Photo of USTDC courtesy of Les Duffin

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Major Aschenbrenner?

I recently received an email from John (Tien-Cheng Kiang), who was an air traffic controller in Taipei. He worked alongside several American controllers until the U.S. departure from Taiwan in 1979. He continued working for the ROC Civil Aeronautics Administration until his retirement in 2006 - a career spanning more than forty years. His supervisor toward the end of the American presence was a Major Aschenbrenner, who was assigned to J-3 at the U.S. Taiwan Defense Command.

John has been trying to locate his former boss but has been unable to do so. I told him that I would publicize his request here, as well as on the USTDC Group website, which I have already done.

If you remember Major Aschenbrenner, or have any idea where he is today, please comment below. I have had very little success contacting any of the people that I knew in Taipei so I'm always happy to lend a hand to others who are trying to do the same thing.


Anonymous said...

Gerry Aschenbrenner died several years ago of cancer. Sally, his widow, is living in their home in CA, near Fresno, I believe.
Jerry Crumly

Don said...

Thanks very much for the information, Jerry. I'll pass it along to John.

Did you work with him in Taipei by any chance?

Anonymous said...

I was head of the joint exercises. He ran the air force portion. We kept in contact for years after Taiwan. He became a teacher in Fresno after retiring from the AF.
We still hear from Sally every Christmas.

Don said...

Jerry, I received a request from John, the Chinese controller who knew Gerry Aschenbrenner, and he would like to contact you.

If you happen to read this, please email me at ustdc [at] and I'll send you his email address.

Thanks very much.


Ray Richardson said...

I served with Maj Ashenbrenner in the Comnmand Center at USTDC. The normal compliment for the watch was one NCO and one Officer. I had many watches with Gerry. Sadden to learn of his passing. He was an excellent father and loved his family deeply. My thoughts and prayers to his family.

Ray Richardson
US Army Retired
USTDC - 1978 - Till it was no more