Staff Sgt. James A. Riedel /n /n Jim enlisted in the US Air Force at Phoenix, AZ in 1971 and served at Clark AFB in the Philippine Islands (PTO) during the end of the Viet Nam conflict. He served as a Telecommunications Equipment Repair Specialist and in laison to the Philippine Air Force. He was also honored with the Philippine Republic Presidential Unit Citation. /n /nThe decoration was bestowed to U.S. and Philippine military units for relief efforts during several natural disasters which occurred in the Philippines during 1 August to 15 December 1970 (a series of typhoons) and 21 July to 15 August 1972 (monsoon rains and associated floods). /n /nIn 1974 he transfered to Stuttgart, Germany (ETO) and worked close air support to the US 7th Army Corps. He was Honorably discharged at Charleston AFB, SC in 1976, having attained the rank of Staff Sgt (E-5). He; however, returned to Germany as a civilian working as a consultant to the US Army Telecommunications Corps throughout Germany for another year.