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"Class 52D had it's 50th Class Reunion in Big Spring in 2002. We have since had three more. We just finished our annual Reunion iin Dayton, Ohio, October 6 thru 9, 2005. We were most impressed by the Hanger 25 volunteers and we had our Banquet in the museum. You have made marvelous improvements since we were there as you only had the one T-33 then. Keep up the good work and we are planning to be back in Big Spring in 2008. At your Vetnam memorial in town, you have an F-4 with the name of Major Smitty Swords II. He was in my flight in Vietnam. Do you still have my flight suit and helmet?"
"Webb AFB was my first duty station after technical school. I was an Air Traffic Control Radar Repairman with the communications squadron and worked in the middle of the runways at the RAPCON, from summer 1970 until summer 1971, until I returned to Keesler AFB for instructor duty. My only memories of the hanger area was hanging out down there trying to get an aircraft familiarization flight with one of the IPs. A couple of us worked at "Ma Bell's" radio/tv repair store in downtown Big Spring to make extra money. I remember the desert being cold at night, sand storms that blew dust into all the equipment, and chasing jack rabbits across some dry lake bed in my Volkswagon! :-)"
"As a young Airman I drove into Big Spring back in March 1965 in the middle of a dust storm among the tumbleweeds. I Stopped at the Wagon Wheel resturant on Gregg street, turned on my headlights and waited for service. Out of the brown cloudy haze came a young lady to take my order. I wondered at the time if I had arrived at the outer edge of civilization? I soon discovered that the harshness of West Texas had a beauty of its own. I was in the Hospital squadron and worked in Aviation Physiology (Altitude Chamber) until I was transferred to Vance AFB in 1977. Have many fond memories of that time. I do remember a calf dressing episode at the rodeo with Gary Warlow and Danny Burden. What a laugh that was????? I still get back to Big Spring quite often. I would like to hear from old time friends. "
"I was stationed at Webb from 1971 - 1974, and worked in the hospital emergency room. I enjoyed my time there and have good memories of co-workers and friends. It was good to see a response on this site from an old friend, Goose Tatum. Hope the reunions continue and hope to be able to attend in the future."
"I was a "Tweet" instructor at Webb from '67 to '70. I also was an academic instructor. Taught all the T-37 courses until someone decided that was a dumb thing to do. Dick Rossmiller and I opened and closed the "Silent Woman" restaurant. Heven't been back to Big Spring since '70, but will try for a reunion sometime soon. - Bill Oberlin"
"Class 56Q. Stationed at Webb in 1956. Set 2 records while there, both for low fuel landings in a T-28 and a T-33. From there, on to Williams for F-86F advanced fighter training. What great memories!!!"
"Webb A.F.B. was my first and only assignemt while in the AIr Force, but, later joined the Texas Air National Guard. At Webb, I was assigned to the periodic maintenance section for the T-38A aircraft. I think it was hanger T-75. Spent my whole tour their. Great little airplane. I met my wife (Donna) their and married her on base, and had some great time and friends while in Big Spring. We still live in Texas, been with the U. S. Government now for thirty-one years. We have two wonderful children and seven grand children. Some memories of BIg Spring would have to include the Wagon Wheel, driving up and down Gregg street, Gibson, and of course the Jet drive-in. We have not been to Big Spring in years, this my be an opptunitiy to go back. "
"I was stationed at Webb from Oct 60 until June 63. I worked in Personel Services,ie: Service club,ceramics hobby shop,youth center etc. I married Mary Louise Burns in July 61,had a daughter in July62. Lost my wife in Nov.03, and am now retired. I have a lot of good memories from the Service club,circa 1961 and after."
" I was stationed at Webb from 75 to 77. I was with the 78th CES, Carpentry Shop. Mr. Joe Knight was the shop supervisor. During the time that I was there we would have work to do from time to time at the hanger, such as replacing windows or hanging doors. We were among the last to leave upon the base closing. My last assignment was to assist in securing base housing. We affixed 1"by 4" boards across all of the doors with "DO NOT ENTER" stenciled on them. Not exactly high tech security. My wife and I have great memories of the people of Big Spring and of the base. We lived on West Highway 80 at the Chief's apartments Our oldest daughter was born at the Malone - Hogan hospital just five months before we had to leave. This is a great site. I'm glad that you are keeping the history of the base alive. "
"Graduated from Webb with Class 57-C. Wonderful experience there, great memories flying the T-33.
Went from Webb to Perin AFB, Sherman Texas, to advanced training in the F-86-D. Assigned to the
41st FIS, stationed in Guam. Thanks for a wonderful web-site, and for preserving some of our AF history.
Would love to come to the reunion at the end of September, but I don't have it all worked out, as yet."
"I was stationed at Webb AFB Security Police Squadron and was one of the last AF personnel to leave before transfering to Whitman AFB. I loved Big Spring, the people were extremely friendly. I look forward to coming back."
"Thanks for keeping the memories of Webb AFB alive.
I was an airman from 1959-1964 in the Personal Equipment Building.
Also worked at night at the Saraha Drive In and Ritz during the winter.
Have three children born in Texas.
Went on to be a pilot for Piedmont Airlines from 1966-1989, retiring as a Capt. on the B-737.
My fondness memories are of my time in Big Spring.
I grew up, as a 11-13 yr. old, running around Webb AFB from early 57' to late 59'. My father, Maj.Homer R. Baskin , ran the motor pool at Webb. It seems to me that at one time the hanger housed a boxing ring. I am so glad to hear of a reunion even though I won't be visiting until Oct. 5-6, 2005. Have a great time! I'm just sorry they filled in the Officers Club swimming pool!