Inspections
Seal
The seal of the former On-Site Inspection Agency (it became part of the Defense Threat Reduction Agency in about 1999).
Seal
Ukraine
Grandpa Roy has arrived in the Former Soviet Union for the very first time and is in his room in Ukraine. Soon the team will be taken to its first declared site, Chortkov air base.
Ukraine
Ukraine
Another view of the room. Notice how the pillows were laid out.
Ukraine
Ukraine
There were two single beds in the room.
Ukraine
Ukraine
Grandpa Roy's room had a little balcony.
Ukraine
Ukraine
Shower in Grandpa Roy's room. It was one of the nicer ones during his many trips to the Former Soviet Union.
Ukraine
Ukraine
This statue of Vladimir Lenin was visible from Grandpa Roy's room.
Ukraine
Ukraine
The location where the Ukrainians put up Grandpa Roy's team was a sort of rest and relaxation camp for Ukrainians. Included where sports courts, trails and more.
Ukraine
Ukraine
Outdoors, near the building Grandpa Roy and the other team members used.
Ukraine
Ukraine
This monument was dedicated to warriors who died in a war in 1240 A.D.
Ukraine
Ukraine
The stone is enscribed both in Ukrainian and Russian. In Russian it says, "Common grave of the defenders of Kiev who perished in 1240 during Batu Khan's invasion." The invading forces were Mongols who conquered much of Eastern Europe during the Middle Ages.
Ukraine
Chortkov, Ukraine
Grandpa Roy tries his hand at piloting a Ukrainian Su-24MP at Chortkov air base, Ukraine, on 22 September 1992.
Chortkov, Ukraine
Chortkov, Ukraine
Posing in front of an Su-24 based at Chortkov, Ukraine, on 22 September 1992, are from left three national Ukrainian escorts, your grandfather, Major Henry Nowak, US Army and deputy US team chief, Captain Andy Gladen, of the British Royal Engineers, and a regional Ukrainian escort.
Chortkov, Ukraine
Chortkov, Ukraine
Grandpa Roy at work in the team room at the Chortkov air base in Ukraine on 21 September 1992. Paint was peeling from the walls and the ceiling sagged. The US Air Force would have torn down such a building.
Chortkov, Ukraine
Chernomorskoe, Ukraine
Your grandfather listens to discussions between Lt. Col. Jan Karcz, US Army, and General-Major Valeriy Venger, division commander at Chernomorskoe near Odessa on the Black Sea. They were arguing about what constituted the site under the terms of the Conventional Forces in Europe (CFE) Treaty. This black and white photo and the ones that follow were taken by a young warrant officer assigned to the base.
Chernomorskoe, Ukraine
Chernomorskoe, Ukraine
Good photo of General-Major Valieriy Venger, the division commander at Chernomorskoe, near Odessa on the Black Sea, the evening of the team's arrival on 22 September 1992.
Chernomorskoe, Ukraine
Chernomorskoe, Ukraine
Discussing the inspection. The shorter man in the center is Colonel Pavel Zimbol. Zimbol was placed on medical retirement 2 years later for bad knees, something that in the US would have been fixed.
Chernomorskoe, Ukraine
Chernomorskoe, Ukraine
The team begins its work at Chernomorskoe.
Chernomorskoe, Ukraine
Chernomorskoe, Ukraine
Hard at work. Grandpa Roy is making oral notes on his hand-held dictation recorder at the 26th Motorized Rifle Regiment at Chernomorskoe, 23 September 1992.
Chernomorskoe, Ukraine
Chernomorskoe, Ukraine
Grandpa Roy, Captain Andy Gladen and Major Henry Nowak inspect a "look-alike" vehicle at the 25th motorized Rifle Regiment at Chernomorskoe, Ukraine.
Chernomorskoe, Ukraine
Chernomorskoe, Ukraine
Grandpa Roy jots down his notes in the team room at the Chernomorskoe armored division he was inspecting with a US team near Odessa, Ukraine, on 24 September 1992. On the table behind him are three bottles of Rosa Rozy (Dew of the Rose), a delicious soft drink. The green bottles on the right side of the table are mineral water. It wasn't too bad, not too much salt.
Chernomorskoe, Ukraine
Chernomorskoe, Ukraine
Hard at work in the team room in Chernomorskoe, a Ukrainian armored division base near Odessa on the Black Sea. Captain Andy Gladen, Royal Engineers is in the foreground and to his right is Commander Volker Meyer-Schwarzenberger, German naval aviation. This photo was taken on 24 September 1992.
Chernomorskoe, Ukraine
Chernomorskoe
Chernomorskoe, an armored division on the Black Sea, after the inspection. In the background are troop exercise yards.
Chernomorskoe
Devichki, Ukraine
Artillery pieces await inspection at Devichki, Ukraine.
Devichki, Ukraine
Devichki, Ukraine
Devichki, Ukraine: Grandpa Roy receives his OSIA Inspector's Coin from Lt. Col. Joseph Drach. Behind your grandfather is Bob Yobs admiring the coin he had just received. Of further interest is the sink behind Lt. Col Drach: the top held cold water and the water used drained into a bucket in a cupboard beneath the sink. It could be reused!
Devichki, Ukraine
Devichki, Ukraine
Lt. Col.Drach discusses the results of the inspection with the Ukrainian lead escort. To Drach's left is his interpreter, Jill Robinson. Hovering above the two is the Ukrainian interpreter. The team's deputy, Major Tom Wilhelm observes at right.
Devichki, Ukraine
Treaty Limited Equipment
A scissors bridge.
Treaty Limited Equipment
Novograd-Volynskiy, Ukraine
Grandpa Roy poses with the Lt. Col. Drach team, national and local escorts after completing the inspection of the very large base at Novograd-Volynskiy. He is approximately in the center of the picture, rear row.
Novograd-Volynskiy, Ukraine
Ukraine
Grandpa Roy must have found the joke very funny. Both inspections have ended and gifts and mementos are being exchanged with the Ukrainian national escort team.
Ukraine
Balashikha
View of wooded area and military hotel across the main Moscow road from the Balashikha plant where Grandpa Roy inspected armored personnel carriers destroyed in accordance with the Conventional Forces in Europe treaty. He was with a British inspection team.
Balashikha
Kharkov
Grandpa Roy poses with the German team. In the photo, front row and kneeling, left to right, German inspector, Belgian inspector, German, Ukrainian escort, German (who Grandpa Roy knew from his inspection with the French team); front standing row, Ukrainian escort, Spanish inspector, two Ukrainian escorts, German team chief and German interpreter, who had been in the East German military and was not allowed to join the German military after reunification. He had been trained as a simultaneous interpreter and it was hard for Grandpa to hear the Ukrainians speaking, who used Russian, because of the interpreter. In the last row are a German inspector and your Grandfather.
Kharkov
Kharkov
Tanks reduced (destroyed) for the German team to count and inspect. All serial numbers of the destroyed tanks were written down.
Kharkov
Poland
Grandpa Roy poses with a team from Luxembourg and their Polish escorts. The smiling man to Grandpa Roy's left was one of the Luxembourg inspectors and he always smiled. The bald man to your grandfather's right was a Dutch inspector. There also were a German and Belgian inspector on the team.
Poland
Lipetsk
The commander of the Lipetsk air base, General Shaga, had a special treat for the British inspection team your grandfather accompanied. The general was a member of a sauna located beneath a factory (trains rumbled overhead from time-to-time) and allowed the team, escorts and senior airfield personnel to use the sauna. The rest of the evening was spent sitting around in sheets eating and drinking. This photo shows senior Russian escort Vasiliy Avorivich Pavlenko (eyes closed) and (then) Colonel Pilot Ace Khvarchevskiy. Grandpa wishes his camera had caught more of the Colonel, as he is now a general and himself the commander of the Lipetsk air base. It was at this dinner that Grandpa Roy gave in Russian his "famous" toast in which he mentioned famous both Russian and American pilots, especially the well known Russian test pilots. The pilots from Lipetsk loved it. A year or so later he was asked to give this toast again in the Russian Far East at a bomber base.
Lipetsk
Lipetsk
The British inspection team deputy commander inspects a Lipetsk Su-25 attack aircraft (shturmovik).
Lipetsk
Lipetsk
From left to right: Canadian inspector, British inspector (possibly the interpreter), Grandpa Roy, British team chief, Russian escort team leader, Deputy British team chief. The team had inspected an army base in southern Russian and an air force unit at Lipetsk.
Lipetsk
Zhukovskiy Flight Test Center
Grandpa Roy is in the rear in the center of this photo (white hair and beard). This START I inspection was to the Russian flight test center near Moscow where the Russians were cutting up a Tu-160 bomber. The team, Russian escorts and flight test center personnel posed for this photo after the inspection. The date on the photo is incorrect. The photo actually was taken on 5 April 1998. 5 April happens to be your great Uncle Tim's birthday.
Zhukovskiy Flight Test Center
Zhukovskiy Flight Test Center
A sign points the way to the location of the flight test center. The airport indicated in the bottom of the sign is a smaller one called Bykovo. Zhukovskiy and Ramenskoe are suburbs of Moscow adjacent to each other where the Russian flight test center is located.
Zhukovskiy Flight Test Center
Kazakhstan
Kazakhstan: The Kazakhs told the United States they were out of the bomber business. When an inspection team went to the base, they found these old, derelict bombers the Russians had left behind. The U.S. said they had to be destroyed in accordance with the START I treaty, so after that finally happened, your grandfather joined the team that looked at those bombers in pieces. But although it was sunny that day, unlike the weather in this photo, it was 20 below zero and the depth of the snow was 3 feet.
Kazakhstan
Kazakhstan
The American team chief, Colonel ..... , shakes hands with his Kazakh counterpart after the Kazakh bomber inspection.
Kazakhstan
Kazakhstan
The American team and the Kazakh escort team chief pose for a typically distant and blurry photo. This inspection was a START I (Stategic Arms Reduction Treaty number 1) inspection.
Kazakhstan
Kazakhstan
The ladies who kept the U.S. team fed during its START I inspection in Kazakhstan.
Kazakhstan