group of AWRA members and guests who attended the 13 Oct 2017 USAF BMT
graduation at Lackland AFB. The fresh-faced YOUNG men and women
who embarked on their service to the country that day were
impressive. After their parade we went to the former WB-29 that
is on display.
group who attended the 13 October USAF Basic Military Training
graduation ceremony at Lackland AFB. After the parade and
swearing-in, we assembled in front of the B-29 Dispaly for a
photo. The aircraft is diplayed as the first B-29 to arrive
in the Marianas during 1944. It is actually WB-29A 44-62220 which
was assigned to several different weather reconnaissance units
and locations, including Bermuda, Guam, and two tours in Hawaii.
Front Row from left: Bernie Barris, Jeff Proulx, Bill Hendley, Bruce Russell, John White, James (Pepe') LaChute, and Bob Tuttle. Standing: Jim Reardon, Dick Williamson, Joe Walling, Bob Nobbs, Joe Robinson, Ken Kaiser, David Steiner, Wayne Freeman, Ron Anderson,G.D. (Stoney) Faubus, and Russell Hammond.
Thusday, 12 October, thirty of us boarded a tour bus and travelled to
Fredericksburg TX to visit the National Museum of the Pacific War and
the Nimitz Museum. Heading back to San Antonio, we stopped at the
Wildseed Farms and again in Luckenbach, TX.
From left: Bernie Barris, James (Pepe') LaChute, Terry LaChute, David Steiner, G.D. (Stoney) Faubus, Ken Kaiser, Melva Faubus, Wayne Freeman, Chuck Lavoie, Joan Head, Sara Garrett, Bob Nobbs, and Jim Garrett.
Keynote speaker this year was Dr. David Steiner, PhD. David was
assigned as a navigator at the 54th WRS on Guam from 1969-71.
While there he participated in the MOTORPOOL mission, which attempted
to disrupt North Vietnamese resupply along the "Ho Chi Minh
Trail". This was done by seeding certain types of clouds to
increase the rainfall along the trail. David's conclusions:
1. The strategic goal was a failure, and 2. It was a very
not sure if it was a coincidence or not, but we had a group of folks
who participated in the MOTORPOOL missions attend the reunion this
year. Kneeling from left: John White, Jeff Proulx, and Ken
Kaiser. Standing from left: Harald Davis, Bill Hendley,
Bill Davis, David Steiner, Bill Severn, and Bruce Russell.