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Wurtsmith AFB Memories

379th Airborne Missile Maintenance Squadron

379th BW

Squadron History

Time Line                       Factoid

1 Nov 1962             379th AMMS Activated

30 Jun 1974           379th AMMS Deactivated

379th BW

Wurtsmith AFB Reunion - 6-9 September 2007

Trips on the AuSable River, golf, mini reunions, reception & dinner at the Oscoda Community Center, tours of the museum & base are planned. For a schedule on the reunion go to  Sign in for the reunion will be at the Yankee Air Museum on the former WAFB. Contact Harry McCown at for more information. Hope to see you there!!

The 379th AMMS at Work

AMMS Troops Hanging Missiles
Prepare for Flight
Hanger - Jim ?
Arvin Merchen and Bruce Thomas
Hanger Area

From The Briefing Room to the Flight Line

Lt Col Orville B Ross

Your Leaders hard at work ?


1st Sgt
MSGT Clayton Richardson

Bob Noser is at the console in the middle. That's Ray Sonnie in front.

Dog being prepared for a CS run by Bill Nimmo on the ladder and others.

Lt Ochiva and SMSGT Wilson putting their heads together

Posting Missile data is
Al Spalmacin and that's Joe Amy looking over his shoulder.

Your Combined Systems Crew at Work and Play


Bob Noser, Jim Parsons, Gary Deboer, Bobbie Matlock, Chip Kaverman and Art Stanko

Gentlemen, Start Your Engines
Art Stanko with a wheelie start and
Bob Noser trailing

Photos From the Past

Barracks Life - Dec 1964
Front L-R, Tom Amond, Bruce Thomas, Millard West,
John Erickson, Dan Fryman, Len Stubbs, and
Tom Belchamber.
Back L-R, Hal Hudson, Gary DeBoer, Bob Mills,
Ray Sonnie, Jim Parsons, Sam Rizzotto, Bob Noser,
Jim Kellogg, Jose Medina, and Chip Kaverman.
Photo courtesy of: Jim Kellogg



The Barracks

The Chow Hall


Arvin Merchen
Bruce Thomas
Allen Willert
Deserted GAM Hangar
John Erickson
Combined Systems

Just Some "Old Timers"

Gary DeBoer on left and Robert Mills on right are in the right place. A museum.....
(Just kidding guys)
Courtesy of: Robert Mills

Photo courtesy of: Eric Lemmon

Lake Van Ettan- adjacent to
Wurtsmith AFB

The year was 1965.
It was a tradition back then, that
breeders of Huskies and other working dogs would bring puppies and dogs
for sale, and would stage sled races on the frozen lake.

Seeking Celebrity Status

Posing for a photo prior to applying for a Chippendale position
L-R: Paul Kalvig, Ed Drown and Tom Belchamber.  Photo courtesy of: Amy Kalvig
Youv'e got to be kidding me

379th AMMS Take Football Championship

Article courtesy of Ron Hunsicker

AMMS Football

379th AMMS Hound Dogs Assigned In 1974

60-5598  61-2120  61-2198  61-2218  61-2268  61-2277  61-2290

61-2292  61-2295  61-2299  61-2315  61-2329  61-2330  61-2333

62-0076  62-0079  62-0167  62-0176




Birth of the Snoopy Patch

Charles Schultz Letter-600x774

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A special thank you to Michael Chandler, who provided us with a copy of his letter from Charles Schultz  authorizing the use of Snoopy.   Michael turned this letter over to Major Henry Payne, OIC of the Maintenance Anaylysis Unit.   He in turn contacted the 379th AMMS Commander and the 379th AMMS Snoopy patch was born. 

379th AMMS Troops Past & Present

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379th  AMMS Personnel Roster


NOTICE: The following format will be used on all  future updates to the website:  Last name, first name, middle initial, address, telephone number, email address (with a link to contact you), bases assigned to along with dates.   Individuals that are deceased will have a gold star placed in front of their names.  If there is any information that you do not want published with your listing, please indicate that when you submit your updates.

Adams,Harry J
Adamski,Richard H-----------Rapid City SD
Alford, Ronald G
1-star Alker,Paul  J.--------Deceased
Allmon, Byron L., 2008 Bayshore Drive, Niceville, FL 32578, Phone: (850) 803-8581, Email:, Squadron: Robins AFB (67-70), Wurtsmith AFB (70-73)
Amond, Thomas C , 11 Cannon Circle, Greenville, SC 29607, Phone: (864) 320-7889, Email:, Squadron:  Wurtsmith AFB (64-67)
Amy,Joseph----------Greenwell LA
Angell, Donald A. ---------- The Villages FL
1-star Arnold, Marvin H. - Deceased
1-star Bainbridge, Lawrence W-----------Deceased
Baker,James B
Baldock, Charles M------Lansing, MI
Bandelier,Ronald-----------Enon OH
Barron,Leon F --------- Malin OR
1-star Bauer, Henry----------Deceased
Becker, Richard D------- Taylors SC
Belch,Cleon-----------Greenbush MI
Belchamber, Thomas -------- Holiday FL
Benson,William L----------Cocoa FL
Berland, Edward R----------Santa Rosa, CA
1-star Blythe, Dale  R-----------Deceased
Bobo,James H --------- Nederland TX
Brewer, Earl------ Normalville PA
Brilhart, Richard M---------Fenton MI
1-star Broniszewski,John E----------Deceased
Brown, Thomas G.------Oscoda, MI
Burkett,Gene F----------Otisville MI
Burns, Alexander, Oscoda, MI, Email: N/A , Squadron: Dow AFB (59-66) Kincheloe AFB (66-70) Wurtsmith AFB (70-77)
Burris,Michael----------Mackinaw IL
Cameron, Foster E., Address: 2739 S Co Rd 489, CityStateZip: Lewiston, MI 49756, Phone: +1 (989) 786-2310, Email: , Squadron: Blytheville AFB (60-66), Wurtsmith AFB (66-71)
1-star Cappan, David M-----------Deceased
Carbaugh, Wayne L ------- Hagerstown MD
|Cardone, Roy J., 9846 Rockridge Rd., Lewisburg, Ohio 45338-9530, Phone: no phone, Email:, Squadron: Wurtsmith AFB (67-71), Wright-Patterson AFB (71-74)
Carey, Edward E -------Milford, DE
Carlson, Robert O. Jr., Address: 6612 Capehart Rd, Papillion, NE 68133, Phone: (402) 592-7060, Email:,  Squadron: McCoy 62-67, Wurtsmith AFB (67-68)
Carlyle,Edwin D---------Deceased
1-star Carpenter, Fred J---------- Deceased
Carroll,Luther H -------- Fort Worth TX
Casillas,Cesar A ----------- Austin TX
Chavez, Gilberto G., 126 Beecher Rd., Alamogordo, NM 88310, Phone: (575) 585-9667, Email:, Squadron: Wurtsmith AFB (64-66), Homestead AFB (66-67)
Cieslewicz,John----------Denmark WI
Claiborne,Willie L----------- Livingston TX
Cooke,Michael----------Bath MI
Copeland,Robert L-----------Orlando FL
Crabtree,John E
Crafton, David -------- Tucson AZ
Cravens, Dennis L., 166 Bazzie Dock Rd., Dover, TN  37058, Phone: (931) 305-9277, Email:, Squadron: Wurtsmith AFB
1-star Crim, Robert----------Deceased
Crooks,Staton R
Deason,Larry J-----------Paxton IL
DeBoer, Gary-----------Strongsville OH
Didier, Wayne C.---------Diamondhead, MS
Dillingham,Jack W.
1-star Dougherty,Richard G ---------- Deceased
Drown, Edmund "Jack" --------- Greenfield, MA
Durbin, Paul C.----------Burgaw NC
Erickson,John E
Erni,Dennis C. -------- Union MO
England, Robert S., Hingham, MA 02043, Email:, Squadrons: Wurtsmith AFB (61-64)
Faircloth,Louis R ---------- Burgaw NC
Faria,Robert G.
1-star Ferguson, Lowell E --------- Deceased
Fine,Stanley----------Ann Arbor MI
Fryman, Danny L.--------- Minneapolis, MN
1-star Gaczkowski, Henry-----------Deceased
Gadson,Foster L.
Garcia, Johnny G., Address: Unit E104 The Boardwalk, 1 Honeysuckle Drive, Newcastle, NSW, Australia 2300, Phone: +61-2-4034-8608, Email:, Squadron: Wurtsmith AFB, Wright Patterson AFB, Fairchild AFB
Gerue, Keith R-----------Villa Park, IL
Gillette,Alonzo D------------Grand Blanc MI
James W. Glidden, 152 Gumtree Dr., Rancho Cordova, CA 95670, Phone: (916) 208-9864, Email:, Squadron:  Seymour Johnson AFB (60-62), Wurtsmith AFB (62-66), Griffis AFB (70-74), Beale AFB (74-76)
Gray, Norman C---------Toledo, OH
Greenleaf,Stuart E -------- Trevett ME
Griffith, Karl T., 225 Park Charles Blvd. N., St. Peters, MO 63376, Phone: (636) 928-2275, Email:,   Squadron: Wurtsmith AFB (69-70), Ramey AFB (70-71), Ellsworth AFB (71-74), Mather AFB (74-75 SRAM)
Groebner, Kenneth----Springfield, MN
Hamilton,Gary----------Battle Creek MI
Harazda, Casimir--------Tampa, FL
Harrell,Julian H-----------Bonita Springs FL
1-star Harrison, Thomas-------Deceased
Hegwood, Edwin E "Larry"
Henderson, Richard L. 411 Autumn Trl, Michigan City IN 46360, Phone: (219) 221-6641, Email:,  Squadron: Ellsworth AFB (61-64)  Wurthsmith AFB (65)
Hobby Sr., Glen T. , 7713 Gibbs Road, Corryton, TN 37721, Phone: (865) 686-7873, Email:, Eglin AFB, Blytheville AFB, Barksdale AFB, Wurtsmith AFB
Hoff, William F
Hogue, Ronald-------Blue Lake, CA
Holbrook, John A.----Cheboygan, MI
Holt,Charles C --------- Owensville MO
Hosman, Richard K-----------Rantoul IL
Hudson,Harold L
Huffman,Charlie E --------- Cadillac, MI
Hummer,Walter l -------- Shreveport LA
Hunsicker, Ronald----------Douglassville PA
Hunter,James H-----------Colville WA
Johnson,Albert L
Kalvig, Paul W.---------- Bellevue, OH, Email:
1-star Kaverman,  Henry L.-----------Deceased
 Kelliher, Daniel L.--------Hanover, MA
Kellog, James----------Bethany OK
Kenny,Carl J.
Koski,Edward P-----------Wayne MI
Kulley,Matthew J -------- Princeton NJ
Lambert, Terry A., Address: 39 Anna Brook Lane, Oxford, AL 36203, Phone: +1 (256) 831-1446, Email:, Squadron: Homestead AFB (63-66), Clinton-Sherman AFB (66-68), Wurtsmith AFB (68-69)
Lemmon, Eric G., 4416 Titan Avenue, Lompoc, CA 93436, Phone: (805)733-4416,Email:, Squadron: Wurtsmith AFB (64-66), Wright-Patterson AFB (66-68)
Leppert,Kenneth----------Rogers City MI
Marcoullier,Donald J-----------Oscoda MI
Martindale,David-------------San Angelo TX
Mathews,Joseph W ------- Ft Myers FL
Matlock,Bobbie J -------- Deceased
McAnulty, Robert L. ------Tucson, AZ
1-star McGowan, Loy A --------- Deceased
McIntosh, Michael A
McLaughlin, James M.------Panama City, FL
Merchen,Arvin R ------------ Littleton CO
Mezzano,Dennis-----------Lynchburg VA
Mills, Robert E------------Sparks NV
Mitchem,Charles E
Mueller,Anthony J
1-star Mullineaux,Donald A.----------Deceased
Nelson,David----------Bloomer WI
1-star Nimmo,William III---------- Deceased
Nordeng,Stephen--------Neenah WI
Noser,Robert L----------Lynnwood WA
Ochiva,Dennis C-----------Aliquippa PA
Offerman, Eugene L----------Kankakee, IL
Park, George M
Parsons, Chad
1-star Patterson,Robert J----------Deceased
Peters, Edgar J A-------Fort Walton Beach, FL
Petroski, Daniel D., 250 Moose Brook Re, Ludlwo, ME 04730, Phone: (207) 532-2728, Email:, Squadron: Ellsworth AFB (63-64), Wurtsmith AFB (64-66)
1-star Phillips, Earl - Deceased
Pierson, Russell----Guilford, CT
Pimental,Benjamin G----------Rapid CitySD
Piper, Ronald------Salem, CT
Pond, Walt, Email: pondw@bellsouth, net, Squadrons: Columbus AFB, Wurtsmith AFB
1-star Plucker,Arthur J-----------Deceased
1-star Poelker,Richard H-----------Deceased
1-star Reiners,George H.-----------Deceased
Reznak,Frank L.
Rich, Steve
Richardson, Clayton J -------- Sumner WA
Richardson, Clayton M. --------- Hartsville SC
Rizzzotto, Samuel A., 4203 S. Cruzen Rd., Mikado, MI 487845, Phone: (989)736-6714, Email:, Squadron: Wurtsmith AFB (64-67)
Ross,Orville B. Lt Col--------Deceased
1-star Runion, Kenneth----------Deceased
1-star Schultz, Gary L.- Deceased
Scriven,Gene---------- Bulverde TX
1-star Sears, Albert -------- Deceased
Settar,James J---------Baltimore MD
1-star Sharpe,  A. --------- Deceased
Sheeres, Richard W-----------Council Bluffs IA
Snow, John W.--------Fairborn, OH
Sonnie,Raymond E
Spalmacin, Alan----------Dunnellon, FL
Spangler,David M -------- Shelby NC
St. Germain,Mark------------Bristow VA
Stanko,Arthur E ------- Lake Elmo MN
Starner, Fred A., 66 Bullforg Roar, Grantville, Pa 17028, Phone: (717) 865-1010, Email:, Squadron: Wurtsmith AFB
Steffenhagen, Danny R., 11861 Ransom Rd., Wheeler, MI 48662-9712, Phone: (989) 708-0996, Email:, Squadron: Wurtsmith AFB (70-74)
Stiebler, Thomas J --------- League City TX
Stubbs,Leonard G
1-star Sullivan, Capers H----------Deceased
Summerville,Chesley W-----------Oscoda MI
Tinkham, Spencer G --------- Baldwinville MA
Tucker, William T. (Tom / Tuck), 8306 Linda Lane, Little Rock, AR 72227, Phone: (501) 664-2450, Email:, Squadrons: Ellsworth AFB , Ramey AFB,  Wurtsmith AFB
Tyndale, Walter S., 4406 Montego Dr., Wicheta Falls, TX 76308-8876, Phone: (940) 696-8876, Email:, Squadron: Wright-Patterson AFB (65-67), Travis AFB (68-68)
Van Gorder,Dale
Walker, Dave-------Dunellen, NJ
Weber, Joseph E., 17221 Woodvine Dr., Edmond, OK  73012, Phone: N/A, Email:, Squadron: Wurtsmith AFB (67-74)
1-star Weesner, Guy E. --------- Deceased
West,Millard P --------- Lilburn GA
Whitcomb,Arthur J.
White,Daniel R
White, Donald R ----Tucson, AZ
Willert, Allen A., Glenwood City, Wl, Phone: N/A, Email:, Squadron: Wurtsmith AFB (64-67)
1-star Wilson, Jack B --------- Deceased
1-star Wilson, James M. “Mike” - Deceased
Witchley,Enoch A-----------Benbrook TX
Wysong, Rick L., 1049 Meadow Lark Dr., Enon, OH, 45323, Phone: (937) 864-7898, Email:, Squadron: Minot AFB (72-75), Wurtsmith AFB (75-79)
Yenshaw,Michael S--------Conover NC
Zaboroski,Jerry------------West Bend WI

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