From:  Bill Altman

   Dated:  Augustl17, 2018

Hi gang , I believe (in the army at least) any soldier with 703 broadcast, or 701 information, MOS were required to have a secret level clearance to keep the MOS. Bill Altman

    From:  Rick Fredericksen

   Dated:  August 24, 2018

Just looked at DD214 and don't see anything there.

    From: Gary Huber

   Dated:  August 24, 2018

Probably "SECRET ", which would have been typical at the time.

AFVN Group Conversations

    From:  Jim White

   Dated: August 17, 2018

Rick, I don't remember if everyone at AFVN was required to have a security clearance or not--I had a TS clearance for 10 or more years when I got to AFVN. I can image that everyone had to have at least a confidential clearance which was "automatic" in the sense that it required only a records check at the MACV level. TS and S clearances were never automatically given but it some positions were automatically required. A TS required a very thorough background check in my day and this check was repeated every so often. I remember my Dad writing me once in a while that our neighbors were "again being asked about me" whenever my TS clearance had to be re-validated. Jim White

    From: Randall Moody

   Dated:  August 24, 2018

Robert Morecook Thanks! Got all my stuff out from 68-69 for a class I am doing here in Lincoln, Nebraska this fall. Rick Fredericksen is joining me for one of them. Will be great to catch up once again!

    From: Robert Morecook 

   Dated:  August 24, 2018

Hooah! Good to see you here Randall. You are one of my heroes.

    From: Brian Wickham

   Dated:  August 24, 2018

I was told at Ft. Gordon that as a Broadcast Specialist I had a secret clearance but I never saw any written proof of that.


    From:  Rick Fredericksen

   Dated:  August 17, 2018

I seem to remember having some clearance, but do not ever remember having applied for one or being asked questions. I attended a secure meeting at MACV one time--cannot even remember the subject.


    From:  Randall Moody

   Dated:  August 24, 2018

I had a "Top Secret." Its on my press credentials.



    From: Rick Fredericksen

   Dated:  August 24, 2018

Randall Moody I have 7 cards/passes, from MACV payroll and meal pass, to Vietnamese and Marine Corps press passes, alas, not the one shown above. Consensus seems to be I probably had at least a "secret" clearance.


    From:  Michael Goucher

   Dated:  August 24, 2018

I had a secret level clearance, but never handled anything more that "confidential."

    From:  Rick Fredericksen

   Dated:  August 17, 2018

I'm curious. Did we, as AFVN staff, automatically have any level of security clearance?


Security Clearances for AFVN Personnel

August 2018

[Taken from Facebook.]

    From: Robert Morecook

   Dated:  August 24, 2018

Not automatic. But to be a journalist an agency Check was done and we had secret level clearances. Even so I know I never saw any classified data.   I of course was enlisted. As you just read, Moody, a captain, had top secret.

    From: Dan Slentz

   Dated:  August 24, 2018

They let you in the BX/PX didn't they?? In the 1980's, they gave us "secret" to "see stuff" in Germany (TDY). I think that was one step above the Spanish nationals that cleaned around the base.

    From: Tom Benson Benintende

   Dated:  August 24, 2018

I had one, but can’t remember level

    From:  Rodger McKnight

   Dated:  August 24, 2018

Think I had some type of higher because I would connect the teletype to crypto gear and the transmitter at Fort Bragg in NC before I was sent to Nam.