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Guest Book Entries for 2018


2018 Guest Book Entries

Updated June 20, 2018

"Eagles may soar, but weasels do not get sucked into jet engines."

Wed, Jun 13, 2018 12:52pm MDT,
Capt. Don Shipman writes:

I was a PI in the 9th RTS, 1965-1969.  At the SARPF in 1966.  TDY to Mildenhall, 1978/1979.  Was involved with SR-71/U-2 in various capacities until 2006, military and civilian.  Highly reccommend Jim Goodall's new book, SR-71 Blackbird.

Don Shipman
Littleton, CO

Tue, May 29, 2018 2:04pm PDT,
E4 MaryLynn Deal writes:

I was stationed at Beale AFB from 1982 to 1985.  9th OMS, Crew Chief, Non-Powered AGE, TEB Servicing.  It was an honor to be a part of the team.

Mary L. Pence-Mello
Santa Maria, CA

Mon, Apr 9, 2018 5:18pm EDT,
MSgt David Bail writes:

At Beale AFB from 1970 to 1974.  456th AMS ARC-50 Special Projects Shop.  Deployed and worked with 9th Comm Shop personnel in the T-Hanger at Kadena, 6 TDY's.

David Bail
Temecula, CA

Fri, Mar 23, 2018 8:58pm EDT,
Sgt Fred Ramsey writes:

I was in the 9th. O.M.S. stationed at Beale from 1967 thru 1970.  I was on the second rotation to go to OL-8 in Okinawa.  I had 5 TDYs all together to OL-8.  I picked up the nickname of "Capt. Ramsey" in tech school and it stuck throughout my time in the Air Force.
Through the years i have been able to visit 976 in Dayton, OH. several times and 958 at Warner Robbins GA, and 956 in Kalamazoo MI.  I still keep in touch with SSgt Bob Krumnow, Sgt Ron Robertson, Sgt George Kalnas, Sgt Mike "Sly Dog" Slay, SSgt John Fogle, and SSgt Larry Webster.  Today, almost 50 years later, when I mention the airplane I worked on way back then, people who know airplanes say, "Wow! You worked on that!"
The guys I worked with were great guys as were all the original crew chiefs.  Thanks U.S. Air Force, thanks Lockheed, thanks to all who turned a speed handle or ever cooked screws!  I thank God for all the great memories of those years. "Job Control 4 - Go 4 - 956 in the Blue" Click-Click.

Sgt. (Capt.) Ramsey
Norwalk, OH

Thu, Mar 22, 2018 10:13pm PDT,
E4 Mike Hardison writes:

Based at Beale in the EMR shop out of tech school 1972 until 1975 when sent to Kunsan AB.  Four TDYs to OL Kadena.

Mike Hardison
Clinton, AR

Sun, Mar 18, 2018 5:29pm PDT,
Sgt Mark L. Duncan writes:

I was at Beale from 73-77.  I was assigned 9FMS fuel systems and like those who know spent a lot time in Okinawa.  Habu

Mark "Spanky" Duncan

Tue, Mar 13, 2018 1:36pm PDT,
CMSgt Steven L. Pennington (Ret) writes:

Was with the 9th FMS when I got back from Danang in '72-'73.  Was at OL BA Jan-Apr '73.

Steve Pennington
Edmonds, WA

srpatch.gif Fri, Feb 9, 11:38pm PST, Civ Brenda Roper writes:
Eddie Roper has passed away.

It is with great sadness that I am notifying the members of this SR-71 organization of the passing of my Father, SMSgt Eddie "Big Ed" Roper in Las Vegas, Nevada.

His service will be at 3 pm on Saturday, February 17, 2018.  The location is 925 Las Vegas Blvd., Boulder City, Nevada.

May my Dad Rest in Peace.  I want to say thank you to my Father, Uncles, Grandparents and Cousins, and all of you whom have served.  May God's Love, Peace, Light and Blessings be with you and your loved ones,

Brenda Roper

Sun, Feb 4, 2018 3:25am CST,
E3 Herbert W. Johnson writes:

Me and my sentry dog King A618 had perimeter guard duty on hangar housing first operational black bird upon arrival at Beale AFB Calif in 1965.

Herbert Johnson
Houston, TX

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