|We created this guestbook for all ABCCC veterans. Please feel free to use this guestbook to tell us about your ABCCC experiences and to locate former friends and crew mates.
Fort Washington, MD----November 26, 2007 at 21:00
|Served as a Hillsboro airborne radio operator and communications team chief from July 1970 until July 1971. Also was the 7 ACCS OJT Manager during that period.
Col Al Blake was our first Squadron Commander and when he went PCS, he was replaced by Col Wilbur Tapscott. Lt Col Giles Willis was the Squadron Training Officer and SMSgt Jim Nesbitt was the Squadron Chief of Communications. MSgt Bob Sisk was the Squadron NCOIC of Operations.
Col Robert Walters was the Hillsboro Orbit Commander and my DABS was Lt Col Grover Heater but I also flew with Col Branson Wood. MSgt John Kirkendahl was the Hillsboro Orbit NCOIC and MSgt Allan Guibert was the Hillsboro NCOIC of Radio Operations.
Flew with great guys like Major Sam Miller, Major Vern Betteridge, Capt John Barrett, MSgt J.C. Carpenter, Ron Keplinger, Biff Trimble, Charlie Poole, Bob Cannady, Ernie Haslett, John Kirkendahl, Bob Sisk and a host of others.
Worked with really great comm guys like Jim Nesbitt, Ben Sowers, Ken Sparkman, Chris Sentico, Nels Folkdahl, John Yacconi, Joe Askounes, Joe Williams, Brit Pearce, John (Duke) Ellington & many, many more.
There was a certain Major Hugh Cox III who I remember very well from the 7 ACCS. He later became Major General Hugh Cox III, Commander of NATO AWACS when I was stationed at Geilenkirchen NATO AB, West Germany from 1985 to 1988.
I managed to fly 100 combat missions over Steel Tiger in 12 months and accumulated 1,300 flying hours in the ABCCC EC-130E.
It was a great time to be an ABCCC airborne communicator.
Fort Washington, MD----Nov 26, 2007 at 23:00
|Great website Ken... I am eagerly looking forward to everything the Association will have to offer. This should be a great place for everyone to come and learn what ABCCC was all about. Thanks so much for doing all of this for us.
Panama City, FL----27 Nov 07 at 12:11 PM
Gene, Please see the following Letter from the VA:
|Just wanted to check out your new site.
Las Vegas, NV----11/27/2007 at 4:00 PM
|YOU GUYS HAVE DONE ONE HELL OF JOB ON THIS SITE. MY MEMBER SHIP DUES WILL BE ON THE WAY.
CARRIZOZO, NM----11/28/2007 at 09:38 AM
|Nice job on the web site Ken. Hope you are taking care of yourself.
Tonto Basin, AZ----12/04/2007 at 7:50 PM
|Thanks for the reunion. I am sure everyone had a great time, and I know the next one will be much bigger and as good if not better.
Fort Lauderdale, FL----12-8-07 at 2:00 PM
|Glad to see the Site up and running.
Montgomery, AL----12/21/07 at 15:00
|Your ABCCC Association is currently working with the Veterans Administration to provide Disability Compensation to all ABCCC veterans (aircrew & non-aircrew personnel) who are now suffering from cancer or diabetes due to exposure to Agent Orange. It has been determined that Agent Orange was sprayed on all Thailand miltary bases during the Vietnam War. Your ABCCC Association will provide you with the appropriate US Government forms on this web site in order that you may submit these forms to the VA for compensation. Further information will be forthcoming on this web site.
Fort Washington MD----12/21/07 at 19:41
|Greetings, I worked in the Fab Branch in Structural Maintenance from 1990-1991. Would love to hear from the people I knew down at Keesler. E-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call me 502-614-6282
Louisville KY----05/01/08 at 19:33