Dear Mr. Padworski,
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The National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference (RDT2) has custody of microfilm copies of operational records relating to U.S. Air Force units. We searched the Air Force History index to the microfilm but were unable to locate any records on the 22nd Field Maintenance Squadron. However, we did locate 2 files when we searched for ARC LIGHT and Andersen AFB during 1968. Plus 3 more files when we searched for March AFB. Since the reel numbers begin with D - Z, the microfilm is still security classified and RDT2 will not be able to make the reel available to you. The original paper copy from which the film was created is still in the custody of the Air Force Historical Research Agency (AFHRA) and has been declassified. To obtain copies of these records, please follow the instructions on this page.
We also searched the National Archives Catalog and located the series Correspondence and Other Records Concerning Target Identification and Operations, 1964 - 1972 in the Records of the U.S. Air Force Commands, Activities, and Organizations (RG 342) that includes records relating to ARC LIGHT. In addition, we located the series Publications Record Set, 1965 - 1968 in Record Group 342 that include records of March AFB. For access to the original records, please contact the National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference (RDT2) via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. We were unable to locate any records for the 22nd Field Maintenance Squadron.
We suggest that you request a copy of your Official Military Personnel File (OMPF) as well. These will contain copies of orders received while in the service. OMPFs and individual medical reports for those who served in the U.S. Air Force after 1958 and prior to May 1, 1994 are in the custody of NARA's National Personnel Records Center in St. Louis. Please complete a GSA Standard Form 180 and mail it to NARA's National Personnel Records Center, (Military Personnel Records), 1 Archives Drive, St. Louis, MO 63138-1002. You also may fax the form to 314-801-9195. Veterans and their next of kin also may use eVetRecs to request records. See eVetRecs Help for instructions. For more information, see Request Military Service Records.
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Members of the 22nd FMS at March Air Force Base (AFB) were deployed to Anderson AFB, Guam on or about February 1968. There were approximately 200 men who deployed in 5 or 6 separate groups in support of Operation ARC LIGHT. I have Special Orders for 1 group. I am looking for the remaining group orders. My name is on one of those orders.
Received reply from Air Force Military Archivist: The Orders prepared for this deployment were NOT archived due to space constraints (no place to store them.) Instead, it was up to each individual deployed to "Hang on to the Orders" given them. To my knowledge, only 1 person on this site deployed and provided me a copy of his Special Orders. My military records essentially reflect that I'd never been deployed. Not one mention of my being deployment period. I served from July 1966 to Aug 1988. If you were stationed at March AFB and deployed to Anderson AFB, Guam from on or about February 1968 please check your personal military records for a set of orders and see if my name is on it. If so, please reply to my original thread and I'll call you!!
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