Jim Graham of the WWII 71st Sq recently sent a complete set of WWII Mission Reports along with a digital copy that he complied thru dedicating a hugh amount of time and effort researching the records in USAF Achieves in DC and those located at Maxwell AFB Air University records. The 1st Wing Historian, Josh Lashley, and the 1st Wing/CC, Pete “Coach” Fesler, were totally impressed with the size, accuracy and effort required to compile this data.
Pete Marty and Col Fesler felt it was necessary to recognize Jim with a lasting memento that would remind him of all the support he has provided to the Association and Wing complementary Heritage programs over the years. A model of his beloved P-38 accompanied by numerous patches, Wing and 71st Squadron coins plus letters from Pete Marty, Racquet and Coach Fesler were included to express the Association’s and Wing’s appreciation for all the work Jim put into this project.
THANKS FOR ALL THE SUPPORT JIM!
1st FW Association Reunion was held in Colonial Williamsburg, VA - 17-20 Sep 2015
The event was a great success with lots of old friends getting together again. Pete "Pistola" Marty was voted in as the new Association President. Steve Gress is now the Secretary/Treasury, "Yard" Cocaran took over as 71st President and Rich Shook is now the 94th President.
The Ironmen Have Risen
U.S. Air Force Airmen, former Service members and families welcomed the 71st Fighter Squadron "Ironmen" back to Joint Base Langley-Eustis during a reactivation ceremony at Langley Air Force Base, Virginia, Aug. 21, 2015. Col Brian "Custer" Coyne took the 71st Squadron guidon from Col "Shags" Broadwell, 1st OG Commander during the reactivation ceremony of the 71st Flight Training Squadron. Congrats Custer!!