Now that ’76 is in the RAF, we are no longer rookies. Another year and we won’t have to say “Sir” to everybody. That will be progress; and, speaking of progress, I want to thank all the people who have sent in base reports and all sorts of tidbits of information. You wives out there can feel free to write for your husbands if you have more free time than they do.
You fellows down at Willie can thank Judy Traxler for informing me of your status. At Willie:
Class 76-10: Mark Donnelly, Steve Duresky, Charlie Sargent, Scott Skinner, Gerald Wallace, Dennis Bitton, Timothy (Jan) Murphy, Sanford Terry.
Class 76-11: Jan Cooper, Kevin Lanzit, Brad Lindsey, Marlo Mellum, Joe O’Brien, Mark Rogers, Jay Wallace II, Larry Bottomley, Danny Chapman, Scott Hammond, Scot Lerum, Bradford McAllister, Bentley Rayburn, Mike Rosebush, Bill P. Stewart, Jr., Blair Thisted, Steve Wedell.
Class 77-01: Charlie (Sherry) Bergman, Pete (Eve) Blatchley, Arvid (Rick, Dinda) Dahlstrom, Brent Hall, Barry (Brenda) Ketchie, John (Susie) Loucks, Mark (Arlene) McConnell, Larry McGirr, II, Denney (Shannon) Mellen, Kerry (Celeste) Putt, David (Rhonda) Shields, Hohn (Judy) Traxler, Robert (Barb) Turner, Robert Walden, Bill Weller, Charlie (Karen) Woods, John (Judy) Woodward, Bob Allen, Charlie (Kathy) Beam, Rich (Mary) Chanick, Larry Collett, I, John Czabarnek, Bill V. Davis, Mike Gudmundson, Jeff Hackett, Dave Haugen,Chuck Holland, III, Ken Hossler, Waynard Nelson, Mr. Bobs (Tina) Roberts, Ken Smith, Scott M. Smith, Jon (Diane) Turner, Jed Vanden Dries, George (Anna) Walrond, J. T. Wolter, Mark Fantasia, Eddy Mallo.
Class 77-02: Dave Commons, Mike Garrett, Thomas Helms, Bob Marr, Eric Newton, Richard Oleksak, Steve Pitotti, Joe Sheridan, Jim Simonitsch, Bob Stewart, Dino Crenshaw, George Franklin, Lance Grace, Marc Hallada, Julius Hargrove, Eugene Holley, Richard McIntosh, Charles Morse, Richard Sarver, K. C. Schwarz, John Storer, Dale Waters, Mark Volchef, Ed Wilcox, Bruce Hopkin.
Ed Kasl started with 77-01, broke an arm and is now in 77-03. Thanks Judy.
The Chopper Jocks finally let someone in on their exciting training. All of them have their assignments: Denney Brooks–HH3 Clark AB; Jack Kummerfeld–HH3 Osan AB; Jim Davis–UH1N Plattsburgh AFB; Randy Davis–CH53 Bergstrom AFB; Ron Doeppner–UH1N Homestead AFB; D. Rick Douglas–HH53 Kadena AB; Steve Stich–HH3 Elmendorf AFB; Hugh Gray–UH1N Langley AFB; Eric Lewallen–HH3 Elmendorf AFB; Walt Pekarsky–HH53 McClellan AFB; Rod Reay–UH1F Luke AFB.
George Cook and Jim Schuman were medically disqualified. George went to Law Enforcement at Andrews AFB and Jim went to missiles at Dyess. Tom Finn will graduate in July.
Bill Rohde had this to say about West Texas: “It may be hot, but it’s dusty.” And he should know. He’s out at Webb in Class 76-11 along with Ray (Sybil) Johnson, Mark Beesley, Jeff (Teresa) Chappell, Mike Buckley, Duke Duhacek, Dave Wallace, Mark Skattum, Mark (Cindy) Fry, Chuck Buck, Mike Magee, Bob Knauff, Peter (Katie) Strunk, and Mark (Sharon) Modrich.
In other parts of Texas, ’75 is keeping the spirit alive. According to Lee Cross, Laughlin is the only isolated/remote assignment in the CONUS. Most of the action down in Del Rio takes place at “The Plantation.” Inhabited by five “crazzee” dudes: “Old Crow” Huffman, “Z” Zerambo, Tim Wrighton, John Steward, and “Daizzie” Daley. While working their way through 38s they’ve managed to add a little class and life to the laid back town.
Also in Laughlin are Dave White and James Osteen and their wives.
All the brains who went on to Grad school finally get to taste some of the bittersweet of the RAF. Out of UCLA they will see how Second Louies really act. Don Henney, Al Piotter, Jay Schell, and Jim Heald all came to Mather for UNT. Mike Reese–UPT at Willie; Don Snelgrove, Jerry Levesque–UPT at Reese; and Bill Davis–UPT at Vance. Larry Bryant–computer ops at Buckley; Dan Burkett–ops research at Randolph. “Wild Bill” Hickox went to Guam for computer ops. Crag Matt is going to Maintenance School at Chanute. He’ll probably be in the class with Gerry Micheletti who just left the Academy.
For those of you who didn’t notice the address change, I’m now out here at Mather learning to be a Nav. I started in class 77-06. The only other grad in my class is Lee Cross who came from Laughlin. Right now there are bunches of people coming and going. So that no one feels left out, I’m compiling a listing that will be part of my next news.