114th Aviation Company
"Knights of the Air"

2009 Reunion Recap


The tenth bi-annual reunion of the 114th Aviation Company Association was held at the Academy Hotel in Colorado Springs, Colorado. This reunion marked the Associationís 20th year anniversary. Eighty-seven association members, sixty-five spouses, twenty-five guests, and one honorary member were in attendance during the reunion which lasted from Wednesday, June 17 through Sunday, June 21.

Activities included golf, tours of Pikeís Peak, the Air Force Academy, the Garden of the Gods, a Western dinner and Stage show, and Goodwill shopping. Everyone enjoyed renewing fellowship and re-living memories. The hospitality room was the site of much story telling, reminiscing, and camaraderie.

At the Saturday business meeting, members elected the next Executive Council. Lane R Ramsdell was elected as National Director; Mike W. Schrumpf, Deputy National Director; Rodger D. Smithey, Senior Member at Large; Ed S. Bascovsky, Junior Member at Large; Robert G. Davis, Secretary; Robert Brown, Treasurer.

Other Key Personnel include Jim Haslitt as Database Manager and Email newsletter editor; Terry Dell, Webmaster; Jeff Carr, Assistant Webmaster and Quartermaster; Frank Strobel, Membership Committee Chairman; Charles T Brown Constitution Committee Chairman and Nominating Committee Chairman; Noah Dillion, Recruiter; Joe Stogner Reunion Committee Chairman; Gene Boyle, Reunion Site Coordinator; J.P Landahl, Reunion Plans Coordinator, John Nichols, Units Historian; Charles Stone, Veteransí Affairs Coordinator, and May Jones/Lane Ramsdell, Knight Letter editor.

On Saturday evening, a sumptuous banquet provided an additional opportunity for fun, fellowship, and a great silent auction. Members, spouses, and guests looked their best, took lots of pictures, and made promises to do it all again in two years. Joe and Cindy Stogner received thanks for hosting such a memorable reunion.

Sunday morning found almost everyone gathered for the Memorial Service, the culminating event of the Reunion. The names of those who died in Viet Nam were read and honored first. Then the list of those who have passed away since then were also read and honored.

As everyone said goodbye on that Sunday morning, all declared that this was, once again, the best reunion ever.

May Jones


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