DIEGO GARCIA 1988
I offer my deep regrets to my friends and aquaintences of 1987-1988 amonst the Contractors on Diego Garcia that I did not take enough photos to include all of them in this web site. If you were there and have a photo taken on the island during that period, please send me the photo as a .jpg file. Also, since I have completely lost all my notes on names, I'm not sure of all of the ones on this page. If you know the names to match to the photos below, send them to me. Please.
(FEBROE also operated a
for the USN at Berbera
*FEBROID (n.) Anyone employed by the company FEBROE. There were approximately 70 Americans and perhaps as many as 1,500 Filippinos and Mauritians employed on the Island.
Here are a bunch of names provided by George Rice. He challenges anyone to provide the names of their crews too - can you add any more? "Here is a list of the Fuel Crew of DG for the year of 87: Fuels Manager - Mel Wasikowski; Supt Fuel Maint Sys - George Rice; Supt Storage/Refueling - Bervis Ardoin; Fuel Admin Chemists - N.R. Bautista & J. S. Salandanan; Accountants - A.R. Tobias & R.S. Roldan; Clerk - E.O Ballesteros Jr.; Fuel Maintenance TCN Super - M. D. Santos; Mechanics - Rousa, Jaro, Barcela; Fuel Truck Mechanic - Gonzales; Painters: Lead Man - Rogelio D. San Miguel; Painters - Rara, Cercado, Mercado; Gas Station - Balubar & Espiritu; Storage and Disdelate - De Guzman, Perdio, Calazan, Garcia; Aircraft Hyd. System ( AIR FORCE AREA): Lead - Jose Paguio, Operators - Asuncion, Pineda, Abrera Jr., Griva; A/C Refueling Lead - A. Mascarina; Dispatchers - Dizon, Lopez, Brigola, Felipe Jr.; Drivers - Palad, Lamban, Batoon, Ortiz, Penarubia, Elemancia, Malvas, Costosa Jr., E. De Guzman" - not a bad memory, George!
John Springer, Bill Harrington, Von Christensen
- The Honchos.
Joel ran the "TCN" (Third Country Nationals - i.e.,
the Filippinos and
Mauritians - Camp). John was Christensen's right
hand man, Bill was
Harbor Ops, and Col. Christensen, USAF Retired,
fighter pilot extraordinaire
(shot down a MiG in Vietnam), was the #1 Island
FEBROID, the Program Director.
Aubrey, Bob Hodges, Lester Jones - Aircraft
Mechanics. Bob and Bob
were retired Air Force, Lester got out after a hitch
or two at Clark to
come out and make the "big bucks" on DG! Sadly,
he passed away while
on leave shortly after this photo was taken.
Virgil Zins, Ed McCants (Ed was in Det. 1 as the NCOIC
an Aerial Port guy) - Aircraft Mechanics.
Both Jim and Virgil
were retired Air Force Chief Master Sergeants.
(Boy) Garcia of fuels on the left, Vic Mutoc
(transient line) and
Mr. Garcia. They worked real hard everyday
fueling our airplanes
and keeping the equipment operational. It was
the TCNs who did all
the real work on DG, and they did a damn fine job for
wages an American
or Brit wouldn't touch. They were the unsung
heroes of the island,
and kept everything working and going. Some
other names on the transient
line were Armando Carralos, Pete Amimita, Gerry
Cilucia, and Arnold Tanquilot.
From Armando Caralos, 19 April
By the way, Armando is looking
for a job, so
if you've got one, write him at:
is the Mangoman, Melchor Razon. Although not
technically a FEBROID
(mainly because he's been there through all the
included here. As the longest serving person I
know of (1982-1999!!!),
he is therefore The Official
Mayor Emeritus of the
Provisional People's Democratic Republic.
here's Jose N. Jaro getting a $300,000 check from von
Jose promised to split it with George Rice (on the
left) the Fuels Superintendent.
George spent a lot of time in Berbera Somalia, and you
can go directly
to a page about that god-forsaken wilderness by clicking
And while the rest of us lived in airconditioned splendor, here's where the TCNs lived. We used to call it "Splinterville", but one of the NSF COs insisted the name be changed to "Splindidville" in 1984 (coincidence? I think not - doublespeak lives!). Of course, I guess it wasn't all that bad, because the SEABEES used to live in them before the contractors came out. Whoops, I guess that were that bad!
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