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President's Corner - December 1999

 

Fellow Members:,

As we prepare for the next millennium, let me thank each and every one of you for your support to our organization, and I look forward to continuing our cause in the year 2000. At this time of year our attention has been focused on the 1999 Reunion and Thanksgiving and, soon, the Christmas Holiday Season. Our reunion was very successful because of many individuals: Ernie Short and Bill Ballard (Hall of Honor); Bill Nye and Duke Dapolito (Picnic); Jesse Coultrap (Golf Tournament); Paul Bernard (Photography); Bob and Debbie Cope (Banquet); Lou Rocha (Banquet Sales); Col Ron Haygood (FTVA/AIA Liaison) and so many others, including AIA personnel for their support and coordination; the libation consumers for their generosity; and, FTVA members and their family members who were in attendance. The banquet was well attended this year, and our thanks to Major General John E Morrison for his outstanding contribution as guest speaker and to AIA for its continued, appreciated support. I believe we may have made the general a Texan! At our Annual Membership Meeting, two very important proposed changes to the Constitution and By-laws were discussed and brought to a vote. The first proposal - to rename the association to USAFSS/ESC Association - was defeated. The second proposal - to change the by-law on voting rights (to reflect that absentee ballots will only be used for the election of officers and proposed changes to the Association's Constitution and By-laws) - was approved. As your new president, allow me to provide you a short biographical sketch. I was a member of USAFSS from 1959 to 1963. I was initially assigned to the 6922nd RGM, Kadena AB, Okinawa. I had the privilege of working directly for an individual who became one of my mentors - Phil Torello. I also had the privilege of knowing, working for, and having as a mentor Maj Delmar C Lang. The 'Double Deuce" had just moved to Okinawa from Shiroi AB, Japan. Phil often remarked that he created a monster, and I guess he did at that! Delmar would state, "This is great!" I also did a tour at the AFSPECCOMCTR from 1962 to 1963. From 1963 to 1995 I worked at the National Security Agency, retiring in December 1995. During these years I had assignments in Okinawa - JSPC (1967-1970); Air Force Electronic Warfare Center, San Antonio (1975-1979); and NCPAC, Camp Smith, Hawaii (1992-1995). I served as President of the National Capital Chapter of FTVA, and established and served as the first President of the Aloha Chapter. On behalf of your Board of Directors, we look forward to continued growth and enthusiasm, and continuation of our heritage. Lastly, we offer our heartfelt thanks and gratitude to Bob Sherwood for his efforts, support, and contributions as President of the Association for the past two years. A well deserved SIERRA HOTEL! - Remain in touch.

Mike Feldblum

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