16th  Aviation Battalion Nellingen Barracks

Wings of the Jayhawk

 

 

 

 

 

 

   Robert S. Johnson                   national  defense service ribbon

 

Original Comment on End of this Page.

 

Ungefähr vor 1-2 Jahren kontaktierte ich Soldat Robert S. Johnson. Nun konnte er die Zeit finden, einige seiner Fotos zu schicken.

Bob diente mit dem 16. Aviation Battalion in den Nellingen Barracks von November 1968 bis Januar 1970.

Erst war er im Innendienst am Schreibtisch seines Hauptquartiers,  danach in den Wartungshallen tätig.

Auch wurde Bob als Busfahrer eingesetzt um Schulkinder zur Schule zu chauffieren oder um Hubschrauber Piloten zu Ihren Flugplätzen zu bringen.

In seiner Freizeit reiste er gerne durch Süddeutschland um zum Beispiel – Ulm, Ludwigsburg, Dachau, Stuttgart, München, Nürnberg oder Augsburg anzuschauen.

Robert war auch auf der –Bereitschaftsdienst Liste – seiner Einheit. TDY genannt. Das bedeutete, dass er in verschiedene Kasernen und U.S. Flugplätze geschickt wurde. Diese waren wie folgt:

Kelley Barracks, Kimbo Kaserne Murnau, Tank Farm, Dahn Compound, Hinterweidenthal, Grafenwöhr und Ingolstadt. Dieses ewige umhergereise hatte er satt und meldete sich schließlich als Mechaniker  in den Wartungshallen seiner Einheit in Nellingen. In seiner Freizeit interessiert er sich sehr für die Historie seines Battalions. Robert Johnson lebt heutzutage ( 2009 ) in Carleton U.S. Bundesstaat Michigan, ist 61 Jahre alt  und  seit 40 Jahren mit seiner Frau Valerie verheiratet. Das Motorrad fahren ist auch eines seiner großen Hobbys.

Er besitzt eine Harley Davidson Softail.
Mit ihm habe ich zahlreiche E-Mails ausgetauscht und aus allen Informationen diese Seite erstellt.

Viele Grüße an dich Bob und danke für die vielen Briefe die wir schrieben. –Billy November 2009-

 

 

 

 

My Service Picture / Bob´s Dienst Foto 1968

1969  Army Promotion to SP4 / Bob nach seiner Beförderung zum Hauptgefreiten 1969

Bob in his Billets Room with his 12 string Guitar

 

 

                 SPC 4 Roy Turner and SPC Dennis Drake

me after a day off you are looking North from billets 3668 you can see the number 3674 over my left shoulder /

Bob nach Feierabend Nellingen Barracks

me on the way to the motor pool, you can see in the back ground the backstop for the ball field. Again notice the crest on the hat.

Robert auf dem Weg zur Wartungshalle 1969 Nellingen Barracks

 

 

This was taken outside of the billets where we where house. L-R me, Rich Grassinia and Larry Sager /

links nach rechts Bob, Grassinia und Sager 1968

out side the barracks and it is me on the

left and  SPC 4 Craig Thompson

Inside of the billets, me sleeping on the bunk /

Soldatenunterkunft des 16. Aviation Battalions

 

 

this is me driving the bus /

Bob als Busfahrer

SPC 4 Brosinski  (SKI) he was the mail clerk for the HHC 16th Avn Bn Cbt, and me on the right in winter flight jacket.

 Battalions Brosinski links, rechts Bob, Winter 1969/1970 Nellingen Barracks

SPC 4 Brosinski picking up his mail /

Brosinski verteilt die Soldatenpost

 

 

Me playing the first Framus guitar that I bought while in Germany

R-L  PFC Sanchez,  SPC 4 me and SPC 4 Grassinia

 

The photo was taken in 1968, the soldiers in the photo on the right SPC5 Bill Blake, Me, SSG Thompson (Big T)  and PFC  Vernon Sharkie / Kameraden des 16. Avn. Bn. 1968

 

 

Me driving the Volkswagen.

my 1953 Volkswagen /

Bob´s 1953er VW Käfer

Rappaport, SP4 Glenn Sever, SP4 Fred Strader,

SP4 Dennis Drake taking a break with a Lowen Brau

 

 

pretty much is Headquarters VII Corps building /

Hauptquartier des 7. Corps Kelley Barracks Stuttgart Möhringen 1969

taken in front of another building that I worked out

of for Front Centre Headquarters Control Group G3 /

Hauptquartier des 7. Corps Kelley Barracks Stuttgart Möhringen 1969

 

SP4 Rappaport, SP4 Glenn Sever, SP4 Fred Strader, SP4 Dennis Drake, All with the HHC 16th

Kameraden von Bob Johnson 16. Aviation Battalion

worked out of this building HQ HQ Company VII Corps for both Reforger I and Front Centre

 

Taxi calendar 1968

U.S. Military Gasolin Stamp / U.S. Militär Tank Coupon 1967

 

NCO Club Membership Card / Bob´s Mitgliedsausweis vom Unteroffiziers Kasino Nellingen Barracks

 

Original Comment of Robert S. Johnson, November 2009:

 

Billy,

I haven’t forgotten. I have just been pretty busy doing other things.

Attach is a Photo of the 16th Aviation motor pool taken in Dec of 1969.

The motor pool on the left is 16th AVN the motor pool on the right is the 349th AVN the lager building in the back ground is the Mess Hall. 

I was a supply clerk and then went to the motor pool.

Also, here is a picture of me just after being promoted to SP4 taken in

1969. The building on the right and not in the picture was my barracks and the building on

the left was the other barracks for the 16th AVN.

There will be more pictures to come at later date. Summer is not a good time for me to

stay in the house lots of things to do out side.

 

Take care, Bob

 

SP5 Robert S. Johnson Veteran Army

HHC 16th Aviation Battalion Combat

Nov 1968- Feb 1970

Nellingen Barracks

Distinctiv Unit Insignia Crest

Patch of the 16th Aviation Battalion

 

 

 

 

 

Billy,

I am 61 years old ( 2009 ). I live in Michigan

I was an SPC- 5; I was a Senior Wheeled Vehicle Mechanic MOS 63C20. Although I served as a Supply Clerk in S4 MOS 76J20 in all the pictures I was an SPC-4 until my promotion in the Motor pool.

 

The HHC 16th Aviation Battalion Combat was the head of all the aviation units under its command; So, I guess the answer is yes whether HHC had it own Helicopters assign to HHC I do not know. The list below is from Walter Elkins web site he doesn’t list any aircraft for the HHC 16th Aviation Battalion. If you have any other questions please feel free to contact me. I will continue to look for more pictures.

 

Take Care, Bob

November 2009

 

Billy,

I want to break something down for you as it relates to the 16th Aviation Battalion.

It like this: 16th Aviation Battalion Headquarters 16th Aviation Battalion Headquarters and Headquarters Company 16th Aviation Battalion or HHC 16th Aviation Battalion

Ok now that you are confused I will try to explain this further.

The 16th Aviation Battalion is the whole of all units under its command.

The Commanding Officer for 16th Aviation Battalion was Lt. Col. John S. McLeod,

when I got there 1968. In 1969 we got a new commanding officer,

Lt. Col. James E. Kennedy on October 24, 1969 The Headquarters Company is made up of the units that I told you about before such as S units.

HHC is the other units such as motor pool and mess you get the picture.

The Commanding Officer for the HHC 16th Aviation Battalion 1968-1970 Maj. Philip A. Saunders

Note: I actually drove for Lt. Col. McLeod as assistant duty driver.

I drove him to the airport Rhein Main Frankfurt on his last day

in Germany. I really liked him he was a soldiers soldier. More to come, as I think back on those days and try to remember everything that happen when I was with the HHC 16th Aviation Battalion.

 

Take Care, Bob

I qualified on 25 Aug 69 with M14 expert markman ship.

Bob Johnsons, Schießauszeichnungs- Medallie vom 25.08.1969.

 

Bob Johnson´s Rank and Badges / Bob´s Rangabzeichen und Militär Auszeichnungen

HHC, 16th Avn Bn

4th Avn Co (Med Hel)

67th Avn Co (Corps)

 349th Avn Co (Air Mbl Lt)

 

Nellingen Ksn, Nellingen

Nellingen Ksn, Nellingen

Nellingen Ksn, Nellingen

Hindenburg Ksn, Ansbach

 

TO/E 1-076F63

TO/E 1-258F65 -- CH-37 MOJAVE

TO/E 1-127D61 -- several types of aircraft

TO/E 1-077E63 -- uses Katterbach AAF; CH-34 CHOCTAW

 

Billy,

If you look at the collar brass on my dress uniform you will see the Army Seal. The was given to all in aviation since we were not assigned to any branch.

So when I was in the service it was considered unassigned unit. See article below:

Bob

 

COMMAND SERGEANT MAJOR COLLAR INSIGNIA and BRANCH IMMATERIAL DEVICE

 

 

Collar Insignia

Branch Immaterial Device

 

Collar Insignia: The Coat of Arms of the United States on a one inch disk, all gold color metal

 

 

The Coat of Arms was first authorized for wear as a collar insignia by officers not assigned to a branch by Ch3, Special Regulation 41, dated 8 March 1918. It was

authorized for wear and designated as the insignia for the Detached Enlisted Men's List by Cir 72 dated 16 March 1921. The insignia was discontinued as an officer collar

insignia in 1948. The name was changed to "Unassigned to Branch" for enlisted personnel by SR 600-60-1 dated 8 Apr 53. The name was changed to Branch Immaterial

in 1976 and Command Sergeants Major were the only enlisted personnel to wear the insignia. The collar insignia was subsequently changed to "Command Sergeant Major"

by AR 670-1 dated 1 Sep 92. Branch Immaterial Flag Device: The device is used as the insignia for guidons and flags of organizations that are not branch specific. When used on the flag of branch immaterial units, the device is teal blue and yellow. Branch Immaterial Colors: Teal blue and yellow.

 

Collar Insignia: The Coat of Arms of the United States on a one inch disk, all gold color metal.

 

 

                               Germany Souvenirs

                                                  Germany Souvenirs

Billy,

 

I will look  for a good current picture but I have attach this one for now, We were honoring disabled veterans the flag line was there to honor these vets for their service and after they entered the restaurant will serviced them lunch. This was two days before Thanksgiving, a holiday of the USA.

I am standing with fellow vets and the Patriot Guard Riders second from the left.

 

Take care

Bob Johnson December 2009

 

The photo me was taken at Paula’s Home Cooking in Belleville, MI you can look at more photos at this web site   2009-11-24-0839-55 

 

 

My Harley Davidson Heritage Softail

 

Robert and Valerie Johnson

The picture is of my dog in the USA they are called Wirehaired Pointing Griffons (GRIFF  ONS) or Griffs for short in Germany the are called Korthals Griffons she is very affectionate dog.

They are a rare breed and not very popular here in the USA.

 

Billy,

 

I am glad that we have met on the internet. I would like to come back and see Nellingen again I have some friends in Germany and they have asked me many times to come over. I am married; I was engaged to my wife Valerie, while I was in service. We will be married 40 years in April. No children, just one dog and two cats. Yes, I have a motorcycle I started riding them in 1965 and it took me 40 years to talk my wife into getting another one. I have attached a picture. I own a Harley Davidson Heritage Softail. I worked for 31 years for Ford Motor Co and I am retired.

 

Robert Johnson December 2009

 

 

 

Story No.1

Written by Robert Johnson

 

I arrived in Germany on 12 Dec 1968 after leaving Fort Dix the day before. I was taken to the train station and told to get of at Stuttgart and report to the RTO for further instructions. Well since I didn’t speak German and I didn’t quite understand the customs it was quite a bit overwhelming to say the least. On my way to the RTO I had to use the restroom, there were two signs one read Herren and the other read Damen, Well not speaking German I had to wonder which one do I use. In English Her is female and men, well you get the picture. Well needless to say I had to wait and see who came out of the restroom. It was a relief that I actually got it right.

 

After that brief learning lesson I was off to the RTO and reported in. They called the 16th Aviation Battalion and they sent a 2 ½ ton truck to pick us up. Now remember this is dead of winter, December, we were in our dress greens, well we all got in the back of the truck and were on our way to Nellingen freezing our asses off in the back of the truck. We got to Nellingen and were placed on hold until permanent unit assignments were handed out. The Sgt. came in and asked if anyone could type and I said I could. I was assigned to the HHC 16th Aviation Battalion the next day. I reported for duty and was assigned to S4. It was all down hill after that…Well maybe not.  I found the Hill, anyone that was stationed at Nellingen new the little Biergarten on the Hill. Well I didn’t find it by myself I was taken there for initiation into the Company. The drink of initiation was something like Rastapus and Bier. The initiation drink was 3 shots of this 160 proof liquor and a bier your choice of any flip top that they had. I think I had Stuttgartner and 3 shots of the throat burning liquor. Then it was over, I had to stumble my way back to the barracks. I was now one of them the initiation was over.

 

With in a couple of weeks of being stationed at Nellingen Kaserne, I was sent TDY to work on Reforger I,  and returned only to be sent TDY to work on operation “Front Centre” at Kelley Barracks. I spent a total 60 days away for these two operations. This is pretty much my life at Nellingen, here today, TDY tomorrow. However, I found Suzie’s (with the help of some friends) in Nellingen it was a local Biergarten that entertained GI’s they had good cold bier and great gulasch and brotchen and with bier being only 10 cents a bottle it was a great meal. My fellow soldiers made many a trip to Suzie’s.

 

I had many great experiences at Nellingen and all the other places that I visited while I was there. It was a stressful and also a fun experience to be in Germany and the military. The military was always ready for something to happen. We practice readiness alerts at least twice a month with one of them being an off post alert. We’d go to the field set up tents cook a meal and pack everything up and return to Nellingen.  On one of the alerts we were told to pickup our weapons and our initial issue of rounds, this never happen before we were headed to Cech Border because there was a build up of Russian forces. They were showing us what they had and we were going to show them what we had, kind of like I will show you mine if you will show me yours. We got about 5 Ks from the border and were ordered to go back to Nellingen.  It just goes to show you that this was not just a fun place to be and that it could be deadly serious at any given moment.

 

The HHC 16th Aviation Battalion Combat has many good memories for me and some that I wish to forget. I will always remember Nellingen and the friends that I made when I was stationed there. I am very sorry that I never made it back to Nellingen before it was given back to Germany. I would like to have seen it one more time.

 

I finished out my time in the motor pool after requesting to be transferred there in April of 1969. I obtained the rank of Sp5 Class, MOS 63C20, senior wheel vehicle mechanic.

 

Thank You Billy for your great web site.

 

Bob

 

Sp5 Robert S. Johnson

Stationed at Nellingen from 12 Dec 68 to 18 Jan 70

 

 

 

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