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If you were ever "ship's company" at NAS Albany then this is the place to be.

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Fellow shipmates at AIMD Albany

After a couple tours in Tonkin Gulf with "5" I received orders to NAS Albany.  LCDR Rich Martin was AIMD Dept head and he sent me to Work Study school at Naval Station, Norfolk for 3 months before I…Continue

Started by Edmund A Rassler Jun 7, 2016.

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Comment by Bill Shea on February 29, 2020 at 8:57am

Arrived in 68 and was assigned to H-3 until H-7 returned from Med Cruise. Stayed with RVAH-7 until 1971 - went from there to "C" school in Memphis and then on to HC-6 in Norfolk.

Comment by Dave Weber on March 3, 2019 at 4:45pm

added pic of SAC base at Albany. Probably lucky I did't get shot. Somehow drove onto base and shot pic out of my car!

Comment by Dave Weber on March 3, 2019 at 4:43pm

I was in AIMD after mess cooking at the hospital. As an AE, I went to AE shop until December 1972, when I was assigned to RVAH 14 and went on a 6 month Med cruise that ended up a full year, or at least very close.

I spent time at AIMD working for a retiring E10 Chief, I know, supposedly that rank didn't exist, but I swear it did! Them went to AE shop across the street. Ended up in battery locker for 3 months or so.

Can't remember names of anyone....probably cause of fumes in battery lockerr!

Maybe someone remembers me!!!!

Comment by Mike McAllister on August 3, 2018 at 5:16pm

I've always been amazed at how secret they kept the B52 AF side of Albany. I saw the aircraft take off and land but dont recall ever seeing a single member of the Airforce. 

Comment by Robert Dees on February 28, 2017 at 12:14pm

I arrived in Albany 1 April 1970 as an ATN fresh out of "A" school in Memphis. As with most did compartment cleaning for a few weeks. Then moved to working the coffee mess in AIMD. I learned right away you NEVER clean the coffee pots, maybe that's the reason I moved into CNI work center 610 so quickly. I worked for ATCIJoe Simms and AT1 John Robbie Roberts, great guys. MCPO Braceland was in charge and was also a good guy. I learned alot, stayed there until discharged in 1973 as AT2. Good times for sure.

Comment by James R. Smith on January 31, 2017 at 11:31pm

After completion of AS(E) A school in June of 1970, I was sent to NAS Albany to the Ground Support division of the AIMD. Near the end of my first 18 months in Albany, I was asked if I would consider extending my orders there, to which I said yes. I didn't know at the time that I would be extended until the end of my enlistment. I stayed in Albany until I was released from active duty in October of 1973.

During my time at Albany I advanced from AN to ASE2. I worked the entire time in the Ground Support shop. I served under two different AIMD officers, CDR Patterson and LCDR Martin: three different Division officers, CWO Joiner, LT Schroeder, and Ensign Cheney, and three different LCPO, Chief Jimmy Halford, Chief Don Allsep, and Chief Omer "Mac" McCann. I cherish the time I spent there, the good times and the bad. And I made many friends, a few of whom I have contacted since getting out. As of now, the only one I had remained in contact with, Chief Don Allsep, passed away April of 2016. I would love to hear from some of my old shipmates from GSE, or any others that I knew while stationed at NAS Albany.

Comment by Steven R. Ewing on May 28, 2016 at 1:56pm

Aerial views of NAS Albany from Ga Airfields

Comment by Joe D Walker on May 1, 2016 at 8:16pm

PS.... Our Vigilantes were smaller but had more weight per wheel (than the USAF planes) and had problems of out birds sinking in the pavement. 

Another thing was the locals DID NOT like our noisy aircraft, or so went the claim WHY the locals shot at us. (Bird hunting??)

Would that qualify as 'friendly fire'? 

Comment by Joe D Walker on May 1, 2016 at 8:10pm

I was NOT ships company, but I transferred up there from Sanford, early for classes. While I had great bunking at Sanford, (the new NCO, E5 & up) most were really old barracks, like I had at HT-8, ALF Ellison. The rooms were HUGE!

Before the Navy took it over, it was a USAF (B-52?) base. A few weeks or so later the rest of Sanford made the move up to Albany.

I have been thru Albany since, a few years ago, and it has changed a LOT! The ole country road that led to I-75 is now built up, nothing like it was in the late 60s

Comment by Steven R. Ewing on February 29, 2016 at 5:03pm

I was never with NAS Albany, the system made me a member when I created this group.


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