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Mobility & Detachment Locations


Follow This Link to Sgt.Chris Hartley's NEW 8th MOB Web Site

Website of the current (2011) Air Mobility Command
"perfecting what we had begun"

8th Expeditionary Air Mobility Squadron



USAF 8th APS MOB Patch
Rob Carson's patch
(1970)
on display at
Wright Pat AFB
Museum

Eighth Aerial Port Squadron, USAF

Aerial Port Mobility Operations
"the 8th MOB"
aka

Aerial Port Mobility Team (AMT)

HOME OF "THE FLYING FORKLIFTS"
an integral part of Tactical Airlift in Vietnam, 1965-1975
 (III Corps & IV Corps)

8th Mob Patch courtesy of Cary Louderbeck
Cary Louderback's
patch (1971)
photo by daughter
Angie
now expanded to include those who served in Mobility Operations or at the I Corps & II Corps Dets & OLS of
14th Aerial Port Squadron (Cam Ranh Bay) & 15th Aerial Port Squadron (Danang) & 8th Aerial Port Squadron Detachments

"These guys were airmen living a soldier's life at remote air strips deep in the VC-infested jungle... "
"Some of us saw more than the average Air force guy" - Mike Warren '68-70 


Since we were all volunteers, and since not all volunteers were accepted,
and since many times the 'volunteers' were chosen to join MOB by existing members,
we were also known as

"The Chosen Few"


In June of 68, Mobility unit was called
CMT/Combat Mobility Team.
It was sort of the disciplinary unit for the "bad boys" of the 8th Aerial Port Squadron.

We were somewhat uncontrollable, ragged looking, not always in sync with the brass, so we were sent out of sight and out of mind of the main base at Tan Son Nhut.

But today, we are known for what we did - by the people that mattered - The Special Forces teams we served, the air crews we augmented, and others who needed our help
to get the job done.

SSgt Dick Hageman - Mobility and Det. Tay Ninh, 1968-69




Welcome Home, Iraq War Veterans!
Thank you for your service
And we hope the soldiers still fighting in Afghanistan come home soon, too!

-  8th MOB's Vietnam Veterans   



A1c Runfeldt transporting 122mm howitzer using USAF 463L 10K AT; SSgt Roy Shinley - Djamap, RVN 1970
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A Bit of History from the Air Mobility Command Museum web site:

Between 1962 and 1973, Military Air Transport Service/Military Airlift Command and Tactical Air Command transports airlifted more than 7 million tons passengers and cargo within the theater area.

By comparison, Allied aircraft carried about 2 million tons during the Berlin Airlift and million tons during the Korean War. As in World War II and the Korean Conflict, tactical airlifters again proved in Vietnam that they could deliver the goods.

Their success cost dearly, however, as 53 C-130s, 50 C-123s and 20 C-7s were lost along with 269 crewmembers either killed or missing in action.

8th APS Commander Col. Victor Lisec reported in 1970 that he presented 18 Purple Hearts to members of the 8th Aerialport unit since he took command in November of 1969 - and two of them were awarded to one member - possibly the only aerial porter to receive two Purple Hearts during one tour in Vietnam.



We are proud to announce that we have been included on Georgia Tech's Excellent Vietnam War Resources website

THE PHOTO WE'D BEEN SEEKING FOR ALMOST TWENTY YEARS

Sgt. Neil Brown and his 10k AT - Budop, 1969



Sgt Neil Brown and his 10kAT at Budop, November, 1969.

Sgt Brown had been separating Fuel Bladders and Pallets of Live Ammo during a mortar attack when an incoming mortar round ignited a fuel bladder right behind him. He could not move forward; he could not back up. He was trapped in the blaze and had to abandon his forklift and escape on foot. The ensuing fire and explosions continued for hours, effectively destroying the entire supply of both fuel and ammunition - from small arms to howitzer shells, as can be seen in the foreground.

After the fire was over and explosions had died down, this was what was left of the 10 K Adverse Terrain forklift.

This is the photo we have been trying to track down for many years.
A framed copy of this photo was on the wall outside of 8th APS Squadron Commander Col. Lisec's office at TSN and was the first photo many of us saw of the MOB teams at work in Vietnam when we arrived there in January of 1970.
photo courtesy of Connie Lisec from the collection of Colonel Victor Lisec.

See another photo of this AT as it was burning.












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