The journey that ended up in taking me to Samsun started in the Spring of 1957.As I subsequently learned, like many other young men at that time, I had few prospects to choose from as I was finishing high school.What interest would others find in the story of a 75-year old?
The two years I spent in Turkey were indeed important, formative years in my life.They also provided me with the enduring friendship of my former roommate, Larry Lierz, over the past 54 years.The USAFSS unit at Kirknewton was the 6952nd Radio Squadron Mobile (RSM) until 1963, when it became the 6952nd Security Group.(From Lackland to Scotland) Over the past year or so, I have visited George Durman's website on Turkey several times and read with particular interest the commentary dealing with Samsun.If you feel this is the perfect role for you, then please apply today with an up to date CV.
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During February 2014, Fred sent several emails about his tour at RAF Station, Kirknewton, Midlothian, Scotland, UK, and his two tours at TUSLOG Det 3-2 in Samsun, Turkey.
He talks about his USAF assignments, being at Det 3-2, during "living on the economy", and afterwards when everyone moved "up to the hill".
The custom was to give the valedictorian his choice of assignment and then take everyone by class ranking and rotate through the list of assignments.
The commander made it known that he did not care if people exchanged assignments with each other, but he would not take any individual requests for changes.
After our class graduated, all succeeding classes were for nine months, and many also had a three-month assignment to the NSA at Fort George G. As our class was coming to a conclusion in April 1958, assignments became known.