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Freedom Through Vigilance Association

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FTVA Value Statement

Hall of Honor: The Hall of Honor was created in 1983. It honors individuals who served with great distinction and contributed immeasurably to successful mission accomplishment. The Hall of Honor preserves the legacy of those who have gone before, highlights their deeds, and honors their contributions to the nation. For more information on the Hall of Honor, click here
What is the Freedom Through Vigilance Association? The Freedom Through Vigilance Association (FTVA) is a private, non-profit corporation dedicated to the support and perpetuation of the objectives of the U.S. Air Force and USAF Security Service and its successor organizations. Click here for more information. For FTVA chapter information Click here
FTVA Vigilant Partners Program: The FTVA realizes its objectives, in part, by providing funds for programs that reward the hardworking, dedicated 16th Air Force people who go "above and beyond" to achieve the command mission. The Vigilant Partners program permits industry, corporations, businesses and even individuals interested in 16th Air Forces' mission to join us in helping fund 16th Air Force programs. Click here for additional information.
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Fallen Eagles: The Fallen Eagles section contains a database of 16th AF and its predecessor organizations' deceased members and close associates. Lee Anthony updates and maintains the database on a quarterly basis, with key input from the Remain In Touch editors and other contributors. To view the list, click here. Contact Lee with any suggested changes and updates by clicking here. The FTVA is constantly looking to make the Fallen Eagles list a more complete product. (Updated June 10th, 2018)
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Newsletter and Membership Directory Notes:
Freedom Through Vigilance Association members, you have the option of receiving either the quarterly newsletter, the Annual Membership Directory or both via hardcopy or downloading a softcopy PDF. If you are interested in receiving softcopies of either or both of these publications, please let us know by filling out this form. When a newsletter or directory is published we will put it in a protected directory on the website. An e-mail will then be sent to those who want the softcopy letting you know they are available and providing the new password.

Our Membership: The FTVA consists of both Active Duty and Civilian members of the 16th Air Force along with former Military/Civilians who were ever part of the USAF Security Service (USAFSS) and its successor commands/Agencies.

For a membership application or renewal form in PDF format, click here. For a membership application or renewal form in html format click here. For an electronic change of address form, click here.

Dues Payment notes for information on annual dues payments click here.

FTVA E-Mail List: The FTVA maintains a list of member's e-mail addresses. This list is e-mailed to FTVA Members each month. Click here for a copy of the e-mail list. Note: you must be a member of the FTVA to be on this list.
Reunions: The FTVA would like to keep you abreast of all organizational reunions. Click here to view the reunions we are aware of. To submit a reunion to be listed on this page click here
USAFSS, ESC, AFIC, AIA, AFISRA, 25th Air Force, and 16th Air Force KIA/MIA:

2 Sep 1958 C-130 17 total/11 USAFSS Det 1, 6911RGM, Shot down over Soviet Armenia
    MSgt George P. Petrochilos
    TSgt Arthur L. Mello
    A1C Robert J. Oshinskie
    A2C Archie T. Bourg, Jr.
    A2C Joel H. Fields
    A2C James E. Ferguson, Jr.
    A2C Harold T. Kamps
    A2C Gerald C. Maggiacomo
    A2C Clement O. Mankins
    A2C Gerald H. Medeiros
    A2C Robert H. Moore

Significant Events:

There were two incidents in 1951 in which support provided by USAFSS units in Korea resultedin major U.S. air victories. The most significant of the two occurred on 29 November 1951 when a small USAFSS detachment provided 5th Air Force with tactical support concerning the North Korean Air Force which contributed directly to the largest single U.S. air victory of the war up to that point. In a single air-to-air engagement, F-86s from the USAF fighter wing at Inchon shot down eleven North Korean aircraft and damaged four more. The U.S. sustained only one slightly damaged F-86. These incidents were aptly termed "turkey shoots" by U.S. pilots.

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Freedom Through Vigilance Association
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