Taylor, Richard, MSgt

Aircraft Maintenance
 
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Current Service Status
USAF Retired
Current/Last Rank
Master Sergeant
Current/Last Primary AFSC/MOS
43191-Aircraft Maintenance Superintendent
Current/Last AFSC Group
Aircraft Maintenance
Primary Unit
1978-1983, 43191, 47th Air Division
Previously Held AFSC/MOS
43131E-Apprentice Aircraft Mechanic
43010-Aircraft Maintenance Helper
43151E-Aircraft Mechanic
43151E-Aircraft Engine Mechanic
43171E-Aircraft Maintenance Technician
Service Years
1963 - 1983
Master Sergeant

 Official Badges 

Air Force Retired


 Unofficial Badges 

Cold War Medal SAC Master Technician Master Crew Chief Munitions Recovery Team Chief

US Air Force Honorable Discharge (Old Style) KC-135 2000 Hour Young Tiger Task Force


 Military Association Memberships
The Retired Enlisted Association (TREA)Air Force Sergeants Association (AFSA)American LegionVeterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW)
Disabled American Veterans (DAV)Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA)
  1995, The Retired Enlisted Association (TREA)
  1995, Air Force Sergeants Association (AFSA) [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  1997, American Legion [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2000, Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW) [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2002, Disabled American Veterans (DAV) [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2002, Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA) [Verified] - Assoc. Page


 Additional Information
What are you doing now:
Just finished writing my Memoir of my service years, and a major undertaking of doing a re-write of the family military history (1770's to 1983.  Being the last member of my family to serve, probably puts me at the pinacle.  Hopefully the kids who are just now growing old enough to understand willspend the time to read both and accept the challenge of returning the favor of securing our freedom for their grandkids.
   
Other Comments:
I served as an Aircraft Maintenance Ground Crewman, Assistant Crew Chief, Crew Chief and Aircraft Maintenance Superintendant.  Crew Chief Duties were on B-52H, KC-EC-RC-WC-135, C-141A and Enroute Maintenance Team Chief for all MAC - boy that's OLD - aircraft, including Commercials, transiting through Andersen AFB, Guam 1968 thru 1969.  My last assignment was Night Shift NCOIC Production and Mobility for the Field Maintenance Branch, 6th CAMSq, 6th Strategic Recon. Wing, Eielson AFB, AK.

After my retirement I went to work for the State of Alaska as a Correctional Officer/Prisoner Transport Officer for another fifteen years.  Received my Commission from the Alaska State Troopers in 1985 and retired it in 1997.  Retired from the DOC in 1998.

Drove School Bus for a year, and then went into Private Security.  Worked two years under the Federal Protective Service as a Security Officer/Sergeant at the U. S. Federal Building in Fairbanks, AK.  Retired due to health.

Moved back to Michigan in 2004 to pursue my dream of completion of a degree in drafting.  When it's over I'm going back to Alaska and ship my two sons to Florida.    LMAO.

Just a note:  Crew Chiefs went by numerous nicknames while I was in that line of work.  Some readily identifiable examples were "Ramp Apes", "Screw Chiefs", "AGE Monitors", "Gorilla," and so on.  Along about 1980 something, I first heard the term "Crew Dawg" used by an Aircraft Commander.  When asked what that really meant, he replied "Dedicated, Able, Worthy, Guardian!"  I agreed.  The "DAWG" is the man or woman who has an awesome responsibility.

   

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 1975-2003, EC-135 Looking Glass
From Year
1975
To Year
2003
   
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 EC-135 Looking Glass Details
 


Aircraft/Missile Information
Looking Glass

"Operation Looking Glass" provided at least 11 EC-135C command post aircraft to the Commander in Chief Strategic Air Command (CINCSAC), which were either based at its headquarters at Offutt AFB, Nebraska, or at Ellsworth AFB, South Dakota. All aircraft have been retired or repurposed.

The U.S. nuclear strategy depends on its ability to command, control, and communicate with its nuclear forces under all conditions. An essential element of that ability is Looking Glass; its crew and staff ensure there is always an aircraft ready to direct bombers and missiles from the air should ground-based command centers be destroyed or rendered inoperable. Looking Glass is intended to guarantee that U.S. strategic forces will act only in the manner dictated by the President. It took the nickname "Looking Glass" because the mission mirrored ground-based command, control, and communications. Besides being the program name, "Looking Glass" is the official name for the "C" model aircraft of the EC-135. It has a crew of at least 15, including at least one or more general officer.

The Strategic Air Command began the Looking Glass mission on February 3, 1961. Looking Glass aircraft were continuously airborne 24 hours a day for over 29 years, accumulating more than 281,000 accident-free flying hours. On July 24, 1990, "The Glass" ceased continuous airborne alert, but remained on ground or airborne alert 24 hours a day.

On June 1, 1992, SAC was deactivated and replaced by USSTRATCOM, which now controls the Looking Glass.[2][3] On October 1, 1998, the Navy's E-6 Mercury TACAMO replaced the USAF's EC-135C in the Looking Glass mission.

   
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Last Updated: Apr 29, 2010
   
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