Waters, Thomas, Lt Col

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Current Service Status
USAF Retired
Current/Last Rank
Lieutenant Colonel
Current/Last Primary AFSC/MOS
4016-Aircraft Maintenance Staff Officer
Current/Last AFSC Group
Equipment Maintenance
Primary Unit
1995-1997, 21RX, Air National Guard Readyness Center
Previously Held AFSC/MOS
46250-Weapons Mechanic
00350-Egress Mechanic
42252-Aircrew Egress Systems Repairman
42272-Aircrew Egress Systems Repair Technician
4024-Aircraft Maintenance Officer
21RX-Logistics Readiness
Service Years
1960 - 1997
Lieutenant Colonel

 Official Badges 

Air Force Commander Air Force Retired

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Association Memberships
Post 10054, Clyde E. Newman  Jr. PostMilitary Order of the Purple HeartAir Force Association (AFA)Military Officers Association of America (MOAA)
Logistics Officer AssociationTuskegee Airmen, IncPost Chapter 15
  1968, Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW), Post 10054, Clyde E. Newman Jr. Post (Pahrump, Nevada) - Chap. Page
  1969, Military Order of the Purple Heart - Assoc. Page
  1976, Air Force Association (AFA) [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  1990, Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) - Assoc. Page
  1990, Logistics Officer Association
  1990, Tuskegee Airmen, Inc [Verified]
  2008, American Legion, Post (Vice President) (┬áLas Vegas, Nevada) - Chap. Page
  2008, Disabled American Veterans (DAV), Chapter 15 (Pahrump, Nevada) - Chap. Page

 Additional Information
What are you doing now:
I am enjoying the "retired" life in Nevada.  Retired means that I am a VOLUNTEER for the:
- Basin College Steering Committee
- Veterans Memorial Advisory Board
- Poverty Outreach Commission
- Life Member of the VFW and DAV (Very active with both)
- Nevada Center for Public Police Dialogue
- Prostate Cancer Support Group - Recorder
- Ordained Elder for two local churches

In the November 2010 General Election, I was elected to serve as a member of our Town Board.  Our Town is governed by a five-member Town Board and I was elected to serve a four-year term.  I still try to maintain my volunteer status in the Town and the County where I can. 
Other Comments:
I would love to get into my golf game but am not used to the Nevada heat yet.  :-)

I am also on a Bowling League and trying to improve my game.
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 1962-1966, RF-4C Phantom II
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Personal Memories
This was with the 4411 CAMS at Shaw AFB, SC. I worked as a Weapons Mechanic here and also as a 5-level Egress technician here.
 RF-4C Phantom II Details

Aircraft/Missile Information
McDonnell Douglas RF-4C

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In the early 1960s, the USAF recognized the need for more tactical reconnaissance aircraft to reinforce the RF-101s then in service. The USAF chose a modification of the F-4C fighter. The RF-4C development program began in 1962, and the first production aircraft made its initial flight on May 18, 1964. The Air Force officially accepted a total of 499 RF-4Cs.

The RF-4C can carry a variety of cameras in three different stations in its nose section. It could take photos at both high and low altitude, day or night. The RF-4C carried no offensive armament, although during the last few years of its service some were fitted with four AIM-9 Sidewinder missiles for defense.

The 16th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron became the first operational unit to fly the RF-4C. In October 1965 that unit deployed to Southeast Asia to provide photographic reconnaissance of the growing conflict in South Vietnam. In the following years, RF-4Cs flew reconnaissance missions around the world, including Desert Shield/Desert Storm in Iraq in 1990-1991. The Air Force retired all of its RF-4Cs by 1985.

The RF-4C on display was delivered to the USAF on Sept. 9, 1965. It served in Vietnam, Japan, Korea, Europe, Cuba and the Middle East. During Desert Shield/Desert Storm, this aircraft flew a total of 172 missions, more than any other F-4 aircraft. When flown to the museum in May 1994, it had more than 7,300 hours of flying time.

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Last Updated: Mar 14, 2011
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  • Bogush, Terence, Sgt, (1965-1968)
  • Bolstad, Victor, SMSgt, (1965-1991)
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  • Brauchle, Leonard, SSgt, (1963-1970)
  • Brenner, Allen, Sgt, (1965-1969)
  • Buckner, Charlie, TSgt, (1960-1980)
  • Camenzind, Richard, SSgt, (1966-2008)
  • Canaway, David, Sgt, (1963-1967)
  • Carmichael, Floyd, Sgt, (1965-1969)
  • Caron, David, SMSgt, (1964-1994)
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  • Conway, John, Sgt, (1965-1969)
  • Cowder, Michael (Mike), CMSgt, (1961-1991)
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  • Estey, Ron, A1C, (1964-1968)
  • Extor, Glenn, A2C, (1962-1966)
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  • Feller, Dennis, Sgt, (1964-1968)
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  • Foulke, John, SSgt, (1961-1968)
  • Fowler, James, SSgt, (1960-1968)
  • Frakes, Forrest, MSgt, (1960-1983)
  • French, Steven, A1C, (1963-1967)
  • Georgette, Den, MSgt, (1965-1986)
  • Gerg, Philip, MSgt, (1963-1983)
  • Gibson, Randy, Sgt, (1966-1970)
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