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President's Corner - June 2013

June 2013

Dear Members,

The FTVA extends its condolences to the family of SSgt Richard Dickson of the 306th Intelligence Squadron, Beale AFB, CA. SSgt Dickson and three USAF airmen perished during the April 27, 2013 crash of an MC-12 Liberty aircraft in Afghanistan. Please take time to remember their service and sacrifice, and the many deployed AF ISR Agency members serving in harm's way.

We were privileged to personally recognize several returning "deployers" during our recent Spring Social on April 6, 2013! Command Chief Arleen Heath gave a great glimpse into the activities of our Agency's active duty enlisted personnel, and Maj Gen Bob Otto provided insight into the status of the Agency and its ongoing activities. Over 80 members attended this annual social. Thanks again to Ken Williams for coordinating the event (at a new location) and to Ron Haygood, who once again did a great job as emcee.

We hope you took time to nominate those who made a large impact on the AF ISR Agency for the Hall of Honor using the new charter and forms located on the web site. AJ Harrison and his selection committee work diligently to ensure the "Best of the Best" are recognized, but can't do it without your assistance.

On June 20, 2013, we'll commemorate the crew of Ratchett 33 with a plaque on the USAF Academy grounds in Colorado Springs, CO. Barnie Gavin, Greg Roman, and the Rocky Mountain Chapter have worked hard to bring this to fruition. Secondly, on October 3, 2013, thanks to the efforts of Larry Tart, Jimmy Mayer, and the entire PWG along with the University and local ROTC, a long-overdue plaque will memorialize the USAFSS airmen lost in a 1958 barracks fire on Syracuse University. I continue to be amazed at your commitment to the FTVA, and again urge you to make plans to attend our annual reunion in San Antonio, September 26 - 28, 2013. Until next quarter...

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