron
  1977-1977, 32090, 8th Aircraft Generation Squadron
  1978-1980, 32090, 354th Tactical Fighter Wing
  1978-1980, 32090, 354th Component Repair Squadron
  1979-1979, 32090, Thomas N. Barnes Center for Enlisted Education/Senior Noncommissioned Officer Academy (SNCOA)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1964-1964 Vietnam Advisory Campaign (1961-65)/Gulf Of Tonkin Incident
  1964-1966 Vietnam War
 Reflections on Service
Please describe who or what influenced your decision to join the Air Force?
Whether you were in the service for several years or as a career, please describe the direction or path you took. What was your reason for leaving?
If you participated in any military operations, including combat, humanitarian and peacekeeping operations, please describe those which were the most significant to you and, if life-changing, in what way.
Was there a particular incident during your service when you believed you were in a situation you might not survive? Please describe what happened and what was the outcome.
Of all your duty stations or assignments, which one do you have fondest memories of and why? Which one was your least favorite?
From your entire service, including combat, describe the personal memories which have impacted you most?
What achievement(s) are you most proud of from your military career? If you received any medals, awards, formal presentations or qualification badges for significant achievement or valor, please describe how these were earned.
Of all the medals, awards, formal presentations and qualification badges you received, or any other memorabilia, please describe those which are the most meaningful to you and why?
Which individual(s) from your time in the military stand out as having the most positive impact on you and why?
Please recount the names of friends you served with, at which location, and what you remember most about them. Indicate those you are already in touch with and those you would like to make contact with.
Can you recount a particular incident from your service which may or may not have been funny at the time, but still makes you laugh?
What profession did you follow after your military service and what are you doing now? If you are currently serving, what is your present occupational specialty?
What military associations are you a member of, if any? What specific benefits do you derive from your memberships?
In what ways has serving in the military influenced the way you have approached your life and your career?
Based on your own experiences, what advice would you give to those who have recently joined the Air Force?
In what ways has helped you remember your military service and the friends you served with.
 Colleges Attended 
Community College of the Air ForcePima Community College
  1968-1980, Community College of the Air Force
  1988-1989, Pima Community College
 My Aircraft/Missiles
F-102 Delta Dagger  F-4 Phantom  A-10 Thunderbolt II (Warthog)  
  1959-1964, F-102 Delta Dagger
  1965-1978, F-4 Phantom
  1978-1980, A-10 Thunderbolt II (Warthog)
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