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John M. Gibbs from Homosassa Springs, FL wrote on March 7, 2017 at 7:55 am:
Current Member of TAC Missileers.
1st Pilotless Bomber Squadron, Patrick AFB 1953; Deployed to Germany "on The Boat",1st PBS, later the 1st Tactical Missile Sqn, Bitburg AB 1954-56.
AMLO Wheelus AB 1954, 55, 56.
Hon. Discharged 56.

Just Checkin In. John
Guy Vanderman from Deatsville. AL wrote on March 6, 2017 at 1:54 pm:
For Walter Sudol--Please contact me at 334-220-2709
Walter S. Sudol from Remsen , New York wrote on February 19, 2017 at 6:08 am:
President at USAF Nuclear Weapons Technicians Assoc. - Reminder that annual convention 2017 will be in Wash. D.C. area ,Sept. 14 thru 16th. visit for future info.
Joseph Heeter from Continental, Ohio wrote on February 13, 2017 at 9:54 am:
Just found this site, I served at Kadena AFB in the 873rd TMS from 1/62 - 5/64 . I was NCOIC of crew 12, with Capt William Brown as LO, Roger Huckabee M1, Richard Wilson M2, Felix Nadolny M3, Bruce Covey M4, and Fortman M5. Picked up another crew until Capt Brown and I were reassigned back to the states.Returned to Orlando as instructor, then went to Lowry after Orlando was turned over to the Navy. Left the military for family reasons. Worked for 3M corporation for awhile, Sears for awhile Frigidaire corporation finally opened my own business. Retired from business became a Hospital Chaplain, retired from that in 2014, now work in my shop refinishing furniture, still with my wife of 58 years.
Rick Meyers from Gig Harbor, WA wrote on February 13, 2017 at 4:14 am:
I was assigned to the 71st TMS at Bitburg, Germany from Feb \'66-Apr \'69 until Shutdown. I was a Tech 3 on a launch crew with Capt. Robert Parrott, crew chief TSgt Tom Black, Tech 1 SSgt John Cunningham, Tech 4 Sgt Gary Carmine Bocce and Tech 5 Roy (can't remember last name). I roomed with Sgt Jesse Dapra, Rocky Harris, and Dave Smith. After Bitburg, I spent my last year at Ellsworth AFB (Minuteman Base) in South Dakota where I turned down a whole lot of money to re-up. Great times all in all. I now live in Gig Harbor, WA, enjoying retirement.

Rick Meyers
2917 73rd Ave NW
Gig Harbor, WA 98335
Ph: 253-265-6443
roger d jones from shirley,arkansas wrote on January 25, 2017 at 12:57 pm:
hope to see my old comrades from bitburg 1964-1966 at las vegas

victor shoepe
chuck kennedy
ken Kinkel
George burns
roland krom
frank DuPont
jerry Hedrick
garland stevens
jim witcher
Julian Esposito from Levittown NY wrote on January 17, 2017 at 6:03 am:
Joe DiPietro,
It been a long time since our days working at Sperry/Loral/Lockheed.
Hoping all is well and welcome to the Tac Missileer Group!
Jules Esposito
Joseph DiPietro from New Hyde Park wrote on January 1, 2017 at 8:40 am:
Kadena May 64-Nov 65, Site #4 Mech.1.
Was good friends with Eddie George, Jim Ringer, Al Joseph.
Launch Officer was Lt Womac. It was really great to see these postings.
George T. Callahan from Cheyenne, WY wrote on December 23, 2016 at 5:31 am:
At Bitburg, 67-69, till shutdown. Ops crew, with Geovanni Nozolino as crew chief. Capt Ed Clark was Launch Officer.
Max R. Butler from Eustis,Fl. wrote on November 26, 2016 at 2:15 am:
Hi Andrew, I enjoyed the flight conversing with you as well, especially taking the pics out the aircraft window that you were going to show your son as I recall. Take care and if you ever get down around Eustis, Fl. give me a holler. Take care.
Andrew O. from Simpsonville, SC wrote on November 11, 2016 at 4:30 pm:
Max, I wanted to drop in and say hey. We flew from Charlotte to Las Vegas together, and I had a great time hearing a few of the stories from you and Joe. I hope you guys had a good time scouting out Vegas!

God Bless all of you guys for your service!
Joe Lindsay from Aurora, CO wrote on July 30, 2016 at 7:35 am:
Paul Davis,

My email is I have been in touch with Kent Washburn & Larry Johnson. Thought I would post this so we could communicate.
Joe Lindsay from Aurora, Co wrote on July 25, 2016 at 3:32 pm:
Great to hear from Paul Davis. If there was any mischief going on at Lowry, it was perpetrated by either Paul or I.
Randall B Vaughn from Goodlettsville,Tn 37072 wrote on July 24, 2016 at 9:17 am:
Wife,I and 3 children tried to visit the Steinborn ,Det 4,585 C&G last year , July 2015. The roads out of Steinborn were all blocked due to utility work and the only thing there now at the site is windmills. Still beautiful countryside and welcoming Germans .Economy not so good since Bitburg AB closed . Was great when was there 56 to 59 and part of the crew to set up the Steinborn site . Great times we had . Carpenter ,Pelletier Young,Crowbar ,Smiley ,Tosh, Talbot,And give me some time I can remember more . Looking forward to the Las Vegas reunion if I can live that long. That is a long time away guys .couldn't we have it in the spring,maybe May.
David Carmack from Melbourne, FL wrote on July 15, 2016 at 6:41 am:
I was at Hahn AB serving at Wueschheim from 1987 to 1990. I provided communications support as a member of the 2141st Communications Squadron. I really enjoyed my time there as I attended Frankfurt American Jr High and High Schools from 1981 - 1985 and was able to visit my old friends and teachers. I do not miss the exercises and chemical warfare gear. Alarm Red was a nightmare. Black out curtains and night sorties of F-16's. Good times!! Thanks for the pictures.
Paul Hederman from Hobe Sound, FL wrote on July 10, 2016 at 7:55 am:
Just found your website. It brought back great memories.

Started my AF career as a Mech 1 on a launch crew at Kadena AB, site 3 in 1967. Next assignment was test equipment maintenance in the "Black Shack" at Lowry AFB. Shortly after settling in at Lowry, the Mace program was cancelled...too bad, great bird.

Did a couple of years in air-to-air missiles and then crossed trained. I spent the next 17 years in B-52's as a gunner. I enjoyed flying, but you never forget your first love, the CGM-13B.
Paul Davis Sr. from Woodstock, GA wrote on June 7, 2016 at 2:31 pm:
Dear Joe,
I am alive and well living in beautiful Woodstock, Ga.

I remember our time very well at Lowry.
I hope to see you soon so we can catch up and have a beer!

Talk to you soon!
Joe Lindsay from Aurora, Colorado wrote on May 17, 2016 at 11:09 am:
The posting by Tanya Archer prompted me to post this. Paul Davis and I were very good friends. I was an instructor at Lowry & a Crew Chief On crew 7 at Site 1 & later in my career I was a Crew Chief on Site 2. I hope he is still with us.
Russ Reston from Raleigh, NC wrote on April 23, 2016 at 2:15 pm:
I have updated the Guestbook. Let me know if you experience any problems when trying to make an entry. Thanks!

Russ 🙂
Roy Giacone wrote on April 11, 2016 at 5:58 pm:
Arrived Bitburg 1964 and left in 1966. Launch crew member, Mace B..71st, power mech. Trained at Orlando AFB late 1963. Lived off base as I had my family with me, on my nickel(under 4).Got my E4 promotion day before family arrived in Luxembourg. That helped out for sure. My crew officer was Lt Dave Gross, Crew Chief SGt. Hall, Weapons SGT.King,Missile Tech. Tom Coughlan, Robert Taube, and Jeff Morton. Was a great experience to have been part of something special. I finished out a 4 1/2 years as I had extended to make this tour happen.

Brenda Falconer Harris wrote on March 6, 2016 at 11:18 am:
My father, James E. Falconer, was at Sembach 1960. Were you in this group?
Captain James E. Falconer, USAF
Officer in charge of Armament Section,
589th Missile Maintenance Squadron,
589th Missile Group,
38th Tactical Missile Wing,
Sembach Air Base, Germany 1960.

I have a picture of the Squadron with a missile (?) TM-76A MACE with the above information on it. I\'m trying to locate others in the picture.
Thank you,
Brenda Falconer Harris
David L George wrote on February 22, 2016 at 2:07 pm:
Bittburg 1960 Sembach 1961-1963Please send me info on July reunion at Dayton Thanks Dave
Chris McGatha wrote on February 19, 2016 at 1:36 pm:
My Dad, James Rodney of the 454th. Airborne Missile Maint. Sq., Has passed away. I know he enjoyed staying in touch with friends he made in the Air Force on this site. 3 years ago, he purchased a model kit of a Mace missile for us to build together, but sadly his parkinsons left him unable to participate in the actual construction of it. Still, when I would show up to work on it in the garage, he would pull up a stool and we would shoot the breeze while I worked on it. Fond memories of that summer that I will cherish. If you have any questions, feel free to email me, or if you want to leave condolences the web site is:!/TributeWall . Thanks- Chris McGatha
Rick Slater wrote on January 21, 2016 at 3:26 pm:
Looking for US Army personnel that served at Tainan AS, Taiwan in 1961-1963. You can message me on FB (Rick Slater/ I am seated at my drawing board, sketching an F-5E Taiwan fighter jet). Or you can email me at
David Beebe wrote on January 21, 2016 at 10:03 am:
Bitburg Air Base, Germany from 25 Jul 1964 to 18 May 1967. GSC at MSA. Barracks 104. My classmates included the following:
Truman A. Bass, III
James E. Witcher
John C. McHaney, IV
Roger D. Ford
Hayward McKinney
William (Bill) Maraffio
Charles Holubiak
Robert S. Lambert

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