Johnson, Charles, MSgt

Aircrew Protection
 
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Current Service Status
USAF Retired
Current/Last Rank
Master Sergeant
Current/Last Primary AFSC/MOS
92190-Survival Superintendent
Current/Last AFSC Group
Aircrew Protection
Primary Unit
1979-1983, 92190, 3636th Combat Crew Training Wing/3636th Combat Crew Training Wing Det 2
Previously Held AFSC/MOS
92150-Survival Specialist
1T0X1-Survival, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape Operations
92170B-Rescue and Survival Technician
Service Years
1972 - 1988
Official/Unofficial US Air Force Certificates
Cold War Certificate
Master Sergeant


 Ribbon Bar


Aircrew Enlisted (Basic)


 

 Official Badges 

Air Education and Training Command Instructor Basic Air Education and Training Command Instructor Master Air Training Command Master Instructor (post-1967) Air Force Retired




 Unofficial Badges 

US Air Force Honorable Discharge US Army Honorable Discharge Cold War Medal Driver and Mechanic Badge

US Air Force Honorable Discharge (Old Style)


 Military Association Memberships
AFSA 1365VFW RidersCalifornia ChapterPost 416
Chapter 146Air Force Together We Served
  1988, Air Force Sergeants Association (AFSA), AFSA 1365 (Executive Officer) (San Diego, California) [Verified] - Chap. Page
  2005, VFW Riders [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2009, Patriot Guard Riders, California Chapter (California)12
  2010, American Legion, Post 416 (Member) (Encinitas, California) - Chap. Page
  2011, American Legion Riders, Chapter 146 (Chapter Secretary) (Oceanside , California) - Chap. Page
  2011, Air Force Together We Served [Verified]



 Unit Assignments
3612th Combat Crew Training SquadronTraining Units3636th Combat Crew Training Wing4440th Tactical Fighter Training Group
3614th Combat Crew Training Squadron
  1971-1979, 92170B, 3612th Combat Crew Training Squadron
  1971-1979, 92150, 3612th Combat Crew Training Squadron
  1971-1988, 92170B, 3636th Combat Crew Training Group
  1971-1988, 1T0X1, 3636th Combat Crew Training Wing
  1979-1983, 92190, 3636th Combat Crew Training Wing/3636th Combat Crew Training Wing Det 2
  1979-1983, 92190, 4440th Tactical Fighter Training Group
  1984-1988, 92170B, 3614th Combat Crew Training Squadron
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1960-1973 Vietnam War
 Military Association Memberships
AFSA 1365VFW RidersCalifornia ChapterPost 416
Chapter 146Air Force Together We Served
  1988, Air Force Sergeants Association (AFSA), AFSA 1365 (Executive Officer) (San Diego, California) [Verified] - Chap. Page
  2005, VFW Riders [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2009, Patriot Guard Riders, California Chapter (California)12
  2010, American Legion, Post 416 (Member) (Encinitas, California) - Chap. Page
  2011, American Legion Riders, Chapter 146 (Chapter Secretary) (Oceanside , California) - Chap. Page
  2011, Air Force Together We Served [Verified]

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Reflections on MSgt Johnson's US Air Force Service
 
 Reflections On My Service
 
PLEASE DESCRIBE WHO OR WHAT INFLUENCED YOUR DECISION TO JOIN THE AIR FORCE?
At the time I considered joining up, I was living in the back of a station wagon at the gas station where I worked as the Night Manager. I decided to join the US Army, even though my friends all joined the USAF. I did so because I knew my Dad, his Dad (and Grandfathers), and Brothers had all served in the Army. I joined and attended the physical (only to learn I'm colored blind) and was selected. They then shipped us that same day to Fort Ord to attend Basic Training.
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?
1967 US Army.
1970 Exited.
1971 USAF.
1988 Retired.
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.
MSgt Charles Johnson (Machine) - 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.
I arrived to Vietnam at Ton Son Nuht in the dark aboard a civilian airline aircraft, and we could see the orange/white explosions from the rockets and mortars going off on the airfield. We were low on fuel and had to land. My introduction was in sitting for 4 hours in the aircraft with the doors open, while the gunners tried to range and target our aircraft which they saw landing before they allowed us off the aircraft. Seemed reasonable, due to the amount of shrapnel that was flying around out there in the dark. We were then allowed to disembark.
OF ALL YOUR DUTY STATIONS OR ASSIGNMENTS, WHICH ONE DO YOU HAVE FONDEST MEMORIES OF AND WHY? WHICH ONE WAS YOUR LEAST FAVORITE?
MSgt Charles Johnson (Machine) - Of all your duty stations or assignments, which one do you have fondest memories of and why? Which one was your least favorite?
My fondest memories are of Fairchild AFB and the Officers, men, and support personnel who I was so fortunate to serve with. These outstanding people guided my decision to stay in the USAF and influenced me tremendously with their honesty, dedication, commitment to duty, and unending concern for their students.
FROM YOUR ENTIRE SERVICE, INCLUDING COMBAT, DESCRIBE THE PERSONAL MEMORIES WHICH HAVE IMPACTED YOU MOST?
MSgt Charles Johnson (Machine) - From your entire service, including combat, describe the personal memories which have impacted you most?
There are so many but certainly when I was assigned to Nellis AFB and working in Red Flag, I staged a SAR exercise on Pahute Mesa in Northern Nevada and while there I discovered a Native American Village that was unknown prior to my arrival.

Here is the Title from the much later report on my find:

DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Notice of Inventory Completion for Native American Human Remains
and Associated Funerary Objects from Nye County, NV, in the Control of
the Nevada Test Site, Nevada Operations Office, Department of Energy,
Las Vegas, NV

AGENCY: National Park Service
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?
My Vietnam Service Medal.
WHICH INDIVIDUAL(S) FROM YOUR TIME IN THE MILITARY STAND OUT AS HAVING THE MOST POSITIVE IMPACT ON YOU AND WHY?
MSgt Charles Johnson (Machine) - Which individual(s) from your time in the military stand out as having the most positive impact on you and why?
I would have to say, MSgt Ned Bennett. As my Squad Leader in B Flight, 3612 CCTS.
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?
MSgt Charles Johnson (Machine) - 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?
Watching Duane D. Grubb administer a Russian Situp to a ParaRescueman in front of the entire Crew and Instructor staff in the Field CP at Tacoma Creek.
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?
When I retired, I started a computer company called: ABC Computer School. After selling that, I started a company called: Global Survival Inc. When I lost that in my divorce, I then worked for Survival Systems International in Engineering. After that I was the President of the Marina Del Mar Management Company and finally, the President of the Marina Del Mar HOA. I've been retired since.
WHAT MILITARY ASSOCIATIONS ARE YOU A MEMBER OF, IF ANY? WHAT SPECIFIC BENEFITS DO YOU DERIVE FROM YOUR MEMBERSHIPS?
Veteran's of Foreign Wars.
Veteran's of Foreign Wars Riders.
American Legion.
American Legion Riders.
Air Force Association.
Air Force Sergent's Associations.
Patriot Guard Riders.
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?
MSgt Charles Johnson (Machine) - 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?
I've been told I'm the most "military" man people have met. Nice compliment.
BASED ON YOUR OWN EXPERIENCES, WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO THOSE WHO HAVE RECENTLY JOINED THE AIR FORCE?
MSgt Charles Johnson (Machine) - Based on your own experiences, what advice would you give to those who have recently joined the Air Force?
Cherish the time you have and the friends you will make.
IN WHAT WAYS HAS TOGETHERWESERVED.COM HELPED YOU REMEMBER YOUR MILITARY SERVICE AND THE FRIENDS YOU SERVED WITH.
Togetherweserved has allowed me to reconnect.

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