Monday, January 11, 2016

OSI Special Agent Chester McBride Killed in Action in Afghanistan

Source: Official USAF Web Sites

OSI Special Agent Staff Sergeant Chester McBride, III, was killed in action while serving at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, in December 2015.

OSI Special Agent Chester McBride
(courtesy photo via Maxwell AFB web site)

SSgt McBride was one of six airmen killed when a suicide bomber attacked them. Special Agent McBride was deployed out of the Maxwell AFB OSI Detachment.

The six KIA were:

  • Special Agent Adrianna M. Vorderbruggen, AFOSI, 9th Field Investigations Squadron, Eglin AFB, FL
  • Special Agent Michael A. Cinco, AFOSI, 11th Field Investigations Squadron, Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, TX
  • Special Agent Peter W. Taub, AFOSI, Detachment 816, Ellsworth AFB, SD
  • Special Agent Chester J. McBride, AFOSI, Detachment 405, Maxwell AFB, AL
  • TSgt Joseph G. Lemm, 105th SFS, Stewart ANGB, NY
  • SSgt Louis M. Bonacasa, 105th SFS, Stewart ANGB, NY

Memorial Service 01/13/2016:
(Source: Maxwell AFB Official Web Site)

On Wednesday, 13 January 2016, there will be a memorial service in honor of Special Agent Chester McBride, Air Force Office of Special Investigation, Det. 405, Maxwell AFB, who was killed in action on Dec. 21, 2015, while serving in Afghanistan.

Details on the memorial service:
    Date: Jan, 13, 2016
    Location: Polifka Auditorium, Squadron Officer School
    Time: 2:30 p.m.
    Attire: Uniform of the Day

Maxwell AFB Web Site Profile:


SSgt McBride's funeral was on January 2, 2016. Here is a link to his obituary in the Statesboro Herald:

Andrews AFB Memorial:

  • OSI Eulogizes Fallen Heroes (01/07/2016)
  • Quote from Andrews AFB story about the two SFs:

    For their ultimate sacrifice they were named Honorary OSI Special Agents by OSI senior leadership. It marked the first time active-duty Security Forces or Air National Guard brethren were bestowed that title. They will also be given a permanent tribute in the OSI Hall of Heroes.

Friday, June 21, 2013

42nd SFS Hosts 2013 Police Week

Summary of story by Donovan Jackson, AU/PA

The 42nd SFS hosted the 2013 National Police Week events. The celebration included a breakfast hosted by Maj Tony Castillo, Jr, Commander, 42nd SFS, a formal retreat ceremony, and the Top Dog competition. The Top Dog event included competitors from the 42nd SFS, Montgomery County Police Department, Alabama Schutzhund Club, and Montgomery PD.

Maxwell AFB story: SFS hosts Police Week

Montgomery County (AL) Police Officer K-9 Competition - 5/16/2013
Police Week Activities Hosted by 42nd SFS
(USAF photo by MSgt Michael Voss)

The concluding event was the 3rd Annual Warrior Challenge, featuring athletic obstacles, testing the endurance of the competitors, followed by the Top Shot competition, and a barbecue.

"Police Week is a national recognition of our police officers around the U.S.," said Col Joseph Milner, Commander, 42nd Mission Support Group. "It remembers the sacrifices they have borne for the protection of the people in the community."

MSgt John Masiello, 42nd SFS, stated "This is the one time each year that we reflect on our brother and sister law enforcement professionals who have paid the ultimate sacrifice in the performance of their duties." He added "We need to remember them by supporting and comforting their surviving family members with open arms. Above all, conduct ourselves in a manner that will continue to shine an honoring light on their sacrifice."

Related: TSgt Tom Campbell News

Monday, October 25, 2010

SSgt Olson Wounded in Afghanistan

~Summary of story by Carl Bergquist, AU/PA

IED Attack While on Patrol
Staff Sergeant Brent Olson, 42nd SFS military working dog handler, was wounded by an improvised explosive device (IED) in Afghanistan in September 2010. SSgt Olson was just steps behind an Afghan Army soldier when the IED exploded. It killed the Afghan soldier, and wounded SSgt Olson. SSgt Olson's MWD Blek was also wounded in the explosion.

Subsequent to the initial attack, there were four additional IED explosions that day in the general area, although there were no reports of any more deaths or injuries.

SSgt Brent Olson and MWD Blek - 2010
Recovering From War Wounds
Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, Germany
(Courtesy photo from official Maxwell AFB web site)

Recovery in Germany and Stateside
SSgt Olson was recovering at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, TX, were he was treated into October 2010. He was awarded the Purple Heart before being airlifted from Afghanistan. He was initially sent to Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, Germany, where he was reunited with MWD Blek. Blek was later sent to Dover AFB, DE.

Support From Fellow Security Forces
LtCol Resti Andin, Commander, 42nd SFS, had high praise for SSgt Olson whom he described as an inspiration for the 42nd SFS. Col Andin reiterated how important the mission of SF troops is. He related that 30 more SFs have been deployed to defend America just since SSgt Olson was wounded.

  • We will be updating this story with information on how folks can send their good wishes to SSgt Olson for his full recovery.

  • Let's keep him, and all of our troops who are in harm's way, in our thoughts and prayers.

Click HERE for the full Maxwell AFB story

SSgt Olson Welcomed Home to Maxwell
SSgt Olson was welcomed home to Maxwell on October 13, 2010, which is great news. In the picture below, Col Brian M. Killough, Commander, 42nd Air Base Wing, welcomes him home.

Col Killough Welcomes SSgt Olson Home to Maxwell AFB - 2010
(Official USAF photo by Melanie Rodgers Cox)

Blek Retires Due to Injuries
In the following picture, TSgt Ryan Veith, 42nd SFS Kennel Master, tends to MWD Blek. Blek, unfortunately, had permanent hearing loss due to the IED explosion, and has been retired as a working dog. He will, however, be adopted by SSgt Olson.

MWD Blek and TSgt Ryan Veith - 2010
(Official USAF photo by Melanie Rodgers Cox)

Col Killough On the 42nd's Combat Heritage

With the approach of the 42nd Air Base Wing's 70th Anniversary, Col Killough gave a recap of the 42nd's history. He noted that it was formed during World War II, and continued service during the Vietnam War and Desert Storm. The 42nd moved from Loring AFB, ME, to Maxwell-Gunter in 1994. Col Killough noted that the 42nd's combat mission continues, acknowledging SSgt Olson in his comments:

We are here at Maxwell-Gunter as an air base wing, but our combat heritage continues. The latest example of that is the service exhibited by 42nd Security Forces Squadron military working dog handler Staff Sergeant Brent Olson and his military working dog, Blek, who just returned from Afghanistan.
             ~Col Brian Killough, 42nd ABW Commander

Click HERE for the follow-up story

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Tom Campbell WHHY News Audio Found, Advertiser-Journal Articles Posted

On Easter Sunday, March 26, 1978, TSgt Tom Campbell, who was a Security Policeman with the 3800th Security Police Squadron, Maxwell AFB, AL, was killed in the line of duty while responding to a "man with a gun" call. The murder occurred in the Maxwell Heights off base housing complex just east of Air Base Blvd.

  • Philip "J.P." Brown recently found a cassette tape recording of a WHHY (FM 102) newscast from March 27, 1978, about the murder of Sgt Campbell.

  • Special thanks to Steve Smith (WHHY Program Director) for granting permission to post the digital audio of the newscast by Alan Young.

    WHHY web site

    Broadcast by WHHY (FM 101.9) on March 27, 1978.
    (©1978 WHHY (Y-102). Used with permission. All rights reserved.)

  • Two stories from the Montgomery newspapers, The Montgomery Advertiser (morning) and the Alabama Journal (afternoon), were stored away, and have now been scanned.

  • Special thanks to Karlene Barnett for conveying, and to Wanda Lloyd (Montgomery Advertiser Executive Editor) for granting, permission to post the scanned articles.

    Advertiser web site

    Page 1 - Banner

    Page 1 - Story

    Page 2 - Continuation

    Published in The Montgomery Advertiser on March 27, 1978.
    (©1978 Montgomery Advertiser. Used with permission. All rights reserved.)

    Page 13 - Header

    Page 13 - Story

    Published in the Alabama Journal on March 27, 1978.
    (©1978 Montgomery Advertiser. Used with permission. All rights reserved.)

    Saturday, September 5, 2009

    TSgt Thomas L. Campbell Memorial Page

    Painting of TSgt Thomas L. Campbell at Building 837, Maxwell AFB, AL
    (photo by Philip "J.P." Brown)

    TSgt Tom Campbell was killed in the line of duty on March 26, 1978, defending Maxwell AFB, and thus defending America.

    Many of Tom's fellow SPs from the 3800th SPS have added their remembrances of that night at "The Officer Down Memorial Page, Inc." web site:

    The Officer Down Memorial Page, Inc.

    Please feel free to comment here (this site) or at their site.

    Sunday, August 16, 2009

    Vice President Mondale Visits, April 8, 1979

    On April 8, 1979, Vice President Walter F. Mondale visited Tuskegee Institute and delivered a speech for the Tuskegee Institute Founders Day events. He landed at Maxwell AFB the night before. The following recording was made using a Bearcat 210 scanner. It picks up Montgomery PD, Alabama State Troopers, and the 3800th SPS channels 1 and 2.

    Vice President Walter F. Mondale ~ 1978
    (official U.S. photograph)

    The following list will probably have some mistakes on names and ranks. Please send me an e-mail if you find a mistake: Gate 2 (unknown), Defense 1 (unknown), Maxwell Desk Sergeants (Sgt Ervin Littleton, and A1C Jim Potter), Ops 1 (Maj Lorne McGregor), Ops 2 (Lt Cranford Herron), Police 1 (TSgt Danny Avant and TSgt Gary Nickols), Police 2 (possibly TSgt Jerome Simmons and SSgt Don Giesey), Police 3 (TSgt Claude Todd), Police 4 (SrA Rodney Mullins), Police 6 (SSgt Larry Wiles), Police 8 (SSgt Don Giesey (?) and TSgt Ray Spigner), Alpha 1 (unknown), Alpha 2 (unknown), Sniper 1 (SrA Steve Branyon and SrA Bill McCue), Sniper 2 (SSgt Larry Eaton and A1C Mike Esquibel (?)).

    I recognized the following airmen, but could not figure out their assignments: SrA Denis Brooker, A1C Perry Cooley, A1C Jay Johnson, and SSgt Charles Burge. Also, Maj McGregor refers to Col Robert D. Hartwig, the Base Commander.

    In the timelines that follow:
    • Time at the beginning is the edited elapsed time for the digital audio segment.

    • Time in parenthesis is the real elapsed time for the original cassette tape.

    • The difference is due to the fact that the original recording was split into segments, and long periods of silence were cut out.

    File 1 - Civilian Law Enforcement Hands Off the Motorcade

    01:09 (01:30) - VP Mondale is en route, perimeters are set up
    02:29 (03:32) - Perry Cooley & Jay Johnson at Building 844
    03:57 (04:16) - A funeral escort approaches the motorcade
    04:01 (04:22) - Civilian officer, "Stop that funeral escort!"
    04:55 (05:22) - Garbled transmission, "...200 meters..."

    Note: The correct date is April 8, 1979, instead of May 23, 1979.

    File 2 - Suspicious Persons on the Flight Line

    00:15 (06:45) - Maxwell Desk, "Police 8, 10-25 flight line...approximately 200 meters..."
    00:42 (07:12) - The motorcade arrives on base (per TSgt Avant)
    01:47 (08:17) - Steve Branyon, "Someone's running over there on the golf course"

    File 3 - More Suspicious Persons Near March Street

    00:26 (13:11) - Sgt Claude Todd, "I've got a little activity adjacent to the side street..."

    File 4 - Two More Possible Problems

    00:15 (17:21) - Lt Herron, "Get that jogger off the track"
    01:02 (18:08) - Rodney Mullins, "What's that individual doing over by the white car over by 1428?"
    01:08 (18:15) - Lt Herron, "Rodney, take care of it."
    02:58 (21:01) - Alpha 1, "Alpha 1 to Sniper 1...people at Building 1428 are okay"

    File 5 - Hey, hey, hey! He's away!

    00:03 (22:40) - Maj McGregor, "Ops 1 to Police 1...Any questions they can contact Col. Hartwig"
    00:45 (23:30) - Larry Wiles (?), "10-28, 29, on current Florida...alpha alpha mike 9-2-9"
    02:45 (25:25) - Clear the flight line
    03:02 (25:39) - Lt Herron, "He's taxiing now"
    03:27 (26:04) - Lt Herron, "Hey, hey, hey! He's away!"

    File 6 - Wrapping Up

    Various transmissions among civilian law enforcement agencies and the 3800th SPS.