30 Nov23: IT'S
ABOUT REUNION 2024, HELP US GET A COUNT! ARE YOU
COMING? FOR THE LATEST NEWS CLICK HERE
29 Nov 23:RUSTIC'S NEWS LETTER December
1st Edition. To read it, CLICK HERE
31 Oct 23: Col (USAF Ret.) Jerold L.
Weiss, Covey 259,
flew west on 28 August 2022. Jerry flew O-2s for
the 20th TASS out of Da Nang during the years 1968 - 69.
He anticipated in Operation Prairie Fire. To read details
and obituary click here
23: Timothy Ray Eby, Covey 540 and Rustic 40
affectionately known as "Captain Skinny" flew west at 0800
15 October 2023. Tim flew OV-10s for the 20th
and 23rd TASSs. Tim was well respected by his brother
FACs. He was a life member of the FAC Association. Click
here for details and funeral arrangements.
Sep 23: The FAC Association's FINI
FAC Reunion dates are October 24-27, 2024 here in Ft
Walton Beach, FL. Early arrival day will be
Wednesday, 23 October 2024.
The reunion hotel is the re-branded and renovated "The Island
Resort Hotel" on Okaloosa Island. More information is
available on the Notam Board. To
go there click
Sep 23:Reflections is a new page. It is an
index page to Al Matheson's Legacy Project, a collection of
life's lessons learned from participating in the War in
Southeast Asia. To go there click here
30 Jul 23: New War Story on the Old Geezer's page, The
Saga of Miss Me by M. Joe Ganger, Bart 100,
Bomber 42 To read it click here.
30 Jul 23: New War Story on
the Old Geezer's page, Mission Over Laos by Jim
Richmond, Nail 37. Click here
to read it.
23 Jul 23: Lt. Col. (USAF Retired) Richard L. Stewart, Nail
76, Covey 513, and Mike, 13 flew west on 08 April 2023.
Dick flew O-1s and O-2s for the 21st and 22nd Tactical Air Support
Squadrons. His home town was Boynton Beach, Florida. He was
a life member. Fair winds and a slow hand salute for this
20 Jul 23: The July 2023 edition of the FAC
AssociationNewsletter is out. To read it click here.
08 Jun 23: Michael
L.Taylor, Nail 28 / Spike 28, flew west on 12 May
23. Based in Thailand, Mike flew OV-10s for the 23rd
TASS over Cambodia and Laos. He was shot down while flying
over the Ho Chi Minh Trail, listed as missing but later rescued
and returned. Details and an obituary can be read at https://www.fac-assoc.org/flew-west/flew-west2023.html
Slow hand salute for this brave warrior.
15 Apr 23:The unveiling of OV-10 No. 638 is on! The
unveiling at the Australian War Memorial, which was delayed due to
the world wide outbreak of Covid-19, has been scheduled for August
18, 2023. That date marks the 50th anniversary of the
ending of the Australian involvement in the Vietnam war. A
ceremony commemorating that, the unveiling of the OV-10, and a
reunion dinner is scheduled, and we are invited! For
detail of all of the events click here.
14 Apr 23: New war story on the Old Geezer's Page, "The FUBAR
SAR." Ned Helms, Rustic 15. To read it click
13 Apr 23:New war story on the Old Geezer's page,
"Sleeping on the Job" by Dale Hill, Nail 49.To
read it click here.
17 Mar 2023: Lt Col (USAF Ret) David C. Hartsock, Covey 229
and Dart 10, flew west on 11 May 2014. Dave
flew O-2s for the 19th TASS and 20th TASS. We apologize,
we have no picture and have only recently learned of his
passing. His obituary may be read at https://www.newcomerdayton.com/obituary/84026
03 Mar 2023: Sgt Steven E. Peffer, Rustic / Mechanic, flew west
on 27 Feb 2023. Steve was a maintenance officer O-2s
at Bien Hoa Air Base from Dec 1970 - 71. He left a legacy as
a Rustic. He will be interred at Sacramento Valley National
Cemetery on May 12th. More information and an obituary to
follow. Slow hand salute to this outstanding warrior.
01Mar 2023: Col (USAF Ret.) Patrick D. McCaslin, Nail 41,
flew west on 7Apr 2022. Pat flew OV-10s for the
23TASS. During his tour he was awarded 2 Silver Stars and 2
Distinguished Flying Crosses and a Purple Heart. He was a
life member of the FAC Association. His obituary can be read
25 Feb 23: The February 2023 Newsletter is out! It
is the delayed January 2023 Newsletter. Click
here to read it. To download a copy, move your
cursor to the bottom center of the page. A block of four
buttons will appear. The button on the right will cause a
PDF copy to be deposited in your computer's download folder.
The button on the center right will cause a printable PDF copy to
appear on your screen. Press the printer symbol in the PDF
tool bar at the top of the page. The remaining buttons are self
25 Feb 2023: LTC (USAF Ret) Charles L. Pocock, Viper 7 and Rod
7, flew west on 14 May 2022. Charlie flew two
tours in the O-1 for the 19th TASS starting in 1966. During his
FAC years he was awarded a Silver Star, two DFCs and a hand full
of Air Medals. He authored a book about his adventures titled Viper
7. Charlie was a Life member. His obituary can
be read at https://www.dignitymemorial.com/obituaries/colorado-springs-co/charles-pocock-10755468
19 Jan 23: Article, "The Rescuers, Leave No Man Behind" is
an interesting article from the Winter 22-23 edition of the
Skyhawk Association Journal. The article is about the rescue
of two Marine A-4 pilots shot down over Laos in December
1969. Our Nails from the 23rd TASS out of NKP played an
important role. To
read it click here.
31 Dec 22:Wilson
J. Hall, Trail 16, Coveyflew west on 08 July 2020. Wilson flew O-2
for the 20th TASS during the1966-67
time frame. He
was life member of the Association. Details
31 Dec: A FAC's Legacy Tribute. A copy of this
tribute and its history is presented to the family of a fallen
FAC. To read it go to the "Flew West" page and then
select A FAC's Legacy.
If you wish to download a copy, move your cusor to the middle of
the screen near the bottom. A box will appear with four
symbols. To cause a copy to be downloaded into your download
file, click on the symbol with the downward pointing arrow.
To cause a printable PDF copy to appear on your screen, click on
the rectangle with a beaker. This document has three
pages. If you desire to print only the Tribute, print only
page one in landscape.
19 Nov: New War Story on the
Old Geezer's page, Leave No Man Behindby Bob
Franklin. To read it, click here
29 Oct: The 2022 COS Reunion Recap page Is out! click here to
23 Oct 22: Eldon R.
Sonny Haynes, Covey 262, Flew west on Sunday 9 Oct 22. Sonny
flew OV-10s for the 20th TASS. He was a life member. Details
03 Sep 22: Robert Wiltuck, Col (Ret.) Covey 180/280
and Helix 41 took his last flight on 22 Jan 2022. Bob
flew O-2s for the 20th TASS starting in Nov 1967. He was a
life member of the FAC Association. Slow hand salute to this
brave warrior. Click here for Details and Obituary.
26 Aug 22: New story on the Old Geezer's page, "Bubba-SOG"
It is a good read. Take a look. Click here
15 Aug 22: Lachon, "Beefy" Gregory, Rustic Alpha and Sundog Alpha, flew
west on 09 Aug 22. "Beefy" was a radio operator.
Slow hand salute to this warrior. Details
documentary producer is looking for films
and /or audio tape, shot by the soldier, of
life on the home front during the Vietnam War.
For details click here for Wanted
03 Aug 22: LTC Gerald P. Schwalb, Red Marker 02, flew west
18 Jul 2022. Jerry flew O-2s for the 19th and
22nd TASSes in 1969-70. Details & Obituary
01 Aug 22: Joseph V.
Potter, Sidewinder16, Covey 06, Jade 06, flew west on 17
Jun 2022. He flew for the 19th and 20th TASS
during three tours. He was a life member. Details
& ObituaryErratum: Originally the
date of passing was posted in error as was his rank.
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