Don: I just returned from Puerto Vallarta last night and found no problems with crime there. People at night were walking the malecon with their kids, couples and elderly folks were outside enjoying the evening. Tourist police are dressed in white with a whiye brim hat. The also patrol in white pickup trucks. This is a town whose livelihood is tourist and the locals and police take good care of them. Tourist police stop traffic downtown to let people cross the streets. 435 APS members should not have any fears about visting Puerto Vallarta during the reunion. The Sheraton also has security and everyone visiting or staying at the hotel is checked before entering the compound.
Tropical Incentives representative Susanna and the She rat on representatives Ana and Rose Marie have helped me plan a memorable 2010 reunion. Unfortunately, I will have to reduce rooms, cancel events and release musicians if participation does not pick up. I have also put down around $2,000 in good faith money and signed a contract guaranteeing rooms that I will have to release to reduce my commitments under the contract.
Don, could you please have every 435 APS member notified by email that if we do not have enough participation (10 people) by July 23, 2010 (Friday), that I will have the musicians, rooms and events cancelled. We cannot expect Tropical Incentatives and Sheraton to control to put everything on hold for us. I also appreciate the help of Carole and Don in getting the newsletters and message out to the members. Now its time for the members to step up and deliver if they want the 2010 reunion to be in Puerto Vallarta. I will still be going down in August and have a wonderful time. Hope to see ya all there.
July 6, 2010
Worthey Brisco here. You guys allow ground pounder type transporters to join??
Just came across your website this AM. Didn’t know that Gen Mikolajcik had passed. Bummer.
I retired in San Antonio, out of AETC Staff in 2003, and have been working for defense contractors since. I’m currently with a small environmental engineering firm, TEAM Integrated Engineering, helping run their program management office.
I’m looking for a retired Air Force 0-5/0-6 to head up a contract in Virginia Beach. Will pay around $130-140K … pretty much a 40-hour week … low stress. The only “downer” (for some) is that there are no benefits. I need them in place by JUL 15! Can you pass the word?
Let me know if you know of anyone who might be interested. Hope you’re doing well …
Worthey O. Brisco, PMP
Program Management Office Director
TEAM Integrated Engineering, Inc.
Direct: (210) 366-7063
Main: (210) 341-4316 | Fax: (210) 341-1049
April 29, 2010
Brig. Gen. Thomas R. Mikolajcik Passes Away
Former 437 AW commander remembered
Brig. Gen. Thomas R. Mikolajcik, former commander of the 437th Airlift Wing, passed away April 17, 2010, at home in Mt. Pleasant, S.C., at the age of 63 after battling
amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, commonly referred to as Lou Gehrig’s disease. General Mikolajcik was commander of the 437th Airlift Wing here from July 1991 to June 1994.
General Mikolajcik, born Aug. 17, 1946, in Norwich, CT, graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1969. He completed pilot training in 1970, and eventually became a command pilot with over 4,000 hours in C-141, C-9, C-130 and C-17 aircraft. He served as an instructor pilot, aircraft commander, war plans officer, current operations officer, mobility project officer, and adviser to the chief of staff for
airlift and logistics policy. He held several staff positions, and served as squadron commander, wing vice commander and commander of two wings.
General Mikolajcik was the U.S. Air Force component commander in Somalia from December 1992 to March 1993 during Operation Restore Hope while he served as the 437th Airlift Wing Commander. He helped activate the first squadron of C-17s, the Air Force’s newest generation of aircraft, while in command here. The first operational
C-17 was delivered in June, 1993. He was the recipient of numerous military awards and decorations including the Legion of Merit with two oak leaf clusters, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal and the Meritorious Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters. The general retired from the Air Force in 1996 after serving 27 years.
After retirement, General Mikolajcik remained an advocate for the military and became a key community leader and advisor. He was military advisor to the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce until he was diagnosed with ALS in 2003. Following his diagnosis, he became an advocate of victims of the disease especially veterans who show greater risk of contracting the disease. He tirelessly pushed for ALS research and testified before a congressional committee in July 2007. His efforts were instrumental in the US Department of Veterans’ Affairs decision to grant service-connected disability benefits to all veterans with ALS. He also played a key role in establishing the South Carolina ALS Foundation and ALS clinic at the Medical University of South Carolina.
“Throughout his life in the Air Force and in the community, he was a leader who others looked up to and the strength and courage he showed at the end of his life deeply touched everyone around him,” said Col. Martha Meeker, commander of Joint Base Charleston.
The General Thomas R. Mikolajcik Day Care Center was dedicated in his name in Aug., 2007, and a groundbreaking ceremony was held on Feb. 13, 2009 to start construction of the $9.8M center. “While he is no longer with us, every time one of our Airmen takes their child to the General Mikolajcik Day Care Center, he will be remembered,” said Colonel Meeker. “And every time a Veteran suffering from ALS receives VA care, he will be thanked.”
General Mikolajcik will forever be remembered by AMC, the Air Force, and the nation as a great Airman, warrior and leader. His extraordinary legacy will continue to live on for years to come.
Funeral arrangements will be provided by McAllister-Smith Funeral Home, Mt. Pleasant, S.C. The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at The Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, Charleston, SC on Saturday, April 24, 2010.
Note: July 1989 - July 1991, vice commander, then commander, 435th Tactical Airlift Wing, Rhein-Main Air Base, West Germany
March 29, 2010
I really appreciate the hard work being done for this years reunion. Thank you Ray and
The first 2010 reunion newsletter is ready and can be found here.
March 13, 2010
The March 2010 member roster is posted in the members area.
January 31, 2010
Interesting article and pictures sent in by Dave Ouellette from March of 1977 or 1978.
435th Aerial Port moves the Masses
November 11, 2009
The Reunion pictures received from Carole Lail are now posted in the reunion area.
10-12-09 Reunion Itinerary
28 Oct 2009
Need help to fill this position in Spain - ASAP:
Air Transportation Supervisor (Mandatory, AN). The Air Transportation Supervisor meets the qualifications of AFSC 2T271 as outlined in AFM 36-2108, or equivalent. Is knowledgeable of all USAF airlift aircraft to include technical aspects of fleet servicing as well as supervision. Is proficient in servicing latrines and trash removal from the aircraft. Has current certification in handling, downloading/loading aircraft and over the road movement of hazardous cargo, including munitions. Experience: One year experience in servicing airlift aircraft with the LST (Lavatory Servicing Truck) and one year supervising the function. Possess three years experience in handling hazardous material, munitions and special handling cargo on and off aircraft as well as over the road movement. Possesses a driver’s license IAW Host Nation laws, applicable AFIs, or requirements stipulated in the SOFA.
Thanks in advance,
Rogelio Yalung, Ctr, 496 ABS/LGT
AFS Chief of Transportation/Deputy PM
Moron AB, Spain
From: Gregory.Theroux@me.navy.mil [mailto:Gregory.Theroux@me.navy.mil]
Sent: Sunday, October 18, 2009 7:19 AM
Subject: Bahrain Air Freight Supervisor (WS9) opening
Hope life is treating you all well. If you know of a good 2T2 living in the
civilian world or transitioning that would be interested in working out here
in Bahrain, here ya go.
I have an Air Freight Terminal Supervisor position opening up really soon.
The encumbant is due to rotate out the first week in Jan 2010.
This is a WS9 position that supervises no US civilians and 32 TCNs.
Primary responsibility is to manage the cargo processing operation.
Must have good people skills and be willing to work with a diverse
workforce. (Bahraini, Saudi, Indian, Pakistani, and Phillipino). (don't
want any jihads started while I'm here)
Normal supervisor stuff...schedules, write performance plans, feedbacks,
appraisals, and award pkgs.
Must be strong in load planning, cargo processing and special handling
Will be helpful to be familiar with AFCENT airlift channels and how
JMR/ITARS are processed.
Performs duties as the COR on the Middle East Landbridge operations between
BAH and UAE.
Willing to learn how to speak Navy. (I have a dictionary of terms.)
Up to 10% travel may be required within AOR as need to support forward site
training or setup.
Must be able to obtain a Secret clearance and Official Passport.
Salary for this position comes out to around $28-31/hour plus around
$30-40K/year in non-taxable o/s compensation on top of base salary for
housing and misc entitlements. This is now an "Accompanied" tour however
quotas per unit are very limited. To get the UnAccompanied tour, the
individual applying must justify why they can't bring their dependants
(ie...spouse's career, children in school etc.) to be authorized Separate
Maintence Allowance. Also note, DODDs has just opened the school, however
spaces are limited and there is no EFMP allowed. Acc tour is 36 mo, unAcc
tour is 18 mo. Individuals can also ship a vehicle. All rental units come
fully furnished including TVs, dishes, bedding etc.
The ad will be posted on the DON site at https://chart.donhr.navy.mil/ soon
as HRO can process it.
So if you know anyone that would be a good candidate, tell them to go out
there and build their profile and send me an email so I can notify all
potentials of the posting date and listing number.
Hope to some of you all at the ATC in a few weeks.
GREGORY L. THEROUX, CIV, USN
Deputy Air Logistics Officer
Navy/AMC Terminal Bahrain
October 13, 2009
The Reunion Itinerary can be found by clicking on the link below:
10-12-09 Reunion Itinerary
October 8, 2009
The newest Reunion Newsletter is posted in the reunion area or click here.
September 1, 2009
The newest Reunion Group Directory (8-18-09) is now posted in the members area. Let me know if you have any changes or know of someone who is not on the roster.
August 09, 2009
Hi – For those individuals we were unable to reach with our most recent Aerial Port Reunion newsletter, and thought that you might have a filter that blocks emails with a lot of graphics. Just in case, here is the information about our upcoming reunion – we hope that you’ll be able to join us in Tacoma November 6-8, 2009. Here is the latest information:
ABOUT THE REUNION: Our reunion team is hard at work preparing for this year’s Red Hat Reunion in Tacoma WA. Arrivals will begin on Thursday, Nov 5, with planned activities scheduled to kick-off at lunch on Nov 6 at the Collocated Club on McChord AFB. Following lunch, we’ll tour McChord.
Friday night will find us at our hotel, the Courtyard Marriott in Tacoma, for the Reunion Icebreaker. We’ll have a chance to catch up with old friends and make new friends in the comfort of one of the newest and nicest hotels in the Northwest. Within walking distance of most of Tacoma’s sights and destinations, the Marriott has already established a solid reputation for quality, service, and hospitality. Nearby, you’ll enjoy the Thea Foss Waterway, the internationally known Museum of Glass, and some of the Northwest’s best night-life.
Saturday will find us in a tour bus on our way to Leavenworth, WA — a little slice of Bavaria nestled in the mountains of eastern Washington. After lunch on our own and some great shopping, we’ll gather at Andreas Keller for our grand Celebration Dinner. Great German food and music (and beer and wine) plus the company of our friends will make for a great evening.
Sunday we’ll make our way to the Boeing Museum of Flight, followed by a visit to Seattle’s Pike Street Market. You’ll find anything you can imagine at this century-old public market. We’ll end the day with dinner on the waterfront — a beautiful location to bring our reunion to an end.
SPECIAL REUNION RATES: The Courtyard Marriot in Tacoma has offered reunion attendees a special discounted rate for the 2009 reunion. As part of the 435 APS Reunion Group, you may reserve your room(s) at $118 + tax (reduced from the regular rate of $219)
For lodging information or to make reservations, go to
or call 253-591-9101
Ask for reservations under “435 APS Reunion” to access the special rate.
REUNION STORE: Let people know that you’re a proud member of the 435 APS Reunion Group — it’s easy to do when you shop at the Reunion Store! Whether your style is sweat shirts or golf shirts, or maybe a nice beer stein — it’s all available on the reunion site, and at very reasonable prices. All items will feature the 2009 reunion logo; and a small portion of the price will be applied to this year’s reunion expenses. If you’d prefer an item with logos from other reunions or more general reunion group images, go to www.cafepress.com/435APS to find apparel and gift items with different logos.
I’m looking forward to seeing you in November. Please feel free to get in touch if you have any questions or suggestions.
Carole (Ridgeway/Paddock) Lail
Rhein Main 1979 – 1984
Pax/TRS/Ramp/Air Freight Admin
Link to Newsletter PDF
June 25, 2009
I found some pics from back in 1986-1989.
Hopefully, it's not to many to be posted on the website. Thank you.
A (Pengboonsom) Johnson
Thanks ... the pictures are now available for viewing in the pictures area.
5 July 2009
May 25, 2009
Col Jim Windham may have something of interest to our ST club. Sending cheerfullty. Sandy
First, I want to thank you for the ST every week. It provides all transporters with connections to each other. I have found many old buddies through your ST. Thanks
My other purpose for this email is to ask you to put the below General Dynamics want ad out to all your members. I sure there are good transporters out there that would be interested in this job. I am officially retired from the company but still work on call about 30 hours a month. I have worked with this group of people on CMOS since 1933 under various company names. I think you may know Ron Lacour from USAF days, he is the overall manager responsible for the filling these positions. The work is interesting and the positions directly influence the what the troops in the field receive in quality software to do there job in transportation units. The job is in Montgomery, Alabama and the office is just outside Gunter AFB in an industrial park. In fact we share a building with FEDEX. We are trying to fill these positions ASAP.
Also please add Ron Lacour to the ST mailing list. Ronald.Lacour@gdit.com
Thanks Sandy for you interest in all of us.
74 Dogwood Meadows Ln
Wetumpka AL, 36093
Email: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
Phone: H: 334-567-6737 / Cell: 334-201-9107
General Dynamics Information Technology in Montgomery, AL is looking for two full time Senior Functional Transportation Analysts to support the Air Force Cargo Movement Operations Systems (CMOS) project. These analysts will define customer requirements from User Groups and field visits. Will translate those requirements into program specifications and work with other functional and technical personnel in their implementation.
Will aid in preparation of the Users Documentation, perform unit and integration testing of the completed products. Will train users of the system either in a classroom or on site and will serve as the functional representative during CMOS development activities. Will also represents GDIT at various professional and technical meetings and conferences.
Contact Ron Lacour at email@example.com / phone 334-322-6996 or Sandy Thrasher at Sandy.firstname.lastname@example.org / phone 334-260-3329
May 25, 2009
----- Original Message -----
From: Don Sanders
Sent: Monday, May 25, 2009 12:59 AM
Subject: Fw: ST36
My pal, Carl Burton may have some news that is of interest:
I will just quote:
Don, I am working part time as a consultant for a large military logistics contractor (they don’t want their name out yet before they get a chance to bid on the contract) and I am working on a proposal to do some transportation work in Kuwait. If my company gets the contract it will probably not start before the first quarter of FY 2010. You have a very large audience of expert transporters and I was hoping you could let your audience know that I am looking for resumes now for key people so my company can include them in their proposal. If you don’t think this would fit into what you are doing in ST, I will certainly understand but here is the info I can pass on at this time. Please send me your resume for key positions in the following work centers for multiple locations in Kuwait. This contract is still in the proposal stage so if this company gets the contract the work probably will not start before the first quarter of FY 2010. The company would like to tentatively lock in key personnel and use their resume to accompany the proposal. Of course if you don’t get the right deal or just change your mind you can always say “no” if/when you get the offer. The proposed work hours are 8 hrs per day 6 days per week except Passenger Movement which is 24/7. Installation Transportation Officer (ITO) (Responsible for all work centers below) Passenger Movement, Cargo Movement, Personal property, Transportation Motor Pool Operations Thanks either way! Carl Burton H: 615-274-2265 M: 615-971-1879 (email@example.com)
April 2, 2009
It's time again to mark your calendar for the 435 APS reunion ... Carole is working out the details and has prepared a PDF for download. >> Download PDF
March 2, 2009
It's official, DD-214's are NOW Online. >> Read More
March 1, 2009
An update on Charlie Erwin, sent to Sandy by CMSgt Richard Friesz (Ret), whom many may know. Seems Richard is also ailing.
----- Original Message -----
From: Don Sanders
My good friend Richard Friesz, spoke with my good Friend Charles Erwin and he provies us an update. God's speed to both.
Good afternoon to you My Dear Friend - Thank you for the info on Charlie - I just got off the phone with him and he is doing as well as can be expected, they had to remove the upper lobe of the lung, but he does not have any definitive information yet, he goes back to the doctor next week - He ask me to ask you if you would pass the word that he will not be on the computer for the next few weeks, but to let the all the Transporters know that he is holding his own -
I want to thank you and Ingrid for the beautiful card and note, that was very thoughtful of you, as you always are - I am doing better, still problems with my balance and am more tired than I usually am - I have an appointment with the heart doctor next week -
Charlie said that so many of us are now of the age that health issues become more prevalent, but we just have to roll with the punches and enjoy every day that we are blessed with -
Love Yah Ole Buddy, Dick
February 20, 2009
I received this note from Don Sanders:
Bob Sherrill, just wrote me that this last Monday Charlie Erwin underwent surgery. Due to Cancer, a part of his left lung was removed. The good news is that he is at home and being pampered to death by Aggie. He is doing well but not able to read e-mails at this time.
February 17, 2009
Don, I am hoping to get a little help from you. I am searching for a retired Air Force person that has a lot of Multimedia and IT experience to lead a large group (up to 300 people) Multimedia and IT people in a NASA environment. I have included some further information of the position below. My customer is a relatively small company that supports NASA on many fronts. They would ideally like someone to be based in Houston, TX or Cleveland, OH.
Program Manager Profile
The ideal candidate has strong management experience relative to facilitating change management, collaboration, teamwork, and delivering customer satisfaction. The PM must have the ability to manage diverse teams providing a wide range of institutional or enterprise services including IT, communications and public affairs, outreach and multimedia, as well as tele-video functional support. Services are directed to benefit organizations supporting NASA mission success including engineering and mission operations.
A candidate with experience in mission operations is preferable. The candidate must have the ability to communicate a vision and motivate others to accomplish the organization's mission. Facilitates a vision of transformational change and effectively communicate the role of the NASA Agency, Center and organizational CIO roles.
Certifications in the following areas are desirable:
Program Management Professional (PMP)
Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL)
Federated Enterprise Architecture Certification (FEAC)
USAF background and experience is desirable.
Program managers are customer focused; working to ensure that the services and products delivered through the contract delights the clients and enables them to do their best. Program management is also an opportunity to flex creative and innovative muscles: innovative technical decisions and direction are what drives efficiencies and effectiveness in the support environment.
CIO’s reorganization is the first step towards an evolution. Through the reorganized organizational structure, day-to-day operations are now transforming to meet the needs of the new organization. The new organization has identified the following drivers which facilitate an organization that integrates people, information, and technology while aligning with the NASA IT Strategic Initiative and the new Center IT Governance, resulting in enabling the NASA missions:
1) Achieves functional alignment with NASA HQ/OCIO Initiatives (portfolio mgmt.)
2) Facilitates the use of the IT Governance Model
3) Provides for improved operational efficiencies that better enable the Missions
4) Emphasizes a stronger customer focus on CIO products and services
5) Provides improved management and integration of projects across CIO
6) Provides for CIO services with agility and flexibility
7) Provides for improved visibility and focus on IT Security
8) Address some Sr. Staff feedback concerns
If you happen to know someone or could send this out to an Air Force network, I would greatly appreciate it.
TECH USAis a forward-looking, growing, consulting resource company dedicated to excellence in performance. We provide our business partners with the highest quality, most responsive research, engineering and technical services available in today’s complex business environment.
"Only a handful of companies understand that all successful business operations come down to three basic principles: PEOPLE, PRODUCT & PROFIT. Without top people, you cannot do much with the other two" - Malcolm Forbes
January 25, 2009
I received word of the passing of Al Waymon this past September. Al worked in export freight and ATOC for several years. More information on Al can be found in the Taps area. http://435aps.com/taps/taps.htm
January 9, 2009
The latest updates are in and the new member directory is now posted in the member's area.
December 9, 2008
Click on the link below for the recap of this year’s 435 APS reunion in San Antonio TX. We had a wonderful time, and hope we’ll see you at a future reunion. If you are unable to open the PDF document, please let me know.
>> Recap PDF
December 5, 2008
Here are the folks who's email bounced. Can you help us out getting good addresses for any of them? PDF Listing
Sent: Thursday, October 09, 2008 4:55 PM
Subject: Request for Help - Phu Cat 1968
All. I have a friend, Eddie Sellers, who needs our help in documenting an injury that he sustained during an attack at Phu Cat where he ran into a steel rod sticking out of the ground. He recently has had the leg amputated below the knee and needs to hear from any who can substantiate this incident to support his VA claim. Unfortunately his medical records from 1967 to 1970 cannot be located.
1. Who: SSgt Eddie Lee Sellers, Air Transportation Supervisor, 6th Aerial Port Sq
2. What: Ran into a steel rod sticking out of the ground during an attack. The rod did not go all the way through, but in far enough to where he was hung up for awhile. Army or Special Forces Medic patched him up.
3. When: February 1968 time frame.
4. Where: Phu Cat, Vietnam (He was on TDY from Don Mouang, Thailand)
5. Co-workers/supervisors: Walter C. Schumacher, Bobby E. Brown, Tomas Gebicke, and Charles Lustig.
If you know any of the above former USAF personnel or anyone who might be able to substantiate the incident please have them contact Eddie Sellers at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Many thanks. Ron Dandeneau
9 October 2008
Fellow Transporters, got this from Jeff Link this morning. Although he was not a Rhein Main aerial porter, I'm pretty sure some of our reunion group knew Col. Ron Drake since his influence touched many of us.
Dear friends, I just received this note from Ann Drake tonight:
This morning at 330 I received a call from the hospital. Ron's breathing was very labored. His vocal chords were paralyzed. According to Ron's wishes our children and I decided that no more invasive measures would be taken to increase his life in the non-wakeful state it has been for the last 16 days. Tonight at 8:30, he peacefully passed away.
I am sorry to let you know about Ron. Please pass this info on to the Transportation folks. Also, feel free to give them our email address and home address. We would like the funeral to include thoughts from old friends and great memories of Ron. We will try to incorporate all of them that we can.
Please share your memories and condolences with Ann and family at the following addresses:
645 Rainbow Place
Escondido CA 92027
8 October 2008
A new reunion store up and running at Café Press (this one is in addition to the original store from 2006). The 2008 APS store has items marked particularly for this year’s reunion; the 435APS store has more generic items for members.
The original store is at:
The new store is at:
5 October, 2008
The October 2008 Newsletter - Issue 2 has been published and can be read here.
17 September 2008
The September 2008 Newsletter - Issue 2 has been published and can be read here.
3 September 2008
The September 2008 Newsletter has been published and can be read here.
14 August 2008
From: Dasinger, Billy
To: Don Brewer
Sent: Friday, August 22, 2008 10:27 AM
Subject: What remains at Rhein-Main?
Thought you may want to send this out to your email list..... This is all that remains of Rhein-Main at the moment.
As of June 2008 the only remaining buildings are:
- Bldg: 692 - The old base hotel near the front gate (now owned by the Steigenburger Hotel Group and called the Esprix)
- Bldg: 30 - Former Zeppelin Command building, which will remain as its a protected building
- Bldg: 140 - Former Dorms, now office buildings
- Bldg: 125 - Officers Club, now used for catering and other special events by LSG SkyChefs
- Bldg: 259 - Sewage Treatment Plant. Has since been Upgraded and greatly expanded
- Bldg: 549 - Hangar, now used by Lufthansa Technicians
Fuel Depot - Updated and Expanded
Gym - Still a Gym, but now for the exclusive use of Fraport (Frankfurt Airport) employees
(Gate Way Gardens) Only 3 Buildings Remain. 1 star (608), 1 straight (Unknown), and the back gate guard house. All others were demolished to make room for a new office park and the new kitchen/depot for the LSG SkyChefs catering company, which commenced active service at the end of May 2008.
BILLY J. DASINGER III (TREY), SSgt, USAF
Air University Military Airlift Validator
14 August 2008
22 August Reunion Group Directory is available in the Member's Area.
14 August 2008
Hi Don, we have a reunion updae to pass on. Thanks Paul and Alan.
We're looking foward to seeing everyone at this year's reunion, in San Antonio.
Alan has planned a golf outing for 1 Nov., at the course on Randolph AFB. If you wish to participate please RSVP to, (paulerlewein @ webtv.net). Alan needs the info to schedule tee times etc.
We have also planned a group dinner Sunday, 2 Nov. 6-8pm in the Rio Room, Casa Rio Resturant. Casa Rio is an original at the Riverwalk, the Rio Room holds 20 - 48 people and overlooks the Riverwalk. We have the room for two hours, 20 person minimum.
The planned meal is a Deluxe Mexican Dinner, (Guacamole Salad, Beef Taco, Tamale, Cheese Enchilada, Chili con Carne, Mexican Rice, Refried Beans), cost is $17.50 per person. All dinners include homade tostadas (chips), hot sauce, flour tortillas, ice tea, tax, and gratuity (on food). Cash bar service in the room can be arranged.
We need confirmations to keep this contract and finalize all arrangements. Please RSVP to (paulerlewein @ webtv.net).
Don't forget to visit the members area and click on to the hotel link to make you reservations.
The weather will be great, RAFB has a nice course, and the Rio Room is very nice. Looking forward to seeing y'all.
Paul Erlewein and Alan Murry McDonald
4 August 2008
I received a photo recently showing Frankfurt International from the air. The old RM AB is on the near side of the base in the photo, and most of it is gone as of that date. I recognize the base hotel and 44l, but not much else. The pax terminal, outbound freight, cargo grid, etc., are gone. The photo is copyright protected.
Rhein Main Today Photo
With sadness I must pass on an e-mail from Carole Lail on the passing of her husband. Most of us didn't know Dave but do know Carole, one of our long time faithful members. Our prayers go out to Carole and her family.
----- Original Message -----
From: Carole Lail
To: Don Brewer
Sent: Tuesday, July 29, 2008 10:08 AM
Subject: Sad News
Hi – I hate to write with bad news, but I’m sad to tell you that my husband, Dave, died suddenly last Tuesday at home at the age of 52. I had just started a new job with VA, and was in Seattle all day at orientation. When I called home, my son DJ answered and told me that Daddy had been in bed asleep all day, and he couldn’t wake him. When I got home, I found him in our bed, and the medical examiner said he’d probably died early in the morning. It was later determined that he had coronary artery disease, which we were unaware of. .........
10 April 2008
A Note from Carroll Dickson:
Please help me find the right person. Employment Information (job opening) is Posted in the Member's Area.
2 April 2008
I received a note from Paul Erlewein with the direct link for the Reunion 2008 hotel reservations. Data can be found in the Members Area.
14 March 2008
I received a note from Bob Chadeayne's daughter, Diana. She wrote, "I'm sorry to tell you that Dad passed away on February 29th. He had been ill for over a month and just couldn't regain his health. He was buried at Arlington National Cemetary". More information about Bob can be found in the Taps area.
2 March 2008
Reunion 2008 Information is now available. The dates are Oct. 31 to Nov. 3 and the location is San Antonio, Texas. Hotel and other information provided in the Members Area.
28 February 2008
The member's roster has been updated and can be found in the member's area.
8 February 2008
I have been talking via email with Sara Toener of the Dayton/Montgomery County Convention and Visitors Bureau. She is urging that we select Dayton, Ohio as a reunion destination in the future. Sounds like a good idea. Hopefully we'll get some feedback on the idea.
I'm mailing you a packet with general Dayton attraction info...other attractions of interest, shopping opportunities to interest the ladies, our international airport, etc. etc. But what I'm sure you're most interested in is info on the National Museum of the USAF -- I've sent an email to Jane Leach, asking her to pop a packet in the mail to you. As you can imagine, the AF Museum will extend full honors to your group during your stay...
I'll make note to touch base with you in August, just before your September reunion, assuming that future reunions will be in discussion at that time.
Take care, and I'm keeping my fingers crossed that Dayton will be selected!!
2 January 2008
It is with sadness that I have to announce the loss of another true Transporter!! Our prayers and thoughts are with the family. More information is available in the Taps section.
20 October 2007
The 2007 reunion is history. We gathered in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida on Friday, September 21. The reunion was organized and hosted by Kristen Collett and Joe Berardino, and we thank them for their hard work and keeping us on track for a wonderful reunion. >> Read the full article here.
Pictures can be found in the reunion area.
12 June 2007
Reunion Information and Employment information has been added in the member section. The reunion preparation is in full swing and now is the time to start marking your calendar for Ft. Lauderdale, FL.
8 June 2007
Wanted - 435th Wing patch from Rhein Main, in full color. Will pay reasonable cost. If you have one you're willing to sell or donate, please contact Stan Miller at
25 May 2007
A retirement celebration for SMSgt Gregory Theroux is scheduled 19 June 2007. Please click here for additional information.
15 May 2007
A new member roster and updated listing of those members dropped from the current list due to outdated e-mail data is located in the members area.
09 May 2007
Pictures from Dan Engstrom are now posted in the 2006 reunion area.
2 May 2007
The reunion is scheduled for Ft. Lauderdale, FL, and Joe Barardino and Cristen Collette are doing the organizing and coordination.
The dates are 21-24 September 2007.
They are working on hotel rental car rates, etc., and will be adding information to the website as it is developed. >> see member area for additional information
2 May 2007
Job Opportunity: Steve Cloutier is looking for motivated personnel with cargo and pax backgrounds who are knowledgeable in GATES, GDSS, GTN, C2IPS, SMS and who have a MAPPER "get the job done" mentality. Positions are CONUS (NC,CA,VA,DC),Baghdad, Afghanistan and Qatar. POC information located in the member's section.
28 April 2007
I Received this short email from Ray Pool. Knowing his Rhein Main friends will be interested, I've taken the liberty of posting it for all to read.
The date for the kidney transplant has been changed back today for May 8th at 7:30 AM at MAYO Hospital.
Thanks for everyone’s support.
8 April 2007
"Frank B. Gilley, Program Manager for Logistics2020, Inc. is looking for some transporters looking for employment. Information is available in the Member Area.
3 March 2007
"Member Roster" and "Searching For" lists are updated and available to view or download in the members area.
24 February 2007
Pictures from Steve Smith added to the pictures area.
20 February 2007
It's once again time to consider reunion plans. Please check in the "Reunion" area for additional information.
15 February 2007
I've swapped some e-mails with you before... Well I dug into my archives and came up with this "gem."
When I was stationed at Rhein Main I worked in the PAX terminal as an Air Passenger Specialist which really wasn't my 1st love! So I
started getting to know Sharon Bertschi. I believe that she was
running the PR marketing side of MWR on the base.
I use to do photography for her and she asked me to lend a hand with a "welcome
video" she was putting together. I had a bit of experience with sound
recording and mixing and was willing to work for FREE so, I got the
Now that I watch this video it is CHEESY !!!!! Oh well it was a
I hope you can (put) out this on your server for others to enjoy!
If you want any more info, I might be able to answer your questions.
Rhein Main Passenger Terminal 85-86
(Thanks Steve for the Welcome the Rhein Main Video ... Windows Media Video or Quick Time Movie . It takes a few minutes to load but is well worth the wait.
4 January 2007
Went to your site from Stan Millers site.
We were in the 435th OMS.
We would like to invite your people to Branson for our oms reunion as we all worked so close together getting everything in and out of R/M(sad to see the best airbase in the world get closed)
Anyway, if you would pass this along to your members I would appreciate it.
I would also list any of your reunions on our site as well as a link from my site toy your site if you would add mine to yours.
Our reunion is Sept 27-30 in Branson, MO
The more the better, so please feel free to join the fun.
15 December 2006
I received an email from Mancel Fincher announcing MSgt John Bibleheimer passed away December 12, 2006. See the TAPS section for more information.
5 December 2006
Gateway Gardens pictures from Celeste Warner Heymann. She wrote "Dear friends, that ist the rest of Gateway Gardens. my heart hurts to see it, but are the tulips not beautiful, and that in November? Take good care and have a good day, love Celeste"
click for additional pictures
4 December 2006
Pictures are now posted from the 2006 reunion in Branson.
24 August 2006
This picture was taken on the flight line of Rhein Main Air Base next to Hangar 35, immediately after the closing ceremony, October 2004. Dallas and Erna Smith (The Happy Welder from the 435th APS since Sept. 1979 to April 2004 ) ... More pictures to follow from Dallas and Erna. Check back soon!
22 August 2006
We continue to look for former members of the 435th APS. Please follow this link to view the latest group of individuals we are looking for.
16 July 2006
Carole Lail has opened the 435th APS Reunion Group Store. Simply click on the store image above to view the merchandise.
25 January 2006
Additional articles on the Base closure can be found in the Member's Section.
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