F-106A 87th FIS [Michel Klaver Collection]
I had the privilege to serve with the 87th FIS at K.I. Sawyer AFB and also with the 177th at Atlantic City, NJ. When the 177th found out that I had worked the phase docks at the 87th, on F-106 aircraft, I was immediatlely hired as a civil service WG-12 technician. I have very fond memories of my time at K.I. Sawyer. I can't even begin to say how thankful I am that I found this website.
I was the Crew Chief of this aircraft from 1980 - 1983. I took it over from SSgt Roger Palmeter and my assistant was Arvid Niemi. This was my first assignment in the Air Force and and actually the first of many new experiences. Being from Hawaii, I never saw snow before this and boy did it ever snow here. I retired from the Air Force in 2004 after 24 years.