Hensel, R., SMSgt

Aircraft Maintenance
 Service Photo   Service Details
307 kb
View Reflection Shadow Box View Time Line View Family Time Line
Current Service Status
USAF Retired
Current/Last Rank
Senior Master Sergeant
Current/Last Primary AFSC/MOS
423X4-Aircraft Pneudraulic Systems Mechanic
Current/Last AFSC Group
Aircraft Maintenance
Primary Unit
2005-Present, 119th Fighter Squadron - Jersey Devils
Previously Held AFSC/MOS
99000-Basic Airman
2A3X3-Tactical Aircraft Maintenance
43191-Aircraft Maintenance Superintendent
Service Years
1966 - 2005
Voice Edition
Enlisted Collar Insignia
Senior Master Sergeant

 Official Badges 

Air Force Retired

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Association Memberships
Air Force Sergeants Association (AFSA)Post 158, Emilio Marandino PostAir Force Association (AFA)Patriot Guard Riders
  1990, Air Force Sergeants Association (AFSA) [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  1992, Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW), Post 158, Emilio Marandino Post (Landisville, New Jersey) [Verified]8 - Chap. Page
  1998, Air Force Association (AFA) [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2010, Patriot Guard Riders2
  2010, Patriot Guard Riders, New Jersey Chapter (New Jersey)
  2010, Patriot Guard Riders, New Jersey Chapter (New Jersey)
  2010, Patriot Guard Riders, Member

 Additional Information
What are you doing now:

  Keeping busy with my wife Donna, whom I will be married to forty years in July 2009.  We've traveled quite alot having gone to Germany, Switzerland, Italy and Austria in March 2006.  March 2007 we drove my inlaws to the Mayo Clinic in Minnesotta.  What a snow storm we ran into in Madison Wisconsin!  January 2008 we drove to Florida.  Visited some of the old TDY bases Tyndall and  McDill.  I always enjoyed TDY's, and it brings back good memories to go their.  July 2008 we drove to Albuquerque New Mexico for a wedding, then up to Colorado Spings and Denver.  As you can see I enjoy driving, so I took a part time job driving.  One of my "FOX HOLE BUDDIES" Joe Fenton, convinced me to look into parts delivery.  I work three days a week for an auto dealership and have a four day weekend.  WOW,  if I knew it would be that good, I would have done it forty years ago!! 

    When our children were young, it opened up an avenue to our social lives, so do our five grand children.  In many ways re-aquainting us with people we lost touch with.  Its true, you really get to enjoy them so much more than the hectic pace of raising your own.  I finally have two sons!  both are really nice guys and thank God, both marriages seem to be very sound.


Other Comments:

     I graduated from Cape May Vocational Technical Institute in 1966 and went to work for Weaton Plastic Co. in Mayslanding as a design draftsman.  I had a technical deferment from them to avoid the draft and one from my parents' family farm but felt an obligation to serve in the military.  As a child who played soldier with my cousins and admired my uncles in uniform I was inspired to join the military.  The Vietnam War was going on and everyone was saying "don't join", this didn't persuade me .  I joined the New Jersey Air National Guard in August and left for basic in October 1966.  After graduation from Chanute AFB as a hydraulic repairman, I was hired full time by the NJANG as a technician.  From that day on I knew I made the right decision about joining the military.  On January 26, 1968 the 177th TFG was activated for the Pueblo Incident and we were sent to Phu Cat, Vietnam for a one year tour.  After 14 years as a hydraulic technician, I cross trained to flight line and was a crew chief certified on F-106s, T-33s and F-16s.  I retired from my technician job with NJANG on my 55th birthday, December 27, 2000 and stayed on as a triditional Guardsman working in the Maintenance Control section (MOCC).  The first plane flew into the World Trade building at 0910 and by 0925 hours I received a phone call saying we were activated and to report to base ASAP.  I stayed on active duty for two years doing Noble Eagle missions and retired from NJANG military on December 27, 2005 at age 60. 

     From my first day as a technician until my last day as a traditional guardsman, I knew I had a job that was the envy of my family and friends.  Exotic travel to places they only heard about and TDYs to warm climates in January and Feburary always seemed like greener pastures to them and for the most part, they were correct.  I couldn't imagine working any other job and being any happier than with what I was doing in the Air National Guard. 


 Remembrance Profiles -  68 Airmen Remembered
 Photo Album   (More...

 Ribbon Bar

Maintenance (Master)

 National Guard Awards

 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
Click here to see Training
  1966, Basic Military Training (Lackland AFB, TX), 3724/G381
  1966, Basic Technical Training (Chanute, AFB, IL), 33473
  1998, Academy of Military Science (McGhee-Tyson ANGB)
 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
Training UnitsUS Air Force113th Tactical Fighter Wing354th Field Maintenance Squadron
355th Tactical Fighter SquadronField Maintenance Units37th Tactical Fighter WingTactical Fighter Units
177th Fighter-Interceptor GroupNew Jersey Air National Guard177th Fighter Wing119th Fighter Squadron  - Jersey Devils
  1966-1966, 99000, 3724th Basic Military Training Squadron (Cadre)
  1966-1967, 4, 3347th Student Training Squadron (Cadre)
  1966-1968, 42, 177th Tactical Fighter Group
  1968-1968, 42, 113th Tactical Fighter Wing
  1968-1968, 354th Field Maintenance Squadron
  1968-1969, 42, 355th Tactical Fighter Squadron
  1968-1969, 42, 37th Field Maintenance Squadron
  1968-1969, 42, 37th Tactical Fighter Wing
  1970-1972, 42, 177th Tactical Fighter Group
  1972-1998, 423X4, 177th Fighter-Interceptor Group
  1995-2000, 2A3X3, 177th Fighter Wing
  2000-2005, 43191, New Jersey Air National Guard
  2000-2005, 177th Fighter Wing
  2005-Present, 119th Fighter Squadron - Jersey Devils
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1968-1968 Vietnam Air Offensive Phase III Campaign (1968)
  1968-1969 Vietnam Air Offensive Phase IV Campaign (1968-69)7
  2001-2001 Operation Noble Eagle (ONE)
 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 made a lasting impact on you and, if life-changing, in what way?
From your entire military service, describe any memories you still reflect back on to this day.
What professional achievements are you most proud of from your military career?
Of all the medals, awards, formal presentations and qualification badges you received, or other memorabilia, which one is 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?
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? What do you miss most about your time in the service?
Based on your own experiences, what advice would you give to those who have recently joined the Air Force?
In what ways has TogetherWeServed.com helped you remember your military service and the friends you served with.
 Colleges Attended 
  1983-1984, Cumberland College
  1984-1984, Atlantic Community College
 My Aircraft/Missiles
C-121 Constellation  F-100 Super Sabre  F-105 Thunderchief (Thud)  C-54 Skymaster  
F-106 Delta Dart  U-3 Blue Canoe  T-33 Shooting Star (T-Bird)  C-131 Samaritan  
F-16 Fighting Falcon  
  1966-1966, C-121 Constellation
  1966-1970, F-100 Super Sabre
  1970-1972, F-105 Thunderchief (Thud)
  1971-1975, C-54 Skymaster
  1972-1988, F-106 Delta Dart
  1975-1977, U-3 Blue Canoe
  1975-1986, T-33 Shooting Star (T-Bird)
  1978-1984, C-131 Samaritan
  1988-2000, F-16 Fighting Falcon8
Copyright Togetherweserved.com Inc 2003-2011