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453) Gary Smith  Male
Mifflinburg, Pa
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Tuesday, 8 January 2013 21:28 Write a comment Send E-mail

Was there from 2/76 to 2/78 in the 401 MMS.
452) Jerry Ashley  Male
Villatobas Air Station
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Tuesday, 8 January 2013 11:24 Write a comment Send E-mail

I was in the 871st AC&W squadron located near the small pueblo of Villatobas from 1960 to 1963.

Came to Villatobas as an Airman 3rd class and left as an Airman 1st class. Did not want to reup for another four years so I could not go any higher in grade.

Worked as an operator in the receiver building for a year and then transferred to the transmitter building where I did maintenance on the VFH and UHF transmitters.

I had a ham license and an interest in electronics so the work was easy for me.

Worked three day shifts, three swing shifts and three midnight shifts and then off to Madrid for three days.

Roomed with Jerry (Doc) Holliday.

Received an Honorable discharge from the Air Force in May, 1963.

Now it is Jan 2013 and I am retired in California after having worked as an electronic tech for various companies in Ca.

I was born in Jackson, Ohio in 1937.

Interested in hearing from any one who worked at Villatobas.

451) Eric Pine  Male
Midland, Michigan USA
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Sunday, 6 January 2013 15:23 Write a comment Send E-mail

Anyone from Det. 12, 31WS (the weather station} from '86 to '90? How about Base Ops? Would be great to hear from some of you- I'm Sergeant Pine, Weather Observer and also played guitar in the base band during those years.

Mike Noel Sunday, 6 January 2013 18:42
I was stationed at Torrejon Air Base from April 1986 to May 1989. I was Medical Administration and worked in the base hospital. I ran the Aeromedical Evacuation Office for half my time and the other have worked in Medical Plans and Readiness. I remember taking great tours out of the rec center. After leaving Torrejon went to RAF Fairford and then RAF Lakenheath. Got off Active duty in 1992 then went into the reserves at March Air Force Base, now called March Air Reserve Base and retired from the reserves in 2003 as a TSgt. I currently live in Chatsworth, CA which is just north of Los Angeles.

Eric Pine Monday, 7 January 2013 06:54
Mike, if you ever saw the showcase band on the base, then you saw me- I was the guitar player... played with Theresa Brindle from AFRTS (bass) and her husband Doc (keys), and Ken Fiddler on drums. Also too many singers to remember lol!

Mike Noel Monday, 7 January 2013 17:19
Can not remember that far back on if I saw the band. E-Mail me your number and I will give you a call. My E-Mail is MARCHAFB@HOTMAIL.COM

Tim Burt Saturday, 30 March 2013 14:37
Eric Pine - Tim Burt here - I played keyboards in that band! In fact, I know I have a pic of all of us around here somewhere.

Remember we played in Madrid on election night in 1988? There were a bunch of other gigs, too...but that one I recall vividly.

Drop me an email: timburt @ sbcglobal . net

(sorry to hijack this thread)

Ron Monday, 4 August 2014 13:22
Eric, I remember Theresa and Ken, I used to work at the Radio/TV station
450) Steve Heywood  Male
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Thursday, 3 January 2013 04:17 Write a comment Send E-mail

After reading practically every post here, it is blatantly evident that nearly everyone who was stationed at Torrejon Air Base absolutely loved it. It wasn't called "The Best Kept Secret in the Air Force" for nothing. I know that for myself (May ’84 - May’87), Spain holds some of my fondest memories. I don’t think I could have asked for a better first assignment. As a young airman “feeling his oats” I had a blast! Clubs and bars like Stones, Radar, Cash Pub, Nubes, Joy’s, Titanic, and Gigolo’s as well as the NCO Club, La Cita and the Bowling Alley were my constant hangouts. The food was great (Kiko’s, the Rib House, New York Pizzeria, Burger Pop) and I had to scour 17 states to finally find good paella (found it in Hawaii of all places).
But aside from all the fun, food, and frolicking, I made lasting friendships and grew up a great deal while stationed at Torrejon. Like many of you, I have fond memories of Spain and am thankful the Air Force sent me to TAB (even though I asked to be sent everywhere BUT there). I wouldn’t trade a second of my time at TJ for anything and will carry those memories with me for as long as I live.

Dirk den Hartog Thursday, 3 January 2013 08:01
Nice commments, Steve.

I joined the USAF in Sep.64 to get a skill and perhaps do lots of travel. I was fortunate to get both. The way I got my TJ assignment was , one day at Chanute Tech school for Aircraft maintence an E-9 came into class as asked for 2 volunteers to go to Spain after graduation. My hand shot up immediately and he took my name and that was that. Great day.

Dave Stone Sunday, 6 January 2013 05:54
Amazing that the Stone's Club was still going on in the 80s. It was my "go to" club in 1970. I still have my membership card and many fond memories during my TDY with the 625 MASS.

Eric Pine Sunday, 6 January 2013 15:45
Steve Heywood I know you- I worked in the wx station with you... I played in the showcase band with Doc and Ken Fiddler- he was quite a good drummer. I was Chief Weather Observer (I think ur supervisor at the time)- you had a southern accent (MO I think?) and I remember when you got your orders for HI- damn you were just this huge kid back then man! Nice to see we both made it outta there lol! Good luck and write something if u see this- Eric Pine

Steve Heywood Sunday, 6 January 2013 16:40
Either I'm getting older than I feel and senility is setting in or I must have killed too many brain cells in my partying days at TJ! I do not remember you. I had to supervisors at TJ and both were named Dave. Ken Fiddler was not in the Showcase Band and I didn't go to Hawaii until 1996! ALmost 10 years AFTER I left Torrejon.

Steve Heywood Sunday, 6 January 2013 19:55
Oh.... and by the way, there is no way anyone would mistake me for having a southern accent (no disrespect intended).

Eric Pine Monday, 7 January 2013 08:03
Oops I guess ur not who I thought you were- damn now I can't picture ur face but ur name is very familiar... I know I was there when you were cuz Dennis Huggins was my supervisor, and I jammed with Max "Rueben" Maya all the time. I also remember working many a midnite shift with Ssgt. Stumph playing cards, backgammon or primitive computer golf during the slow time. I was an observer, but I was a lil older than the rest and was married w/ 2 kids. I was short w/ black hair, and I spoke Spanish (my family is from there),so I translated for the Spanish weather guys down the hall alot... Damn they got me drunk as hell one New Years! Remember Lt. turned Capt. Blakeslee and Ssgt. Joe Riley from admin (by Maj. Thomas' office)? Remember Pilar, the hot Spanish wx observer out at the ROS? Or Ssgt Carl Frazer (my fav forecaster to work with)? There was also a black female forecaster (can't remember her name) who sang like a bird and won the talent show one year (I backed her in the showcase band that year), and another forecaster named Mario who retired and bought a ranch in Texas. When I got to TJ, the chf observer's name was Mike, when he pcs'ed I was it. I've been out longer than you, so I have even LESS brain cells to work with, I'm 50 now- but I do remember some stuff, like the AN/FPQ-21 radar and plotting TONS of maps... did I get ANYYTHING right lol? No disrespect- sorry I mistook you-

Eric Pine Monday, 7 January 2013 09:38
Tsgt Dillard was the forecaster's name that could really sing... its all coming back now...

Eric Pine Monday, 7 January 2013 09:53
It might be possible that I remember ur name cuz I took ur place- I got there early '87, not '86. I was in tech school til Feb. '87. I think I remember ur name from the others we both worked with...

Steve Heywood Sunday, 13 January 2013 02:25

Okay. Now it makes sense. I think you did get there just as I was leaving. I didn't remember your name because I don't think we spent too much time working together. And I don't think I was your trainer. I think Dale Williamson was there when you were there as well. I used to bug the crap out of Mario (Vasquez) to translate for my spanish girlfriend! Was there when we went from FPS-77 to the FPQ-21. You know, Ken might have played drums in the Showcase Band after I left. Spent many a mid-shift working with Max Maya. I missed Maj Thomas after I left. I used to go in office a couple times a week and just shoot the breeze with him. I see Chief (Ret) Mike Glass every once in a while here at Scott. Ran into Dennis at 2 other assignments (Korea and Hawaii) he was the witness when I got married. Dave Nelson was my supervisor when I left TJ and went to Tyndall. Again, I apologize for not recognizing the name and remebering you.

Roger Metz Saturday, 16 March 2013 14:34
Short comment on the FPS-77. I was part of the install team from McClellan AFB in CA in 1979 that installed it. As an A1C, quite an excellent TDY! Spent three months there, loved it.
Roger Metz

Shane Fleming Saturday, 6 July 2013 08:53
Hey Steve, you sound very familiar. What areas did you work???

Steve Heywood Tuesday, 10 September 2013 22:21
Shane, I was a weather (MAC) troop. Worked almost exclusively next to Base Ops. Was also in the first iteration of the Showcase Band as emcee and a back up singer (sang lead on a couple Elvis songs too). Did some acting at La Cita when we did "The Odd Couple".

Sherwood Stallings Friday, 28 February 2014 20:52
Steve, I concur with you 100% after being stationed at TJ from 1983-1991 and then at Menorca Spain 1991-1993 nothing compares. I still live in Europe and now I feel like one the old guys explaining to the young and not so young troops what it used to be like for those of us who served here in Europe before the early 90's. Those days are gone but it is still a great place to live. Bye the way forgot to mention Orense and all the bars/clubs just below the New York Pizza which was next to my favorite clothes store Antinoos. Much love for all who served at TJ!

Todd Hansen Friday, 15 August 2014 15:37
Steve - I remember you quite well (hopefully you remember me). The Odd Couple was the first show I saw on base, shortly after I arrived there (84-87). No I wasn't in that one, I was in Mary, Mary which we took to the USAFE Theatrical Competition.

As for good paella - I had to learn to make it myself.

Steve Heywood Saturday, 16 August 2014 22:35
Todd! Yes I do remember you and your then wife. I remember you drove us down to Rota for that SCA meet. I think I have some pics from that still. I'll see about scanning them and emailing them to you.

Dave Wehlermann Wednesday, 29 April 2015 10:07
The Cash Pub!!! Loved that place. Worked with Moises (the owner) at the base post office from 83-86. Best of my 7 duty stations by far!
449) Don Tice  Male
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Sunday, 30 December 2012 15:30 Write a comment Send E-mail

I was stationed at Torrejon from March 1966 through November 1967.

I worked in communications operations for SAC Control. Prior to my arrival the base went from a SAC base to a TAC. Base and we had very little to do on our communication side while dozens of TAC communications worked in the room (through a concrete block wall) completely separated from us. We had a teletype comm center, a small telecomm room and a very secure area on our side. We also had the telephone switchboard in our section and were know to pass some personal phone calls to the US for those who knew. And many knew. lol

Dirk den Hartog Monday, 31 December 2012 05:16
I used to make phone calls from the cockpit of MAC aircraft transitting TJ. Patch thru JFK. So sue me.
448) Bob Potter  Male
United States
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Wednesday, 26 December 2012 14:50 Write a comment Send E-mail

Torrejon Base Hospital 1972 -1974. I worked in surgery as an OR Tech and would like to find Lou Parrish who was a Sgt at the time also working in the OR.

Mike Noel Thursday, 27 December 2012 16:58
I was stationed at Torrejon Air Base from April 1986 to May 1989. I was Medical Administration and worked in the base hospital. I ran the Aeromedical Evacuation Office for half my time and the other have worked in Medical Plans and Readiness. I remember taking great tours out of the rec center. After leaving Torrejon went to RAF Fairford and then RAF Lakenheath. Got off Active duty in 1992 then went into the reserves at March Air Force Base, now called March Air Reserve Base and retired from the reserves in 2003 as a TSgt. I currently live in Chatsworth, CA which is just north of Los Angeles.

Tony Lake Tuesday, 16 September 2014 14:36
Hey Bob. I was surfing the inter-web and found this. Just thought I'd give you a shout-out. Have you found Lou? Enjoy life. Tony Lake, Lab Rat, '73-'75.
447) Charlie & Deborah Braziel  Male
Fort Worth, Texas
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Sunday, 23 December 2012 00:01 Write a comment Send E-mail

My father Robert Midder was stationed at TAB from 1966-Jun 1970, he was assisgned to the Fire Department/Rescue, and I know he enjoyed being at Torrejon as much as his family. February 16, 2007 he passed.
I married Sgt Charlie Braziel, with 401st Supply, he arrived in 67 and we departed Spain in 1974.
Those were the best days in our lives, and that is one tour we will never forget. It was a feeling of family forever.
Debbie Midder Braziel

John Quinn (Ssgt) Thursday, 31 January 2013 17:04
I remember a Sgt Braziel in 401st supply while stationed there fron 1966-70. It was a nice assignment!

Lynwood & Helen Allen Wednesday, 27 March 2013 06:40
I was stationed at TJ from 1967-1970. Member of the TJ Base basketball team.I remember a Sgt Braziel in 401st supply.I was in the 401st supply POL. Nice Guy.I'm currently living in Dallas Texas.

Russell Singleton Friday, 31 May 2013 19:38
I definitely remember Charlie B. I was stationed at TJ from May 68 to Dec 77, and then again from Feb 81 to Jul 87. It was the best assignment in the Air Force. Charlie B and I played intramural basketball together on the 401st Supply Squadron team. I also played on the base basketball team, and was a member of the 1974/75 Torrejon USAFE Championship team. We also spent a lot of fun times playing pinnacle at Pinky's with Hawk and Chaney. I eventually retired from the Air Force in 1993 (26 years) and I'm now living in Phoenix, AZ. I'd love to hear from Charlie B.
446) Steven Schultze  Male
United States
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Saturday, 22 December 2012 18:33 Write a comment Send E-mail

I was stationed at TJ from 83 to 86. I played in a band called Tyrant, with Steve Brown, Dennis Thompson, Mark Duffy and Bernie. We played in Zarragoza a couple of time and in Turkey once. Played NCO clud and several other functions around base. If anyone remembers please respond. Thanks Steve. I was in the 614th then promoted to lead crew. I remember Lee and Tony.

Steve Heywood Wednesday, 2 January 2013 23:18
I remember Tyrant. Think I caught y'all at the NCO club once or twice. I was stationed at TJ from '84 to '87.

William Johnson Tuesday, 26 March 2013 11:17
Yea, I remember the band. I was stationed at TJ from 1982 - 1986, AMMO, Line Delivery and CASA Control.

Tracey Alexander Saturday, 2 August 2014 23:43
Yeah I remember you guys. Lots of Maiden. I worked at the jet shop from 84-85, then phase docs 85-86.
good times.
If anyone remembers a white Seat 850 with the roof cut off - it was mine cool

Dave Wehlermann Wednesday, 29 April 2015 10:11
Assigned to the post office from 83-86. Was this the band that Talia Green was the singer? Saw lots of good bands and had a great time in TJ.
445) Walter Baade  Male
Tacoma WA
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Monday, 17 December 2012 22:06 Write a comment Send E-mail

[b][b]1620th Support Sq. MATS. (Maintenance).
Feb 1960 to Dec 1961.
Just learned that my old boss John Anderegg passed away. A great guy.
I partied with Ralph Gaines, Ollie Fleming,Calise David, Ralph Waite,Clyde Barr,POGO from the base Gym. Dated the ladies and married one 50 years ago. Still married. Will visit Madrid soon. We go often. Love to hear from any old MATS guys. I am on facebook.

Dirk den Hartog Tuesday, 18 December 2012 01:12
Hi Walter,

I was in 1620 Mats from Mar 65- Apr 68

Best of times.

Walter Baade Tuesday, 18 December 2012 12:05
<strong>Best assignment ever. The Squadron was comprised of many different sections. We all knew each other and partied for a nickle a beer. I bought a new VW Bug for $1000.00 CubaLibres were 25cents. Pepe's had good food. Hung out at Bar Kenya in Madrid. Always 1620th people there. (Kenya is gone now) The Balboa is still there and is a 5 Star hotel.I was pissed when the shipped me to Morroco with less than 2 years completed on my 3 yr tour at Madrid. Madrid has changed a lot but the people are still very nice. </strong>

Dirk den Hartog Thursday, 20 December 2012 03:26

Yes, I have been back to Madrid a few times when I was flying (retired flight engineer) civilian, did 10 years in USAF and made my break. Retired now living in the Netherlands where I was born. Have worked all over Europe and a civilian and haven't lived in the USA since 1989. I was also in maintenance at 1620 MATS (625th MASS). Remember the stack checks on Shakeys??

I spent more time in Madrid then I ever did on base when not working.

Yep, Balboa is still there. My favourite club was Club 42 in central Madrid. I found it one night when exploring the back streets. Kept it secret from other GI's. Fantastic club underground.
Also La MalMaison, by the Plaza de Espana. Drank a few times with Broderick Crawford who used to hang out there.

Good times.

Walter Baade Thursday, 20 December 2012 21:11
Going back in April. Will make a side trip to Rome or Paris. I was in Copenhagen last year for a cruise. Spent 2 days there. Is laMal Maison still there? Sounds like a nice place.[b][/b]

Walter Baade Saturday, 22 December 2012 11:19
OH Yes..I remember the stack checks on Shakeys. I did thousands of them. I was a "Run-up" man for C 124, C 123, C 118 and the C-54. I could change a Mag and run up the engine in 30 minutes flat. I wanted to be a Flight Engineer but you had to be a SSGT or above to apply. So I became a Loadmaster as it turned out. I loved the Loadmaster field and did very well in it. Been retired from the Air Force for 30 years now. Time flys.

Dirk den Hartog Sunday, 23 December 2012 04:46

Mag change in 30 minutes? you are the man, on the 4360? How about those jug changes? smile I was skinny then and used to be sent into the wing and and to the accessory section to tweak things during runup. I got written up by a SAC guy because I went into the chow hall with oily fatigues. 1620 Commander told the guy to take a hike. We WORKED for a living. hahah

Dirk den Hartog Sunday, 23 December 2012 04:54
Remember Wheelus AB, Libya? Well, mylast flying gig as FE was on VIP DC-8's contracted to Ghaddaffi and we were based there. Wheelus is now called Mitiga AB. At least it was in 2003 when we were flying out of there. Who knows since NATO destroyed it. Still have Libyan friends who are wishing Ghaddaffi was back. I had NO problems there whatsover and people were laid back. I hate politic and BS lies of the US govt. I have seen enough in my lifetime.

Walter Baade Tuesday, 25 December 2012 21:51
I was TDY to Wheelus many times. Biggest Flies I've ever seen.
I was spoiled in Spain. I don't miss any of the other 105 countries that I flew through. Get back to Madrid once a year or so. Love that PLACE.
444) Mike Bialecki  Male
Honolulu, HI
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My name is Mike Bialecki and I was stationed at Torrejon AB, Spain from 1987-1989 and was part of the Medical Group as a Medical Logistics tech. I mainly worked with the mobility side of things, such as the ATH/ATC, as well as Blood Transhipment Center. I left TJ and went to Avon Park AF Range FL (Yes, active duty were there) from 1989-1991, then Ramstein AB, Germany from 1991-1994. From there I went to McClellan AFB CA from 1994-1996 where I got out. In 2009 I came back in with the Air Guard and I'm currently assigned to the 199th Weather Flight (A far cry from Medical Logistics).

Steve Heywood Monday, 7 January 2013 02:04
I probably missed you at TJ as I left in May of '87. Had a buddy of mine assigned to Avon Park from TJ though, he was there from about '85 to '88. I was a weather troop my whole career and I can vouch for weather being a far cry from pretty much anything. Enjoy Hawaii!

Tom "OB" O'Brien Thursday, 6 June 2013 19:24
Mike, do you remember Paul Brown? He worked in hospital logistics...or Ron Craddock in the Dental Lab?
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