Who Are You Looking For?
Are you looking for a career field buddy from your past? If you are a registered member of this website, you might find who you’re looking for in our list of registered members. Just click on the “Search for Members” menu at the top of the page and input the person’s first or last name (not both names) and view the list. If the person is not there, then take a look at the list of “Members Who Are Not Online” under “Search for Members”. If your lost Personal Equipment, Survival Equipment, Life Support, or Flight Equipment buddy isn’t on either list then consider adding him or her to our list of people we are searching for.
If you or anyone you know have any information on the whereabouts of any of the individuals listed below, please let us know. Perhaps with the help of the troops at HQ AFPC some of these people can be found.
The military keeps track of folks who are currently receiving military pay. That means they know the location of individuals who are currently on active duty, in the National Guard and Reserves, and those who are retired from the military. If you’re looking for someone who spent a few years in the military, and then separated, the military is not going to know where they are.
Even if the people you are looking for are currently on active duty, in the Guard or Reserves, or are retired, whether or not the military will release information they do have on file is dependent upon the circumstances. For example, the military generally does not release information about individuals who are deployed.
So, what can you do to locate current or former members of the U.S. Air Force?
Here are several places to begin your search or just get caught up with people you may have served with.
While the government and military branches won’t provide contact information for veterans or active-duty personnel except for official business, they do offer a lot of good starting points for locating people who served at various commands, including lists of reunions.
- The Department of Veterans Affairs can forward a message to a veteran, providing the veteran has filed a claim with VA and their current address is on record.
- Air Force Retiree Services has a website that provides several helpful links, including information about reunions as well as access to the “Afterburner” magazine for Air Force retirees.
Veterans Directories and Locators from Other Organizations
- The Interactive Vietnam War Memorial from Footnote.com enables visitors to search the Wall for people they know and pay tribute by adding photos, comments, and stories of those who lost their lives during the Vietnam conflict.
- The Directory of Veterans Service Organizations is a shortlist of service organizations that may offer reunion listings or locator services. The American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars both have magazines that contain lists of reunions and more..
Believe it or not, Facebook may be one of the easiest ways to look up your old military buddies or units.
You can search for anyone by name and send them a message directly from within Facebook if you feel comfortable doing that. A better way to locate your old friends is to search for a Facebook group for your old duty station.
There are Facebook groups for current and former military bases, units, and ships, as well as groups related to serving at those commands. Depending on what command you are looking for, there may be several groups you can choose from, including tenant commands or groups of people just looking to reminisce.
Good luck in your search.