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FASF Daedalian Members Welcome El Paso’s New Mayor

At their annual Christmas holiday luncheon in the El Paso Club, the Daedalians were privileged to have as their honored guest, El Paso’s new Mayor, Dee MargoMr. Margo comes into office with some excellent credentials.  Mr. Margo pointed out that the per capita income level in El Paso in the early 1950’s was much greater than that of Phoenix, Arizona, but that has all changed, and not for the better, in the intervening years.  The new Mayor’s objective is to help El Paso attract enough new industries that his city will once again return to the country’s top ranks in respect to its standard of living.  The Daedalians were clearly impressed with Mr. Margo’s ability to speak at such length without notes and yet have such a quick ability to cite a wide range of vital statistics and appropriate ratios for his city.  Mr. Margo also displayed a solid command of the city’s colorful history.

Here is what the Daedalians and their guests learned about the new Mayor’s outstanding business background:

He moved to El Paso in 1977 from Nashville, where he attended Vanderbilt University on a football scholarship, to join his father-in-law at John D. Williams Company (JDW). In February of 1981, 6 days after Dee’s 29th birthday, his father-in-law suffered a fatal heart attack. Dee purchased JDW from the estate, and expanded the company from 6 employees to 70, in the span of 30 years.

During these years, Dee served as Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army, participated in the founding of the Regional Economic Development Corporation (REDCO), became the Chairman of the Greater El Paso Chamber of Commerce, and gave his time to several non-profits, including Operation Noel. Dee was elected to the Texas House of Representatives in 2010, in 2013 he was appointed President of the EPISD Board of Managers, and most recently he was appointed by the Governor to serve on the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) Oversight Committee.

El Paso has been Dee’s home for 40 years, and he is committed to the roots he has established in this community. Dee and his wife, Adair, have raised their sons in El Paso, so their granddaughters are fifth-generation El Pasoans.

Remember: All the below photos may be seen in full scale high resolution quality by simply clicking on them!

L to R above: Mayor Margo chatting with Bill Provance (Director of the Dona Ana County International Jetport) and Charlie Overstreet, long time member of the FASF.

Mayor Margo describing his background along with his hopes and plans for El Paso’s future.

Above: Daedalians taking in the new Mayor’s words

The Mayor left the podium to walk around the table taking questions from the Daedalians

L to R above:  Focusing on the Mayor’s presentation are: Gerry Wingsett and his friend Jerianne (a far left); Charlie Overstreet,  his wife, Mayre Sue, Bill Provance, Bronson Callihan and his mentor, Flight Captain Roger Nichols.

Colonel Bob Pitt presents the Mayor with the Daedalian’s token of appreciation for having taken the time to join their luncheon.

L to R above: Roger Nichols, Mayor Margo and Colonel Bob Pitt.

L to R: Mayor Margo, Flight Captain Roger Nichols, and Colonel Bob Pitt. This formal Portrait taken by long time FASF member, former Naval Aviator, Roger Springstead.

 

 

FASF Daedalians Attend HAFB Fighter Squadron Graduation

This month some of your old time FASF members, also members of the Society of Daedalians, attended the graduation banquet at Holloman Air Force Base (HAFB), Alamogordo, NM, to present the top leadership award to the graduating class, 17-ABH, of the 311th Fighter Squadron.

This was FASF Treasurer, Alma Villezcas‘ first visit to HAFB, and Flight Instructor Captain Cayce Wilkins arranged for her to have a personal trip to the operations Flight Line.  Her guide was a student, Lieutenant Nolan Kirkwood.  The aircraft in which the 311th graduates became qualified is the most maneuverable Jet Fighter presently in the Air Force inventory.  The F-16 Fighting Falcon, which its pilots prefer to affectionately call “The Viper,”  has been in action with the USAF for almost forty years, yet the Air Force expects its life to run another thirty some years.  If this goal is reached, the Viper will set an endurance record for any U.S. jet fighter ever in service.

While on the Flight Line, Lt. Kirkwood provided Alma with a set of ear plugs, to help mitigate the extreme noise of the Fighters engaged in operations.  Even with the ear plugs, the noise was almost painful.  The following photos were taken by the FASF, unless otherwise credited.  Click on any photo to view it in full high resolution.

L to R: 1/Lt. Nolan Kirkwood, himself a student F-16 pilot, explaining operations to Alma in front of a F-16’s left wing.

Alma wincing from the extremely loud noise of a passing F-16 jet. The Viper next to which she’s standing, is the F-16D, or two seat version used for preliminary training of its new pilots.  The regular fighter is a single-seat, or F-16C ship.

Alma (at left) listening to Lt. Kirkwood’s explanation of the F-16’s features, including its use of “Stabilators” instead of the more conventional horizontal stabilizer with its separate elevators.  The brightly colored Squadron insignia is on the afterburner’s ground cover, used to keep debris and birds out of the engine while the fighter is parked on the ramp.

Lt. Kirkwood and Alma watch a formation of two F-16’s entering the landing pattern.

Lt. Kirkwood finishes saluting the passing pilot, who is saluting him, as he returns to his hangar from the “Spouse Familiarization Ride.” This is the first time each of the spouses had been able to actually experience what it’s like to sit in an operating Viper as it taxied about the Air Base.  The spouses do not actually go aloft during their “rides,” because this would require they take concentrated ground training in emergency procedures before even being an airborn passenger.

Lt. Kirkwood describes the Viper-like shape of the fuselage’s flat like lifting surface design, which his left hand appears to be touching.

Alma and Ric Lambart pose by the Viper for Lt. Kirkwood, who shot the photo.  They are standing behind the nose cone of one of the Fighter’s auxiliary external fuel tanks.

Nolan and Alma share a hearty laugh . . . notice Lt. Kirkwood’s yellow earplug.  Their use is required when on the Flight Line.

An F-16 Viper takes off with full afterburner boost.

The Air Force Exhibition Team, the THUNDERBIRDS, on final fly-by pass in their Vipers.  The smoke is only for Air Shows.

The Thunderbirds seen in formation action. The above three photos are courtesy of the USAF.

Lt. Kirkwood shows Alma and Ric the latest “G Suit” each pilot must wear in order to help in high “G” (gravity force) maneuvers.  In high “G” turns and other abrupt maneuvers, the “G” force is so great, that the pilot’s blood, along with their bodies, become so heavy that the blood rushes to the pilot’s feet and legs, which may cause him or her to “black out,” which is the term used to describe the loss of eyesight experience, when the blood is too heavy to permit normal vision, as it leaves the eyes for the lower extremities.  This suit automatically inflates in high “G” maneuvers, squeezing the legs tightly in order to help prevent the wearer’s blood from rushing into his or her legs.  The hose protruding below Dolan’s left hand is connected to a compressed air port fitting inside the Viper’s cockpit.

L to R: Jenine Hemphill, Alma and Virg Hemphill at the social gathering before dinner.

Alma with the City of Alamogordo Mayor’s wife, Mrs. Kim Boss.

L to R: Alma, Captain Cayce Wilkins (HAFB Liaison Officer for the Daedalians), and Jenine and Virg Hemphill.

L to R: Jenine Hemphill, Alma Villezcas, Alamogordo NM Mayor, Richard Boss, his wife, Kim and Virg Hemphill.

L to R: Alma, Roger Nichols, Jenine and Virg Hemphill, all long time FASF members.

L to R: At rear: Alma, Lt. Col. Michael Driscoll, Commanding Officer (CO) of the 311th Fighter Squadron, Roger Nichols and, in front, seated, are Jenine and Virg Hemphill.

L to R: Roger Nichols, Flight Captain of the El Paso Daedalian Flight, and Virg Hemphill speaking with Lt. General Richard “Tex” Brown, USAF Retired. The General’s last post was as 2nd in Command (Vice Chief of Staff) of the United States Air Force. The General was once a fighter pilot, himself.  As guest speaker at the graduation, the General shared some of his own hair-raising combat experiences with the audience.

Lt. General “Tex” Brown speaking to the graduating class, their parents and guests.  Photo by Sgt. Chase Cannon.

Roger Nichols presenting the Daedalian Leadership Award to new graduate, Captain Chris “Romo” Luke at right.

L to R: Class Leadership Awardee, Captain Chris “Romo” Luke, Roger Nichols, Virg Hemphill and Ric Lambart.

Alma joins the happy group.

L to R: Alma, CO Lt. Col. Michael Driscoll, Roger Nichols, Jenine and Virg Hemphill.

General “Tex” Brown and Alma Villezcas.

L to R: Chief Sergeant Majors Dave Wade and Brian McRory, Alma, and HAFB Public Affairs Office Photographer, Sgt. Chase Cannon.  Chief Sgt. Major Wade is in charge of all the HAFB aircraft maintenance  facilities and operations.

L to R: Virg Hemphill, Ric Lambart and Daedalian Flight Captain Roger Nichols.  Photo taken by Alma Villezcas.

L to R: Ric Lambart, CO, Lt. Colonel Michael Driscoll, Roger Nichols, Virg and Jenine Hemphill. Photo by Alma Villezcas.

U.S. Border Patrol Deming NM HQ Helps FASF Clean Runway

Bob Wright, FASF Airfield Security Chief, hooks up the new U.S. Border Patrol Designed Runway Weed Drag assembly.

The U.S. Border Patrol (USBP) Headquarters (HQ) in Deming, NM volunteered to help us keep our 1st Aero Airfield clear of weeds and other dangerous desert overgrowth by assembling one of their dirt roadway drags, which they use regularly to keep their network of special USBP dirt roads clear on their daily area sweeps.  USBP HQ Officer Jeffrey Northrup coordinated the project and Field Officer Ivan Lechuga and his crew assembled and then delivered the drag to the Airfield.  The drag is made of two large heavyweight used truck tires (see above) attached to the tow chain by large welded steel plates placed inside each tire and directly connected to the chain itself through holes drilled in the front center of each tire.

                                  Bob starts out on his first drag with the new terrain clearing tire drag.

Heading to the West at full throttle, Bob picks up speed.  All of these photos can be seen full size by clicking on them.

Bob noticed that a plume of dirt rose up inside each truck tire and entered the inside of the tires, filling them with dirt and increasing both their weight – and efficiency – as he progressed.   If you click to enlarge the above photo, and look closely, you will see that dirt wave immediately above the tire closest to the camera as it enters the tire itself.

This shot shows both the Airfield Windsock (above and behind Bob’s Jeep), and the town of Columbus in the background to the Northwest, with the city’s landmark historic black water tower to the left above the trail of dust.

The FASF wants to take this opportunity to again thank the Deming HQ USBP station and its officers Northrup and Lechuga for their generous public community service contribution towards helping the Foundation keep its runway clear of dangerous weed and tree growth through the use of its newly fabricated roadway/runway drag unit.  We also want to thank Bob Wright for donating the use of his Jeep, the gas – and time – it took to accomplish this major runway maintenance project, the first time it’s been done since the initial grading and restoration of the old Columbus Municipal East-West runway itself in 2013,  Further views, including aerial, of the newly cleaned runway and other volunteer restoration projects at the historic Airfield will appear in upcoming new posts to the FASF website.

All FASF on site projects since 2013 have been done by the FASF’s dedicated staff of volunteers from Columbus, Deming, Santa Teresa, Las Cruces, NM, and El Paso, Texas.

 

Colonel Alan Fisher Inducted into the Society of Daedalians

FASF Members in action . . .

At the recent September monthly meeting, held in the El Paso Club atop the Chase Bank Building in downtown El Paso, the local Daedalian Flight #24 welcomed its newest member.

The welcome was officially given by former USAF pilot and long time FASF member, Flight Captain Roger Nichols, after whose father, General Franklin A. Nichols, Flight 24 was named.  General Nichols flew in WWII, was an ace, and also one of the only pilots able to get aloft to fight the attacking marauders during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, on December 7, 1941.

The Order of Daedalians Aviation fraternal society was organized by American military aviators who had fought in World War I.

The new member was none other than our own Colonel Alan Fisher, of Las Cruces, NM, who retired as an Air Force Command pilot and from his USAF career, while the commanding officer of the New Mexico State University (NMSU) AFROTC unit, the same unit commanded until 2016 by one of our current Trustees, Colonel Ira Cline. 

The two photos below were taken by another long time FASF member and fellow Daedalian, former U.S. Naval aviator, Roger Springstead.

Flight Captain Roger Nichols (L) congratulating Colonel Alan Fisher (R). Both men are long time members of the FASF.

Alan, in addition to his current occupation as an independent Pecan Grower near Las Cruces, NM, is active with the Las Cruces Composite Civil Air Patrol Squadron (CAP) and was once its commander, as well.  He is one of the CAP unit’s most active mission pilots.  The meeting at which Colonel Fisher was inducted, featured a presentation by Monica Lombraña, A.A.E., the Director of the El Paso International Airport, who is pictured (below photo) in front of her presentation’s opening screen with Flight Captain Roger Nichols.

        Roger Nichols (L) with Program Presenter, Monica Lombraña, Director of the El Paso International Airport

Fastest FASF Member and Advisor Just Slowed Way Down

Advisor, General Patrick J. Halloran, struck by car while crossing street in his hometown of Colorado Springs, CO.

Ten days ago, the first of July 2017, while crossing the street, the General (pictured as a Colonel at left) was hit by a speeding automobile and seriously injured, suffering fractures to both hips and 9 broken ribs. Although hardly comfortable, he has nevertheless emailed your editor some advice on an aviation matter, as though nothing had happened.

This musician turned accomplished military and civilian aviator, continues to fly to this day.

The General was the second former CO of the First Aero Squadron to join the ranks of our Board of Advisors.  Colonel Chi Chi Rodriguez was the first.

The General is one of Minnesota’s most distinguished aviators, and has been honored by special displays concerning his unusual career in the Minnesota Military Museum.

After graduating from Chatfield (Minnesota) High School in 1946, he attended the MacPhail Conservatory of Music in Minneapolis for several years before enlisting in the Air Force in 1949.

Early years as a pilot. When he joined the Air Force, Halloran became an Aviation Cadet. He received his wings and officer’s commission in September of 1950, graduating at Williams Air Force Base, AZ. He spent his first seven years flying F-84 jet fighters from bases in Georgia, Maine, Oklahoma, England, Alaska, Puerto Rico and Japan. He also flew 100 combat missions in the F-84 over North Korea in 1952.

Reconnaissance. In 1956 he was selected for the first group of pilots to fly the new, secret U-2 high altitude reconnaissance aircraft for the Air Force. The U-2 flew at altitudes of over 70,000 feet and carried enough fuel for ten hours of flight. In 1965, he became one of the first pilots to fly the new, long-range, Mach 3 SR-71 “Blackbird,” an aircraft he then flew for almost eight years. The SR-71 was the fastest, highest flying jet aircraft in the world, cruising at over 2000 mph at over 85,000 feet and with a range of over 3,000 miles. The SR-71 could accelerate so fast that it was able to out fly surface-to-air missiles. Halloran accumulated nearly 600 hours in the SR-71. He flew missions over Cuba in the U-2 and the SR-71 Blackbird over Vietnam in both the U-2 and the SR-71.

P.J Halloran in Space Suit by SR-71

The General, in his space suit posing in front of the world’s fastest jet, the SR-71 Blackbird. He was honored to be one of its select pilots.

In 1971 he received his Bachelor of Arts degree in social science from Troy State University in Alabama and also completed the Air War College, Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama, as a distinguished graduate.

Command and Staff. In 1969 Halloran was appointed commander of the 1st Strategic Reconnaissance Squadron (First Aero Squadron), the first of several high-level command and staff assignments that took him to various headquarters, including 3rd Air Division in Guam, 15th Air Force in California, and Strategic Air Command in Nebraska. His final assignment was in the Office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, in the Pentagon.

Retirement. Halloran retired in 1983 with over 8,000 hours of flying time in the military and 34 years of service. He has over 12,000 hours of total flying time. He was inducted into the Minnesota Aviation Hall of Fame in 2006 and now lives in Colorado Springs.  He remains actively involved in the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA), of which he is a long time member.  Over the years he has also flown some famous civilian airplanes, including the famous pre WWII racer, the the famed Schoenfeldt “Firecracker” race plane (seen immediately below left), the same one piloted by renown Lockheed Aircraft Corporation test pilot Tony Levier, back in 1938, when he used it to win the International Air Races at Oakland, CA.

General Pat Halloran Flying the Famous Race Plane, the “Firecracker” Click on above text to see his personally written story.

The renown British DeHavilland DH 88 Comet racer . . .

The General was an active member of the Riverside (CA) Flabob Airport’s EAA Chapter Number 1, the very first chapter in the EAAThe General has also flown the renown British DeHavilland DH 88 Comet racer, which can be seen above in its bright red racing colors.

We wish the General a speedy and full recovery!

1st Aero Airfield Security Chief, Bob Wright, Tests New Drone

FASF Airfield Security Chief, Bob Wright, of Columbus, Testing his latest model drone in high winds at FAS 1916 Airfield.

Yesterday, Saturday, June 24, 2017, Bob, who actually lives adjacent our our Airfield, made one of his multi-weekly trips over to the FAS Airfield East-West runway, to test out his new drone in high wind conditions.  Surprisingly, this new hi-resolution video surveillance drone, although very small and light-weight, managed to cope with the windy conditions without any difficulty.

Bob has already accumulated thousands of feet of video of both the Airfield and local Columbus area from previous flights.  He plans to edit some of the footage so that we can post the aerial views of the field and town sometime this Summer.

When we post these aerial views of the field and Village, one will be able to see precisely what the intrepid airman of the First Aero Squadron witnessed daily when they flew their JN-2,3, and 4 model Jennies on missions out of Columbus a century ago.  Keep an eye out on our site for these upcoming aerial views by Bob of our FAS Airfield.

As is true of so many of our members, Bob has had a colorful and diverse career, most of it involving Aviation.  After retiring from the U. S. Army, where he was a Supervisor of Aircraft Maintenance (of both Fixed and Rotary Winged Aircraft) in widely diverse parts of the world, including Korea and Germany as well as stateside, he also worked for Northrup-Grumman Aircraft Corporation on their advanced “J STARS” project in Louisiana.  Once he had re-located  to Columbus, Mr. Wright served as the Columbus Fire Chief for some 7 years, before making his final retirement.

In addition to his varied work career, Bob is also a long time motorcycle enthusiast as well as automotive restoration buff.  Here, below, are two photos of several of Bob’s proudest restorations, for which he’s garnered numerous car show awards.  On his large property near the FAS Airfield, Bob designed and erected a large hangar styled restoration facility, in which he does most of his automotive refurbishing activity.  Bob’s wife, Brigitte, is from Germany, although he didn’t meet her there during his years of extensive service in that NATO ally, but rather in the U.S.  Brigitte has a passion for growing her local food and raises chickens in a luxury Chicken house built for her by her husband.

One of Bob’s proudest restorations is this VW Camper Van, behind which is another prize restoration, his BMW motorcycle aboard its custom built show trailer.

Completely restored vintage air-cooled BMW motorcycle, a prize winning gem, at a local show.  Bob is in background. Remember, to see any photograph in full resolution, simply click on it.

717th Military Intelligence Battalion Visits FAS Airfield

The FASF experiences a first!

Every year, more than six large groups of senior level non-commissioned soldier students visit Columbus from Ft. Bliss’ Army Sergeant Majors Academy to study the 1916-17 Punitive Expedition’s battlefields and launching sites.

But this Sunday, something different transpired, when a completely new group of some 60 odd Army troops from San Antonio Texas’ Fort Sam Houston were guided around Columbus – and the FAS Airfield – by a young female Army Lt. Colonel, Brit Erslev, PhD (below) who commands their 717th Military Intelligence Battalion.  Their home base in San Antonio is affectionately called, “ALAMO STATION.

FASF member, John Read (L) explains exhibit layout to Col. Brit Erslev, PhD  (R). Note First Aero Jenny in background.

But why this new interest from a San Antonio, TX branch of the U.S. Army’s Intelligence & Security Command (“INSCOM“), which is itself headquartered in Virginia?

Because its commander is a long time student of U.S. Military History – and Columbus rates high in her list of important U. S. historical military sites.

After all, among other firsts, the attack on Columbus in 1916 triggered the 1st deployment of U. S. military heavier than aircraft in sustained combat, as well as the first use and application of mechanized military vehicles. As all good historians know so well, “If we ignore the failures in our history, we are bound to repeat them . . .”And, those Jenny airplanes, in particular, were also busily gathering intelligence for the Expedition’s Commanding General, “Black Jack” Pershing.

The publicly stated end-goal in the Punitive Expedition was to find and punish the Mexican rebel, Pancho Villa. But, while we failed to accomplish that objective before withdrawing from our Southern neighbor’s territory, as all close students of the First Aero Squadron know, we did learn – and prove – some other vital military lessons, notwithstanding the mission’s over all inability to achieve its main objective.

We discovered the critical need for dependable – and combat ready – military aircraft, which our beloved Jenny was definitely not, at least at the campaign’s outset. But, by the Expedition’s termination on February 7, 1917, only eleven months later, we had debugged and improved the rickety machine into an outstanding and even reliable military trainer.  That Jenny, finally perfected enough to go into mass production (over 8,000!), led to our new ability to train  almost 10,000 new Army and Navy aviators, who, when they went to fly in the skies over Europe, helped turn the tide of WWI towards the Allies’ favor.

Again, back in 1916, the Punitive Expedition was created by then President Woodrow Wilson for the stated purpose of capturing and punishing the infamous Mexican revolutionary, Pancho Villa, for having terrorized the small sleeping village in the early morning hours of March 9 of 1916. That attack had caught the town and its small Army Garrison completely by surprise and led to 18 American deaths, including some innocent local and visiting civilians.

Colonel Erslev had personally attended the FASF’s Presentation this past March 12th, where she had confirmed her understanding of the First Aero’s accomplishments – and of what its mission entailed.

Accordingly, Colonel Erslev gathered her troops into three large cross-country buses this past Sunday and transported them to Columbus for an important history lesson, one that directly relates to their Army Intelligence specialty.

 John Read, elicits chuckle from Colonel Brit when he observes that no one can allege that she’s an underachiever!

Good intelligence gathering often depends on either covert or overt Surveillance and Reconnaissance forays into enemy territory.  And that, of course, was the primary – and at least partially successful mission of the First Aero Squadron, as it deployed out of Columbus and into Mexico a century ago.  Interestingly, more than a century later, that mission is still the main thrust of today’s hi-tech First Aero Squadron, headquartered at Beale Air Force Base just North of Sacramento, CA.

The Intelligence Battalion from Ft. Sam Houston is led by this Army ROTC graduate from the nation’s second oldest (1693) University, William and Mary.  Among many world-wide assignments in her career, Lt. Colonel Erslev also served at the Army’s Military Academy, West Point. She is now poised to once again return to the famous military teaching facility, however this time as part of its full-time academic staff, as a resident Professor.

As a female intelligence specialist and Battalion Commander, she is not a typical Army officer, alone insofar as she has already managed to acquire her Doctorate in U. S. History.  With this level of interest in the nation’s past events, particularly its military history,  it isn’t difficult to understand Colonel Erslev’s fascination with the historic events that unfolded here in Columbus before and during the Punitive Expedition in 1916 and 1917.

Some of Colonel Erslev’s 60 odd  troops begin to gather on the PVSP Exhibit Hall’s Patio in readiness for their next Columbus area tour stop.

As many of you know, one of the first major advantages derived from the country’s fledgling Air Service was the capability to quickly gather and analyze rapidly changing battlefield events, the sort of  Intelligence never before obtained so quickly – – – and all the direct result of the Army’s new “eyes in the sky.”

Colonel Erslev carefully planned her field tour, or “Staff Ride,” as the experience is called in the military, by investigating the Staff Ride routine used by the Army’s Sergeant Major’s Academy at Ft. Bliss, in El Paso, TX, which, as mentioned, regularly visits Columbus to explore its rich military history.

Under the expert guidance of our own local (El Paso, TX) Punitive Expedition Historian, Dr. Robert Bouilly, the Sergeant Majors Academy developed a detailed Staff Ride itinerary for Columbus, one designed for the singular purpose of helping its students understand precisely what transpired here during the Punitive Expedition – and why those developments and experiences are so relevant in today’s modern Army.

John Read recalling a funny incident with one of the Sergeant Majors Academy’s recent Staff Ride visits to Columbus.

The Colonel’s men and women Intelligence Battalion members arrived in Columbus yesterday, dressed in casual civilian attire, so easily blended in with the other civilians about town. They spent over five hours visiting and studying the century old battleground, the town itself, and the old Fort site. They were carefully guided through our local Columbus Historical Society’s Museum and also the Pancho Villa State Park’s Exhibit Hall, where FASF member and Chief Park Ranger, John Read (above), made sure they they were all warmly welcomed.

The FASF would like to formally thank Colonel Erslev for attending our annual presentation last March and for bringing her soldiers this long distance just to visit Columbus and it’s numerous other surrounding historical sites – and for taking some FASF membership application forms with her.  We hope to have her join our ranks – – – and wish her and her Battalion the very best!