HAHN AIR BASE, WEST GERMANY, 1961
"The Sky Masters" The 50th Fighter Group WW II
The 50th TFW, "Master Of The Sky" Insignias: Left, 1958 - 1960. Right, 1961 - 1991.
HOME OF THE 50th AIR POLICE
THESE WEB PAGES ARE DEDICATED TO THE K-9 HANDLERS, WHO SERVED WITH ME AND ALL THOSE WHO CAME AFTERWARDS. PLUS ALL THE SECURITY FORCE TROOPS, WHO WERE STATIONED AT HAHN AIR BASE, WEST GERMANY, 1953 - 1991
About Hahn, The 50th and K-9!
Hahn Air Base was located near Koblenz in the Hunsruck region of Rheinland-Platz between the Rhine, Mosel and Nahe Rivers in West Germany. Built by the French, for US Forces, the base, about 1,280 acres, was situated between the towns of Hahn (which the base was named after) and Lautzenhausen (located just outside the front gate). Hahn AB actually lied on either side of a pre-WW2 strategic highway called the Hunsrückhohenstrasse - literally translated, it means, "the high road along the Hound's backbone!"
Construction was started April, 1951 and turned over on June 2, 1952 to the 862th Engineering Bn., who began construction of prefabricated barracks. The 7356th ABSq. moved in on September 9, 1952 and began the final US phase of construction. It was more or less completed in time for the arrival in August 1953 of the 50th FBWg. from Clovis, New Mexico. The arrival of pilots and aircraft from the United States marked the first mass flight of an entire tactical wing from the U.S. to Europe - a historic step in the history of the Air Force.
The base was built high on a ridge, 1,650 feet above sea level, at a northern latitude approx even with Labrador, which accounted for it having the worst weather of any air base in europe. We had very long, long winters and very short summers. It snowed alot, rained alot, then snowed and rained some more! Some said the weather was similar to New England. I disagree, I was born and raised a New Englander and I always thought Hahn's weather made New England seem darn right tropical.
First In USAFE 50th TFW, Hahn AB, Ger.
F-16 Fighting Falcons December 30, 1981
Hahn's 313th TFS F-16s High Over The Mosel River. USAF Photo
HAHN'S AIRCRAFT AND NATO
In addition to the normal base aircraft in the sixties, the 50th Wing's primary aircraft were the F-100 Super Sabre. The 496th FIS utilized the F-102 Delta Dagger, while the primary weapons system maintained by the 38th missile squadrons were the TM 76A Mace Missile. Also at Hahn Air Base, in operation under Det. 5, AARC, was the H43B Husky Helicopter.
Within USAFE, the 50th Tactical Fighter Wing formed part of the 17th Air Force, headquartered at Sembach Air Base, Germany, but in common with the other NATO assigned forces of the l7th AF, command of the Wing, would have been transferred to the Alliance's Fourth Allied Tactical Air Force in a time of crisis, and once a certain state of alert had been reached.
HAHN'S MAJOR UNITS, 1961
Hahn Air Base was the home of the 50th Tactical Fighter Wing, the parent unit on the base. Three key units came under the 50th Wing Commander; the Deputy Commander for Operations, the Deputy Commander for Material and the 50th Combat Support Group.
Under Operations were such activities as Operation Plans, Control and Training. Standardization and Evaluation and Intelligence, as well as the 10th, 81st and 417th Tactical Fighter Squadrons. The 10th and 81st were stationed at Hahn Air Base, while the 417th Tac. Fighter Squadron was located at Ramstein.
Under the Material branch were two subdivisions, Chief of Supply and Chief of Maintenance. The Supply Squadron, BEMO, BASO and FUSO came under the Chief of Supply, while the Chief of Maintenance controlled the A and E, Field Munitions, Organizational and Fightline Maintenance Squadrons.
50th Tactical Fighter Wing F-100 Super Sabre, 1961. USAF Photo
Squadrons within the 50th Combat Support Grp included the Headquarters Squadron, Civil Engineers, The 50th Air Police and Transportation. In addition the Personnel Div, Services Div, Comptroller Div, Operation and Training Div, Administrative Service Div, Manpower & Organization Div., and the Procurement Divisions, all came under the 50th Combat Support Commander.
The Surgeon (also commander of the 50th Tac. Hospital), the Staff Judge Advocate, the Chaplain, Safety Officer and Information Officer were all members of the Wing CO's staff.
In addition to Hahn's home units, the Wing also provided specified maintenance, supply and housekeeping support to attached and tenant units. Among the largest of these units were the 89th and 405th Tactical Missile Squadrons and the 586th Missile Maintenance Squadron, all units of Sembach AFB based 38th Missile Wing; the 496th Fighter Interceptor Squadron, a squadron of the Ramstein AFB based 86th Air Division and the 2184th Communication Squadron.
This site is about just one of these squadrons...the 50th Air Police Squadron ...and my tour of duty!
Hahn's 50th Air Police Squadron's mission was two fold, 'base law enforcement and security.'
Official Mission Statement
Primary: To provide physical security on a day-to-day basis for those aerospace war ready resources that are indispensable for engage- ment against the enemy; maintain the capability to immediately generate the aerospace security forces into emergency operations; protect Air Force resources, material, and personnel; issue identi- fication credentials to military, dependent, and civilian personnel as required; insure that unit personnel are properly and adequately trained; and maintain a law enforcement and detention capability.
Our squadron area consisted of two barracks, buildings C-1 & C-2, which housed our Squadron Commander's office, office space for the OIC and NCOIC of Security Operations, Orderly Room, Mail Room, Weapons and Day Room plus living quarters for enlisted personnel.
In the early sixties, manpower was a real problem, the Squadron was authorized 500 personnel (4 officers, 463 airmen and 33 civilians, CSU's etc), but natually, we always fell short of airmen (avg. 387).
Both Law Enforcement and Security assignments were drawn from four flights, who normally, work nine days on, three off; rotating days, swings and midnight shifts, then off duty. There were times though when it became necessary to go into a three flight system of operation which allowed each individual one day off out of every 16 days.
Law Enforcement was responsible for staffing the front and rear gates, the stockade, basic police work for what was then the largest city in the Hunsrick, with a rotating population of about 25,000 U.S. servicemen and their dependants.
The Security Section was responsible for all 'secure areas' on and off base: gate houses, aircraft pads, towers, etc. plus SAT (Sabotage Alert Teams). Also under the Security Section was Hahn's K-9!
1958 to 1966 1966 to 1991
We were all there at the "request" of the United States Air Force...Officers, NCO's and enlisted Airmen. We were all assigned to the 50th APRON but the K-9 Section was different... at least the handlers, we had all volunteered from flight to work with a sentry dog. You had to love them! Why else give up a nice warm, dry guard shack or tower for Hahn's weather.
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K-9 GOING TO WORK!
Yup! That's Snow!
TOM NEWTON SITE BUILDER