On August 11th, 2016, it will have been 58 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).
I am slowly and methodically finding all the information I can about my Dad's service in the USAF Security Service. As I get more information, it will be added to the applicable DUTY STATION section. UPDATE: The records I received from the National Personnel Records Center on my father and the documents and pictures I scanned in from a visit to Mom and her records from Dad are now all uploaded to flickr and have links to them in each of the DUTY STATIONs.As of 01 August 2009, I completed updating all the DUTY STATION sections with these new images and documents.
My 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.