18th Artillery Association


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Oldest Living Member

Anthony Sluzenski


In early 1950 following high school Anthony volunteered for the draft. Initially he was assigned to 69th Infantry Division at Fort Dix, NJ. After basic training, he was assigned to Fort Sill, OK with the 553 FA BN as a motor pool mechanic. Soon after learning Gyro in Germany, he learned that they were looking for aircraft mechanics in the aviation section. He applied and became a flight engineer and then finished his tour with the 553 Aviation Section.  The 553 went to Germany and secured the 18th Headquarters in '56-'58 - before the stand down and consolidation on June, 25th 1958.

Anthony pursued an aviation career and became a pilot with the USAF in a civilian capacity. He later became a corporate pilot.

The 553rd Aviation Patch was designed by Anthony Sluzenski.

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Anthony Sluzenski and his wife Maria

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