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2872nd GEEIA Squadron

- Wheelus AFB, Libya

- Torrejon AFB, Spain

Photos

Special Photos - A cap designed by Tom Conklin

Tom Conklin has found a supplier (American Legion) who has a vendor that will produce one-off specialty caps for $18.95 each + shipping. He ordered one like the original cap with the six flags from 1962-63 that he designed and has received it.  It is nicer that the original because the lettering is larger and better looking and the flags are a bit smaller. In short, it's GREAT!  Click on the above photo link to see the new caps

Here is how to order the new caps:

Contact Ashley Worthington, Special Orders Assistant, Emblem Sales, The American Legion

  • Telephone:  317-860-3005
  • Fax:  317-630-1250

The cost is $18.95 each, plus shipping.  Ask Ashley for the 2872nd GEEIA hat with the six flags.  She will know which one it is. The set-up is already done, so there is no set-up fee.

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History - Orders dated February 1961 promoting a group of A3C to A2C after graduation from Keesler Technical Training Center.

History - Orders dated May 1962 for Lee Henderson, Charles Weeks, Donald Boots, Donald Finlayson, William Hucker, Ernest Kacher, and Charles Soper.

History - Orders dated July 1962 for Samuel Clevenger, Harrison Shively, Lee Henderson, Leonard Wyatt, James Bridgewater, Conrad Whitacre, James Horne, Ervin Donnell, Elwood Bailey, and Edward Jozwiak.

History - Orders dated August 1962 for Lee Henderson and James Deni.

History - Orders dated October 1962 for Roger Wyatt, Lee Henderson, John Shavers, Donald Dunkie and James Deni.

History - Orders dated December 1962 for Manuel Moreno, Frank Frazier, Anthony Coletti, Samuel Clevenger, Curtis Robertson, Raymond Mears, Charles Weeks, Edward Sheehan, John Hutchison, Harrison Shively, Dale Ohl, Donald Dunkle, John Shavers, Lee Henderson, Roger Wyatt, and James Deni.

History - Orders dated February 1963 for Manuel Moreno, Frank Frazier, Anthony Coletti, Samuel Clevenger, Curtis Robertson, Raymond Mears, Charles Weeks, Edward Sheehan, John Hutchison, Harrison Shively, Dale Ohl, Donald Dunkle, John Shavers, Lee Henderson, Roger Wyatt, James Den, Eulice Row, Robert Davis, Edward Young, William Phalen, Leo Soloman, and Grady Wimberly.

History - Orders dated April 1963 for Lee Henderson and Charles Weeks.

History - Orders dated August 1963 for Lee Henderson and James Deni.

History - The 3975 Combat Defense Force web site contains general information about Torrejon AFB including maps.  Click on the Spain ABs link at the top to get detail information.

History - Alert Strip booklet - This orientation booklet was given to new troops at Torrejon AFB.

History - Who Was “Heavy Duty”?

History - Who Was “Airman Puppybreath”?

History - GEEIA Life Guards?

History - An Escape from Death

See the Stars & Stripes article and photos of the above history.

History - The orders that effectively deactivated the 2872nd GEEIA Squadron and reassigned all standing personnel to Detachment 6 of the European GEEIA Region, pending further assignment.

Commanders - Torrejon AFB

  • Lt. Colonel John C. Kaliher ~ 1960 - 1963

Officers

  • Major William Funk
  • Major John Hyland - Special Assistant to Commander ~ 1960 - ????
  • Captain Billy Boling - Commander, Detachment # 1, Athens ~ 1962 - ????
  • Captain Eugene French - Commander, Detachment # 1, Athens ~ 1963 - ????
  • Captain Marion Strange - Assistant Operations Officer ~ 1962 - ????
  • Captain Lewis Thomas - Operations Officer ~ 1961 - ????
  • Lt. Duane Bessette
  • Lt. Sam Hall - Chief, Personnel & Administrative Officer ~ 1961 - ????
  • Lt. William Morton - OIC, Scheme Monitor Section ~ 1962 - ????
  • Lt. Harriet Duffy - Administration
  • CWO3 George Kirby - Operations Officer, Detachment # 1 ~ 1962 - ????

Enlisted

  • CMSgt. Walter Chapman - NCOIC, Wire Installation Section ~ 1963 - ????
  • CMSgt. Carl Leiser - NCOIC,  Detachment # 1 ~ 1962 - ????
  • SMSgt. Billie Clift - NCOIC Quality Assurance Section ~ 1962 - ????
  • MSgt. Robert Cason - NCOIC, Electronics Installation Section ~ 1962 - ????
  • MSgt. Arthur Moore - First Sergeant ~ 1961 - ????
  • TSgt. Eulice Row - NCOIC, Personnel ~ 1960 - ????
  • TSgt. Donald Richardson
  • SSgt. Robert Blanton
  • SSgt. James Bridgewater
  • SSgt. Anthony Coletti
  • SSgt. Ian Feltham - NCOIC, Scheme Monitor Section ~ 1962 - ????
  • SSgt. Dale Koehnen - NCOIC, Supply Section ~ 1962 - ????
  • SSgt. Hubert McIntosh
  • SSgt. David Wall