114th Aviation Company
"Knights of the Air"

Director's Forum
December 2017

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Dear Fellow Knights;  

What a wonderful reunion we had in Enterprise.  The weather cooperated and the hurricane moved out.  Some of those who were registered had to cancel due to travel problems, and a few had slight damage to homes.  But, for those who made it, the gathering of old friends was a great experience.

   There were at least seven members who were attending their first reunion.  Most said they would join us in 2019 in Omaha, Nebraska.  Ken and Janet Emken made a great presentation on the wonders of Omaha and the membership voted to have the next reunion there, September 4-9, 2019.  Mark your calendars and join us.

   A great big hearty thanks to Susan Fieder, Bob Ayers’ daughter, who was the driving force behind the reunion.  She did an outstanding job putting it all together.  The Hampton Inn was great, the events at Ft. Rucker were very informative, the food was wonderful and the fellowship was outstanding.  Susan coordinated with local restaurants to have the evening meals catered at the hotel so we got to spend a lot of time together.

   Thanks again to all the wives who pitched in to serve and help with registration.  May Jones made a great plea for stories for the newsletter.  We need to hear from you so others may know the true story of our exploits in Vietnam and the many ways we accomplished the mission. 

   We saw our plaques at the museum and the memorial park and decided to undertake the placing of a monument at memorial park.  Gene Boyle had gathered information and Joe Stogner has donated a granite slab for the monument.  We will keep you informed on the progress of this and a dedication event in the future. 

   We had an outstanding Memorial Service in the Post Chapel, remembering those who were KIA in Vietnam.  We also read the names of twenty-five of our members who we know died since the 2017 reunion in Pigeon Forge.

   It is important to stay in touch with each other and join together when we can.

   Thanks to all who made this a great time, your work is sincerely appreciated.  It was outstanding to see each of you there and I look forward to seeing you in Omaha. 

Jim Haslitt
National Director

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