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6948th Security Squadron Mobile – Goodfellow AFB, Texas
Mar 1966 to Jul 1967

6948th Security Wing
6948th Security Squadron Mobile

Goodfellow AFB, Texas

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38 comments for “6948th Security Squadron Mobile – Goodfellow AFB, Texas
Mar 1966 to Jul 1967”

  1. Hi I was in the from 1966-1968 as crypto maintenance tech would like to hear from other that were there too.

    Posted by Dick Dukes | August 22, 2009, 7:35 pm
  2. I was a 6948th Radio Communications Analyst during at Lackland in 1982-83. The Fighting 48th was an exciting and rewarding unit to work in. I can attest that the lingering spirit of the founders of the 48th provided inspiration to our service and our protection of the units legacy.

    Training at Goodfellow AFB in 1979-80 did not provide much in the way of entertainment – not San Angelo’s strong suit – but San Vito Italy and the many tdy’s from the 48th to Alaska, Florida, Riyadh and more were rich reward for our efforts.


    SSgt Scarbeary

    Posted by David Scarbear | November 3, 2009, 1:46 pm
  3. was in the 6948th in 1966-67 at Goodfellow, then went to Pleiku , Viet-Nam.
    went to the 48th after they shut down the 6940th.

    Posted by rick brann | June 17, 2010, 3:49 pm
  4. My dad was at Goodfellow AFB from 1966-72 He was an instructor there . Before that he was at Trabzon Turkey , Then Darmstadt Germany .In 1972 we moved to Misawa AFB Japan where dad worked on security hill . He then was stationed at Kelly AFB San Antonio but worked on Medina AFB . He was in his favorite unit then the 6948th . Though he detested blue bippy day . We then moved to Anderson AFB Guam where I believe he worked as a detachment assigned to the 3rd Air Division . If anyone remembers him please post back here or send me an email . It would really brighten his day to hear from some old friends . I am his son Art orygundewd@yahoo.com

    Posted by Jack Lee | July 3, 2010, 11:47 pm
  5. Hi, I was with 6940 Tech Tng Gp in1968. My first assignment and only lasted 1 year then off to Vietnam for more fun.

    Posted by Jim Chapman | November 12, 2010, 1:56 pm
  6. I was in 6948th from Jan-Aug 1968.
    I enjoyed the people I worked with.
    I have lost all my Squadron
    patches, was wondering where I
    could get one?

    Posted by Gary Howell | January 23, 2011, 12:31 pm
  7. Hi everyone, I was at the 69048th at Goodfellow from Aug 1966 then to Offutt in 1968. Soon as I got to the 48th in 1966 then sent me to altitude chamber and put me on flight status and I would go to the 6949th and fly out to Hawaii for duty. Did this and also went to Brooks for special Transec mission and also to the NCO Academy at Goodfellow while in San Angelo. I liked the area but was gone most of the time and it was hard on Sally and the boys. When in USAFSS you do what you do and make the best of it for sure. Had real good assignments at Sembach, Crete and at Rhine Main with the 6916th.

    Posted by Dick Roberts | March 22, 2011, 9:19 pm
  8. I was in the 6948th(M) soon after it moved from San Angelo to Kelly AFB (Medina) from 1975-76. It was a great assignment for a single guy who didn’t mind traveling or staying in tents.
    It was my first assignment, so it would be a couple of years before I found out what the rest of the ‘typical’ Air Force did. But I did like blue bippy day and blousing my boots because everyone on base knew you were from the 48th.
    Worked in Materiel Control (supply section) and we were still digging out stuff that had come back from Vietnam. Worked with Rodney Hansen, John (JB) Brown, Don McCaughn, and Bob Abshire. They took me under their collective wings and made sure I learned how to play dominoes and throw darts.

    Posted by Hap Parsons | August 5, 2011, 12:06 am
  9. I graduated from DLIWC (Thai) in 1969 and transferred to the 6948th at Goodfellow from July 69 to July 70. Went to Offutt and the 6949th after that.

    Posted by William Zimmer | September 11, 2011, 2:35 pm
  10. Hello Dick Dukes! I was also in the 6948th from 1964-67, as a crypto maint tech, along with Ken Davis and Bill Hitchcock (now deceased according to Gary Ellmore). Ken and I are still in Texas, Gary is in Buffalo,NY. It would be great to have a reunion sometime. Our NCOIC was TSgt Harden. There were also Sgt Hart and Sgt Hood. Sgt Green and Ellmore were TTY repair techs. Also would like to hear from others there during that time..

    Posted by David Wright | March 10, 2012, 4:43 pm
  11. Does anyone know if the 6948 ssm still exists?

    Posted by reaman | March 20, 2012, 9:51 pm
  12. Hi David Wright i was glad to find you hear I would like to hear from all you guys again I live in Oklahoma north of Lawton 22 miles on Lake Ellsworth. my home phone is 580 492 4475 if you want to call.

    Posted by Dick Dukes | July 22, 2012, 8:43 pm
  13. I was a 202 at the 48th in San Antonio during its “makeover” in 86-87. Don’t know if it still exists. I “looked down” on it from Bing maps and the compound is still there (with some additions) but the motor pool looked empty, so I guess I’ll hafta keep digging.

    Posted by Bob Meeker | December 28, 2012, 9:32 am
  14. I was just there first six months of 74 for X2 school. Lots of memories though, Grandpa died while I was there, and my daughter was born. Started my first softball team there. Lived in my first single wide trailer, learned Morse, bought me a shotgun, and learned how to plink rabbits at Lake Nasworthy…..

    Posted by Dave Overstreet 207X2 | February 16, 2013, 12:08 am
  15. I was at Goodfellow in 66-67. I’m getting old and can’t remember a lot of people, but i do remember SMS velvick. He was my NCOIC. Lt.
    Carol Manalini(sp) was the first female officer in a Moble outfit.

    Posted by Paul Hiday | March 13, 2013, 3:38 pm
  16. I came back to the states from the 6987th SG at Shu Lin Kou, Taiwan and served in the 6948th from January to October 1964. It was a brand new outfit and no one had a clue what we were supposed to be doing. We were given world-wide shots, provided with red diplomatic passports, half the unit were sent for airborne training. All of us shipped out to Big Bear Lake in California for war games and we nearly froze to death. It was in the 30s at night and we had no winter clothing or blankets. All of the men in my barracks were linguists; languages from all over the world. After ten interesting months, someone made the decision that there were would be no Chinese or Russian linguists in the unit, so we were all discharged.

    Posted by Gary Blackburn | June 4, 2013, 7:28 am
  17. Stationed at Goodfellow from 1969 to 1972 as 20351 French Voice Intercept. Did the trek to Hawaii for the French Nuclear Testing monitoring three times, plus training at Upper Heyford in England. Very memorable times. Grew up in Odessa, so it was like home being in San Angelo.

    Posted by John A. Blackmon | June 10, 2013, 10:43 am
  18. Served at 6948th @ Goodbuddy 66-67, went to Athens for the June 67 6-day war, “witnessed” the USS Liberty get attacked, then off to the 6924th @ Ramasun, Thailand for 12 months, then to Ft. Meade for the remainder of my 8-year enlistment, getting out on July 4,1970.

    Posted by Gary Skirvin | December 22, 2013, 3:28 pm
  19. went to goodfellow for non-morse school 1967. enjoyed san angelo, but never had a chance to return

    Posted by ed nidweski | March 19, 2014, 9:05 pm
  20. I was stationed with the 6921st in Misawa Japan from 1964 to 1966. Then came to Goodfellow – 6948th – 1966 to 1968. Worked under MSgt Carl Miller and was a Morse Intercept Operator. I remember Neely, Perry Ferguson and others that went TDY to New Hampshire, Fort Huachuca, Survival School and others.

    Posted by Dan Jones | April 24, 2014, 2:35 pm
  21. Good Grief! Had no idea there was a site for the “Good ol’ 6948th..”
    Landed there in late ’63 after a couple tours at ShuLinKou, Taiwan.
    Just in time to get involved in that new thing they called “Wideband.”
    About a dozen of us drove down to Brooks AFB, where the “hardware” was being developed, and tested. (About a 4-month TDY.) We used, evaluated, and proved the system; then loaded as much as our cars could carry, and drug it all back to Goodbuddy.
    Meanwhile, my life was changed.. Met a student nurse, from Shannon Nursing School, who was also TDY to the San Antonio Psychiatric facility. Things got hot when we both returned to San Angelo.. Sept will see our 50th anniversary.
    San Angelo will forever remain in my mind; but for me; I could not have told you the unit designation. The work was boring to the extreme; and there was a lot more on my mind. LOL
    Next assignment was FLR-9 school; and Clark AFB..
    Dit-chasing was a great 23 years!

    Posted by Paul W. Petty | May 30, 2014, 2:21 pm
  22. Was curious about the old 48th so decided to surf the web. Lo and behold!
    I was assigned to the 48th after my 2nd tech school in the 42nd at Goodbuddy. I had just returned from a remote assignment in the 37th so they couldn’t do that to me again consecutively. The answer was the 48th! I was an E4, 30454 and had the pleasure of serving under Capt. Moe from ’64 to early ’66. War games in Arizona, Missouri, and fooling around in the Texas desert. TDY’s to Kelly and Brooks to help with the design and fabrication of the equipment that made the squadron mobile. Lots of “fun”. The TDY to Germany to check their equipment and “observe” the Warsaw Pact games was an awakening when I spotted a Badger Bomber that overflew us UNDETECTED. Maybe the bastards weren’t as dumb as we thought.
    Anyway, if anyone remembers Bill Jones or any of the other maintenance grunts like, Al Nagel, Gordon (Hogie) Carmicheel, Gary Roberts, Dave Sosa, Hoyle McQustion, God! I just can’t remember them all anymore. However, they’re in my mind somewhere.
    Please let me know.

    Posted by Bill Jones | July 16, 2014, 5:28 pm
  23. Saw the comment on Lake Nasworthy we always called it Lake Nastywater. Great steak houses around San Angelo. We hung out at a tavern called the Town Pump also a Pizza Hut down town. There was also a movie theater across form the bar named the Roxy. Did you ever go to the drive-in McIntyres?

    Posted by Dennis Carmichael | November 18, 2014, 11:51 am
  24. I was assigned to 6948th SS Mobile from Dec. 69 to June 1970. AFSC 29170. Did a stint on the USS Vandenberg which is now an artificial reef South of Key West. Plan to dive the wreck soon. Can’t remember names but our 1Sgt was also the Captain of the base pistol team of which I became a member too. Shot one match that I can remember at Lackland AFB. If anyone served with me (I was a SSgt then), I’d be glad to hear from you.

    Posted by David G Pearo (MSgt Retired) | June 26, 2015, 3:22 pm
  25. Arrived August-66 to Oct.-67 from the 6918th, Hakata Japan, A1C. Burnt out on code after three years, I volunteered for Command Post, best move I ever made. Worked for Sgts. Lawton and Olney my working partner was Sgt. Keith Seamen. Ran the cowboy bars on North Bell Street and met some very nice local women, also took a few trips to Mexico.

    Posted by Kenneth S.Young | July 12, 2015, 3:00 pm
  26. It is interesting reading the posts re: the 6948th! I just stumbled on to it. Every now and then I have flashbacks re:Goodfellow and locations that I served before arriving at San Angelo in March ’63. Nearly all of us in the newly formed 6948th (30454’s) that is, came in from Peshawar Pakistan. Bill Jones, do you still have that ’57 Chevy that I use to start for you when you were away from Goodfellow and the car that you dated Gwen in? I was wondering the whereabouts of Lonnie Ownby, John Ford, Gary Roberts (married Sharon), Al Nagel, Hoyal McCuiston, Dave Sosa? Yes, I remember Captain Moe, Captain Stringer. Bill Jones, do you remember the unique security door keypad that you designed for our secure workshop at Peshawar? It wasn’t Hogie who introduced us to a brand new Ford Mustang, can’t think of the guy’s name. BTW, This is Brian Nicholls in Austin, TX. btnicholls@sbcglobal.net

    Posted by Brian Nicholls | July 12, 2015, 10:36 pm
  27. I was in the 6948th security squadron from 1974-1976 as a communications specialist at Medina base

    Posted by Thurman Roberson | August 19, 2015, 8:19 am
  28. Arrived in beautiful Goodfellow around May of 68. Did the requsite radio school and moved in the 48th as a 20351 (Cambodian). Played on the Squadron Football and fastpitch softball teams. I remember our First Sergeant, Jackie Stuart (sic) and our ncoic Dick Rochelle.

    Posted by Michael Cavolina | September 2, 2015, 2:28 pm
  29. We arrived at GAFB in January 1966 as a bunch of Arabic linguists that nobody knew what to do with. We served as deuce and a half and 5 ton truck drivers and attended training on base and at several other bases including Perrin AFB and Fairchild AFB. We spent two months in 1967 at NSA Laurel, MD before shipping over to Athens AFB Greece. We lived in hotels as we were on TDY from May 1967 to September 1968. It was great to serve in the Air Force with many great men who stayed together from January 1965 until discharge in September 1968. A few of our group separated from us in April 1967 to attend Vietnamese language school and we lost contact with them. If any of this rings a bell with you, contact me at my Email address.

    Posted by Daniel Price | February 14, 2016, 10:44 pm
  30. I was in the 6948th 1971 and thru April 1972. I would like to get in touch with others who were there at that time. John Kulick, Nic Holmes, and many others, but I have forgotten their names. There was a guy from Boston area who drove his maroon and white Chevy from homestead back to San Angelo after a tdy trip. Feel free to contact me. Steven Lanners 907-315-7404

    Posted by Steven lanners | March 7, 2016, 11:17 pm
  31. Arrived 48th 4/64 from Skivey-Nine (6929th) and early out in 6/66. 702 in OPS-deployed to MO, FL, and Germany. Served with: Captains Moe, Stringer, and Engle, Sgt.Mayhorn, CT Jones, Paul Jones, CR Smith, Gerald Schaff, FC Buddleman, Carl Lake, Calvin Skidmore, Lt.Dowdy, Beavers, Sgt.Mundell, Pete Ritzel, Sgt.Fields, Tommy Smart, and Sgt.Danforth. Now participate in FTVA and USAFSS Roll Call. Value the early image building days/nights in 48th.

    Posted by Bob Willis | March 27, 2016, 8:23 am
  32. My name is Matt Harkins, my father Kenneth Harkins was in the 6948th. I believe he served from about 66-77, I’m not completely sure those are right. My father is deceased, I just wanted to see if anyone might remember him or tell me more about what the squadron did. Thanks in advance.

    Posted by Matt Harkins | October 17, 2016, 11:02 am
  33. just wondering if anyone knew my father Ronald Ellsworth 6948th ESS from san vito during the 70’s or at Lackland late 70’s used to hang out at a bar on military drive in San Antonio.

    Posted by dale ellsworth | October 24, 2016, 3:32 pm
  34. I was there in early 66, training as X-2. Spent 23 months in Misawa, 6921st, and 13 months in Peshawa, 6937th. Have been looking for Goodfellow AFB shoulder patch for a leather vest I have full of patches. Cannot find one. If you know where I can get one please advise.

    Posted by Dave Bolle | February 14, 2017, 3:50 pm
  35. I was at OL EA, 6948 (M) at Offutt from 1975-1978 as a German linguist. Flew on Comfy Levi and RC135. Went TDY to Germany and England while there.

    Posted by Steve Downs | May 24, 2017, 2:56 pm
  36. I was in the6940th in 66. After the shut down of that Squadron was transferred to the 6948th both st Goodfellow. 67 got an al expense paid trip to Pleiku, Viet Nam.
    Married a wonderful girl from San Angelo

    Posted by Rick Brann | August 30, 2017, 11:14 pm
  37. I served under Capt. Moe at Goodfellow in 1962-63 timeframe. I recall that it was during the time of the assassination of Pres. Kennedy. Participated in Swift Strike in North, SC and another Swift Strike on Big Bear Mountain outside San Bernardino. Also went through Arctic Survival Training at Stead AFB in Reno and then off to Okinawa and Viet Nam. Was at Ton Son Nhut in late 65 and early 66. I believe, but not sure, that Capt. Moe was in Da Nang at the same time I was at Ton Son Nhut.

    Posted by George Rogers | November 11, 2017, 12:59 am
  38. I see some other 48th guys served at the base Command Post. I was there in 1968. Anybody know what became of Neville Lawton, David Illig (s[?)or Keith Seamans? Great guys all.

    Posted by John Privett | December 18, 2017, 4:14 pm

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