32nd Tactical Fighter Squadron, group photo 1991. Can anybody help with identifying the unknown persons on the Photo? Contact the webmaster on firstname.lastname@example.org. Photo by Anne G. Sevinga
front row from right
Coy “Elbee” Briant, unknown, Brian “Stitch” Simpler, Lawrence “Grinder”Otto, Mark “Louder” Henkel, unknown, Rich “Shark” Jones, John Graham, Jr., Gerald Christianson, Col. Fred “Taco” Bell,Col Pabruka, unknown,Donald “Muddy” Watrous
2nd row from right
TSgt Sanchez, unknown, unknown, unknown, Tim “Spanky” Spangler, Gary “Dusty” Rhoades, unknown, Chris “Toper” Tope, unknown, Airman Alex Valderez, unknown, unknown, unknown, unknown,unknown
Back row from right
unknown, unknown, Dave “Ghost” Wilcox, Craig “Blaster” Jones, Matt “Boz” Beals, Stu “Fuzzy” Hacker, unknown, LtC “Slammin” Therian , Col Doug “Disco” Dildy, A1C Michelle Schlump,unknown, SRA Troy C. Clostio, Capt Robert Conant- weather officer
Identified by Vance E. Hoyt & SRA Troy C. Clostio.
The 32nd TFS came to the Netherlands (Soesterberg AB) in the early 50’s. Soesterberg AB was under Royal Netherlands Air Force control, therefore the 32nd TFS was the only American Squadron that was under the command of a foreign nation. The role of the 32nd TFS was to guard the West-European air space which stretched right up to the Iron Curtain.
The 32nd won many awards while stationed at Soesterberg AB. They had the the honor of being the only squadron in the USAF that won the prestige Hughes Trophy during two consecutive years, in 1979 and 1980. In 1984 the 32nd participated in the William Tell competition at Tyndall AFB, at this competition the Wolfhounds won the F-15 Top Gun trophy.
The 32nd TFS transitioned from the F-4E Phantom to the F-15A Eagle, in 1979. The Wolfhounds operated the A & B models till 1983 when the 32nd received the new C & D models. Officially, a total of 24 fighters were on strength, including a few two-seater F-15Ds, but at their peak strength, they had an extra 6 aircraft.
32nd Tactical Fighter Squadron, group photo 1984
Front row: Scott STORK Turner – Steve RAT Lunsford – Ron Junge – Kevin CUBBY Lanzit – Mike CISCO Francisco – Clifton TIP Clark – Charlie CHOPPER Price – Harry DAGGER Icke – George TATTOO Sciss – JUNIOR Flemming – Unknown – Ran Shelley
Middle row: Chris PACMAN Fredrickson – Steve Tindall – Cullen SHIFTY Shiffron – unknown – BLADE Gillette – Jeff CHEESE McChesney – Bob Davies – Don Stifler – Larry Lathrop – Jim JC Charles – Joe Dowdy – unknown, unknown
Back Row: Chuck GOMER Casey – Mike TITS Pinter – Al Hesse – Kelsey CASH McCall – Fred DIESEL Richardson – Ted KRAZE KroeFrse – Mike Boehme – Denny MO Lestor – Terry Taulbert – HOSS Deitrick – Mike DUTCH Dietvorst – Bob BUSCO Debusk – Matt FLAT Black
Identification with the help of Anne Sevinga and Mike Engelmeyer. Can anybody help with identifying the unknown persons on the Photo? Contact the webmaster on email@example.com
32nd Tactical Fighter Squadron, group photo 1987
FRONT ROW…kneeling. left to right as you look at it Rlick Eplett, Goat Engelmyer, Gomer, TJ Klungseth, Kraze Kroese, Dick Giblin (CC), Ripper Parsons, Yogi Allen, Anne Sevinga and Cor Damen
2nd ROW…bent over; Mud Allee, Chooch Trahan, Clone Fiore, Flex McKinnon, Bush Carlson, Koz Koziol, Flash Mangan, Flick Flickinger, Jive Kerby, Scout Winebrenner, Heater Lange, Unknown
3rd ROW…standing;Snapper Bledsoe, Spike HAferman, Otis Knight, Rebel Branch, Bones Shugg,Turk Hess, Finny Finnegan, Vern Kent, Bogey Cummings, Mark Lee, Rocky Breier, Nitti Gritti, Mo Morrison, Snuffy Smith and Spock Tichenor (Photo donated by Anne G. Sevinga)
Identified by Mike “GOAT” Engelmeyer and Anne G. Sevinga, Photo by Anne G. Sevinga. Can anybody help with identifying the unknown persons on the Photo? Contact the webmaster on firstname.lastname@example.org
On the 4th of July 1989, the Wolfhounds were gathered at the base for the celebration of the Independence Day. Suddenly the call came that the 32nd’s alert fighters were to be scrambled (Alpha Scramble) and intercept a MiG-23 that had crossed the West-German border and was headed toward the Netherlands.
The F-15s were able to intercept the MiG just before it crossed the Dutch Border. They discovered that there was no pilot aboard, and that the ejection seat was missing. Apparently the pilot had discovered a problem with the jet over Eastern-Germany and decided to bail out leaving the airplane flying on it’s course. They escorted the MiG as it flew over the southern part of the Netherlands and started to loose altitude as it ran out of fuel crashing somewhere in Belgium.
32nd Tactical Fighter Squadron, group photo during the command change of Mike ‘Goat” Engelmeyer July 1989. Can anybody help with identifying the unknown persons on the Photo? Contact the webmaster on email@example.com Photos by Anne G. Sevinga.
Front row: John ‘Sus’ Susalla , Lee ‘Slim; Lesher, Mark ‘Merc’ Morris, Tim ‘Stroke’ Warren , Bill ‘Jake’ Heron, Colonel Evert Wilbrink RNAF, Mark “Bogey” Cummings, Anne G. Sevinga
Middle row: Tom ‘Yogi’ Allen, Bob ‘Scout’ Winebrenner, Eddie “Rebel” Branch, Mike “Goat” Engelmeyer, Joe ‘Skull’ Cannizzo. Rich ‘Shark’ Jones , John ‘Jazz’ Jannazo, Donald “Muddy” Watrous
Back row: John ‘Hoss’ Kindred (RIP), ’Hammer’, Jonathan ‘JD’ Martin, John “Ghost” Hicks, Nick ‘Nitti’ Gritti, Randy ‘Schmirk’ Schmidt, Lee ‘LA’ Anderson, Roman ‘Rambo’ Hrycaj
On August 1st 1990, Iraq invaded Kuwait. As a result Saudi Arabia wanted to boost its air defense capability fast. An agreement was made with the USAF to deliver 24 F-15s. These had to be retrieved from active units. One of them was the 32nd TFS.
In September of 1990 the first F-15s started leaving towards Saudi Arabia, the 32nd TFS lost 12 of it’s F-15s. Along with 12 F-15s of the 36th TFW Bitburg, Germany.
After the first night of operation Desert Storm 5 F-15s and their crew deployed to Incirlik AB to participate in the Air Campaign. During this deployment the 32nd TFS scored their first aerial victory. On the 29th of January Capt. Donald Watrous shot down a Mirage F1.
32nd Tactical Fighter Squadron, deployed at Incirlik AB 1991. Can anybody help with identifying the unknown persons on the Photo? Contact the webmaster on firstname.lastname@example.org. Photo donated by Marc Cummings
After the Gulf War, the 32nd TFS returned to the Netherlands. They transitioned to the F-15A MSIP(Multi Stage Improvement Program) models. These airframes were much older than the C models they flew, but had been upgraded with better radar and avionics, and were of the same standard as late production C-models. Some of these new “old” aircraft had been stationed at Soesterberg before, as brand new F-15As back in 1979.In 1993 it was decided that a number of bases in Europe needed to be closed, as a result of defense cutbacks. In addition, several units would be deactivated, and their planes sent back to the US. Unfortunately, the 32nd FS was one of these. During the fall of 1993, all the F-15’s from the 32nd transitioned to the 101 FS, stationed at Otis AFB Massachusetts.
On the 13th of January 1994, the last three F-15 Eagles left took off from Soesterberg for the last time and headed out to Otis AFB. They were escorted by a couple of F-16s of the Dutch Air Force, and a fly-by was conducted in honor of this great unit, that helped defend the Netherlands for 40 years!
Some personal photos donated by Anne Sevinga from the Dutch/American Friendship Alliance.
Capt. Mark “Bogey” Cummings and Lt. Col. Eddie “Rebel” Branch photoby Anne G. Sevinga
General Robin Olds visiting the 32nd TFS talking shop with three Eagle Drivers, the first on the left is Jazz Janazzo, Jive Kirby, KOZ Koziol. photo by Anne Sevinga
General Robin Olds visiting the 32nd TFS talking with Lt. Col. Mike Francisco, Mo Morrison, KOZ Koziol. Photo by Anne G. Sevinga
Eric “Buster” Brown and his wife Cindy Brown, photo by Anne G. Sevinga
Unknown, going away party Jim Flickinger, photo by Anne G. Sevinga
Outside the Officers Club at CNA, from left to right, John HOSS Kindred, BIll JAKE Herron, John Susalla, Mark Cummings photo by Anne Sevinga
Lee Anderson, Bill JAKE Herron take the crew trans back to the Squadron, photo by Anne Sevinga
Going away party TJ Klungseth, Tom Allen, Keith Lange and Mike Haferman, photo by Anne Sevinga
During the Going away party TJ Klungseth. George TATTOO Sciss with two ladies from the JAG office. Photo by Anne G. Sevinga
Bee Boop and LA, photo by Anne Sevinga
Mark Cummings, phoyo by Anne G. Sevinga
Dave Carlson, Charlie Shugg, Gomer, TJ Klungseth. Photo by Anne G. Sevinga
“Goat” & “Yoda”. Photo by Mark Cummings
A F-15C from the 32nd TFS returns to Decimomannu AB in Sardiniaafter a training mission on the ACMI range off the west coast of the Island. Photo donated by Bill Minich
Three F-15s in fingertip returning to Soesterberg AB from their Decimomannu AB deployment. Photo donated by Bill Minich.