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Class News Article

Summer 2019

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Tim Davidson

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HELLO ’68!! The grandkids are out of school for their summer vacations, so it's time for us senior citizens to deploy across the country to get in our special bonding time with Generation Y.


"Vance AFB Salutes Roger Wiles on the Day of his Retirement."

VANCE AFB SALUTE TO '68ER: I received an e-mail from Roger Wiles' son, Andrew (USAFA '96), telling me of Roger's retirement on March 29, 2019 as a T-38C simulator instructor at Vance AFB after 21+ years. Andrew writes, "Dad started to work on Vance on the day I drove out of town to go to my F-16 formal training unit (FTU) in January 1998 and has been slogging it out with thousands of undergraduate pilot training (UPT) students ever since. He retired with a very casual "non" ceremony, because he didn't want to draw attention with these things. His immediate plans are to get to work clearing out all those bass from the lake he lives on." Vance AFB put the sign, shown below, at its front gate on the day that Roger retired. Congrats to Roger for his many years of service to our Air Force.


“East Coast Reunion on June 1, 2019. L-R: Mick Edlund, Dennis McLain, Tom McDaniel, John Gonda, Jim Bjork, Brooke Bailey, Bob Durham, Bob Johnston, Bill Drennan, Roger Sorensen, Ed Eberhart, Jim Reese, Scott Bohner, Dan Bucchioni, Bob Mirabello, David Prevost, Lew Read, and Scribe.”
      
HALF-CENTURY + 1 EAST COAST REUNION ANNOUNCED:
As forecast in my spring column, Ed and Karen Eberhart hosted the Half-Century + 1 East Coast Reunion at their home in Arlington, Virginia on June 1, 2019. The annual gathering of the faithful had classmates attending from the usual proximate states of Virginia and Maryland, but also included more adventurous souls from Delaware, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, and Texas. We have been spoiled by the Eberhart's gracious hospitality and venue-of-choice for more than a decade and will be sorry to see them leave our area for their new home near the Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs. Best wishes to Ed and Karen for a smooth transition from the greater D.C. area to vistas of "purple mountains majesty."


"Anne and Henry Hungerbeeler at Home in Leavenworth."

'68ER SPENDS TIME IN KANSAS' FIRST CITY: While visiting (not sentenced to) Fort Leavenworth in late June 2019 to attend the retirement ceremony of my son, Scott, from the U.S. Army, I had the good fortune to break bread with one of my 3rd Squadron classmates, Henry Hungerbeeler, and his bride, Anne at their beautiful home in Leavenworth, Kansas (established as Kansas' first city in the early 1800s). Anne and Henry met at the Baptist Church in Colorado Springs during his 3rd Class year and were married on the day we graduated in 1968.

After graduation from USAFA and pilot training at Moody AFB, Henry flew C-141s out of Norton AFB, California and became the youngest C-141 Instructor Pilot and Flight Examiner in the Air Force. He then went to Fort Rucker, Alabama for helicopter training and then served a tour in Combat Rescue in Southeast Asia. His follow-on assignment was to Scott AFB in the Military Airlift Command (MAC) Secretariat and then to Charleston AFB, South Carolina as a C-141 Examiner. He then attended the Army's Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth and after graduation remained at Leavenworth to serve as the MAC Liaison to the Combined Arms Center. Then, it was back to Charleston as Chief of C-141 special operations, Air Component Commander for the Joint Special Operation Command (JSOC), and a flying Squadron Commander. After attending Air War College, in residence, he served as the chief airlifter on the Air Staff during Desert Shield/Desert Storm. Due to health issues, he was medically grounded and then selected as the Air Base Wing Commander, followed by service as the first Support Group Commander for the 89th Airlift Wing at Andrews AFB. His next assignment was as the Support Group Commander at Charleston AFB, where he oversaw the completion of 40+ construction projects to support the arrival of the C-17 on base. His final assignment was as Chief of Staff of Joint Task Force - 6, DoD's counterdrug task force at Fort Bliss, Texas.

After retirement, Henry was selected as Director of Missouri's Department of Transportation. In the aftermath of the terrorist attack on 9/11, he was appointed to lead a national task force on transportation security to study infrastructure vulnerabilities in the United States. As part of this effort, President Bush appointed him to lead a Blue Ribbon Commission on Bridge and Tunnel Security to address shortfalls and remedies.

In 2009, Henry and Anne moved back to Leavenworth to assist their single-parent, son, with childcare duties while their son attended the Command and General Staff College and was later deployed overseas. Today, Henry still gets in some teaching time as a subject matter expert on "near-peer" opposing force aviation for Army students attending classes on post. Anne and he send greetings to one and all.


THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS:
Our class has suffered the loss of another of our classmates in 2019, Doug Barnard.
Douglas Michael Barnard, Major, USAF (Retired), passed away on 14 May 2019 at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Bath, New York. After enlisting in the Air Force, he attended the Air Force Academy Prep School and then joined the Class of 1968 at USAFA.

Doug was a Navigation and Electronics Warfare Officer and trained for 1 1/2 years on T/ET-29s before flying C-47s in Vietnam and Thailand. Upon returning to the States he was an instructor for ET-29s at the Electronic Warfare School and finished off the flying portion of his career in F4-Cs and -G s in Okinawa. Doug was stationed at Victorville, California as a Wild Weasel, where he "ferreted out" SAM and AAA radars. His last four years in the Air Force were at Ramstein Air Base in Germany at USAFE Headquarters, where in 1984, he met and married his wife, Jo, in Basel, Switzerland. In July 1986, he retired from the Air Force and returned to school, where he received a Master's degree in Computer Science from Boston University.

Upon his return from Germany in 1991, Doug adopted Hornell, New York as his home and became very active in the "Maple City" Community. He had a passion for trains and was definitely a, "geek", about train lore, the Erie Railroad and N/T TRAC model trains. He also served as a docent for the Hornell Depot Museum and was a Board Member.

Doug is survived by his wife, Jo; nephew, Nash Bennett; sister, Leslie Young; aunt, Win Barnard; brother-in-law, Ross Bennett; godchildren Mitchell Jackson, Tony Carrington, Sierra Carrington and Adrianna Harmonson. Committal services, with full military honors, took place at 2 p.m. Monday, May 20, 2019 at Bath National Cemetery. Please include Doug's family and friends in your thoughts and prayers.

THAT'S A WRAP: Mind the flak; keep 'em flying, and keep those cards, letters, e-mails, and photos coming in to Pat Russell and me. Ciao for now. Tim


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