All Around the Town: It seems lie every day a few more of the old ’75 crowd break the code and discover that the Springs is not too shabby a place to hang your hat and earn your daily bread (even on spite of the pictures of the rear view mirrors and the solemn blood oaths we took to return just after the next ice age). It’s getting so crowded around here a fellow can’t even go shopping without bumping into a familiar face. For example, just a few days ago while elbowing my way through the payday stampede in the commissary, I turned and stumbled into none other than Mitch McVay. Mitch has just gotten in from the Pentagon, and he’ll either be teaching econ or putting all of his Pentagon expertise to use in the Academy programming office. In another shopping rendezvous, I ran into Al Piotter in the parking lot of a local lumber store. Al has also just arrived to join the faculty. And in case I forgot to recognize some of the older USAFA types in recent issues, Jerry Levesque and Mike Rosebush have been around the area for a while. Jerry is working in the Math Department, and Mike is lending a sympathetic ear to several of the new basics in the Class of ’87. He earns his pay as a top-notch counselor in the Cadet Counseling Center.
Movin' On: As predicted earlier, many of us ended up the summer living at an address different from what is listed on the front of the 3000 checks we had printed six months ago. To start off the list, Rick Benbow is now an IP in the C-5A at Dover AFB. But changing addresses wasn’t the biggest move he’s made within the last year. Rick had to change the wording on his mailbox to “Mr. and Mrs.” When he married the former Clair Teare last Dec 31. Some of our other summer moves include John Woodward to Williams, Jeff Krumeich to Offutt, Rich Douglas to Wright-pat, John Sutton to Scott, and Billy and Wendy Stephan to Raeford, NC. And to make our list of relocated classmates a coast-to-coast happening, Steve Keen is holding down the west side as a KC-135 IP at Castle, and John MacDonnell is guarding the east end in Burlington, MA. For those of you flying the friendly skies over Reno, don’t be surprised if you hear a familiar voice every now and then. Pete Marcuzzo has just moved out there and is now working for the FAA. And to close out this section, I suppose it’s appropriate to include some words on one of our number who didn’t get to move. Contrary to what I’d seen in the tea leaves earlier, Rick Layman is still living the fast life in the D.C. area. He’s had two recent assignments fall through on him–one to Germany, and one to Offutt. However, my somewhat questionable fortune-telling abilities now allow me to predict he still may make it to Offutt next January.
The Mailbox: My sincere thanks to those who took pen in hand to fill all of us in on their recent adventures. Joe Dowdy’s was the first letter I received. He’s now toughing it through a tour in the Eagle jet at Soesteberg, Netherlands (Camp New Amsterdam). Apparently the life is so rough over there that he had to marry a nurse, Vonda Galpin, to help him make it through. Another patriot who really had to have his arm twisted is Steve Barber. Steve is currently a U-2 pilot with the 99th Strat Wing at Beale. Now that we’ve got the painful ones over with, we can turn to my favorite (?) aircraft, the BUFF. In it we once again find Al Krukowski. Al and Ann just returned from pre-med training at Northwestern and are waiting words on med school in ’84. In the meantime, Al will continue to roam the skies in his B052 while finishing out their seventh year at Loring (and I thought four and a half was bad). By the way, their family includes two wonderful children: Kathryn (6), and Michael (1). My final note came from Duane Lodridge who has joined the USAir (force) and is a first officer on DC-9s. Duane now calls Kenner, LA home, and spends his spare time flying the RF-4C in the Mississippi ANG.
Whatever Happened To… Well, our first try at this column ended with a little success. Of the nine folks we started searching for, three were resurrected from the woodwork. That’s 33 percent–sounds like a typical GR score for me from long ago. Interestingly enough, the first words on one of our long lost compadres came from a cadet at USAFA. It seems that Felix Greider has been hiding at the American Liaison Office for the E’cole de l’Air in Salon de Provence, France (in words we can all understand, the French Zoo). I was even able to obtain a picture of Felix, his wife Donna, and their two children, Erica (1) and Danny (3). And here it is.
Maybe some day Felix will write us about some of his hair-raising adventures in the Monte Carlo casinos.
Next on the list is Mike McClendon. Mike and Adrienne are now down at Eglin. He claims to be an experimental test pilot (F/RF-4C/D/E, A-10), but we all know “Fig” better than that. I’m sure we’ll be able to find out the true story when Brian Duffy, Steve Pitotti, and Roger Keith get there this summer. Bill Buchta supplied the info on our last “resurfaced” ‘75er, Bruce Edstrom. Bruce has hung up his G-suit and is now a real Navigator (Christian-type) in Del Rio, TX. By the way, Bill is starting his fourth year of med school and should have recently tied the knot with one of his doctor-type classmates, Lori. He’s looking for a three-year family practice residency in the Midwest and may delay his return to active duty. Bill almost sent a picture, but decided at the last moment that we’d be too jealous of his really fine hairs.
Are you ready for the next list of “lost” sheep? I’m hoping for a 50 percent recovery rate on these, so here goes: John Barrowclough, Marinus Bosma, Paul Desisto, Mike Gill, Alex Limanni, Bob Miglin, Bill Penny, Bob Ryan, Lenny Salvemini, and Steve Tibbits. Well, I guess that’s just about enough for this issue. Until next time, may the force be with you.
P.S. I was able to catch a quick look at the major’s list just prior to press time. If I read my lists right, the following guys ought to be flying at about 50,000 feet right now: Bill Davis, Pete Hennessey, Mark Jefferson, Bran McAllister, Dale Meyerrose, Bentley Rayburn, Dave Tillotson, Bob Walden, and Rich Webber. Congratulations from all of us. If they have any real class, we should all be receiving some beer or Scotch in the mail pretty soon.