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"Class 72-03, We are planning a reunion in 2013 in Big Spring, TX. Anyone from Class 72-03 or anyone having information about class members please contact me with mailing address and email. We will look forward to renewing old friendships and reliving a wonderful and challenging time in our lives."
"I was stationed at Webb Jan 1959 to Aug 1960 in MG10 MockUP with 331st. It was a let down transferring
from 25th Fighter Naha Okinanwa. The Mission ws different. After meeting and serving with the members of the 331st, I enjoyed the tour with 331st. I am fortunate to still keep in touch with 2 members of the group
I served with. I have great memories of the USAF while I served. Ernie Landsmann
"Dear Hangar 25 Air Museum
I am very pleased to let you know that there is now an active movement to help keep the memory of at least one more WW2 US ARMY AIR FIELD alive. I am the co-moderator of a fairly new Facebook page that is dedicated to creating a digital record of photos, information and stories that pertain to the Carlsbad Army Air Field. This Army Air Field located at Carlsbad, New Mexico was opened in 1942 and remained active until the end of WW2 in 1945.
Within the many pages of photos and stories one can clearly see a deep respect and admiration for the remarkable history and drive displayed by all who served at this WW2 Army Air Field.
The Carlsbad Army Air Field was a bombardier school but later developed into a navigation school as well. The aircraft of choice was the Beechcraft AT-11 Kansan Configuration. These airplanes carried a maximum of ten ( 10 ) 100 pound practice bombs ( smoke on impact style ) and had numerous practice bombing targets located strategically throughout Eddy County.
I am writing you here only to inform your organization that we, like you, are driven to preserve and share this amazing part of American History.
If you have the time please visit our ongoing Facebook page. To find it simply search : Carlsbad Army Air Field Wall Facebook
Your comments and or photographic sharings would be greatly appreciated.
Best regards and a sincere thank you for what you and your organization are doing
Bobby Lee Silliman
"I remember being TDY to Webb AFB in 1955. Our Squadron, the 3505th Pilot Training Squadron From Greenville AFB Mississippi, was sent to Webb during the Hurricane Season so the Students could continue their training. At the time I was a Personal Equipment Specialist. "
"I was stationed at Webb AFB right out of Tech school at Shepherd AFB and assigned to 3560th FMS as one and two engine fighter mechanic. Worked the flight line as crew chief on 37's out of Alpha shack and then got promoted to Maintenance Control. I was a controller on 37 and 38 boards the last two years of service and left in 1973. I met a lot of great people back then, both pilots and mechanics. We were all under a lot of stress with the Viet Nam situation and training foreign pilots. Many sorties and many breakdowns. Several IFE's but never lost one plane the entire time I was there. I loved the local people in Big Spring and considered staying there, but there were no jobs, so went back to Dayton, OH and moved to Scottsdale 11 years ago. Two guys I remember very well were Jesus Reyes from Guam and Ron Dahalfield, head controller. If you two are out there anywhere please email me. I was very sad when they closed Webb."
"Do any of you guys remember an IP by the name of Ronald Larson? He was there for a few years back in the late 60 I used to hear stories growing up about Big Spring Texas all the time. He is still flying today. He flies a citation out of norther Ut. I got the flying bug from him and have been flying for the airlines for 12 years. His youngest son also fly business jets. "
"I was stationed at Webb from 1970 till Sept11, 1973. I was a Crew Chief on the T-37 's. I was on the Bravo and Charly line. I was responsible for 3 planes. I was chosen to be Crew Chief of the month three times while at Webb. I went home and married my wife on Dec. 19, 1969 and brought her back to Webb. We lived off base on 72 nd st. My daughter was born on base on Dec. 13, 1970. I am retired and my wife (same wife) and I enjoy our family and 4 grand kids (two from our Big Spring Webb Texas daughter and two from our other daughter born later. Webb and the community of Big Spring was a great experience. We enjoyed the warm Texas hospitality. Someday I will be back to visit."
"Asigned to Webb AFB Dec 1972, NCOIC MAINTENCE PLANNING AND SCHEDULING. Col. Malcolm Ryan and later Stanley Umstead were the Wing Cmdr's while i was there. Col. Austin Bryan was the Chief of Maintenance. I retired from Webb on1 Aug 1973.
I'll try to make the next reunion.
Walter House, Senior Master Sergeant, (Ret)"
"Greetings from Utah. I was an Instrument Flight Simulator Instructor from 1974 thru 1976 under CMSGT Herb Immel. We trained in the old LINK system of vacuum tubes and bailing wire. I am so fortunate to find your web-site. We plan a visit soon. Thanks."
"I just wanted to thank all the people and pilots that have helped me with class patches from Webb AFB . They will all look so good when i get finshed with my book and website on Class Patches form Webb AFB. May be one day I will have the whole collection complete. Thanks Scott"
"JUST WANTED TO WISH EVERYBNODY A MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR
IT DID SNOW WHILE I WAS THERE IN 1952 BUT NOT AS MUCH AS IT SHOWED
IF I EVER GET THE CHANCE TO VISIT THE SITE I WILL IJUST WISHED I HAD NEW ABOUT IT EARIER
"I WAS THE ASSIGNMENT NCO WHO WENT RANDOLPH AND GOT ALL OF THE ASSIGNMENTS AND PROCESSED EVERYONE OUT WHEN THE BASE CLOSED. CAPT WANDA WOODS AND CMST LEONARD GAGNE WERE MY OIC AND NCOIC PRIOR TO THEIR LEAVING. I WAS LEFT THERE ALL ALONE EXCEPT FOR MSGT OUELETTE WHO WAS WAITING AROUND FOR HIS RET. DATE . I LEFT IN EARLY JAN 1978 A WENT TO KESSLER MS. WEBB AFB IS THE LAST PLACE THAT I REENLISTED IN THE AF. THE PEOPLE IN BIG SPRING TX AND ALL THE ONES THAT I MET AT WEBB WILL ALWAYS BE OF GOOD MEMORIES."
"Yesterday we lost one of our own. Gene "Sunshine" Johnson bid us farewell. Sunshine was a T-37 instructor during the mid 1960's. I was his student in 66F and actually received an e-mail from him the day before his passing. He had stayed in contact with several in 66F. To his family, friends, former students, and fellow pilots :" Oh, I have slipped the surly bonds of earth...........................Put out my hand, and touched the face of God" HIGHFLIGHT. So long my friend, so long."
From: Robert Petersen
City: Wausau, WI Country: USA
"Webb was my 1st permanent station after basic and tech school in early 76 and was the acting base Veternarian and an A1C until I left there with less then 50 people still there. I got stationed at Chanute which was put up for closure and then later closed. I still have friends that I met in the community. I will never forget the dust storms. I never got any recognition for what I did due to having a civilian supervisor. "