Carle, Richard, Maj

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Current Service Status
USAF Retired
Current/Last Rank
Major
Current/Last Primary AFSC/MOS
1545A-Air Operations Officer
Current/Last AFSC Group
Air Operations
Primary Unit
1958-1961, 77150, 7100th Air Police Squadron
Previously Held AFSC/MOS
77130-Apprentice Air Policeman
77150-Air Policeman
1545A-Navigator
Service Years
1954 - 1974
Major


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Navigator Observer (Senior)


 

 Official Badges 

Military Airlift Command United States Air Forces Europe Combat Crew Air Force Air Police Badge (1960-1966)

Air Force Retired Mishap-Free Flying Hour Award 5,000 Hrs Air Police Arm Brassard Air Commando




 Unofficial Badges 

US Air Force Honorable Discharge C-5 Galaxy 1000 Hour C-5 Galaxy 2000 Hour C-141 Starlifter 1000 Hour

C-141 Starlifter 2000 Hour C-141 Starlifter 5000 Hour



 Countries Deployed To or Visited

 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
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  1954, Basic Military Training (Parks AFB, CA), 3277/06
  1961, Officer Candidate School (OCS) (Lackland AFB, TX), 51
 Unit Assignments
School AssignmentsUS Air Force7100th Air Police Squadron3565th Navigator Training Wing
44th Air Transport Squadron4th Air Commando Squadron3rd Military Airlift Squadron
  1955-1955, 77130, Air Base Defense School, Parks AFB, CA
  1955-1958, 77150, 9th Air Police Squadron
  1955-1958, 77150, 9th Air Police Squadron
  1958-1961, 77150, 7100th Air Police Squadron
  1962-1963, 3565th Navigator Training Wing
  1963-1967, 1545A, 44th Air Transport Squadron
  1967-1968, 1545A, 4th Air Commando Squadron
  1968-1974, 1545A, 3rd Military Airlift Squadron
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1967-1968 Pleiku Air Base
  1967-1968 Vietnam Air Offensive, Phase II Campaign (1967-68)
  1973-1973 Operation Nickel Grass (Israel)


Reflections on Maj Carle's US Air Force Service
 
 Reflections On My Service
 
PLEASE DESCRIBE WHO OR WHAT INFLUENCED YOUR DECISION TO JOIN THE AIR FORCE?
During October 1973 as a C-5A crew member I took part in supporting Israel in the Yom Kipper War.

From 6 October to 24 October 1973 my crew was assigned to Lajes Air Base in the Azores. To keep the cargo from the US moving relief crews were assigned to Lajes to keep the aircraft and supplies moving to Israel. We made several shuttles from Lajes to Lod Air field and returned to Lajes.

The operation continued 24 hours a day and crew rest quarters were extremely scarce at Lades. One rest period we, spent under a tree. Another rest period there were no quarters available so we rested in the base hospital. The Officer and NCO clubs were under 24 hour operation to feed the aircrews.

When the C-5A's arrived at Lod we were greeted with instant ground support and refueling. We had been instructed to keep the ground time to a minimum because Israel was receiving missiles from Syria.

One shuttle was greeted by Golda Meir and General Moshe Dayan. We were presented with a key chain keepsake with engraving to commemorate the event.

On one nighttime shuttle we had offloaded the cargo and requested from the tower permission to start engines for our departure. Permission was denied. We were told to standby and to open the rear cargo doors. Presently a large truck and trailer were on loaded. It was a Soviet portable missile battery which had been captured by the Israeli Defense Forces from the Syrian forces. The battery was returned to the US to be examined.
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.
Tet Offensive 30 January, 1968 Pleiku AFB, RVN
Dak To 1967

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