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The 2016 AWRA Reunion
Will be
held in Dayton, OH

28 Sept through 2 Oct 2016

Our Host Hotel is the
Dayton-Fairborn Holiday Inn

2800 Presidential Drive
Fairborn, OH  45324

Group rates available from Wed, 28 Sep
through Wed, 5 Oct 2016

For Reservations, Call:  (937) 426-7800

Hope to see you there!

Our Agenda includes two days at the
expanded National Museum of the USAF

     Image above shows artist depiction of the NMUSAF with the fourth building (Right) which will
     open in June 2016. 
                                                                                                                            USAF Image

Photos from the 2015 Tucson Reunion


One of the fun activities at the 2015 Tucson reunion was a flight suit contest suggested and sponsored by  Stan Sowa.  Six of our members took up the challange.  From left Peter Copeskey, Stan Sowa, Stoney Faubus, Bill Burnette, Charles Miller, and David Steiner.  We are looking forward to  more participants next year.
                                                                                                                                                                 Photo Courtesy Bernie Barris

Getting in a few hands before the annual banquet.  From left, Rick Webster, Gail Webster, Marsha Jones, and Norm Beauchamp.  Rick and Norm were both Radio Operators on WB-29 and WB-50 at the 54th WRS on Guam.
                                                                                                                                                                 Photo Courtesy Bernie Barris

There were only two pilots in attendance this year.  Both Pat Hanavan (left) and Paul Meisner flew the WB-50.  We will work hard to get more of our pilot veterans next year.
                                                                                                                                                                 Photo Courtesy Bernie Barris

Our three Aerial Reconnaissance Weather Officers from left Bill Burnetter, Dick Williamson, and former AWRA President David Magilavy.

                                                                                                                                                                 Photo Courtesy Bernie Barris

Unfortunately, two flight engineers who planned to attend had to cancel out at the last minute.  We still were pleased to have four at the reunion.  From left, Paul Meisner (who flew both as a pilot and flight engineer), Ron "Andy" Anderson, current AWRA President Stoney Faubus, and Mike Burley.
                                                                                                                                                                 Photo Courtesy Bernie Barris

Five of our six naavigators who came to Tucson.  From left, Joe Robinson, Bernie Barris, Charles Miller, Wayne Freeman, and Dave Steiner.  Somehow Stan Sowa missed the photo. 
                                                                                                                                                                 Photo Courtesy Bernie Barris

The missing navigator, Stan Sowa, during the first ever AWRA flight suit contest.   Hope to see some more next year.
The two  maintenance members in attendance.  Joe Walling (left) and Edward Molen. 
                                                         Photos Courtesy Bernie Barris  

We had a modern-era record number of Radio Operators in attendance.  From left, Henry Meyer, Norm Beauchamp, and Rick Webster.  Norm is wearing a polo shirt with the "Fireball" patch of the 54th WRS worn in the 1950's.
                                                                                                                                                                 Photo Courtesy Bernie Barris

Once again the Dropsonde Operators had the most members in attendance.  Front row, from left, Mary Copeskey, Rick Hafely, Bill Hendley, Russ Dawson, former AWRA President Bob Tuttle, and Jim Garrett.  Second row, Peter Copeskey, Bill Scott and Charles Hart.  Back row, Sam Angevine, T.J. Smith, Don Farrington, Bill Davis, and Harald Davis. 
                                                                                                                                                                 Photo Courtesy Bernie Barris

Thanks to all of our wives and other guests who are really the ones that make the reunions possible.  Hope to see you all in 2016.

                                                                                                                                                                 Photo Courtesy Bernie Barris

We were especially pleased to have in attendance one of the founders of AWRA, former President David Magilavy (center) and his lovely wife Maureen.  David is now an active 94-years young.  Here the Magilavy's are with Bernie Barris (left) the newly elected Chairman of Board of Directors for AWRA.
                                                                                                                                                                 Photo Courtesy Bernie Barris