Old Guestbook Comments

Scott Springer said:   August 14th, 2020 8:16 amI’m looking through my father’s (2nd Lt. Bob Springer), photographs circa 1955-1957, during his time at Itami with the 67th Rec. Tech Squadron. I see Mr. Eldon Mortensen’s post. Mr. Mortensen, I wonder if you served with him.

Paul Gray said:   August 6th, 2020 8:24 amThank you for running and making available such a fine site. I was never part of the 548th but many of my collegues were. I worked at the 544th TMS in Omaha and the 497th RTG at Wiesbaden Airbase FRG. Mostly in Select print 1978-1982.

Eldon Mortensen said:   June 26th, 2020 10:19 ami WAS stationed at Itami from 1/1/55 to 6/i5/57 and at Yokota from 6/15/57 to 7/3/58. Was a photo interperator in the 67TH

Chris Ashcraft said:   February 24th, 2020 11:33 amI am an avid uniform collector, and I recently acquired a set of name tags, ribbons, and other accoutrements for an Airman last name Nelson. One nametag has the 67th RTS insignia, and there is a keychain with an NCO academy shield dated 63-D with the acronym “GEFAA” on the back. I’m interested to know the story behind any named items I have, so any info would be appreciated.

David Richards said:   January 23rd, 2020 3:18 pmI was Ron Sanguiets roommate at Shaw AFB 4/63 then shipped out to 67th Yokota AFB 8/64 then to Hickham AFB 67th Det 1 which became the 548th. 8/65 to 3/67.

Gene Tucker said:   November 19th, 2019 9:58 amI was assigned to the 548th from Dec 1978 to Aug 1981. I separated form the USAF to go back to University of South Carolina/ROTC and came back in flying RF-4C’s and F-15E’s. Did Desert Storm, then PCS’d to Eglin and flew Operational and Developmental testing. I retired from the 28th Test Squadron as Ops officer and have been a contractor ever since, staying in the area. I am now working the AIM 120 AMRAAM program. Looking forward to hearing from anyone during my time at the 548th.

Ullrich Seike said:   June 26th, 2019 3:13 amI was stationed with the 548th RTG from 1972 – 1981. I have additional photos throughout that period. I worked in the Photo Lab and in the Color Section. Was in the processing lab and ran all processing equipment. I interested in any further information or photos let me know. Thank you

freestone wilson said:   March 22nd, 2019 10:19 amhello. I think again I will post this as I hope some people might find me. you can find me at Freestone Wilson. facebook. please leave a message if you wish to contact me. I worked at 67th RTS at Yakota AFB, Japan, from november of 1966 to december of 1967. my favorite assignment of my four years in the Air Force. I was a computer operator, in the Vault. a IBM 1401 was the computer that I worked with, your phone has more memory then it did. this computer and its system filled a whole room! I have not been able to find anyone that I knew as probably most, when they got out or retired, never adapted email. They lived before the computer age! I was sort of “dumb” I did not appreciate so much, then, the importance of this squadron. I sure do now! I too can tell stories, as well as probably everyone else can. Live An Incredible Life! “an incredibility”. “a classic”: these phrases are for mr Shea, if he ever reads this! I live now in a senior campus, Westminster Oaks, in Tallahassee florida. freestone wilson

Jonathan Sager said:   January 9th, 2019 11:16 pmHello, I just acquired a 10in f4.5-f22 Kodak Printing-Ektar from the 1960’s or early 1970’s. I purchased it from the son of the manager of Kodak’s aerial reconnaissance and mapping markets department back in the 1970’s. His father retired in 1974. This lens came from his personal collection. I’m wondering if you know anyone who may have used this lens or know anything about it. I have been collecting unique high-resolution printing lenses over the past 10 years and this is the first 10in Printing-Ektar I have come across. It appears to have a 0001 serial number so it may have been a prototype. Jonathan

Dave Becker said:   December 10th, 2018 10:50 amTrying to get Peter Maughan email or telephone number, I worked for him in Japan and Hawaii in the Vault.

Ronald Young said:   July 3rd, 2018 10:07 amI was with the 548th RTG from 1985-1988 in the Target Materials Section Admin. The only names I remember are Top McGough, the Denunzio’s, and Col Benson that I recall.

Gordon H. Nieburg said:   March 29th, 2018 1:05 pmI was stationed at Itami 1954-57( assigned to 1951st AACS Sqdn) Have dozens of photos on & off base ( See top photo on home page by me) Worked with 67th from control tower

KENNETH THOMPSON said:   March 22nd, 2018 8:31 amMy father, John Thompson, served with the 67 RTS at Itami from Jul 56 to Jun 57, at Yokato from Jun 57 to Oct 58 as a PI. My mother was Kazuko, a local girl. John passed away in 1988 and is at Arlington. I was born at Johnson AFB and was in Navy aviation.

Ron Sanguiet said:   February 20th, 2018 12:16 pmStationed at Yokota AFB in the 67th from 8/59 – 4/61 as a PI. Reassigned to Shaw AFB 4444 RTS until 3/63.

Bill Forsyth said:   July 30th, 2017 10:53 pmMy apologize to Kent (below), somehow his dad’s information was dropped from the Tributes page, I have added him back on.

Kent Kuyper said:   July 30th, 2017 2:27 amIt was good to see dads name in the Memoriam for the 67th photo recon group. Dad served from 1960 through early 1964 at Yokota. Tom Bates do not know if you remember my dad but he was the big tall Chief Master Sgt.

Larry Romo said:   July 17th, 2017 7:03 am548 RTG at Hickam field 72-73. Part of team to maintain the MDS database.

Scott Wickham said:   June 1st, 2017 5:33 amHi! My father – Harold R. Wickham flew RB-26-20 during the Korean War. Earned the DFC over N. Korea. Will share or most willing to hear about any information you may have. 67’th / 12’th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron Scott

Robert Arends said:   May 7th, 2017 11:32 amServed with the 67RTS, Instrument repairman, at Itami from Mar 56 to Jun 57. Transferred to Tokyo International Airport (MATS) from Jun 57 to May 58. Then to Tarvis AFB until Mar. 59.

Richard D. McDowell said:   January 2nd, 2017 12:27 pmNever serves in 67RTS at Bergstrom, though I wanted to. I was NCOIC of PI shops in 12 & 45TRS which were part of the Wing. Fantastic webpage. Have already sent a link to the PI kit to a veterans FB page to explain WTH a boxwood scale was.Recognize name of former associate and FB Friend ,John Pecarina from 432RTS Udorn. My meager association qualify me for membership ?

Ben Oakes said:   November 28th, 2016 8:29 amThis is for Mike Dial: send me a email address to return some information, and manual for the operation of a Niagara printer, and versamat. What have you been tasked to do exactly, and what is the output needed? Thanks, Ben

Mike Dial said:   November 27th, 2016 8:29 pmI was tasked to operate a Niagara machine to duplicate some old 35mm motion picture films and then process them in a Versamat. Anyone has a copy of the basic Operating Instruction or Standard Operating Procedure for both equipment so I can familiarize myself? Thank you for any information you can provide.

John Barrett, Jr said:   September 15th, 2016 3:27 pmI saw my mother’s picture in the 67th at play photos_ Ida Barrett. My father, LTC John Barrett died 1 Aug 2003 and is buried in Arlington. He loved his time with the 67th and 6091st.

Dave Becker (TSgt – Retired) said:   September 2nd, 2016 8:56 amI was stationed at Yokota AB, assigned to 67th RTS (Orderly Room and SAO) and then transferred to Hawaii 548 RTG (SÃO), i had a great time with everyone. I was there when they closed 67th RtS.

tom bates said:   June 9th, 2016 11:02 amSpent Feb 1961 to Feb 1963 at 67th in Yokota. Just found this site. Would like to hear from anyone there at that time.

Mike Wilson said:   March 29th, 2016 6:40 pmGlad I came across this site. I was a PI in the 32nd TRS at RAF Alconbury during 1974/75. I was then stationed at Offutt AFB in 1976/77 and served in the 544th Intelligence Exploitation Squadron looking at KH-8, KH-9 and KH-11 imagery of USSR and China. I worked in Room BB-2 in the underground command post at SAC Headquarters. I sat only a few feet away from the spot where A1C Michael Davis was sitting when he discovered the Soviet nuclear missiles in Cuba in 1962. This site brings back fond memories of the work we did at SAC.

Richard Pignone said:   March 8th, 2016 5:13 amAnyone have contact information for SMSGT Larry G. Henderson, Ret? Served together at 67th RTS, Yokota in early 60s, then together at 4444 RTG, Langley AFB, VA, and Saigon, 1968. Home in Lakeland, FL last I knew. Thanks. Dick.

Arthur E Zambile said:   March 7th, 2016 4:00 pmServed with the 67RTS at Itami from Apr 56 to Jun 57, at Yokato from Jun 57 to May 58 as a PI, AFSC 20650.

Steve Sklaris said:   October 27th, 2015 2:11 amI’m working at Vencore on a proposal with Jeff Bartolucci to staff analyst for work at NGA. Anyway, found out that he worked at the 548th and turned me on to the site. It’s great to see some familiar names from the my time there (76-79) and looking forward to doing some catch up. I was really saddened to hear the Chief Hubbard had passed. He was one great guy and got me into marathon running. I saw a picture of Steve Brightbill, who led our small group back then. The entire daily briefing team consisted of Steve, myself, Walt Govern and Bruce Adams. I believe Walt lives near Harrisburg PA and not sure where Bruce is. If anyone has their contact info, please pass it on. A-hole, Joe Weller, I know you’re out there.

Ronald Young said:   September 2nd, 2015 11:09 amI was station at 548RTG in Honolulu from 1985-1988 (USAF SSgt Ronald Young) Target Materials section….I was the Admin NCO …. I just saw pictures of Col Larry Benson who I served with and would love to see some others of Marine Gunnery Sgt Top (Chris) McGough, JJ (Admin Superintendent)….so many others whose names I cant remember….just stumbled up on this site….I theres another reunion and I’ll try to make it for sure…… Anybody that was stationed there from 1985-1988 are welcome to contact me by email….or even on my Facebook Page “Ronald Young from East St. Louis” or my Twitter Page “@sirron2000” Miss ya’ll always

Terry Popravak said:   June 1st, 2015 7:33 pmAs a “customer” of your products and information at Misawa in the 1980s I can say they were truly outstanding – it wasn’t the same after you folded the flag at the “end” of the Cold War. On a separate note, am looking for information on Itami AB, and wonder if you might have members who were assigned there.

Dan Robinette said:   February 6th, 2015 7:46 amJust stopping by to say hi. 1972-1976 – Admin – I remember we won a lot of basketball titles, and softball too I think. Anyone out there from that time frame?

Brad Slaugh said:   January 11th, 2015 1:08 pmI wouldn’t mind hearing from any of the old 548th gang…1988-91.

Jim Grimm said:   November 6th, 2014 4:43 pmArrived at Yokota AB, 6th Photo Tech, (under FEAF HQ in Tokyo), in February 1947 and spent a combined total of eight years in the 6th Photo and 548th RTS housed in Bldg 206. In 1958, was assigned to the 67th RTG at Yokota as a member of their Inspector General Team for five years. During this five year period, my home base was Misawa AB in northern Japan where I was assigned to the 45th TRS which was a flying squadron with RF-101 aircraft. In between 45th TRS deployments(which were many), I supported the IG Team as a photo and logistics inspector/advisor when deployed to different parts of Asia.

Theo Daley said:   October 22nd, 2014 1:20 pmGREAT PHOTOS!!

Tom Kenney said:   August 7th, 2014 5:17 pmJoe: I am afraid “sense of humor” can be relative amongst us. I was asked not to post some of the underground stuff we used to publish. If you can get my eMail address from the Webmaster, i can send you some good ones.

Joe Longo said:   August 1st, 2014 5:35 pmTom Kenney, I saw where you say you had a lot of Pictures form long ago, seems just like yesterday……. Anywho, send them to this site so everyone can see them, I’ll look around. Also have you ever seen Bernie Marouz(sp), while you’ve been on Oahau?

Joe Longo said:   August 1st, 2014 5:16 pmI remember those days, especially when everyone was young and running wild in Waikiki. I sure would like to see some of the 1st shirts names, espesally when Schatzly was the big cheese. Did you stay in Hawaii? I was there 30 years later for a mailman convention, but had to stay in my hotel room from a bad case of bronchitis.Well I’ll be at this years reunion in DC. Take care and maybe see you …..

Ron Sanguinet said:   June 5th, 2014 10:00 amI was stationed at Yokota AFB 08/59 – 10/61 in the 67RTS. From there I went to Shaw AFB to the 4444th RTS and worked on the Cuban Missile Crises. Began my AF stint at Westover AFB, 99thBW form ’56 – ’59. I would like to hear from anyone in these organizations.

Theodore S Daley, Jr. said:   May 31st, 2014 7:45 amI will remember the great flag football time I played on in the inaugural season of 1971, winning the base championship 35-2, scoring on an interception. Got to see a U-2 up close, living in Waikiki, and so much more.

Joe Weller said:   May 6th, 2014 3:37 amKerry McBroom is on Facebook, lives in VA. Last I heard Armando lived in Houston, TX and had been a journalist. I remember Gary’s Impala but don’t know his whereabouts. Our apartment on Kapiolani was a trip!

Steve “Junior” Barr said:   January 30th, 2014 5:35 amAloha from “JR” (Exploitation ’77-’79) anyone have any contact info or news on Gary Gruver? Don Miller? Kerry McBroom? Dan Wark? Armando Villafranca? Jerry Dugas? Long live the Tiki Torch, Davey Jones Locker room, Kerry & Joes offbase pad where I saw God while running on my back in a monsoon, Bellows AFB, Weeds & Seeds Detail, Jimmy Roger’s Firebird, Gruvers white Impala with 3 on the tree, my 8 track of Hotel California, The Ritchie Walker Band and 3-11 shift!

Tom “the Local Boy” Kenney said:   December 19th, 2013 11:00 amJoe: > life in the barracks was even crazier=Unfortunately I was already married so I never had the joy of sharing you guys’ craziness. I do remember the day Jimmi Hendricks died and I happened to be by the barracks. Somehow the entire barracks suddenly burst into that Hendricks guitar signature tune. I am trying to remember Foster. Do you remember Tom Foard?

Joe Longo said:   December 18th, 2013 10:13 pmTom Kenney, it was crazy at work, but life in the barracks was even crazier. Do you remember a guy with a last name of Foster, who worked in the library next to TMD? I will definitely will be at the reunion in Virgina. If it is in Hampton Roads area, there was 4444 RTG @ Langley AFB, I was there too. Talk to soon………..

Tom “the Local Boy” Kenney said:   December 18th, 2013 8:24 pmJess: Fancy meeting you here!!!! I don’t recall ever spending a guard duty there with an officer. They probably had “better things to do” Usually SSgt or TSgt in charge. Remember the mock funeral we held at the Carto Section for the little mouse that someone trapped? We placed it in a match box, wrapped it with ton of masking tape, draw an American Flag on it and placed it deep in the film canister storage. Imagine the surprise when it was finally discovered years later……. Ah, the fun we had behind the “lifers” and officers!!!!

Mark Jessop said:   December 18th, 2013 10:46 amTom Kenney, so that torn that old place down, huh? We used to have a burn detail down there, too, remember? An officer and an enlisted, on weekends, I think. Used to run the furnace and drive home to watch Curtis Iaukea or Ripper Collins or whoever on wrestling.

arlie burns said:   September 24th, 2013 6:23 ami got to the 548RTS in july 1954 i was on 2 yr tour as resvere and then i stayed in until i retired was in the 7651st ACIS at hickam from 1964-1967 nad never knew the 548thh was at hickam

Tom “the Local Boy” Kenney said:   September 13th, 2013 9:42 pmHello Joe Longo! I don’t know if you remember me, but I remember featuring you in one of Carto/Library’s Daily Underground Newspaper. When you mention Building #3, are you talking about the place where silver recovery was taking place? I believe it was called Building 26, but everyone referred it as the “Termite Palace” . I know many jokers would shoot the termite infested walls with water pump fire extinguisher and the walls were full of pot holes as result. You spend a guard duty overnight and the floor would be covered with termite wings the next morning. It was there on the Lagoon Drive for many years after my discharge, but got demolished sometimes in the late 70’s.

Joe Longo said:   September 5th, 2013 8:50 pmDoes anyone have any idea about the where abouts of the past 1st Sgts? They kinda came and went, They always arranged the guard duty on the front door.

Joe Longo said:   September 5th, 2013 8:46 pmWhere ever the next reunion is I’ll be there with my brother-in-law Gregg Pelleymounter. We were both at 4444th RTG(Langley AFB), then in 1969, got to Hickam 10 days before they landed on the moon. Does anyone remember the inspection we had in fornt of the building in 1970, when Col. Schazlety (sp) was there, next reunion I’ll tell y’all what happened…………. I’ve Googled for the big Building, #3, but I can’t find the old storage building where everyone had guard duty. Was a great view of Waikiki, it got to be a hard night………… Later Guys…. Joe Longo, 69-71

Renee Stackhouse said:   August 28th, 2013 6:27 amThank you so much for this website. I have wonderful memories of living in Hawaii when my husband, Art, was at Hickam with the 548th. I’m going to forward it to our children. If there are any pictures of him on the website, I would appreciate knowing where to find them.

Tom the Local Boy Kenney said:   July 13th, 2010 9:19 amGood luck, Christopher!!!! >have no prospects for future employment. I don’t know your situation, and it may be easier for me to say this, but never say never. I got my current federal job when I was 64. (I didn’t even bother to look for civilian job as age discrimination is a fact of life.)

Christopher Knowles said:   July 11th, 2010 7:18 amGood afternoon, All! I hope everyone is having a great time. I wish I could be with you but I lost my job on the 29th and have no prospects for future employment. Living on an island, that means I probably have to relocate. Aloha, and Mahalo! Christopher Knowles Martha’s Vineyard, MA

MIKE LANE said:   July 9th, 2010 7:11 amhope everyone attending is having a good time

Tom “the Local Boy” Kenney said:   June 19th, 2010 9:23 amAnyone know where I may find deactivated 2nd RTS (Barksdale AFB, LA) patch for sale ? I looked all over for many years without success. I was originally assigned to 2RTS before transferring to 548th.

Pete Durnell said:   June 8th, 2010 8:48 amAlthough a 67th person many of my fellow 67th travelers went on to grace the 548th. The 67th started holding reunions back in 2000 and this year we will hold our 6th in New Orleans in Novmeber. I wish you all great success and hope to see some of you in November.

Tom “the Local Boy” Kenney said:   May 22nd, 2010 11:24 pmTo: Jay Johnson I came across old photos with you, Bill Honnig, Ray Burris, Paul Nadeau, Brian Bauer, Rich Keener and one other person. It was taken on the day Bill left Hawaii to be discharged. If you’d like a copy, please contact me.

Tom “the Local Boy” Kenney said:   May 11th, 2010 9:08 amAnyone know whereabouts of Mike Pelto and/or John Angeli???

steven clark said:   April 28th, 2010 5:39 pmpaul reckoff,,,get in touch with me at my emmail….messrs keller, kenney and holloway and i were lookin fer ya….we have gotten together lately for some golf and stuff and yur name always came up….great to see everyone thinks as much as i do about my times in hawaii…great job on site bill….mahalo and aloha

James Wilson said:   April 17th, 2010 4:18 pmSweet !!!! Can’t wait to see ya’ll. You to Solletti

Paul Reckoff said:   April 14th, 2010 2:36 pmGreat site!! What memories the names and pictures bring back–great time in my life. Believe it or not I’m still in the AF–retiring 1 Oct 10. Like to attend the reunion, but probably won’t be able to this year–maybe next time.

MIKE LANE said:   April 10th, 2010 12:29 pmhey everyone, didnt have much time to post much before. i have often wondered how everyone was doing? been many many years. my time spent in hawaii was a once in a lifetime experience. i met so many wonderful people. i hope that maybe sometime you can email me a line or two and get caught up on the last 25yrs. or so. special thanks to col grant, you were a great role model for the rest of us troops. hope to hear from some of you soon. [email protected]

MIKE LANE said:   April 10th, 2010 7:34 amjust found site, awesome, brings back such good memories, hope to contact some old friends

Jim Sertich said:   March 4th, 2010 1:54 pmI don’t think there is any place I’d rather be than at this reunion with all of you old souls.. Looking forward to being there. It’s good to see so many old names getting in touch on this site. Thanks for your work Bill. I’m sure I’m just one of many who will be lined up to make sure you have a cold one in your hand at all appropriate times. Where is Don Huntley?

Andy (Shirt) Laning said:   February 28th, 2010 5:19 amThis is great! I hope to make it this summer, that would be a blast.

John (Andy) Anderson said:   February 20th, 2010 10:53 amTalk about time machine. WOW! Seeing the names and comments from “old” friends. Jay, you threw one mean one knuckle curve. It didn’t work unless you were bleeding. Speaking of area 61, it did house aliens…us. To all of you, hello again. I am trying VERY hard to being in Dayton this summer. Talk about small worlds, I work with Lou Janke in the Forest Service in Colville, Wash.

Jay Johnson said:   February 8th, 2010 1:41 pmHey Kipper, what’s this “hockey puck” thing? I thought you were proud to have caught a “no-hitter” I threw for the Recce fast-pitch softball team! I too am floored by the realization that we’ll be getting together with guys we served with back in the early 70’s, and then also with many that served after that and with whom we’ll forge new friendships. I’ve been trying to track down a number of the “old crew” from barracks area 61 (I thought that was where they kept the space aliens?), and have had the pleasure of talking with Lou Janke, Wayne Breckenridge, Bob Litton, Roy Burris, Jim Wells, and of course the “catcher with the rye,” John Kipp. To a man, they all said how they have often thought about the friends they left after discharging from the Air Force. Thanks to all of you that are putting in so many hours of your time to make this reunion a reality. It is something that will be a “life-time experience” for many of us. Jay

Patricia Miller said:   February 7th, 2010 10:27 amGreat site! I learned of this from Elena Helweg, John’s wife. Most of you knew me as Pat Lewis, married to Jerry Lewis (rest his soul) at the time. I have so very many memories of the 548th and the great people…. would love to catch up with so many folks, Terrie Harris, Rick Cyr, Carl Byrd, JoAnne Rickard, Denise Jarman, Ron Boggs, jeez….so many others names escape me at the moment. I’m in Northern VA just outside DC if anyone’s in the area – get in touch!

John Kipp said:   February 4th, 2010 6:41 amThis is great, re-connecting with so many friends from so long ago (1970-1972). Jay Johnson, the hockey puck from North Dakota, Jim Wells the pride of Youngstown State, Hobart Statzer, one of the finest men I’ve ever known, Phil Gerg,……Did I mention what a fine man Hobart Statzer was?

Mike Gross said:   February 2nd, 2010 4:08 amWell, for nothing else…this help connect with folks I’m been looking for, for years (Remini, Bieksha, Phelps, Gomes, etc.)…and others, well I see to much of (Lane, Lien, Copeland, etc.). It’ll be a pleasure, even if I can’t make the get-together, to know this forum exists and can reach out and touch “many, many Great people”! Blessings, to all…and thanks again, Bill, for forming this up. And…”gotta get them flags!”

Bud Phelps said:   January 28th, 2010 8:17 amWow! What a great surprise. I came across the website by accident today, while “Googling” the 548th RTG. Jeanne and I should be able to make the reunion, and look forward to seeing you guys.

Benny Gomes said:   January 8th, 2010 5:00 pmThe RTG coming together Awesome. I’ll have to look for my old Hat. LOL Looking forward to seeing you all. RTG

Willie Johnson said:   January 6th, 2010 1:58 pmWhat a great web site! Mary and I will try to make it to the reunion. The best unit anywhere!

Scott Tribolet said:   January 6th, 2010 4:03 amI’d like to add my congratulations on the website as well. What a teriffic effort. I too look forward to reconnecting with all of you.

Cyd Marckmann said:   December 21st, 2009 6:41 pmWhat a great site! Found this through Russ & Karla Gorrell. Many great memories!!

Brian Solletti said:   December 21st, 2009 6:45 amGlad to see the site up and my photos being used…I have some light table pictures from Air and Space for the Tools page whom do I send…. Motto Suggestion: “548th the closest thing to the real Air Force that ever existed”

Les Mahoney said:   December 20th, 2009 8:16 pmWow, what a blast from the past to find this site by chance! Really nice to start reconnecting with the good times of my two 548th tours (1980-82 and 1984-87). I look forward to hearing from all my old friends and coworkers from then. A hui ho, Les

Michael Bernstein said:   December 15th, 2009 5:30 pmStarted back in July 67 in the Photo Lab at the 206 and ended with SKYlink in Aug 70. Served with GREAT PEOPLE. That was the place to be in those years.

Doug Schlappi said:   December 14th, 2009 3:13 pmServed 3 years at the 548th from 70-73. Great duty in a great location. Was back in Hawaii in ’06, toured Pearl, the Arizona and the Missouri. Reunion is a great idea.

Tom Haga said:   December 14th, 2009 1:43 pmGot the word on the web site from the Gen (Jim Grant). I echo his comments as the best assignment of my 30+ yr career. I have a ton of memories serving with so many good people and looking forward to renew same.

Armando Villafranca said:   December 13th, 2009 9:50 pmWow, what a trip! I served at the 548th in 1976-77 as an imagery interpretator until I turned in my SI/SAO clearance in protest. I went on to college and just ended a 24-year career as a journalist at a major metropolitan newspaper in Texas where I was a national correspondent, which meant I spent a lot of time in Crawford, Texas and flew aboard Air Force One. Back in school now working on graduate degree with the hope of earning a PhD in English.

Steve “Junior” Barr said:   December 13th, 2009 7:39 pmBeen a long time! Great to see you all and this website!

David Zibell said:   December 6th, 2009 6:30 pm85-89 Heard about this. I use to travel to hickam every year and would drive by the old hanger. I would take another vacation in Hawaii

Mitch Catanzaro said:   December 3rd, 2009 6:01 pmThis site is a terrific idea…the 548th RTG was a special place. Hard to believe I left there over two decades ago (85-88), but it left an indelible impression on me. Great to see old friends, colleagues, and bosses checking in! The reunion is a great idea!

Samuel “Rosie” Bryant said:   November 30th, 2009 6:08 amBeen a long time since i have seen some of the names on this list.

Tom “The Local Boy” Kenney said:   November 26th, 2009 9:34 amHappy Thanksgiving to All. I see membership increasing at a faster rate. Perhaps 100 by the YE is still possible. I hope more Carto guys will join. We sure got some “War Stories” to tell!!!

Herb Boasso said:   November 20th, 2009 4:34 pmHi everyone. Just heard about the site from Steve Albers and signed up. It’s really neat to see so many old friends on the list. I have so many great memories from those days (except for being the one to turn out the lights at Hickam in ’91). I hope the reunion becomes a reality. I’d love to see everyone again.

Joseph Remini said:   November 19th, 2009 7:00 pmI have enjoyed the memories stirred-up while reading over this site! So many of the great people at the 548 had a positive impact on my life. I look forward to catching up with others from our unit! I know we wore Top McGough and Smsgt Jim Buchan out! Aloha! Nov 82 – Jun 86 6306RTF Jul 86 – Jul 87

Russ Gorrell said:   November 19th, 2009 4:41 pmSome great photos! Good to hear from the great cloud of witnesses. I could definitely fill in some of those names on the photos from 80-83. Man those folks sure look young! Aloha from Russ and Karla Gorrell

Christopher Knowles said:   November 19th, 2009 9:29 amA brief Clark Davidson story. My wife and I (both A1C’s) arrived at Hickam on 09.01.71. She was assigned to the motor pool, I to the 548th. Just before Christmas her shift was moved to nighttime, requiring us to own 2 cars as we lived first on Wilder Avenue, then Green Street. At our Christmas Party one Friday afternoon I walked up to (then General) Davidson (much to the chagrin of all the NCO’s) and asked if he could help out as owning 2 cars was a financial hardship for 2 Airmen. Monday morning she received orders transferring her to the 548th as Colonel Fitzgerald’s Administrative Assistant. You gotta love the generals!

Tom “The Local Boy” Kenney said:   November 18th, 2009 4:41 pmMy long lost friend, Mark Jessop, alerted me to your website. I served from 1969 to 1972, transferring from 2nd RTS, Barksdale AFB, La. A Photogrammetric (no such word in the dictionary, you know)/Cartographic Technician/Analyst. In my old age I need to build up my energy just to write this but I plan to join y’all soon. By the way, how do I send you some interesting pics?

Larry Benson said:   November 14th, 2009 7:13 pmTo follow-up on Ken kelly’s note, believe first commander was Storm Rhode (no “s”). Am also checking. There may have been a Byron Schatzley in between Rhode and Clark Davidson. The latter lives in Dayton; Rhode passed away in Myrtle Beach (was mayor) about 12-14 years ago. Thanks a million to all who took the initiative to get this going. You already have a winner! BTW, interesting how many of us agree that we served the most fulfilling years of our careers in Hangar 3.

Michael Hall said:   November 11th, 2009 12:02 amCongrats on a fine website! My tours at the 548th were some of my finest memories. I will always remember the late Phil Pountain and Joe Ford as my mentors. The late Ike Killmeier is sorely missed. When I returned a few years later, PACAF I&W was under 548 then moved to HQ PACAF. The best boss, Rod Yeager, Tony Davenport, and others reminded me how hard we worked…except on “Aloha Fridays”. And of course the 548th had the best parties by the beach! Contact me if you know me!

Christopher Knowles said:   November 5th, 2009 7:23 amSome of the best months of my life were spent at the 548th! Great cartography team (Carmody, Hunt, Archuletta, et al.), a high-floor condo on Green Street with a lanai with a view from Diamondhead to Honolulu International, and weekends on the North Shore at the polo matches and on the beach. It was so notable I wrote briefly about it in my fourth book, A Matter of Perception.

Steven Alber said:   November 2nd, 2009 6:50 pmThis web site is a great idea – thank you web site team! I spent the best six years of my Air Force career, which included some of the best people I have ever known. I will attend the reunion wherever and whenever. I hope to see all of you there. As McGarrret used tp say on Hawaii 50 — “Be there, Aloha Steve Alber

Bob Ventura said:   November 2nd, 2009 12:32 pmGreat to hear from so many fine people who were a part of the 548th as I was. Many familiar names in your guest book that I worked with and enjoyed the challenges of automation of recce data and the world of computers that we helped to implement along with a whole group of very technicians!

Larry Watson said:   November 1st, 2009 7:49 amCongratulations on the website and E-Group for the 548th. As webmiester of the 497th sites I applaud the effort to provide alumni with a way to share memories and stay connected. Well Done… Larry Watson 497 RTG 79-84 9RTS 74-79 NPIC 84-89

Joe Weller said:   September 8th, 2009 10:45 amWhat a great site! Hope the reunion happens, would love to hook up with some recce techs from the old days. Bill F. I have some photos that have Col Orr at a sotball game in the late 70’s and maybe a few others that I’ll send along.

Ildrid Bates said:   September 4th, 2009 10:37 amI think a reunion would be wonderful! No matter where it is I’ll get there, by hook or by crook! My 7 1/2 year tour at the 548th was unforgettable – so many great people and many lifelong friends!

Garnett Howard said:   August 27th, 2009 12:34 pmThis is great to have a 548thRTG web site and see old friends in the guestbook. I am back in Hawaii and would love to hear from anyone coming out this way. Roy, are you still in New Hampshire? [email protected]

mcmacken,roy major said:   August 26th, 2009 10:59 amone of the best assignments of my 28 years. as a runner, no place better. our team, the old farts was made up of jim grant, myself,cms hagar the horrible and 2 other ncos. 1980-1983


Jack Houlgate said:   August 21st, 2009 12:44 pmThink a reunion is a great idea. A lot of wonderful folks worked at the 67th and 548th while we there. It would be much fun to return to Hickam where we spent 5 fun filled years.

Jim Grant said:   August 19th, 2009 3:44 pmI never had a better time in my Air Force career than the years spent at the 548th. Lot’s of wonderful memories. It would be great to get together and share a few tall tales about our years in Paradise!

Art Beidler said:   August 19th, 2009 11:28 amI wish you guys the best in establishing a reunion. 67RTS has had several excellent ones. I spent 45 days TDY from the 67RTS to the 548th in 1969 and enjoyed it very much. The day I signed out of the 67RTS, it officially deactivated and joined the 548th.

Lad Culkowski said:   August 19th, 2009 3:56 amSome familiar faces in these photos, most of whom deservedly went on to positions of increased responsibility. Always was a fan of the RTG’s and proud to have supported them from HQ USAF. Congrats on the website.

Phil Scoggin (Maj. USAF Retierd) said:   August 19th, 2009 12:59 amBest of wishes for your organization and your web site. I enjoyed a long association with the 548th but was never assigned to it. PHil Scoggin

Jim Spencer said:   August 18th, 2009 2:57 amOne of my fondest memories was represennting the AF at the 1st International Ahi tournment up in Wainaiae (sp). It was one of Gerry Monroe’s last trips. Akers was there also…what a time we had seven days TDY to fish!

Bill Willard said:   August 17th, 2009 11:25 amGreetings! I just signed in at the Membership/Reunion section (65-69), but neglected to say that my dear wife was the former Sgt. Sue Davis, who was Col. Storm C. Rhodes’ Admin Asst. in Hangar 3 with Millie Beavers, a sweet GS-lady. And that in Oct ’65 when I shipped in from PI Tech School at Lowry AFB (Denver), the 548 RTS did business from Building 206, a 2-story corrugated aluminum structure the length of a football field at the far side of HIA on Keehi Lagoon. What a view we had of Honolulu, Waikiki, Punchbowl and Diamond Head!

Jim Miller said:   August 15th, 2009 3:46 pmHey there recce techs! I was watching a program on TV that said the KH-11 had 3″ resolution! Ha! Ha! Maybe the improved one did, but I never saw anything that good