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•   Linda Mechsner  14/8
•   Tony (Btr) Reardon  13/8
•   Phil (Doc) Watson  23/6
•   Bill Rutledge  21/1
•   Mike (Axeman) Cutter  3/1
•   Ron (Soju) Pickett  2/1
•   Ron McGonigle  30/12
•   Domingo (Ocho) Ochotorena  28/12
•   Jeff (Bone) Cifonie  13/5
•   Lloyd (Pappy) Rowland  5/5
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Who lives where - click links below to find out.

1 lives in Arizona (USA)
4 live in Colorado (USA)
3 live in Florida (USA)
1 lives in Idaho (USA)
1 lives in Illinois (USA)
1 lives in Iowa (USA)
1 lives in Nebraska (USA)
1 lives in New Mexico (USA)
3 live in Texas (USA)
1 lives in Utah (USA)
5 live in Virginia (USA)
22 live in USA
3 location unknown


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ALCON:  The reunion has been rolexed pending COVID resolution

38 TRS personnel who deployed to the 'Lik for DESERT STORM. 

Ken Rizer and Brian MacDougald are planning our 30th year reunion.  We have booked 24 rooms at the Hyatt Regency DFW (at the airport) in Dallas for the night of Saturday 6 February of 2021. 

The room is ~ $150 with tax.  In addition, we have a room at the hotel to host our buffet dinner, which will run ~ $75 per person (including a ridiculous 26% gratuity). 

The notional plan is to meet up informally at the bar adjacent to dinner room prior, then gather for dinner (probably) about 6:00 until 9:00ish. 

More details to follow.  Will work the money details later.

In the meantime, you can populate your profile by clicking on the SQUADRON MATES PROFILE tab at the top of the left column and update your info.  It should send us an email to begin the verification process, then you'll be allowed to enter the site and recce your way around.

If you have contact info for folks currently listed below reach out to them and get them in-processed.  You can reach MacD at  

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Squadron mates.  It is with great sadness that I post here -- Lt Col Michael "Mex" Mechsner passed away in Austin on 28 Dec 2019.  He was a great aviator, officer, mentor, and gentleman.  Prayers go out to the Mechsner family.  Please pass along to our 38 TRS brethern.

Mex was buried on Friday 17 Jan at the Ft Sam Houston National Cemetery.  The day started at the Randolph AFB chapel at 10:00; afterwards a celebration of Mex's life, then internment at Ft Sam at 2:15. Click on the wings (below) for a hyperlink to Mex's site (please share with the Mechsner family your Mex memories on that site).


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ALCON:  The website allows participants to add content (pics/videos) under the NOTAMS tab.  I encourage all to submit.  In addition, as we move forward over the next year and a half, please update your profiles with then-and-now photos and any memories/stories of your time at the 'Lik.

MacD is standing by to assist as needed.

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Pirate Radio Broadcast (right click and open in new tab):


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3-hour Proven Force/Desert Storm video (right click and open in new tab):

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From the Mechsners regarding a different recce reunion (Sept 2020) in Seattle

Greetings Phellow Phantom Phlyers

I would like to pass along a few bits of information.  First, the new 38th TRS Roster is included with this newsletter.  Unfortunately, on our last email newsletter, we had 16 "bounces" which means the email was returned.  Thus I had to delete 16 email addresses from the roster which are now in yellow. If you see information on the roster that is incorrect or missing and you happen to know the correct info, please pass it along to me so I can update the file.

Secondly, Barney Bear, the 2020 Reunion host, is trying to connect with those that do not have an email address so that they can also be included in our newsletters. So he will be sending out a snail mail update this week.  

On the third point - our contract with Constant Contact to maintain the 2020 Reunion Survey will come to a close in 2 weeks.  I am including the link to the SURVEY for those of you that did not have the opportunity to complete the Survey in March. On May 13th, the Survey program will close.

And finally, Lino and Andrea De Michieli have done their homework pertaining to the Alaska Cruise and have forwarded the following. Keep in mind that the Cruise is separate from the Reunion.  Andrea and Lino are providing the information so you may take advantage of being in the Northwest if you should so choose.    

Cruise Information

The cruise will depart Seattle on Friday,  Sept. 11 for seven nights.  

You will travel through the Inside Passage, dock at Ketchikan, visit the Endicott Arm and Dawes Glacier, Dock at Juneau and Skagway, Victoria, BC and then dock/off load in Vancouver, B.C. on the morning of the 18th.  Also, passengers will need a valid pass port PLUS it has to have 6 months validity remaining in order for the Canadian/US customs service.

There are five classes of 2-person state rooms available:

Inside                category 10       $1525 per person

Ocean View      category 07       $1615 per person

Veranda            category 2B      $1735 per person

Concierge         category C3      $1870 per person

Aqua                 category A2       $1920 per person

These numbers are budgetary since the group will get a discount if we have eight or more couples. Then there will be an additional charge for bus transportation from Vancouver, BC to Seattle on the 18th. That cost is yet to be determined because the cost is dependent on the number of traveling guests. There are 34 shuttles per day for $34 to $40 per person. However, that is from the Vancouver bus terminal to the Seattle bus terminal. Thus the reason to charter a bus if possible (if enough folks go) to pick us up at the Dock in Vancouver and bring us to the hotel in Seattle. More on this later.

Again, the 38th contact is Lino & Andrea De Michieli. Check the roster for their contact info. And you can get additional information from:

    Anne Cia, the Celebrity Cruise representative

 888-727-4907, ext 13601

 The 38th group ID is 2336626

You can also visit Celebrity Cruise Lines, Alaska Cruise for more information.

As a post note, Linda and I went on the 2012 cruise and it was fantastic. Good group of folks, good food, good weather and beautiful country. Can recommend it to everyone. We are going to do it again.

Hope all is well with you and yours - - -

Jerry Musselman


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