Checkpoints          December 2015              Jeff Chappell

REUNION XL is in the books, and along with the nearly 600 registered classmates, family and friends, all I can say is “WOW!”  Hopefully this article can do a reasonable job of summarizing for those who could not attend. 

Kent Traylor, golf tournament honcho, summarized the event: 12th Squadron dominated the 88 player golf field again. Longest drive was Mark Volcheff (13th) with a monster shot in excess of 315 yards. Closest to the Pin on the 7th hole of the Robert Trent Jones Blue Course was Jack Van Ryn (12th). And the big CS-12 winners, with a score of 13 under par, were Craig Naas, Jack Van Ryn, Craig Christen, and Steve Marino (handicap of 1), whose son is currently playing on the PGA Tour. Like father, like son! Greg “Yumper” Black and Lance Grace kept the field lubricated and supplied with other amenities.

Opening with the return of Col (Ret) Waldo F. Dumbsquat, alter ego of 75’s own Tom Laurie (See Extras below for details), the entire program featured new, exciting things at every turn. Otto Dieffenbach dazzled the noon meal crowd with his flying Superman on Friday. For videos and more, find Otto on Facebook, or at FlyGuyPromotions. (This is an unpaid public service announcement.) Larry Bryant and Bill Murray put on a great memorial service for all our GBNF brethren—thank you both, and all others involved, for a very moving service. The promotion and retirement ceremony of Last Man Standing Mark Wells at a hangar on the airfield was well-attended and featured more than the usual family, friends, classmates, and well-wishers: There was a flyby almost every minute! Congratulations Mark—what’s next?

Mike Matte emceed a superb banquet program, keeping things moving with insightful and playful comments throughout. The banquet also featured the return of the Lizard of Trou-town and the revelation of The Streak (cue Ray Stevens), our own Jerry Wallace. The Gazette featured the story on its front page next day! Probably the most impressive feat of the past 40 years is that all those involved in The Streak kept it secret for all these years. Steve Duresky and Dave Wallace regaled us with their parody from the Pirates of Penzance, a tribute to the Class (Extract Below). Estelle Productions produced another great video tribute, digging into the Wayback Machine for some shots from 5 July 1971 to the present, including GBNFs (dozens of photos from 5 Jul 1971 never seen before, all in gallery linked below). The In the Stairwell Singers put on a good mix of a cappella music, and of course everyone enjoyed the camaraderie and conversation, catching up on things since the previous reunion.

Of course, it wasn’t all fun and games: We did do a little business, electing Bruce Mitchell our Class Senator, and hearing a well-researched presentation from Mark Beesley on options for our Class Gift to our beloved Blue Zoo. More to come on both of those.

19th squadron at lunch, left to right: Buck Rogers, John Scherer, Jim Corrigan, Dave Anhalt. The Playboys plaque is still on the wall in CS-19. 

Scribe Emeritus Paul Kent reported that the CS-20 Old Trolls had a small turnout. Three of us attended the events. Three more, for a total of 6, plus spouses (out of 19 living old Trolls) had breakfast at Mike Goyden’s Colorado Springs digs on Saturday morning, re-scheduled due to the evening game. We talked about our health issues and when we are going to collect social security. We didn’t talk about cars or girls.

CS-22 was represented by (front row) Tony & Cyndy Mahoney, Carolyn & Steve Schiemann, (back row) Bill & Cathy Carrothers, Don & Debbie Henney, Bill Estelle, Larry & Melinda Bryant, Dave & Sharon Myers and Tom & Linda Burns

Bruce Correll and Ted Stallone marked a 40-year milestone of their own: A wager that the first one married has to send the other to Hawai’i. Bruce said that while both have been engaged several times, neither has taken The Plunge. I suggested a double wedding, with everything synchronized, but Bruce said they don’t trust each other enough to try that: The temptation to hesitate just a few seconds would blow it. So both remain (happily?) single. Ladies, this sounds like a challenge you should attack!

The Wyoming football game opened with all 40 squadrons carrying the Class of 75’s golden guidons below their own unit flags. The young Zoomies delivered a win after a sluggish start, and the weather cooperated, staying mild throughout, so it was quite enjoyable for a night game.

As always, an effort like the Reunion required mountains of leadership and teamwork, and at the risk of leaving someone out, we recognize the work of the reunion committee and thank them for a great job: Jeff Hackett, Larry Bryant, Larry Fariss, Bruce Mitchell, Bill Estelle, Kent Traylor, Scott Hente, Mark & Donna Wells, John Gaughan, Bruce Fritzsche, Jim Burling, Wayne Willis, Dean Cox, Rod Hennek, Marty Stytz, Keith Workman and Chip Kerby.

The Class of 7 – 5

Way out in Colorado nice and high at 7,000 feet.
There is a place where scholars from across the USA can meet.
They’re academic geniuses and athletes and they’re leaders too.
They all came out for schooling at this place we call our dear “Blue Zoo”!

So let’s now wind the clock back to the first part of the 70’s
We strolled in with some attitudes and long hair – we were men at ease.
But little did we know that soon we would be called the “Best Alive”.
Let’s take a closer look at those fine men – The Class of 7-5!

We came from massive cities and from smaller states some know the least,
But we all walked through “Bring Me Men” to tackle that enormous “Beast”!
The times were sort of rough back then for gallant men in uniform,
But we still oozed with confidence at Vandenberg and the “New Dorm”...

Making the World a Safer Place Department: Charlie Beadling and Bill Lyerly were both in Accra, Ghana, in July to open a months-long effort to train 17 West African countries in all-hazards disaster preparedness, with an emphasis (for obvious reasons) on infectious disease outbreaks, like Ebola.  The Center for Disaster and Humanitarian Assistance Medicine (CDHAM), part of the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS) (DoD medical school and Charlie’s second alma mater), was the lead implementing partner for USAFRICOM for this program, the West Africa Disaster Preparedness Initiative. Bill volunteered to come spend about a month in Ghana to help teach the module on Emergency Operations Centers. His daughter, Kirsten, works with Charlie at CDHAM on disaster preparedness programs. (What heart attack?) (Photos 1-3 Below)

You Can Always Tell a Zoomie Department: From Jack Storer: Years ago when I was a young 727 Captain for Northwest Airlines, I picked up a trip into Colorado Springs. After the aircraft was re-boarded in the Springs, the lead flight attendant came into the cockpit and said “Captain I have a strange message for you from a passenger.” I said “Well lets see what it says.” I opened the note and there were only 3 words “fast, neat, average”. Of course you know my response… I wrote “friendly, good, good!” and asked that she return the note to our passenger. Needless to say she looked at me like I was from Mars, but the grad in the back and the grad in the front sure got a good chuckle out of it!

As always, look for more photos on the class websites.

In closing, it has been my privilege to serve as Class Scribe for the past five years, so it’s time for someone else to have their share of fame, fortune, and glory. Foster Bitton has assented, under no duress, to serve as Scribe for the next term. Foster is retiring to Castle Rock to be near his kids (and to golf and ski more), and the Scribe duties should give him something to do in his spare time. Standby for new contact information. Thank you all for your support—it has been a blast learning more about many of you and reading about your families, travels, accomplishments, small world experiences, and daily lives. The best to The Best—see you around the campus!


1-3. Bill Lyerly, Charlie Beadling and Bill's daughter Kristin in Accra, Ghana. (Bill Lyerly)

Checkpoints Extras

Graduation Air Show Poster

One of the 40th reunion gifts was a reproduction of an airshow poster advertising the Thunderbirds' Airshow for our graduation. The original was procured by Jim Marburger's sister from the hotel their family stayed at during June Week.

Copies are still available for those interested. We are asking $15 for one, which includes a mailing tube and shipping costs. Additional posters in the same tube are $10 each. All proceeds go to the class fund. Poster is 15 3/8 inches wide by 21 1/8 inches high, which includes a 1-inch white border all around.

Contact Scott Hente or Bill Estelle for details.


Waldo F. Dumbsquat

Tom Laurie has written an exclusive history of Waldo F. Dumbsquat, expanding on his recollections presented at the 40th reunion.

Waldo is Born

As I see it now, cadets fell into three different groups. Most cadets were in the middle group where they just tried to survive and graduate in order to do great things in the Real Air Force. Then, there was a small upper group that tried to make things painful as possible for the rest of us.

You know, the ones that made the new interpretations to the regulations that we heard of every Wednesday night, “When you are asked whether you wish to make a statement about alcohol on Sunday nights, if you say you have no alcohol, that means you have no alcohol in your room, no alcohol in your laundry bin, no alcohol hanging by a string outside your window, no alcohol in your car, no alcohol in your stomach and no plans to ever have alcohol pass between your lips”. [Continued]

Association of Graduates Class Advisory Senate          November 2015

Bruce Mitchell: As newly elected '75 class rep to the AOG Class Advisory Senate, I'm planning to disseminate some details to the class via squadron reps in order to help keep our classmates informed of what is going on at the Academy.


– Summary and Status of current AFCW honor code enforcement and training mechanisms, summarized by volunteer mentor to the Honor Committee from USAFA '70, who has been working with the honor reps for several years running.

– Hall of Heroes dedicated on Freedom walk, see updates on AOG website; you may be surprised. Vietnam Memorial was originally sponsored by USAFA '70, and the Hall of Heroes is an adjunct display, collocated just NW of the AOG's Doolittle Hall.

– CCLD building open to early tour (led by cadets) and resulting rave reviews at Corona Conference in November (Army week)

– CAS was briefed on Endowment progress by lead fund raiser, and upon new use of crowd funding website.

CAS Discussion Items:

– Home game for AFA at Cotton Bowl next year – sold out to the mighty dollar – CAS doesn’t like the idea and wants to talk to Athletic Director about it, if at all possible.

– Jeff Hackett introduced to CAS as our alternate '75 CAS rep (back-up for me, in case I'm indisposed)

– New approach to informing USAFA ’75 of hot and routine issues of interest from CAS meetings
After each CAS meeting, Mitchell and/or Hackett will send a brief blurb such as this out to the class. This will serve as a tickler message and hopefully will motivate classmates to go to the AOG website and read the official minutes. Hopefully, if classmates have questions or comments upon reading new information, they will direct them to their CAS reps...we'll do our best to follow-up and get an answer or explanation back to the inquiry or the class in general.

– See formal CAS minutes posted at AOG website HERE or a pdf copy HERE.

– Obviously, if anyone in '75 has AOG-related questions or comments to be investigated, researched or relayed to the PTB, that is what your CAS rep is for. Please let Mitchell or Hackett hear from you.

December Album



1. Michael Gudmundson & little Lorelei. (October 2015)

2. Bentley and Debbi Rayburn with many of their extended family in Chatanooga, Tennessee, Thanksgiving 2015. (Bentley Rayburn)

3. CS-15 enjoying the local cuisine during the 40th Reunion. (October 2015)

4. Jim (Tony) Mahoney: A photo of a great American (and a great Dad) on this Veteran's Day. WWII. Navy. Pacific Theater. And served on a mine sweeper! Crazy. (November 2015)  


5. Perry Lamy: My Dad (holding the Stars and Stripes) in Rome on Tuesday, 8 May 1945 with a couple buddies. (Perry Lamy, November 2015).  

6. Brian Duffy with friend Tim Gagnon at the NASA Kennedy Space Center. (December 2015)

7. Perry Lamy with sons Alex and Nick at the Heard Museum Dinosaur Exhibition, McKinney, Texas. (December 2015)

8. Hugo Posey with Ambassador Michael Gfoeller and Major General Jim Grazioplene (USA, retired) at Hagia Sophia, Istanbul, Turkey. (October 2015)


9. Gary Exelby after his successful operation to replace a heart valve or two. (Karen Exelby, December 2015)

10. Bill Murray: I was fortunate to attend a huge banquet last night in Dallas named "Sky Ball" honoring Veterans. I think it's the first time I've worn my Mess Dress Uniform since Rosemary's Wedding! They actually had 28 Medal of Honor Recipients attend! I caught Gary Sinise in the Green Room. Among other awards, he has won an Emmy Award, a Golden Globe Award, and has been nominated for an Academy Award. Sinise is known for several memorable roles. What a great hero! Lt Dan in "Forrest Gump". Few have done more for military vets than him! I told him repeatedly how much we appreciated all he's done for the military. He brushed it off in his humble way. (via Facebook, October 2015)

11. Mark Beesley at the Air Force-Navy tailgate. (USAFA AOG, October 2015)

12. Jim Eken at the Air Force-Hawaii tailgate. (USAFA AOG, October 2015)



13. Ensign Lenci's first salute, Captain [Mark] Lenci's last salute. (November 2015)

14. Bob Shappell. (Temple Thompson Lyons, October 2015)

15. Mike Dehart in Kansas: Off to see the wizard! (October 2015)

16. John MacDonnell. (Jim Dill, October 2015)



17. Walter Lee & Penny Perkins Burns. (Ambra Cantarutti, October 2015)

18. Kurt Bock & daughter Rebecca. (October 2015)

19. Sandy Terry & friend. (Lauren Monnett, November 2015)

20. Janis Scherer with John Scherer: Thankful for our veterans and their service to our country. (November 2015)



21. Frank & Jan Likness Dressel. (December 2015)

22. Ric Dahlstrom & friend Tony DeMatteo enjoying some holiday nog in their Marty Moose mugs. (Tony DeMatteo, December 2015)

23. Randy & Zita Mason with Trevor Mason, Emily Diekemper, and Patrick Mason. (Zita Mason, December 2015)

24. Dave Ruddock. (Melanie Mazirow, December 2015)


25. Jim & Emily Marshall, daughter Kelly & granddaughter Vera. (October 2015)

26. Ric & Dinda Dahlstrom: Merry Christmas from Vermont. (December 2015)

27. Hugo Posey at the Drunken Leprechaun, Phuket, Thailand. (December 2015)

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