From: Errol Hoberman <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Wed, Aug 14, 2019 at 1:47 PM
Subject: Jim Fake
“Lt Col (Ret) James P. (Jim) Fake will be buried in a ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery on 20 November, 2019 at 1300 hrs. Jim flew in F-105 Wild Weasels over Vietnam and later was a 55th RC-135 EWO from 1972-1977. If you knew Jim and desire to attend the ceremony and reception following, please contact his daughter: Jessica Fake at email@example.com or 201-819-5208.”
This will reach the folks that don’t get to the Taps page and give a date for the Burial.
FYI: These are the 3 parts of the KETV Chronicle ‘Operation Recovery’ show on the Offutt flood and recovery that aired recently.
Mace MacElhaney, frormer 82nd Sq CC just returned from Kadena, Okinawa, where he attended an 82nd Sq Reunion. He sent this trip report. Enjoy.
On May 27 2019, over 1,000 US and UK military and civilians gathered in ceremony to memorialize the 8,938 fallen US WW2 heroes laid to rest or represented on the wall of the missing at the Cambridge American Cemetery. The distinguished guests that addressed the crowd, included Her Majesty’s Representative, Mr. Chris Pankhurst; US Ambassador, Woody Johnson; Admiral James G. Foggo III, US Navy; and Ms. Jonna Doolittle-Hoppes, granddaughter of General Doolittle. CMSgt Dan Humbert represented the 55th Wing in laying a wreath in honor of those who paid the ultimate sacrifice. The remembrance event culminated with a B-17, P-47 and P-51 flyover. The wreath was provided by the 55th Wing Assn.
DANIEL W. HUMBERT, CMSgt, USAF
Squadron Superintendent, 95 RS
RAF Mildenhall, England
See Monday May 27, 2019 Omaha World Herald article about 1969 Rivet Amber disappearance. (link)
A new 55th Memorial Monument was placed at the Omaha National Cemetery during the 55th Wing Association’s Reunion. (click here)
R-Nebraska 2nd District Representative Don Bacon pays the 55th Tribute in Congress
Rep. Bacon said, “Today, I spoke on the floor of the House to commemorate the efforts of the 55th Wing Association and the warriors of Offutt Air Force Base’s “Fightin’ Fifty-fifth”, as well as the long-standing bond our Midwest community has enjoyed with these organizations for generations.
(Side note: Work doesn’t stop when my voice decides to take a vacation!)“
Donation is received for the planned 55th Wing’s Memorial Monument to be placed at the Omaha National Cemetery during the upcoming 55th Wing Association Reunion.
On behalf of the Association, Director Jim Maloney accepts a $250 cash donation from Bill Sargent. Bill, also an Association member, represents Sonoran Technology teammates currently supporting the 55th Wing’s flight instruction program with the 338th CTS. Both Bill and Jim are Fightin’ Fifty-fifth alums.
The 55th Wing Association THANKS Team Sonoran for their support in the 55th Memorial Monument fund drive.
From: Joe Spivey <JSpivey@thecseteam.com>
Date: Tue, Nov 20, 2018 at 9:18 AM
Subject: Reunion SAVE THE DATE?
Well folks, After much debate on timing, fringe benefits WRT activites, weather, location, etc., looks like the best supportable is April 4-6, 2019 in the La Vista Marriott Courtyard (linked right in with the Embassy Suites)—includes military rate closest to $100/night, dinner in the same ballroom, location same as Embassy and free hospitality room.
Joe Spivey, Col, USAF (Ret), President, 55th Wing Association
Attached. “Memories from a USAF Navigator“
The August, 2018 Newsletter is now available to members on Members Only page.
From: Reg Urschler
55th FG and 398th BG Newsletter
NAM= Nuthampstead Airfield Museum
From: Jack <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sun, Jul 1, 2018 at 8:21 AM
Subject: 2018 Memorial Patio bricks
We’ve reached the cutoff date (June 30th) for purchasing any bricks for the Memorial patio, with any hope to be installed by the end of the summer. Any additional orders will not be installed until next summer.
I have two brick orders (Hornor & Miller) in the queue to be engraved and installed for this summer.
Larry (Dodds): (Brick layout chart attached showing placement of these bricks in RED)
DON E MILLER POPS HORNOR
LTC 55SRW USAF EDWARD G
1945 TO 1967 LTCOL 38SRS
near Dayton, Ohio
Subject: BoD picture, 14 June
More there than at some reunions, a quorum, even.
note: since McMahon was to be in town for a visit, President Spivey called together the locals for an impromptu Social Board Meeting.L-R: Moore, Kennedy, Spivey, Dugie,Ernst, Maloney, Cook, Thomas, Krishna, McMahon
Sent: Tue, May 22, 2018 2:52 pm
Subject: Mo retirement
………. I and several other former 55th’ers attended Mo Krishna’s retirement yesterday at Bolling AFB. Rep Don Bacon, BGen retired, presided. Lt Gen Harris, AF/IG (Mo’s boss) hosted. Noteable 55th attendees: Maj Gen John & Diane Rauch — AF/SE, Col (ret) Dave & Laurie Heininger — Calvert, Col (ret) Ben & Katina Ungerman — Rep Bacon staff in Omaha, Col Carl Mizner — J32, Col (ret) Sean Pennington — Lockheed Martin, LtCol (ret) Bob McMillan — civilian ACC/A3CR, Maj Kevin Sword — ACC/A3CR, Maj John Casey — AF/A2O, Maj Alexa Quandt — AF/A2O, and I am sure I missed a few. I will send a few more pictures in subsequent email.
…… R.J. Mac
On Sat. April 7th at the SAC Museum 55th WA President Joe Spivey presented a wreath on the Assn’s behalf at the RAF 100th Anniversary ceremony.
Sq Ldr Adrian, Ken Bauer and Mike Hoskins took it from the SAC Museum following the afternoon festivities and placed it at Lt Jarvis Offutt’s Omaha gravesite. VERY appropriate—and nice touch.
From: Sq Ldr Adrian
Sent: Monday, April 9, 2018 2:52 PM
Subject: RAF/USAF Anniversary Event – Thank You!
Thank you for supporting the RAF / USAF Anniversary Event at the SAC Museum on Saturday. It was a pleasure to work with all of you, and thank you for making it such a success. It was great to see both of our services working together in such an amazing setting, speaking to the visitors and being so passionate about our shared aviation history, ongoing experiences together and future. …
— see article on event in new RAF Waddington ‘Insight’ Magazine