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51 Years Ago

On August 11th, 2009, it will have been 51 years since my father enlisted in the United States Air Force. Although he is no longer with us, it is still with great pride that I wish to remember him for many things -- one of them is his service to his country while serving in the United States Air Force Security Service (USAFSS).

DUTY STATIONS

  • USAF Basic Training – 3723rd BMTS, Flight 625 – Lackland AFB, Texas
    Aug 1958 to Nov 1958 (more)
  • Morse Intercept Operator Course, Class 10128 – Keesler AFB, Mississippi
    Nov 1958 to Jun 1959 (more)
  • 6927th RSM – Onna Point, Okinawa
    Aug 1959 to Feb 1963 (more)
  • 6910th Security Wing – Cambrai-Fritsch Kaserne – Darmstadt, Germany
    Mar 1963 to Mar 1966 (more)
  • 6948th Security Squadron Mobile – Goodfellow AFB, Texas
    Mar 1966 to Jul 1967 (more)
  • 6931st Security Group – Iraklion AS, Crete, Greece
    Jul 1967 to Aug 1969 (more)
  • 6981st Security Group – Elmendorf AFB, Alaska
    Aug 1969 to Nov 1970 (more)

Welcome to USAFSS Dad

USAFSSMy Dad, MSgt Bethel S. Hendrix, was a silent warrior. He served in the United States Air Force Security Service — the USAFSS — from 1959 until 1970 during the Vietnam War and the Cold War.  The USAFSS was composed primarily of airmen culled from the cream of the Air Force’s enlisted recruits, (the top one-half of one percent). The USAFSS was a secretive and tight-knit branch of the Air Force and they were tasked with monitoring, collecting and interpreting military voice and electronic signals of countries all over the world. These jobs, which required top secret codeword clearance, were extremely high pressure and were considered essential to U.S. cold war efforts.

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