Guest Scribe Stan Collins
‘Tis the season of the movers for a lot of us. Remember when moving meant throwing things in a blanket and dragging it down two hallways?
Just before I left Dyess I saw Lee Cross at the base gym. Lee had recently arrived to fly B-52s. I also saw Dave Gionet making plans for civilian life in Abilene.
Here at AFIT I saw lots of familiar faces during in-processing. I haven’t had time to get details about specific programs, but here’s a listing of folks I saw: Joe Benner, Chris Commeford, Eric Hoganson, Dave Blessinger, Terry Duncan, Paul Killingsworth, and John Cass. Collin Flynn is here too, and he gave me some catch-up data on a few guys. The AOG says Rich Takacs is here also, but I haven’t seen him yet.
Collin’s list of “who’s where doing what” follows. Frank Dubuisson will be finishing an ASTRA assignment in October. Tom Peterson is flying RC-135s at Offutt, and Bruce Hevey is moving into a SPO at Hanscom AFB, MA. Rick Kim got married and is still flying at McGuire. Congrats to Rick and Tina! John Kennon was last reported working a cubicle at the Pentagon. Ric Sharp, Jim Fellows, Tom Topolski, and Bill Linn have all made the transition to civilian life. Ric is in Prairie, MN; Jim in Boulder, CO; Tom is in MD; and Bill has started a travel agency in Atlanta, GA. Bruce Dodds is still criss-crossing the nation in his Air Coupe. Bruce lives in Houston, TX, where he is a lawyer. My thanks to Collin for providing some info for this issue.
There wasn’t any mail this time, but there were lots of change-of-address cards. Remember, just scribble a few lines on those cards to the AOG, and that news will be forwarded to be put into Checkpoints. Here’s what came in this time.
Jon Turner, Scott Smith, and Phil Gronseth are all working on master’s degrees at civilian colleges. Jon finished in June at Stanford and he’ll be teaching in the aero department. Scott just started at the University of Washington and Phil just started at the University of Minnesota. Craig Matt has just completed training with TWA in Kansas City, MO, as part of Education with Industry (EWI), and he joined the TAC IG team in July. Jim Foreman noted on his change of address that “wife’s name is Lee Anne–EWI assignment in Los Angeles–loving every minute of it!!” Steve Vreeland notes that he’ll receive his master’s from Stanford University in August. Mitch McVay is on his way to HQ USAF for ASTRA. Mitch was a DG as SOS last July. Bill Clark is on the move to the Mayo Clinic for urology residency training through 1986. Keep up the good work, Bill! Russ Snyder started on an OB/GYN fellowship at the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology in July. Tim Wrighton is now in the reserves flying out of Norton AFB, CA, as an instructor.
Joe Facenda is transitioning to civilian life with a forwarding address of Atlanta, GA. Mark Scott became a first officer on a 727 for Air Florida in July. There was good news from Bill Stewart and Felix Greider. Bill will be serving as an exchange officer to Australia with the 36th Squadron, Royal Australian Air Force, in Richmond, Australia. And Felix is an exchange officer to France. Felix annotates that a second child arrived in April (Erica). Congratulations!
Mike Weininger is an F-16 IP with the 61st TTS at MacDill AFB, FL. Mike Gill is flying A-10s at England AFB, LA, and Mike Crider is at F-106 CCTS until August, then returns to Griffiss AFB, NY. Claude Erving has moved from T-33 IP at Peterson Field to Griffiss, and now, he too is at F-106 CCTS at Tyndall AFB, FL. Chris Soto is flying as a Wild Weasel out of Clark AB, PI. Chuck Dohner expects to finish up at Laughlin AFB, TX, in August as an instructor, and he wants to go back to C-141s at Charleston AFB, SC. Tom Laurie is on the move to Reese AFB, TX, with wife, Martha, and son, Erick. Tom will be flying T-37s.
Congratulations to some newlyweds–Brian and Sandi Gomes. Brian is flying T-43s. Byron Huddleston also got married. He notes, “Got married in April to a Lt. type. Joint-spouse to Wright-Patterson flying a desk. Send a rescue ship.”
Gary Jewell had his first baby last August–a daughter named Rebecca Ann. Dan Mahrer is a nav instructor at Castle AFB, CA, and has a new baby, Allison. Fred Whitican is the father of a baby girl born on Super Bowl Sunday. Her name is Andrea Lynne. Dennis Carter boasts a daughter born in January, named Jennifer Elizabeth. Lawrence Harding’s son was born in March and his change of address is to West Pittston, PA.
There were notes from Charlie Bergman and Steve Gibson for new addresses, but no update information. How about you guys filling us in on the details?
Once again, it’s hard to do much except list jobs and locations with only change-of-address cards. Send letters, notes, pictures, or whatever, and let’s keep up with as many people as we can.