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The Suburbanite
  • VETERAN OF THE WEEK, Ken Ramsey, Air Force

  • Ken Ramsey joined the Air Force in August 1960 from ROTC at Montana State University, in Bozeman, Mont. He received a degree in mechanical engineering and was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant.

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  • MILITARY CAREER
    Ken Ramsey joined the Air Force in August 1960 from ROTC at Montana State University, in Bozeman, Mont. He received a degree in mechanical engineering and was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant.
    He took his primary pilot training at Bainbridge, Ga at a civilian contract school in T-34 and T-37 trainers from August through December 1960. He then went to Laredo Air Force Base (AFB), Texas in 1961 for basic pilot training in the T-33. Upon completion,  he went to Luke AFB, Arizona where he trained on the F-100 jet fighter and underwent survival school from January to July, 1962. Ramsey then went to Nellis AFB, Las Vegas, Nevada for additional training on advanced models of the F-100.
    His first duty assignment was to the 614th Tactical Fighter Squadron at England AFB, La. In October 1962 he deployed to Homestead AFB, Florida for the Cuban Missile Crisis where he was assigned to the first attack wave if war broke out. Following the end of the crisis he deployed to Turkey where he stood standby nuclear alert in case of the outbreak of war with Russia.
    In the fall of 1964 he deployed to Vietnam, flying of Da Nang Air Base until May 1965. He then was reassigned to 48th Tactical Fighter Wing at RAF Lincolnheath in England from May 1965 until September 1968. He returned to England AFB in September 1968 and trained Vietnamese pilots on the A-37 fighter bomber until December 1969 when he left the Air Force. He flew with the Springfield Ohio Air National Guard in the F-100 from February, 1970 until October 1971 when he get out of the military.
     
    POST-MILITARY CAREER
    After he got out of the Air Force, Ramsey  went to work for General Electric in Cincinnati. He stayed with General Electric until May 1987. He then worked for Chem-tronics in San Diego from 1987 to 1992. Ramsey then went to work for Cleveland Pneumatic Landing Gear where he was the Vice President of Quality Control until he left in 1994 and went to work for Lamsom Sessions from 1994 till 1996. He ended his career at Aviation Product Support in quality control till he retired in 1997.
    He is married to his wife Sharon and they have three sons and five grandchildren. He has been a member of Military Aviation Preservation Society (MAPS) since 2004 and works as a volunteer in the restoration division. He is currently working on restoring a T-37 he actually flew on while training Vietnamese pilots  at England AFB in the late 1960s.

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