Art Brand

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A Word from Art

I joined the Air Force in June, 1960.  Early to mid sixties I was a Firefighter on the HH-43B stationed at Hahn AB in Germany.  I liked being around Helicopters so I went to Sheppard AFB to retrain and become a Helicopter Mechanic.  Stayed at Sheppard and was assigned to Post Dock where I worked and flew on the H-19, H-43 and CH-3. 

Went to DaNang AB South Vietnam in May, 1967 as a Flight Engineer on the HH-3E 37th ARRS (Jolly Green Giants). 

May, 1968 I was assigned to the Sea Survival School at Homestead AFB Fl. Flying on the H-21. 

Early to mid seventies was spent with the 1st Helicopter Squadron at Andrews AFB Md. where I flew on the H-21, CH-3 and Huey N model. 

From 1975 till the end of 1978, I was at Sembach AB Germany where I was the Flight Line Expediter for the CH-53. 

From 1979 till June 1980 I was at Hill AFB Utah where I was again the Flight Line Expediter for the CH-53 and the C-130. 

I Retired in June, 1980, 20 years to the day.

Photos from Art

Below photos of Hi-Drinks from the Destroyer USS Koontz in the Gulf of Tonkin  1968.  The next to last photo I took from the deck of ship.

These were practice runs all though we have had to use Hi-Drinks when the weather was to bad to use the C-130.  One lucky day for us was when the weather was to bad for both the C-130 and Hi-Drinks we had to get fuel at Dong Ha in the middle of a rocket attack.  Needless to say I had to change my shorts when we got back.  Usually Navy personnel took care of the deck work.