GBNF: Joe Kahiapo, CS-38, George Martin, CS-10, and Bill Young, CS-13. Their obituaries, and classmate memories are on the GBNF page of 75bestalive.org. (Links, Right)
Those who sent in inputs will notice they’ve been pared down. That’s because the inputs greatly exceeded Checkpoints’ limits on words and photos. (Additional content in Checkpoints Plus, Below)
Accomplishments: Chris Glaeser received the EAA-SETP "Spirit of Flight" award at this summer's AirVenture Oshkosh airshow. “Vito” Goyden was selected as a Colorado Technical University Distinguished Faculty of the Year award for 2021. He teaches online to students around the country and military deployed overseas.
Marty Miller honchoed the three-day 2021 Great Bend Airfest, which featured the U.S. Army Golden Knights Parachute Demonstration Team, the Shockwave Jet Truck, and a plethora of flying acts. Great Bend is 40 miles from the nearest interstate highway and has a population of about 15,000, but the airshow attracted a record-breaking 10,000 spectators.
Duane Lodrige was the legacy speaker at the Class of 2025 Acceptance Day Parade on August 6th. During the event a group of ten 75’ers gave specially signed contrails to the BCT distinguished graduates. (See item in September column, HERE)
Friends and Family: Rick Benbow joined Steve Marino and a few other 75ers for the annual Commander's Cup Golf Tournament, a competition between graduates of USMA, USNA and USAFA held each summer at Westfield Golf Club in Clifton, Virginia. Army came in two places ahead of last, and USAFA came in two places behind first.
JJ Quattrocki, Tim Murphy, and Rick Benbow have started a quarterly luncheon in northern Virginia. According to Rick it’s just three friends talking about former careers, places they’ve been, and things they’ve done. The lunches last about three hours, or until the waiters start looking at them for occupying a table and not ordering anything for too long.
Larry Bryant promoted his son Garret (2012 grad), to major at Fairchild AFB. Then the two of them had a “joy ride” in a B-25 Mitchell. Larry reported that it was a great view from the nose-gunner seat, but no one was shooting back.
Don Henney survived a serious bout with COVID in the fall of 2020 and hung up his spurs in March 2021 after close to fifty years of federal service. He’s now working on his bucket list, which includes time with his sons, and a lot of traveling. (Photo 1 Below)
Jim Marshall’s son, Colin, assumed command of the 86th Fighter Weapons Squadron at Hill AFB on May 23rd. Jim spent a week there attending the festivities, which included a roof stomp. Colin’s wife didn’t feel like cooking for a lot of roof stomping “gentlemen” so she hired a taco truck. Take note, it worked out great. Ironically, Colin’s squadron is the same unit Jim separated from in 1989. (Photos 2 & 3 Below)
Classmates Gone Astray: Dave White confesses to being one of those sad cases that can't (won’t) retire yet. He’s been flying for Wheels Up Private Jets since retiring from United. On days off he flies with the Texins Flying Club and Texas Soaring Association. He and Mary Ann did find time to take a cruise from Malta to Athens and the Greek islands, during which he learned a lot of history and only gained 2 pounds. Now he just needs to find one of those groups that start the meetings with, “My name is Dave, and I’m a workaholic.” Remember the heat wave in Seattle last June? Paul Kent went golfing up there with three Navy guys on June 28th when it was 109°F, and they walked the course! Paul notes, “By about number 15 we agreed we were, indeed, not the smartest of people.” Avast me matey, that’s what happens when you hang out with the Navy.
Mini-reunions: The CS-09 Niners and the CS-16 Chickenhawks held mini-reunions this quarter. Different times and different places, but the reports of events sounded eerily similar, i.e., lots of eating, drinking beverages of choice, war stories, rinse and repeat. Further details are as follows:
The Niners’ reunion was in Colorado Springs and included visits to the Cadet Area, the Cemetery, and the Golden Bee gastropub at The Broadmoor. They also played a couple of rounds at Eisenhower Golf Club and graciously allowed non-Niners Mark Volcheff and Tug McGraw to join them in an attempt to lower the squadron’s orbital handicap. Attendees included Bob and Vickie Morrison, Ollie Lorenz, Dave Haugen, Paul and Kathy Williams, Tom Popp, Dale and Linda Meyerrose, Dave and Barb Commons, Kent and Carole Traylor, Jeff and Chris Hackett, and Brian Gomes.
The Chickenhawks’ reunion was in Las Vegas. Attendees were David Beeman, Kurt and Carol Bock, Joe and Barbara Bryant, Larry Dowling, Rod and Vicki Kallman, Tim Turnbull, Steve Watson, and Frank and Kjersti Wyatt. Highlights included watching the Falcons defeat Wyoming, making fun of Joe for having a rental car that made golf carts look roomy, and presenting Rod a "special award" after he told a story of his unique relationship over the years with one of our Commandants—whose father’s name is on a dormitory at USAFA. Details weren’t available for Checkpoints, but Rod will be happy to retell the story to anyone who asks for it.