Bitburg Air Base
Welcome to the Bitburg air Base Guest Book.
by Dieter Ruth from 5732 San Simeon Drive, La Palma, California 90623 on 06.09.2013 00:36
My brother, Hanns, and I were at Bitburg Air Base in Germany, 1953-1955. We were 9 and 11 years old and went to grade school on the base. We stayed with Major Bud Elrod, who is now deceased, and his wife, Nickii Elrod and their daughter Paige. I wonder if any one who reads this was stationed there during that period of time and perhaps remembers them? As a child, I enjoyed going around the base in the bus and also the theaters. We learned English in the school and it was helpful when we came to the United States of America in 1955. I still keep in contact, not too frequently, with my other mom (Nickii). She is still alive and lives now in Missisippi. I don't know how long he was stationed in Bitburg, but they were very loving parents to us and will, always, be in my heart and thoughts.
by SSgt Jeff Clements, USAF 81-87 from Imperial, NE on 31.08.2013 05:17
I was with the 36th TFW Transportation Sq from 1983 - 1987. I drove with many fellow 36th TFW members in Pres Reagan's Motorcade on 5 May 85... I drove the number one vehicle in a motorcade of 31. Looking for fellow members Cedric Garner, Mike Case, and others.
by Mark Gwynn from Cleveland,Ohio on 14.08.2013 00:50
I was stationed at Bitburg Dec.'76-'Dec '78. 36 AMS Manual Test Shop-F-15 We set the shop up to prepare for the first F-15 squadron.Most of us came from Luke AB, AZ. Barry Brooks was in charge. Met my wife 3 days after arrival, and 6 months later we were wed in downtown Bitburg. 36 years later...we are still together and praise God for our time in Germany!
by Roy Giacone from Louisiana on 04.07.2013 18:06
Arrived Bitburg 1964 and left 1966. Mace launch crew member (71st TMS). My duties were power production for the Mace B. I lived on the economy with my family. As I was under 4 I had to pay most of my expenses especially for travel for my family to and from the states. I was a E3 at the time, but after new ranks came out (1964) in our squadron and the day before my family was to arrive in Luxemburg, My Squadron Commander came out to the site and gave me a E4 stripe. Oh happy day that was. From then on life was great. I'll never forget my tour in Germany as it was an "eye opener". America is a great country.
by James F. Vergura from Pittston, PA on 31.05.2013 16:44
I was stationed at Bitburg AB, Germany from 4/63 thru 4/66. My 2 oldest children were born in the hosp there. I as assigned to the 36th Trans. Sq., Traffic Management. Worked in both the Freight section and the Personal Property section. Are there any others out there that might have worked with me at Bitburg.
by John bubla from Basin wyo on 30.04.2013 21:15
I was stationed at bitburg from 67 to 70 aircraft mech, enjoyed it there lots of good memories and friends John bubla
by Ralston Dixon from Boca Raton, FL on 18.04.2013 18:51
I arrived at Bitburg AB in the fall of 1972 from Hof Air Station in Bavaria. I was assigned to the 36th CES where I worked as a site development specialist (surveying/engineering drafting). Two years later I was transferred to the 52nd CES at Spangdahelm AB. We party every weekend and I enjoyed those trips to the night clubs in Trier with my friends. Iím now retired after serving 26 years and I do wish I could do it all over again.
I am a film producer, working on development of documentary project "Under the wings of the Cold War". I am looking for F15 pilots, who served in Bitburg during 1984 - 1988. Please contact : firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank You, hope for collaboration, sincerely, Teresa Rozanovska
by Denise Bonetti from Enola on 18.03.2013 00:32
I was stationed at Bitburg AB, Germany from 1985 to 1988. I was there under the name Wildermuth and my job was Medical Administrative Specialist. If anyone that I knew sees, this, please contact me! Looking for Joe Mulhern, Dave McGrath, Cubbie and Petra and others. Miss you all! OH! and Capt Heinbberg and CMSgt Walber.
by Ronald G. Griffin from Kure Beach. NC on 15.03.2013 01:45
I was a guidance technician at Patrick AFB from 1952-1954, Was assigned to the 69th PBS, Assembly Section until Nov 1953 and then transferred to the 1st PBS, Assembly Section in preparation for deployment to Bitburg, Germany.
We sailed out of Charleston in Mar of 1954, Twelve day trip to Bremerhaven on the General Taylor. Was part of the Operation Suntan at Wheeles in Oct 1954. Discharged in Mar 1955. Attended several PBS reunions from 1992 to 2009. Still in touch with a few of the guys, but many of them are gone now. I just turned 80 last September.
Ron Griffin, formerly S/Sgt USAF
by "Teddy" LAZORISHAK from Green Mtn. Falls, CO on 03.02.2013 03:32
36th SPS (1980-82)
i remember the grill at the base of the
Control Tower...where an old German lady used to make huge "Jumbos" (burgers). also remember the pain in the ass ORIs and working 12-hr. shifts in a hot chemical suit and gas mask!
many a time i worked Entry Control at the Zulu Alert Area! it was always hectic when those 4 birds revved up their engines to get airborne quickly!to all you vets of bitburg, we helped win the Cold War! the f-15 was a bad ass plane and the east germans and russians knew that!
by Tom Nemconsky from Binghamton ny on 16.01.2013 13:23
I was a radio operator with the 2139 comm sq from 71-76. I have great memories of Bitburg, loved playing intramural basketball and bowling.
by Alan Wojtkowiak from Urbana, IN on 14.01.2013 00:04
I came to Bitburg in July 1970 & didn't leave until December 1975. I was with the 36th AMS PMEL. The opportunity to travel in Europe was a treat, but the best memories were spent w. the Catholic & Protestant chapel choirs, headed up by Michael Rhodes. Vocal worship in the loft was augmented by presentations of Handel's "Messiah" and "Amahl & the Night Visitors" by Menotti. God Bless all & to fellow vets - thanks for serving.
by Dave Ferreira from Fl USA on 27.12.2012 21:58
I was the NCOIC of Outside Plant Sep 74 -Sep 77 I had the best shop and the best people in my 22 year career.
by Dillard Guthery from 366235 East 5600 Road, Terlton,OK 74081-3366,USA on 22.12.2012 16:40
As a 17 year old teenager and USAF active duty enlisted airman firefighter I signed in at the 585th Tactical Missile Squadron, commanded by Maj. Francis W. Welch, May 1959 and signed out of the 585th Tactical Missile Squadron, commanded by Maj. Bar in May 1961 to my next PDS at Vandenberg, AFB, CA. Most of my off-duty time was spent at the base gym, Skyblazer servicemanís club, movie, or library and hanging out with my friends, Richard Boyd, and his girlfriend, . My gym activities enabled me to obtain four championship and one 2nd place United States Armed Forces Europe (USAFE) weightlifting trophies lifting in the Light-weight-Body Class (148 3/4 pounds Division): I was Bitburg Air Force Baseís weightlifting Champion in 1960 & 61, and Light-weight weightlifting Champion in the Germany Sports District 1960 & 61. In addition, I represented all Germany in the Light-weight weightlifting division and placing second in the United States Armed Forces Europe (USAFE) 1961 competition. Also, I was a member of a local German-Civilian Weightlifting team known as "The Trier Valley Rhineland Champions". We would travel around the Trier Valley area and lift weights with the local Germans - which was within the scope of President Eisenhower's popular "people-to-people" program for military personnel serving in Foreign Countries. I will always remember my weightlifting buddies, Louis Lopes of the 36th Air Police SQ., William Valente of the 585th Support Squadron. I do have a few photos of a band playing at the Skyblazer servicemanís club, downtown Bitburg main street and brewery where they made Bitburger Beer. And of course weightlifting memories of my Deutsch weightlifters from the TV Rhineland Champions team.
Wishing my fellow airmen from Bitburg a Blessed Thanksgiving! Thanks for being a part of my life
by Bob Rivard from Mt Clemens, Michigan on 09.11.2012 14:35
I was stationed at Bitburg from Nov. 1968 till Jan 1971. Pretty cool but the weather was quite rainy. I was in Supply and worked in the TCTO unit. I ordered all the modification kits for all the F-4 aircraft for both Bitburg and Spangdahlem AB. A pretty cool job.
by Thomas Roberts from Orlando, FL on 25.10.2012 23:54
Was a ground radio equipment technician with the 2139th AFCS while there from 1967 to 1969. Have vivid memories of the place and all that I did there.
by Mike on 24.10.2012 00:03
I was stationed @Bitburg AB 75-77 with the Army MP detachment. SFC Lewis was the NCOIC. SFC Lewis was a very good NCO! I do remember the rod and gun club as being a comforting place to gather after work. I have very good memories there and my association with AF police. Long time ago, but quite clear in my memory.
by Michael Roache from Charlotte, North Carolina, USA on 02.07.2012 17:47
I stumbled upon this page (a common theme in the comments) while trying to find out more about my childhood. My father was stationed at Bitburg AFB from 1969 - 1973. I remember looking over a tank lager from our balcony and for some reason "29-B4" rings a bell as our quarters.
It's interesting to see fellow "base brats" researching their pasts here.