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69 USA FAD
The 69th United State Army Artillery Detachment was activated in September 1963 at Deilinghofen, Germany. The unit is organized to provide Lance Missile Support to the 50 Missile Regiment R.A.
The detachments organized in a headquarters element and four maintenance and assembly platoons, each habitually associated with the four British Firing Battery's.Total authorized strength is five officers, twenty 0one non-commissioned officers and seventy-two other ranks. The 69th USA Artillery Detachment is the largest detachment of the 570th US Army Artillery Group, Headquarters in Munster and is one of the largest in Europe.
The Detachment has been collated with 50 Missile Regiment at Northumberland Barracks since August of 1980and presently occupies block 11, along with the smaller 9th USA Artillery Detachment.
In addition to supporting the 50th Missile Regiment, the detachment maintains responsibility for the local ammunition site and operates a small American post exchange in the basement of block 11.
Where The Hell Is The Rest Of The Base?
I went to Germany in February of 1982. I wound up in the 69th Detachment on a British Base known as the 50 Missile Regiment. After being in a huge training facility in the states, I was expecting my duty station to be the same, huge. Well my first day out and about I wondered around for about ½ an hour and said to myself " Where the hell is the rest of this base?" I could not believe it was so small. Amazingly, I had seen the whole thing before breakfast. In a way I was glad it was small because it became homelike quicker. There was always some kind of activity going on. Most everyone was polite and would say hello. Some of the lads looked at me as if I were crazy saying hello to them, but later I came to find out that as in any other place of the world there is good and bad. I found that some of the Americans there hated the British and vice verse. To me it was senseless but I would do my own thing.
In a days time I had settled into my room, and new surroundings of the Barracks. I have to say I liked it already. I arrived on a Friday so the weekend was mine to do as I pleased and that meant check out the town with my roommate and his friends. First we went to the shopping district to eat in the center of town so they could make a complete ass out of the new guy. We ate at an Italian Restaurant and the meal was quite good. After finishing the guy's told me it was customary to belch as loud as possible to let the owner know the meal was good. So like an Ass I listened and did the belching. As they laughed peopled turned and smiled at me so I figured that's what it was all about. Then when the waitress came to give us the bill they told me to say (I'm sure my spelling is wrong here) "Du habst ein schon ash" Supposedly to say "the meal was very good" but when this poor lady turned red in the face when I said it I knew that I had been had. Then they tell me the truth that I had just told her "you have a nice ass' and man did I feel like one. This was my first day. What the hell was to expect in the next few hours?
Writer Tom Lewis ex-69th USAFAD
With Good Humour & Mutual Respect
My first posting to Germany in May 71 was to 2 Fd Regt RA in Hemer, my first time out of the UK - on arrival, what did I find - a detachment of yanks on the other side of the street in our camp right next door to HQ Bty offices!!
Completions!! They had their sign 69th USA Missile Detachment, Home of the Professionals - and what did we put on HQ Bty - 'We train the professionals', then 69 USAFAD changed their sign to 'Second to None' - so we changed ours to 'None'.
A great experience - I did temporary clerical duty with the Americans while their clerk (pronounced clurk) was in hospital.
On a personal note, I made a few friends with the Americans - even on a Remembrance parade, 69 USAFAD provided some of their men for the service and afterwards we all went to their bar - one of them had a chest full of medals, asked him what they were for - citation for enlisting, completing training, marksman, overseas theatre, etc - he then asked what mine was, the old inch of glory - GSM N Ireland - he called the others over saying "He's got a combat medal".
An enjoyable time until October '73.
Writer Jon Bevan ex Gunner HQ & L (Nery) Btys, 2 Fd Regt RA - 58 (Eyres) AD Bty, 12 AD Regt RA
Fondest Memories of British Nurses
I arrived June of 1986, my first thought was oh my God, what happened to the base it is so small. I was taken to my room so I could unpack, I opened my window and just stood there wondering what the next 3 years would bring. I had no idea that permanent duty was so laid back until a black Sgt. (looked a little like Eddie Murphy) knocked and walked in, I yelled "AT EASE" and he was dumb founded. He turned and walked out of the room and got a named Ward (from Arkansas) to come over and explain things to me.
As the first few days went by I found out that some of the Americans did not like the Brits, but I did not have a problem with, as I looked at they as teachers. I learned a lot over there and have some of my British friends thanks toall the guys at the REME bar.
I guess the fondest memory is when the British nurses where on base from England for an exercise.
Best Wishes Lads,