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August Retiree's Corner

Retirees from the South Carolina Air National Guard gather for their monthly luncheon at the Fort Jackson NCO Club on Feb. 7, 2020.

Retirees from the South Carolina Air National Guard gather for their monthly luncheon at the Fort Jackson NCO Club on Feb. 7, 2020, to keep in touch with each other and receive briefings on the work currently being done for Airmen at McEntire Joint National Guard Base, S.C. (U.S. Air National Guard courtesy photo).

MCENTIRE JOINT NATIONAL GUARD BASE, S.C. --

We have been honoring the Berlin Crisis Call-Up. There are another 153 names left to honor.

I plan to do 51 names this month and two more months after that. The 153 names were all assigned to the 169th Material Squadron, forerunner of the 169th Supply Squadron and 169th Resource Management Squadron, now presently part of the 169th Mission Support Group. There were many members who stayed with this unit or transferred to other units eventually retiring and becoming part of the leadership package that maintained healthy growth and vital knowledge in running one of the best units in the Air Guard. 

Berlin Crisis Call-Up continued:

  • Tech. Sgt. Edward L. Boozer, as far as I know he is still living and living around Lake Oconee in GA.  He was the first Munitions Chief is my understanding.  He retired in 1987 as a Chief Master Sgt.
  • Tech. Sgt. Harry L. Brinkley, at this time, I have no information on him.
  • Tech. Sgt. Thomas E. Harbort, he retired in 1985 as a Master Sgt. and passed away February 7, 2013, his name is on the Monument.
  • Tech. Sgt. Peter P. Palmer, he retired in 1980 as a Master Sgt., he switched over to the 240th CCS and retired from there, everyone loved this supply man.  Pete passed away April 5, 2010, and is on our Monument.
  • Tech. Sgt. Frank K. Prewitt, officially I don’t have him retiring from SCANG, I heard he may have transferred to the Guard Bureau and retired from there, not entirely sure.
  • Tech. Sgt. Homer S. Scott, I have no information at this time on him.
  • Tech. Sgt. Leon C. Seay, I have no information on him.
  • Tech. Sgt. Charles W. Walker, I have no information on him.
  • Staff Sgt. Cullen R. Areheart, Jr., I have no information on him.
  • Staff Sgt. Charles F. Bishop, Jr., I have no information on him.
  • Staff Sgt. Orvis R. Chapman, in 1989 he retired from 169th CES as a Chief Master Sgt., he is still living.
  • Staff Sgt. Jack R. Corbett, no information on him.
  • Staff Sgt. Donald L. Corley, in 1983 he retired as a Chief Master Sgt., he passed away in 2007, his name is on our Monument.
  • Staff Sgt. Thomas L. Dunker, I have no information on him.
  • Staff Sgt. Brady E. Elliot, I have no information on him.
  • Staff Sgt. William C. Franklin, I have no information on him.
  • Staff Sgt. Atwood A. Frye, he was a one term member, who died January 13, 2016.
  • Staff Sgt. Harold L. Gillian, I have no information on him.
  • Staff Sgt. Ellis D. Harmon, I have no information on him.
  • Staff Sgt. Donald G. Harwell, I have no information on him.
  • Staff Sgt. David W. Hollis, I have no information on him.
  • Staff Sgt. Palmer O. Hollis “Jack”, he retired in 1990 as a Lt. Col., still living.
  • Staff Sgt. Adrian F. Ingram, Jr., he retired in 1990 as a Master Sgt., still living.
  • Staff Sgt. Leroy Kelley, I have no information on him.        
  • Staff Sgt. Goode F. Lundy, Jr., I have no information on him.
  • Staff Sgt. John W. Marsh, I have no information on him.
  • Staff Sgt. Edward D. Marshall, Tom Marshall’s brother, lived in Camden, served one term, he passed away May 29, 2018.
  • Staff Sgt. John H. Mills, Jr., John retired in 1976 as a Master Sgt., he passed away in 2006, his name is on our Monument.
  • Staff Sgt. Daniel A. Morgan, I have no information on him.
  • Staff Sgt. Frances “Joe” Parham, Jr., Joe served 11 years at McEntire JNGB, one of my old golf buddies, said he wish he could have stayed in, still living, worked for one of the Office Supply companies.
  • Staff Sgt. Olin C. Poe, he retired in 1990 as a Master Sgt., still living, I see him around, since he doesn’t live that far from me.
  • Staff Sgt. Andrew L. Rawl, I have no information on him.
  • Staff Sgt. Merl F. Rhodes, I have no information on him.
  • Staff Sgt. Leo D. Ross, Leo retired in 1994 as a Master Sgt., he retired from 169th CES, actually many of these guys did, still living.
  • Staff Sgt. Ray H. Shealy, I have no information on him.
  • Staff Sgt. Paul D. Smith, I have no information on him.
  • Staff Sgt. Henry T. Stone, I have no information on him.
  • Staff Sgt. Robert T. Waites, I have no information on him
  • Staff Sgt. James F. Williams “Willie”, he retired in 1990 from the 240th CCS as a Senior Master Sgt., still living, I occasionally see him at the Ft. Jackson commissary.
  • Staff Sgt. Grover Wynn, he retired in 1977 from 169th CES as a Tech. Sgt., he passed away February 21, 2002, his name is on our Monument.
  • Staff Sgt. Roy O. Young, he retired in 1987 as a Senior Master Sgt., he just recently passed away July, 14, 2019, his name is not yet on our Monument.
  • Airman 1st Class Thomas C. Adair, Jr., I have no information on him.
  • Airman 1st Class Roy G. Barnett, Jr., I have no information on him.
  • Airman 1st Class Russell L. Beer, I have no information on him.
  • Airman 1st Class William D. Bowers, I have no information on him.
  • Airman 1st Class Jimmy R. Bridges, I have no information on him.
  • Airman 1st Class Michael C. Chappell, I have no information on him.
  • Airman 1st Class Robert L. Frick, I have no information on him.
  • Airman 1st Class Willie B. Geddings, I have no information on him.
  • Airman 1st Class Thomas J. Goodwin, I have no information on him.
  • Airman 1st Class David H. Hatchell, I have no information on him.

I might add these folks were sent not only to Spain, but France and Germany, and perhaps other countries to augment other Guard units.

In keeping with a running tally, we have honored a total of 636 call up members to date, of which 186 stayed and later became ‘retirees’, which is 29 percent of the call ups members. Of those, we have one major general, five brigadier generals, four colonels, 18 lieutenant colonels, seven majors, two chief warrant officers, 49 chief master sergeants, 33 senior master sergeants, 56 master sergeants, 10 technical sergeants and one staff sergeant which comes to 186 retirees.

We have two more months left in honoring the Berlin Call-Ups, before I venture off with another group of call-ups. 

I have nothing to report about our July Luncheon

The conditions that are going on with the COVID-19 virus leaves us in a state of flux, somebody much wiser than me, said, “If you don’t know what to do, do nothing”, and for now that is what I am going to do pertaining to future Luncheons.  I can’t crystal ball if and when the Ft. Jackson NCO Club will be back serving us, and for now after entertaining having a luncheon somewhere else doesn’t satisfy me with proper social distancing in particular with our age group.  In the meantime, I am not going to play possum, will keep my eyes and ears open, also for those of you who are getting tired of all this, don’t let your guard down. Keep us all in your thoughts and prayers!