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President's Corner - September 2002

By now you have received your Reunion packet and, hopefully, sent in your reservations and check. At last report the golf tournament was almost filled up and reservations for the Banquet were rolling in nicely. Your Board has worked tirelessly to make this year's reunion a memorable event and we look forward to seeing you there.

Our guest speaker for the Saturday night banquet has changed again. No, it's still Paul J. Lebras, but now as Major General, vice Brigadier General. General Ralph E. "Ed" Eberhart, recently named to head the new U.S. Northern Command, was on hand in early August to pin Maj Gen Lebras with his second star at AIA Headquarters. Congratulations Major General Lebras!

On a more somber note, recently we were once again reminded of the supreme sacrifice our men and women in uniform may have to make as they perform their missions to help safeguard our great country. One of the command's own, SSgt Shane Kimmett, a direct support operator with the 25th Information Operations Squadron, serving with the Air Force Special Operations Command's 15th Special Operations Squadron, died along with the nine other crewmen when their MC-130H Combat Talon II crashed on August 7, 2002 in Puerto Rico. We express our deepest sympathy to SSgt Kimmett's family and salute him for his dedicated service in the very important role he and our other direct support operators perform for the Special Operations folks.

When you receive this newsletter, the nation will be gearing up for the one year anniversary of the events of September 11, 2001. While there will be many expressions of sympathy, grief and many other emotions, it will also be a time not only to remember those we lost on that fateful day, but also to take pride and salute our men and women in uniform who continue to guard us against us those who would take away our freedoms and destroy our country.

We especially acknowledge our silent warriors, whose many contributions to those efforts may not be publicly recognized, but play a vital role in maintaining our security. Our hats are off to all of them.

So, it's reunion time. Come. Enjoy fellowship. Remember those who have gone on. See old friends. Meet new ones. Maybe even enjoy an adult beverage. It's a great time. See you on Security Hill in September. Join us and remain in touch.

// Signed //

John Worthington

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