"Came aboard straight out of basic training as a public affairs airman in April '72 when Webb's host unit was the 3560th Pilot Training Wing; converted to 78th Flying Training Wing in '73 (?). Served under Col. Ralph Liotta and Col. Stanley Umstead, both fine officers. Webb was a tidy, busy base in the early '70s. My main memories include: the prairie dog colony on the airfield; west Texas sunsets; watching a tornado approach from the southwest until it lifted just before it reached the base fence; "Northers" in the winter; and the wonderful, warm people of Big Spring. My oldest son, Paul, was born at Memorial Hospital."
From: Robert Sexton
City: Sumter, SC Country: USA
"Went from Marianna Florida to Big Springs in late 1955. Set a record for low fuel landing in a T-Bird--flamed out at the end of the runway. Lots of fun!"
"My wife Jan and I were stationed at Webb in '72 & '73. We were the first husband and wife Air Traffic Controllers for the 2050th Comm. Squadron. Jan worked in the tower and I was in radar.
We were also the first couple to re-inlist at Webb.
We met while attending tech school at Biloxi, MS."
"I was at Webb from 66-70,,3560th FMS,,jet mechanic worked out of T-1,, if my memory is correct. I was wondering if anyone has pics from those years that you could either post here or send to me as I have none from that time period,,,thanks. I retired from the Pila Fire Dept as a Lieut in 2006 after 36 1/2 years"
"My dad, MSgt Raymond A. White, USAF, Retired, was stationed at Webb AFB from 1968 to 1972. He was assigned to the CBPO as he was a 73270. We live on Dow Drive in base housing and I delivered the base newspaper, The Prairie Pilot, I attended elementary schoo though high school there and loved it.
We left Webb and went to McCoy AFB,Fl and then Blytheville AFB, AR, before my dad called it a career. My mom and dad bought a house in a retirement community in Haines City, FL, and have been living there since 2000. Unfortunately, my mom passed away in May 2009 the day after Mother's Day. My dad is 79 now and doing well.
I followed my father's footsteps and went into the Air Force in January 1976 as a 732X0, military personnelist, and retired as a Master Sergeant in February 1997, So I guess I am the proverbial follow-in-my-father's footstep.
Will be at the 2011 reunion.
George G. White, MSgt, USAF, Retired"
"I would like to start off here by sayeing I was born at the old hospital 1965 My father Charles d fletcher was a young airman first duty assignement. Well now I am a retired us navy engineman chief a DESERT STORM VETERAN WELL my father passed away in 91 HE IS BURIED AT Fort Richerdson Military Cemetary Anchorage Alaska. My grandmother had a house along the highway and alot of my family roots are from BIG SPRINGS ODESSA MIDLAND AREA well hope someone reads this I am happy to know my fathers first duty station is still remmbered My father retired as a E-5 in 74 or 75 well TAKE CARE ANCHORS AWAY FARE WINDS AND FOLLOWING SEAS"
"Went to Webb AfB in 1957 and was assigned to the 61st. FLM Sq,. Worked Post Dock and Flt. Status at T-25 and T44
thru 1964. Left and went to Alaska. Subsequently went to Takhli Thailand and hooked up with and Old Friend :Gene Bippus" on a 3 day R&R. Lost track of him until several days ago while reviewing this Site. Have not been able to get in touch ( e-mail addy doesn't work )
Gene (or any other old Friend) ... give me a shout!!"
"I spent from Jan 1975 to August 1977 on the rock. I was assigned to Golf Flight. Made six mths early buck and runman in the T-38. I was taught by the Goat roper, Alton Taylor. Life was very interesting on Webb. Wing covers and hanger the jets when the weather changed. Tow man on the tug or Brake rider. Also worked in Maintenance control where Cheese and crackers were a common site. Helped on the bicenten bird for 1976. Got a Certificate for being in the service on the nations birthday. Grew to be a man under the dust covered snow falls. Still looking for all the KZ 900 and LTD 900 riders I spent my time with. Steve Simpson where r u.
Charlie Nahoekaka been a long time. Minot TDYs. Never got used to that.
Went to the museum this past week. Plan to dig up the base photos and stuff sitting in my storage and send it there to be viewed and some may remember when they see it all.
Love the site and Hanger work. I do believe that I swept that hanger many times in my past.
Deputy James Beck. San Patricio County Sheriffs Office."
"I was assisgned to Webb from June 1952 until August 1955. My last durty was First Sergeant Hq Sq, 3560th M&S Group. Prior to that I served within the Group Headquarters in charge of Personnel and as Chief Clerk in the the Mtr Veh Sq. Many Happy times. Played saftball and basketball for the Mtr Veh Sq."
"I don't remember much about Big Spring, although I was born there. My dad was in the 365th Headquarters and Headquarters Company. I have a fairly long picture that unit that was in my Dad's possession until he passed away. My dad was Charles E. Bacus. H served at Rougham USAAF from March to 1945 until shortly after VE day.
I did manage to get back to Big Spring in 1997. My wife and I went to El Paso for the Sun Bowl, which the Hawkeyes unfortunately lost. But we did go to the AF base. I do have lots of pictures of people I do not know from my Dad's time at Big Spring. "
"I was a member of UPT Class 69-08 "H" Class. The last of the 69s. I received my wings on June 20, 1969. After UPT I served in Viet Nam in C-47 aircraft. Later I went on to fly a Convair T-29, Boeing T-43, Lockheed Jet Star VC-140 and a VC-6 B-90 King Air for the USAF. I left the Air Force in 1977 to fly for Southwest Airlines. I later worked for the USAF Academy and retired as a reserve LtCol in 1998. I retired from Southwest Airline in 2006. My flying passion these days is a PA-18 150 Piper Super Cub, set up for bush operation. I have only been back to Webb one time since UPT and that was a brief stop on a USAF cross country.
I have many fond memories of Webb AFB and Big Spring TX and i look forward to a future visit. "