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Bob Kay
40411 Tesoro Lane
Palmdale, CA 93551
Home: (661) 274-2201
Work: (661) 824-6426
Email: Robert.kay@baesystems.com

Greetings 78ers…

Am on the road yet again trying to get this turned in before the deadline. Not as much info as in the past quarters but enough to make it interesting—I hope!

First off, ran out of room last article so couldn’t run this very cool pic of two squids. The young one is my Plebe son Philip standing with fellow Bulldawger Mad Al Myers. They were able to link up last fall during a Navy game at Canoe U. Mad Al is a two star navy admiral and works as director of the Air Warfare Division of the Navy staff. Prior to that, he was the commander of Carrier Task Force 8 on the east coast. Al was also the only USAFA grad to command an aircraft carrier back in 2001 (USS Kitty Hawk) and did a stint as the Senior Mil Assistant to the Secretary of the Navy. Not bad for a Zoomie! I truly appreciated Al taking time out to meet with my son during the game. Hopefully they’ll be able to link up again.



Also heard from Sig Nelson (American Airlines) who participated in a civic tour of Edwards air patch right up the road. Unfortunately, I was traveling (as usual) so we weren’t able to connect but he said it was an excellent tour. Sig enclosed some pictures of classmates in the airline biz that he has run into. Pictured below is (yet another) Bulldawger Lyman Lee who is a captain for United. Lyman is on the left and Sig is on the right.



Next is Terry Kelley who is a captain for Delta although I’m not sure where he flies out of. Great work Sig…thanks!



In other news, Dick Newton pinned on his third star and is in charge of all AF manpower and personnel matters. The guy he replaced got his fourth star and now commands USAFE so who knows? Bill Chambers pinned on his second star and is still the SECAF Director of Communications. Saw him quoted extensively the other day in a article about the AF Chief calling together all the AF squadron commanders for a conference. Hawk Carlisle also pinned on his second star as AF Director of Legislative Liaison and finally, Glenn Spears also put on his third star and is Deputy Commander of Southern Command in Miami.

Kind of an interesting side note, if you look at the Senior Leadership page on the AF web site, three guys on it are from our class (Dick, Bill and Hawk). Think that might be another record.

Well gents, about all I have this quarter so this will be a non-typical short installment. Please keep sending stuff in as you have in the past…if not, there’s no telling what I might do if I get desperate enough. Have a great Winter.

‘78 is Great!


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