Checkpoints Fall 2009
Greetings '78ers ...
I hope most of you have heard of the very sad passing of Paul Morell on 4 October after an exceptionally brave seven-year battle with brain cancer. He seemed to be doing better then deteriorated very quickly. Paul passed with Tahni and his children Julia, Michael and Matthew by his side. Apparently, there was a good showing of guys (several Northwest pilots) at the funeral which was held in the Boston area. For anyone who knew Paul through the years, Tahni has asked for folks to write their memories and send to her at 3Wanders Drive, Hingham MA 02043. Since the kids are fairly young, she would like to keep Paul's memory alive through 21 the years. Please consider contributing and showing the Morell children how great 78 truly is.
Due to space limitations on the Summer article, I wasn't able to put this most cool shot of our own Mike Quinn spending some quality time in Bangalore, India. Mike works Finance Strategy and Transformation for HP and confirmed that he was there as "the keynote speaker at the Thirty Fifth International Symposium on USAF A 78 -A Legacy of Greatness, held at the Leela Palace Hotel in beautiful downtown Bangalore. The title of his talk was "The Older We Get the Better We Were." He then confessed only part of that was true ... uh, think it was the location that he was honest about.
Mike Quinn at the Lee/a Palace Hotel.
Speaking of old guys doing gutsy things, T.J. Whitehair sent an article along with the team picture below of a bunch of guys from Scott AFB and the St Louis/ O Fallon IL area playing club Lacrosse in their free time with the O'Fallon Adult Men's Lacrosse Team. T.J. confesses that he is the"oldestguyout there running around with some 20 somethings and what they have in youth and enthusiasm, I make up for in craftiness, experience and trying to getaway with everything! can. And when in doubt, slash." Seems fairly irnpressive in anyone's book when you think how physical Lax can be! Good on you T.J ... stay safe out there.
"Old Man" Whitehair in the back with dark headband.
Scott Miller wrote and sent a great shot from the 2009 AFA graduation that shows Scott, his beautiful daughter Kacey, Punch Moulton's son Jesse (who had just graduated) and Punch. Turns out Punch's daughter Megan is USAFA 2010 as well. Scott goes on to tell how he and Punch were once roommates in 36, and at our reunion last year and Kacey and Jesse happened to meet They've been dating ever since, and make a nice couple. Scott stays busy running a sales and consulting business in the Denver area that specializes in power (electrical) protection. He and Lisa truly enjoy having their four children close by along with their two-year-old grandson (who he says they never see and/ or spoil ... yeah right). They're in the process of building a home near Winter Park that should keep them totally occupied for the next year or so. When it's done, there'll be an open invitation for wayward '78ers to hang out for world class cross-country skiing and great golf. Rates are exceptional bottle of wine (or two) and good company. As has been mentioned in prior articles, Punch is still the EUCOM DO (J3 for all you Joint types) in Stuttgart where he and Kathleen are surviving those cold German winters.
Tom Keohane's lovely bride, Amy, sent an update on the latest goings on with their fam ily in the great northwest. Tom sank a hole-in-one at Brackett's Crossing Gold Course (in MN) back in August. They were more than ecstatic and "have been celebrating ever since." They also saw the U ofMN Gophers take on USAFA at the Gopher's new stadium. !twas an exceptional game even though "we' lost. Not being content to see the Academy loose, Tom and fellow airline bros Gary Hughes and Chuck Brininstool flew down to USAFA to see the home team dispatch U of New Mexico. Life is grand when you have passes! Tom and Amy are now officially empty nesters with Jennie (twin #1) in grad school at U of Wisconsin in Madison working on her masters, Andrea (twin #2) in med school in Iowa City as an AF 2 Lt (commissioned in January and completed COT in June as a Distinguished Graduate) and their youngest, Michelle, a freshman at Kalamazoo College in Michigan. They're looking for a future of more golf, travel and Jots of relaxing.
On the GO front, my mole in the Beltway, the ever faithful Mike "Smacko" McMillie sent a great article that was in the Defense News back in August. It profiled Kevin Kennedy is the Director of the Joint Capability Development Directorate (J8), at} oint Forces Command in Norfolk VA. Unofficially, according to the article he is "charting the U.S. Military's networking future worldwide." Further, it states that Kevin "must prod the service leaders to buy compatible computers, software and communications equipment and make sure their priorities mesh with the strategy of the Joint Chiefs of Staff for how to succeed in Afghanistan." Sounds like a fairly tall order but sure he's up to the task. Good luck Kevin ... keep fighting the good IT fight!
Mike and Lynn Hollerbach (working in the bowels ofSAF I AQ as a retired 0- 6 civilian) shared that Rick Deveraux is replacing Kip Self as the commander of the USAF Expeditional Center at Ft Dix NJ. Kip moves to the Air Staff as the A5X (Planning, Policy and Strategy) with fellow '78ers Johnny Weida as the Deputy A3/5, Marke Gibson as the DO, Dave "Limo" Scott working Requirements (A5R) and Russ Frasz as Kip's Deputy. Wow ... would sure like to sit in on one of those staff meetings.
Finally, Doug Raaberg is hanging it up as the Special Asst to COMACC at Langley. Congrats Doug and well done.
Please note that my e-mail address has changed. Am moving onto Northrop to fly the mighty Global Hawk after doing a half-gainer off a QF-4 wing in August breaking ribs and vertebrae in a most non-glorious fashion. After consulting with the World's Greatest Orthopedic Surgeon and fellow SERE trekkie Ken Kaylor (Director of Trauma at Kern Medical Center in Bakersfield CA). have decided to hang up the spurs and work for a living. Oh well, have to grow up some time I suppose. Hope everyone has a great Fall. 78 is Great!
Class of 1978 - United States Air Force Academy
as of 27 Feb 2016