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					12th TFW Association, September 2007 Newsletter
Please note: If you can open email attachments, which will be the “reader friendly”
version of this same email, it will follow this newsletter with short stories, and the latest
membership roster, 20 August 2007. All are available on the Members Only site.

1. 12th TFW Memorial Canon, City, CO. (by Ron Doughty, Web Master)
Many Veterans of the12th TFW gather at the airpark every September for an
informal re-dedication ceremony and you are invited to attend this annual
event. Anyone planning to attend at Colorado Springs/Canon City 12-16 Sep 07 should
register and make hotel reservations IAW with http://12tfw.org/reded.htm ASAP.

2. 15. In Search Of: John A DeBock, 12th TFW fighter pilot, KIA 3 August 1969.
Nicole DeBock Farrar, of Dallas, TX is looking for any information or stories you may
have and want to share about her father. You can contact Nicole at
 Nicole.Farrar-Myers@richardson.k12.tx.us

3. 12th TFW Web Reminder: The Members Only section for you and the link is located
on the left side of the home page in the light blue menu selection. This is now the
depository for both current and past Newsletters, the latest Membership Roster,
and our short story library. http://12tfw.org/
    Click on access labeled Members Only then enter Password.
    The 12th Association roster is proprietary, so keep contact info away from
    solicitors. Roster is organized, with non-email and deceased/widows at the rear
    portion. Please check the web page for periodic updates and photos recently added to
    the album at the What’s New? link on the front of the home page.

4. Thunderbirds Remaining Show Schedule for 2007;
September                                     November
1 to 3 -- Cleveland                      3 and 4 -- Cape Canaveral, Fla
8 -- Minot AFB, N.D.                     10 and 11 -- Nellis AFB, Nev.
15 -- Hickam AFB, Hawaii
22 and 23 -- El Paso, Texas
29 and 30 -- Columbus, Ohio
October
6 and 7 -- Pope AFB, N.C.
13 and 14 -- Miramar Marine Corps Air Station, Calif.
20 and 21 -- Moody AFB, Ga.
27 and 28 -- New Orleans

5. The Sept. 2008 Reunion: Will be in Colorado Springs, CO and details are being
worked out by the reunion team. A re-dedication of the 12th Memorial at Canon City will
be a part of this event. Further updates on this event will be provided as the details
become clearer.
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6. Sharing Information;
 A. We need more Short Stories – Please share your memorable experiences with us
and send them to our editor Trenton Pauley: A7Dpilot@comcast.net
 B. Newsletter Info - If you have something you would like to share with our
membership, please send it too me ASAP at EL.Sherwood.BIZ@cox.net

7. Jim Nicholson leaving VA, returning to private sector: from AFRNS
Secretary of Veterans Affairs Jim Nicholson announced July 17 he has tendered his
resignation to President George W. Bush, effective no later than October 1. Mr.
Nicholson said “It has been an honor and privilege to lead the VA during this historic
time for our men and women who have worn the uniform. We have accomplished so
much and the VA is always striving to improve our services to veterans.” Mr. Nicholson
said he wants to return to the private sector. “This coming February, I turn 70 years old,
and I feel it is time for me to get back into business, while I still can.” He said he has no
definite plans at this time.
He addressed the 12th TFW Association as the guest speaker at the Sept. 2006 reunion.

8. Welcome our New Members since June 2007:
Robert C Borham Sr., Crew Chief 12th TFW, 557th TFS, MacDill and Cam Ranh Bay
1965-66.
Michael E Jacobssen, 480th TFS, Crew Chief F4D 66-7742, Phu Cat - 1967-68.
Henry James (Jim) Knoch, Pilot, 555th TFS & 557th TFS, MacDill & Cam Ranh Bay,
1664 – 1966.
Ralph Lennen, Pilot, 559 TFS, Cam Ranh Bay, Oct69 to Apr70
Morton C Mumma III, 12th HQ Plans & Cmd. Post, Cmdr 391st TFS, Cam Ranh Bay,
Oct 1967 – Jun 1968.
Craig Smith, PME Lab, 12th TFW HQ Sqd, Cam Ranh Bay, Aug. 68 – 69.

9. The Last 12th TFW Man still serving in uniform (by Charlie Wells)
A former Crew Chief at Phu Cat assigned to the 12th TFW, 480th TFS from Dec. 1969 –
Dec. 1970, is still serving in the Air Force Reserves. Michael “Jake” Jacobssen, CMSgt
with 10th AF HQ, NAS JRB Fort Worth, appears to be the last of our Vietnam group still
in uniform. Mike plans to retire on 3 June 2010, and will turn 60 on the 4th and will have
25 years USAF/Reserves time total. He also plans to retire from Lockheed in 2013 with
26 years service there. His “wife to be” is employed at the 301st FW (Civil Service) and
is also a Reservist (MSgt) with Mike at 10th AF. Before leaving the USAF, he spent a 4
year tour with the Thunderbirds who were then flying F-4E’s and later T-38’s. Mike
recently found our web site and his “brothers” and joined the association.

10. 12th TFW Apparel (E J Sherwood, Apparel Coordinator)
 The next reunion shirt has been approved and is currently being configured with a 12th
 TFW logo for committee review. The details for this shirt will be in the next newsletter.

11. Former Secretary of the Air Force dies: John C. Stetson died Aug. 2 at his home
in Lake Forest, Ill. Mr. Stetson was the 12th secretary of the Air Force, serving June 1978
to May 1979. (AFRNS)                                                           Page 2 of 4
12. Some retirees will no longer pay SBP premiums in 2008
Release No. 07-09-07 Aug. 1, 2007 ARLINGTON, Va. (AFRNS)
(Courtesy of the Defense finance and Accounting Service)
 Participants in the Uniformed Services Survivor Benefit Plan for retired military
members now have a new milestone to mark on their calendars. Effective October 1,
2008, SBP participants who reach 70 years of age and have made 360 payments (30
years), will no longer have to pay premiums for continued SBP coverage and will be
placed in “Paid-up SBP” status. Paid-up SBP provisions were mandated by the National
Defense Authorization Act for fiscal 1999. The law also established a paid-up status,
also beginning on October 1, 2008, for participants in the Retired Serviceman’s Family
Protection Plan once they reach 70 years of age. No action is required of SBP participants
to be placed in Paid-up SBP status. DFAS is currently developing changes to the military
retiree pay systems that will monitor the number of SBP premiums paid and the age of
the participant. The system updates are targeted for a May 2008 completion date. At that
time, SBP participants who will be eligible for Paid-up SBP status on October 1, 2008, or
will meet eligibility within a short time of the implementation date, will be notified by
mail of their impending paid-up status. Those military retirees who become eligible for
Paid-up SBP status after the initial group will be notified of their SBP status on their
December 2008 annual Retiree Account Statements that will note the number of
premiums paid to date. More information on Paid-up SBP, including frequently asked
questions and news updates, should be available at the DFAS Web site at
http://www.dfas.mil/retiredpay.html within the next several months.

13. Did You Know: (by Norman Malayney, 12th TFW Assoc. Historian)
Reference: Maxwell AFB, web site, SV Air Base Defense study

     A.                        VC Assaults on Phu Cat Air Base
Date             Time             Route                                   Date       Time       Route
6-2-68.......2344 hrs...STO................................8-5-70.......0535 hrs...STO
22-2-69.....2135.......Sap. 1 WIA....................21-5-70.......0546.........STO
16-4-69.....0227.......Sap. 1 WIA.....................4-6-70........0529........STO
17-6-69.....2333.....STO, 1 KIA, 1 WIA...........3-8-70........0448........STO
4-1-70.......0100.....STO....................................5-10-70.......0312........STO
4-1-70.......0645.....STO....................................2-12-70........0515 STO, 5 WIA
2-2-70.......0647.....STO, 1 KIA, 19 WIA.........1--2-71........0610 STO1, WIA
4-4-70.......2325.....Sap.....................................21-2-71...0449 STO, 3 Damage
..........................................................................22-2-71......1740...STO, 2 WIA

STO= stand off, mortar or rocket attack, rounds impacting the base
S&S= stand off and Sapper attack
Damage= aircraft damaged
Sap=sapper attack, planting explosive charges

If anyone has recollections of the above attacks, please forward your comments or details
to Norman Malayney, nmalayney@yahoo.com, 12th TFW Assoc. History Coordinator for
inclusion in the unit history books.
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13. Did You Know – Continued (by Norman Malayney)

   B.           VC Assaults on Cam Ranh Bay Air Base
Date          Time                Route                 Date       Time       Route
4 - 3- 68.......2151 hrs. STO...................7-8-70.....1758 hrs...STO
3 -2-69...........................STO................12-8-70....0620..........STO
21-3-69........0055.........STO.................20-8-70....0219...S&S, Destroyed
8-7-69..........2351..........STO..................460,00 gallons of aviation fuel and
10 a/c damaged, 2 WIA........................fuel storage tanks with combined
6-9-69..........0257.........STO................ capacity over 2.25 million gallons.
9 damaged, 1 WIA.................................3 WIA.................................................
14-11-69.....0159.........STO..................1-12-70....1928...STO 1 KIA, 1 WIA
1 damaged, 1 KIA, 1 WIA....................6-12-70....0544....STO
7-12-69.......0430........STO ...................24-2-71......2329.....Sap
6-1-70.........1833.........STO...................28-2-71......0155......STO
7-1-70..........0658........STO...................19-3-71......1925......STO
9-1-70.........1808.........STO 1 WIA.......29-3-71......0031......STO, 1 damaged
13-1-70.......1906..........STO...................16-4-71.......2115......STO
2-2-70.........0252..........STO....................25-4-71......2335.......STO
7-3-70.........0250........STO .....................23-4-71......2115.......Sap, 1 WIA
7-3-70.........0629........STO......................11-6-71......0019.......STO
12-3-70.......0318........STO.......................25-8-71......0226, S&S, Resulted
8-4-70..........0227........STO....................in destruction of 6,000 tons of
19-4-70........0657........STO....................munitions valued in excess of
8-5-70..........0258........STO ... ................$10.32 million. 5 KIA, 38 WIA
26 rounds ...................................................5-11-71 0001 STO
19-5-70........0833........STO......................16-1-72...............STO
4-6-70..........0735........STO......................6-3-72....0432...STO, 1 damaged
6-6-70..........1745........STO......................6-3-72....0453....STO
10-6-70........1500........STO.....................13-4-72.................STO
12-6-70.........0100........Sap 1 WIA........................................................................
9-7-70...........0055........S&S 1 WIA.......................................................................


14. If you move or change your contact info: please update us at;
    Everett J Sherwood, 12th TFW Assoc., Member Communications,
    EL.Sherwood.BIZ@cox.net or Ph 480-396-4681, Verizon 480-510-4048.

Preview for December: Hear from the pilot who flew the last combat sortie from Cam
Ranh Air Base as the 12th TFW terminated flight operations.

The staff of the 12th TFW Association thanks you for your past and continued
support. Hopefully our quarterly newsletters are keeping you informed.

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