Visit our website http://www.antelopevalleyafa.org/ or email us, webmaster@Antelopevalleyafa.org Inside this issue: PETE KNIGHT’S AIRPLANE WASH • President’s Words • 2010 AFFTC Awards Banquet • Pete Knight Airplane Wash (sort of) 26 March 2010 • CAFA Area 2 Meeting Words From the President Dear Advocates and Friends of CEPTION: MG David Eich- the base and the Air Force. Edwards Air Force Base, Plant horn, Commander of the Flight MEMBERS: We appreciate all 42 and the US Air Force: Test Center, Edwards Air of you and encourage you to "PETE" KNIGHT CALIFORNIA STATE CON- Force Base has invited all of not only to continue your mem- CHAPTER SAYS VENTION (CAFA): We have a the members of the Pete bership, but also to recruit all of “THANKS” TO great opportunity to show Ed- Knight Chapter to attend a re- your friends and associates to IT’S wards and the Air Force how ception at the Commander’s become a member. The Air much we support them by at- Home the end of June. Please Force Association is THE lead- COMMUNITY tending the 2010 California Air keep an eye out for the invita- ing advocate for our United PARTNERS Force Association (CAFA) An- tion as soon as all of the de- States Air Force in the Nation’s nual State Convention. The tails have been worked out. Capitol. (On The Hill). The Air convention takes place June COMMUNITY PARTNERS: I Force Magazine provides the 10-12 at Beale Air Force Base. want to express my deep ap- best and most timely informa- Participating in this event is a preciation to our 35 Commu- tion to all Active, Reserve, great way to demonstrate our nity Partners and the great Guard, Civilian, Contractor, support of our Air Force and support they give our Pete and supporters of the Air allows us to get up close and Knight Chapter and Edwards Force. personal to some of the out- Air Force Base. You are in- YOUR BOARD: You and I are standing men and women of deed the foundation for what truly blessed with a hard work- our Air Force, Air National makes our Chapter one of the ing and dedicated Board of Guard and Air Force Reserve. best in the Air Force Associa- Directors. We encourage you to attend tion. Your membership demon- THANK YOU TO EACH AND and tell all of your friends. See strates to both the Leaders at EVERY MEMBER OF THE our website for reservation Edwards and the entire United BOARD. info. States Air Force a very high AFFTC COMMANDER’S RE- level of community support for Rex Moen 2010 Edwards AFB Awards Banquet The William J. Pete Knight nate the profits from chapter teamed up with breakfast and lunch Crazy Otto’s Restaurant to from their operations help subsidize the 2010 Air at Edwards AFB on Force Flight Test Center’s 16 Feb and Rosa- Awards Banquet, where mond on 19 Feb. AFFTC recognizes and hon- Several Pete Knight ors their 2009 military and members showed up civilian award winners. at both events, and Crazy Otto’s offered to do- at least two members Leigh refreshes memories with one of the showed up nominees, Maj DeeAnn Slover from the AFFTC who learned Protocol Office. about the event from our Crazy Otto raised and donated emailing to all the over $300 and Chapter 294 members. Anyway, contributed the remainder of the Pete Knight the pledge for a total amount of Chapter promised to $1000. The actual banquet help advertise the occurred Friday 12 March and operation and donate was well attended by members funds to the Awards of the Pete Knight board as banquet committee. well as a number of other Rex.talking politics (I guess) with Pete Amaya, BGen standing members. The Chap- Hogue and an unidentified attendee. Page 2 PETE KNIGHT’S AIRPLANE WASH The Antelope Valley weath- ermen served lots of cold windy weather the first quar- ter of 2010, much to the cha- grin of the organizations who LA County Board had sponsored airplanes at Of Supervisors the Joe Davies Airpark in Palmdale. Somehow Paul Vitale and Randy Kelly (“the force of 2”) were listening to the wrong radio program and The Charles expecting a beautiful “globally Wallasch Family warm Saturday” showed for the 9 Paul “standing by” to provide scale for the “before” and “after” photos of Jan 2010 plane wash. Since the the Jan “bush removal” party. local conditions were conducive Randy was on an extended washdays are the 1st Satur- to the solid form of dihydroben business trip back East and day of the month. monoxide, Paul and Randy couldn’t be accused of acting chose not to wash the plane, but silly in public again ;-) to weed instead. They tackled a Fortunately, warm weather particularly prolific “desert plant” returned and rumor has it “the that was not supposed to be part usual suspects” turned out of the landscaping, but (until that again for the March plane wash. day) asserted it’s primacy under (Except for Randy—who was the Pete Knight F-100 right wing. still back on the East coast. What started out as a “trim the Unfortunately, nobody remem- dead stemectomy” rapidly de- bered to take any pictures. cayed into a complete transplant Anybody interested in help- (into the trash). Although it can’t ing clean up around Pete’s F- be confirmed, there was a rumor 100 (or any of the other aircraft) that somebody impersonated a can check the washing sched- late Hollywood celebrity. ule either on the chapter web- The February plane wash site at antelopevalleyafa.org or the Joe Davies Heritage airpark Paul “the Don” Vitale told me to was cancelled by city of Palm- dale because of cold, rainy, site at cityofpalm- put this photo in, but I have no clue windy weather. (Fortunately, dale.org/airpark/. Normally why? ===================== AIR FORCE ASSOCIATION SPIDERMAN WANTED The Air Force Association is an ALIVE by WJPK Chapter independent, non-profit, 501(c)3 Got talent taking pictures, writ- civilian organization promoting ing story lines and spinning public understanding of aerospace webs? Great!! We really really power and the role it plays in need a volunteer to feed us USA National Security. pictures and stories for our --Free Admission-- newsletter and website. Call or Email Randy Kelly if you’re interested. EAFB Museum Open ===================== Tuesday – Saturday 9 am. TIDBITS to 5 pm RETIREE INFORMA- Please contact EAFB Pub- TION? lic Affairs prior to your visit, www.afpc.randolph.af.mil/afretire Devonshire Inn and Motel. to arrange base access. Rosamond CA. Phone: (661) 277-3510 NASA DRYDEN VOLUNTEERS FLIGHTLINE DO MAKE TOURS ORGANIZATIONS GROW - Blackbird Airpark Open Most Weekdays -- 10:15 BE ONE Friday – Sunday 10 a.m. to By Reservation If you’re not a Pete Knight AFA 5 p.m. Contact NASA Public Affairs to make Member, call Randy Kelly (hm: 2503 E. Ave P. Palmdale arrangements: (661) 276-3449 661-256-1616) email: elec- firstname.lastname@example.org PETE KNIGHT’S AIRPLANE WASH 2010 AFFTC Awards Banquet (continued) ter 294 contingent was led by President Rex Moen and close behind were Randy and Leigh Kelly, Cindy Phil- lips, LtC David Smith, Conrad and Ginny Hernandez, Linda See our Chapter or Paul and Brad Mitchell, and the City of Palmdale Website for the Vitale. Other AFA members washday schedule. spotted at the event included Maj Gen Dave Eichhorn, Brig Gen Jim Hogue, Mr. Dave Bond, Col Jerry Gandy, LtC Miss Cindy with two of AFFTC’s outstanding Rod Todaro, and community “Komrade” Conrad, Miss Cindy, and Paul “the Don” USAF Reservists. Vitale — A.K.A. “The Three Amigos” partner members Danny Bazzell (Civ Mil) and Pete categories. Although “Miss ful time. “Komrade Conrad” and Paul “the Amaya (Wells Fargo). Cindy” is always a winner in our Don” Vitale were their in their usual “rare Maj Gen Dave Eichhorn gave hearts and minds, she was not form”. (I’m not going into details, but if the centerpoint address for the one of the final award winners. you’ve ever been around Conrad and Paul nominees (excellent as usual). We were there to cheer her on (and sometimes Randy) when they get Ms Cindy Phillips, our CH 294 regardless though. As usual, tuned up, it can be quite entertaining. secretary was one of the when normal “cast of characters” award nominees in one of the get together, we all had a wonder- CAFA Area 2 Meeting OK you’re thinking—the editor must really be desperate for space filler this month. Well, on one hand your right. Getting folks to submit stories and pictures is kinda like pulling teeth, but the business of keeping the Chapter running must go on. One of those things we have to do to keep the Chapter “official” (and to get our share of AFA funds) is to send representatives to the California AFA state and area (Area 2 in our case) meetings. This is how the CAFA Meeting of the minds. Clockwise from upper left, Ken Nishiyama (Bakersfield Pres), an spreads the work down through the unknown Bakersfield member, Paul Vitale (checking his address book), Donald “Duck” field. Vanhook (High Desert Pres), and Rex (WJPK Pres). This last quarters Area 2 meeting was on the 6th of March. The Area 2 some of these issues such as Force life, the ops tempo, and the meetings seem to get held either in required reports, , tax forms, and competition on everybody's time Bakersfield or at Vandenberg AFB membership end up affecting us seems to be the main theories as to which seem to be somewhat central down at the Chapter level. Mem- why we our ranks have diminished. to the area. (We keep volunteering bership always seems to be one Finding something to interest the next to hold one here in the Antelope Val- of our biggest concerns because generation of AFA members is a big ley, but never seem to win that bid.) AFA like many volunteer run or- challenge—and (as usual), Rex has This last meeting was held at the ganizations is experiencing an big ideas. We’re talking about a “Rocket Café” at the Bakersfield mu- aging core group and is having “Super Bowl” level membership drive, nicipal airport, and Pete Knight mem- problems attracting a younger with teams, “field goals”, bers President Rex Moen, VP Randy volunteer membership. There is “touchdowns”, and “extra points”. (I Kelly, and Director Paul Vitale made lots of discussion as to why our don’t understand it either—we’ll get the voyage over the hill. No need to volunteer basis is declining and Rex to write an article before the ac- bore you with the details of what ac- how to attract new members. The tual membership drive.) More later. tually was discussed this time, but “change” in the climate in Air “PETE” KNIGHT CHAPTER UPCOMING EVENTS Page 4 25 May 2010 -- Chapter Board meeting @ Club Muroc, EAFB, 6:00 PM 5 June -- Airplane Wash Day @ Joe Davies Airpark, Palmdale, 7:30 AM 10 –12 June 2010 — CAFA Convention, Beale AFB. Download application fro m www.antelopevalleyafa.org 26 (or 27th TBD) June 2010 -- AFA Reception at AFFTC, Edwards AFB. Details forthcoming 22 June 2010 -- Chapter Board meeting @ Club Muroc, EAFB, 6:00 PM AFA Mission 3 July 2010 -- Airplane • To advocate aero- space power and a strong OTHER ROUTINE STUFF national defense. • To support the United Do you know about the AFA Veteran Benefits Association? States Air Force and the Air Force family. AFA Veteran Benefits uncles do not qualify. Association (AFAVBA) ====================== • To promote aerospace was created as a result Other things you can get from AFA: education to the Ameri- of the consolidation of • Military member and spouse can People. the Air Force Association scholarships and the Aerospace Edu- • Vacation and rental car discounts cation Foundation to pro- • Discounts on Dell and Apple com- vide benefits to military puters Veterans and to AFA • Reducted rates on insurance Members. AFA’s pro- • Reduced rates on dental, phar- grams will continue un- macy, vision and chiropractic ser- changed, but under the vices AFA Veteran Benefits • No origination fee mortgages and Association name. Who does this guy remind you of lower closing costs and where did he get that hat??? All AFA members are eligible to participate in AFA Chapter 294 these AFAVBA Programs. ========================== =========================== P.O. Box 294 Member Benefit Magazine High- Many Vets May be Missing Out on Edwards, CA The Life and Accident 93524-0294 Insurance Programs, lights Special Compensation Phone:661-400-0203 $50 Cash Back AFA Member Re- Just because an Air Force veteran was Fax: 661-256-4882 however, require that you ward on Sprint/Nextel not injured storming the beaches at Nor- Email: meet one of the following Whether you are an existing mandy does not mean he or she may not email@example.com requirements: be entitled to receive combat- related Sprint/Nextel customer or looking to switch to Sprint/Nextel, AFA members special compensation, or CRSC. Many 1. Served or serving in get a $50 Cash Back Reward when you Air Force veterans may be missing out the U.S Military order or renew Sprint/Nextel through on hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars the AFA Wireless Center. Visit every month because they have not ap- 2. Spouse or Widow(er) www.afawireless.com or call a wireless plied for the compensation. Go to http:// of someone who solutions expert at 866-281-0004. www.tricare.mil/ for more information. served or is serving in the U.S. Military ========================== ========================== Ancestor or Lineal De- H1N1 Vaccine Available at EAFB No 2010 EAFB Airshow scendent of someone who The EAFB Immunization Clinic is now Although the 2009 Edwards Airshow, served or is serving in the offering the H1N1 vaccine to the Ed- “Flight Test Nation 2009” was a big U.S. Military. (This means wards community to include retirees. success, it is a significant drain on you’re the child, grand- The Immuniztion clinic is a walk-in base personnel and resources. EAFB child, great grandchild, clinic with hours on Monday, Tuesday currently is not planning another etc., or the father, mother, and Friday, from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 airshow until Fall 2011. For more We’re on the Web grandfather, grandmother, p.m., Wednesday, from noon to 4:30 information, go to the base website: www.antelopevalleyafa. p.m., and on Thursday, from 9:00 a.m. http://www.edwards.af.mil/ etc. of someone who to 4:30 p.m. Individuals should bring a org/ served or is serving in the DOD identification card and any im- U.S. Military. Aunts and munization records.