Sayles, Wayne, Capt

Communications Systems
 
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Current Service Status
USAF Retired
Current/Last Rank
Captain
Current/Last Primary AFSC/MOS
3031-Communications Officer
Current/Last AFSC Group
Communications Systems
Primary Unit
1975-1976, 3031, 1817th Reserve Advisor Squadron
Previously Held AFSC/MOS
30450B-Radio Relay Equipment Repairman
30450-Radio Relay Equipment Repairman
30470-Radio Relay Equipment Maintenance Technician
3031-Communications Maintenance Officer
Service Years
1961 - 1982
Officer Collar Insignia
Captain


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 Additional Information
What are you doing now:
See bio at http://wgs.cc
   
Other Comments:
Am currently hosting a reunion for the 416th Bomb Group (WWII) in Branson, Missouri.  Am working on several video and book projects.
   

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
Communications UnitsTUSLOG Det 16, TUSLOG HQAir Force Bases/ InstallationsHellenikon Air Base
Support Units
  1962-1964, 30450B, 1933rd Communications Squadron
  1964-1966, 30450, 728th Tactical Control Squadron
  1967-1968, 30470, TUSLOG Det 16, TUSLOG HQ
  1969-1970, 2049th Communications Group
  1971-1972, 3031, Officer Training School (OTS)
  1972-1972, 3031, Technical Training Center - Keesler
  1972-1973, 3031, Goodfellow Air Force Base
  1973-1975, 3031, Hellenikon Air Base
  1975-1976, 3031, 1817th Reserve Advisor Squadron
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1965-1965 Operation Power Pack (Dominican Republic)

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Reflections on Capt Sayles's US Air Force Service
 
 Reflections On My Service
 
PLEASE DESCRIBE WHO OR WHAT INFLUENCED YOUR DECISION TO JOIN THE AIR FORCE.
After graduating from High School, I worked double shifts that summer at a local Stokely-VanCamp canning factory making $1.60 per hour. In one of my jobs there, I worked next to my High School football coach and Civics teacher. He was an Air Force veteran who had been stationed in the Aleutian Islands of Alaska, presumably during WWII. He highly recommended the Air Force for its educational opportunities and its general treatment of personnel. By the end of that summer I had contacted a local recruiter and enlisted with a guaranteed tech school assignment in the electronics/communication field. That one-year school was an invaluable base for the assignments that would follow.
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?
After Basic Training and Tech School I married my high school sweetheart and was stationed at an "isolated" communications relay in Gander, Newfoundland. It turned out to be something less than isolated. In fact, it was only five miles from the Gander International Airport. When I reported, I learned that I could bring my wife there and live in the civilian community nearby. Of course, it would have to be at my own expense since I was only and E-3. I was granted some additional leave, flew back to Wisconsin and picked up an assortment of "donations" from family and friends, and headed cross country by auto to Newfoundland at the age of 19. It was an adventure, but we made it. The tour was one year, but I extended for an additional year and left with my wife and two sons. I spent the next two years in a mobile communications unit at Fort Bragg, NC and Orlando, FL where a daughter joined the family. Following that I spent two years at Incirlik Air Base in Adana, Turkey. It was an accompanied tour and enjoyable. I was promoted to Staff Sergeant by then and was thinking about a more stable and lucrative way of life. I left the Air force at the end of my second enlistment and went back to my home town where I went to a local Teacher's College on the GI Bill. At the end of one year, I realized that the Air Force was actually a better path for me. I reinlisted and started gathering additional college credits at night and summer school sessions. In 1971, I was accepted into the Bootstrap Program and received my bachelors degree from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. From there, I was sent to Officers Training School where I was an honor graduate. That led to a new world and new adventures.

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