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ert, I'm thinking you're probably never gonna hear from Robert/Olly again.
Happy to be here, proud to serve.
We in AFCS/AFCC all experienced being slighted by the host base units. But on occassion we were able to force cooperation. I as NCOIC of DSTE Maintenance on Rhein Main AB 68-73, and you may remember how hard it was to get parts for the card punches. Once I asked the base machine shop to make a part for us, and the grumpy old MSgt asked why the hell should he. I guess he didn't know back then the base payroll came in via punched card traffic and was picked up by finance for processing. I just asked him if he wanted to get paid, and he cooperated.
Crash and I attended IBM 029 school in Washington DC before we PCSed to Diyarbakir together 1975-75. He had to go home on emergency leave because his Filipino wife had fallen ill and never returned. I wonder how it worked out for him.
When did you arrive at 1961st DSTE shop. I was NCOIC until Msgt Reed arrived as a 3 level. I don't recognize anyone else.
I reckon all I can really say is "If it aint broke, don't fix it..." I dealt with this several times in my military and civilian careers. I do remember the comradeship and sense of cooperation between all of us on the remote Radio Relay site. hard to think of that system and all those good people became the "red headed step child" of some other commands. I finished up my enlistment at 1st TAC, TAC HQ at Langley, and the politics and back stabbing was a lot of what drove me back to the "real" world...
That was 363X0-A or B right?
Were they still using the M-28 spring nightmare?
Spent a whole night helping a TT repair guy measure all those springs. The machine had done a humpty-dumpty.
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Its Goo To See Others from TTY Maint
Whiteman 1978-1982 (NCOIC TTY/DSTE 1981-820
No Living in the KC Mo Area
CIUWF was Central Isolated Unit Welfare Fund. It helped get good stuff at the remote sites.
Has anyone worked the MITE TGC-14 (TT-299) mity
I now own two MITE's. One is the Navy UGC-38
R.O. and the Other is the UGC-41 KSR.
There was a TGC-29(V) ASR. I have been trying
to get a T.O.31W4-2TGC29-2 AN/TGC-29(V) Manual.
Any help would be appreaciated.
Ex DSTE/Crypto repair (306x1). Sheppherd from January-October 1975, then Tinker (3rd herd) with a TDY to Kirtland, then seven weeks to learn teletype repair at Goodfellow, then on to Iraklian AS, Crete, Greece for my final assignment. Had to learn to repair tty since the DSTE and Crypto very seldom broke!
Coincidently, my wife and I are in OKC,OK now.
We are 1 mile from Tinker AFB,OK.
I was a 363X0. After all the training in 40
weeks at Sheppard AFB, TX, I was stationed at
Bergstrom in the 81st TCF. Are unit had mobile
Radar, Radio/relay(microwave), a Radio Van, and
a Teletype/Crypto Van.
I had to go back to Sheppard to learn the
MITE TGC-14 KSR. Believe me two weeks training
was not enough. To avoid patent infringements
the MITE was all backwards. I never seen so
many springs in my life on one TTY machine.
On a deployment we lost one spring in the
grass. Even a magnet couldn't find it. Luckily we a spare MITE.
We also had a problem at another deployment
with the Electronic Control Board.
I have one question. Howard Bernard the in-
ventor of the MITE KSR also made a TGC-29(V)
ASR. I have seen the patent but am looking for
the Technical Manual. If you come across one
let me know.
I do know the Air Force used them. Also the
the Canandian Air Force did too.
If was always a crypto troop and never branched out to TTY repair. There were TGC-14s on the Silk Purse airborne command post at RAF Mildenhall when I was there in 1976-79. You guys who could keep those things running always had my respect.
I spent 40 weeks at Sheppard AFB and was assign-
ed to the 602 Tactical Control Group. When I
arrived at Bergstrom AFB, TX, I was assigned to
the 727 Tactical Control Squadron. We went on
one deployment. In the Comm. Van there was the
Model 28 teletypewriter, modem and Crypto.
Later at Bergstrom I was reassigned to the
81st Tactical Control Flight.
It consisted of 15 six by six 2 1/2 ton trucks
and trailers consisting of radar, radio, radio-
relay, and Teletype Van. On the Teletype van
it consisted of the MITE TT-299 KSR teleprinter.
They called it teleprinter because the Tele-
type was a Trademark. So it was called tele-
printer. It was a KSR. We had a lot of garble
so I installed the spare MITE. While working on
the other MITE on a table one of the springs
popped out. We spent hours looking for it. Even
a magnet couldn't find it.
Another problem on another deployment was the
Electronic Circuit Board on the MITE wasn't
working. We never did fix it, and they wouldn't
order another Electronic Circuit Board.
I believe the reason was parts were scarce and
they were waiting for the improved model TGC-
I never did see it because I left the Air
Force with a medical discharge with honorable
I received TDRL with 1/2 my base pay.
29150 - 1957 to 1974..tty opr..orlando ab fl..ramstin ab germany..seymour johnson afb nc..clark ab philippines..nas jax (jacksonville fl)..mactan ab (cebu city) phil...maxwell afb al..tainan ab taiwan..maxwell afb (retired there) june 1974..anyone station these bases..l
This is Bruce D'Agostino (E4) 36350 TTY Maint.
I was in the 2127 Comm Squadron at Yokota AFB from Nov. 9 1966 to Nov. 9 1969 except for Sept 1967 to Jan 1968 TDY to Viet Nam. I am looking to reconnect with as many of the folks that are still around as I can. What access does anyone have to connection with these folks oe the unit site.
I am looking for Owen R. Black who was with the 2127.
I am in touch with Jerry Billmeyer in MD, Have vistied Danny Maetain in Hawaii twice and visited my NCOIC Bob Griffin in North Highlands, CA back in 2005. Even toured Yokota AFB back in 1988 (courtesy of CIA) on my way to Hanoi.
Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Bruce D'Agostino (E4)
AKA: Dirty DAG
ONE MORE TTY MAINT GUY CHECKING IN. SHEPPARD AFB SCHOOL OCT 63 TILL JULY 64. TINAIN AIR STATION TIWAIN TILL OCT. 65. REST OF THE TIME MACDILL AFB TAMPA FLA.. I WENT TO KL7 SCHOOL AT THE NAVEL BASE AT NOFOLK VA. WAS THE ONLY AF GUY THERE. THEY CALLED ME "ZOOMIE". GREAT MEMORIES IN AF, STILL TELL ALL MY "WAR STORIES".
ANYBODY REMEMBER "BIG K"
When were you at MacDill? I was there '73-'76, and was NCOIC of the Link Crypto shop '75-'76.
We converted the KL-7 vault into my office!
HSC BTT BCNU
And another one of us surfaces. For too long I think we were among the lost people of the Air Force. I'm surprised that you had to go somewhere besides Sheppard for KL-7 training I went through late May '65 to mid January '66 and I had KL-7 at Sheppard. We had two KL's at Williams AFB when I went there after school along with a lot of others at the Comm center and our weather station. Good to more of us are really alive and out here!
Another 36350 checking in.
36 weeks at Sheppard 1962
1962-63 March AFB Calif, 33rd Comm
1963-1967 Misawa AFB Japan 1953 com
1965 TDY 180 days Tan Son Nut AFB
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