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Ken Corl wrote on July 5, 2009
This is a great site. I served with the 38th MMS at Sembach 1962 to 1966 as a Mech 1. I worked primarily at site 1 for Sgts Sanchez and Reiley,but we also did our turns at II and III. I finished up as Site II Maint. Coordinator in early 1966. I loved the whole experience. Hope to see you in Dayton.

Ron Baird wrote on April 29, 2009
Hello Russ,
Great Site!!! I have enjoyed looking thru the crew listings and found many familiar names (& memories). I am planning to be at Wright-Pat for the upcoming reunion and hope we meet there. I missed the Tuscon get-together but have made the rest of them. Great times! My time at Sembach are some of the greatest times of my life.

Thanks for constructing this site. I do have a bunch of my old orders in a scrap book that I can copy for you along with a few pictures. I will start on that project and bring them for you at Dayton.

Best Regards,
Lee Kyser wrote on April 25, 2009
In June, 2004, Charles C. Cage, Major USAF (Ret), passed away at the age of 69. Chuck had been a launch officer from 1962 - 1964, performing duties first at A Flight and last at C Flight. After his tour at Sembach, he got back into the cockpit as an instructor at Williams AFB, Az. Subsequently, he had a tour in Vietnam flying combat missions in the A-1 Skyraider. Later, he went to Sheppard AFB, Tx as an instructor on the T-38 Talon. His last residence was in Texas.
Ron Hope wrote on March 25, 2009
Hi Russ; good to see your name again and especially info about the 38th Tac Msl Wg. I was the Orderly Room clerk along with Jerry Brockman and Sgt Salwoitis. I was with the 823rd from Jan 1965 until it phased out in Sep 1966. I was then transferred to the 7th Air Commando Sq.
Larry Lechner wrote on March 24, 2009
Continue to enjoy reviewing the latest news and photos. It is amusing to see how each of us has the same pictures of the sites around Sembach, each with his own memories. The 45 years since I was there come back vividly through your website. Hope you continue to find more missileers. Wonder what ever became of Robert M Bond, Frank D Garza.They went on to OCS from Sembach. James Zebris from Ohio lived in our barracks. He was part of the supply operation not a crew member.
Curtis P. Guyote wrote on February 9, 2009
It was a shock to receive your letter, how did you locate me? I am glad you did. Briefly, I was at Sembach from Oct \'62 to Oct \'65. I worked at the Base Flt Line on MM-1, etc. till I was moved to Site II. I will have to look in old boxes for pictures and data. I was in only four years, made A1C there. More later, Thanks Russ, excellent site!
Frank Sierra wrote on February 6, 2009
Stationed at Sembach AB from 64-66 with the 38th Air Police K-9 section. Have great memories from that part of my youth. Would like to reconnect with any of my old K-9 buddies. Or any other cop from that time frame. When I was discharged I swore I\'d never wear an Air Force uniform again. 12 years later I enlisted in the Air Guard and served 22 years with pride. I\'m a professional artist and even though I\'m retired I still do commissioned paintings for the Air Force. I guess My blood is Air Force BLUE. I just love painting airplanes.
Daniel Schurter wrote on December 20, 2008
Greetings from Switzerland!
Daniel Schurter
Lt Col James E. Falconer wrote on November 6, 2008
Excellent Site Russ. Thanks for contacting me about it. During the period from 16 April 1959 till Dec 1962 I served as OIC Specl Wpns Sect, 587 Tac Msl Maint Sq; Group Armament Off, 587 Tac Msl Gp; Nuclear Safety Off, 38 Tac Msl Wg. Enjoyed the duties but not the German weather. Jim
Patrick E. Tagney wrote on September 30, 2008
Good work Russ. I recognize many of the names. The visuals are great. From a \"yardbird\" AIC to CMSgt in 20 years ain\'t bad. Left USAF from KI Sawyer in 1988. Many of the good times I recall are of Sembach and the folks we served with. Still don\'t clearly notice sounds like the old NTCU\'s.

Thomas Robison wrote on September 27, 2008
Mr. Reston, I just wanted to thank you for the article and pictures of my dad. I was too young to remember much about Sembach. If you or Mr. Bailey have any more info. I would appreciate it.

My mother really enjoyed the pictures on website. If you have any pictures of Nino or Analise? mom would enjoy seeing them. Just a little background on dad, he passed away in 1976 of cancer. He had spent a couple of tours in Vietnam as a navigator, and he retired in 1974. I had very little contact with him after the ageof 12, until 1976 when he was in Walter Reed. He was buried in Arlington with full honors.
Thomas S Robison wrote on September 15, 2008
would like to hear from anyone who served
with my father Maj. Thomas Robison at Sembach Air Base approx.1960-63.
Pete Goodwin wrote on July 18, 2008
Russ, thanks for including my photos on your site. I\'m sure dad would have loved looking it over. I know mom and I have.
Richard T. Dick Johnson wrote on July 2, 2008
Russ, I just started to look thru your website. I was a launch crew and flight commander at jolly old Grรผnstadt, the \"jewel in the crown of the 38th TMW\"! 1963-until closure in 1966. Enjoying some great memories of some great people. Will add to your collection as soon as I get organized.

Michael Hamerski (Hammer) wrote on May 19, 2008
Hi Russ,
I am back in Wisconsin and will be digging into my shoe-box of old photos from Sembach.
You have done an incredible job of developing this web site. I really like it. Thanks a million. After attending last years reunion you can bet that I will be going to next years in Ohio and that should give us a chance to meet again after all these years. Can hardly wait.
All the best,
Michael H.
Robert (Bob) Kutulis wrote on May 12, 2008
Hi Russ;
Great Web site---Thanks for the memories. I was a crew chief at the 887th, Hacksaw. After 24 years in the Air Force, I look back to my assignment at the 887th as the most memorable. The 887th was a unit with the highest camaraderie and esprit de corps and I have many lasting friendships and memories from from my assignment there. I hope as many people as possible can join us at the 38th TAC Msl Wing reunions.

Bob Kutulis
Vikki Ertz Hamilton wrote on May 6, 2008
I was fortunate to be able to visit my brother, sister-in-law and family in June, 1965 through October, 1965, and live on base with them. I had just graduated from high school in Portland, OR, and was in awe of the beautiful countrysides and interesting people in Germany and other countries I visited.

It was great being part of the Sembach AFB community and I met so many terrific servicemen and their families. It certainly made a lasting impression on me, and I was thrilled when my brother, Richard Ertz, called and told me about the website. Dick is retired now and lives in Las Vegas, playing as much golf as he can and winning at the casinos. He is very lucky!

Thank you, Russ, for this site and for the work you are putting into this project. I hope others take the time to help you by sending photos and reconnecting through email.

Thanks again, and good luck,

Vikki Ertz Hamilton
John Ward wrote on April 1, 2008
Russ\' I just sent you a e-mail. I was at Grunstadt from 61-66.When we first went there, all of our birds were ASAP birds.I don\' have pictures, but I have a copy of every order I received since I volunteered for Missiles in 1961.

Joe Molinaro wrote on March 31, 2008
Just heard of your new website Russ; good job getting something new added. However, much of the old info and pictures are located at the TAC Missilier site. I was assigned to 822, Crew 1-13 until I promoted to SMS and then transferred to Site II maintenance Chief. Departed Sembach in Jan 66. Attended Reunions in Dallas and Nashville. Good luck getting some new additions and pictures.
JACK P. HALL wrote on March 20, 2008
Walter Allan Reston,
Hello brother in law. How is Bridget and the kids. On the computer and wondered about old Sembach and the 38th. Saw the Mace missle on the cover and a group of kids under it. I remember Mom took a couple of pictures of us kids under the same missle in 64. In Bogart, GA working for **** ********** Systems, Inc.
***** Jefferson Ave. , Bogart, GA. 30622
706-614-**** God loves us, and thank God we never had to use the missles....Sembach, I am sure, was on the Russians hit list also.
Rui Mauricio wrote on February 27, 2008
Thank you Russ
I was contacted by Mr Kyser and we have gone over a few details and mods on the mini cooper that confirms that in fact I do have Mr kyser\'s old race car.Hopefully Mr kyser and I will be able to get together some time in the future.I would be very Happy to reunite Mr kyser with the litle car the after 40 plus years.
Bill Adair wrote on February 27, 2008

Great site!

I think you are looking for info on the Mace 822nd TMS, but I was also in the
822nd, when it was still a Matador Sq.

I\'m an old Matador guidance mechanic, from the original 11th Tac Missile Sq.,
Combat Flight B. Trained at Lowry AFB CO, completed overseas training at Orlando
AFB FL, including two live Matador launches from Cape Canaveral.

We arrived at Sembach in June of 1956, in the first mass airlift of an entire
military organization, including dependents. Flew from Orlando Florida, to
Sembach Germany via the northern route, with two stops for fuel. Eighteen hours
of flying time if I recall correctly, in a Douglas DC-6B transport.

Later, the organization was renamed for a WWII bomb squadron, and the 11th TMS
became the 822nd TMS, under the 587th TMG. In Dec of 1958, the Matadors were
being phased out at Sembach, and many of us were reassigned to Hahn, where
Matadors were still operational. I served the last six months of my overseas
tour at Hahn AB, returning to the states in June of 1959, and was subsequently
assigned back to Lowry AFB CO, as a Mace B inertial guidance system instructor.
We attended the entire Mace A guidance system school, while waiting for the
Martin Company to start Mace B factory training in Baltimore.

I taught the Mace B inertial guidance system course for three years, before
being assigned to the Douglas Skybolt air launched ballistic missile guidance
school at Lowry.

Macnamara canceled the Skybolt program less than a year later, when we had just
begun setting up our training program at Lowry. Sadly, I never again returned to
the class room as an AF instructor, and was subsequently assigned to Holloman
AFB, NM, as a guidance technician.

Ironically, my first job assignment at Holloman, was on the Skybolt rocket sled
test program! We adapted the Skybolt astro inertial platform, as a test bed for
later guidance system component testing. The first test item we carried, was a
Minuteman II accelerometer.

I retired at HAFB thirteen years later, and took a job with the Boeing Company
in Seattle. Retired from Boeing in 95, and we moved to Portland Oregon three
years ago, to be near our youngest grandkids.

My time at Sembach was an exciting adventure, and I will never forget those
wonderful times, and all the dear friends I made there. Many of them or gone
now, but the memories are still with me, and I will cherish them for the rest of
my life.

Good luck with your web site, and please let me know if there is any way I may
assist you in your efforts.


Bill Adair
Rui Mauricio wrote on February 23, 2008
Hello Russ
I know I\'m an outsider butI just could not contain myself,I own teh mini cooper in pics and I am holding in my hand as Itype this a registration card to the mini cooper dated 01-18-67 owner Kyser Linvel Lee jr.
Vandenbrg AFB CA Non resident military.
what a small world.Is mr kyser still with us? how can I get in touch with Him?
Donald R Hess wrote on February 21, 2008
Great site and thanks for the memories!
Seems like my 1st message did not get through. Being another
Rich Jarosz wrote on February 21, 2008
Just wanted to say that your site is terrific. Sure brought back lots of memories of wonderful times at Sembach AB. I was assigned to the 38th Tac Hospital working in medical supply in the barracks across the street from the base veterinarians office. Arrived Sembach 12/22/59 and rotated 12/23/62. You and I probably bumped shoulders at the NCO Club, snack bar, chow hall of BX at one time or another. Who was the Medic in your 60