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2017.04.29 55th Memorial Photos
2017.0429 - Reunion Election recap
2016.0826 - Monument . Kovacs
2016.0710 - Meyer Ltr
2016.0118 - OWH article
2016.01 _SMSGT Johnston promotion party


From: <J1a2c3k@aol.com>
Date: Mon, May 1, 2017 at 8:36 AM
Subject: 55th SRWA Memorial pics
        Here's some pics of the monument.....
      views from each of 4 corners taken this weekend (29/04/2017
Jack - Near Dayton, Ohio


From: <MaxMoore55@aol.com>
Date: Sat, Apr 29, 2017 at 1:10 PM
Subject: Now Board of Directors


L to R: Moore, Col Mo Krishna (trying to be stealthy), Maloney, Ross, Thomas, Spivey, McMahon, Hoberman, Kennedy. Ham Kennedy returns as a member, having previously served a number of years ago, and who has been the Assn Awards chair for a few years. Herd, Glenboski and Todd stepped down from the Board after years of diligent and appreciated service.

Joe Spivey is new to the Board and was elected the president.   Jim Thomas retired as prez after 12 years at the helm, the longest tenure in that slot. I don't think it is necessary to define his exemplary leadership or to detail his untold number of  significant and lasting contributions in this missive. He remains on the Board.

Other executives were re-elected: Ricky Mac, VP; Michael Cook, Treasurer; Trish Seinwill, secretary. All previous appointees remain in their respective positions...

Another significant action was that Life Memberships were deservingly awarded to Jim Thomas, Michael Cook and Jim Maloney for their superior service to the Assn over an extended time.

As acting secretary, I will publish minutes from the three reunion meetings when I get around to it...

In my spare time, I'll be writing a reunion recap article aiming for publication in the next issue of the newsletter, target month - July.

All the usual inputters (if that is a word) are on notice.  Prezgrams.

'Nuff fer now. Moore later.

VO, Max


From: John Kovacs
Date: Fri, Aug 26, 2016 at 10:37 AM
Subject: Monument background

Just noticed today, that they have cut the lower branches of the pine trees behind the monument. Now their mowers can drive under the trees. So far, they have not cut our Blue Spruce.

In a message to Max Moore dated 7/6/2016 1:54:11 P.M. Central Daylight Time,kmeyer@stanton.net writes:

1.  Max,  Yes, I got the newsletter and like I suppose like others do, read every word of it.  Thanks a bunch. 

        The Heritage booklet is also an enjoyable addition, and thanks for sending that.  It puts some of our stories in print.  There are many which are still not told and it would be enjoyable to hear those, too.  There have been many near misses which would make exciting reading.  The Cuban crisis, when we flew under wartime flight restrictions, using all of the runway and the lowest possible minimums, has some untold stories.  What was Britton’s crew doing, for example, and what about the airplane that went into Tampa Bay flying out of McDill?   Would it be possible to get some of those declassified so the membership could share?  The Freedom of Information Act should allow some of that stuff to finally be seen.  It would take some detective work, which would likely begin with members telling us they have a story to tell, collecting that list, and getting Air Force historians to share their files on those matters.  Just an idea, but it would flesh out the real history of the wing for all of us to share.  Thanks a bunch for all you do.  I have mostly quit practicing law and am in full retirement up here in Stanton.  Am 77 now and Health is kind of lousy.  My time in the 55th was still the best part of my life, and it is a source of pride to me to be “the last man standing” on the bell, my name there along side Harry Tull and Robb Hoover, the backend crew from crew S-67.  Glad to see the report that the bell is still the symbol I hoped it would become.  Robb Hoover would be proud, too, the bell being his idea during that TDY to Upper Heyford.  Of course, Howard Rust, Vic Prislusky, and Arlen Howe are there, too.
Chuck Meyer


Omaha World Herald Article   Jan 18, 2016
For a nation, the Gulf War lasted weeks; for Nebraska-based unit, the mission never ended
By Steve Liewer / World-Herald staff writer | Posted: Monday, January 18, 2016 12:30 am

55th Strategic Air Reconnaissance

Rivet Joint crew members from the 55th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing pose in front of RC-135V at Riyadh Air Base, Saudi Arabia, during Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm.

click herte for full article

|Jan , 2016

At the Wing's Stripes promotion ceremony, 15 January 2016, Patriot Club, newly promoted SMSgt Vanessa Johnston, 55th Wg Assn Board member is pictured with:

L to R:  Assn President Jim Thomas, CMSgtAF(#6) Jim McCoy, Board members Max Moore and Paul Jeanes.

Second photo is Vanessa with her 97th IS squadron friends.
SMSgt Johnston (center) with certificate; also in picture Col Marty Reynolds, 55th Wg CC, and Command CMSgt Mike Morris, both in Class A blues.