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Category: Updates - OBA Created: 03/14/2000 12:00 AM
Related Website: N/A Updated: 11/28/2001 04:08 AM
OBA Update - March 14, 2000

SUMMARY:  New members, reenlistments, Venezuelan Bronco Fest, USAF FAC reunion plans, OBA moving to larger area at VFM.

Hi folks,

A quick update to introduce some new members and pass along a couple of news items.

Before I introduce our new members though I want to thank the following members and recognize for their continued support by extending their OBA enlistments.

Reenlistment to Lifer: Gordy "Bear" Evans

Reenlistment to 3 Years: Eric "Benjie" Raymond, Gordon "Gordo" Squires, Larry Schulte, Mark Robin, Mike McCollum, and Patrick "Bunker" Hill

Reenlistment for 1 Year: David Himes, Bill Sleigh, Dick Wood and Alex Weinbaum

Thanks for your continuing support gents.

Now, please welcome these new members to the OV-10 Bronco Association:

Wayne Svenson,, is a former VMO-2 pilot in both RVN and Camp Pendleton.

Howard "Nail 01" Pierson enlisted for three years and is a former member of the 23rd TASS where he amassed over 100 missions over Cambodia. He considers his tour as a Nail FAC to be a career highlight. His father "Commando Pop" turned 102 in February and shares Howard's membership.

Bill Woidyla,, another VMO-2 pilot enlisted for three years from Katy, TX.

Retired CWO4 Roy Bristol,, has enlisted for one year. He lives in Springfield, TN.

Joe Baker, formerly of VMO-2, has enlisted for 3 years. This former Marine quarterback now lives in Lewisville, TX.

Fred Herring, formerly of VMO-6 has also enlisted for one year. He lives in Bothell, WA.

Paul Schleif, a former VMO-2 ordnance man has also enlisted for one year. Paul lives in West Bend, WI.

Floyd Lewis, retired Marine Col. has enlisted for three years. Floyd lives in Coronado, CA.

Bob Smith, has enlisted for one year. This former VMO-2 member now lives in Goode, VA.

J. O. Enockson,, formerly of VMO-6 has enlisted for three years. John lives in Fallbrook, CA.

Ed Alexander,, has enlisted with us for three years. Ed has an extensive OV-10 background, including VMO-5, 6 and VAL-4. He also spent time at China Lake on the YOV-10D Nogs as well as MCDEC. He also has the distinction of having reenlisted in the backseat of an OV-10 over the DMZ in Vietnam in 1969.

Welcome aboard all!

Upcoming events:

If you didn't get the notice last week, we just got word that the Venezuelan Air Force is holding an OV-10 symposium in Maracaibo next month April 11-13. We have been invited to attend. If that fits for anyone, let me know. I am gathering names and information.

On September 21-24, the USAF FAC "Homecoming" Reunion - 2000 will take place in Fort Walton Beach, FL. The primary objective of this year's reunion will be the dedication of the new FAC Memorial at the Hurlburt Air Park, which now includes OV-10A number 155626.

The OBA has been invited "as a squadron" to attend and join in the celebration. Bill Sleigh has volunteered to help coordinate accommodations at the Ramada Plaza Beach Resort. Our tentative plans are to host a hospitality suite and set up our PX. The reunion information contact is Claude Newland at (850) 654-2955 or

Events will include a flight suit party, tour of Hurlburt, Memorial Dedication, golf tournament, FAC Business meeting and banquet.

We will have more info for you as the plans develop.

We also want to take this opportunity to thank the FAC Reunion Committee for extending an invitation to the Bronco Association to attend their event.

Here we grow again:

Since our formation not quite two years ago, the idea and spirit of the OV-10 Bronco Association has grown beyond what many folks expected. A sure sign of that was outgrowing our modest little space at the Vintage Flying Museum in Fort Worth. Recently Ron negotiated a larger room for us to use as our headquarters and display area. One day very soon, local members will be invited to help celebrate by helping us move.

Membership and reenlistments are also on the rise. I have just sent out membership materials to our 123rd member. A new membership directory will be posted in the vault soon. When you go over it, if you notice someone without an email address, why not copy the directory and this update and send it off to them - they will appreciate it, and it will save me a little time. I hate to have anyone left out in the dark.

Thanks for your support and efforts.

Best regards,

Jim "Grump" Hodgson
OV-10 Bronco Association

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Jim "Boomer" Bloomberg
Mel "Doctor" Clouser
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