Patch Barracks USAF Club

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Many years ago while assigned to 1141st USAF Special Activity Sq at Patch Barracks we were of the good fortune to have an in-house "private" bar with alcohol and slots. Does anybody know if this still exists or does even 1141st USAF Special Activities Squadron even exist? Many good hours were spent in the "private" club at Patch Barracks and many divorces resulted from that club.

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Doubtful the club is still there, and if it is it would be nothing like what you remembered.

 

Looking on google for 1141st USAF Special Activities Squadron, doesn't turn up that much info.

However here are some bits of info.

 

Sometime after 1955 the 5th Radio Relay Sq was renamed to 1141st Special Activities Sq and was assigned to Ramstein AB, Germany

In June 1972, Det.4 1141st USAF Special Activities Squadron was in Naples, IT

1961-63: Det.2 1141st USAF Special Activities Squadron was in Fontainebleau, France..

 

Thats about all I can find.. Sometime in the 70-80s the unit was stand down.

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The AF signal/comms/radio guys moved from Patch to Kelley Barracks and were under the VII Corps umbrella until 1990 when VII Corps was deactivated. They were a GSU and under control of USAF at Sembach. I know what you mean about private bars, there was one at a RAF base we were stationed at in the UK in the early 90's. Very popular with everyone!!

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Thanks all for the info regarding 1141st. This was in a place long ago and far away. The unit moved from France when both NATO and EUCOM moved with NATO going to Belgium and EUCOM going to Patch and this happened in 1966 when DeGaulle tossed the Americans from France. I was at Patch from 1967 to 1970 and lived at Pattonville. The detachments you indicated Darkknight were all of our detachments, as we were Hq Sqdn. Those were the fun days of travelling all over Europe visiting the different detachments for various reasons - mainly fun reasons such as going to the Navy store in Naples for an alcohol refueling run for the squadron club. We had a T-29 available for the squadron airplane. Appreciate everybody's response.

 

Here's another question now that I am a civilian and not military connected in any way. My wife and I are in Europe every year and I often wondered if it would be possible to wander around Patch Barracks or could I get some kind of escort to roam around - I'm sure security is a big issue there so I would understand if that were not possible. We some times fly into Stuttgart and stay in Vaihingen once in a while.

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A visit to Patch will be VERY difficult.. Patch is major command base and home to many very important units..

That being said, have a look at google maps. The pix are very detailed.. - Here

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Thanks Darkknight. From looking at the Google Earth map of Patch it seems that I recall the parade grounds with all the flags of nations under NATO being boardered by Montana St as shown on Google Earth - do you know if that is the case? It has only been about 38 years since I have been on Patch so perhaps my memory has failed me.

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No idea.. I only go there 1-2 times a year... Aren't the street names in GM?

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A visit to Patch will be VERY difficult.. Patch is major command base and home to many very important units..

Haha, pffft, difficult my arse, I've been there a couple of times. All you need is your passport and for someone connected with the miritawy to accompany you on.

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And if you don't have anybody to sign you in? How easy will it be then?

Will you stand outside the Front gate asking everybody that drives up

to sign you in.. I think you wouldn't be there to long, you might actually

get on base too.. To bad it will be the Base Jail, in holding.. Waiting for the Polizei

to come and take you to a different jail..

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Haha, I would have thought that it could be safely assumed that the individual bringing you on would know you and that you wouldn't just lurk outside hoping to waylay an unsuspecting serviceman. I am simply saying that it is not "VERY difficult" as you asserted.

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But if you don't know someone military, no Taco Bell for you!

 

They do have a nice park next to the front gate you can lurk in while waiting for somebody to take pity on you. Apple trees and playground.

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And if you don't have anybody to sign you in? How easy will it be then?

Will you stand outside the Front gate asking everybody that drives up

to sign you in.. I think you wouldn't be there to long, you might actually

get on base too.. To bad it will be the Base Jail, in holding.. Waiting for the Polizei

to come and take you to a different jail..

Sorry, you won't get on post, the MP's will detain you off post until the Polizei arrive.

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I'm very familiar with that club since I, too, spent many hours there. It was called The Lunchroom".

 

As a matter of fact I still came across a photo of some of the 1141st guys there in the Lunchroom a little while ago. This was taken in the fall of 1975. Was that around the time you were stationed there?

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Hi

I was a dependent when my family was stationed in Germany 68-72. We lived in RB, but my dad worked at Patch. He was Chief of the 1141st SAS. CMSgt I.K. Smith.

I remember the Lunch Room. Many great memories of the Unit and personnel there.

He as well as several other people who were there have now passed, Bruce Allen, Jim Johnson etc.

I'd love to get in contact with those who served with them. TSgt Rodgers, TSgt Labove, TSgt Ballinger... the ranks are wrong but it was correct back then.

Ken

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I was also stationed there from '81 to '83. I loved that area of Germany and have so many fond memories. I was young and full of emotion. Their is not a year that goes by that I don't miss Stuttgart at Christmas time. God Bless.

 

ED

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RedBaran, don't let the "tools" in this forum discourage you. IF you're retired military, your retired ID will do. If not ANYONE with access can escort you in, I know several personally...or contact the AF element at EUCOM, explain your "prior-service" interest, I'm confident they will provide you an escort. No secret squirrel or other decoder ring necessary.

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dbert, what does AF stand for? I too was stationed at Patch Barracks from 81 to 83. I will be in Germany in a few months and would like to go back and see the place again and show my wife where my work site and barracks were. But before I travel all the way to Stuttgart I'd like to confirm that I can get on base for an hour or two to look around. Is there a phone number I can call to get information? thanks~harryT

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Since EUCOM (Patch Barracks) is a regional "Combatant Command" it is "joint" with all services represented there. Previously the US Air Force had there own lunch room with bar there.

 

The military started transistioned the military club system to, "all rank" and, "all service" beginning in the 1980's and now have finally closed almost all clubs down. The one at Patch was there in 2005 as a general bar type place which server food, not sure if it's still there or not.

 

The military is now a, "christian army" ALL drinking and sex is frowned upon or forbidden. Somehow though the killing continues.

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