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My name is Gary Kerans callsign “Dome" from VA-25 A-7E's 74-76 and VA-127 TA-4J’s Fleet Adversary 76-79. I am contacting your Association to make you aware of an up coming event at NAS Lemoore that will commemorate the 55th anniversary of the Gulf of Tonkin Incident. The commemoration will take place on Tuesday September 17th and will specifically honor three squadron mates from VA-144 who took part in the initial flight the night of August 4, 1964 from the “Connie” CV-64. Those gentlemen are Captain John Nicholson, USN (RET), CDR Everrett Alvarez Jr., USN (RET), LT Ron Boch, USNR (RET) who will all be in attendance. We are currently finalizing the schedule of events with the leadership team at NASL and will have a formal invitation available after our next conference call on June 25th with the Lemoore folks which can then be distributed via email and websites. The A-7 Association, Tailhook Association and Fist of the Fleet Association (FOFA) are all onboard in this effort and I was hoping you could distribute to your members however you see fit. I’m sure there are some former “Scooter” drivers that have served with these fine gents and may want to attend.
I will be back in touch after the invitation and schedule of events is finalized and please feel free to contact me regarding any questions. I included below the initial message I sent out to our FOFA membership.
Many thanks for any assistance in getting the word out about this great event. I’ll be in touch.

Today's sentiment:

Here's to old, here's to new.
You may know me, I may know you.
But, for some we've never met,
It's a meeting you won't forget.

A-4's, they say, are Tinker Toys.
They say they're made for little boys.
But, alas, we no longer qualify
For our asses no longer will comply.

So, let's resolve to return and repeat
To gather, do business, drink and eat.
Be you civilian Navy or Marine
Together forever, there is no between.

NAS Cubi Point, Subic Bay Phillipines.

Skyhawk Association's suggested "Plan Of the Day".

Original sketch by and courtesy of Hank Caruso

06:00 = Roll-over and go back to sleep

07:00 = Roll out of your rack and take a shower - please! Uniform of the Day is casual (must cover the "personal parts" of your body.)

08:00 = Muster at the coffee shop, consume your breakfast while reviewing the events of the day so far.

11:00 = Report for duty at your favorite aviation shop, museum, or outdoor display. Contemplate what needs to be done to maintain your good standing with the local aviation buffs, and consider an attempt to remember it for future reference.

12:00 = Report to your favorite lunch establishment for coffee, sliders, and ice-cream.

13:00 = Gather again with others interested in aviation for a discussion surrounding the differences of various time-frames in aviation history (the good old days), the merits of various aircraft in various mission scenarios, and the death of the "Happy Hour" as you remember it.

16:00 = Happy Hour, where every attempt is made to resurrect happy hour as you remember it.

18:00 = Report to your resident sick-bay for an attempt to recover from "Happy Hour".

20:00 = Keep trying to recover.

22:00 = Give up on a recovery, and hit the rack.

22:00 to 06:00 = Dream of A-4 Skyhawks, and a OK3.

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