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, Covey flew-west/hall-wilson.jpgflew west on 08 July 2020 Wilson flew O-2 for the 20th TASS during the 1966-67 time frame He was life member of the Association.  Details and obituary 

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.

war-stories/old-geezer2.jpg19 Nov: New War Story on the Old Geezer's page, Leave No Man Behind by Bob Franklin. To read it, click here

29 Oct: The 2022 COS Reunion Recap page Is out! click here to read it.

 flew-west/haynes-sonny.jpg23 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 and Obituary


10 Sep 22: Wanted: Did you know Ralph Michael Wong, a radio operator (70-71)?  His widow would like to talk to you.  See details  at (Wanted Poster 220910)

03 Sep 22: Robert Wiltuck, Col (Ret.) flew-west/wiltuck-robert.jpgCovey 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

flew-west/lachon-gregory.jpg15 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

05 Aug 22: Wanted: A 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 Poster 220805

03 Aug 22: LTC Gerald P. Schwalb,flew-west/schwalb-gerald.jpg 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: MG 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 & Obituary    Erratum: Originally the date of passing was posted in error.

27 Jul 22: James D. Caven, Covey 569/96 and Nail 51, flew west on 18 Feb 2022.  He was a life member.  Details and Memorial

23 Jul 22: The July 2022 Newsletter is out!  Click here to read it.

16 Jul 22: Notam: The Military Reunion Planners site is now open for Reunion 2022 registration!  Click on the link below to go there 

For more information and a link to Registration, click here.

03 Jul 22: Notam, Interment for Jay Barnes, Jake 26, will be at 1000 on 20 July 2022 at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs.  Notam Obituary

16 Jun 22: Wanted: Contact Info for a FAC who worked a two-day SAR starting 28 Dec 1969.  Click here to see details  Wanted 220616

Sgt LR Reynolds16 Jun 22: Sgt Larry R. Reynolds, Quality Control Officer for the 19th TASS took his final flight on 11 May 2022.  He was rated and a member of the FAC Association. He served at Bien Hoa 1966-67. Details Obituary.

31May 22: THE RUSTIC NEWSLETTER JUNE 1ST EDITION.  Click here to read it.

/moody-don.jpg19 May 22: Lt Col Donald R. Moody, Butterfly 22, Raven 70 flew his last mission on 19 April 2022.  Don flew O-1 and U-17.  He was a life member of the FAC Association.  Details and Obituary

Mar 22: John (Jay) Chappel Jade 05 flew West on 06 March 2022.  Jay flew O-1s for the 19th TASS 67-68.  He was a life member of the FAC Association.  Details and Obituary

27 Feb 22: Lt Col Lyle E. Delfosse,lew west on
                  Christmas Eve 202
Bird dog 62  flew west at 1100 on 04 Oct 2018.  He flew O-1s for the 20th TASS out of DaNang.  Details and Obituary

flew-west/alfaro-eugene.jpg22 Feb 22: Lt Col Eugene Alfaro, Nail 227 and Candlestick flew west on Christmas Eve 2021.  He flew OV-10s and O2s for the 23rd TASS. Details and Obituary 

21 Feb 22: IT IS ON! REUNION 2022 IS SET!  17-21 OCT. Click here for Details  

17 Jan 22: The January 2022 Newsletter is out!  Click here to read it.

05 Jan 22: Darrel R. Dunlop, Bilk 34 flew-west/dunlop-darrel.jpg slipped surly the bonds of earth on 05 Dec 2021Darrel flew O-2s for the 20th TASS in 1966-67 out of Bien Thuy.  Details and Obituary

flew-west/judge-wally.jpg05 Jan 22: Wallace "Wally" Judge, Nail 73, went west on 14 Dec 2017 Wally flew O-2s for the 23rd TASS.  Details and Obituary

05 Jan 22: John M. "Mike" Morris, flew-west/morris-mike.jpegSundog 04, flew west on 16 April 2020.  Mike flew O-2s for the 21st TASS.  Details and Obituary  

27 Dec 21: gibler-jim.jpgCol James C. Gibler, Helix 21 flew west at 26 Dec 2021 at 2030 CST.  He flew O-2's for 20th TASS.  He proved his mettle time and again; most notably for his actions during the evacuation of Kham Duc, 12 May 1968, he was awarded the Silver Star.  He lead by example; he was my boss; and I would have followed him anywhere.  A very slow and tearful hand salute to good man and a brave warrior.  A life member of the Association. Details and Obituary

20 Dec 21: Glenn L. Timm, "Headhunter", flew west on 15 Dec 2021.  Glenn flew O-1s as a Headhunter FAC.  He was a life member of the association.  Obituary and Details

27 Nov 21: B/Gen Noah Edward "Ed" Loy,flew-west/loy-ed.jpg Cider 22, flew west on 29 Dec 2020.  Ed flew one of his two tours out of Pleiku while attached to the 2nd Brigade, 4th Infantry Division in 1967.   Obituary and Details

24 Oct 21:Joseph W. "Jay" Barnes, Jake 26, flew west.  Jay flew O-2 for the 20 TASS out of Tam Ky from Jan 70 - Nov 70. Details

wanted-posters/judge-wally3.jpg7 Oct 21: Wanted: Son wants information about his father, Wally Judge, Nail 73.  Dad flew O-2 out of NKP in 1969. If you can help please see details on Wanted-211007

29 Sep 21:Wesley E. Groves, Covey flew-west/groves-wes.jpg598, flew west on 26 Sep 21.  Wes flew O-2s for 20th TASS from Aug 70 - Aug 71.  Obituary and Detail

04 Sep 21: flew-west/kimminau-leo.jpgMaj. Leo F. Kimminau Sr, Gombey 17, flew west 3 Apr 2021.  Leo flew O-1s out of NKP for the 19th TASS from Jan to Dec 66.
Obituary and Details.

04 Sep 21: Topographic Maps (the ones we used) with clickable index.  Thanks to the University of Texas and Gary Willis, who found it, this link has been added to our Links to Others Page under the heading "More Vietnam Material" click on "US Army Topographic Maps" or click here

28 Aug 21: Maj Alan Zaiser, Walt flew-west/zaiser-alan.jpg31, flew west on 21 Jul 2021.  During his tour 1967 - 68, Alan flew the O-1, O-2A, and OV-10s for the 21st TASS. Obituary and Details


27 Aug 21: Rustics Reunion Cancelled ! Details

flew-west/atchison-richard.jpg18 Aug 21: Col Richard M (Rick) Atchison, Nail229, flew his last mission 4 Aug 2021.  Rick flew OV-10s for the 23rd TASS from Feb 70-May 72 out of NKP. He was a Life member.  Details

12 Aug 21: David M. (Mike) Lyons, Nail 88 flew west on 9 Aug 2021.  Mike flew O-2 and OV-10 for the 23 TASS.  Funeral service, Aug 23rd at St Peter Catholic Church in Monument, CO. Details

29 Jul 21:The July FAC Association Newsletter is out!  To read it, click here

spooner-donald.jpg26 Jul 21: Donald Allen Spooner, Red Maker 07, Allen 14, flew west on 23 July 2021.  Don flew O-1 for the 19th TASS from July 68 until Jun 69.  Don was a life member. Details

12 Jul 21: Gordon Alvin Isachsen, isachsen-gordon.jpgCovey 247, took his final flight on 14 Jun 2021.  Gordy flew two tours as a FAC, Arp 70-71 and Nov 72 - Sep 73.  He flew O-2s for the 20 TASS out of DaNang and Ubon. Details and Obituary

10 Jul 21: Lawrence Reed, a Covey FAC has flown west.  Larry flew O-1 for the 20 TASS. Details

10 Jul 21: James A. Crookston II, Bilk 02, 23, flew west on 19 Jun 2021.  He flew O-1s and O-2s for the 20 TASS.  He was a life member of the Association.  Details and Obituary

markle.terry.jpg10 Jul 21: Col Terry A. Markle, a Nail FAC flew west on 19 Jul 2020.  Terry flew OV-10s for the 23 TASS. Details and Obituary

16 Jun 21
Wanted: Daughter wantscaruthers-timothy-d.jpg information about her father, Tim Caruthers. 
He was a Nail FAC flying O-2s out of NKP from November 70-71.  For details and contact information please click here, Wanted-210616

flew-west/giles.john.jpg15 Jun 21: Col John Kelly Giles, Red Marker 02, Flew west  on 29 July 2019.  John flew O-1s for the 19th TASS.  Details

12 May 21: Nupaul, Keeper of the Nail Hole, flew west this afternoon at 1444.  Slow hand salute for him.

11 May 21: A daughter wants information  about her father, Capt. Donald Luna, Nail 33, Ubon, 23 TASS 68-69.  Please click here, Wanted-210511 for details.
04 May 21: Dennis Wayne Oxelgren aka flew-west/oxelgren-dennis.jpgOX, Snoopy 50 flew west this weekend.  He was an O-2 driver in the Psy Ops mission for the 22 TASS. Details

28 Apr 21: Impressive OV-10 flying model.  A Tribute to the Assies, Kiwis and 19th TASS.

Click here it see it and say G'Day

25 Apr 21: Updated Bylaws, PDF Copy

13 Apr 21: Lt Col John E. York USAF (Ret), Bomber 44, Jake 04 flew west 11 Apr 21. Details


20 Mar 21: BRONCO FEST XIII INVITATION!  WE ARE ALL INVITED!  10-14 Nov 2021, Fort Worth, TX Details

flew-west/lawrence-harley.jpg11 Feb 21: Col Harley E. Lawrence Jr. USAF (Ret), Bird Dog 83, Cricket, Gombey 06,  flew west on Sunday 31 Jan 21.  Harley flew O-1s for the 20th and 23dr TASS. Details w/picture

04 Feb 21: Lt Col (Ret.) Gary D. Pointer, flew-west/pointer-gary.jpgNail 43, flew west on 15 Sep 2020 in Jonesburg MO.  Gary flew OV-10s from May 70 - Apr 71 for the 23rd TASS out of Plieku.  Details

02 Feb 21: Capt Thomas G. Bonser, Gombey and Nail took his last flight on 26 January 21.  Tom flew O-1s in the early days of the war in Southeast Asia for the 23 TASS in 1965-66.  Details and obituary

02 Feb 21: Who is it?
Who was the fellow FAC in the January 2021 Newsletter and which one was he? Answer

01 Feb 21: Col Roger B. Nash USAF (Ret.), Nail 23 took his last flight on 21 Jan 2021.  As a FAC Roger flew OV-10s out of Nakon Phanom AB Thailand for the 23rd TASS.  Details and obituary

31 Jan 21: CMSgt Ronald J. Dandeneau, Rustic Foxtrot, flew west on 28 Sep 2018 flew OV-10s for the 19th TASS. Details and obituary
22 Jan 21:Wanted : Information and/or pictures of Captain Glenn R. Cook.  Glenn went missing on 21 Oct 1969.  He flew O-2s for the 21st TASS;his call sign was "Cutie."  A special memorial is being planned; the sponsors would like to use shared pictures or remembrances.  Please click on  and reference Wanted-210122 for details.

16 Jan 21: Lt Col Wayne L. Wood, USAF (Ret), Rustic 06, flew west on 24 May 2019.  Wayne flew OV-10s for the 19th TASS out of Bien Hoa and Ubon RTAB from Sep 71 - 72. Details

05 Jan 21:The January 2021 Newsletter is out!  To read it, click here

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This site is dedicated to personnel who supported and flew the Forward Air Controller mission, during the war in Southeast Asia and to those who are interested in that mission.  It serves as a rallying point and a depository for their stories and their legacy.  They represent several countries, different branches of service, a variety of aircraft, and all ranks from the lowest to the highest. 

It was a chancy mission, many gave all, yet the job satisfaction was through the overhead.  We welcome all those interested in the mission and the experiences of the Forward Air Controllers.  We are glad you are here.

                      President: Brad Wright

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One More Roll

"We toast our hearty comrades,

now fallen from the sky,

Were gently caught by

God’s own hand

to reign with him on high.

To dwell among the soaring

clouds they knew so well before,

From Victory Roll to Tailchase

at heaven’s very door.

Now, as we fly among them

there, we sadly hear their plea,

Take care, my friend,

Watch your Six…

And do one more roll for me."

     Commander Gerald L. "Jerry" Coffee

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