HELLO 68!! Season's greetings and best
wishes for a joyous and healthy 2018! The countdown to our 50th reunion
is down to a matter of months. It's time to clear your dance cards
and make your travel plans accordingly. Our 50th won't be the same
of Eagles" L-R: Colonels Jeff, Bob, and Bob Pavelko
PROUD '68ER PROMOTES SON TO COLONEL: Bob Pavelko traveled
to USSOCOM HQ at MacDill AFB in August 2017 for the promotion of his
son, Jeff, to colonel in the US Marine Corps. Bob writes, Jeff
is currently serving as the Deputy Director of Operations, Joint Collective
Training and is slated to become Commodore of Training Wing 5 in Milton,
Florida. He is a Cobra (AH-1W) helicopter pilot with four tours in
Iraq and an Air War College graduate.
Bob, my oldest son, is a USAF colonel assigned to
HQ Air Force Space Command as Chief of the Space Operations Division.
He served a tour in Afghanistan, commanded the 21st Space Operations
Squadron, was Vice Commander of the 45th Space Wing, and was a National
Security Fellow at the JFK School of Government at Harvard. I couldnt
be prouder of both of them! To the Pavelko family: A spirited
'68ER'S MINISTRY THRIVES IN ASIA: I received a great update from
Geoff Gorsuch, who has undergone some life-changing events in the
last few years-to include the loss of his wife, Diane, and his personal
battle with cancer. Based on his most recent letter, his faith is
sustaining him and he has a positive outlook on the future. Among
the positive events this year were trips to Malaysia and Myanmar,
where he met with Christian delegates from more than eight nations,
and news of his marriage to Teresa this summer after she lost her
husband five years ago. To Geoff and Teresa: Congratulations on your
marriage and best wishes for God's blessings on your ministry in Asia.
Tee Off" L-R: Dick Ewers, Steve Marlier, Pat Hurley, and Steve
'68ERS DO "OCEAN COURSE" IN SOUTH CAROLINA: In a note
from Dick Ewers, Dick writes, "Four 20th Squadron Troll
classmates (Steve Marlier, Pat Hurley, Steve McPhail,
and I) and our wives met for a week of fun on Kiawah Island, South
Carolina from 4-11 May. Some 70th birthdays were celebrated, a lot
of wine and scotch were consumed and some questionable golf was played.
On our last day, we ponied up the bucks to play one of the best courses
in America-the Pete Dye-designed "Ocean Course," which was
the site of the 1991 Ryder Cup and the 2012 PGA Championship. Of note,
for this esteem group, we are still married to the same ladies we
were each dating during our 1st Class year. It boggles my mind that
they are still putting up with us after all these years. We had a
great week together, enjoyed near perfect weather and relived some
50-year old memories of days gone by. Semper Fi!"
'68ER ADDRESSES OPIOID EPIDEMIC: Our classmate, John
Vandekamp, serves as contributing editorial reporter for the
Capital Gazette in Annapolis, Maryland. In the 19 September 2017 edition
of the newspaper, his column titled, "On Opioids, Let's Not Be
Derelict in Our Duty," John stated, "The opioid epidemic
is pervasive. It's killing our friends and our children, and we've
got to stop it-parent and grandparent to child. We've got to defeat
pushers and hackers!" To read the full column go to: http://www.capitalgazette.com/opinion/ac-ce-column-van-de-kamp-20170919-story-html
SABRES FOR 2018 LEGACY CLASS: Darrel Knudsen is initiating
a Class project to pass along sabres from our class to members of
the Class of 2018. The concept is that we will get our sabres engraved
with our name, our highest rank, and Class of 1968 on them. Darrel
will serve as the Class Project Coordinator and can engrave the sabres
using Quelab's, our maker space, laser cutter. If classmates are interested
in donating their sabres, Darrel is requesting that these classmates
provide a one-page biography of themselves to provide the graduate
from 2018 with some history about his '68 legacy officer. Darrel's
contact info: Cell: 505-600-9082; E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org;
PO Box 16778, Albuquerque, NM 87191. Darrel noted that new sabres
are available at the USAFA Gift Shop for $355 in case someone wishes
to participate but does not have his original sabre.
"A Distinguished Gentlemen
Pose" L-R: J Ferron, Mike Morrison, Clark Gerhardt, Rhip Worrell,
and Mike "Tex"
'68ER MINI-REUNION IN COLORADO: Clark Gerhardt sent a photo
and a short note about his mini-reunion in August 2017 with classmates
at "Base Camp Worrell" in Silverthorne, Colorado. He said
that J, Mike, Rhip, and Tex attacked the local links while Clark reached
the summit of one of Colorados 14,000-foot mountains. All are
doing well and are looking forward to our 50th.
'68 POTPOURI: With word count limitations on my column, here
are some brief headlines of other class activities.
and Drew Freeborn at Sijan Memorial Dedication in Milwaukee"
Mike and Nancie Freeborn and grandson
Drew attended Sijan Memorial Dedication in Milwaukee in May 2017.
Former 3rd Squadron Roommates Jim Reese and Paul
My former 3rd Squadron roommates Jim Reese and Paul McKlendin met
in Atlanta for dinner. Paul is now retired and Jim and Marcia Reese
are headed to Dushanbe, Tajikistan for Jim's new job as Director of
Flight Operations for Somon Air.
Birthday Flight Around Honolulu" L-R: Grandsons Robert and Christopher
Ace Pilot Vic Bonfiglio
I had a mini-reunion in Honolulu in August with Mark Torreano, Don
Motz, and Vic Bonfiglio while visiting my son at Fort Shafter.
Ceremony" L-R: Tom McCloy, Jack Hannig, Garry Dudley, Denny Chrismer,
and Bruce Buono
Ed Leonard, Bob Denny, Tom McCloy, Jack Hannig, Garry Dudley, Denny
Chrismer, and Bruce Buono attended the C-7A Caribou Dedication Ceremony
at the USAFA SEA Memorial Pavilion on 5 October 2017. Of the 100 grads
who flew the aircraft, 28 were from our class.
"Pre-Navy Game Dinner
at Chez Davidson"
Game Dinner at Chez Davidson-Mirror Shot"
I hosted a dinner at Chez Davidson on 5 October 2017 prior to the
Navy game and had a great time with guests Bob and Thuy Johnston,
Brooke and Cathy Bailey, and Bob and Cathy Durham.
THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS: We are deeply saddened by the loss of two
of our classmates-Wayne Petersen and Danny James.
Lt Col Wayne Petersen, USAF (Ret) passed away on 10 July 2017
in Trophy Club, TX after a battle with cancer. Wayne was a combat
rescue pilot and staff officer. His civilian career was in the banking
industry. Condolences may be sent to his family in care of his wife:
Mrs. Jean Petersen; 28 Meadowbrook Lane; Trophy Club, TX 76262-5636.
After Danny James' Memorial Service" L-R: Scribe, Tony Marshall,
and Frank Moore.
and Karen Eberhart not pictured.
Lt Gen Danny James, USAF (Ret) died on 1 August 2017 in Washington,
D.C. He was our classmate during Doolie Year and then went to the
University of Arizona to complete his college education and receive
his commission through Air Force ROTC. His last military assignment
was Director of the Air National Guard. Please remember his wife Dana
and his son Daniel Steven in your 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. Photos for the Potpouri portion of my column may be found
at our class website under Scribe's Page. Ciao for now. Tim