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October 26, 1998
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Category: Updates - OBA Created: 10/26/1998 12:00 AM
Related Website: N/A Updated: 11/28/2001 04:24 AM
OBA Update - October 26, 1998

SUMMARY:  Air Force FAC Assoc. attendance, Bronco Fest 98 report, 799 report, membership drive plans, new members


Wow, where do I begin? I've been pretty tied up lately and wanted to get this out sooner, but time and things have been getting away from me. Let's see, where were we last time.

Early October was pretty busy. Charlie Yates, Darrel Whitcomb and Bill Sleigh attended the Air Force FAC Association reunion in Fort Walton Beach. They acted as Ambassadors for the Association, and evidence of their efforts keeps coming in on a daily basis. In fact, let's welcome aboard Jim Carlton, John Reimler and David Himes. All three of these folks served with the 23rd TASS, at least. We all appreciate the efforts that Charlie, Darrel and Bill made. Thanks fellas, you did good!

Now, while they were frolicking in the sun of Florida, Mike Richardson was hosting Bronco Fest '98. Sounds like a big deal, and it was, just that it was a small gathering of some pretty important folks. Jack Ballard and Ira Hughes, both legendary OV tech reps, came to town bearing gifts. They brought all manner of films, technical data, manuals, pictures etc. Igor [Chuck Burin] couldn't miss this opportunity and flew in from Minneapolis for the weekend. He captured so much stuff, he needed an extra bag to get home. Jeff Clements, a new Lifer from Miami, was also in attendance. Jeff is a former VMO-1 and 4 member and has flown the OV for BATF

The primary purpose of the visit was for Jack and Ira to see #799 and give Ron Fix and Vince Sapero an assessment of its condition and a plan for restoration. That goal was accomplished, but coming up with an estimate of costs was something else. We are now figuring our restoration costs at $500,000.00 to $1,500,000.00. I guess the seminar on Grant Writing I just took is going to come in handy. We also had a surprise visitor from Houston. Jim Moriarity, a former Marine door gunner and now lawyer flew up in his beautifully restored T-28 to see what was going on. We ran into Jim at Pensacola last month, where he brought his T-28 and a restored H-34. He's interested in what we are doing and his expertise will come in handy. Maybe Bronco Fest should be an annual event?

We are still looking to start the move of the airframe around the 15th of November. Mike, Ron, Vince, Boomer and whoever can be grabbed has put in some time on stripping old insulation and cleaning out the new hangar. Once that clean up is done, new insulation will be installed and we can start the move.

We are still planning to do a mass mailing to about 1,400 names of people we have on file. They are all Navy, Marines or Air Force folks, both officer and enlisted. This will be our first assault of our membership drive. If you have names of former squadron mates you think may be interested in what we are doing, please send along their name and address.

It is really amazing to me how this movement is picking up speed. I've been involved in a lot of marketing efforts in the past, but nothing like this. You saw the names at the top of this list [the email list this update originally was sent to - MSW]. We are taking in new members, request for information and general email at an accelerating rate each day, and most people don't even know about us yet. Just keeping track of everybody is almost a full time effort right now. So, we are trying an experiment. Eric Raymond and a new Lifer, Dave Rabing, have volunteered to help manage our mailing list. It's an experiment because Benjie lives in VA and Lightning lives in CA, while I'm in Dallas. The two of them are going to sort, spindle and fold all the names and addresses and give me a list ready for mailing label printing. I appreciate their involvement, and I hope it proves that being geographically challenged doesn't mean you can't be involved if you want. We've got lots of things to do and you don't have to be here to do them.

I'm starting to get a little long here, so let me just finish up by introducing you to some other new members:

Charles Mutka is a former member of the 23rd TASS with time in OV-'s, B-52's, T-37's, AT-33's and others. He lives in CO and we're glad to have him with us. Welcome aboard Nail 40!

TC Antonsen, in addition to serving with every VMO the Marines ever had, has also worked for CDF and BATF. He was also part of mobile training teams sent to Morocco and Colombia. Lots of OV experience. Lives in New Orleans. Welcome TC!

I've already mentioned Dave "Big Dave" or "Lightning" Rabing signing on. Dave also spent most of his adult life kicking around the Corps from one VMO to another. Glad to have you, Big Dave!

Last but not least is Tim Sikorski. Tim is our first official Black Pony. He served in country with VAL-4 from '70 to '71. He's local here in Texas, so we expect to see a lot of Tim when he isn't flying for American.

You all have a safe and sane Halloween and I'll be back in touch in two or three weeks.

Thanks for your support,

Jim "Grump" Hodgson
OV-10 Bronco Association

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