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                            Michigan Air Guard Bulletin and News Gazette, April 2011

                                                    RUMOUR CONTROL                  the preparation/presentation of
                                                                                    claims for benefits to contact
                                                  There is an email making the      Mr. Michael Daughterty, a
                                                  rounds describing            an   Staff Attorney with the
                                                  organizatio n called the          Department of Veteran’s
                                                  Veterans Affairs Service          Affairs O ffice Gener al
                                                  Office (VAS) that is providing    Counsel with information on
                                                  benefit and general information   the VAS contact.
                                                  on the VA and gathering
                                                  personal information on           I personally talked to Mr.
             TABLE OF CONTENTS                    veterans. The email states that   Daugherty and he assures me
                                                  the VAS may be gaining access     that this email started about
                                                  to military personnel through     five years ago and is a hoax!
Rumour Control/Taps                      1        their close resemblance to the
2010 Darwin Awards                       2        VA name and seal.              If you want to talk to Mr.
                                                                                 Daugherty directly, he can be
Financial Report                         3        The email goes on to say that reached at 202-461-7628.
Honor Roll, Letters Home                 4        the VA’s Legal Counsel has
                                                  requested that anyone
Reader Info Survey                       5        approached by the VAS
                                                  offering to assist veterans in
CCMSgt Edwards Retirement                6
Stella Awards, MI Guard Retirees         7
Vietnam War Veterans                     8
MI ANG History Books                     9
SPAD Project                            10
Memorial Wall                           11
Tidbits, Bumper Stickers                12
2011 Selfridge Air Museum Opening       13        Lt Col John “Jack” Dettl (67-83)                30 Dec 10
                                                  TSgt John E. Fries (??-                         16 Mar 11
Michigan ANG Reunions                  14-15
                                                  Lt Col Hildegarde Grysh (56-78)                 21 Feb 11
TRICARE Info                           16-17      SMSgt Jesse C. Keesling, Sr (??-??)             06 Feb 11
                                                  Mrs Bea Simpson-Mabarak                         13 Mar 11
New Michigan AG                         18        Maj Merwin F. “Shabby” Read, Jr (51-63)         02 Dec 10
Police Officer Comments                 19        Peter Sidway (50-51)                            13 Feb 11

New Air Park Layout                     20
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                                          2010 DARWIN AWARDS

You've been waiting for them with bated breath, so without further ado, here are the 2010 Darwin Awards.

Eighth Place: In Detroit, a 41-year-old man got stuck and drowned in two feet of water after squeezing head
first through an 18-inch-wide sewer grate to retrieve his car keys.

Seventh Place: A 49-year-old San Francisco stockbroker, who "totally zoned when he ran", accidentally
jogged off a 100-foot high cliff on his daily run.

Sixth Place: While at the beach, Daniel Jones, 21, dug an 8 foot hole for protection from the wind and had
been sitting in a beach chair at the bottom, when it collapsed, burying him beneath 5 feet of sand. People on
the beach used their hands and shovels trying to get him out but could not reach him. It took rescue workers
using heavy equipment almost an hour to free him. Jones was pronounced dead at a hospital.

Fifth Place: Santiago Alvarado, 24, was killed as he fell through the ceiling of a bicycle shop he was bur-
glarizing. Death was caused when the long flashlight he had placed in his mouth to keep his hands free
rammed into the base of his skull as he hit the floor.

Fourth Place: Sylvester Briddell, Jr., 26, was killed as he won a bet with friends who said he would not put
a revolver loaded with four bullets into his mouth and pull the trigger.

Third Place: After stepping around a marked police patrol car parked at the front door, a man walked into
H&J Leather & Firearms intent on robbing the store. The shop was full of customers and a uniformed officer
was standing at the counter. Upon seeing the officer, the would-be robber announced a hold-up and fired a
few wild shots from a target pistol. The officer and a clerk promptly returned fire, and several customers
also drew their guns and fired. The robber was pronounced dead at the scene by Paramedics. Crime scene
investigators located 47 expended cartridge cases in the shop. The subsequent autopsy revealed 23 gunshot
wounds. Ballistics identified rounds from 7 different weapons. No one else was hurt.

HONOURABLE MENTION: Paul Stiller, 47, and his wife Bonnie were bored just driving around at 2
A.M. So they lit a quarter stick of dynamite to toss out the window to see what would happen. Apparently
they failed to notice that the window was closed.

RUNNER UP: Kerry Bingham had been drinking with several friends when one of them said they knew a
person who had bungee-jumped from a local bridge in the middle of traffic. The conversation grew more
excited and at least 10 men trooped along the walkway of the bridge at 4:30 AM. Upon arrival at the mid-
point of the bridge, they discovered that no one had brought a bungee rope. Bingham, who had continued
drinking, volunteered and pointed out that a coil of lineman's cable lay nearby. They secured one end around
Bingham's leg and then tied the other to the bridge. His fall lasted 40 feet before the cable tightened and tore
his foot off at the ankle. He miraculously survived his fall into the icy water and was rescued by two nearby
fishermen. Bingham's foot was never located.

AND THE WINNER IS: Zookeeper Friedrich Riesfeldt (Paderborn, Germany) fed his constipated elephant
22 doses of animal laxative and more than a bushel of berries, figs and prunes before the plugged-up pachy-
derm finally got relief. Investigators say ill-fated Friedrich, 46, was attempting to give the ailing elephant an
olive oil enema when the relieved beast unloaded. The sheer force of the elephant's unexpected defecation
knocked Mr Riesfeldt to the ground where he struck his head on a rock as the elephant continued to evacuate
200 pounds of dung on top of him.


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                2000-2010 MAGHA FINANCIAL REPORT/2011 BUDGET

                                 2000-2010 AVG          % TOTAL     2011 BUDGET   % TOTAL

 Admission                         $      13,453         16.2%      $    13,500    17.7%
 Donations                         $      17,358         20.9%      $    10,000    13.1%
 Memorial Bricks                   $       1,472         1.8%       $     1,000     1.3%
 History Books                     $          63          0%        $       500     0.7%
 Gift Shop Sales                   $      12,459         15.0%      $    12,000    15.7%
 MAGHA Membership                  $      12,270         14.7%      $    12,000    15.7%
 RV Storage Area                   $      15,439         18.6%      $    16,000    21.0%
 Interest Income                   $         533         0.6%       $       300     0.4%
 Special Events/Projects           $       9,091         10.9%      $    10,000    13.1%
 Miscellaneous                     $       1,085         1.3%       $     1,000     1.3%
           TOTAL REVENUES          $      83,223         100%       $    76,300    100%

 Building Maintenance              $      12,942         16.9%      $     8,000    11.0%
 Computer/Website Maintenance      $         860         1.1%       $       900     1.2%
 Display Maintenance               $       4,750         6.2%       $     5,000     6.9%
 Equipment Maintenance             $       1,986         2.6%       $     2,000     2.7%
 Equipment Purchase/Rental         $       1,866         2.4%       $     1,800     2.5%
 Fuel + Fuel Taxes                 $       1,046         1.4%       $     2,400     3.3%
 Gift Shop Supplies                $       6,480         8.5%       $     5,000     6.9%
 Grounds Maintenance               $       1,412         1.8%       $     1,500     2.1%
 Insurance                         $       4,881         6.4%       $     5,100     7.0%
 Restoration                       $           -         0.0%       $     1,000     1.4%
 1996-2010 MI ANG History Book     $           -         0.0%       $     2,000     2.7%
 Memorial Bricks                   $         167         0.2%       $       200     0.3%
 Office Supplies                   $       3,358         4.4%       $     5,000     6.9%
 Postage & Delivery                $       2,064         2.7%       $     2,100     2.9%
 Printing & Reproduction           $       3,755         4.9%       $     3,000     4.1%
 SANGB Reimbursables               $       9,062         11.8%      $    13,000    17.9%
 MI Sales Tax Remitted             $         593         0.8%       $       300     0.4%
 Recognition Programs              $       6,742         8.8%       $     1,000     1.4%
 Special Projects/Events           $      11,671         15.2%      $    11,000    15.1%
 RV Storage Area                   $         852         1.1%       $     1,000     1.4%
 Credit Card Fees                  $         979         1.3%       $       500     0.7%
 Miscellaneous                     $       1,148         1.5%       $     1,000     1.4%
          TOTAL EXPENSES           $      76,614         100%       $    72,800    100%

                                      YEAR              AMOUNT
     END OF YEAR $$ ASSETS       2000 (actual)      $      30,331
                                 2001 (actual)      $      37,775
                                 2002 (actual)      $      27,612
         QUESTIONS?              2003 (actual)      $      33,592
      CONTACT LOU NIGRO          2004 (actual)      $      78,511
         586-239-6768            2005 (actual)      $      73,493     2006 (actual)      $      81,172
                                 2007 (actual)      $      76,642
                                 2008 (actual)      $      92,858
                                 2009 (actual)      $     119,839
                                 2010 (actual)      $     132,046
                                 2011 (projected)   $     135,546

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                                         HONOR ROLL
Due to the large number of Honor Roll members, only those who have either become Life
Members or who have achieved a higher membership status since the last issue are listed below.
A complete list of all Honor Roll members is published annually in the July issue.

                                     New Patron Members
                               Mr & Mrs Don Hussey (Air Museum)

                                  New Sustaining Members
                          MSgt Thomas Creek (MI ANG, 1997-present)
                          CMSgt Michael Viterna (MI ANG, 1985-2001)

                                      New Life Members
                             Sgt Charles Blake (US Army Retired)
                             Mr & Mrs Floyd Brody (Air Museum)
                          MSgt Donna Bannasch (MI ANG 1981-2008)
                      SMSgt Gary Bannasch (MI ANG 1975-1994, deceased)
                          MSgt Edward Brush (MI ANG, 1964-1989)
                         MSgt Alexander Chrzan (MI ANG, 1976-2002)
                        MSgt Richard Donakoski (MI ANG, 1983-2004)
                            MSgt Bill Griffin (MI ANG, 1980-2006)
                           MSgt Ross Hunter (MI ANG, 1973-1993)
                              Col Jim Lane (MI ANG, 1973-1996
                            MSgt Christy Liss (MI ANG, 1997-2011)
                         CMSgt Aaron Lynch (MI ANG, 1978-present)
                            MSgt Joe Melik (MI ANG, 1972-2008)
                           MSgt Jeff Michaels (MI ANG, 1964-2002)
                                 Representative Candice Miller
                         Lt Col Kingsley Purton (MI ANG, 1959-1966)
                         SMSgt Joseph Stevens (MI ANG, ????-present)
                        Maj Brian Wyrzykowski (MI ANG, 1991-present)

                                LETTERS HOME

 From MAJ ART LESSEL (46-62): Art reports that since he left the 127th Fighter
 Wing, he was an American Airlines pilot, Executive Pilot for the Ford Motor Com-
 pany, Chief Pilot for the E.F. MacDonald Company, and Chief Pilot for the W. C.
 Ford family flying a Falcon 900. He finally retired in 2000 at age 80 and is now 91.
 He notes that the MANGBANG is a “thorough publication with perfect informa-
 tion.” Thanks for the kind words about the MANGBANG…I’ll make sure our editor
 knows how much you like it. And with all that flying your logbook has to be at least a 10-volume set!

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      One of the well-received features of the MANGBANG is information on
      our individual members that is shared with the at-large membership.

      Please help us continue this feature by completing the survey below and
      mailing it to MAGHA, c/o 127 WG/MU, 27333 C Street, Bldg 1011,
      Selfridge ANG Base MI 48045. You can also e-mail the information to

      FULL NAME AND RANK ______________________________________

      DATE I JOINED THE GUARD __________________________________

      DATE I LEFT THE GUARD ____________________________________

      LAST UNIT WHEN I LEFT THE GUARD _________________________












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                  CAREER OF RETIRED
                   KEITH R. EDWARDS

             Save the Date: Saturday, 21 May 2011

             Location:        Bruce VFW Post 1156
                              28404 Jefferson Ave.
                              St Clair Shores, MI, 48081

             Times:           1800 – 2300

                       Cocktails - 1800 – 1830

                       Dinner -     1830 – 1930

                       Presentation- 2000 – 2100

                       Social -     2100 – 2300

             Attire:          Civilian Casual

             Tickets:         $30.00 ea


                       Lansing: Chief Mike Dalton

                       Alpena: Chief Dwain Lick

                       Battle Creek: Chief Kimberly Gephart

                       Selfridge: Chief Juan Ubinas, Chief Bruce Collins,

                       SMSgt Joe Stevens, SMSgt Ben Noble

                       ADDRESSES, CONTACT LOU NIGRO AT 586-239-6768 OR
                       BY EMAIL TO LOUIS.NIGRO@ANG.AF.MIL

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                                                2009 “Stella Awards”

For those unfamiliar with these awards, they are named after 81-year-old Stella Liebeck who spilled hot coffee on
herself and successfully sued the McDonald's in New Mexico, where she purchased coffee. You remember, she took
the lid off the coffee and put it between her knees while she was driving. Who would ever think one could get burned
doing that, right? That's right; these are awards for the most outlandish lawsuits and verdicts in the U.S. You know,
the kinds of cases that make you scratch your head. So keep your head scratcher handy. Here are the Stellas for 2009.

* SEVENTH PLACE * Kathleen Robertson of Austin TX was awarded $80,000 by a jury of her peers after break-
ing her ankle tripping over a toddler who was running inside a furniture store. The store owners were understandably
surprised by the verdict, considering the running toddler was her own son

* SIXTH PLACE * Carl Truman, 19, of Los Angeles CA won $74,000 plus medical expenses when his neighbor
ran over his hand with a Honda Accord. Truman apparently didn't notice there was someone at the wheel of the car
when he was trying to steal his neighbor's hubcaps.

* FIFTH PLACE *           Terrence Dickson, of Bristol PA who was leaving a house he had just burglarized by way
of the garage. Unfortunately for Dickson, the automatic garage door opener malfunctioned and he could not get the
garage door to open. Worse, he couldn't re-enter the house because the door connecting the garage to the house
locked when Dickson pulled it shut. Forced to sit for eight days and survive on a case of Pepsi and a large bag of dry
dog food, he sued the homeowner's insurance company claiming undue mental anguish. Amazingly, the jury said the
insurance company must pay Dickson $500,000 for his anguish.

* FOURTH PLACE * Jerry Williams, of Little Rock AR when he was awarded $14,500 plus medical expenses
after being bitten on the butt by his next door neighbor's beagle - even though the beagle was on a chain in its
owner's fenced yard. Williams did not get as much as he asked for because the jury believed the beagle might have
been provoked at the time of the butt bite because Williams had climbed over the fence into the yard and repeatedly
shot the dog with a pellet gun.

* THIRD PLACE * Amber Carson of Lancaster PA because a jury ordered a Philadelphia restaurant to pay her
$113,500 after she slipped on a spilled soft drink and broke her tailbone. The reason the soft drink was on the floor:
Ms. Carson had thrown it at her boyfriend 30 seconds earlier during an argument.

* SECOND PLACE * Kara Walton, of Claymont DE sued the owner of a night club in a nearby city because she
fell from the bathroom window to the floor, knocking out her two front teeth. Even though Ms. Walton was trying to
sneak through the ladies room window to avoid paying the $3.50 cover charge, the jury said the night club had to pay
her $12,000 plus dental expenses.

* FIRST PLACE * This year's runaway First Place Stella Award winner was: Mrs. Merv Grazinski, of Oklahoma
City OK who purchased new 32-foot Winnebago motor home. On her first trip home, from an OU football game,
having driven on to the freeway, she set the cruise control at 70 mph and calmly left the driver's seat to go to the back
of the Winnebago to make herself a sandwich. Not surprisingly, the motor home left the freeway, crashed and over-
turned. Also not surprisingly, Mrs. Grazinski sued Winnebago for not putting in the owner's manual that she couldn't
actually leave the driver's seat while the cruise control was set. The Oklahoma jury awarded her $1,750,000 PLUS a
new motor home. Winnebago actually changed their manuals as a result of this suit, just in case Mrs. Grazinski has
any relatives who might also buy a motor home.

 Michigan Guard retirees: There is a bunch of information floating around about how
 Governor Snyder's new budget calls for the taxation of pensions. Rather than further confuse
 the issue, we recommend you view the entire budget document at
 documents/budget/1_345974_7.pdf or contact your local State representative.

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                         Department begins project for Vietnam War veterans

WASHINGTON (AFRNS) -- More than three decades after the war's end, the Defense Department has
begun a project to pay tribute to the nation's Vietnam War veterans.

The 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War Commemoration was spawned from the 2008 National Defense
Authorization Act.

"It was a very important time period for veterans, because most Vietnam veterans as a whole never re-
ceived the homecoming that our troops receive now," said Army Lt. Col. Hunter Holliday, public affairs
officer for the commemoration.

At the center of the project is a website, "50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War Commemoration," at, which will serve as a clearinghouse for information on commemoration ac-
tivities once it is fully functional, a milestone expected this spring.

Information gleaned from the website is expected to be used for myriad purposes, such as to chronicle
facts, provide educational materials, and offer resources for a commemorative partners program, Colonel
Holliday said.

The partners program will comprise guidance and materials for agencies, veterans groups, local govern-
ment and nongovernment organizations to conduct their own Vietnam War commemoration activities.

The website is expected to play a major role in the campaign, said Jeff Wilson, who handles marketing for
the project, noting it will be highly interactive and will include content on historical events, a timeline,
photos, documents, video and audio. A calendar will list major Defense-sponsored events.

The website offers a prelude of activities and ceremonies to:

-- Honor Vietnam War veterans and their families -- including prisoners of war and those listed as missing
in action -- for their service and sacrifice on behalf of the United States.

-- Highlight armed forces service during the Vietnam War, in addition to contributions made by govern-
ment and private organizations.

-- Pay tribute to the contributions made on the home front by U.S. citizens.

-- Highlight the advances in technology, science and medicine in military research made during the war.

-- Recognize contributions and sacrifices made by U.S. allies during the war.

"Hopefully [the commemoration] will be a healing process for the veterans who were never recognized
properly when they came home," Colonel Holliday said, noting the volatile political landscape that sur-
rounded the war.

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                             SELFRIDGE SPAD PROJECT
                                SELFRIDGE MILITARY AIR MUSEUM
The Selfridge Military Air Museum is an outreach effort of the Michigan Air Guard Historical Association
(MAGHA). Volunteers at the Air Museum have constructed a full-size replica of a World War I SPAD XII, an
aircraft flown by the First Pursuit Group in World War I and at Selfridge Field when the First Pursuit Group moved
to the Field in 1919.

As the replica is a full-scale, historically accurate replica with fabric-covered wings, it was critical for the
preservation of the SPAD that we display it indoors. Existing floor space was inadequate inside the Museum
building so our plans included the construction of a SPAD hangar in our Air Park that is accessible to our guests.

It cost approximately $22,000.00 in material for our volunteers to build the display and to have the SPAD Hangar
constructed contractually. As both MAGHA and the Air Museum are IRS-recognized 501c(3) non-profit
organizations with an all-volunteer staff and no federal or state funds for the operation or our Museum and the
maintenance of our buildings and displays, public and corporate support for this project is critical to partially
offsetting the large capital investment we made for this project.

All donations to this project are tax-deductible per Section 170 of the Internal Revenue Service Code and a
receipt for all donations will be provided. Further, donors who contribute a minimum of $100.00 will be
formally acknowledged inside the SPAD Hangar as being critical to the success of the project.

If you would like to participate in this worthwhile effort, please complete the form and payment information below
and mail it to the Selfridge Military Air Museum, 27333 C Street, Bldg 1011, Selfridge ANG Base MI 48045.

Name: _______________________________________________________________________________

Address: _____________________________________________________________________________

Amount of Donation: $______________

Information about our Museum can be obtained by visiting our website at, emailing
us at, calling us at 586-239-6768, or by writing us at 27333 C
Street, Bldg 1011, Selfridge ANG Base MI 48045.
O Check #__________ dated _______________ enclosed. Checks should be made payable to “MAGHA”.

Please charge my: O VISA CARD
                    O MASTER CARD
                    O AMERICAN EXPRESS CARD
                    O DISCOVER CARD
Account # _________________________________________________
Expiration Date: ____________________________________________
Signature: _________________________________________________

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                                            MEMORIAL WALL
                                     SELFRIDGE MILITARY AIR MUSEUM
The Michigan Air Guard Historical Association (MAGHA) has completed construction of a Memorial Area in the center of the Air Park at
the Selfridge Military Air Museum. The memorial is a place to honor all members of the military who gave their lives in the line of
duty and in the service of this great nation, to recognize all those who have in the past or who are currently serving their
country, and to acknowledge the contributions made by families and companies to the preservation of freedom. Pictures of the
Memorial Area and the Memorial Wall are above. The centerpiece is an elevated F-86 Sabre aircraft, an aircraft flown, maintained, and
supported by three Michigan Air Guard units in the mid-1950s. Flanking the F-86 is the Memorial Wall topped by engraved Memorial
Bricks such as those shown below.

We invite you to become part of this memorial and to recognize a unit, an individual, or a family by purchasing an engraved b rick that
will become a permanent part of the Memorial Wall. Cash donations for the Memorial project are also welcome. All memorial brick
purchases and donations for this effort are tax-deductible per Section 170 of the Internal Revenue Service Code. Engraved memorial
bricks cost $100.00 per brick for non-members (cost includes a one-year membership in MAGHA), $75.00 per brick for
members, and $50.00 per brick when multiple brick orders are made. For example, a one-brick order from a MAGHA member
would cost $75.00, a two-brick order would cost $125.00, and a three-brick order $175.00. Information about MAGHA can be
obtained by calling 586-239-6768, by visiting our web site at, or by writing to us at the address below.

If you would like to participate in this worthwhile project, please complete the order form and indicate your payment method below and
mail this form to MAGHA, 27333 C Street, Bldg 1011, Selfridge ANG Base MI 48045. An asterisk (*) will be added after the honoree’s
name for veterans.

                                                  MEMORIAL BRICK ORDER FORM

Name: __________________________________________________________________
Address: ______________________________________________________________
Day Time Phone Number: __________________________________________________

Please install an engraved memorial brick in the Memorial Wall at the Selfridge Military Air Museum in honor of the following.
         This individual is a veteran. Please add an asterisk (*) after their name.
         This individual is not a veteran.
         Please send me information on joining the Michigan Air Guard Historical Association.

Three lines are possible with a maximum of 12 characters per line and a maximum of 36 characters per brick. Periods,
commas, asterisks, and spaces between words counts as characters. You will be sent a receipt with a proposed layout.

O Check #__________ dated _______________ enclosed. Checks should be made payable to “MAGHA”.

Please charge my: O VISA CARD
                    O MASTER CARD
                    O AMERICAN EXPRESS CARD
                    O DISCOVER CARD
Account # _________________________________________________
Expiration Date: ____________________________________________
Signature: _________________________________________________

         MANGBANG                                                  11                                                APRIL 2011

          Many MAGHA members receive their MANGBANG either electronically as an attachment to an email or
           off our website ( Approximately 225 members receive it through the US
           Mail and there has been a recent change that may delay receipt for about half of those who get it mailed to
           them. To get the bulk mail discount, we have to separate them into two categories, ones that have a zip
           code that begins with a 480 or 483 and everyone else. The former is sent to a Post Office “Metroplex” in
           Pontiac MI. The latter category used to be sent to a Post Office in Detroit but now has to be sent to a Post
           Office in Pittsburgh PA. How that will affect delivery time remains to be seen.
          One of our members has noted that when MAGHA was formed back in 1975, those who became Life
           Members at that time were referred to as “Charter” members. Regrettably the data we inherited from Col
           Bob Stone did not show such a designation and did not show the date of membership donations. So there’s
           no way we can determine, other than with feedback from our members, who falls into the “Charter” mem-
           bership category. If you believe you are a “Charter” member, please advise Lt Col Nigro by phone (586-
           239-6768), by email (, or by mail (Selfridge Air Museum, 27333 C Street, Bldg
           1011, Selfridge ANG Base MI 48045) and we will make the necessary change.
          The 1976-1986 issue of the Michigan ANG History Book series has been reprinted and is now available
           for sale. See the flyer on Page 9 for information on the complete series.

  Bumper-Stickers Seen On Military Bases.

         "Except For Ending Slavery, Fascism, Nazism and Communism, WAR has Never Solved Anything."
         " U.S. Marines - Certified Counselors to the 72 Virgins Dating Club."
         " U.S. Air Force - Travel Agents To Allah"
         "Stop Global Whining"
         "When In Doubt, Empty The Magazine"
         Naval Corollary: “Dead Men Don't Testify”
         "The Marine Corps - When It Absolutely, Positively Has To Be Destroyed Overnight"
         "Death Smiles At Everyone - Marines Smile Back"
         "Marine Sniper - You can run, but you'll just die tired!"
         "What Do I Feel When I Kill A Terrorist? A Little Recoil"
         "Marines - Providing Enemies of America an Opportunity To Die For their Country Since 1775"
         "Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Anyone Who Threatens It"
         "Happiness Is A Belt-Fed Weapon"
         "It's God's Job to Forgive Bin Laden - It's Our Job To Arrange The Meeting"
         "Artillery Brings Dignity to What Would Otherwise Be Just A Vulgar Brawl"
         "One Shot, Twelve Kills - U.S. Naval Gun Fire Support"
         "My Kid Fought In Iraq So Your Kid Can Party In College"
         "Machine Gunners - Accuracy By Volume"
         "A Dead Enemy Is A Peaceful Enemy - Blessed Be The Peacemakers"

MANGBANG                                                   12                                               APRIL 2011

SELFRIDGE AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, MI – Selfridge Military Air Museum officials recently
announced their 2011 general public hours of operation for their Museum and Air Park as 12:00 noon to
4:30 pm on Saturdays, Sundays, Independence Day and Memorial Day, from April 2nd through October
30th. The Air Museum and Air Park will be CLOSED during the 2011 Selfridge Air Show on August 21st
and 22nd due to traffic flow considerations during that event. The Museum and Air Park can also be
opened by appointment at other times throughout the year by calling 586-239-5035.

Visitors to the museum will see their almost $5,000,000 worth of displays including a full-scale histori-
cally accurate replica of a World War I fighter plane, the SPAD XIII, an interactive cutaway and motor-
ized World War II aircraft engine, a soon to be interactive Air Traffic Control radar display, an extensive
display of original aviation art produced by noted aviation artists, a Korean War era "Jeep", and three air-
craft cockpit trainers, a modern F-16 "Fighting Falcon", a Vietnam-era A-7 “Corsair II”, and a World War
II LINK trainer that guests can actually sit inside, plus a wide variety of military memorabilia including
weapons, aircraft engines, military uniforms, military aircraft models, and photographs spanning the over
93 year history of the Base. The Air Park contains 31 full-size vintage military aircraft from World War I
to the present day plus an assortment of military vehicles and missiles. Two new aircraft were brought into
the Air Park in 2010, a C-130E “Hercules” and an A-10A “Thunderbolt II”. The large C-130A "Hercules"
and P-3 "Orion" aircraft in the Air Park can be opened up to visitors when weather and the availability of
docents permit. Photographs of the interior and exterior displays are permitted for private non-commercial
use only.

The Museum and Air Park is located on Selfridge Air National Guard Base, accessible by vehicle only
through the Main Gate at the intersection of M-59 and Jefferson Avenue. For security reasons, guests ar-
riving in a private vehicle that is being driven by someone without a valid Government identification card
must register for a Visitor’s Pass at the Base’s Visitors Center north of the Main Gate or at the Main Gate
itself. A current and valid driver’s license, vehicle registration, and proof of vehicular insurance will be
required to obtain a Visitor’s Pass.

The Selfridge Military Air Museum is a private non-profit organization located on a military installation
that is staffed entirely by volunteers and receives no federal or state funding for the operation and mainte-
nance of its facilities and displays. Admission is $4.00 per guest over the age of 12 and $3.00 for children
between 4 and 12 years of age with a minimum donation of $25.00 for all by-appointment tours.

Further information on the Selfridge Military Air Museum and Air Park can be found on their website
(, by mail (Selfridge Military Air Museum, 27333 C St, Bldg 1011, Sel-
fridge ANGB MI 48045), by phone (586-239-5035), or by e-mail

          “The best time to plant an oak tree             “I haven’t the slightest idea how to
          was 25 years ago. The second best               change people, but still I keep a long
          time is today.”                                 list of prospective candidates just in
                               -James Carville            case I should ever figure it out.”
                                                                                  -David Sedaris

MANGBANG                                             13                                            APRIL 2011
                                          MICHIGAN ANG REUNIONS

                Save the date-110th ASOC presents….our Bi-Annual Reunion for 110th and 172nd

Date – July 16, 2011, Time: Noon – 4:00 P.M., Place: Home of Lt. Col. (Ret.) Henry (Hank) Fuhs 3848 E
Leonard, Grand Rapids, MI Phone: 616-949-8613 Cell: 616-437-9059.

Food: Bring Dish to pass, Drinks: BYOB

At 2:00 there will be one minute of silence for those who have passed away and for our troops in Iraq,
Afghanistan and the rest of the world.

See you there…….rain or shine….We have a tent!

Hosts: Ron Bienias, Co-Chair, Larry Harr, Co-Chair, Jim Ondersma, Co-Chair, Hank Fuhs, Co-
Chair, Keith Acker, Rep. Dave Agema, Bruce Blakeman, Stephen Burke, Jerry Cook, Bill DeBroux, Bill
Donovan, Ivan Giese, Larry Gilbert, Hal Isenhoff, Dennis Keast, Tom King, Rob Koenig, Dick Kreuzer, Fred
Langeland, Don Lewis, Lyle & Linda McPherson, Theodore Nikodem, Art Oxley, Marie Oxley, Claude Oxley,
Donna Rojas, Ron Seely, Jack Seranian, Dee Simmonds, Gene Simon, David Stanley, Dave Strohm, Fred
Strauss, Gordon Stump, Joseph Tomlinson, Pat Webb, James Wise

Please pass this flyer on to your military buddies……if you have addresses of people you would like me to send
invitations to please send them to

                                     WAY OUT WEST (ARIZONA) REUNION

The Way Out West 8th luncheon was held February 9th at the Great China Super Buffet, 1501 West Bethany
Home Road, Phoenix, Arizona.

After lunch those attending shared memories of their past service and updated the events of the past year. High
lighting the discussions was the fact that Newt & Dorothy Smith just celebrated their 68th wedding anniversary.

Al Larson, the founder of the Arizona MANG luncheons and organizer once again says that this year's was the
biggest success of them all with 26 members attending which included: Howard Barikmo, Roger & Pam Bates,
Larry & Charlie Becker, David Bushaw, Lori Cripps & Gary Hamman, Al & Penny Larson, Richie & Sharon
Mann, Bill & Ginger Nesbitt, Art & Jo Robinson, Dan Addis, Newt & Dorothy Smith, Bob Henry & Grace
Johnson, John Frishcosy & Bonnie Hawn, David & Sue Allmendinger, Doug Bronson

Plans are already in the making for the 2012 luncheon. Anyone not named above who wants to get on the
mailing list can contact Al at

                                      EAST SIDE (“OLD FARTS”) REUNION

From Sher Koglin: “It's me again inviting all of you to the next "OLD FARTS LUNCHEON". It will be on Apr
8th at 12:15 at The Old Country Buffet, 35543 S. Gratiot, just north of 15 Mile. We had 50 show up for the last
luncheon. I believe the last person walked out at 6:00. I guess they had a lot to say. There was a lot of chatter
going on and hopefully a lot of reminiscing. I think everyone enjoyed themselves so we are doing it again.”
POC: Sher Koglin,, 586-463-6802.

   MANGBANG                                                       14                                                    APRIL 2011
                                                         “MINI REUNION”

From Col Will “Olly” Ouellette (66-92): “Today we had a mini reunion of 191 TRG/171 TRS pilots.
Attending were former Group Commander Col. Don Reid (55-73) and his wife Pat, former Squadron
Commander LTC Rick Hagelthorn (65-88) and his wife Judy and myself and my bride Pam. We met at the
Lely Resort in Naples, FL for brunch and Don picked up the tab! We traded lots of war stories (slightly
embellished...) and caught up on other photo-recon guys. Don and Pat look good although Don's got a bum
knee that may need some work in the near future. A good time was held by all. Kind of like a Commander's
Call but without getting a UTA payday...” Thanks Olly…everybody looks terrific. But when did Pam go blond?
And I’ve noticed that the farther back in time the war stories go, the more elaborate they become. Ah, our wild
misguided youth!

                                               BIRTHDAY PARTY REUNION

    Lots of retirees showed up at BG Harold “Rudy” Rudolph’s birthday party, billed as the 40th
    Anniversary of his 40th Birthday. We should award a prize to the first non-attendee who can identify
    all the distinguished alumni in this photo but we can’t think of anything appropriate.

    The Michigan Air Guard Bulletin and News Gazette (MANGBANG) is a quarterly newsletter distributed in January, April, July, and
    October by the Michigan Air Guard Historical Association (MAGHA), 27333 C Street, Building 1011, Selfridge ANG Base MI 48045
    exclusively for the members of the Michigan Air Guard Historical Association. Zero percent of MAGHA dues is designated for publication
    of the newsletter. Standard postage using MAGHA’s non-profit mailing permit is paid at the Mount Clemens MI Post Office. Time-sensitive
    input for publication must be received at the address above at least 45 days before the publication date for inclusion in the upcoming

   MANGBANG                                                            15                                                        APRIL 2011
                               Officials explain proposed health plan increase, costs

WASHINGTON (AFRNS) -- Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates is seeking modest premium increases for working-
age military retirees who use the TRICARE Prime health plan.

Secretary Gates unveiled sweeping cost-cutting initiatives Jan. 6, including a recommendation to increase TRI-
CARE Prime premiums for working-age retirees in fiscal 2012, the first increase in the plan's 15-year history.

"For some time, I've spoken about the department's unaffordable health costs, and in particular the benefits provided
to working-age retirees under the TRICARE program," the secretary told reporters.

"Many of these beneficiaries are employed full-time while receiving their full pensions, and often forego their em-
ployers' health plan to remain with TRICARE," he said. "This should not come as a surprise, given that the current
TRICARE enrollment fee was set in 1995 at $460 a year for the basic family plan, and has not been raised since."

Secretary Gates noted the dramatic increase in insurance premiums during that period for private-sector and other
government employees. Federal workers pay roughly $5,000 a year for a comparable health insurance program, he

"Accordingly, with the fiscal year 2012 budget, we will propose reforms in the area of military health care to better
manage medical cost growth and better align the department with the rest of the country," Secretary Gates said.
"These will include initiatives to become more efficient, as well as modest increases to TRICARE fees for ... work-
ing-age retirees, with fees indexed to adjust for medical inflation."

These initiatives could save the department as much as $7 billion over the next five years, he said.

Military retirees automatically are enrolled in one of two TRICARE plans, program spokesman Austin Camacho
explained. Retirees who join TRICARE Prime, the system's managed-care option that covers active-duty members,
pay an annual enrollment fee of $230 per year for an individual or $460 for a family. Those in TRICARE Standard, a
fee-for-service plan, pay no enrollment fee or premium. Instead, they pay a yearly deductible of $150 per person or
$300 per family, as well as co-payments or cost shares for inpatient and outpatient care and medications, up to a
$3,000 annual cap on out-of-pocket expenses.

TRICARE Prime, the managed-care option that covers all active-duty members and many retirees, costs the govern-
ment $4,202 per beneficiary per year, said Mr. Camacho. TRICARE Standard, the program's fee-for-service plan,
costs $3,584 per beneficiary per year. TRICARE for Life, for beneficiaries age 65 and older, costs the government
$3,874 per patient per year.

Military retirees are not required to report whether they have jobs that offer insurance plans, Mr. Camacho said, not-
ing that having other insurance does not take them off the TRICARE rolls. Rather, he explained, TRICARE becomes
the "second payer" for health care, picking up co-payments and deductibles from the primary insurance plan.

Meanwhile, the senior TRICARE officer told American Forces Press Service the system is poised to support Secre-
tary Gates' new efficiency measures and already is making progress as it strives to provide the best health care at the
best cost.

"All of these things help us work together to help us achieve the secretary's goals, and we are already starting to
make progress," Navy Rear Adm. (Dr.) Christine S. Hunter said.

Dr. Hunter cited several initiatives already bearing fruit. More beneficiaries are using the lower-cost mail-order phar-
macy option to fill prescriptions. They are getting their immunizations and increasingly participating in a new con-
cept called "patient-centered medical homes" that provide more comprehensive and personalized health care. They
are making greater use of online appointment services and health care education materials. And they are increasingly
using expensive emergency-room services only for actual emergencies.

"We need to be very aware that there is a pressure [to improve efficiency and control costs] and the resources are not
infinite,” said Dr. Hunter. “But we are all part of the solution."

MANGBANG                                                  16                                                APRIL 2011
                   Stay TRICARE eligible: Keep records up-to-date

FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AFRNS) -- Beneficiaries who have recently experienced a life-changing
event, such as the birth or adoption of a child, recent divorce or marriage should
immediately record these changes in the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System.
If they wait, their TRICARE benefit coverage could be affected.

“Life comes at you fast and beneficiaries should not   wait to update DEERS when they
experience any life event that changes their TRICARE   status,” said John Arendale, chief
of the purchased care systems integration branch for   TRICARE Management Activity. “What
beneficiaries don’t want to experience is a lapse in   TRICARE coverage because their DEERS
eligibility information is incorrect.”

Incorrect information can potentially impact a beneficiary’s ability to get a
prescription filled, get a medical claim paid or make an appointment to see a doctor.
Beneficiaries can easily avoid these types of problems by making sure their DEERS record
is accurate.

DEERS is the worldwide, computerized database designed to maintain timely and accurate
information on service members and family members that are eligible for military benefits
and entitlements, including TRICARE. It is also used to detect and prevent fraud and
abuse. All sponsors are automatically registered in DEERS. The sponsor must register all
eligible family members. Once the registration process is complete, the family members
can update their personal information, such as addresses and phone numbers.

Events that change a beneficiary’s TRICARE status include: relocation, retirement,
change of address, change in marital status, birth, death, adoption or Medicare

A beneficiary can register eligible new family members in DEERS at the nearest military
personnel office or uniformed services identification card issuing office. To find an
office near them, they can go to the Rapids Site Locator website, Beneficiaries can call to update contact information only
at 800-538-9552.

To register a child in DEERS, bring the following forms:

-- An original or certified-copy of the birth certificate or certificate of live birth
(signed by the attending physician or other responsible person from a U.S. hospital or
military treatment facility) or consular report of birth (FS-240) for children overseas;

-- A record of adoption or a letter of placement of the child into the home by a
recognized placement/adoption agency or the court before the final adoption; and

-- A DD form 1172 signed by the sponsor and verifying official from a uniformed services
ID card-issuing facility.

Get more information on DEERS eligibility at

“Updating information in DEERS is the key to maintaining eligibility for TRICARE and
other military benefits,” Mr. Arendale said. (Courtesy of TRICARE)

For more retiree news and information, please visit

     MANGBANG                              17                                 APRIL 2011
                             NEW ADJUTANT GENERAL FOR MICHIGAN

January 6, 2011

LANSING, MICH. - Gov. Rick Snyder will attend a change of command ceremony at the Michigan
National Guard Joint Force Headquarters building on Saturday, Jan. 8, 2011. Snyder and retiring Adjutant
General, Maj. Gen. Thomas Cutler will welcome incoming DMVA Director and Adjutant General, Maj.
Gen. Gregory Vadnais in a ceremony beginning at 3 p.m. in the drill hall of the headquarters building.

"Being the Adjutant General of the Michigan National Guard has truly been an honor," Cutler said. "Each
Soldier and Airman, each family member, each DMVA employee and our partners in Latvia and Liberia
have touched my life in ways words alone cannot describe. I am so proud of the work our Soldiers and
Airmen have done here and abroad. My wife and I are thankful to have had this opportunity to serve."

Cutler, with more than 40 years of total service, has been the DMVA Director and MING Adjutant General
since 2003. During his tenure, troop deployments in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation
Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan) have been exceptionally high making his mission of preparing troops for
combat and providing family support stateside, one of the toughest any leader has had to manage. Cutler
took every opportunity to visit deployed troops while concurrently preparing troops for national
emergencies, natural disaster response and recovery, and terrorist threats to homeland security.

Vadnais, of Gaylord, Mich., has more than 30 years experience in the Michigan National Guard and has
commanded at every level in the Army National Guard. He is the former commander of 38th Infantry
Division (Mechanized). In his tenure as commander more than 9,000 Soldiers were mobilized and
deployed to 17 different countries including Iraq, Afghanistan, Bosnia, Kosovo, Egypt and to numerous
other security missions in the United States and abroad. Vadnais was the commander for Joint Task
Force Cyclone, in response to hurricane Katrina, providing command and control of more than 14,000
Soldiers and Airmen deployed in Mississippi.

Today, more than 1,600 Michigan National Guard Soldiers and Airmen are deployed across the globe in
support of the global war on terrorism; however, as the Michigan Guard serves the nation abroad, more
than 90 percent of the force is available, trained and ready to respond to a state emergency including a
terrorist event.

MANGBANG                                            18                                          APRIL 2011
                                                 POLICE OFFICERS COMMENTS

These are actual comments made by 16 Police Officers that were taken off police car videos around the country:

1. "You know, stop lights don't come any redder than the one you just went through."

2. "Relax, the handcuffs are tight because they're new. They'll stretch after you wear them a while."

3. "If you take your hands off the car, I'll make your birth certificate a worthless document."

4. "If you run, you'll only go to jail tired."

5. "Can you run faster than 1200 feet per second? Because that's the speed of the bullet that'll be chasing you."

6. "You don't know how fast you were going? I guess that means I can write anything I want to on the ticket, huh?"

7. "Yes, sir, you can talk to the shift supervisor, but I don't think it will help. Oh, did I mention that I'm the shift

8. "Warning! You want a warning? O.K, I'm warning you not to do that again or I'll give you another ticket."

9. "The answer to this last question will determine whether you are drunk or not. Was Mickey Mouse a cat or a dog?"

10. "Fair? You want me to be fair? Listen, fair is a place where you go to ride on rides, eat cotton candy and corn dogs
and step in monkey poop."

11. "Yeah, we have a quota. Two more tickets and my wife gets a toaster oven."

12. "In God we trust; all others we run through NCIC." ( National Crime Information Center )

13. "Just how big were those 'two beers' you say you had?"

14. "No sir, we don't have quotas anymore. We used to, but now we're allowed to write as many tickets as we can."

15. "I'm glad to hear that the Chief (of Police) is a personal friend of yours. So you know someone who can post your


16. "You didn't think we give pretty women tickets? You're right, we don't. Sign here.”

         MANGBANG                                                19                                             APRIL 2011
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