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
Yes, I got the newsletter and like I suppose like
others do, read every word of it. Thanks a
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.
Omaha World Herald Article Jan 18, 2016
For a nation, the Gulf War lasted weeks; for
Nebraska-based unit, the mission never ended
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
At the Wing's Stripes promotion ceremony, 15 January
2016, Patriot Club, newly promoted SMSgt Vanessa
Johnston, 55th Wg Assn Board member is pictured
|Jan , 2016
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
SMSgt Johnston (center) with certificate; also in
picture Col Marty Reynolds, 55th Wg CC,
and Command CMSgt Mike Morris, both in Class