AAFM's National Meeting History
For the first time, we met on an operational Minuteman and Peacekeeper base, Warren AFB, WY. Our host, Wing Commander Col Mike Carey, did an exceptional job of welcoming us with a great mission briefing and tours of ops, maintenance and helicopter facilities. We met at the Little America Hotel. Many toured local attractions and some enjoyed golf at the Warren course, and dined at the Western Heritage Museum and enjoyed some music. Gen Kevin Chilton, Commander of Air Force Space Command, spoke at our banquet, with more than 350 in attendance.
AAFM met at the Radisson Airport Hotel in Tucson, AZ, with more than 250 in attendancese. The Commander of 12th Air Force hosted us for tours of the Combat Air Operations Center at Davis Monthan AFB, along with a visit to the flight line to see aircraft assigned to the base, combined with visit to the Titan Missile Museum in Green Valley. The next day, choices included a golf tournament or a tour of the Sonoran Desert Museum, with lunch at the museum, and San Xavier Mission. That evening, we toured the "Boneyard" before dinner and tours at the Pima Air Museum. Saturday included a tour of Old Tucson, and our speaker for the banquet was Lt Gen Frank Klotz, the Commander of the newly actiated Air Force Global Strike Command.
We met in Cheyenne, WY, home of 20th Air Force and the 90th Missile Wing. Full details on the National Meetings tab of the Warble Tone.
AAFM Board Meeting in 1996
Lunch at Vandenberg Golf Course
Arriving at STRATCOM Headquarters
Breakfast at Little America
Jay Kelley presents missile to Tom Reed
Fightline Tour at Davis Monthan
CAOC Tour at Davis Monthan
Joe Andrew's Painting at AFGSC
AAFM was in its second year, and conducted the first National Meeting in Colorado Springs, CO. More than 120 members, spouses and guests gathered at the Sheraton Hotel in May. On Monday, we met for a welcome reception, and Tuesday, two busloads took a trip to Warren AFB, WY to visit the 90th Missile Wing. Others stayed and played golf at the Air Force Acadmey, and that evening, many visited the casinos in Cripple Creek. The next morning, attendees toured Air Force Space Command facilities at Peterson AFB, Falcon AFB and Cheyenne Mountain. That evening, we were entertained at dinner at the hotel by a country western group that was part of the Air Force Band of the Rockies.
We met in October in Santa Maria, CA, at the Santa Maria Inn. We toured Vandenberg space launch and missile training areas one day, had dinner at the Far Western, toured Solvang and local wineries, while some played golf, and featured Maj Gen Don Cook, 20th AF Commander, as speaker at our banquet. More than 150 attended.
AAFM gathered in October at the Holiday Inn in Cocoa Beach, FL, with over 150 in attendance. We toured space launch facilities, including the space shuttle pad being readied for Senator John Glenn's trip in to space the following week, and on the second day, many took an airboat ride and dolphin cruise while others played golf. Many of us rose early the next day to see a Delta space launch, and that evening, Maj Gen Tom Neary, 20 AF Commander, was our featured banquet speaker.
Once again, we met at the Santa Maria Inn, and toured Vandenberg and Hearst Castle. Over 200 attended, maxing out the faciities at the hotel. Once again, we had dinner one night at the Far Western, and many enjoyed the Vandenberg AFB golf course. Our banquet speaker was Gen Lance Lord, the new Commander of Air Force Space Command.
We returned to Colorado Springs and used the Doubletree Hotel as our headquarters. Over 200 attendees toured Air Force Space Command facilities and experienced the Flying W cowboy show and dinner that evening. The next day, while many played golf, others toured the Air Force Academy, and our banquet featured Gen Ed Eberhart, the Commander of Air Force Space Command as our speaker
We gathered at the Omaha Marriott and enjoyed tours and briefings at Offutt AFB, NE. We had dinner and tours at the Strategic Air and Space Museum, and a choice of local area tours, including the Omaha Zoo and the Durham Western Museum, or a day of golf at Pacific Springs. Gen Lance Lord introduced our banquet speaker, Admiral JamesEllis, the Commander of US Strategic Command. More than 180 attended our Omaha meeting.
AAFM gathered at the Hyatt Dulles hotel, outside Washington, DC, with more than 200 in attendance. On the first day, tours included the World War II Memorial, the Udvar Hazy Museum, the Pentagon and the Air Force Memorial. That evening, Jack Neufeld told us about the life of Gen Bernard Schriever. After the morning meetings the next day, many toured Mount Vernon. On the final day, two busloads of us spent the day at the Gettysburg National Park, with lunch in the historic Dobbins House Tavern. Our banquet featured former Secretary of the Air Force Thomas Reed as the speaker and the Air Force Strolling Strings for entertainment. Gen Schriever's widow, singer Joni James, was our special guest that evening.
We met in Omaha, NE, home of US Strategic Command, at the Sheraton Omaha. About 250 of us began Wednesday after our AAFM board met all day Tuesday. Discussions Tuesday included the SAC Hall of Fame, the phase in of a new Executive Director over the next two to three years, plans for 2018 in either Cheyenne, Dayton or Huntsville, and other topics. Thursday we spent the day at Offutt, included a driving tour of the base, tours of the Globa Operations Center and the Air Room, and several briefings. Dinner that night was at the SAC Aerospace Museum, and Friday most took a tour of Omaha attractions while a few played golf at Quarry Oaks. That night, we were entertained by Ground Zero, a band started by Missileers and featuring some Groobers music. Saturday started with our General Membership meeting, board meeting, a Zoo touir, showing of the Command and Control Documentary, and ending with a fantastic talk by General Robin Rand, Commander of AF Global Strike Command.