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George Air Force Base Fire Dept. Victorville CA

 

Looking for Fire Fighters Civilian or Military who served at George AFB, especially between 1980-92

 

George AFB Fire Department Facebook >

 

AF Fire Apparatus I have experience with, 530B Structural Pumper, P-2 ARFF, P-4 ARFF, P-7 6,000 gal. Water/Foamer

P-8 Structural Pumper, P-10 Rescue Truck, P-12 Structural Pumper, P-18 Water Tanker, P-19 ARFF

 

Links - ARFF.info - Your Aircraft Rescue Fire Fighting Information Resource | USAF Firefighters

 

** have received e-mails Looking for Names, Years at GAFB FD & Rank - New List of Videos MOI shot 21-25 yrs ago

G.A.F.B. FD - Roll Call - Crash Fire & Rescue *** Taps In Remembrance

R. Stokes - Fire Chief - Civ.

D. Ophus - Fire Chief - Civ.

H. Nobles**- A/Chief - Civ.

J. Carroll**- SMSgt - Fire Chief Sep 84 - Oct 86

Traylor ***

Norman, CMSgt - Fire Chief ***

B. Linardy - A/Chief

D. Mallar - A/Chief

R. Biggs - A/Chief - Civ.

R. Cantrell - A/Chief - I last saw in Tacoma WA

N. Langrehr - Civ. Ret. Lone Pine, CA

 

J. Allen - Civ. *** trans. Edwards AFB

E. Babcock**-in England

J. Stapenhill - Civ. trans. Edwards AFB

D. Mitchell** Dec 89 - Sep 92

C. Simpson - went to LAFD City a diver

R. Corral**

J.R. Wilson** Feb 78 - Apr 84

N. Wilson

C. Kellerman

F. Gulli**- Ret.

D. Bean**- SBCFD, V V, CA

D. Anderson** - Jun 1987 - Jul 1991

Asst. Chief at Grand Rapids AFB

D. Steinhoff

D. Deforge

 

   

Jefferson - A/Chief

R. Casey**- A/Chief Training - Civ.

C. Fowler - GS-7  Ret. St. George, UT

R. Sandquist ***

K. Kiplinger - GS-6

G. Bicondova - trans. Edwards AFB

J. Reckers**- Ret. Big Bear, CA

E. Durazo

P. Lawson**- Capt. SBCFD, VV CA

E. Robinson**- Rochester, MN FD

J. Jaime**- in Tejas

G. Leach**

T. Hicks ** 1982-1983 - Ret.

M. Morgan**

J. Morrison**- trans. Edwards AFB

E. Karst**

K. Taylor** - Capt. Marysville FD, WA Jun 91-Dec 92

Mr. & Mrs. Taylor AF - forgot first names

Airman Parker - burned incident Smoke House

A. Simmons - Ft. Irwin, CA-Ft. Benning, GA

B.G. Wimberly

P. Ybarra** went to LAFD City

Doc Young - Ret. 2000

J. Zuccaro**- SBCFD, VV, CA

J. Zydel** Lt. at Selfridge ANG

   

Luann**- Ret. FD Secretary

Margaret - Food Service

S. Britton - Food Service

Wickers - Mechanic

** have received e-mails

 

*** Taps In Remembrance

D. Mitchell informed me that Cabral and Civ. John Allen died

Civ. G. Leach informed me that Chief CMSgt Norman died in 2005, and Chief Traylor also since died.

R. Sandquist, 1965 - d. 25 Oct 2007

 

 

 

A brief history of GAFB during my 12 yr Service as a Civilian Fire Fighter

Photographs

In 1980, the wing received the new F-4G and its advanced Wild Weasel system.  By July 1980, the last F-105G left George Air Force Base, leaving the 35th with F-4Gs in its inventory for Wild Weasel training.

Operations at George Air Force Base were reorganized by mission requirements March 30, 1981.  The 35th Tactical Fighter Wing retained control of the 20th and 21st Tactical Fighter Training Squadrons and gained the 39th Tactical Fighter Squadron.

With the inactivation of the 39th Tactical Fighter Squadron in 1985, the 35th Tactical Fighter Wing was re-designated the 35th Tactical Training Wing. However, the wing kept its air defense augmentation responsibility.  It provided operations and maintenance support for the close air support portion of Army training exercises conducted at the U.S. Army National Training Center at Fort Irwin, Calif., from 1981 to 1990.  Also, the wing advised specific Air National Guard units on F-4 operations from 1981 to 1991.

The new 37th Tactical Fighter Wing (TFW) assumed the 561st and 562nd Tactical Fighter Squadrons active Wild Weasel missions in 1981.  This training ended in 1989 when the 37th TFW was reassigned to Tonopah Test Range Nevada assuming F-117A operational development.

Operations at George Air Force Base were reorganized again October 5, 1989.  The 37th Tactical Fighter Wing and the 35th Tactical Training Wing consolidated all operations under the newly re-designated 35th Tactical Fighter Wing.  Under the reorganization the 35th regained control of the 561st Tactical Fighter Squadron and the 562nd Tactical Fighter Training Squadron.

In August 1990, the 35th Tactical Fighter Wing mobilized in support of Operation Desert Shield.  On Aug. 16, 1990, 24 F-4Gs of the 561st Tactical Fighter Squadron left George Air Force Base en-route to Shaikh Isa Air Base, Bahrain.  Once in the Middle East, its deployed people established operational, maintenance and living facilities for the 35th Tactical Fighter Wing (Provisional).  These facilities eventually housed more than 60 active duty and Air National Guard F-4s and more than 2,600 military members.  24 of our Military Fire Fighters were deployed to Shaikh Isa Air Base, Bahrain.

During Operation Desert Storm, which started 17 Jan 1991, the 561st Tactical Fighter Squadron flew 1,182 combat sorties for a total of 4,393.5 hours. The 35th Tactical Fighter Wing (Provisional) was credited with flying 3,072 combat missions for 10,318.5 hours.  U.S. Central Command relied heavily on the wing's Wild Weasels to suppress enemy air defense systems.  The F-4G aircrews were credited with firing 905 missiles at Iraqi targets, while the RF-4C aircrews shot more than 300,000 feet of vital reconnaissance film.  During operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm, the 35th Tactical Fighter Wing (Provisional) suffered no casualties. The wing's people began returning to George Air Force Base March 23, 1991, with its aircraft and pilots following three days later.

The 35th became the host unit for George Air Force Base when the 831st Air Division there inactivated on 31 March 1991.  As a result, the wing gained several support agencies, including the 35th Combat Support Group and associated squadrons.  In support of the Air Force's force reduction programs, the 21st Tactical Fighter Training Squadron inactivated 28 June 1991.  That October, as part of the Air Force's reorganization plan, the 35th Tactical Fighter Wing was re-designated the 35th Fighter Wing.  A month later, the wing's tactical fighter squadrons were re-designated fighter squadrons.

In 1992, the 35th began downsizing in preparation for the closure of George Air Force Base. On 5 June 1992, the 20th Fighter Squadron moved to Holloman Air Force Base, New Mexico, and by the end of June, the 561st and 562d Fighter Squadrons were inactivated.

On 15 December 1992, the 35th Fighter Wing inactivated and George Air Force Base closed bringing an end to 21 years of continuous service and more than 34 years of total service for the 35 FW.

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Recorded on VHS converted to Digital Video the Following List

 

Note: I will be uploading videos shot by Moi 21-25 yrs ago on VHS tape, converted to digital, and I will be uploading 20-30 videos

to My Google+ Album and then I will post the links on George AFB Fire Department FB page 

 

1988-1Oct-GAFB Building Fire Training.mpg uploaded 30 Nov 2013 1988-GAFB Ladder Testing Langrehr.mpg
1988-1Sep-GAFB Pump Testing Doc.mpg 1988-Jan-GAFB Live Night Fire.mpg uploaded 30 Nov 2013
1988-GAFB Celebrity Tour-2.mpg 1988-Jun-GAFB New Fire Station-1.mpg
1988-Jun-GAFB-1.mpg 1988-GAFB Trainning Fire-1.mpg uploaded 30 Nov 2013
1988-Jun GAFB-2.mpg 1988-Jun-GAFB Training Fire.mpg uploaded 30 Nov 2013
1989-29Jul-GAFB Shift Party Mojave Narrows-1.mpg 1989-29Jul-GAFB Shift Party Mojave Narrows-2.mpg
1989-GAFB after Langrehrs Retirement.mpg
1991-2Jan-GAFB NatGrd-Desert Shield.mpg 1991-15Jan-GAFB Desert Shield.mpg
1991-23Mar-First-Troops-Home-1.mpg
1991-26Mar-GAFB-A7-taking gear-F4-Homecoming.avi 1991-26Mar-First-Pilots-Home-1.avi
1991-26Mar-First-Pilots-Home-2.avi
1991-27Mar-GAFB Home Coming 2.avi 1991-28Mar-GAFB Home Coming 3.avi
1991-28Mar-GAFB Home Coming 4.avi 1991-28Mar-GAFB Home Coming 5.avi
1991-28Mar-GAFB Home Coming 6.avi 1991-28Mar-GAFB Home Coming 7.avi
1991-16Apr-Nat Guard Leaving-1.mpg
1992-27Mar-GAFB Farewell-1.mpg 1992-27Mar-GAFB Farewell-2.mpg
1992-27Mar-GAFB Farewell-4.mpg 1992-27Mar-GAFB Farewell-3.mpg
1992-27Mar-GAFB Farewell-6.mpg 1992-27Mar-GAFB Farewell-5.mpg
1992-27Mar-GAFB Farewell-7.mpg
1992-Apr-GAFB-CH53-F4-1.mpg 1992-Apr-GAFB-CH53-F4-2.mpg
1992-Apr-GAFB-CH53-F4-3.mpg 1992-Apr-GAFB-CH53-F4-4.mpg
1992-Apr-Cleon Fowlers family-1.mpg 1992-Apr-GAFB-Drill-Karst-Handcuffed1.mpg
C5-UH1-F4-OV10-TakeOffs&Landings-GAFB.mpg

 

 

 

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