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SSgt Jim Spanel from Springfield Ohio wrote on July 18, 2022
Was stationed at Sembach 71-72 with 601 TCMS. Spent my last year on the mountain running power for the trc 97 radio relay units. I done a full 12 hour night shift and loved it usually alone . I still remember the giant jack rabbits in the early morning headlights. Had a German F104 nose in about a hundred yards from the power plant. Just stood there wondering when he was going to pull up. The pilot had punched out a mile back. Good times.
Solomon C Jones from Newark wrote on June 16, 2022
i am asking any one station at sembach, were they expose to agent orange any time while station at sembach or other herbicides please email, also the airman that was killed in an auto accident off base last name Brown, seeking his first name and Family contact, if you have any info please email me.
Thomas E Sharrow from Bloomsburg wrote on June 14, 2022
No I didn't know him. Good to hear from you. Had a good time at Sembach. I saw my roommate had a comment in the guest book, but I haven't heard anymore from him.
I have two friends that were at Bitburg. Not AP though.
Bill Berks from Blackwood, NJ wrote on June 14, 2022
Tom Sharrow:
Tom, apologize, missed your email before.
I was a K-9 handler with the 38th Tactical Missile Wing from June 1962-April1964. I was at Bitburg AB, Feb 1961- June1962 (Matadors) inside of the Pad., then up to Sembach with the Mace.
Had a 19 year break in service, went back in and retired 2002 after retiring from the Camden, NJ Police Force.
Did you know a Mack Jones, 38th Air Police Squadron at Grunstadt 64-67? Trying to locate anyone that knew him at his brothers request.
Take Care
Bill
Bill Berks from Blackwood, NJ wrote on June 14, 2022
Need some help. If anyone knows a Mack Jones who was an Air Policeman assigned to the 38th Air Police Squadron at Grunstadt, please contact me.
Mack was there 1964-1967.
Thanks
Bill B
Duane D Thys from Cedar Rapids wrote on May 23, 2022
Squadron clerk with 38th Material Sq. 1961--1963.
John J Burri from Eloy, AZ wrote on May 20, 2022
Father, John A. Burri stationed at Sembach Air Base approximately 1968-72. He was a "scope dope", radar operator, I think he said. Our entire family was there, Mom, my two sisters and I. Lived first in Wurttemberg, then Enkenbach-Alsenborn, and finally on base housing, building 64-A2 if I remember correctly. Great childhood memories. Dad passed away in 2010. Would love to hear from anyone who may have known him or simply served there at the same time. burritone at comcast dot net
James Gunther from Oceanside wrote on May 18, 2022
Stationed at Sembach AB from 1970 thru 1974 with the 2nd Mobile Comm Group (2MOB). Sent much of my time in the field working as a Radio Relay Repairman and eating T&C's in 12 man field tents. We also had some good TDYs in Greece, Turkey, and Iran.
bill berks from Blackwood, NJ 08012 wrote on May 13, 2022
Stationed at Sembach 1962-1964 as an Air Policeman with the 38th Air Police Squadron, 38th Tactical Missile Wing. Looking for fellow members of the 38th Air Police K-9 Unit.
Had 19 year break in service, went back to Sembach in 1997-1998. Landmarks still there to include chow hall, NCO Club and kennels on the flight line. (However now controlled by Germany I believe. Will send photos.
Ken Kunzman from Granbury Texas wrote on May 9, 2022
Crew 1-15 1966 Sembach. Grew up in USAF Military family, Joined in 64 at 19yrs, Left from Malmstrom, MT in 68 to return to NY and job at IBM. Retired IBM in 93 in Dallas, TX. No regrets about the great life provided while growing up and the time to grow up while enlisted.
Admin Reply by: Russ Reston
FYI - I changed your input. I replaced "1967" with "1966" as the missiles were phased out in Sept. 1966. ๐Ÿ™‚
Like you, I worked for IBM (Customer Engineer) after leaving the AF (1966). I retired in 2002 (35 years).
Regards, Russ

ps - Checkout www.TacMissileers.org. They have a reunion scheduled for Sept. 2022. Sembach is usually well represented.
Calvin Lancaster from VENICE wrote on April 29, 2022
my FATHER Calvin Lancaster was in Sembach approx imately late 1962 to 1965-6 era he had 3 boys at the time he was a 20 year man after sembach he went on to grenier in new hampshire when it closed he ewas at Vandenberg AFB tracking missles in the early 70s and finished up 1974-1977 at wright patterson maybe someone remembers him from back at sembach
Randy Boyer from Austin wrote on March 21, 2022
My father, SSgt LeRoy Boyer, was stationed at Sembach AFB, from 1959 to 1962. He was stationed at Orlando AFB when he received orders assigning him to HQ 587th TMG. He was a 31450G Missile Launch Equipment Repairman, assigned to the 587th Missile Maintenance Squadron. He also held the following positions: Control Systems Mechanic, Control Systems Team Chief and Crew Chief Controls Section, Missile Maintenance Branch. He was also a member of the 587th MMS, Volleyball team.
Ron Sharp from Terlton Oklahoma wrote on December 24, 2021
Just ran across this site. I was stationed at Sembach AFB from 1956 to 1959. 1234th AACS squadron. Seeing this site brings back a lot of great memories. "Sembatch Airpatch" will always hold a special place in my heart.
Al Siscan from Cessnock, Australia wrote on December 7, 2021
What a commendable job you guys have done!
A great informative and entertaining website - brilliant job. Thanks for keeping such an important but little known and underappreciated piece of history alive. and a homage to all those who served.

Well Done, please keep up the good work.

Kindest regards,
Al Siscan
Thomas Sharrow from Bloomsburg wrote on October 10, 2021
Bill Berks - I served with Tim Horner. I have a picture of our K-9 flight. There was eight of us not counting the Flight Sgt.. I was there from Aug. of 64 to Aug. of 66' My dogs name was Cay.
Thomas Sharrow from Bloomsburg wrote on October 7, 2021
I was with the 38APS -K-9 Section' From Aug of 64 until Aug of 66' I was on the same flight as Tim Horner. I have a picture of the flight.
Ralph Fox from S t u a r t florida wrote on June 8, 2021
I am trying to get in contact with anyone who was stationed with me in the 603 material squadron and worked in vehicle maintenance in 1967 when we used agent orange as cleaning fluids in our shop
bill berks from Blackwood NJ wrote on April 26, 2021
Responding to Tim Horner, Springville NY on his post dtd 9 June 2018.
Tim I was with the 585th Support Squadron K-9 Unit coming from Bitburg AB in June 1962 until March 1964 assigned to the 38th Tactical Missile Wing.

We provided security with the K-9s around the Missile Pads (Mace Missiles)
There was 9 of us in the Unit and we had the end room top floor across from the NCO Club.
Saw Brenda Lee, Sam Cooke and Tex Ritter at the club. Great memories there.
Way Into Adventures (YouTube Channel) from Winnweiler wrote on April 6, 2021
Hello everyone! Our mom is now stationed at Sembach but it is only a small piece of what the base was before. We made a YouTube video of the abandoned areas if you want to see it. It's still a great base and nice place to live. By the way, we found a crumpled up piece of black painted aluminum near the end of the runway. It had rivet holes and might have been from an airplane that crashed here. Do you guys have any idea what it might be from?

Thank you,
Ronan and Connor
P.S. if you want to see our video just search for Way Into Adventures and it was about a year ago. We think you'll like it.
Raymond Engelhardt from Lincoln, Ca wrote on February 23, 2021
I arrived to Sembach A.B. in April 1963 and after a month or so was assigned to Grunstadt Site (C Site). I work at the site for three and half years, extending my tour to assist in closing the site down in September 1966. My duties were to maintain the Missile ground support equipment that kept the missile ready to and if needed to launch. I shall never forget when Kennedy was assassinated in was night in Germany and all our launch equipment was started and ready to launch all missiles. I was thinking I hope those Army boys over on the Nike site couple of miles away are ready to shoot down anything coming our way if we started pushing buttons, if not, were history.
Carolyn S Manwaring from Pleasant Grove wrote on December 27, 2020
My father, Lt. Col. Harold M. Hegyessy, was stationed on Sembach AFB from 1959 to 1962, and commanded 3 missile pads. That was where he took me to learn how to drive. Embarrassing! The guys at the sites would sit on the wall and whistle, yell, and "comment", and watch me drive.
I am especially grateful for the great servicemen and women who served there and did their jobs during "red alert", making us feel safe. Thanks!
Bill Schneider from Sebring, Florida wrote on October 5, 2020
I was assigned to the Aircraft Crash rescue in Sembach during 1963 - after DOD โ€œCaught onโ€ to us and closed RAF Bovingdon, England. The winter I was at Sembach, the City of Rockenhausen reservoir froze and we hauled water to the town.

I was driving the last tanker when the Burgermeister invited me and my crew to his home for dinner.

After a wonderful home cooked meal, the Burgermeister dug out of his wallet a letter from a US Army Captain who was commanding a POW camp housing German prisoners after WWII. The letter stated that the Burgermeister was a model prisoner and should be afforded every consideration.

THEN the Burgermeister dug a little deeper and produced a prized possession - an AUTOGRAPHED PICTURE OF ELVIS!

Later Rockenhausen held a โ€œfiremans Ballโ€ for us at the beautiful wood carved meeting hall.
Jim Dutcher (Dutch from Pleasanton wrote on October 3, 2020
Thank you, Fred. Please, please keep your stories coming. Brilliant photography, writing and story line.
Edward Nangle Jr from Manheim, PA 17545 wrote on October 3, 2020
Thanks to Fred Horky for his article and pictures of the moving Mace Missile to its site at launch pads. I was in Flight "A" at Sembach and was aware of your story about Flight "C" since many of my buddies from Orlando were assigned to Flight "C". Really brings back some good memories.
James J Harris from Warner Robins wrote on September 17, 2020
First off, the way that I knew Chief Cazel was through the Aero Club at Clark AB Philippines. I was going through some old documents and found my Pilot Flight Record from 1972. I was stationed with 13th Air Force straight out of 7th Air Force Headquarters in Tan Son Nhut AB Siagon RVN. Chief Cazel was my instructor the day I soloed in a Cesena 150. He was a lot cooler than I was that day. I had no idea I was going to solo that day. He took me up and we did a couple of landings. After the second landing he asked for my ticket and told me to do five takeoff's and landings and got out of the plane. On final on the first landing the stall horn came on. I landed safely and Chief Cazel came over and told me "You might want to give it a little more throttle on the next ones." I successfully did four more and he signed me off. Good times. I have never forgotten his name after all these years (26 Nov 1972 solo date)
James J Harris, MSgt USAF Retired