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Capt John Nabholz:

 

 

Current Status:  

Found

Tour of Duty:  

1990 - 1992

Designation:  

OIC

Duties:  

OIC over SCN

Trivia:  

NA

Biographic Details:  

NA

Quote:  

NA

Most recent info:  

NA

Last known Location:  

NA

Last known EM:  

{nabholzftc-inet}

  
SSG Reginald Nash:

 

Current Status:  

Missing

Tour of Duty:  

Early 90's

Designation:  

NA

Duties:  

NA

Trivia:  

NA

Biographic Details:  

NA

Quote:  

NA

Most recent info:  

NA

Last known Location:  

NA

Last known EM:  

NA

  
SGT Elvin Nuells:

 

Current Status:  

Missing

Tour of Duty:  

Early 90's

Designation:  

Administration
Duties:  

NA

Trivia:  

NA

Biographic Details:  

NA

Quote:  

NA

Most recent info:  

NA

Last known Location:  

NA

Last known EM:  

NA

  
Kevin M. Oleksy:

 

Current Status:  

Found

Tour of Duty:  

June 90 - June 93

Designation:  

Radio, NCOIC of CI
Duties:   Kevin did some good work in Radio. But really made his mark in CI as the NCOIC.
Trivia:   NA
Biographic Details:   After Panama Kevin went to Ft. Knox, KY & Yokota Air Base, Japan SRTV.

Quote:  

NA

Most recent info:  

He took the 15 year retirement and got a job working for the FBI's video production facility.
Last known Location:  

NA

Last known EM:  

NA

 
A1C Charla Ouellette:

 

Current Status:  

Missing

Tour of Duty:  

1990's

Designation:  

Radio, News, CI
Duties:  

NA

Trivia:  

NA

Biographic Details:  

NA

Quote:  

NA

Most recent info:  

NA

Last known Location:  

NA

Last known EM:  

NA

 
SPC Kristin Pangman:
 

 No photo available

 

Current Status:  

Missing

Tour of Duty:  

1990's

Designation:  

NA

Duties:  

NA

Trivia:  

NA

Biographic Details:  

NA

Quote:  

NA

Most recent info:  

NA

Last known Location:  

NA

Last known EM:  

NA

  
Hermelinda "Millie" H Paniagua:
 

No photo available

 

Current Status:  

Missing

Tour of Duty:  

1990's

Designation:  

NA

Duties:  

NA

Trivia:  

NA

Biographic Details:  

NA

Quote:  

NA

Most recent info:  

NA

Last known Location:  

NA

Last known EM:  

NA

  
Brenda (Flores) Peña (Kendrick):
  • See Brenda Flores for full bio

Francisco "Frank" Pereira:

 

Current Status:  

Found

Tour of Duty:  

1991 - 1999

Designation:  

CI Chief, Chief  Network Productions
Duties:   He created some wonderful products and was always getting Keith L. Ware's, T.J's, and ABS coins!
Trivia:  

NA

Biographic Details:  

NA

Quote:  

NA

Most recent info:  

He has opened a production company in Panama and will continue to produce great products.
Last known Location:   Panama
Last known EM:   NA
  
Ron (Frenchy) Provencher:

 

Current Status:  

Found

Tour of Duty:  

86 - 90

Designation:  

NA

Duties:  

NA

Trivia:  

NA

Biographic Details:  

NA

Quote:  

NA

Most recent info:  

NA

Last known Location:  

NA

Last known EM:  

{rolinsoweganet}

  
Bill Reid:
 

 No photo available

 

Current Status:  

Missing

Tour of Duty:  

1993 - 1996

Designation:  

NCOIC News & CI
Duties:   USAF 1st Sgt
Trivia:  

NA

Biographic Details:  

NA

Quote:  

NA

Most recent info:  

Retired and became a civilian in charge of broadcast operations at AFN-Bavaria.
Last known Location:  

NA

Last known EM:  

NA

  
Jesus "Chuy" Riquelme:

 

Current Status:  

Found

Tour of Duty:  

?? - 1999

Designation:  

Engineering
Duties:  

NA

Trivia:  

NA

Biographic Details:  

NA

Quote:  

NA

Most recent info:  

NA

Last known Location:   Currently living in Panama
Last known EM:   NA
  
Aurea Rodriguez:
 

 No photo available 

 

Current Status:  

Found

Tour of Duty:  

May 1993 to May 1995

Designation:  

SCN Volunteer
Duties:  

Worked with Mr. Frank Pereira in SCN Command Information,  Mr. Mateo Simmons in the Graphics Artist Section, Scott Ferguson in SCN News and with SGT Medina in the studio with SCN LIVE NEWS.

She spent most of the time updating the Video Library and looking for footage for Command Information spots.

Trivia:   NA
Biographic Details:   After SCN, she went to Ft. Irwin, Ca, where she worked as a volunteer in the Ft. Irwin PAO and in Elephant Mountain TV Station in Barstow, Ca.

Quote:  

Aurea says, "It was a every special time for me, I learned a lot and acquired some experience in broadcasting functions and made very good friends."

Most recent info:  

She currently lives in South Jersey, working as an Editor Assistant in a Local Bilingual Newspaper and as a Producer/Director in a Local Bilingual TV Program.  
Last known Location:   South Jersey
Last known EM:   NA
  

Lawrence Rouse:

 

Current Status:  

Missing

Tour of Duty:  

??? - 1999

Designation:  

Engineering
Duties:  

NA

Trivia:  

NA

Biographic Details:  

NA

Quote:  

NA

Most recent info:  

NA

Last known Location:  

NA

Last known EM:  

NA

  
Larry Schneck:
 

No photo available 

 

Current Status:  

Missing

Tour of Duty:  

1991 - 1996

Designation:  

News, Radio, and Hondo Station Manager
Duties:   Larry was Station Manager at SCN - Honduras (Nov, 1994 - May,1995)
Trivia:   His friends remember him as the guy who anchored the final half hour newscast and the guy who always smiled.
Biographic Details:   After leaving Panama in 1996 he went to AFN-Aviano (Det 8, AFNEWS),  Aviano AB, Italy where he served as the Broadcast Operations Manager, AFN-Aviano. 

Quote:  

NA

Most recent info:  

Last known to be working at the AFN Det in Keflavik. 
Last known Location:  

NA

Last known EM:  

NA

  
LTC Ricky Sims:
 

 No photo available 

 

Current Status:  

Found

Tour of Duty:  

Sept - Dec 94

Designation:  

Army  SCN Commander (interim)
Duties:  

NA

Trivia:  

NA

Biographic Details:  

NA

Quote:  

NA

Most recent info:  

Director of Training at DINFOS.
Last known Location:  

NA

Last known EM:  

NA

  
Mateo Simons:

 

Current Status:  

Deceased

Tour of Duty:  

1975 - 1999 

Designation:  

Graphics Illustrator "Legendary in the history of SCN."
Duties:   He came to SCN in 1975 after working at the USARSO G-3 Training Aids office. He came on board as an illustrator at a time when SCN was preparing to transmit in color. And has seen the network change over the past 24 years. His graphics and artwork ability have been recognized as some of the best in AFRTS over the years. 
Trivia:   NA
Biographic Details:   Since his retirement on July 1st, 1999,  Mateo enjoyed the retired life at home in Panama.

Quote:  

NA

Most recent info:  

Mateo passed away from a stroke while resting at home in Panama on Sept 23, 2005. Mateo had just turned 64.

 

Here is a letter from Gerry Fry

It is with great sadness that I must report the sudden and untimely death of our good friend Mateo.  Frank Pereira emailed me today that Mateo succumbed to an apparent stroke yesterday afternoon as he napped in his Panama City home.  He leaves his wife Blanca and three children: Mateo, Edgar and daughter Diana.

For those who don’t know Mateo, he is the person I brought into SCN in 1975 to be our graphic artist.  Prior to him, we relied on military artists, but as the Vietnam war raged on, the military services were unable to fill the slot with qualified people.  I civilianized it and after a brief period with a temporary local hire, Mateo came on board.  He stayed until the end – December of 1999.  Not only have we lost a wonderful friend who contributed so much to our beloved network, we have also lost a great reservoir of SCN history, unmatched by any of the rest of us.

Mateo’s last posting to our SCN-Panama Yahoo group was one week ago today.  He and I communicated via email on a regular basis, but he was not always comfortable posting to the group for some reason.  I’m going to miss him terribly, and I know that many of you will also. 

Gerry Fry

Last known Location:  

NA

Last known EM:  

NA

   
Sgt Pamela Smith:
 

No photo available 

 

Current Status:  

Missing

Tour of Duty:  

1995 - 1998

Designation:  

Master control, reporter, News Anchor
Duties:  

She was a member of the SCN department for 3 years. During that time she went from Tape slinging in Master Control to reporting and anchoring the News Cast.

She also worked on a specialty show known as "Panama Now" which was a 10 minute program about various topics about the Panama Community. She spent countless hours organizing and creating news topics with various contacts within the community.

Trivia:   Through all of her efforts she became very popular with the military community.
Biographic Details:  

NA

Quote:  

NA

Most recent info:  

NA

Last known Location:   at Ft Bragg
Last known EM:   NA
  
SGT Larry Smith:

 

Current Status:  

Missing

Tour of Duty:  

Early 90's

Designation:  

NA

Duties:  

NA

Trivia:  

NA

Biographic Details:  

NA

Quote:  

NA

Most recent info:  

NA

Last known Location:  

NA

Last known EM:  

NA

  
Al Solis:

 

Current Status:  

Missing

Tour of Duty:  

1990 - 1999

Designation:  

Chief Engineer
Duties:   Al was the assistant chief engineer before becoming the chief engineer when Jose Toledo left in 1998
Trivia:   He was an avid sportsman who enjoyed golf, fishing, and racquetball.
Biographic Details:   Al left Panama to take the chief engineer slot at AFN South in Italy.

Quote:  

NA

Most recent info:  

NA

Last known Location:  

NA

Last known EM:  

{solisaafnsvicenzaarmymil}

  
SSgt K. Fitzgerald Stewart:
 

No photo available 

 

Current Status:  

Missing

Tour of Duty:  

March 95 - March 97

Designation:  

USAF.  News reporter, editor, anchor
Duties:   Stew worked in News primarily as a reporter, shooter, editor, and anchor with Quesenberry, Hartke, Harris, Newberry, Medina, and a host of others.
Trivia:  

NA

Biographic Details:  

NA

Quote:  

NA

Most recent info:  

NA

Last known Location:  

NA

Last known EM:  

NA

  
Mrs Gladys E. Stocker:
 

 No photo available 

 

Current Status:  

Found

Tour of Duty:  

Late 70s to 1994

Designation:  

Purchasing & Supplies
Duties:   Worked in the SCN supply section and helped out ordering and tracking down the status of all SCN supply purchases.
Trivia:  

NA

Biographic Details:  

NA

Quote:  

NA

Most recent info:  

NA

Last known Location:   Currently retired and living in Panama.
Last known EM:   NA
  
Petty Officer Jason Thompson, USN:

 

Current Status:  

Missing

Tour of Duty:  

Sept. 1993 thru Nov. 1995

Designation:  

Master control, production
Duties:   Jason worked as; Master Control Operator, Post-Production, & "Panama Now." He produced a ton of creative spots. While at SCN he produced a "Weightlifting" spot with big, bulky, heavy-breathing lifter and helped win TJ for '96 competition.
Trivia:   NA
Biographic Details:   After leaving SCN he went on to work at the Naval Media Center, Washington D.C. and transferred to Commander, U.S. Sixth Fleet/USS LaSalle, home ported in Gaeta, Italy.

Quote:  

NA

Most recent info:  

NA

Last known Location:  

NA

Last known EM:  

NA

  
Jodi Thronson: 
 

No photo available

 

Current Status:  

Missing

Tour of Duty:  

circa @ 1991

Designation:  

Traffic & continuity
Duties:   Worked in T&C with Rob Barrett
Trivia:  

NA

Biographic Details:  

NA

Quote:  

NA

Most recent info:  

NA

Last known Location:  

NA

Last known EM:  

NA

  
Capt Dennis Tice:
 

No photo available

 

Current Status:  

Missing

Tour of Duty:  

1993 - 1995

Designation:  

USAF SCN Commander
Duties:  

NA

Trivia:  

NA

Biographic Details:  

NA

Quote:  

NA

Most recent info:  

NA

Last known Location:  

NA

Last known EM:  

NA

  
Jose Toledo:
 

No photo available

 

Current Status:  

Found

Tour of Duty:  

Late 80's - 1998

Designation:  

SCN Chief Engineer
Duties:  

NA

Trivia:  

NA

Biographic Details:  

NA

Quote:  

NA

Most recent info:  

NA

Last known Location:   Frankfurt, Germany
Last known EM:   {toledojafnfrankfurtarmymil}
  
Mario Troncoso:

 

No photo available

 

Current Status:  

Found

Tour of Duty:  

1988 - 1990

Designation:  

USAF SSGT Engineering

Duties:  

assigned to the engineering team working with Jerry Bryza and other engineers. 

Trivia:  

Volunteer with local Public Access television to maintain two production studios and field equipment. 

Biographic Details:  

1990 - was reassigned from Panama to Norton AFB, CA. Assigned as NCOIC of Combat Camera, Aerospace Audiovisual Service. 
1991 - Left Air Force active duty and joined the NM Air National Guard. Worked for Intel Corporation as a Shift supervisor and Shift Manager of Fab 7, Fab 11, and Fab 7 Assembly and Test. Worked with Intel corporation for 14 years. 

Quote:  

NA

Most recent info:  

Left Intel in 2007 and now working for US Forest Service as an HR Specialist recruiting and placement. 

Last known Location:  

Albuquerque, New Mexico 
Last known EM:  

{mtroncosofsfedus} 

 

Felix V. Vallone Jr:
 

No photo available

Current Status:  

Found

Tour of Duty:  

November 89 - November 90

Designation:  

TV News; Traffic and Continuity

Duties:  

Responsible for the daily preparation of the Channel 8 & 10 and Cable 14 Master Control TV schedules. Received and accounted for all Television Daily (TD) & Television Weekly (TW) program tapes from the AFRTS Broadcast Center. Used the ONET scheduling software program to create daily TV schedules and provide advance copies to the Command Group. Worked with TV Tape Librarian to dub restricted TV programs for later use on SCN Cable 14. Compiled Monthly Manpower and Equipment Survey (MOMES) data for submission to Command Group. Worked with TV Master Controllers to ensure they had the proper TV programs and Command Information spots in the right order on the correct days. Assisted the TV Production Department in the daily production of SCN Evening News (audio mixer, video tape operator, camera operator/floor director).

Trivia:  

NA

Biographic Details:  

After SCN, he returned to 4th PSYOP Group, Fort Bragg from Nov 90 - Sept 92. After that, he was assigned to Southern European Broadcasting (SEB)/AFN South, Vicenza, Italy from Sept 92 - Sept 95. He volunteered for Drill Sergeant duty, and after successful completion of Drill Sergeant School at Fort Leonard Wood, MO, he was subsequently assigned to Company B., 2nd Battalion, 46th Infantry Regiment, Fort Knox, KY from Sept 95 - Jan 98. After this tour was completed, he was assigned to AFN Europe from Jan 1998 - January 2001. He was then assigned to HHB, US Army Air Defense Artillery Center at Fort Bliss, TX with duty at the Fort Bliss Public Affairs Office from January 2001 - October 2003. His final two years of active duty were spent at AFN-Korea, first as the NCOIC of Network Operations in Seoul, then as Detachment Commander, AFN Camp Casey in Tongduchon. He retired from active duty on 1 December 2005.

Quote:  

NA

Most recent info:  

After a two and half year stint as the Lead Audiovisual Production Specialist for the 374th Force Support Squadron Marketing Office at Yokota Air Base, Japan (May 07 - Sept 09), He is now working as an Audiovisual Production Specialist for Enterprise Multimedia Visual Information Services at Fort Lewis, Washington.

Last known Location:  

Tumwater, Washington

Last known EM:  

{vallonefyahoocom}

 

SSG Jose Velasquez:

 

Current Status:  

Found

Tour of Duty:  

6/1991 - 6/1994

Designation:  

Radio, CI, TV News
Duties:  

Jose came to SCN from DINFOS. Jose worked in Radio CI and TV News. 

He was the main anchor for the evening news and also a show appropriately called, "Midday."   

He was also a reporter/photojournalist for the newsroom. 

Trivia:   Jose also spent six months in Soto Cano at the radio station there and spent time in Honduras. 
Biographic Details:  

He then went on to anchor the Army's television newscast called, "Army Newswatch" at Soldiers Radio and Television (SRTV) in Washington D.C. 

After that, Jose went to Korea where he ran an affiliate at Camp Humphreys. 

His last move was to Fort Bragg. He spent three years in PSYOPS. While there he went to Airborne school.

Quote:  

NA

Most recent info:  

Jose was last reported serving in the 22nd Mobile Public Affairs Office at Bragg where  he was the Senior Broadcast NCO and Team NCOIC.
Last known Location:   NA
Last known EM:   {jvsport2001yahoocom}
  
SPC Kendrick Washington:

 

Current Status:  

Missing

Tour of Duty:  

1990's

Designation:  

Radio announcer 
Duties:   Co-host of "StreetJamz" a popular Friday night urban show.
Trivia:  

NA

Biographic Details:  

NA

Quote:  

NA

Most recent info:  

NA

Last known Location:  

NA

Last known EM:  

NA

  
Reuben Webster:

 

Current Status:  

Found

Tour of Duty:  

1989 - 1994

Designation:  

Program Director from 89 - 94 
Duties:   “Uncle Ruben.” It was said that there were no type O's or errors when he checked. Many long Wednesday nights were spent preparing info to take to the Tropic Times. 
Trivia:   NA
Biographic Details:  

Before SCN he was program director of the Southern European Broadcasting (SEB) network in Vicenza, Italy. 

Reuben left SCN to become Chief of the Operations Division at AFRTS-BC.

In 1996, he married Navy Captain Connie Haney, then the commander of AFRTS-BC and now retired.

Quote:  

NA

Most recent info:  

Retired
Last known Location:   Reuben and Connie are currently living in Merlin, Oregon.
Last known EM:   NA
  
Bill Wenger:
 

No photo available

 

Current Status:  

Missing

Tour of Duty:  

Early 90's

Designation:  

NCOIC Broadcast Operations
Duties:  

NA

Trivia:  

NA

Biographic Details:  

NA

Quote:  

NA

Most recent info:  

NA

Last known Location:  

NA

Last known EM:  

NA

  
Sgt Thomas William Wheeler:

 

Current Status:  

Found

Tour of Duty:  

Sept. 1995 to Sept. 1998

Designation:  

Army  Engineering
Duties:  

While stationed at SCN he served as a 25 Romeo as one of the Engineering Staff. Tom along with several others assisted in the Maintenance of SCN and all its On-Air Signals.

He also assisted in the Installation, Maintenance and upkeep of the facilities Audio, Video, and Automations Equipment (ie. AVID News cutters, Odetics, PDR-100 Video Disk Recorders, Studios Digital Sony Cameras, Creation of the facilities Wire Diagrams, Studios Audio Board and PDR-100 as well as a host of other Equipment).

Trivia:   His wife Cristal, spent most of her time as a Research Assistant on Isla Tigre on Gatun Lake researching Panamanian Tamerain Monkeys. 
Biographic Details:   NA

Quote:  

Tom says "While at SCN, I learned more during those three years than I could have ever learned in a school class room. My wife and I met and became good friends with many fine people, both civilian and military. It is sad to see it go and I wont soon forget my time there."

Most recent info:  

Sgt Wheeler was last reported to be stationed at Health Science Visual Information at Fort Sam Houston TX as a Technician and Operator. When spending time at home, Tom & his wife Cristal enjoy the companionship of their dogs Ebbi & Chewi.
Last known Location:   Fort Sam Houston TX 
Last known EM:   {sgtwwhotmailcom}
  
LTC Jerry White:

 

Current Status:  

Deceased

Tour of Duty:  

?? - 1994

Designation:  

SCN Commander
Duties:  

He was a VERY driven commander who’s goal was to put SCN at the top in AFRTS. He succeeded and forever changed the way SCN was viewed in the community and by the SCN staff.

Jerry was considered to be the toughest all around commander at SCN but he was fair. LTC White was responsible for upgrading the entire network. He was committed to having the proper equipment and a pleasant working environment to produce good projects. He supported his team.

Trivia:   His famous saying posted throughout building 209 was, “CHECK, RECHECK and before it airs CHECK IT AGAIN.
Biographic Details:  

NA

Quote:  

NA

Most recent info:  

Colonel White arrived in Panama with a bacterial infection in his heart. LTC Jerry White, while SCN commander, continued to suffer serious heart problems and passed away Sept 21, 1994 at the age of 42, while attending the funeral of his mother in Texas. His death was a shock to all the SCN personnel. Mateo reflects that Colonel White continued to influenced him greatly in his productions after passing away.
Last known Location:   Texas
Last known EM:   NA
  
SPC Benjamin Williams Sr:
 

No photo available

 

Current Status:  

Found

Tour of Duty:  

Feb 18, 1994 - Dec 20, 1995

Designation:  

NA

Duties:  

NA

Trivia:  

NA

Biographic Details:  

NA

Quote:  

NA

Most recent info:  

NA

Last known Location:  

NA

Last known EM:   {williamsben1yahoocom}
  
Mark N Williams:
 

No photo available

 

Current Status:  

Missing

Tour of Duty:  

Mar 1995 thru July 1997

Designation:  

Odectics
Duties:   He made history by being the first to create a still photo background 25V that worked in an AFRTS station. He worked in Master Control T&C as a Channel 8&10 Programmer.
Trivia:   NA
Biographic Details:   After SCN he went on become the NCOIC 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne) Photo/Video Productions, Fort Bragg.

Quote:  

NA

Most recent info:  

NA

Last known Location:  

NA

Last known EM:  

NA

   
SSG Andrew Q. Windfelder:

 

Current Status:  

Found

Tour of Duty:  

1986 - 1990

Designation:  

Radio DJ & NCOIC from 88 - 89. 
Duties:  

Hosted Afternoon Radio Show.

Transferred to Honduras (Apr 89-Aug90). 

Trivia:   NA
Biographic Details:   After leaving SCN went to St. Louis, MO; Camp Humphrey's, Korea; promoted to SFC. In 1998 became NCOIC for Television Skills Division, Defense Information School.

Quote:  

NA

Most recent info:  

NA

Last known Location:   living in sweltering South Florida where the hibiscus grow wild
Last known EM:   {andyqixnetcomcom}
  
TSGT Chris Wuerthner:

 

Current Status:  

Found

Tour of Duty:  

?? - 1999

Designation:  

CI Producer, broadcaster
Duties:  

Production, announcer

Trivia:  

NA

Biographic Details:  

NA

Quote:  

NA

Most recent info:  

Currently at McConnell AFB Wichita, KS with Public Affairs.

Last known Location:  

Wichita, KS     McConnell AFB

Last known EM:  

NA

  

 

 

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