USAF PHOTOS AND CLIPPINGS OF THE SEMBACH PISTOL, RIFLE AND JUDO TEAMS (1960-1962)
Dedicated to the memory of CMSGT James E. Cazel, Sr.(1929-1998)
photos scanned and submitted by Jim Cazel, Jr.
Thank you Russ for this opportunity and forum to share and pass on some great memories of Sembach and to pass on some great B&W official USAF photography that has not been seen till now.
All the USAF photography was scanned from original B&W 8×10’s that were given to my father, CMSGT James E. Cazel, Sr. and put in a scrap book till now. Unfortunately, only the official stamp is on the back of the photos with the photographer unknown.
We were stationed at Sembach from 1959-1963. The first year was spent in Dansenberg and the following year in Eckenbach before moving on base to 34A-1.
Chief Cazel, Msgt then, was brought in with the 38th TMW to run the comm group. He later captained the Sembach pistol team, known as The Pistoleers, rifle team and won individual USAFE pistol and carbine rifle championships. He also captained the judo team.
Later he served three Nam tours leading Air Force special forces units with 80 jumps into the North Vietnam picking up agents out of the delta, etc. Recipient of a Bronze star and a couple purple hearts.
The final tour of duty was as First shirt of the 1961st Comm Group and then the 1st MOB at Clark. He setup and coordinated the comm on the first POW release from Hanoi and landing at Clark Air Force Base, Philippines on Feb.12, 1973 from the far northern part of Luzon.
With a disdain for the Washington D.C. area, he declined a nomination for CMSgt of the Air Force and retired after 26 years to southeast Georgia to work as a corporate pilot and instructor as well as President Carter’s private pilot on many occasions. God speed Dad!
P.S. As for myself, age 7-11, I had the best childhood experience than anyone on the planet! Thank you USAF and Sembach!