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Radio Intercept Operators

I found a really interesting paper written by SMSgt James M. Houle who was a SNCOA student in February of 1996. The title was “Essay on Morse Code Operators in the Air Force.” It gave some good explanations of what my Dad probably did early on in the USAFSS. I’ve included a link below to the file here on the website:

Essay on Morse Code Operators in the Air Force

Discussion

149 comments for “Radio Intercept Operators”

  1. Hi
    I was a ditty bop in the USAFSS from 1966-70 trained at Keesler and stationed in San Vito Air Station in Italy

    Posted by Gerry | February 28, 2009, 5:33 am
  2. I wrote that paper….

    I didn’t know it was available to the public until now.

    How cool is that?

    My “ditty-bop” assignments included: Crete from 75-77, again from 80-82; Kelly AFB, Tx 78-80; San Vito 85-88; Elmendorf 91-96; and finally NSGA Northwest 96-99.

    Wow, I’m impressed.

    Posted by James M. Houle | March 18, 2009, 11:27 am
  3. Jim Houle (if you are the same JH from Maine) was my barracks red/yellow “rope” at Keesler in 63. I roomed with Bill Lafferty. After Goodfellow I went to Crete, Italy, and England.
    How Cool Is THAT???

    Posted by Richard Haycook | May 1, 2009, 12:34 pm
  4. I was a red/yellow “rope” at Keesler in ’63. Went from there to Darmstadt, Germany ’64’65. From there to Peshawar, Pakistan. What a small world.

    Posted by Tom Anderson | March 31, 2010, 5:11 pm
  5. I was a yellow rope at Keesler and graduated in December 1974. First assignment was Misawa AB, Japan assigned to Trick 2, da Deuce, or Baker Flight. Block 12 from 1/1974 to 8/1975. Shu Lin Kou was next. Best assignement for me. Great chow hall at Lin Kou. Howz it ditty boppers!

    Posted by Brian Molina | August 5, 2010, 5:16 pm
  6. Wow, are you the same James Houle that my father knew. Moved to New Braunfels after Crete. Son Richard (Brent) Houle.

    Posted by Ron Gooch | August 6, 2010, 8:10 pm
  7. Hello Brian Molina I remember you stationed from 1974 to 1976 at Missawa.I was also on trick 2 Baker Flight. and then went to Crete.

    Posted by Michael Perri | October 14, 2010, 6:18 pm
  8. My time at KAFB was 1954 as student and 1961/62 as instructor.
    spent time at Shiroi, Japan, Shu lin kou, Taiwan (known as Formosa at that time) Clark AFB, Myrtle Beach AFB (TAC Base) amd Chicksands, England. Got out after 8 years and went to work with Atlanta, Ga police dept, retired as Communications Engineer after 31 years. The code will never leave your head,when I went to Japan I woke up several times trying to tume an upright locker for better reception. Anyone looking for pictures try BMTflightphoto. Theres also a number of reunions held every year (google your old unit) and a few authors, try Larry Tart and wayne Babb, they have written about a dozen books and they are all about USAFSS, you might find yourself in one of them. Ben

    Posted by Ben McDonald | October 27, 2010, 3:30 pm
  9. I was at Keesler in 1858 and was sent to the 6911th RGM in Darmstadt,Germany until 1961. Their is a website you can find by googleing the 6911th.
    They have a reunioun every year now.
    Anyone having questions about that era I would be happy to answer.
    Don

    Posted by Don Lain | November 7, 2010, 6:57 pm
  10. I served in the USAFSS at Darmstadt from Mar 66 thur Feb 68 and went on to Osan, Korea from Mar 68 thru June 69 as Morse Intercept Operator. Anyone around at that time is welcome to contact me and if their are any pics available, I would like to see them.

    Posted by Bob Nardone | January 17, 2011, 1:50 pm
  11. Keesler AFB – Jan ’64 – Sep ’64 292X1
    Mr. Shutter, typing instructor, corn-cob pipe, real bad cough until he lit the pipe and smoked in class.

    Victor (Vic) Hopkins, Bob Andrews

    6981st Elmendorf AFB, 06 Oct 64 – 05 Oct 66, ditty-bop/direction finding.
    SSGT Cecil (?) Cooper A/NCOIC

    Doug Schlough, Roger Alman (Allman? from NY), Dave Anderson, fellow we called Squirrel, another fellow received inheritance when he turned 21 and had women calling the barracks all the time to date him.

    6922nd USAFSS McClellan AFB, Sacramento (North Highlands), CA, Nov 66 – 05 Jan 68.
    SSGT Wingate NCOIC

    Mike Wolneiwicz, Don Bienvenue

    2T program was big back then, but they kept wanting me to go to Afghanistan, so I got out after 4 years.

    Must be getting older, can’t seem to remember many of the names any more.

    Posted by Bill French | January 19, 2011, 2:31 am
  12. I retired in 1980 after 25 years service with USAFSS. Okinawa 6927th, Tuslog Det 3-1, Darmstadt, 6910th Germany, TRANSEC Orlando, Fla., 6937th Peshawar, back to 6910th in ’69, closed Darmstadt and relocated to Augsburg, closed Augsburg and re-assigned to Karmaursel, Turkey. Re-assigned to George AFB, Ca. and retired.
    Would be happy to hear from anyone who might remember me.

    Ed Neete
    San Diego, Calif.

    Posted by Ed Neete | January 30, 2011, 2:17 pm
  13. I just realized, one of my old friends at Onna Point, in1957-1958, was Al Lyons. If you read this, Al, contact me, it’s been 53 years, we have a lot to cover. Ken

    Posted by A/2nd class Ken Newell | February 6, 2011, 9:04 am
  14. RE: Post by Bill French

    Merle Shutter (and a tall, skinny TSGT whose name I’ve long since forgotten) were the Morse instructors for my class at Keesler in ’67 (21067). The old boy kept a trash can by his “position” to hock into.

    Joe Martin
    Scottsdale, AZ

    6981st Scty Grp, Dec ’67-Nov ’69
    6994th Scty Sqn, Feb ’70-Dec ’71

    Posted by Joe Martin | February 17, 2011, 10:21 am
  15. Was a Y203 (Y=radioprinter). Syracuse 1855, Shiroi 1956 to 1959 on Trick 4 and days then to Darmstadt on Charlie and Easy trick. Played basketball in Darmstadt. From USAFSS to NSA and spent 32 years there. Would like to hear from any old printer types.

    Posted by Amos Keith | February 23, 2011, 8:10 pm
  16. fellows, you were quite young when I went thru Keesler in -51-52. then thru Brooks to Ashya AFB, Korea,and Yontan on Okinawa and back to Brooks, on to AFB near Seattle WA before leaving AFSS in 1955. Nice to hear there is some comaradare(sp) in the orgs.

    Posted by William Davis | March 23, 2011, 9:12 pm
  17. Any one that was with the 6910th or 6911th at Darmstadt there is a website you need to join. Go to http://www.6910th.net

    Posted by Charlie Church | April 3, 2011, 3:38 pm
  18. I remember a Jim Houle who I was on Dawg Flight with. I don’t know if it was the 6987th at ShuLinkou 1972-74 or the 6931st at Iraklion 1977-78. Howdy Jim! Retired in 1992, and have been an Air Force Junior ROTC Instructor ever since…this is my 19th year teaching!

    Posted by Randy "Curly" Robinson | April 21, 2011, 11:20 am
  19. Arrived at Onna Point in July of 1962 and left in January of 1964. Then went 2T to Crete until Sept. of 1965 and then discharged in New Jersey. Seems like an eternity ago.

    Posted by Dennis Chick | April 22, 2011, 12:31 pm
  20. I was not a rope @ Keesler AFB. I was on A shift during my school tenure fm Dec 74 – May 75. Went to Crete on 6/6/75, was assigned to Dawg Flt with “Curly” Robinson and a host of others, left there on 12/6/77. Went back to Crete in Sep 80, on Charlie Flt this time, and left in Sep 82….I would’ve gone back a 3rd time but they went and closed the place on me….go figure! Anyway, I am not from New Braunfels, TX, and I don’t have any children named Richard, although that was my Dad’s name. Iraklion was the best assignment in the AF.

    Posted by Jim Houle | May 4, 2011, 1:13 pm
  21. Gerry are you still coming into this page. If so and you have Facebook type in 6981st. Some of use who served at that time are getting together. there are two 6981st pages this one and our page with the command logo… I served for, 68 – 70 A Flt (I think and then DF) I am looking hard or Rob (Or BOB ) Martin..about 25 of us have connected we are planning a reunion in Oct 2011

    Hi
    I was a ditty bop in the USAFSS from 1966-70 trained at Keesler and stationed in San Vito Air Station in Italy

    Posted by Gerry | February 28, 2009, 5:33 am

    Posted by Andy Hollimon | May 9, 2011, 11:42 am
  22. One more Gerry

    this is how you find US on Facebook

    6981st Security Group, USAFSS, Security Service, Alaska

    Posted by Andy Hollimon | May 9, 2011, 11:45 am
  23. Morse Intercept Operator training at Thompson Hall, Keesler AFB 1963 (Flunked out…could get that 16gpm); Non-Morse Radio Intercept Operator training at Goodfellow AFB 1964 then shipped to 6913 RSM (Bremerhaven, Germany) 1964…Able Flight. Transferred to Wakkanai (Hokkaido), Japan…don’t recall squadron but Charlie Flt. Retired Colorado Springs, 1985.

    Posted by John E. Ingersoll | June 10, 2011, 2:01 pm
  24. keesler late 1956-may 57. assgnd to wheelus afb tripoli lybia, kelly 1959 then darmstadt until dec 1962. enjoyed saying goodnight to army guys when they had to leave bars downtown because of their curfew. beautiful country, esp garmisch.

    Posted by TERRY MOONEY | June 12, 2011, 11:57 am
  25. read the houle article. very good historical account of usafss, but didn’t really describe our job. for those of us who did it 8 hours a day, it was most of the time boreing especially dayshifts when static made reception spotty at best and then there “special” times when it got really interesting. you know what i mean. however, good job mr. houle.

    Posted by terry mooney | June 16, 2011, 7:33 pm
  26. “B” shift at Keesler 3383/3382 then
    Tuslog Det 3-1 Trabzon Turkey from
    June 1960-May 1961. Next assignment
    6917RGM San Vito, Italy July 1961
    to Dec 1962 Last E-4 to arrive in
    Italy of the initial Morse Operators.

    Posted by Joe Murray | September 5, 2011, 10:32 pm
  27. I was at Kessler for 292 training in 1966. Assigned to Darmstadt in Feb. 1967 and reassigned to Tuslog 3-1 in Feb. 1969 until in closed operations at the end of that year. Did some part time work at the radio station on top of Mt Boztepee.

    Posted by Tom Tissot | September 23, 2011, 8:04 pm
  28. Good grief! I stumbled onto this site by accident while looking for info on the USAFSS, and was transported back 50 years. I went through Keesler 6-61 to 12-61, then off to Tuslog Det 3-1, Trabzon, Turkey to 63. Signed up for the 2T program, then changed my mind–have regretted it ever since. Finished my enlistment at George AFB in CA. Thanks for the memories. Ron Cronk

    Posted by Ron Cronk | September 30, 2011, 10:43 pm
  29. I was at Keesler from Sept 1959 to
    March 1960. Morse Intercept op.
    Assigned to Trab Det 3-1. At that
    time the tour was only 12 months.
    A month after I arrived the tour was changed to 15 months.
    Enjoyed my time there and made many
    good friends and still friends with
    some of them. Enjoyed both of my
    tours while in the Air Force Security Service. Worked for 28
    years at Fort Meade in Maryland for
    the National Security Agency until
    I retired in 1993.

    Posted by Joe Murray | October 7, 2011, 12:59 pm
  30. I was a 202 from 1967-70. Assigned to the 6937th in Peshawar Pakistan from September 1967 to December 1968, then to the 6981st in Elmendorf from 69-70.

    Posted by Bryan E. Nelson | October 23, 2011, 1:56 pm
  31. stationed at IAS from April 62 thru Oct 63. Was a Morse Intercept Operator working in search. I was on Dog Trick and roommates were Mike Gardner & Al Dyel. A great assignment and never forgotton.

    Posted by steve j. solar | December 23, 2011, 9:36 am
  32. Small world. I was at the 6931 ESS as commander July 76 – July 78 and have a very clear image of a young airman Jim Houle who impressed everyone there. I am delighted to see that he did so well. As with all of the USAFSS and ESC units to which I was assigned, the airmen and NCOs were always several cuts above and represented the very best of the Air Force. To say that they were professional is an under-statement. I regret that so many like SMS John Resetar died so young.

    Posted by Phil Thompson | January 31, 2012, 5:45 pm
  33. I was a 292 trained at Keesler then on to the 6930th Iraklion AS, Crete. Changed to the 6931st while I was there from 1963-1964. Then back to the states at Orlando AFB in Det 3. until September 1965. Hung out with John Crowley and Dan Darcangelo most of the time.

    Posted by Ken Frankish | February 9, 2012, 4:24 pm
  34. At Keesler AFB from June 1959 to Dec 1959 trained as a Morse Intercept Operator. Assigned to 6981st at Elmendorf AFB, Anchorage Alaska from Jan 1960 to Jan 1962.

    Posted by Chuck Haley | February 18, 2012, 7:26 pm
  35. I was at Keesler from June to Dec, 1959, a yellow rope in Baker? flt; then to Clark 2925th RSM in the Philippines (1960-61), and TDY to Saigon, Bangkok; then to TUSLOG Det 3-1 (Trabzon) in Turkey (3 months in autumn 1961); then TUSLOG Det 3 (Karamursel), also in Turkey (late 1961-summer ’63).

    Posted by Dave Willingham - 292 | March 3, 2012, 3:04 pm
  36. I graduated from Intercept Radio School at Keesler in early 1958 and was deployed to Chicksands AFB just outside Bedford, England. Returned to US in 1961 upon discharge. Enjoyed my time in the USAF with a great group of code guys at Chicksands. Rank was frozen at the time so family needs forced me to leave upon my 4 year requirement. I always regretted not remaining in the USAF although my current work in Emergency Management is rewarding as well.

    Posted by Mike Bryant | March 9, 2012, 11:49 am
  37. I was a ditty bop from 1967 until 2/1971, stationed in Turkey and at Clark AFB. I was on Dog Flight while stationed at Clark.

    Posted by Ron Wheeler | April 11, 2012, 4:46 pm
  38. dittybop training at Keesler June-Nov.1969. Karamusel AB Turkey first assgn. the Nakonphanom Thailand (airborn c-47)Sept 1970-Feb 1972 (212 combat missions)

    Posted by Ron Lightner | April 11, 2012, 6:37 pm
  39. Went thru radio operator school and then radio intercept operator school at Keesler in 1953. Went to Japan to Johnson AFB to the 6920th Security Group. We later moved to Shiroi Air Base Japan in a new security compound. I really enjoyed the work. Got really good at copying code of all speeds. After leaving Shiroi Japan in 1954 went to Kelly AFB Texas for a short time then re-enlisted and went to the 6925th Radio Group Mobile , Clark AFB, Phillippines form 1954 through 1955. From there back to Shiroi AFB Japan. That was the extent of my radio interept career. Later retrained into Air Traffic Control Radar Maint. for the remainder of my Air Force Career. Retired from the AF in October 1972.

    Posted by Lewis Ward MSgt USAF Retired | April 14, 2012, 5:38 pm
  40. I read with interest this site and I direct this to Mike Bryant. Perhaps you knew my husband Vic Via. He also was at Keesler after Lackland in ’58-59. Then to Goodfellow, then Chickksands. We lived in Bedford from ’60 to late ’61, then back to Goodfellow. He too loved the AF and I loved being an AF wife. He passed away in 2005 at 67 and I know he would love reading messages from fellow AF Buddies. Thank all of you for your service. Barbara Via

    Posted by Victor L. Via | April 29, 2012, 9:03 pm
  41. Hi, I was at Keesler 58-59 Morse Inercept,hung out with Jim Walden from Fort Worth,TX. Went to Trabzon, Turkey {Tuslog Det 3-1) 59-60. Worked with SSgt. J.A.P, called “jap”[I forgot his name], There was also an airman nick-named “Willie Choo-choo” because all he wanted to do was haul trailers went he got back home. He drove the 6×6 from town to the site at Bostepe. Stayed in town hotel until new facilities opened on Bostepe, worked as Maitre’d in new Club Kismet. Was in Iraklion, Crete 60-Jan 62 and was discharged. Enjoyed both stations anc countries meeting people and learnig their culture. From the comments I have read on this site, I have learned that Trabzon was closed and so was Iraklion. If some one remembers me I would like to hear from you
    pjselarom@yahoo.com

    Posted by Jose (Joe) Morales | May 7, 2012, 2:45 pm
  42. Hi I’m looking to get in touch with the following people-William Joseph stramezzi / billy Joe stramezzi and Ronald s gooch can any one please help.Thank you

    Posted by hayley jones | May 31, 2012, 9:48 am
  43. Served in USAFSS, 1956-1964. Graduated Keesler morse code course, then non-morse at March.
    Tour at 6981st RGM,Alaska. Then long tour at Goodfellow as intructor non-morse school.

    Slow promotion chance so changed to USNSG and retired as Chief Petty Officer 1976.

    I find it true that I never forgot the code I learned at Keesler, nor the long sleeve shirts worn in that hot humid base in July 56.

    Posted by Tommie Dollar | June 6, 2012, 4:37 am
  44. I went through Keesler, finishing October 1957. First assignment was 6910th RGM Sembach AFB, transfered to Wheelus in Tripoli until july 1959. Rotated to the States and was discharged 12-23=60. It has been very interesting to see what has happened recently in Lybia. Often wish I had stayed in, but I guess the good Lord had other plans. I enjoy reading the posts, brings back good memories.

    Posted by Larry Stalnaker | July 3, 2012, 10:05 am
  45. Keesler AFB 4/53-1/54; 6913th RSM (Bremerhaven, Ger.) 1/54-1/57 (ditty-bopper at first, last year in Mission Evaluation & Control – a very interesting & challenging assignment); thoroughly enjoyed almost all of my Squadron-mates, our facilities and our supervisors. Overall, a very rewarding & enjoyable enlistment.

    Posted by Don Crout | July 6, 2012, 3:10 pm
  46. I believe Ron Gooch amd I served together on Crete (6931st) and Vietnam (Det 2, 6994th). Sorry not to good at dates anymore.

    Posted by Gene A. Swain, Sr | July 8, 2012, 5:35 pm
  47. Keesler… the beginning of the security service journey for me. Went overseas, Crete and enjoyed my time there. Never got past A2C because I could not pass the exam. I had such a mental block about testing in those days. Anyway, got out, re-entered the Army, was commissioned, and retired a lieutenant colonel.

    Posted by Wayne Dominowski | July 14, 2012, 5:44 pm
  48. USAFSS 1961-1970…Lackland AFB, Goodfellow AFB, Non-Morse Intercept School, 6952nd RAF Kirknewton, Scotland, 6987th Shu Linkou,Taiwan, 6922nd Clark AB,Philippines, 6950th RAF Chicksands, England… Connecticut ARMY National Guard, 1976-1992 250th Engineer Co., Medium Girder Bridge. Retired 1SG, CTARNG. Civilian, retired Process/Product Engineer, Precision Rubber Molding Industry

    Posted by Robert Baker | August 4, 2012, 6:44 am
  49. Chix 1963 … big party in London thrown by RAF Officers. Went on for the entire three days between day & mid shift. Triplex apt with plenty of Beefeater and Brit lovelies. Got back to Chix base 15 min before duty time.
    Anyone in the 6950th remember that party ? Many troops attended.

    Posted by Bruce L Buchler | August 7, 2012, 6:20 pm
  50. Volkswagened across Britain into Wales 1962. John Knight Holland A2C (my buddy at the time) won every game of 301 in every pub we stopped in. We never had to spend a shilling.
    The people in the pub raised him upon their shoulders and sang the Star Spangled Banner.
    USAFSS Chix 1961-1964

    Posted by Bruce L Buchler | August 7, 2012, 6:24 pm
  51. Keesler AFB-64, Saw the movie Cleopatra while stationed at 6917th,Brindisi,Italy. They had some nice VRB back in those days. Some times I wonder……

    Posted by TJ | August 30, 2012, 7:59 am
  52. I was a Personnel Specl at Chicksands from 1962-65.Nice tour, enjoyed going to the Dirty Duck, the Big Smoke and taking care of ops.The locals came and celebrated the 4th of Jul with us, wow.Returned to HQ 65-67;Misawa &
    Wheeler 67-70; HQ 70-74; Wilford Hall 74-82, retired.Joined US Customs Svc 1989-2004, retired…Notables: Blizzard at Chicksand 1962, and the big earthquake in Misawa, 1967; and Operation Eyesight.Col Harry Wilson,Miswa, was the best commander I served under. To me he cared for his troops.He the ABgp commadner change the rule of selling the surplus parkas to the locals first; he had the parkas sold to the military first. Great morale boost.

    Posted by Pete Martinez | November 4, 2012, 7:03 pm
  53. 6981st, Elmendorf afb 1957-1960 A trick ditty bop

    Posted by Gary Wild | November 11, 2012, 11:29 pm
  54. was at 6925th RGM in the P.I. from 1956 to 1957 any body that old out there

    Posted by bob wedow | November 17, 2012, 4:20 pm
  55. dittybopper from 65 to 69. served in 6917th-back to HQ in Texas(pushing papers, ugh!) and the 6984th on Shema AFB, Alaska(THE ROCK) had a great time and enjoyed every minute. Thank you all for your service.

    Posted by wayne lewis | November 21, 2012, 7:06 pm
  56. I graduated from Keesler and 292 training in 1966. Tom Tissot if you still check this site out you were in my class and I have pictures of you from that time. if you read this or anyone who knows Tom, give him my email address it is williams.danny98@yahoo.com I am not sure how to get ahold of people who post on here, but I noticed that tom posted a message in 2011

    Posted by Danny Williams | January 23, 2013, 8:06 pm
  57. also, on a second notice, i was stationed at Iraklion Air Station from 1966 -1968. Was on Baker Flight and Fred Long was tsgt who was from the same state as I. Oregon. Had a female Lt. as flt commander.

    Posted by Danny Williams | January 23, 2013, 8:13 pm
  58. USAFSS/ESC – Keesler trained 292×1; 20200 at retirement

    1960-1987. Tours: crete (3 times); japan (twice); Korea (6903 flying unit); Vietnam (6994th); Chicksands England (3 times).

    Retired from the working world in 2005. Now using Space A often and enjoying traveling to places I had once been. Will never forget the units and people I met in my 27 years in the USAF. Mike

    Posted by mike rooney | February 6, 2013, 12:25 am
  59. Bringing back a lot of memories. Where are u brian molina? Man my son is faster than i was. Plz contact me. Kevin gault 512 595 4126

    Posted by kevin gault | February 24, 2013, 9:03 pm
  60. Went from Keesler to 6917th in August of 64 to February 66 ditty bopper – enjoyed the time spent with many friends made. Still think of it often! Its an important part of my life!

    Posted by Dallas Mesack | February 26, 2013, 1:17 pm
  61. After extensive searching on the internet,it’s almost like Wasseruppe, Germany didn’t eve exist. Anyone out there ex-Wasserkuppe?

    Posted by Richard Rayfield | March 4, 2013, 11:21 am
  62. Arrived Dec 31, 1959 and left June
    21, 1961. WORKED c FLT FOR 18 MOS W
    C Flt, Capt Dorothy I. Aspell Cmdr.
    Had a great time in Istanbul and
    enjoyed work very much.A bunch of guys have passed away by now. Jim
    Thoma, Darryl Smith, Clark Gross, the list goes on and on. Anyway,
    Mainsite was an exciting time in
    the “cold war”.

    Posted by Michael P. Keith/ A1C/20250/ 1959-1961/KAS Mbr | March 7, 2013, 11:45 am
  63. I went through tech school after it was moved up to Massachusetts, my orders I got in Basic actually had Keesler on them. Looking for anyone who went through Air Force tech school between 1988 1989, went to San Vito Italy from 89-92. Looking for anyone who worked the elephant cage in the pound.

    Posted by Matthew Stalcup | March 13, 2013, 3:33 pm
  64. I went through Keesler in late 1956 and early 1957. First duty station was Shiroi AB Japan as a ditty bopper on trick 2. Enjoyed my two years there.

    Posted by Wilbur "Willie" Pontiff | March 14, 2013, 10:02 am
  65. Darn, i guess i missed a good thing, maybe? I went to Keesler in late 1956, finished the Air/Ground Radio operator course in Feb 1957 ( phased ahead and did the course in 15 weeks ) I was copying 30 wpm, and was asked if i would stay another 17 weeks to take the Intercept course. DUMMY me, i said no because i wanted to get home to see my girlfriend I know, stoopid move. Well anyway, i did go to keflavik, Iceland, had a great time, worked in the Ground Radio station, played in a band on base on the side. I regret NOT taking the Intercept course. Best of luck to you all

    Posted by CHUCK WOSILIS | April 16, 2013, 1:38 am
  66. I was USAFSS, non-morse intercept. Keesler 1971, Goodfellow 71 and 72 early, San Vito, Karamursel, and Linkou. Out in 75.

    Posted by Robert Arnold | April 16, 2013, 12:09 pm
  67. I was a 292 in Shu Linko AFS, Tawain in 1962-62. I went thru Keesler Sep-Mar prior to going oversees.. Would love to hear from and anyone during that period of time.

    Posted by Jerry Ferrell | April 18, 2013, 5:45 pm
  68. I was viewing postings and read Dave Willingham’s posting. I am interested in communicating with Dave regarding his TDY at Bankok. I was with a volunteer unit May-July, 1960. Maybe we could compare our assignments.

    Posted by Steve Minnick | April 21, 2013, 7:42 pm
  69. served at danang in the back of 18 wheelers 1966-67 as a ditty bopper

    Posted by douglas dodson | May 11, 2013, 7:48 am
  70. Just stumbled onto this site. Brings back many memories. Trained at Keesler from July 1961 to January 1962, after 5 weeks of basic at Lackland. To Okinawa 6927th March 1962 to September 1963, Baker flight. After Okinawa, to Davis-Monthan AFB, Tucson, Az. for 22 months.

    Posted by Jim W. Hensley | May 13, 2013, 12:28 pm
  71. 6917th – 1965/1966
    Remember Dallas Mesack–a very very funny dude- many laughs-Saaach
    Ted Boyer

    Posted by Ted Boyer | May 13, 2013, 9:13 pm
  72. Turslog Det 3, Karursel, Turkiye 4/1960 >10/61 –

    6921st S.W. – Misawa,Japan 10/1964 > !1/1966 –

    Does anyone remember Gary Powers who made news May 1960?

    Posted by G.E. Shaffer | May 16, 2013, 11:25 pm
  73. Just found this site early this morning and thought I would add my two cents. Keesler from May 64 to Oct 64. Left for 6931st Crete on election day 1964. Spent 25 months there with my wife. Rotated home in Dec. 66 to Kelly where I spent my last year. Didn’t give my tour on Crete much thought while I was there but as the years have passed I realized just how good I had it. Warm summers and rainy winters but not really cold. Made several trips to Athens while there. For a history buff Athens is a great place to see. Lost touch with most of the guys on Crete. Guess most of us all to old for the internet and facebook.

    Posted by Calvin Baker | May 26, 2013, 5:08 am
  74. Just ran across this site. Brought back lots of good memories. I was at Keesler 1960-1961, then Clark AFB 6925th RSM 1961-1962. I finished up at Langley AFB in Oct. 1963. Hello to all of my fellow ditty-boppers that I was fortunate to serve with. Jerry Spence was one of those friends.

    Posted by Ron Reed | June 15, 2013, 4:36 pm
  75. Went through Keesler in ’70. Off to Karamursel, Turkey, then to 6981st at Elmendorf from 72-75. Worked Charlie flt in DF both bases. Would like to hear from anyone that has photos of Karamursel or Elmendorf from that time period.

    Posted by Dale Shields | July 4, 2013, 6:53 pm
  76. Was a 292 from 1964-1968. Completed training at Keesler in 64/65?. Assigned to 6918th 1965-1966 and 6924th 1967-1968. Loved Japan but hated Vietnam–mainly because I had only 8 months left on 4 year enlistment when I arrived at DaNang. Needless to say that I did not reenlist….

    Posted by William Kenneth Marchman | July 21, 2013, 1:51 pm
  77. I’m helping work on the Sept. 2013 6918th reunion. Our roster-keeper received a Facebook note from an Air Force vet asking if we were looking for anyone from “brickhouse”. Is anyone familiar with what brickhouse is or was? Let me know. Thanks

    Posted by Stan Freymuth | August 12, 2013, 1:00 am
  78. I was at onna point july 59 to feb 61. in may 60 I volunteered for a special assignment and went to Bangkok under a civilian visa. There with 8 other personal. Most information about this assignment is still dedacted by nsa. Can anyone have any similar duties? contact me email qsyimi1940@yahoo.com

    Posted by steve minnick | August 13, 2013, 11:11 am
  79. Morse Intercept Operator training at Keesler 1965.
    ANFLR-9 training at Keesler 1965.
    Morse Intercept Operator / ANFLR-9 Operator, Charlie Trick, Karamursel Air Station in Turkey, Jan. 66- July 67
    NSA Analyst Aug 67- Oct 68

    Posted by Terry Graves | October 1, 2013, 5:21 pm
  80. 292 training at Keesler July 1964-November 1964. From Keesler to 6927th (Onna Point, Okinawa) til May 1966 then to Kelley AFB til May 1968.

    Posted by Paul Carson | October 16, 2013, 9:16 am
  81. Assigned to Keesler from fall of ’66 to spring of ’67. Spent two years as a ditty bop in Misawa and the final year of enlistment at Kelly. If any USAFSS personnel who served on Security Hill at Misawa read this, I encourage you to check out the MyFamily Misawa site. There’s a very active group who meet annually (some people hold frequent mini-reunions) and you’re almost guaranteed to run into friends from your military days. Do check us out!

    Posted by Jim Heckathorn | October 18, 2013, 11:00 pm
  82. Graduated 292 intercept school Keesler AFB, Sept. 55, spent almost 3 yrs. Chicksands AFB, near Bedford, England. Good duty, good base; time for bowling, baseball and travel. There’s an annual reunion of those who served at Chicksands from 1950-1960. Ben McDonald has been to a couple as have many others. Next year’s reunion is in Latrobe, PA. For information, contact Sam Ciocco, patsamciocco@juno.com

    Posted by Bill Bryant | November 12, 2013, 5:19 pm
  83. I arrived at Elmendorf in May ’59 for my first tour in Security Service. Although I had been in the Air Force for nearly 3 years it been more than 2 years since I’d copied any code. Gary Wild was my trainer.

    Posted by John Christian | November 19, 2013, 9:23 pm
  84. Hi all. I came across this message board through a Google search. I’m looking for a man who was serving at Keesler in 1964. All I know is his last name: Gooch. Can anyone help me with a first name?

    deniseahunter@comcast.net

    Posted by Denise Hunter | November 20, 2013, 7:46 pm
  85. I was stationed with a Ron Gooch along with Gary Wild at the 6981st.

    Posted by John Christian | November 20, 2013, 10:46 pm
  86. Hi John. Thanks for your response. So Ron Gooch was at Keesler in ’64? Do you have any idea where he was from or have any contact with him currently?

    Posted by Denise Hunter | November 23, 2013, 7:48 pm
  87. I have no idea where Ron is today. The last time I had contact with him was in San Antonio, TX but that was some 30 years ago.

    Posted by John Christian | November 24, 2013, 4:27 pm
  88. Thanks, John. The 6981st was in Elmendorf, correct? Do you know if Ron was at Keesler in ’64?

    Posted by Denise Hunter | November 25, 2013, 11:31 am
  89. I don’t know. I left Elmendorf in 1962 and Ron was still there at that time. It’s possible he could have gotten an assignment back to Keesler.

    Posted by John Christian | November 25, 2013, 12:50 pm
  90. Went through Keesler in 78..81st, NSA, airborne w/85th Joint/Baller and finished with 49th. The best of times!…-!

    Posted by rwfuller | December 8, 2013, 6:50 pm
  91. Goodfellow AFB Aug.59 to July 60. 6930th RGM Crete Aug.60 to Feb 62. Baker flt. Some names from that time. Jack Hays, Dale Miller, Bill Beach, Jim Pulley, Everett Jewell. Eddie Mashman,Hugh Blackerby,Leroy Crosswell. Many other great guys. Great duty on the rock. Left AF after six years.Career at Coors Brewing Co, Golden, Colo. Retired 1993 as Director transportation,Logistics & Aviation. Never missed the Air Force, but have missed Crete. What a tour!!

    Posted by Kent Barr | December 11, 2013, 4:08 pm
  92. left Keesler Dec 58, arrived Karamusel Det 3 Feb 59. May 1 1960
    copied powers down. Able Flight, relieved that morning by Charlie Flight by Harry Henning (sp)

    Posted by Bob Bass | December 27, 2013, 8:29 pm
  93. Left Keesler AFB in July 1957. Enjoyed my tour there,was assigned to Tripoli North Afarica, then on to Crete Greece for only one year, which was not long enough. The greatest place in the AF to serve. From there to a small base In Las Crces NM. Retired after 30 years with IBM. Still miss the good times and friends in the USAF.

    Posted by Fred R Lippert | January 4, 2014, 9:28 pm
  94. I believe I knew willie pontiff, went to Keesler same time and went to Darmstadt march 1959 and the intercept school was not 17 weeks after ground radio only another 7, I know was asked to go to intercept after finishing ground and I said yes, longer leaves, I only got 19 days and shiroi great assignment

    Posted by john winters | January 14, 2014, 12:29 pm
  95. Was at Keesler Oct, 64 to Apr. 65 then went to 6981st Elmendorf til Sept. 68. Started as diity-bop and went to RFP. I was married and lived off-base at S&S apartments on Medfra St in Anchorage. Looking for Tom Taylor from St. Louis who married a girl from Biloxi, who was at Elmendorf.

    Posted by Tom Mc Dougall | January 22, 2014, 9:43 am
  96. looking for charles hohan, richard r.(dick)walton, edward l(deno)wallace at tuslog det 3-2 turkey 1962 thru 1963

    Posted by joemcdonald | January 29, 2014, 3:11 pm
  97. Was on DOG Flight from ’65 to ’68
    Have commentd on comment pages for 6910th Security Wing Darmstadt Germany Mae 63 to Mar 1966 linked to in this site through “Duty Station” link above left.
    Have there some names I can remember

    Posted by Jim Scheid | January 29, 2014, 9:37 pm
  98. Hi John Winters….we were stationed together at Shiroi and Darmstadt. Good to see you are still kicking. Shoot me an email when you can. Would like
    catch up.

    Posted by Willie Pontiff | January 30, 2014, 7:33 am
  99. Willie email wjpontiff@att.net

    Posted by Willie Pontiff | January 30, 2014, 7:37 am
  100. Posted by Terry Graves | January 30, 2014, 12:28 pm
  101. John Winters, give me a shout in an email…wjpontiff@att.net..It would be nice to catch up a little bit.
    Glad to see you are still kicking.

    Posted by Willie Pontiff | January 31, 2014, 12:54 pm
  102. Completed basic training in Aug.’63 at Keesler AFB, and Morse Intercept Op. course.
    Assigned to the 6913th Security Squadron in Bremerhaven Germany in March 1963 Till Jan ’65. anyone remember the 2T program? volunteered for the 2T and assigned to the 6987th Security Group (Shu Linkou, Taiwan) in Feb. ’66 with a prior stop at Goodfellow AFB for NCO training. As others indicated, the 6987th was the best assignment in the AF, best dining hall in the AF. This was an unforgettable 15 month tour.

    Posted by Ken AJ Roy | February 17, 2014, 4:47 pm
  103. I went thru Keesler the end of ’64 & to Trabzon for 15 months ’65 & ’66 as a ditty bopper. Then went to the 6994 th in San Angelo, Texas & then to Pleiku, Vietnam Nam for 11 months. I was an airborne ditty bopper on EC 47’s where we did direction finding. 15 months on top of that hill in Trabzon was not fun, but there were some exciting events that happened. It’s almost 50 yrs now, but the notes I read on this site really brought back memories. My unit in Vietnam Nam has a website under ec47 & I’ve been to a reunion in DC. Is there a website for Tuslog??

    Posted by Chuck Bradley | March 7, 2014, 5:59 pm
  104. At Keesler from Oct. , 1956 till April 1957. Ground radio intercept. Spent 21 months on the Rock at Onna Point may 57 – Feb. 59. Lots of good guys, we had a real good tour of duty. Finished out the last 1 1/2 years at Kelly. Went to a fun re-union in Memphis Sept, 2007. Would love to hear from anyone I served with. Good Luck to you all.

    Posted by Michael J Hicks | March 17, 2014, 7:25 pm
  105. keesler to goodfellow to sanvito 6917th (able flight) 1967-69. got married and lived in specchiolla. returned last year and went to the village. great memories. will return again this year and spend a couple weeks in lecce.
    finish up at nsa.
    living in florida loving life.

    Posted by ed nidweski | March 19, 2014, 8:54 pm
  106. Goodfellow AFB 1962 NMIO school, then to NSA school, then Misawa, Japan, back to Goodfellow, then Pershawa, Pakistan. Anybody else follow in those steps from 1962 thru 1965.

    Posted by Harold Hammett | March 29, 2014, 9:15 am
  107. Was stationed in Peshawar from July 64 to Aug. 65. MIO. It was a bad time there with the indio-pakistani war going on. But then I doubt that anytime would have been considered “good” over there. At least they had a golf course.

    Posted by Bob Saunders | April 6, 2014, 1:36 pm
  108. At Keesler June 63 to September 63, then Goodfellow until March 64. At 6925th Security Group, Clark AB from April 64 to July 65.

    Posted by Doug Quinn | May 16, 2014, 3:36 pm
  109. Went through Keesler January 1962 thru July 1962 as morse intercept op, then on to Karamursel, Turkey. Was reassigned later to Incirlik AB, Adana, Turkey for assignment at the Combat Operations Center. Following 18 months in Turkey, went to Laughlin AFB, Del Rio, Texas. Went on to become a flight instructor in the USAF’s T-41 UPT program after military commitment. Later, worked under AF contract developing YQU-22 drone technology. Went to NKP, Thailand for ops with the QU-22, flying reccon over the HCM trails in Laos. Finally went with FAA, originally as an air traffic controller, then back into operations as an aviation safety inspector. Retired from FAA in 1999, then spent 7 years afterwards as an aviation safety consultant for the gov’t of Taiwan. Finally have my HAM licenses; KF5UDK, living just north of Houston. Still have the highest regards to all you ditty boppers, and their patient family members.

    Posted by Freddie Laird | May 23, 2014, 5:36 pm
  110. Basic training LAFB, Tx Jul 1958 and on to Keesler. Was a red rope and lived in triangle area and had to cross flightlight every class day . After graduation went to 6925th RGM Philippines. From there out of command put in overseas imbalance skill working in personnel
    732×0 in Dover AFB, Del. Cross trained into flight surgeons office 902×0 was sent to Wurtsmith AFB, Mi and then on to Laughlin AFB, Del Rio Tx flying as medic and hoist operator in HH-43B Pedro chopper. Back to ditty bopper duty in 1967 stationed in Peshawar Pakistan. Then went to chicksand England 68-72 and on to V. Nam flying in the EC-47 program in DaNang, Vn and Ubon, Thailand 72-73. From there to 6981st Elmendorf Alaska 73-76 and on to San Vito 76-79. Back to Dover AFB for short stay and called to a hardship tour in Hawaii to help open up new unit “Kunia”. Was there from 80-82 and then went to NSA 82-84. Retired as a SMSgt in Oct 84- 26 yrs 13 days active service. Best years of my life. Went back to Delaware and worked Magnolia Post office for 16 years, Nascar 5 years and retired to travel. Have been married 52 years, have 6 grand children and are enjoying the not so golden years..lol…Good luck to you all and thank you for your service. God Bless

    Posted by Michael W Murray | June 3, 2014, 6:01 am
  111. i was at keesler i from nov 1963 the day before pres john f kennedy was shot and killed. stayed until june 64 shipped out 6910th darmstad germany was on charlie flight until may 1966 assigned to 6986th wakinia japan until aug. 1967 . retired and work 3 days week at a golf course and play most play alot. morse operator lead operator at 6910th and secton cheif at 6986th japan.

    Posted by jerry d henley | June 9, 2014, 9:53 pm
  112. I was stationed at 6917th Security Group,Brindisi from July `65 to Jan `67. I was on Able Trick with Teddy Boyer,Dallas Mesack. Billy Moog,Ken Truschke,Ron Sutsko,Taylor Beckwith.Any of you guys out there?

    Posted by Jimmy Hunt | June 11, 2014, 3:27 am
  113. Went thru Keesler 7/1960 – 2/1961, assigned to the 6987th in Taiwan. I am looking for Keesler Graduation photos from anyone that was stationed at the 6987th at any time during their career. My web site is http://www.6987thalumniassociation.org

    If you were at the 6987th, send me your grad photo and I will post it on the 6987th Alumni Web site.

    Posted by Gary "Yogi" Knighotn | June 23, 2014, 8:55 pm
  114. I went thru Keesler 7/1960 – 2/1961. Assigned to 6987th in Taiwan. I am collecting graduation photos to post on my web site. If you were at the 6987th and still have your grad photo, won’t you share it with me? Also would gladly receive ANY grad photos of any Keesler classes. Thanks.
    Gary “Yogi” Knighton
    6987th Alumni Association
    http://www.6987thalumniassociation.org

    Posted by Gary "Yogi" Knighotn | June 23, 2014, 8:58 pm
  115. Hi guys. I went thru Keesler from Oct 1956 to Feb 1957 First time i ever saw this website. Maybe i screwed up by NOT taking the advanced courses like they asked me to? I passed my typing test the first week, then was pushed up to a class that was 2 weeks ahead of me, so i actually finished the course in 15 instead of 17 weeks. Graduated top of 3 classes, and i was shocked when they told me that the last day. I passed 22 gpm, then 25 gpm ( the tough one ) and was working on 30 gpm when the course ended. I chose to go to Iceland and spent 18 great months there. Anyone have any idea if my copying 30 gpm in the 15th week was some kind of record? Would love to find out now. I was with the 1971st AACS at Kef from Feb 57 to Aug 58, then on to Cape Cod, 46th ARS and got out on Aug 20 1960. dah-di dah-di-di-dah-di-dit

    Posted by chuck wosilis | July 5, 2014, 3:58 pm
  116. Stationed 6917th ’65-66- 292x Able Flt
    Drummer in the band ‘The Fanspastics’
    w/ Jimmy Hunt on vocals. Had a big hit with ‘ Who called me’ ….

    Posted by Teddy Boyer | July 6, 2014, 5:01 am
  117. 6917th ’65-66 292x Able flight
    Played in a band, “The Fanspastics’ with Jimmy hunt on vocals….had a hit with ‘Who called me…

    Posted by Teddy Boyer | July 6, 2014, 5:03 am
  118. Teddy Boyer! Wow,it`s been a long time.Send me your e-mail and we can chat. Do you still live in PA. I`m living at the Jersey Shore. I`m also on Facebook. Love to hear from you

    Posted by Jimmy Hunt | July 8, 2014, 11:23 am
  119. Forgot to mention on my previous post. I graduated “With honors” from Keesler as an Air/Ground Radio Operator, never did go for Intercept training. Besides working at the radio-station, i got in a band with a few guys from the USAF on base contingent. Their keyboardist was transferred out and i was lucky enough to be around. Their drummer found me practicing at the Service Club. Believe it or not, this is true. We played 7 gigs a week, had mondays off. I was making more $$$ than what my uncle (Sam) was giving me. Hooked up with a couple great chicks at the Civilian Club. All the gigs were on base. Miss that place even right now. 83 and humid in Ct, 54 and breezy at Keflavik. Have a good week all.

    Posted by chuck wosilis | July 8, 2014, 8:53 pm
  120. I was a ditty-bopper in the 6914th RSM/6910th RGM from 9/55 to 8/58. Was at Sembach AB 9/55 thru 4/56 and then Det. 3 at Wasserkuppe Rhoen 4/56 to 10/57, then back to Sembach until I ZIed in 8/58. The 6914th became the 6910th RGM in 9/56. While living in barracks at Sembach we worked at a remote site at Gruenstadt. Sembach was the home of the 66th Tac Recon Wing and we had to move out to Gruenstadt whenever the 66th went on alert. Fun times.

    Posted by Russ Young | July 13, 2014, 7:24 pm
  121. Hey Jimmy Hunt – couldn’t find you on facebook- a million jimmy hunts–I’ll keep trying and U do the same- hope to hear from ya soon bud.

    Posted by Teddy Boyer | July 16, 2014, 3:52 pm
  122. Hey,Ted. Good to hear from you again. Try my e-mail, jhunt1946@comcast.net. Looking forward to chatting with you,Bud.

    Posted by Jimmy Hunt | July 18, 2014, 9:34 am
  123. Amarillo for basic ’68, then Keesler for 292 training, then Karamursel, (are you still out there Mad Dog & Honey Bear?), San Vito for non morse cross training, Wakkanai’69
    to ’71. Don’t see many postings from this time frame. Give me a holler if you were there.

    Posted by Ralph Giannini | August 1, 2014, 11:44 pm
  124. Graduated Kessler Dec.1967, just days before Christmas. Rode to Ohio with classmate Mike and his wife as they drove on up to Michigan. Met in Italy, Feb.68. I got married and stayed until Nov. 70. Able Flight, Able Animals.

    Posted by Allen Dickens | August 3, 2014, 1:39 am
  125. I’m a former analyst (Y202)and spent 19 months at 6930th RGM Baker fligt, IAS Crete, Aug 1960 to March 1962. Will try this blog trying to locate some great guys from that era. Some names: Whitey Collins, Jim Pulley, Everett Jewell, Ron Vogel, Ed Mashman, Larry Weaver, Joe Capelli,Bill Beach,Ellis Crabtree, Jerry Maher, Mike Connor, Phil Johnson, George Gaines (comm center) Clyde Bethune, Jim Abel, Billy Meyers, Russ Burney, Hal Porter, Bob Bell, Jack Hays, Dale Miller, Chris Hamby, Hugh Blackeby, John P. Miles, LeRoy Crosswsell,Tom Treybig, T/Sgt David Lloyd ,S/Sgt George Seymour Anybody know any of these guys or others from that time? Most were 292’s, and a few analysts and tech support. Crete was a special place and time. Thanks for your service there and wherever!!

    Posted by Kent Barr | August 3, 2014, 5:48 pm
  126. Any guys here who were in Iceland? I went thru Radio school in Biloxi, Oct 1957-Feb 20 1958 I was up to 30 gpm when time was up. I turned down Intercept offer because of a ( girl ) How dumb was that? So i came home to Ct for 14 days and then off to Kef for 18 months. Air/Ground Radio Op. Nice place to retire if you hate hot AND cold weather. EEEEEEEEEEEE

    Posted by Chuck Wosilis | August 5, 2014, 5:21 pm
  127. Bruce Buckler. I knew you at the 3382nd at Keesler. I ‘loaned’ you $5 to go home to New Jersey..after completing tech school. You went to the UK & I went to the PI and then Vietnam & then Japan. How have you been? Have you been in touch with anyone fm our class? What was our class number? Mail me.

    Posted by Curtis Lowe | August 20, 2014, 11:43 am
  128. Golly, most of you guys are really young! I’m hoping there are some more old dude out there that I might know. I was at Keesler, April, 1952 until Jan., 1953, including the intercept course. Was sent to Brooks for course in electronic (non-morse) intercept Then Chicksands, June, ’53 to Oct., ’54, when I was transferred to Kirknewton. They closed down the non-morse group at Chicksands, and everyone went either to Kirknewton or Darmstadt. Left the USAF in Jan. ’56. Almost went to work for NSA after graduating from VA Tech, but Motorola won me instead. Oddly, my younger bro’ worked for NSA for many years and visited chicksands numerous times. If any old buddies see this give me a yell.

    Posted by Dick Jacobs | August 26, 2014, 4:56 pm
  129. To: Matthew Stalcup…Hey! How the heck are you? My email is myrataylor2000@yahoo.com, I’d love to hear from you!

    Posted by Myra Taylor | September 10, 2014, 6:05 pm
  130. Andy Holliman and Gerry (?): I also was a ditty bopper from 1966 to 1970. Went thru Keesler in the Fall of 1966 and was stationed in Brindidsi (San Vito) from March of 1967 to Sept of 1968 and then to San Antonio until 1970. I believe I was on Dawg flight. Roomates were named Fox and Little and Martone. Also remember a Dennis Awakuni at Keesler.

    Posted by Dave Scholl | September 11, 2014, 5:45 pm
  131. Finished ditty bopper school around Feb 1964, then to San Vito in Brindisi for 18 months, followed by final tour at Grand Forks, ND. Looking for Terry Frye and Jeff Hopkins – both were good friends who I have been looking for over the years.

    Posted by Dennis Hermann | September 16, 2014, 11:13 pm
  132. Searching for Tee Frye and Jeff Hopkins, fellow ditty boppers from a 1964-65 tour at San Vito Air Station, Brindisi.

    Posted by Dennis Hermann | September 16, 2014, 11:17 pm
  133. Hi Ralph Giannini!

    I don’t remember your name (different flights or dates or both), but I too went to Basic at Amarillo, TX (only place in the world where you could stand knee deep in mud in a driving rainstorm and still have DUST blowing in your face)! From there, went to Keesler for 292 training. Basic, 6/19/68 to 8/2/68 3333BMTS. Keesler, 3408 STS, 8/3/68 to 2/?/69. Half of my class went to Karamursel, the other half (me), went to the 6981st at Elmendorf. Soooo…how close were we to each other???
    Side notes: Elmendorf to 6924th at Udorn, Thailand (4/71 to 4/72), then out. 2.5 years later, back in! Telecom Center at Mountain Home, ID (11/74 to 11/78); back in USAFSS to 6917th SS, San Vito, Italy (11/78 to 6/80 (selected for OTS)). Became Air Defense Officer w/NORAD (McChord AFB, WA; Germany; and Tyndall AFB, FL before retiring out of the NORAD Command Center in Cheyenne Mountain, Colorado Springs (where I live today)). Also, for “those in the know”, I found “Cowboy” from Udorn who now lives in Oklahoma…he’s a Preacher today!

    Posted by Don Kammer | September 22, 2014, 3:51 am
  134. /Anybody remember working with Jack Prentice. Believe he was at Landsberg AB with 6910th in 1954-1958? Also stationed at Elmendorf AB 1959-1962. Retired Chief Master at Kelly AFB, 1966.

    Posted by Greg Prentice | September 24, 2014, 1:09 pm
  135. Just read some post made by other 291X1s and enjoyed all of them. I was assigned to the 6927th RSM from 27 July 1960 thru 19 Jan 1962 and enjoyed Okinawa Island very much. Most of the male nationals rode either bicycles, or gas powered trike working vehicles. Bus transpportation for the everyday national was via old buses with bodys which were made from the metal of used 55 galon drums. There was a real nice modern-day bus which I would ride from time to time when I’d make a trip to Naha City which was down on the Southern area of Okinawa.

    Posted by James J Bookter Jr | September 25, 2014, 1:44 pm
  136. Don Kammer, I remember you from San Vito. We (my wife Barbara and I) PCS’d in with you in ’78. I believe we sat rack together in aisle 3 on Dawg flight. I seperated after Vito and spent the next 27 years working as a AF civilian before retiring from flight test at Edwards 4 years ago. Enjoying life in sunny California now. Drop a note if you remember me.

    Posted by Todd Loftsgard | September 28, 2014, 6:39 pm
  137. Hi Todd! I believe I do remember you, but how can you possibly remember PCS’g in together AND which aisle we were in??? I’m telling you…getting old AIN’T for wimps! You may not remember this, but I was the guy who left San Vito 10 months early because I was selected for OTS on my first application. Got my commission on 10/1/80, and became an Air Weapons Director with NORAD. I think you know the rest from my post (above). What’s not in my post (above), is that I’m in a temporary (contingency) job as Flight Director on a satellite mission launch team with Space Systems/Loral here in Palo Alto, CA. I’ll be going back home on 10/19, so send me your email address so I can find out how close we are!
    Don

    Posted by Don Kammer | September 29, 2014, 8:44 am
  138. Don,
    thanks for replying. My email address is tloftsgard@hotmail.com.

    Todd

    Posted by Todd Loftsgard | September 29, 2014, 10:32 pm
  139. Graduated Keesler June 67 spent 6 weeks waiting for assignment went to Crete 10/67 to 4/69 then to Det 1 6994 Vietnam 7/3/69 to 7/3/70
    Dave Brittingham

    Posted by Dave Brittingham | October 1, 2014, 12:14 pm
  140. Just wondering if there is anybody out there who was where I was.

    Posted by Dave Brittingham | October 1, 2014, 12:49 pm
  141. AF 1/55 to 4/59 – Boot at Sampson, Keesler, was schooling for radio flying duty, pulled and put into intercept became red-rope for 60 super guys.- Bremerhaven Germany 11/55 to 3/59
    Mox-Nix group. Best guys anywhere. travelled extensively playing baseball(58), fast-pitch softball, – flag football/9 man 2hand touch football, and basketball. Ultra lucky there – Wouldn’t trade my mis-spent youth for anything- Been to 5 reunions since What memories!!!

    Posted by Jim Reusch | October 4, 2014, 2:48 pm
  142. MSgt Lewis Ward is mistaken on the 6925th designation. I was posted to Clark in 1962 when it was still an RSM but was shortly changed to RGM after I arrived. Heard it was later RWM. Unlike most of you I was not a ditty bopper but was instead a radio repairman. Went through school at Keesler got married and took my bride with me to Clark Lived off base in New Balibago section of Angeles City. The Gonzalez family took us in , claimed us as family, and we enjoyed our stay. Left there for Montana then OKC and back to Lackland before getting out after 7 years. Good to read some of the commentsof other “Cobras”

    Posted by B.W.(Wayne) Dennis | October 11, 2014, 12:33 pm
  143. I was traned a Morse Intercept Operator at Keesler AFB in 1961. In Jan 1962 assigned to Tuslog Det 3-2, Samusn, Turkey located on the Black Sea. I was there during the Cuban Missle Crisis in October 1962 and things really tensed up at that time. My DEROS was in April 1963 assigned to Bergstrom AFB, TX. I enjoyed my duties at Tuslog very much but was glad to get back to state side. Would like to hear from those assigned to Tuslog Det 3-2 while I was there. Also anyone in class #07061 “C” shift at Keesler AFB. We had a remarkable class and teacher who was a civilian. I have a group picture of the graduating class 1961 and also a group picture of “Dog Trick” stationed at Samsun, Turkey in 1962. At my age I tend to forget names but sure remember the faces.

    Posted by Billy R. Porter | October 18, 2014, 4:57 pm
  144. If I may add my two cents worth, I was a ditty bopper with the Army Security Agency, stationed on Clark AFB 57-59. Our barracks was just across the side street from the 6925th.My schooling was at Ft. Devens, Ma. I graduated with 35wpm completed and was working on 37/38wpm at the time. Had a great time on Clark.

    Posted by Cecil Tipton | October 30, 2014, 8:41 am
  145. Finished basic at Parks AFB, CA in Dec 1954 and went to Keesler for airborne radio operator school. However, on arrival was reassigned Morse Intercept Operator school from Jan 55 – Jul 55. Was disappointed as I was waiting for a slot as an air cadet. Found out that once the USAFSS had their hooks in you no other options were available. Anyway, then assigned to Chicksands but upon getting off the troop ship in Southampton was sent to Kirknewton, Scotland and the 37th RSM that later became the 6952nd. Served on dog trick until Nov 57 and extended my enlistment to go to Samusun, Turkey and Det 3-2. Ended up as shift supervisor on dog trick. Got out of the AF in December 58 and went back to college. After graduating interviewed and turned down the offer from NSA for a 35 year career in programming and support of large scale scientific supercomputers at the weapons labs.

    Active with the Kirknewton bunch the last 14 years in promoting and helping organize a reunion every 1 or 2 years. Regards, Harry Hathhorn

    Posted by Harry Hathhorn | November 12, 2014, 9:34 am
  146. Happy Belated Veterans Day, especially to any old dittybopper out there who ever bled a Mid while sitting the Rack, or who ever worried about winding up on the Aleutians. After the 6987th got kicked off our mountain peak in Taiwan, I was cross-trained to Photographer. Since we had a local-bred countryboy from Charlestown and a young rocker from Florida, we rotated the music radio stations everyday in the darkroom. It was not hard for me to appreciate Johnny Cash singing about working on the Cadillac Assembly Line since I grew up at a service station. Did not know about his other experiences until much later.
    …………………………….
    TALES OF JOHNNY CASH
    1. February 24, 2012 (FROM MATTHEW AID, writer of other books on the NSA)
    Did you know that the late country music star Johnny Cash was a spy? He was. Cash enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in 1950 and was assigned as a morse intercept operator with the 6910th Security Group at Landsberg, West Germany where he intercepted Russian military radio transmissions. He reached the rank of sergeant before leaving the service. Here is an excerpt from his memoirs about his time as a signals intelligence (SIGINT) intercept operator (Johnny Cash and Patrick Carr. “Johnny Cash: The Autobiography.” New York: Harper Paperbacks, 1997. 79-80)

    “The Air Force taught me the things every military service imparts to its enlisted men … plus one skill that’s pretty unusual: if you ever need to know what one Russian is signaling to another in Morse code, I’m your man. I had such a talent for that particular line of work and such a good left ear, that in Landsberg, where the United States Air Force Security Service ran radio intercept operations worldwide, I was the ace. I was who they called when the hardest jobs came up. I copied the first news of Stalin’s death. I located the signal when the first Soviet jet bomber made its first flight from Moscow to Smolensk; we all knew what to listen for, but I was the one who heard it. I couldn’t believe that Russian operator. He was sending at thirty-five words a minute by hand, a rate so fast I thought it was a machine transmitting until I heard him screw up. He was truly exceptional, but most of his comrades were fast enough to make the best Americans sound like amateurs, sloppy and slow. It didn’t matter, though. Our equipment was so good that they couldn’t make a noise anywhere in the world without us hearing it. Our receiver worked pretty well bringing in WSM, too. Some Sunday mornings I could sit there in Germany and listen to Saturday night at the Grand Ole Opry live from Nashville, Tennessee, just like at home. I heard the enemy every day in the Air Force, but I never saw combat or even came close to it. I enlisted a week before the Korean War broke out, so I was already in the system, and once they’d discovered my aptitude, trained me, and assigned me to the Security Service, Korea wasn’t an option. My only choice was between Germany and Adak Island, the Aleutian archipelago off Alaska. That wasn’t hard: frozen everything or food and Frauleins? I chose Landsberg.”

    2. He had to overcome his bigotry.
    Cash gave his friend Carl Perkins the idea for the rock & roll classic “Blue Suede Shoes” based on the flashy wardrobe of an African-American Air Force colleague stationed in Germany. Cash, well known for his advocacy on behalf of minorities (especially Native Americans), was involved in an ugly name-calling incident over a black soldier walking with a white woman. Later, he blamed the incident on the bigotry of rural Arkansas, where he was raised, and told a friend, “I never, ever disliked blacks.”

    Read more: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/10-things-you-didnt-

    Posted by Thomas Williams - 6987th 73--77 - Charlie Flight | November 15, 2014, 10:56 am
  147. I missed a great opportunity to talk to Johnny Cash up close and personal about our experiences as morse intercept operators. But at the time I didn’t know we did we did the same thing in the USAFSS.

    Years ago the wife and I were waiting for an early morning flight to Mexico and killing time in the Delta Crown Room at LAX. Only 1 other couple was in there, sitting about 10 feet away, and it was June and Johnny Cash. Could not think of one intelligent thing to say and really did not want to intrude upon them. Later some people came in were all over them. The Cash’s were very polite and sociable.

    Found out a few years later we had a lot in common and could have had a great conversation. Harry Hathhorn, 6952nd (55-57) Tuslog Det 3-2 (57-58)

    Posted by Harry Hathhorn | November 16, 2014, 9:12 am
  148. After basic at Lackland June’63 went to Keesler in the triangle and across the flightlines to dittybop school in the late humid time of day until midnight.Determined to flunk out and take my chances at Goodfellow what a great move.Assigned to the 6917th as a 29252 Apr.64-Dec.65 on Baker flt.Then back to Kelly.I spent many hours in Specchiolla and on the beach enjoying water skiing on the ocean with Jim Ballinger and Mike Akers(up from Crete)Mike Kopac….I have a piece of the elephant cage to this day and my baker flt cup and blue/white coat with map of Italy on the back.email me at;embirtciljr@sbcglobal.net anytime Happy Veterans Day USAFSS

    Posted by Edd Birtcil | November 16, 2014, 1:48 pm
  149. Dennis Herman what flt. were you on?

    Posted by Edd Birtcil | November 16, 2014, 1:51 pm

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