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6981st Security Group – Elmendorf AFB, Alaska
Aug 1969 to Nov 1970

6981st Security Group
Elmendorf AFB, Alaska

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325 comments for “6981st Security Group – Elmendorf AFB, Alaska
Aug 1969 to Nov 1970”

  1. To John Jensen…Did you know a guy Richard Muchklinski from Transec next door. I worked part time for the Business Service Bureau on 5th st. I was contracted by them for the FAA in downtown Anchorage as a DP operator. Were your barracks near the Airmans Club or were the moved because o the earthquake damage? I remember that we had 3-6 inch cracks in the walls so you could actually stick your hand through to the outside.

    Posted by James A. (jack) Colvard | November 29, 2016, 11:30 am
  2. To John Jensen…I don’t remember any of the names you mentioned in DP. After I got out, I worked in St. Paul, went Chicago and ended up at UW-River Falls
    WI. Quit UW went into farming for 8 years and then went to work in County Govt. as an Emergency MNGT Dir. My short history after service. Now, retired, still on the farm and enjoying travel to see some of the county. What is your story? Where are you located now?

    Posted by James A. (jack) Colvard | November 29, 2016, 11:42 am
  3. If anyone gets info on Gary Fellers, please let us know. We Were in the radio shop and knew him well.

    Posted by Bill Tayman | November 29, 2016, 3:27 pm
  4. To Jack Colvard…. Had a couple of odd jobs in Anchorage after I got out in 1969. In 1971, I went to work for the State of Alaska. Worked there until 1998 when I went to Seattle….and worked for the State of Washington until I retired in 2013.

    Got my pilot’s license in 1965, before I went into the service. Activities include bush flying in Alaska….had a Super Cub on floats for 20+ years. After coming to Washington, spent a few weeks every summer traveling the country on a Harley….for 15 years. Also did some sailing on Puget Sound….for 8 years. Since retiring, we have done a lot of RVing coast to coast…. Currently still in Washington…but who knows where next?
    Have 4 children….and 8 grandchildren.

    Posted by John Jensen | November 29, 2016, 4:15 pm
  5. To Jack Colvard…. Don’t recall Richard Muchklinski…

    Yes, barracks were near the Airman’s Club. In fact, I worked part time at the Airman’s Club for a very short time….not a good job….! Also worked part time at the Base Commissary….carrying out groceries for tips.

    Finished up college by going to on-base U of A classes at night. Graduated in 1971…..U of A chartered a plane to fly us to the main campus in Fairbanks for the commencement exercise. Fun times…..!

    Posted by John Jensen | November 29, 2016, 4:34 pm
  6. I went to Alaska Methodist University and graduated also in 1971 even though full time as 203xx

    Posted by Gary Zurn | November 29, 2016, 6:39 pm
  7. I was stationed at 6981st during 1958-59. Sgt. Ernest Sterm was my boss. I enjoyed it there.

    Posted by RAY MEHLBERGER | November 30, 2016, 10:05 am
  8. To Ray Mehlberger
    Good to hear from someone there at same time!
    I was a 29151 at 6981st RGM Elmendorf in commcenter 57-58-59. Our quarters were in the OPS bldg. for about 3 months, then moved down to the barracks near the flt line. My bosses were SSGTs Crouch and DEloach and SMS Setzer. Captain Howell was adjutant and Col Lacasse was CO. I vaguely recall a name similar to yours, but not sure after 58 years! where did you work?

    Posted by Jack (Elzie J) Williams | November 30, 2016, 12:45 pm
  9. I wondered if there was anyone still living, other than myself, that might have been with the 6981st RGM in the late 50’s.

    I was in data processing from August ’55 thru June ’57. Was among the first 68250’s to be assigned there. DP was new to the group (actually it was “squadron” in ’55 RSM). Col. Leo Lacasse became the commander. about 6 months after I arrived there. M/Sgt Paul Sisk was my boss. For the first few months we cross trained some radio operators as key punch operators.

    It was great duty and my tour was to be 2 years, but I extended for a year and was discharged as S/Sgt at McCord AFB

    Posted by Bill Eatmon | November 30, 2016, 3:21 pm
  10. Then-Colonel–now Brigadier General Leo La Casse is still with us and I visit with him every few weeks.

    Posted by Pamela O'Connor | December 27, 2016, 1:11 pm
  11. Lawrence C. (SPIKE) Davis. Aft, “D” console controller, 68-71 (at least). we have searched hard for him. Anybody have clues as to his wereabouts?

    Posted by tim morrissey | February 24, 2017, 12:18 pm
  12. Still looking for Jerry Carter, 202, A Flt, late ’60’s

    Posted by tim morrissey | February 24, 2017, 12:19 pm
  13. I was stationed there ’57 to ’59. Everyone had to pull KP for 30 straight days! I was an analyst. Col. Lacasse was Commander.

    Posted by Donald J. Biron | March 26, 2017, 5:57 pm
  14. anyone recall the detachment at Ladd field? USAFSS/6981st from 1955-1957

    Posted by Leo A. Martin | August 7, 2017, 3:46 pm
  15. I was there July ’55 thru June ’58. I don’t recall a detachment at Ladd. Mostly I recall Point Barrow, and one on the Aleutians.

    Posted by Bill Eatmon | August 10, 2017, 9:58 am
  16. Leo Martin – I was a 29151 at 6981st Hq from 11/57 to 2/59 and I do recall a USAFSSO unit at Eielson AFB (which was the runway for Ladd army field) but don’t remember the unit number. After 60 yrs, some of the lines get blurry. Three guys I know stationed there were Willie Cornelius, Neil McPherson and Charlie Stevens – good to hear from someone there at same time – take care!

    Posted by Jack Williams | August 10, 2017, 7:55 pm
  17. I was a 68250 in the data processing unit upstairs and was among the first there to establish the unit. We cross-trained some radio types to be key punch operators for about 6 months until we could get already trained replacements. Two of them that I remember was DeLaughter and Pettit

    My NCOIC was M/Sgt. Paul Sisk

    Posted by Bill Eatmon | August 11, 2017, 7:24 am
  18. John Pettit was my supervisor when I first got to the 6981st right out of tech school in 1965. Would like to reconnect with those I remember in data processing, etc……NCOIC M/Sgt. Baluh, Sgt. Kenny, Gary Fellers, Gary Gribler, Jim ?, Bob ?, Jesse ?…..and Jim Favor.

    Posted by John Jensen | August 11, 2017, 2:56 pm
  19. If Anyone connects with Gary Fellers,mplease let me know. I was in the radio shop 64-68 and 74-79. He went to 1st. Assembly of God church with us.

    Posted by MSgt. Ret., Bill Tsyman | August 11, 2017, 4:32 pm
  20. Hello – by chance, do you remember my dad ? His name was James Scott, served in 6181st in anch until Feb of 1968. I’m trying to find out what kind of guy my dad was in his younger years. Any help is appreciated.

    Posted by Jim Scott | August 11, 2017, 9:35 pm
  21. I vaguely remember him. Believe he went by Scotty.., I believe he was tall and was always a neat person and very friendly. I can’t tell you much more, sorry… I was there Nov 65-Nov 67 and worked D Flight as an analyst, believe he did morse…

    Posted by John Lesniak | November 19, 2017, 9:35 am
  22. Does anyone remember TSGT Robert Huntley on Charlie flight in the voice area during 1969-1972? How about SSgt Paul Jenkins? Sgt James Maher?

    Posted by Gary Zurn | November 19, 2017, 10:58 am
  23. I do not know if it could be the same Bob Huntley or not but I worked with SSGT Bob Huntley at 6981st from about 72 to 74. He made Tech during that time. Sat a morse rack with all the rest of us. Really nice guy. Soft spoken, somewhat short, stocky build, flat top haircut.

    Posted by Jim Woelfel | December 5, 2017, 12:30 pm
  24. Thanks for responding. He was a TSGT and was the person in charge of Charlie Flight voice area. I think he was going to retire to Eagle River. He served in Germany before Alaska.

    Posted by Gary Zurn | December 5, 2017, 3:16 pm
  25. I was at 6981st arriving 16dec1956 thru 16 dec 1958. worked shift work as an analist. I was in the same field as Kermit Lehman. As a new arrival they put me to replacing the map on back wall. What a job. had a friend who went on as a linguist and retired. would like to hear from him his name was Jack Green from Cincinatti Ohio. he married a girl from Germany. any help would be appreciated.

    Posted by mel stallings | January 18, 2018, 9:16 pm

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