Jim Satcher
Mount Vernon, Washington
Tel 1-360.848.5003
Military Service
May 1964 - December 1993
Master Sergeant (E8), retired. 


Served eight years in the U.S. Army and three tours in Vietnam.  Assigned to Engineer, Army Security Agency and Communications commands in California, Virginia, Japan and Vietnam.  Duties:  Morse Code Radio Operator, Field Communications, Claims, Administration, Research & Analysis, Awards and Decorations, Transportation, Radio & TV Broadcaster.  

Achievements:  Set up the 224th Aviation Battalion (Radio Research) Headquarters & Headquarters Detachment Orderly Room, Battalion Transit Flight Office and the Battalion Awards and Decorations Office.  Established filing systems for each office, created all manning charts, maintained all reports and wrote a guide to assist others in preparing recommendations for awards and decorations.  Increased the number of awards and decorations received by the Battalion over the previous year.   Established a fund raiser that raised $2,000 for the Vint Hill Farms Volunteer Fire Department in Virginia (1968).  Entertained soldiers quarantined during the spinal meningitis epidemic at Ft. Ord, CA (Aug '64); brought together soldiers, sailors, marines and a group of newly commissioned Army Nurses to entertain approximately 5,000 military personnel aboard the USS Mann troop ship while en route to Vietnam (Jul '65); hosted a disk jockey show aboard the USS Mann, and on Far East Network (FEN) radio in Itazuke, Japan and on Armed Forces Vietnam (AFVN radio) in Saigon, Vietnam.  Granted a Top Secret security clearance with Special Intelligence access.  

Served twenty years in the Army Reserve.  Assigned to Army Security Agency, Civil Affairs, Reception Station, Garrison and Army Reserve Schools in the San Francisco Bay Area and in Tacoma, WA.  Duties:  Platoon Sergeant, Sr. Course Instructor, General Staff NCO, Command Retention NCO, Personnel Management NCO, Training NCO, Safety NCO, Recruiter, Career Counselor, Awards and Decorations.

Achievements:  Recruited 30 prior service ASA  MOS qualified personnel and reenlisted 40 more for the 519th Army Security Agency.  Conducted recruiting clinics that generated 1,933 inquiries for the Army and the Army Reserve.  Developed training and retention clinics, created benefit pamphlets and training material, spoke at command conferences on retention and military benefits, and assisted Congressman Paul N. (Pete) McCloskey, Jr. (Col. USMC retired) and congressional aide Thomas (Tom) Constantino (Col USMC retired) on matters pertaining to veterans and military personnel residing in California's 11th congressional district.   


Awards & Decorations:

Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal,

Army Achievement Medal, Good Conduct Medal (2),

Meritorious Unit Commendation (2), National Defense Service Medal,

Vietnam Service Medal w/7 Campaign Stars, Armed Forces Reserve Medal,

Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal (3),

NCO Professional Development Ribbon #3, Army Service Ribbon,

Oveerseas Service Ribbon, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Ribbon w/Device (1960),

Sharpshooter Badge w/Rifle Bar (M-14), Sharpshooter Badge M-16.

Military Skills Awarded:
PMOS: 71L5H Administrative Supervisor
SMOS: 75Z5H Personnel Management Supervisor
AMOS: 79D5H Command Reenlistment NCO
AMOS: 46R5H (71R) Broadcast Supervisor
AMOS: 05BA50 International Morse Code Radio Operator

Military Education:
BTMS Training Supervisor's Workshop - Mountain View, CA
Master Instructor Training Course - Sixth U.S. Army Camp Parks, CA
NCOES Instructor Training Course - 6227th USAR School PSFC
Army Reserve Instructor Course - 6236th USAR School Tacoma, WA
Small Group Instruction Course - Fort Huachuca, AZ
IMS Code Radio Operator (18 words/min) Fort Ord, CA
Command Reenlistment NCO, Fort Benjamin Harrison, IN

Military Units:

U.S. Army Reserve (1973-1993)
6236 U.S. Army Reserve School - Tacoma, WA
351 Civil Affairs Command - Mountain View, CA
6211 U.S. Army Garrison - Oakland, CA
519 U.S. Army Security Agency Company - Mountain View, CA
221 Military Police Brigade - San Jose, CA (1966-1967)

U.S. Army (1964-1966 and 1967-1973)
Sixth U.S. Army Communications Sp Br. - Presidio of San Francisco, CA.
509th Radio Research Group - Davis Station - Saigon So. Vietnam
Armed Forces Vietnam (AFVN Radio) - Saigon So. Vietnam (audio clip)
U.S. Army Security Agency Field Station - Hakata, Japan.
Armed Forces Far East Network (FEN) Radio - Itazuke, Japan
U.S. Army Security Agency Detachment - Presidio of San Francisco, CA
U.S. Army Security Agency Field Station - Vint Hill Farms, VA
224th Aviation Bn (Radio Research) - Davis Station - Saigon So. Vietnam
87th Engineer Battalion - Cam Ranh Bay So. Vietnam (audio clip)
87th Engineer Battalion - Fort Belvoir, VA
C33 BCT and D24 AIT - Fort Ord, CA