55th and 58th WRS USAF

Hi, USAF guys, welcome to my page. I am Conrad Layton; I was a Crew Chief/Scanner on WB-29s and WB-50s. I served in the 55th SWRS 1952-53 and the 58th SWRS 1953-55. I have represented the  58th, 55th, or 375th Weather Recon guys that served at Eielson, Ladd, or Shemya AFB, Alaska, Kirtland AFB, New Mexico, or McClellan AFB, California, Guam, and other points for the last 17 years.  I have now handed the reins over to Joe Devenport a later day 58th guy. Joe served in the 58th at Kirtland AFB, New Mexico. Joe will be your new contact guy. You can reach him at joe.devenport@sbcglobal.net.  Many of our guys have served in the other Weather Units as well, like the 53rd, 54th, 56th, 57th etc. If you served in one of those units we will honor your service and would be glad for you to join us.  I have about 750 names on our roster and mailing list. This includes an "Honor Roll" for our deceased Officers and Airmen that I have  maintained with your help. Our group holds a reunion every year in June in Branson, MO.  The dates for the 2018 reunion have been set as yet. Come join us. 
Contact Joe and He will get you on the mailing list. If you know of any deceased members, let him know and He will add them to the "Honor Roll."  If you have any great photos or a good story you would like to share from your time in the USAF, send them to Joe. He will edit them and add them to our reunion program which HE will hand out every year. It was over 225 pages last year.   You can get a copy of the program each year with the full Roster and "Honor Roll" if you are on the roster. If you haven't been to one of our reunions you have really missed out on a great time. 
conradlay at aol.com
Hey Guys if you don't belong the Vet Friends org. you need to. 
If any of you weather guys need a favorite patch reproduced, I can get them done very economically. Just sent me a photo and how many you want. Just one is expensive $7.00 for the 3 inch round like you see on this page.

A lot of you guys have asked about where to get one of the two patches I have at the top of this page. I had some made and if you would like one, they are $5 each with  handling and mailing included. Willy Weatherbee was the 55th Logo for many years and the Pole Vaulters logo was for the 58th for its entire duration of the 58th at Eielson.  

If anyone know of a squadron patch earlier than the Willie Weatherby yo see on this page, I would like to know about it and have a copy. I'm hearing of what I think to be some very wrong history being passed around. 


Dec. 2015 I've just added a new story to the story section called "The Final Cha e.  $1.00  They are 4X4".  Sad news: our NASA flyover in the WB-57 tail # 927 got scratched because of a change in command.

Dec. 2015 I've just added a new story to the story section called "The Final Chapter on the Lady of the Lake." I think it is a very informative story. It may be appearing in Air & Space Magazine soon. 

We are having a lot of new guys from the 58th WRS at Kirtland AFB join our group. When the 58th at Eielson AFB was deactivated, those guys went to the 55th at McClellan and McChord AFBs. The 58th was reactivated again in 1963 at Kirtland.  We're glad to have you guys aboard. Twenty-five people  were at this year's reunion representing the 58th at Kirtland AFB. We're growing.  Also a few guys from the other Weather outfits have been contacting me. They are finding my web page and wanting to know if I know of anything going on in their groups. I tell them I don't, but I always extend them a welcome to our group.  
If you like the newsletter section let me know. If you don't like it, tell me what I can do to make it better.  I'll take all the help I can get. (grin) If you know of anything that might add to it, please  let me know.                      

Oct. 10, 2014: AF releases criteria for new service medal

United States Air Force sent this bulletin at 10/10/2014 01:52 PM CDT  

Release No. 220

Oct. 10, 2014 

AF releases criteria for new service medal 

Secretary of the Air Force Public Affairs


WASHINGTON (AFNS) – Air Force officials released nomination criteria for the new Nuclear Deterrence Operations Service Medal, following Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James’ May 27, 2014, authorization. 

The NDOSM will be awarded to individuals for their direct support of Nuclear Deterrence Operations. 

“This service medal provides a clearly visible way to recognize the dedication and professionalism of our Airmen who are the guardians of our nation’s nuclear deterrence. Because of our success, often times nuclear deterrence operations can be overlooked as a critical function,” said Col. Zannis Pappas, missile operations career field manager. “The medal acknowledges the special challenges faced by those Airmen charged with supporting the nuclear enterprise and will be a point of pride by all who wear it.”   Service members may be awarded the NDOSM if they were assigned, deployed or mobilized to a wing, center or below in support of the Nuclear Enterprise for 120 consecutive days or 179 nonconsecutive days. Subsequent awards will only be authorized when a permanent change of station to a qualifying unit has occurred.   “The Air Force continues to demonstrate its support to the most vital part of the nuclear enterprise – the Airmen. This medal exists as a tangible way to acknowledge the importance of this mission and the dedication and pride that the men and women in the nuclear community show to their country,” said Maj. Gen. Garrett Harencak, Air Force assistant chief of staff for strategic deterrence and nuclear integration. “Having Secretary of the Air Force-level interest testifies to the importance of this decoration and impact on nuclear operations.”   The NDOSM will be worn with an “N” device for those who dispatched to a missile complex for 179 nonconsecutive days in direct support of intercontinental ballistic missile operations or are in direct support of nuclear laden aircraft. Only one “N” device will be worn, regardless of the number of qualifying assignments. An oak leaf cluster will be worn for subsequent awards, which will only be authorized when a permanent change of station has occurred.   Eligibility for the medal is retroactive to Dec. 27, 1991. Nominations for currently-serving Airmen will be processed through their respective chain of command.   A member’s current group commander is considered the awarding authority for the medal. Retired or separated Airmen can submit a request submitted to the Air Force Personnel Center recognition section for validation. The award can be presented posthumously, as well, so family members of deceased Airmen can also contact AFPC for information.  The medal is currently under development with a projected date of availability through the Defense Supply System of March 2015.


For more information and full eligibility criteria, go to myPers at https://mypers.af.mil. Guard and Reserve retired and separated Airmen and their family members may contact the Air Reserve Personnel Center at 800-525-0102, for assistance.


Symbolism: The bronze medal conveys the honorary recognition of high performance while contributing to the success of the U.S. strategic nuclear deterrence mission. The laurel wreath symbolized achievement, recognizing the Regular Air Force, Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve personnel who support nuclear deterrence. The atomic symbol indicated the core responsibility of nuclear surety. The star with the disc denotes the Air Force. The triangle on the reverse alludes to the nuclear triad. The blue represents the nuclear dominance in the sky; red represents the power and passion in which we provide nuclear deterrence; green represents the earth and our global capabilities; gold represents the wealth of our nuclear enterprise – our people.

CRL: OK, here is my opinion of this :  I think it sucks!!!!  It was designed to be self serving for someone. They should include everyone back to when we all started testing and monitoring nuclear deterrence, I think they called it.  This medal is  retroactive back to Dec. 27, 1991. I have over two hundred people on my roster right now that have already died or are suffering from this nuclear garbage. Don't you think they could be included?  The people involved in this stuff today never touch these sampling filters. It is all done by people wearing enough protective clothing to protect from an atomic bomb fallout itself.  We were never warned of what it would do to us. (groan)  We should all bombard our Senators and Congressmen with letters of protest. 

Remember, Character is doing the right thing when no one is watching.

Do something good for someone today. Tell your family how much you love them and call one of your old Air Force buddies and give some of your time. 

1955 58th WRS Squadron photo http://www.awra.us/FLT394-58WRS.html

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