Thursday, February 12, 2015

Dr. Edward J. Marolda will present "Strategic Direction of the Air War"

Silver Wings Over Washington
President: VADM Robert Dunn, USN (Ret.); Vice-President: MG Joe Anderson, USMC (Ret.); Treasurer: R.N. Jurgenson; Secretary: Chuck Clopton

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Our mission is to provide an educational foundation that inspires, advocates, and fosters a venue for learning through aviation for the younger generation; a forum for networking among members and colleagues with outstanding speakers and camaraderie across the board. "What's Past is Prologue"
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The March 2015 Silver Wings Speakers Events Serie
is scheduled for
THURSDAY, MARCH 19th, 2015
at the

Our distinguished featured speaker
Dr. Edward J. Marolda
will present
"Strategic Direction of the Air War" 
an examination of military and civilian decisions 
in Vietnam and their consequences

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Dr. Edward J. Marolda is a prominent naval historian and an authority on the 
U.S. Navy’s involvement in the Vietnam War. He served as a U.S. Army officer 
in Vietnam from 1969 to 1970, directing combat resupply convoys in the
Saigon region. After his military service he joined the staff of the Naval 
Historical Center (now the Naval History and Heritage Command) in 
Washington D.C. and by the time of his retirement in 2008 held the positions 
of Director of Naval History (Acting) and Senior Historian of the Navy. His 
educational accomplishments include a BA in History from Pennsylvania Military 
College (1967), an MA at Georgetown University in European Diplomatic 
History (1971), and a Ph.D in American History at George Washington 
University (1990). He is an active member of the U.S. Commission on Military 
History, the Society for Military History and the North American Society for 
Oceanic History and has taken part in numerous historical activities in the United 
States and abroad. He currently teaches a course on the United States and China 
during the Cold War at Georgetown University. Dr. Marolda has authored, 
coauthored, or edited 15 books on the history of the U.S. Navy, with a focus on 
the Cold War in Asia, including Vol. II in the official series The United States 
Navy and the Vietnam ConflictBy Sea, Air, and Land: A History of the US Navy 
and the War in Southeast Asia; Carrier Operations in the Bantam Vietnam 
series;Operation End Sweep; and Ready Seapower: A History of the U.S. Seventh 
Fleet.

Dr. Marolda's illustrated presentation, "Strategic Direction of the Air War,"
will focus on how President's Lyndon B. Johnson and Richard M. Nixon and
their civilian and military advisors designed and conducted the costly and
ultimately unsuccessful air war against North Vietnam from 1964 to 1973,
an experience with relevance to current American overseas actions.

Book covers of Dr. Marolda's various publications:

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  Product Details  Operation End Sweep: A History of Minesweeping Operations in North Vietnam

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About Silver Wings Over Washington
Our Silver Wings Fraternity is comprised of a wonderful group of remarkable individuals 
who have pioneered, excelled and contributed to the world of aviation. We encourage 
members to bring friends, guests, and introduce young people to the noteworthy exploits
and achievements of our distinguished members and speakers. In the past we have 
hosted prominent speakers who presented both contemporary and historical topics 
relating to aviation, space, and a variety of military accomplishments. For up to date 
information visit our web blog www.silverwingsoverwashington.blogspot.com

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Agenda for Thursday, March 19th, 2015
2015 Silver Wings Speakers Events Serie
   
           East Gate: 1700 Army Navy Drive, Arlington, VA 22202
           West Gate: 2400 South 18th Street, Arlington, VA 22204
           Parking: Complimentary Parking
Area:   Fort Richardson Room, 3rd Floor
Cost:   $36.00, pre-pay or pay at the entrance
Date:   THURSDAY, March 19th, 2015
1100:   Doors Open, Networking Time
1150:   Pledge of Allegiance
1155:   Blessing
1200: Selected plated  entrĂ©e  and dessert served
1255:   President Bob Dunn introduces the speaker
1300:   Speaker: Dr. Edward J. Marolda. 
1345:   Questions from the Audience
1400:   Conclusion of the 2015 March Speakers Events Serie

Note: We need a firm count by Monday, 8pm, March 16th for the ANCC.  The ANCC 
charges for each walk-in an additional $4 per person, so save the ANCC fee 
and RSVP with Ron David, rondavid@gmail.com 202.907.214

Join us on Thursday, March 19th, 2015 and let's have a great turn out!

Respectfully yours,

Ron
Ron David
skype: metopower
WDC: 202.333.8707
Cell:   202.907.3241

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

The 2015 SWOWF Board


Officers
Treasurer: R.N. Jurgenson
Secretary: Chuck Clopton, Executive Director, Operation VetsHaven

Members of the Board
Col."Buz" Carpenter, USAF (Ret.), SR-71 Pilot, NASM Docent
Carole Sue Coupland, President, CCS
Debbie V. Gallaway, Aerospace Educator
Capt. Zip Rausa, USN (Ret.)Editor of Wings of Gold

Ron  David, Ex-Officio
Airshow Commentator & Narrator -  Wings (Discovery Channel TV Series), Government Documentaries, The Military Channel, National  Geographic, etc.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

WHITEY, The Story of Rear Admiral E.L. Feightner, A Navy Fighter Ace


New Administration to lead SWOWF into the New Century

He served as our Silver Wings President for the same length of time FDR served in the White House, but unlike Roosevelt, he never cost our membership an extra cent.

Now, Ron David is stepping aside to make room for the pending election of a dynamic, new Silver Wings administration led by Vice Admiral "Bob" Dunn, USN (Ret.) and Major General Joe Anderson, USMC (Ret.).  Both men are veteran aviators, and Joe still thrills air-show crowds when he demonstrates a very rare Harrier (SHAR) jet fighter.


Come, enjoy the camaraderie with friends and meet our new leaders on the 22nd of January!


Silver Wings Over Washington
Ron David, President; RADM. Whitey Feightner, USN (Ret.), Vice President; Joan Stalk, Treasurer; Ray Kester, CW04 USN (Ret.), Secretary
Board: MG Joe Anderson, USMC (Ret.); Col. Randy Brandt, USAF (Ret.); Col. E.P. Deatrick USAF (Ret.); Steve Craven; Debbie Gallaway; Pete King; Capt. Bud Orr, USN (Ret.); Capt. Zip Rausa, USN (Ret.); Col. Charles Stallworth USAF (Ret.)
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Our mission is to provide an educational foundation that inspires, advocates, and fosters a venue for learning through aviation for the younger generation; a forum for networking among members and colleagues with outstanding speakers and camaraderie across the board. "What's Past is Prologue"

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The January 2015 Silver Wings Speakers Events Serie
is scheduled for 
THURSDAY, January 22, 2015
at the  
Army Navy Country Club

Commander Peter B. Mersky, USNR (Ret.)
will address our members and guests
and discuss his latest about

WHITEY
The Story of Rear Admiral E.L. Feightner
a Navy Fighter Ace

 



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“There is no naval aviator more accomplished and colorful than Rear Adm. E. L. ‘Whitey’ Feightner. He became a World War II ace in the hazardous skies of Guadalcanal and the Marianas, mentored by the legendary Butch O’Hare, and went on to an illustrious career flying and testing Navy aircraft. . . . Feightner is a one-of-a-kind hero.”—Capt. Rosario “Zip” M. Rausa, USNR (Ret.), editor, Wings of Gold 
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RADM "Whitey" E.L. Feightner
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"Whitey is the first complete biography of one of the last surviving World War II U.S. Navy aces, and one of the Navy’s most respected officers of any period. Following a typical American, mid-western boyhood, Whitey Feightner was in the vanguard of the huge group of young men thrust into World War II. Upon receiving his commission and his gold wings, he was assigned to a fighter squadron in the Pacific and soon found himself flying with the likes of Jimmy Flatley and Butch O’Hare, two leaders who imparted their own brand of flying skill and leadership to the young ensign. He flew through many of the war’s most hectic and dangerous campaigns, such as Guadalcanal and the Marianas, gaining nine official kills. There were times he should not have returned from a mission, but his own skill and positive outlook helped him make it through all the dangers.
After the war, Whitey became a member of the Regular Navy and was assigned to several of the Navy’s most secret and action-filled projects at Patuxent River, Maryland. He flew and helped develop legendary fighters like the F7U Cutlass, F9F Banshee, and Cougar and the attack aircraft AD Skyraider as they joined the fleet, and was one of only two men who flew the radical F7U Cutlass in Blue Angels colors.
Returning to the fleet in command of a squadron, and later of an air group, he continued to develop fighter tactics. In between tours at sea, he served in the Pentagon dealing with all the personalities and political turmoil of the time while trying to bring naval aviation into the future. Working with such luminaries as Hyman Rickover and Elmo Zumwalt was not for the feint-hearted, and even Whitey did not come away unscathed. Yet, through it all, he retained the affable demeanor that characterized this rare and highly skilled naval aviator. His life story could serve as a model for any young aviator to follow."
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On Labor Day weekend a contingent of the OBP DC attended the annual Cleveland National Air Show  which is held at Burke Lakefront Airport in Cleveland, Ohio.At the spectacular air show, the highlight was a unique tribute paid by Nalls Aviation, the Blue Angels, and the Cleveland National Air Show to our very own World War II Ace, Rear Admiral E.L. "Whitey" Feightner, a truly american icon. The best was yet to come for Whitey (who turned 95 years old October 14th, 2014) when, following the Blue Angels's performance, Anderson regaled Whitey with a ride in Art’s L39 and roared into the blue sky. Whitey basked in every minute with sheer delight.

Gang of Four
L to R: Art Nalls, Joe Anderson, Whitey Feightner and Gene Deatrick
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About Peter B. Mersky, Commander, USNR (Ret.)

Commander Mersky was born in New York City and brought up in West Newton, Massachusetts. He graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1967 with a BFA in illustration. He was commissioned through the Navy’s Aviation Officer Candidate School in May 1968, and served in various assignments on active duty and the reserves. He came to Washington in 1971 and worked as a government artist for 13 years until he took a job at the Naval Safety Center in Norfolk as the assistant editor, then editor of Approach magazine. After 16 years at the Safety Center, he retired with 32 years combined federal service and returned to the Washington area where he writes and consults. In 1998, Commander Mersky received the Admiral Radford Award sponsored by the National Museum of Naval Aviation Foundation for excellence in writing Naval Aviation literature. In 2003, he received the Tailhook Association’s Contributor of the Year Award. He is a long-time book reviewer for several military and civilian publications and has had his own review column since 1982 in Naval Aviation News, the Navy’s oldest publication. Since that time he has reviewed more than 700 books. In 1997, his ground-breaking book on Israeli Fighter Aces was published as the first such account outside Israel. The fourth edition of his seminal history of Marine Corps aviation since 1912 was published by the Naval Institute in 2009. He served two tours as the squadron air intelligence officer for the Navy’s penultimate Crusader squadron, VFP-306, and has written four books on the F-8 series, all for Osprey Publishing in the UK, the last being The F-8 Crusader vs the MiG-15 in Osprey’s Duel series, published in October 2014. Whitey is his 16th published book.

Commander Mersky is a long-time member of the American Fighter Aces Association, the Tailhook Association, and the National Museum of Naval Aviation Foundation. He is a life member of the Marine Corps Aviation Association.

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About Silver Wings Over Washington
Our Silver Wings Fraternity is comprised of a wonderful group of remarkable individuals who have pioneered, excelled and contributed to the world of aviation. We encourage members to bring friends, guests, and introduce young people to the noteworthy exploits and achievements of our distinguished members and speakers. In the past we have hosted prominent speakers who presented both contemporary and historical topics relating to aviation, space, and a variety of military accomplishments. For up to date information visit our web blog www.silverwingsoverwashington.blogspot.com

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Agenda for Thursday, January 22nd, 2015
2015 Silver Wings Speakers Events Serie

           East Gate: 1700 Army Navy Drive, Arlington, VA 22202
           West Gate: 2400 South 18th Street, Arlington, VA 22204
           Parking: Complimentary Parking
Area   Fort Richardson Room
Cost   $36.00, paid at the entrance
Date   THURSDAY, January 22nd, 2015
1100  Doors Open, Networking Time
1135 Election: Silver Wings Officers & Board
1150  Pledge of Allegiance
1155  Blessing
1200  Plated Lunch served
1255  Introduction of our Speaker
1300  Speaker: CMDR Peter B. Mersky, USNR (Ret.)
1345  Questions from the Audience
1400  Conclusion of the 2015 January Speakers Events Serie

Note: Commander Mersky will have books available and will be pleased to personally autograph each book.

We need a firm count by Monday, January 19th, for the ANCC. The ANCC charges for each walk-in an additional $4 per person, so save the ANCC fee and RSVP as soon as possible. Your membership dues ($25) may be remitted at the SWOWF event. 
For membership information contact: Ron, rondavid@gmail.com

RSVP with Ron David, e-mail: rondavid@gmail.com


I am looking forward to seeing you all on Thursday, January the 22nd at the ANCC. Cheers, Ron


Friday, October 31, 2014

"BUZ" CARPENTER AND THE "TRUE FACTS OF THE SR-71"

Silver Wings Over Washington
Ron David, President; RADM. Whitey Feightner, USN (Ret.), Vice President; Joan Stalk, Treasurer; Ray Kester, CW04 USN (Ret.), Secretary
Board: MG Joe Anderson, USMC (Ret.); Col. Randy Brandt, USAF (Ret.); Col. E.P. Deatrick USAF (Ret.); Steve Craven; Debbie Gallaway; Pete King; Capt. Bud Orr, USN (Ret.); Capt. Zip Rausa, USN (Ret.); Col. Charles Stallworth USAF (Ret.)
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Our mission is to provide an educational foundation that inspires, advocates, and fosters a venue for learning through aviation for the younger generation; a forum for networking among members and colleagues with outstanding speakers and camaraderie across the board. "What's Past is Prologue"
 
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The November 2014 Silver Wings Speakers Events Serie
is scheduled for THURSDAY, November 20, 2014





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Our distinguished and dynamic speaker

Col. Adelbert "Buz" Carpenter, USAF (Ret.)
Former SR-71 Instructor Pilot
Docent
Udvar-Hazy Center, National Air & Space Museum, Washington DC
will address our members and guests
Topic
"The True Facts of the SR-71"




The Last Hot Flight

This remarkable SR-71 
airbrushed image 
created by Dru Blair
is a powerful tribute 
to the Blackbird




Col. "Butz" Carpenter, USAF (Ret.)







Col. "Buz" Carpenter is hailing from Oakland, California; Buz graduated from the USAF Academy in June 1967 and then completed pilot training at Williams AFB, Arizona.
  • C-141 worldwide airlift as an Aircraft Commander - 1350 hours
  • RF-4C in Vietnam combat with 150 combat hours and later in Japan, served as Flight Commander and Instructor Pilot - 1150 hours
  • SR-71 Flown worldwide as an aircraft commander and later Instructor Pilot with over 60+ operational missions accruing 777 hours
  • T-38 Companion Trainer & Instructor  Pilot - 500+ hours
  • USAF Black World programmer in Pentagon involving programs such as F-117, B-2 Bomber, F-22, and others
  • F-4E Fighter Squadron Commander - 450+ hours Converted squadron into F-16 A/Bs
  • Wing commander in Europe at Ramstein AB, Germany during the Gulf War
  • U-2 flights as staff officer - 12+ hours
Operational experience: Command pilot/Instructor Pilot; SR-71 Global Reconnaissance; F-4E pilot Air-to-air and Air-to-ground missions; Moody AFB, GA,  Flight Commander/Instructor Pilot RF-4C Tactical Reconnaissance Vietnam, Thailand, Japan; Aircraft Commander C-141 Worldwide Airlift; Instructor Pilot T-38 Companion Trainer.

Broad Air Force major Command and Mission area Experience: Air Combat Command, Headquarters USAF Pentagon, U.S. Air Forces Europe 9USAFEO, Strategic Air Command, Tactical Air Command, pacific Air Forces, and Military Airlift Command.

Command PositionsVice Commander 2nd Air Force - BATTLE MANAGEMENT AIR FORCES, Beale AFB, California 15,000 people worldwide; Commander 777th Combat Support Wing Ramstein AB, Germany - 5,000 people supporting USAFE's largest base; Commander 70th Tactical Fighter Squadron, F-4E, F-16s Moody AFB, GA.

Staff Positions: Director of Programs for USAF Europe - Budget Builder/Fighter Beddowns/Treaty Compliance; HQ USAF Headquarters USAF Black World program manager F-117, B-2, F-22, etc. Strategic Program Manager B-52, B-1 Advanced Cruise Missile; Air Division Chief of Reconnaissance Plans - Future Korean Contingency/War Planning.

Major Program Management: Black World $6 billion + yearly budget; USAF Europe programs - multi-billion dollar budget; 63,000 people; plus major treaty negotiations/implementations.

Study Group member supporting Joint Warfare Center and USACOM.

Education:
Retired as Colonel after serving as the 2nd Air Force Vice Commander. 2nd AF was responsible for all the USAF Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance flying assets.

Joined Raytheon Corp., January 1995 as Director Program Development at E-Systems, Falls Church, VA January 1995 - April 1997. Was Director, E-Systems ISR Programs for Washington Operations, April 1997 - April 1998, and Director Airborne ISR Programs, Washington Office of Raytheon Systems Company, April 1998 - January 2001.

Vice-President - Business Development ComCept Division Washington Operations since February 2001, interfacing with Washington D.C. decision makers on programmatic issues for USAF/CENTCOM Network Centric Collaborative Targeting ACTD and other ISR pursuits.

Currently, Col. "Buz" Carpenter is  a Docent at the Udvar Hazy Center at the National Air & Space Museum at Dulles Airport.

(Text, Courtesy Roadrunners Internationale)
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Note: Col. "Buz" Carpenter, former SR-71 Instructor Pilot, has compiled this PowerPoint presentation to assist those Museum Docents (nationwide) that want the true facts about the SR-71. His goal was to provide accurate data so the Docents can inform the public and help eliminate rumors or facts that have been misrepresented. You can download the PowerPoint presentation to your computer. His project was aimed at the Museum Docents however, anyone wanting the correct facts on the famous Blackbirds can use this PowerPoint. Examples would be teachers or students wanting to complete a report or aviation researchers in the realm of Mach 3 flight. Please give Buz Carpenter credit if this PowerPoint is used for books or published periodicals. Email Buz Carpenter:  Acarpenter4@cox.net , Download the 35 MB file: UHC SR-71 Powerpoint Presentation
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About Silver Wings Over Washington
Our Silver Wings Fraternity is comprised of a wonderful group of remarkable individuals who have pioneered, excelled and contributed to the world of aviation. We encourage members to bring friends, guests, and introduce young people to the noteworthy exploits and achievements of our distinguished members and speakers. In the past we have hosted prominent speakers who presented both contemporary and historical topics relating to aviation, space, and a variety of military accomplishments. For up to date information visit our web blog www.silverwingsoverwashington.blogspot.com
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Agenda for Thursday, November 20th, 2014
2014 Silver Wings Speakers Events Serie
   
           East Gate: 1700 Army Navy Drive, Arlington, VA 22202
           West Gate: 2400 South 18th Street, Arlington, VA 22204
           Parking: Complimentary Parking
Area:   Fort Richardson Room
Cost:   $36.00, paid at the entrance
Date:   THURSDAY, November 20th, 2014
1100:   Doors Open, Networking Time
1150:   Pledge of Allegiance
1155:   Blessing
1200:   Lunch served
1255:   Introduction of our Speaker
1300:   Speaker: Col. "Buz" Carpenter, USAF (Ret.)
1345:   Questions from the Audience
1400:   Conclusion of the 2014 November Speakers Luncheon Serie


We need a firm count by Monday, 3pm, November 17, for the ANCC.  The ANCC charges for each walk-in an additional $4 per person, so save the ANCC fee and RSVP as soon as possible. Your membership dues ($25) may be remitted at the SWOWF Speakers Luncheon, or by snail mail to our Treasurer: Joan Stalk, 6103 Dominican Drive, Springfield, VA 22152.


RSVP: Ron David, e-mail: rondavid@gmail.com 
or with Joan Stalk, Treasurer, 703.451.4181, joans.hangar1@verizon.net

We have been privileged to have had remarkable speakers address our Silver Wings Fraternity. The final 2014 Silver Wings Speakers Events Serie will be complemented by our dynamic and compelling speaker: Col. "Butz" Carpenter, USAF (Ret.). Butz will talk about "True Facts of the SR-71". You will be inspired by "Butz" a truly compelling and motivating speaker.  Join us on Thursday, November 20, 2014 


Very Respectfully,

Ron
Ron David
President, Silver Wings
skype: metopower


Cell:   202.907.3241