FROM DATE: MAY 15, 2017
Anthony J. (Tony) Asterita
49th F.I.S. (1960 - 1963)
Greetings 49ers. It took longer than expected but we finally released this Newsletter and I know that you'll enjoy the interesting articles. This is also a great opportunity to bring you up to date on activities supporting the well-being of our 49th Fighter Squadron Association.
I want to start off by mentioning members actively involved. Christine Wallace has assumed duties as secretary and is putting the final touches of an association roster that has all member information in a concise format and is keeping it current. Should any member wish to receive a copy, just let me know and we'll get one off to you. Ever-reliable John Jannazo, Association Commander for the past five years has assumed duties as treasurer. Our finances are in very capable hands. Bob and Cathy Elliott are maintaining our web site and Facebook account, and no doubt you have seen significant improvements. As Historian, Paul Skoskie continues to supply us with interesting articles that helps us appreciate our rich tradition. Although not part of the management staff, Mike Baldwin and Bill Mahaffy have taken lead and are well on the way preparing for our next annual reunion in Rome, New York this coming September at the Beeches Inn & Conference Center. Rome is the site of ex-Griffiss AFB and our squadron's entire F-101B / F-106A experience. Subsequent email blasts, our web site, and a planned August Newsletter will have details and a reservation form. Meanwhile, mark your calendars for 15 thru 17 September.
In February, the 49th Fighter Training Squadron dedicated a new auditorium to the memory of Frank Mullinax. Throughout his life, Frank remained an active member of the 49th Fighter Squadron Association and is now part of the squadron’s living history. In Frank's memory, the Association is purchasing nametags for all new students assigned to the squadron. At the current rate of student enrollment, these purchases will extend well into 2018.
Our very own Association member, Bob Richardson published a book that was just released. Entitled "The Jagged Edge Of Duty" - A Fighter Pilot's World War ll, the book's focus is on many stories of sacrifice and valor that occurred in World War ll by pilots and crews of the 49th Fighter Squadron. Bob provided a copy to the Association. It is presently in my possession, and I'm reading it now. It is an outstanding work and I highly recommend it. This book has very significant historical value as it contains many instances of self sacrifice and dedication that would otherwise be lost forever. Bob, you make us look good. Notice of this book release appears in another section of this Newsletter.
Take good care 49ers. I very much look forward to seeing you in September. Meanwhile if you have any suggestions to improve our operations, we're open' 24/7. God bless the USA.