Updated: 25 Aug 2010
7322nd Consolidated Aircraft Maintenance
Photo from Richard Farrow
Smoot, Fuzz Smith, Tommy "T" Byrd, Skip Conception, Carolton R. Thomas lll, Douglas W. Dean, M/sgt Lewis, T/sgt Wolf, Pugliese, M/Sgt's Shoults & Colgrove (Pappy) Billy C. Austin (Lil Will) ? Paz, George Nash, S/Sgt. Darrows, Randall E. Shephard, T/sgt Wayne Viets , his wife & daughter, Joyce & Yvette [*Yvette has been located], & Romereo Riverez; M/Sgt. E.E. Holt & Terrisa & their 7 kids & Maj. William E Sullivan, & his wife Jeannie & their kids, Clark V., Mark, Billy, Cecilia, & Mary, & Charles Wayne Sullivan
On 01OCT1964, the 7322 Consolidated Aircraft Maintenance Sqdn (7322 CAMS) was activated. 7322nd CAMS was derived from all of the aircraft maintenance functions formerly assigned to the 7322nd Material Sqdn. We moved from one of the old, three story barracks near the Enlisted Dining facility, to Barracks #107, near the Base Gym and to the rear of the Airman's Club. [info from Tom Fischer]
BACK, Dave - Unlocated
@ Chas: 1963-65
Buddy of Ralph "T-Bird" Tompkins who provided the photos
T-Bird's Page for
BEDNAR, Ron [What is your email address, Ron?]
@ Chas: 1962-1964
7322nd Materiel Sqdn (Transient Alert)
10/8/2004I worked in Transient Alert from 1962-1964. My PAFSC was 43151C. Names I remember are, Ralph Tompkins, Leland Bundy, Robert Roe, Chris Boyle, Jim Ledbetter, Mike Bush, Smooch, Sergeants Hoyt or Hyatt, Spurrier, Breedlove, Jack Lavespere, and Ralph Flowers? The civilians that worked with us were Mr. Pages. Bertrand and Lecour. My roommate's first name was Dave; he worked in POL. I remember parking an F-104 on the "T." The general, piloting the aircraft gave us a nice departure, straight up.
Ron'sSouvenirs & Memories
Does anyone remember the slot machines in the bowling alley/snack bar? Jackie and Yvette who worked at the Frog Pond? How heavy the chocks were that we used on the transports? Who doesn't remember Radio Luxembourg and Radio Caroline the pirate broadcast station?
A/2C John Doyle on the right. Merci, Herve' for sending this clipping.
My most memorable event was the news of John Fitzgerald Kennedy's assassination; I was in the OD’s office when I heard the radio announcement of his death on November 22, 1963.
One of the highlights of my tour of duty in France was TDY in Paris; ground support for the 1963 International Air Show at Le Bourget. Another airman and I signed out two pickup trucks from Motor Pool, a book of gas ration coupons and away we went, as I remember approximately 150 miles to Paris. Imagine; being at the airport Charles Lindbergh landed at. What an adventure it was, especially driving around the Arc De Triumph. We were billeted at the Hotel Littre. I was impressed with the METRO and the air show was fantastic; the Air Force Thunderbirds were flying the F-100D at the time. I saw a lot of firsts, the Rocket Belt and the crash of a VTOL aircraft; no injury but the craft was totaled and is now on display in a museum. I also remember going TDY to Bitburg AFB Germany with Chris Boyle to learn how to service F-105’s as they often visited Châteauroux. We had taken the wrong train and were on our way to Frankfurt. I also had some nice R&R in Torrejon, Spain having signed on as a crew member on a base C-47.
I was transferred to the 81st TFW, 81st OMS RAF Base Bentwaters/Woodbridge England where I performed duties as a crew chief on the F-101C; I had TDY in Wheelus AFB Libya where our aircraft went for bombing and gunnery practice. I completed my tour of active duty in England before returning to McGuire AFB for separation. By coincidence, Mike Bush was discharged on the same day, July 14,1965. Mike and I hooked up at McGuire and he stayed with me at my parents’ home in New Jersey until we completed separation at which time he returned home to Minnesota.
2-27-09 I worked in the Jet Engine Shop. We were transferred from Ramstein AFB, Germany specifically to work on engines for the T39 executive jets in Europe. Had a great time both in Germany and France.
Chas: 1956-59 & 1963-64
See Blade article shown below on this page.
Phil and his wife, Nola, returned from a visit to France the day before they attended the San Antonio Dinner Get-together - Nov 2004
Phil's wife (smiling at camera) was sitting on the side of the table (outdoors at the Bar-b-que place) when the bench collapsed. Thank goodness, no one was hurt. That's Phil across from her in the blue shirt.
Gerry Busald (Chad Student) sent these photos.
These photos are from Ralph "T-Bird" Tompkins' personal photos.
Below: Ralph "T-Bird "Tompkins (sweater) and Leland Bundy at the restaurant next to Hotel Littre in Paris - 1964
7322nd Materiel Sqdn
@ Chas: 1965 - 1966
01/11/2003I was assigned to the vehicle maintenance dept. of the 7322 Materiel Sqdn. Aug.20, 1965-Dec. 31,1966. Enjoyed my tour in Châteauroux and the many weekend visits to Paris.
03/04/2001 I shall return!
Grandson, Nicholas - 2002
Below: Ben and wife, Fran Aulich-Chavez (Chad Student) - Photo-2004