HELLO 68!! Thanks to the work of our 45th
Reunion Committee and the leadership of Al (Cecil B.) Blumberg,
as our Reunion Chairman, and Neal (Frank Capra) Starkey, as our
Chairman for Class Participation/Giving, most of the information about
the reunion may be seen in living color on two videos that are hosted
on our USAFA 68 Class website (www.usafa68.org). Check it out
to get the latest reunion news and updates! Questions? Contact Al Blumberg
at 719-331-4343 or email@example.com.
45TH REUNION BASICS: Dates: 31 October 2 November; Reunion
Hotel: Colorado Springs Marriott on 5580 Tech Center Drive, Colorado
Springs 80919 / Phone: 719-260-1800 / Toll Free: 800-932-2151;
Room Rates: Regular Room $109 per night / Large Room $129 per
night; Hotel Reservations Open: 1 June; 45th Reunion Registration
Forms: Available on AOG website (www.usafaaog.org) on 1 June; AOG
Liaison for Reunion: Sara Dozier; Reunion Merchandise: Will be hosted
on Class website by 1 June Questions to Vince Rusinak.
Planned Activities: Thursday, 31 Oct: Registration opens at hotel;
Pheasant Hunting POC: Doug Wilson / Begins approximately
9:00AM; Golf: Academy Blue Course / Begins at 1:00PM; Check-In Bash
at hotel / Begins at 6:00PM / Attire: Casual or Halloween costume.
Friday, 1 Nov: Memorial Service at Academy Cemetery / POC: Dale
Oderman / Begins at 10:30AM / Attire: Coat and Tie; Mitchell
Hall with Cadets for lunch meal (must sign up for this event) / Begins
after Memorial Service / Attire: Coat and Tie; Academy Update briefings
by USAFA key staff / Fairchild Hall Lecture Auditorium F1 / Begins
at 1:30PM / Attire: Coat and Tie; Banquet at hotel / POC: Bill Sasz
/ Begins at 7:00PM / Attire: Suit and tie and appropriate wear for the
Saturday, 2 Nov: AOG Tailgate outside Falcon Stadium (Tickets
may be purchased at event prior to football game); Football game USAFA
vs. USMA / Start time: TBD by TV schedule; Individual time or Squadron
reunions after football game / Start Time and Venue: TBD by squadrons.
Sunday, 3 Nov: Get-Away Day; Optional Brunch / Venue: Carl and
Debbie Janssens home (18647 Lower Lake Road, Monument,
CO 80132) / Time: 10:00AM 2:00PM (RSVP to Carl if you plan to
attend / E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org/
Phone: 719-488-6778 / Cell: 719-244-7644.)
CLASS PARTICIPATION/GIVING FOR REUNION: Unlike previous reunions
where funding was solicited from classmates for a singular class gift,
your donation for our 45th Reunion will put you in the drivers
seat to participate in a fund drive for the Academy writ large. You
can designate a specific squadron, academic area, club, sport, or activity
where your donation should go and/or you can participate at a more significant
level by becoming a member of the Sabre Society. Whether your gift is
large or small, the key to this initiative is to get as many classmates
as possible to participate by giving something to our alma mater. Our
POC for this effort is Neal Starkey.
EAST COAST REUNION: The 2013 East Coast Reunion will be held
at Ed and Karen Eberharts home at 3444 Roberts Lane North,
Arlington, VA 22207 on 22 June and will begin at 6:30PM. If you plan
to attend, please send an RSVP to Ed at email@example.com.
Joint Service Commissioning
Ceremony. L-R: Col Greg Shuey, USAF (Ret); 2LT Jonathan Kincaid, USA;
LT Rod Kincaid, USN (Ret)
PASSING THE TORCH: The photo above was taken
at Jonathan Kincaids commissioning ceremony with his father, Greg
Shuey, and his grandfather, Ron Kincaid (a U.S. Navy pilot),
pinning on Jonathans new gold bars. In his note Greg writes, I
spent much of my Air Force career working with, or in Army organizations
so it was probably not a surprise when three of my kids became Army
soldiers and one a Marine. Sadly, no one followed dads AF footsteps.
All four are combat vets of Iraq and Afghanistan. One is on a second
tour now (Maj. Heather Shuey) and another is leaving shortly for his
second (1Lt Jonathan Kincaid). By the way, Jonathan came back from Afghanistan,
got his Bachelors and Masters degree while being in the
Army Reserves and serving as the Army ROTC Cadet Commander at Kansas
University. Greg also writes that he is serving as the President
of the AOGs Kansas City Chapter.
A TORREANO BY ANY OTHER NAME: A hearty 68 congratulations
to Mark Torreanos brother Mike who was elected as one of
the newest members to the AOB Board of Directors.
Merry Christmas from
Jody and Susie Smith
CHRISTMAS GREETINGS IN MARCH: Waiting until Daylight
Savings Time began to send Christmas greetings, Jody and Susie Smith
write, The highlights of our year were the birth of our 3rd grandson,
Jackson Rogers Smith, on Sept. 13, 2012. He is the son of Chris and
Angela. Chris and Angela were married December 14, 2012 in Maui, Hawaii.
They both have jobs connected to the building of the new San Francisco/Oakland
Bay Bridge. They live in San Ramon, California.
Joe and his wife Amandas two sons, Lincoln, who will be turning
5 years old in July, and Ozzie who will be 3 in October, keep their
folks busy. Amanda works for a company called College Success Foundation
which is a non-profit foundation that helps kids go to college and get
into the work force. Joe is in the process of changing jobs.
Meanwhile, Susie has been doing some volunteering at the local hospital,
swimming laps at the pool, working on scrapbooking online at Heritage
Makers, and doing a bit of genealogy.
Jody hunts on the farm and is enjoying turkey season which started the
last week of March, He has been attending the Gideon prayer breakfasts
on Saturdays. Take care of yourselves and for those who we dont
see very often, we wish we could change that. God bless you real good!
Tom and Evelyn Jones
of Pagosa Springs
LIGHT ON FOR YOU AT NEW B&B IN PAGOSA
SPRINGS: First-time Checkpoints writer Tom Jones writes,
Evelyn has been in Pagosa full time for almost ten years while
I have been commuting back and forth to Albuquerque for my job. Due
to cutbacks in military space I lost my job in January so have rented
my house in Albuquerque and have become a Colorado resident. I am hoping
to get picked up again in a month or so but that remains to be seen
(so please nothing on Facebook, etc.).
We have opened a Bed and Breakfast in Pagosa Springs which we thoroughly
enjoy and which helps defray some expenses. Check out:
I recently attended the first reunion (after 43 years) of Moody Class
70-06 and saw Jim Bettcher, Roger Moseley and Howie Towt
and their lovely wives. They had not changed much while I have grown
a little rough around the edges as you can see. I should have taken
a picture but never have a camera when I need one.
THATS 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