LATEST -- NEWS:
The Reunion Hotel name has changed from Crowne Plaza to Hotel Elegante, all else remains the same. Also, the Hotel Elegante (formally the Crowne Plaza) has SOLD OUT. Any one seeking lodging at this late date will have book their reservation at an alternative hotel. Some near by alternative hotels are: The Double tree, at 1775 E. Cheyenne Mountain Blvd, phone 886-460-7456. The Comfort Inn, at 14 Harrison Road, phone 719-579-6900. The Antlers Hilton, at 4 South Cascade Ave., phone 800-445-8667. Please note the Reunion events bus departure and return are planned for the Hotel Elegante, you'll need to consider transportation to and from from an alternative hotel. Also, many of the near by hotels in the the south part of town do not have an airport shuttle.
PLANNING FOR THE 2013 BSA Reunion in Colorado Springs is COMPLETE. A letter and sign-up sheet was mailed out. You can download and print a copy of these by using links below. Now is the time to mail in your event sign-up sheet. The Reunion Sign-up sheet and payment must be mailed to John Reynolds NLT 5 June.
CLICK HERE:for the 2013 reunion Activities Letter
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CLICK HERE: for the Reunion MAIL-IN Activities SIGN-UP Letter
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Our host's for 2013 are Lockheed-Martin and Sierra Nevada Corporation.
Our 2013 Reunion Sponsor's are: DRS Signal Solutions, Inc., L-3 Mission Integration, Division and L-3 Platform Integration, Division, Lockheed Martin IS/GS (Littleton, CO).
Lt. Col. Wilson (Wil) E. Main, USAF, Ret. passed away on 19 January 2011. Wil was an RC-135 Electronic Warfare Officer on the "Cobra Ball" platform. He gave a lifetime of service to various Big Safari programs during and after his retirement from active duty. Wil was an exceptional leader, sportsman and friend to many of the Big Safari Association members.
Maj.Gen. Paul H. Martin, USAF, Ret. passed away on 22 July 2010. Paul was an RC-135 pilot and numerous Combat Reconnaissance Missions in the RC-135M "Combat Apple" aircraft in support of the Vietnam war. He was assigned to many of the intelligence organizations such as; 6SW, 55SW, Det 1 and ECS during his Air Force career. Gen. Martin was great friend to many of the Big Safari Programs after retirement from the US Air Force
Mr. Gary Jett passed away on 17 December 2008. Gary served the Big Safari organization at WPAFB, OH for over 35 years and was instrumental in the genesis and fielding of the Compass Call electronic attack weapon system in 1982. He helped grow and mature the capabilities of the EC-130H aircraft over the last 25 years. Gary's engineering expertise and affable personality are greatly missed by the Compass Call community and by all who knew and worked with him.
Lt. Col. Bruce Carson, USAF, Ret. passed away on 13 September 2008. Bruce was an RC-135S Electronic Warfare Officer. He was assigned to the 24th SRS at Eielson AFB, Alaska. He flew many RC-135S "Cobra Ball" reconnaissance missions from Shemya AFS, Alaska. Since his retirement from the USAF, he has been working with the Air Staff, AF/A2CP, in the Pentagon.
Major John C. Chipman, USAF, Ret. passed away on 25 May 2008. John was an RC-135M Airborne Mission Supervisor (AMS) assigned to the 6990th Electronic Security Group, Kadena AB, Okinawa, Japan. He flew the "Combat Apple" mission over Vietnam in the very early days of the War. John was the one first AMS to be Commissioned as a 2nd Lt. during his Kadena AB assignment. John was also assigned to Det 2, Greenville, TX later in his Military career.
Lt. Col. Kenneth (Ken) D. Oliver, USAF, Ret. passed away on 23 May 2008. He served as Det 4. Commander at Lockheed Aircraft Service Corp. Ontario, CA facility modifying various Special Mission C-130.
Lt. Col. Robert (Bob) J. McMahon, USAF, Ret. was killed in a car accident on 3 December 2007. Bob was an RC-135M Navigator assigned to the 82nd Strategic Reconnaissance Squadron (SAC) Kadena AB, Okinawa, Japan. He flew the "Combat Apple" missions over Vietnam in the very early days of the War.
Chuck Riechers, passed away on 14 October 2007. He served Big Safari in Det 4, AFLC/AZ and SAF/AQLG. At the time of his passing he was the Air Force's principal deputy assistant SAF/AQ. Chuck was an ardent Big Safari spokesperson. He was a Seminar presenter at Dallas 2007 Reunion.
Maj. Gen. Doyle E. Larson, USAF, Ret. passed away on 14 August 2007. Gen. Larson was the Commander of the 6990th Electronic Security Group, Kadena AB, Okinawa, Japan during the early days of the Vietnam War. This unit flew the "Combat Apple" missions in the RC-135M aircraft. In later years Gen. Larson was the Commander of the Electronic Security Command located in San Antonio Texas. Until his death Gen. Larson was very active in the intelligence community.
Lt. Col. John King, USAF, Ret. passed away on 22 Dec 2006 in Rockwall Texas. John was an RC-135 Pilot and also served as the Big Safari Det 2 Commander at the E-Systems Greenville Texas facility. John was an early leader in the development of the RC-135 Programs. His dedicated service was instrumental to the current success of these important airborne programs.
CMSgt Jimmie E. Ely, USAF, Ret. passed away 29 May 2006 at his home in Montgomery Alabama. Jimmie retired after 55 years of distinguished service to his country with 32 years retiring as a Chief from the U.S. Air Force, 18 years civilian duty at Wright-Patterson AFB and five years as a contractor. Jimmie was a "corner stone" to the Big Safari Program. His positive dedication, influence and guidance to the many Big Safari programs will continue for many to come.
Lt. Col. Lloyd T. Navarro, USAF, Ret. passed away on 18 January 2006 in Universal City Texas. Lloyd served his country for over 31 years in both the U. S. Marine Corps and the U. S. Air Force. He was an early RC-135 Raven on many of the Combat Apple missions in the late 60's. After retirement from the service Lloyd was an accountant for the City of Austin Texas.
Mr William J. (Bill) McCormick passed away on 4 January 2006 at his home in Austin Texas. Prior to his retirement Bill was the Lead and Senior Project Engineer for the Big Safari ELINT program for E-Systems at the Greenville Division. He was instrumental in the development of the AEELS sensor installed on the RC-135 aircraft. His was a dedicated Engineer and totally devoted to supporting the various Big Safari programs though-out the world.
Lt. Col. William (Willie) C. Mueller, USAF, Ret. passed away 13 October 2005 according to the Albuquerque Journal, 14 Oct 05 edition. Willie was an early RC-135 Raven and was assigned to the EWO training school at Mather AFB, CA for many years before his retirement. Willie flew as a Raven on many of the Combat Apple missions in the late 60's.
Mr Wade Drew Whitaker passed away on 18 September 2005 at his home in Canton Texas. Prior to his retirement he was Vice President of Special Projects (Big Safari) for E-Systems at the Greenville Division. He also served in the United States Air Force. Wade was instrumental in the delivery of the first Block III Rivet Joint Aircraft.
YOUR ASSOCIATION BOARD OF DIRECTORS FOR 2011/12 ARE:
The Associations Current Board of Directors:
President Mr. Bruce Trego
Vice President Mr. Kim High
Secretary/Web Master Mr. Barry A.Kibbe*
Treasurer/Membership Chairman Mr. John Reynolds
Other Elected Board Members
Mr. Ken Belden
Mr. Tom Boyce, III
Mr. Danny Bryant
Mr. Jon Burgoyne
Mr. Tom Coffield*
Mr. Jack Cooke*
Mr. Joe Durant
Mr. Bill Ernst*
Mr. Charles Gilmer
Mr. Bill Grimes*
Mr. Sam Klein
Mr. Charles Gilmer
Mr. Kevin McNellis
Mr. Mike Meermans
Mr. Ralph Pollitt*
* Permanent Director Status (IAW BSA Bylaw 3.1.2)
Appointed Board Member
Col. Edward (Ed) Topps, USAF
Chief of Special Projects (AFMC 645 AESG/CC)
BSA MEMBERSHIP DUES HELP US SUPPORT THIS ASSOCIATION
Earlier this this year we mailed out postcards and letters to you. If you are a BSA Member they had a date after your name. This date indicates your: "Membership Good Thru Date". If the date shown after your name is 2011 or earlier its time to renew your membership. Our dues are still: $10 per year or 3 years for $25.00. If there isn't a date after your name, you are not a BSA member. For those desiring to join the Big Safari Association, you can CLICK on the link below for a the the BSA Membership/Renewal form. You can also contact me by the email link below. If necessary we will email you a Membership form. For those wanting to renew your BSA Membership, please mail your dues to our Treasurer: John Reynolds at 4448 Beach Dr. Greenville, TX 75402-8776. Checks should be payable to the: Big Safari Association with RENEW and number (1 or 3 ) of years on the Memo line. Please help keep our data base up to date by letting us know of changes to your mailing and E-mail address or any other changes in your contact information.
CLICK HERE: for the BSA Membership & Renewal Form
Big Safari Association Membership Book
A copy may be obtained by active BSA members by written request, address shown below, to the association or by E-mail to the Webmaster shown below. Please include your name and mailing and E-mail address in the request. The Association Membership Roster is not availabe for "Commercial purposes", but for use by only it's active members.
Big Safari Association
10511 Linda Lane
Greenville, TX 75402-3519
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