Hello from a Minot MMT (cageman)

For general discussion with your fellow Minuteman III crewdogs, maintainers and cops. Currently based at Minot AFB, ND, Malmstrom AFB, MT, and F. E. Warren AFB, WY. Formerly based at Grand Forks AFB, ND. Operational from 17 Apr 1970 to present. Share your stories and meet up with an old friend.

Hello from a Minot MMT (cageman)

Postby Murph on Tue Apr 14, 2009 4:41 am

I just found this forums and excided to see them. I was stationed at Minot for 13 years and lived on base in the trailer court. I see now using Google Earth that all the trailer are gone. I was assigned to 91st MIMS MMT on my arrival in Jan. 1974. This a few weeks after the takeover of the chow hall by a few armed airman that had a beef over hair cream I think it was. I was shortly assigned two a new team and was given the honor of holding the cageman position on that team. Enjoy my time at Minot and still have friends I chat with that retired and live in Minot. Just wanted to jump in and tip my hat and send greetings to all on the forum.
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Re: Hello from a Minot MMT (cageman)

Postby rkfoos on Tue Apr 14, 2009 2:57 pm

Greetings Murph -

Job Control in the early '80s timeframe, huh? So you would be "Juliet Mike" that I put I my crew logs when calling job control?

Good to see that you found the Forums.
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Re: Hello from a Minot MMT (cageman)

Postby dpan on Tue Apr 14, 2009 4:55 pm

Hey Murph,

I don't know if you'd remember me, but I started out as a 2Lt in the MMT shop in 84, then went to VECB and TTB before going GLCM in 87. Damn, now that I look at your assignment again, it occurs we were at Florennes together during the same time. Minot was a good assignment, but I really miss Florennes. Good to see a familiar name in here.

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Re: Hello from a Minot MMT (cageman)

Postby Murph on Tue Apr 14, 2009 6:02 pm

rkfoos wrote:Greetings Murph -

Job Control in the early '80s timeframe, huh? So you would be "Juliet Mike" that I put I my crew logs when calling job control?

Good to see that you found the Forums.


Yes sir, 5 years of given out "Juliet Mike" at Minot alone

dpan wrote:Hey Murph,

I don't know if you'd remember me, but I started out as a 2Lt in the MMT shop in 84, then went to VECB and TTB before going GLCM in 87. Damn, now that I look at your assignment again, it occurs we were at Florennes together during the same time. Minot was a good assignment, but I really miss Florennes. Good to see a familiar name in here.

David Pan


(Lt. Pan) Indeed I do remember you David, and enjoyed working with you. For some Reason I seem to remember you at Florennes. Of course once you get stuck with a duty like (Job controller) ever station I went to after Minot I found myself assigned to job control and Florennes was no exception. David did you get one of the 485th TMMS Challenge Coins that was past out at the end of our mission? You right Florennes was the best assignment for me too. I begged to say in Europe but was told that SAC could not see their way to let me go.

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Re: Hello from a Minot MMT (cageman)

Postby dpan on Tue Apr 14, 2009 7:01 pm

Murph,

I forgot that you worked in job control in Florennes. I had three jobs there, first as the squadron exec, then as the training OIC, and then the Smurf OIC. Do you remember Lt Kurt Jensen, who worked in Minot job control when I was there in 84-87? He lives out here in Northern VA, and I run into him occasionally. He's retired and working as a beltway bandit contractor. I'm still working as a civilian in DoD, no plans to retire anytime soon, especially after what the stock market did to my TSP.

And no, I didn't get one of those GLCM coins. My only momento from that tour was a plaque given to me for the work I did on the INF inspection.

Talk to you soon,

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Re: Hello from a Minot MMT (cageman)

Postby Murph on Tue Apr 14, 2009 8:32 pm

David I worked in the beltway from 1997-2003 was sent there by Tandy Corp. to manage a small electronics store (not radio-shack). I lived in Dale City all that time and ran into a bunch of my MMT buddies working for some of the DOD contractors as civilian or still in uniform. http://k5cxo.net/mmt.html. I left the Tandy job and went to work for a company that sold Ham Radio equipment to the world Ham Radio Outlet (HRO). I love the job but hated the traffic, I don't there is any where as bad when it comes to traffic congestion as is found in the D.C. area.
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Re: Hello from a Minot MMT (cageman)

Postby dpan on Wed Apr 15, 2009 11:44 am

Murph - thanks for that link to the MMT site. Wow, I knew 3 out of the 4 folks in that picture. Is Ronnie Pope still living in the DC area? I'm surprised how many of them ended up doing DTRA work. Come to think of it, I ran into Earl Griffith around the 92 or 93 timeframe when I was working in BMO trying to find a home for all the decommissioned MMII stages we wanted to use for test launches. We met in an Army munitions storage area outside of Flagstaff, AZ looking at bunkers and storage facilities that were going to house all those used motors. When I was at BMO I used to see Frank Anderson regularly as he was stationed there during that timeframe (in Norton AFB). Being around the MMT guys at Minot was one of the best moments in my career. I learned a lot from those teamchiefs and techs out on site. If you still talk to Ronnie, tell him I said Hi.

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