823rd Tactical Missile Squadron

  • 25 September 1962 to 25 September 1966

    • 38th Tactical Missile Wing / 823nd Tactical Missile Squadron / “B-Flight”

The 823rd TMS was activated on 25 September 1962. Prior to its activation, personnel were assigned to the 38th TMW / 587th Tactical Missile Group / 822nd Tactical Missile Squadron as “B-Flight”.


Commanding Officer(s)

  • Capt. Diedrich Prigge III (587th TMG) – (before 25 September 1962)
  • Lt. Col. John H. Keene (Sep. 1962 / Aug. 63) – Irvine, California
  • Maj. Leo C. Blackburn (1963/4) – deceased
  • Lt. Col. Lawrence Williams (1964)
    Lawrence Williams
  • Lt. Col. Clodius M. McCollum (1965/6) – deceased
    Clodius McCollum

Ops Officer(s)

  • Maj. Leo C. Blackburn (prior to August 1963)
  • Maj. Howard F. Aufderheide (1964/5) – deceased
  • Maj. John F. Dick (1966)
    John Dick

1st Sergeant(s)

  • SMsgt. Jack Cowand (Flight Chief – 587th TMG) – (before 25 September 1962)
  • SMSgt. Heusen E. Kirkwood – deceased
    Heusen Kirkwood
  • MSgt. William R. Casey
  • MSgt. Robert E. Alexander

    Robert Alexander (photo courtesy of Larry Lechner)

  • MSgt. Robert L. Stanley Jr.
  • MSgt. R. L. Smith (1964)
  • MSgt. William C. Goodman (1965/6) – Litchfield Park, Arizona

Admin Staff

  • SSgt. Elihu C. Pierce
  • A1C Lorenz E. “Larry” Lechner – “B-Flight” Operations Clerk / AIC – Los Angeles, California
    Larry Lechner
  • A2C Harold M. “Hal” Garnett (1963/4)
  • SSgt. John J. Salwoitis, Jr. – deceased
    John Salwoitis
  • A2C Jerry F. Brockman – Greenville, South Carolina
    Jerry Brockman
  • A2C Ron Hope (1965/6) – Papillion, Nebraska
    Ron Hope

Call Sign = Invent


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