HHS ALUMNI NEWS
THE EARLY YEARS
2006 REUNION IN HEIDELBERG DINNER AT THE PIG FARM
Kevin O’Neill ‘55
This is the 60 anniversary of the opening of our
high school. Responses from members of the For the 50's classes (plus or minus): I am
Early Years have been quite good. The classes arranging dinner on Thursday, July 6, at the Pig
of ‘54 and ‘55 will be well represented as Farm similar to ones held during previous
always. Surprisingly ’56 so far has a small reunions. The dinner is on the same day as the
turnout for what will be their 50th reunion. The picnic, so you'll want to eat less at the picnic and
hotels in which Bob Flores, president of the save room for roast suckling pig with all the
Heidelberg High School Alumni Organization, trimmings that evening. It will be held in the
blocked rooms for us, are booking fast, but we Pfisterer family's newer, larger building in the
have a lot of people staying in other hotels, same general area as the old one.
some at better rates. We also have several
people going back for their first reunion in I haven't worked out all the details with the
Heidelberg. Such fun and memories! Pfisterer family, but it looks as if 25 Euros (about
$30) per person will get the roast suckling pig,
Registration forms are available on the web at salads, bread, wine, beer, sodas, etc. as in
http://www.heidelberghighschool.com or call me previous years. At least part of the supper may
at 301-805-7285 and I will put one in the mail. be done with a serving line instead of family
Also available at the web site is a list of those style. (This latter info is based on a telephone
who have registered so far. call with a poor connection that was made more
difficult by my older ears and less German
Since 9/11 the school has been included in a fluency than in previous years.) In order to get a
guarded community – you need to be on the reasonably accurate count, please contact me
access list to get in. That is why you need to by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org if you plan to
provide SSN information when you register. attend the dinner.
PICTURES REQUESTED !!!!!!!
ALL CLASS REUNION IN
Dori Davison Comer has requested that people scan
pictures, either old or new, and e-mail them to her for HEIDELBERG 5-8 JULY 2006
inclusion on the web site. (email@example.com)
FIRST HHSer TO GRADUATE FROM WEST BRATS: Our Journey Home
by Larry Russell, 48 The DVD is now available for purchase. Cost is
$29.95 plus $5 for shipping and handling. Order at
I believe I was the first HHS grad to graduate www.bratsourjourneyhome.com or
from West Point (Class of 1952) because our PO Box 3096
class was very small, and none of my Eatonton, GA 31024
classmates at HHS were classmates at USMA. I
did not go there immediately, so it might have OVERSEAS BRATS IN COVINGTON, KY
been possible for someone to slip into the class
of 1951, but again none of that class was at The Overseas Brats are returning to Covington for
HHS as far as I can determine. I had one USMA this year’s annual Gathering, Oct 26-29. Anne Berger
classmate who was at Heidelberg during the Stietenroth and Bob & Bobbi Jacquot Jackson have
already said they hope to attend.
1946-47 timeframe, but Ray Carl Jess did not
attend HHS on a regular basis. To my When German immigrants passed through the area
knowledge he was not enrolled, but he probably in the 19th century, the hills and river (the Ohio River)
took some classes. His father was stationed in reminded them so much of their homeland that they
Heidelberg, but he had completed all his settled here. This is why the city of Covington looks
requirements to graduate from high school a lot like Europe or Germany.
before coming to Germany so did not need any
credits. He did pal around with our group, This is OVERSEAS BRATS’ 20th anniversary
because of course we were all the same age. celebration, so a number of special activities and
events are planned. Among these include a Dutch-
treat dinner at Hofbraühaus Newport and a luncheon
NEWSLETTER AVAILABLE ON-LINE cruise on the Ohio River.
Dori Davison Comer '58 continues to post our For more information contact Joe Condrill of
newsletter on the Heidelberg Alumni Association OVERSEAS BRATS, P.O. Box 47112, Wichita, KS
website. The last four issues have been posted 67201. (tel: 316-269-9610)
and they look much better that this black & white firstname.lastname@example.org or
hard-copy. Feedback has been very positive. http://www.overseasbrats.com/ .
Sign up and save us on our copying and
postage costs. Try it and see if it works for you. A special thanks to Glenda Casey Petrini
’54 for her help in proofreading this
The web site is http://www.heidelberghighschool.com
newsletter; to her and Bill for hosting the
mailing session; and to Eleanor Harper
ADDRESS UPDATES Peckham, Bob Hines, Bob & Patricia
PLEASE send your current e-mail addresses to Muschamp, and Jim & Kathie Baker,
email@example.com. Mail keeps being returned. Joan Wauchope Orvis, for their
Send address changes, donations, and any other assistance. And Bill, thanks for the
information to: gourmet meal!
Heidelberg Early Years
10124 DuBarry Street
Glenn Dale, MD 20769
THANK YOU FOR YOUR DONATIONS
Many of you, including some "life members," continue
to send in donations to cover the costs of copying
and mailing. Thank you so much for your support.
Donations are gladly accepted. Make checks payable
to HHS Early Years.
Updated class rosters are also available on request.
All Years Reunion in Heidelberg – July 5-8 2006. See several articles.
Annual Brats Gathering – October 26-29, 2006 in Covington, KY, (near Cincinnati), www.overseasbrats.com.
See separate article
50 FITZHUGH LEE died on June 23, 2005 at his home in Gig Harbor, WA. In his one year at HHS, he was
manager of the football team. He went on to study at Lehigh University and graduated from the University of
Virginia. He spent most of his career with the US Geological Survey in Golden, CO. He is survived by his wife
Peggy, one son and two daughters.
58 JIM MCKAY (from Terry Masters) - Passed away suddenly and without warning last December 3. There was
nothing obvious, so his wife, Linda, had an autopsy performed, which only found that he had an enlarged heart.
Besides his wife, he is survived by his parents, 2 sons, and 1 daughter. He was retired from UNISYS as a systems
engineer, was very heavily involved with his church, and loved golf and racquetball.
(Terry Masters’ open farewell letter to Jim McKay)
I never told you this, but the first time I laid eyes on you I couldn’t stand your arrogant guts. I thought that you were
the most outrageous, in-your-face person I’d ever met and that there was just no way that you and I could ever hit it
off, much less be close friends. But you kept after me and before long we were hanging out together, and that led
to many adventures, some of which neither of us ever want others to know, especially our children.
Our friendship grew to the point where good or bad didn’t happen just to one of us, but to both. Good things were
shared equally. If we were out on the town and one was broke, it was just natural that half of what the other had,
belonged to the broke one…such as the time we were dropped off at the Place de l’Étoile for four days in Paris and
one of us (I won’t mention which) then admitted that he hadn’t brought any money to live on, or for a train back to
We shared the bad things as well. We knew that each of us, without question, would go to the wall for the other.
There was never any, “It’s your problem, not mine.” We faced problems the same as we did good times…together.
Happily, there were few bad times and you somehow had the knack of turning those few into good memories.
I used to think that although you were a good buddy, you’d probably not amount to much. Well, let’s see. After a
stint in the Air Force, you went back to school and earned a Bachelor’s Degree, and then a Master’s Degree. You
met and somehow managed to convince a fabulous woman, Linda, to become your wife, and together you raised
three wonderful children. Along the way you gathered a myriad of friends. You had great success in the IT
corporate world, but the success from which you found the most happiness was that of finding Christ and your
heavy involvement in your church. I’d say that your life was a great success.
As I alleged in the opening, when I first met you I thought you were completely hopeless. In reality, you turned out
to be one fine man and the best friend I could ever hope to have. Just goes to show how wrong a person can be.
So long partner. I think I shall miss you a lot. Terry
60 JIM ADLARD (from Bill McCord) - died in a military plane crash in the early 60’s.
60 MARY (MOLLY) MASTICK Hastings (from a newspaper obituary) died unexpectedly of kidney failure in
February 2003. A military wife, mother, and active nurse, she lived in Maine, Georgia, Virginia, Kentucky, New
York, Turkey and Maryland. During her 40 years of nursing, she served in staff and management positions as a
certified ICU/CCU nurse at Hampton General Hospital, Hampton; Strong Memorial Hospital, Rochester, NY; Fort
Knox Army Hospital, Fort Knox, KY; Laurel Regional Hospital, Laurel, MD, and at the University of Maryland
Medical Center in Baltimore.
While with her husband and family in Izmir, Turkey, she volunteered her services at the USAF Clinic, serving the
American and Allied NATO Forces stationed there.
She is survived by her husband of 40 years, Hugh W. Hastings, her two daughters, one son, her mother; her two
sisters, Carol Goerger of Smithfield, VA and Connie Cumbia of Spotsylvania, VA ; her brother, George Mastick of
Prestonberg, KY; her seven wonderful grandchildren.
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50 DAVID ROTH (Dec) – I just finished going through another newsletter – the names from my long-ago
Heidelberg past have a large emotional impact indeed.
I was especially saddened by the reports of the passing of Wally Leatham, Rusty Richard, and Mitzi Knapp
Brummett. I had seen both Wally and Rusty a few years ago when Bill and Jane Bond hosted a reunion in Green
Valley, AZ. Ray White was also there.
Wally was an around-the-corner neighbor in Heidelberg for a couple of years. Mitzi, of course, was in Austin and I
met with her and her husband few years ago. I regret that I did not make more of an effort to stay in touch. There is
no excuse because Austin is still a relatively small town.
I was glad to see Joann Hardick Wise’s name in Mitzi’s obituary. We go way back to 6 or 7 year olds in Austin Loop
in Fort Benning. Her parents & mine were good friend.
I dimly remember Lyn Harpole. It is interesting that she is in San Antonio, which is only about 80 miles away. I think
I remember several other 49, 50, 51 Heidelbergers as being there, but have lost track.
51 JEAN WHITE (Feb) – I was planning on attending the July reunion, however my middle grand daughter is
scheduled to be on an exchange study program Aug 2006-May 2007 at the U. of Braunsweig, Germany, so I and
perhaps her mom or dad will be going over during her Christmas break to do some traveling around Europe and
visiting with German cousins.
Not sure if I ever mentioned that my mother was a German war bride from World War I – my father was stationed
with the AEF 1918-1922. When we were in Germany, 1949-1952, I became acquainted with my mother’s siblings
and of course our cousins. Since 1990 we have been coming together every two years for a family reunion. This
past year it was held in Albuquerque; 2007 will be someplace near Koblenz, the area my mother was from.
I did note that Bud Miller is planning to attend the Heidelberg reunion. He was, for some months in 1950, sharing
the same room with me at the Boys Dorm. I was sorry to read that Mitzi Knapp died. I remember that even at the
1990 reunion in Heidelberg, she was the quiet “lady” – everyone from our class will think of her as someone you
could have a one-on-one conversation with knowing she listened as if you were the only one around.
54 JIM MOYERS (Nov) -
54 ELLIE SMITH Fox (Dec) – It’s been a very busy year for me in my quest to “See the World.” This year I went to
14 countries in over 136 days! That makes a total of 106 countries I’ve been to. This year included Cuba, South
and North Korea, Japan, Taiwan, Mongolia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Iran,
Bhutan, and India. Between trips I attended the 50th reunion of the HHS class of ’55 in the DC area; celebrated our
45th wedding anniversary, suffered lots of debris in my yard from Katrina, and continued playing/winning bridge.
54 RITA WYCOFF Zener (Dec) – My son gave us a book called The Disappearance of the Universe last
Christmas, which among other things speaks of the benefits of the Course in Miracles. We have slowly made our
way through the ‘Miracle’ lessons as well. It does make a difference in the quality of our lives. We recommend both
to all. Karl continues working in places we enjoy. This year we were on Phoenix, AZ, Lompoc, CA, and Santa
Maria. Most weekends on these assignments we took off to visit friends or interesting places in the area. It is great
Our big trips this year: three-day train ride from Vancouver, BC to Washington, DC; 23 days in the big island of
Hawaii; and 11 days on St. Thomas.
56 SYLVIA COTTINGHAM Smyth (Dec) – A major event in March was a left hip-replacement surgery: a longed-for
relief from increasing pain and limitations of movement and activity. The surgery went well, recovery swift, and my
commitment to therapy was wonderfully fruitful. I now participate in a magnificent “movement-dance” program
which enhances the ease and scope of movement. I am still involved in the Central United Methodist Church’s rich
and diverse music ministry by serving on the Music Council and singing in the adult choir. I still sing in early music
All our family in New Delhi prosper. Some grandchildren completed college and now enter the work world; our older
children speak of “retirement” nearing! The blessing of e-mail keeps family conversations almost as lively as having
regular gatherings around the dinner table.
56 SHIRLEY CURTESS West (Dec) Ken finally retired form the Navy two years ago. We bought land and built a
home in east Texas in an area called Safari Waters Ranch. Enjoying retirement.
58 ELAINE ANDERSON Carson (Jan) - These past five years of fighting this rare abdominal cancer
(Mesothelioma) has not been easy, but I have had excellent care at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore and the support of
family and friends. I am now on home Hospice care and must accept the fact that my life's journey is nearing an
58 MIKE BANKS (Feb) – My life with Mary came to a tragic end in March, 2005. Mary had fought so very hard to
endure and, in fact enjoy, the last two years of her life. We were able to travel like we had both wanted, and Mary
got to visit Egypt which was her most ardent dream. From when we met in Heidelberg in 1954, through all of our
lives together in the many places we lived in the world, we were a team that could not be stopped no matter what
else happened in our world. We stopped traveling in 1996 when Mary found the exact house on the exact street in
the small village of Capitola where she knew we would live the rest of our lives together. Sadly, I was the only one
of us to go on from that cottage, but Mary was able to pass on to a much better place from her own bed with me
holding her hand. I continued on after her death, and was determined to remain vital and to live the rest of my life in
the best way possible.
I didn't have any idea how I would continue or how I could enjoy life as I had done for the first 65 years, but I did
remain sure that I wouldn't give up. Actually, I met an absolutely wonderful woman shortly after Mary's passing who
has made an enormous difference in my life. Linda made me understand that I could be whole again, and, in fact,
helped me to regain my lust for life that I had had for so much of my life. Someone obviously had plans for Linda
and me, because last month, I had to have quadruple bypass surgery. Linda never left my side in the hospital or
during the extremely difficult weeks after my release. For those of you who don't have any idea of the recovery
process of bypass surgery, suffice it to say that the first two weeks are absolutely miserable and the succeeding
weeks are marginally better. As of this writing, I am progressing very well, and Linda and I are figuring out how to
live the rest of our lives.
58 DORI DAVISON Comer (Feb) - We are not going to be able to make it to Heidelberg this summer. My aunt
passed away in December (at 103) and the family is having a celebration of life in her memory the week of July 4 in
Maine. Since it is here, I am responsible for much of the ground work here in Maine. This particular week worked
for virtually everyone and was a special week that Aunt Dottie liked to spend up here.
58 JOAN DICKSON (Jan) – Last year was a definite downer with the loss of two very close friends and the pending
breakup of my brother’s marriage. I’m happy to say I think I have returned to normal and am looking forward to a
year of travel. The Redskins certainly helped my recovery. It was so nice to root for a winning team again.
The week after Easter I plan to spend a week in Williamsburg (that has become an annual outing), end of May I
start a 17 day trip through the western National Parks (all new to me), July is the reunion in Heidelberg with a
probable side trip to England to visit some friends, then in September I hope to make my first trip to Cape Cod.
Maybe during some of these trips I will get a chance to see you. Then I will take a break. I did enjoy going to
Pasadena for the Rose Parade even though the weather was just awful. We had seats 5 ½ miles down the parade
route and the floats and bands were soaked by the time they got to us, which most of them did.
58 FRANK EDRINGTON (Nov) - Jodee and I spent ten days visiting my brother and his super wife in Walnut
Creek, Calif. and used their house as a base to visit our old house in Pebble Beach and my old boyhood house in
Carmel. We also hit San Francisco a couple of times riding the Cable Cars and did the museums (including
Maritime and MOMA) to our eternal delight. Ate some terrific food and were intrigued to find Northern California
evening rush-hour traffic is not nearly so bad as our Northern Virginia traffic. Saw the absolutely magnificent
Redwoods and Sequoias at Muir Woods, had lunch on the water at Tiburon and just enjoyed life and the weather
that was unbelievably beautiful. My son is a Boeing IT contractor's employee and enjoying bachelorhood and my
daughter (AKA La Chicquenne or Chickadee) is a fourth year student at UVA majoring in Sports Medicine and
doing very well academically. She also scored the winning goal in the championship game earlier this month at the
US National tournament for University Club Soccer teams (UVA beat VA.Tech 1-0) to cap her soccer career.
58 TOM FLANAGAN (Dec) - Our first Christmas away from family and friends, it will surely be different, thank God
for e-mail and cell phones and digital cameras, it doesn't seem as if we are that far away. We are still enjoying
retirement very much, still roaming all over creation and seeing this great country of ours.
58 LINDA HUNSAKER Vaughan (Dec) – What an interesting and varied year this has been. Our trip to Paris in
June was simply wonderful. I fell in love with Paris and would go back in a heartbeat. In addition to all the art,
architecture, and ambience in the city, we were able to visit Monet’s beautiful home in Giverny, and the cathedral in
I retired in August. I don’t miss doing therapy at all, but I really miss being around children. They are such intriguing,
challenging and fascinating little characters. I have many fond memories.
I just finished a year of Education for Ministry, a 4-year study of theology. It is based on current scholarship and has
been fascinating. Hopefully, it will help keep the old brain working.
I am increasingly disturbed by the decisions made by our political leaders, by the lack of vision and integrity. I’m
hoping some person of great moral character will emerge on the national scene, but don’t have much hope of that.
So I look for small miracles and good people and find them everywhere.
58 KEN KEENE (Jan) - On the health front, I am the veteran of 3 angioplasties (10/95, 3/96 and 6/04), and a full
hip replacement (4/05). Sounds bad, but actually I'm doing and feeling great. Over Christmas, I was with my son
and his family (wife originally from Mexico City, now live in Houston) in Campeche (on the Yucatan Peninsula) and
Mexico City, and climbed pyramids both places, so the hip is working great.
On October 1, 2003, I left the branch office of the Denver firm I had been with 9 years, and formed a two-person
partnership with a young woman who had worked with me there. Had always wanted to have my own shop, and it
has frankly far exceeded my expectations. She is the same age as my oldest daughter, and is a delight. She grew
up here, and is a Harvard Law School grad (which certainly upgrades my modest Nebraska Law School resume').
Our practice is limited to estate planning and administration, a great area for a guy like me who has no plans to
retire (although I have asked her to kick me out when I get as goofy as Denny Crane). Judy and I have been
"hanging out" together for almost 15 years -- hard to believe; it has been a great journey. In February of '05 we
took a trip to Spain and Italy; weather not great, but no crowds and very reasonable. It was the last straw for the
hip, and thus the operation in April. Kids are in Dallas, Houston, and Austin, and doing well. Four grandchildren --
9 year old twin girls (my oldest daughter), 5 year old girl and 2 1/2 year old boy (my son). Youngest daughter isn't
married. My mom is still hanging in there, down to 1 book and Time magazine every week, but doing pretty darned
good for almost 91. Life is good, but I have a hard time believing that I start receiving social security payments this
59 ROGER BURR (Dec) – We plan to be in Heidelberg in July. We will go to Normandy on our way, then visit my
sister in Tubingen after the reunion. Betty, my wife, has never been to Germany!
59 DON CORK (Dec) – I had a quad by-pass in February, six stents placed in arteries, both eyes operated on, and
both legs cleared of plaque. I was also in the hospital twice to clear fluid from my chest. Mary Carol continues to
battle back and leg pain. All this did not deter us from having visits from family and friends. I continue to substitute
at the local school district, we both are active at our church, the Lions Club, and the Citizen Police Academy Alumni
59 BOBBIE WILES Davenport (Dec) – This year’s travels took us to San Antonio (Feb-Mar); Little Creek RV Park
in Ruidoso, NM, where we enjoyed the majestic mountain surroundings (May-July); and the Coast of Oregon and
Bakersfield, Delano, Morro Bay, Monterey, and Pacific Grove (Oct-Dec). We love motorhoming and the opportunity
to visit relatives and friends. Milestones this year included Len’s 70th birthday, the birth of our third great-grandson,
and our 45th wedding anniversary.
The short time we spend in El Paso allows us to visit with family, and to resume some of our important activities.
We are active in two churches, and we continue our volunteer work with the Country Club Optimist Club’s programs
for youth. I am also active in GEM’s GEMS, a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the literacy of El Paso
children, via the collection and distribution of thousands of books to local schools and other activities.
Our greatest gifts for which we continually praise and thank God, are our children, their spouses and their children,
and the children of our departed son.
61 ANNE BERGER Stietenroth (Nov) - .Nearly 3 months after Hurricane Katrina, it still doesn't seem real; and life is
not back to normal. Bill and I had evacuated to Atlanta before the storm, then went to Florida to stay with friends
for a few days. Upon returning to the Mississippi Gulf Coast, we found just a slab with pylons where our home once
was. Rubble was all that was left of our entire street and 3 blocks to the north of us. The entire coastline is total
destruction. For a few weeks we joined the lines for ice, water, and MRE's. Lines are still long everywhere for the
stores that have been able to open-- grocery stores, restaurants, Lowe's, Home Depot, especially Wal-Mart, etc.
The Wal-Mart in one town is in a tent!
The focus is on recovery and rebuilding. Relief help has poured in from the Red Cross, churches, military, youth
groups, FEMA, and thousands of people who have come from other states to help rebuild and give us hope. Other
countries, including Germany, have also made donations toward Hurricane Katrina relief. Our church has meetings
on Wednesday evenings with supper and lots of support and prayers for everyone. Glimmers of hope help Bill and
me through each day.
62 NATALIE BRUNDAGE Martin (Dec) – We continue to work – David at a local financial investment company and
I am at the nearby adult ed center. However, we think that in 2006, we will be heading in a different direction. I
want to get serious about an exercise regimen, learn conversational Spanish, and perhaps do some one-on-one
ESL tutoring and/or volunteering. Our combined goal is to travel, starting with this summer in Maine and a trip to
Australia and New Zealand in the next 2-3 years.
60 RICK GAUGER – (from Bill McCord) - Graduated from U. Florida, 8 years in the US Army, Vietnam veteran,
published sci-fi book Charon’s Ark (with two sequels on the way), and owner/teller of many tales of adventure.
60 BILL MCCORD – Following Heidelberg Schloss graduation: U. Maryland, Munich [60-61]; U. Heidelberg [61-62];
U.C.L.A. [62-63]; Hastings College, BA [63-66]; 10 years research tech. cardiovascular physiology and pathology
[66-76]; 2 years modern dance [75-76]; marine biology at Friday Harbor ; small business in Friday Harbor [78-
80]; restaurant professional in Bellingham [80-84]; child development counselor [84-85]; Western Washington
University, teacher certification [85-87]; teaching since then with science and English/l.a. endorsements--diversions
along the way include soccer, community activism, cinema, avant-garde theatre, consumer cooperative ventures,
skiing, kayaking, bicycling [including New Zealand!], organic gardening, and wondering of the whereabouts and
doings of HHS classmates--smiles and best wishes to all!
48 LARRY RUSSELL - In July 1947 our family took a train to Bremerhaven just one day before the HHS
graduation, so I did not get to go to the ceremony. If I remember correctly, the last day I was there we had
something at the Schloss balcony, and of course our prom was there a bit earlier. We shipped out on the
Vance, and at that time it was mainly filled with war brides. They were stacked into the hold area, in the same
manner as troops had been earlier, and that part of the ship was not very hospitable (poor sanitation, many of them
quite seasick, inadequate toilet facilities for the group). We, returning US families, were allotted cabins up in the
higher decks. The teenage boys there, of whom we had five or six, were all in one cabin with parental supervision
elsewhere. I recall learning and playing cribbage for almost the whole time Seldom played it since, and never did
before. Don't remember how many days the trip took, but it seemed that we did nothing but play cards, eat and
sleep. When we did dock, I went on to the U of Nebraska by train while my family went to Ft. Monroe for Dad's next
assignment. My next year was spent in the Engineering school of U Nebraska, while waiting for my West Point
appointment to come through.
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base will endure.
The long-time airlift hub closed during an Oct. 10 ceremony attended by U.S. and German dignitaries.
A C-17 Globemaster III bearing the name "Spirit of Rhein-Main" was unveiled by Lt. Gen. Christopher Kelly, Air
Mobility Command vice commander; Col. Brad Denison, 469th Air Base Group commander; and retired Col. Gail
Halvorsen, the famed "Candy Bomber" of the Berlin Airlift.
More than 800 service members, veterans, civilian employees and well-wishers turned out to say farewell to the
former "Gateway to Europe." A C-17 with the moniker, "Spirit of Berlin," made the symbolic last flight following the
ceremony, dipping its wing toward Rhein-Main's hangars in a final goodbye.
Gen. Robert H. "Doc" Foglesong, U.S. Air Forces in Europe commander, said the closure marks an ending and a
beginning, referring to Frankfurt International Airport's planned expansion. Airport officials plan to add a third
passenger terminal, which will be built where the base currently stands.
The general highlighted several groups that have served here over the years, from the veterans of the 1948 to 1949
Berlin Airlift to the current Airmen with the 469th ABG tasked with officially closing the base in December.
U.S. Ambassador to Germany William R. Timken, Jr. said although the base's legacy will not be forgotten, its
closure marks a transition. "This transition is part of a larger strategy to prepare NATO to meet the challenges of
the 21st Century -- to defend freedom, strengthen democracy and provide a stable environment where prosperity
can grow," he said.
Since 1949, Rhein-Main and the Frankfurt International Airport worked together to create the U.S. military's most
important airlift base in Europe -- not only on the military side, but on the commercial side as well.
Dr. Wilhelm Bender, the airport's chairman of the board of executives, said it is with sadness that Rhein-Main
comes to a close. "Together we safeguarded peace and freedom," he said. "The closure is historic and emotional
because we have to say goodbye to our American friends."
The final military mission left here Sept. 26 and the final commercial flight took off Sept. 30, ending the operational
mission of the base. The base's vital airlift support mission transitioned to Ramstein and Spangdahlem air bases
Oct. 1. (Courtesy of United States Air Forces Europe News Service)