Tim's March 2008 Checkpoints Class News Article
|HELLO '68!! Dateline: July 1964. Place: United
States Air Force Academy. Event: The loudspeakers on the terrazzo begin to blare
the Four Preps' hit tune "I was a big man yesterday, but boy you ought to
see me now." The newly formed Class of 1968 marches into Mitchell Hall for
a "relaxing" meal (while the Class of 1965 instills officer and gentleman-like
table manners and conducts trivia contests) and the rest, as they say, is history.
To relive those thrilling days of yesteryear and to add to tall-tale embellishments
that only come with age (and a touch of senility), join us for our 40th Reunion
from 1-4 October at the Embassy
Suites. To receive the latest information, please check the Class Website
at www.usafa68.org. |
"John Longenecker Catching a Breather in Herat, Afghanistan."
GRAD ON SECOND AFGHAN TOUR: In the midst of political tit for tat in the US
Presidential debates, it is often difficult to comprehend what the candidates
are vowing to resolve and the plans they have at-the-ready for saving the republic.
For classmate John Longenecker, however, the need for national and international
security is not some rhetorical campaign abstraction. After originally retiring
from the Air Force in 1998 and being recalled to Active Duty in 2002 to serve
as our first Air Attaché to Afghanistan, John served with distinction,
returned to the US, and was recalled in 2007 to serve in Afghanistan for a second
tour. John, your classmates thank you for your continued service on the frontlines.
Our prayers go with you for your safe return.
Squadron Practice Reunion." Couples from L-R: Benny & Jeanne Veteto,
Bob & Jane Pavelko, Steve & Henrietta Polk, Bill & Geri Bowman, and
John & Charlotte Sullivan.
Pavelko told me of a 16th Squadron practice reunion hosted by Steve and
Henrietta Polk at their estate in San Antonio, Texas last November. He
noted that a few greenbacks exchanged hands following some "uncompetitive"
golfing events, but they were all able to remain financially solvent despite their
aforementioned gambling endeavors. Bob opined that the practice reunion went smoothly,
but a second may be required to insure a successful 40th reunion at USAFA in the
"The Parkers of Waunakee, WI." L-R: Anne--now Capt Anne Ridlon, USAF, Janice, Jen, and Jim.
One of my 7th Squadron roommates,
Jim Parker, dropped a few lines to provide an update on his life as a retired
FBI "Drugbuster." He said his oldest daughter Anne, is now a USAF captain
assigned to the AWACs program as an Air Battle Management Officer stationed at
Kadena AB, Okinawa. Her husband is a '98 USAFA grad, an F-15 pilot, currently
stationed in Korea. They are both due to rotate in June '08 and are hoping that
the AF sees fit to station them together.
As I was completing this winter column I learned that our classmate, Dr. Larry Pigg, passed away on December 16, 2007 at University Hospital, Albuquerque, New Mexico. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends.
THAT'S A WRAP: Please clear you calendars at the beginning of October so you can join us for our 40th reunion. Make your reservations, today! Mind the flak; keep 'em flying, and keep those cards, letters, e-mails, and photos coming in to Pat Russell and me. Please go to the class website to see photos included in this column in color and in full size. Ciao for now. Tim