Biographical / Historical
Kurt Priessman was born on 31 January 1952. He volunteered for the United States Air Force in 1970. He served for a total of 20 years, 15 days of which 2 years were spent in Thailand. Mr. Priessman was assigned to the 635th SPS/K9 unit in U-Tapao RTNB in Thailand, the 388th SPS/K9 at Korat, Thailand and th4e 824th SPS/K9 at Kadena AFB on Okinawa. He served as a Military working dog handler and an Air Operations Specialist. Mr. Priessman held the ranks of A1C, sergeant, and Staff Sergeant while in Southeast Asia. He was involved with Operation Linebacker II and a sapper attack on U-Tapao RTNAB on 10 January 1972. Mr Priessman recieved the following awards for his service in Southeast Asia: Air Force Outstanding Unit award with Valor and Silver Oak Leaf Cluster, the Air Force Good Conduct Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Air Force Overseas Short Tour Ribbon with Oak Leaf Cluster, the Airforce Overseas Long Tour Ribbon, the Air force Longevity Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal with 2 bronze stars, the Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with palm, and the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal. Mr Preissman retired from the Air Force on 31 July 1990 at the rank of Master Sergeant.