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Beers, Arthur (1970-1976)

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Hometown:  Uniontown, PA

Unit at Loring:  42 Air Refueling Squadron and 42 Security Police Squadron

First day at Loring:

I arrived at Loring approximately one week after my son was born in October 1970.  I had left my wife and son in Pittsburgh, PA with my in-laws because there just wasn't any on-base housing for a married 2nd Lt.  I checked into the VOQ, had dinner at the Officers' Club and then realized there was one channel on the TV.  So I looked at the welcome package, saw that there was a Boy Scout Explorer Post on base and called the contact person.  By 9:00 that evening I was an Associate Advisor in Post 195.  The next day I reported to my Squadron as their newest KC-135 Co-pilot but since I had not gone through the KC-135 training at Castle, I had a lot of time on my hands between mid-October and Christmas when I went home and then on to Castle.  I returned in April, got on-base housing (2110C Tennessee Circle) in June and the rest as they say is history.

Most memorable experience:  

Probably my favorite story was when I was in the Rated Supplement as a Security Police Shift Commander.  I was on duty one evening when the Nuclear Weapons Storage Area was buzzed by a unknown helicopter. Obviously we reported this up channel and I raced out to the storage area.  When I arrived, I was told that the National Emergency Command Post was on the line for me.  When I talked to the Colonel at the National Command Post and explained what had been reported by my team at the storage area, he gave me orders to shoot down the helicopter if it tried to buzz the area again.  I immediately went out to the brief my SAT Teams on these orders but before I could complete that briefing I was called back to the entry point where I talked with a General Officer who said that the President had been briefed and that my new orders were to shoot only if the helicopter tried to land (ah, heck!).  I went out and rebriefed my teams in just the nick of time as the unknown pilot in an unlighted Huey type helicopter came back again and then two more times during my shift.  He came back three other nights and then just disappeared.  To my knowledge the identity was never discovered.  A interesting side note to this, once the information got up to NORAD that we had this unauthorized flying over the storage area, NORAD launched the F-106 that was on alert at Loring.  Not exactly sure how that jet jockey was going to see or shoot at a helicopter, 50 feet off the ground in the Northern Maine woods at night running with no lights, but I guess NORAD had to do something.  Never saw the F-106, did see the helicopter.

Last Day at Loring:  

Like many (or maybe most) I had been saying for a few years now "The best picture of Loring AFB is that I will see in the rearview mirror of my car as I am on my way off the base for the last time."  I got caught up in the "We don't have any money to move you son!" period of the mid-70s and had to volunteer for remote/unaccompanied assignment to Korea to even get orders out of Loring.  I left in early October 1976 on my way to Kunsan, Korea and spent the last week at Loring in guest housing right on Tennessee Circle so not much was different.  I remember we started out early in the morning so as to make it as far towards Pittsburgh where my wife and son would be staying while I was in Korea as we could so I did not get much of the rearview mirror picture.  I do know that I felt good about getting out of there.

 

What did you do after Loring:

After a year in Korea as the Senior Shift Commander and Ops Officer of the 8th Security Police Squadron at Kunsan, I returned to KC-135 Aircraft Commander duty at Seymour Johnson AFB, NC.  Soon I was tapped at the 4th Security Police Squadron Ops Officer to fill in for about six months, then became a Flight Crew Training Manager, Flight Commander and eventually the Chief of Safety for the 68th Bomb Wing.  AFter 6 years at SJAFB I became the Chief of Safety for the 305th Air Refueling Wing at Grissom AFB, IN from which position I retired in 1989.  I remained in the safety profession and now work at the Global Chemical Regulatory Manager for OMNOVA Solutions Inc. a global specialty chemicals company and work and live in South Carolina.

 

If you agree, people can contact you at (email):  bbeers@comporium.net
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