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September 26, 2021: Added 548th Tribute for Mike Kiser, notified by Dan Kolcun.
September 22, 2021: Added 548th Tribute for Capt Fred Coote, notified by Phil Desjardins.
September 5, 2021: Added article to 548th Sports page John Kip had posted on FB, moved up photo of team provided by Jay Johnson from further down page.
September 2, 2021: Added photos to 548th Sports page Norberto Cruz had posted to FB.
August 26, 2021: Updated the Reunion 2022 and Association Update with the March 2022 rescheduled reunion.
August 20, 2021: Added Tribute to Damon Bowers, notified by Tom Egan.
July 15, 2021: Added Attending page to 2021 Reunion New Orleans page, in addition to Membership, Association Update page.
June 29, 2021: Added then and now photo of Rick Batie to the 548th Photos People page.
May 6, 2021: Added photo to the 548th Sports page, from FB Doug Fischer.
May 2, 2021: Added Tribute for Daryl Whitney who passed away in 2013, notified by Jim Riggins.
May 1, 2021: Added Tribute for Jack Lundgard, notified by Ray Abel via Cecil Brown.
March 25, 2021: Posted three new Recce Rags from 1978 to the Recce Rag page courtesy of Dave Belote, one photo to the 548th Photos People page courtesy of Dan Kolcun, and updated the Membership Roster and Demographics pages.
March 7, 2021: Posted FB pictures from Fuzz Mullins and Ron Young to the 548th People and Misc pages.
March 6, 2021: Added tribute for Col (ret) Eugene Bock, who passed away on 2 December, 2021 to the 548th Tributes page. Notified by Phil Desjardins.
February 23, 2021: Added tribute for Armando Villafranca, who passed away on 15 Oct 2014 to the 548th Tributes page. Notified of his passing by Joe Weller
January 23, 2021: Added Jim Wells to the 548th Tributes page, notified by Jay Johnson.
January 15, 2021: The new website format is up and running, deleted comment on Home page. Added various photos from Facebook to 548RTG pages: People, Sports, Play, Dorm, Around Hawaii, and Miscellaneous.
January 14, 2021: Posted photo posted on Facebook by Art Nichols to 548th at Work page.
January 8, 2021: Posted the firm dates, November 19-20. 2021, for our reunion in New Orleans to the 2021 Reunion page.
January 3, 2021: Posted date change to this fall to the Reunion 2021 page and posted call for dues to the Association Updates page.
December 22, 2020: Added 34 pictures saved from the dumpster by Tom Russell when 548th was deactivated. Pictures in the following pages: 548th Miscellaneous, 548th Open House, 548th Group Photos, and the 67th People.
December 21, 2020: Recovered all of the pictures lost when changed over site and repaired all of the links.
December 18, 2020: New managed wordpress format site went live.
November 12, 2020: Posted Tribute to Bill Morgan to the 67 Tribute page. Notified by his daughter Elaine.
October 5, 2020: Posted Tribute for Jack Tubert, Notified of his passing by Scott McKenna.
September 14, 2020: Posted rescheduling of reunion to Reunion Udate page,
September 7, 2021: Added tribute to Robert Norris to the 548 RTG Tributes page. Notified by Bill Germer.
July 28, 2020: Added video provided by Fumiko Fisher-Fosdick to the 67 RTS Reunion 2006 page.
July 7, 2020: Added photo of Jim Grant and Chief Williams at 548th picnic to 548th at Play 2 page.
July 5, 2020: Added photo from Facebook of Phil Oliva to the 548th at Play page 2
July 4, 2020: Added tribute to Roy Stanley to the 67 RTS Tributes page. Notified of his passing by Pete Durnell.
June 15, 2020: Added obituary for LtCol (ret) Mitchel to the 67th Tributes page. Add two aerial photos from the 1960’s of the 67 RTS building and barracks provided by Max Alexander to the 67th Photo Misc Page.
June 12, 2020: Added a tribute to LtCol (ret) Mike Mitchell, who passed away on June 8th to the 67th RTS Tributes Page. Ken Kelly notified us of his passing.
May 7, 2020: Added a photo of Col (ret) Larry Benson at the dedication of the Larry L. Benson Auditorium in the National Air and Space Intelligence Center at Wright-Patterson AFB to the 548th Photos People 2 page.
March 27, 2020: Posted the 2020 Reunion 5-7 November 2020 on the Reunion Update Page.
March 19, 2020: Posted the rescheduling of reunion on the Reunion Update page.
March 17, 2020: Added Col (ret) Thomas Eastler, 548th Research and Analysis, to the 548th Tributes page, he passed away on August 30, 2018, Col (ret) Phil Desjardins found out about his passing.
March 14, 2020: Posted cancellation of our reunion in New Orleans to the Reunion Update page.
February 21, 2020: Added TSgt Dave Martin, 548 RTG Operations, who passed away on 18 Feb to the Tributes and In-Memoriam pages. Bill Germer notified me of his passing.
February 14, 2020: Added tribute to MG (ret) Ron Makarian, former 548 RTG Commander to the 548th Tributes page and In-Memoriam pages. Phil Desjardins notified me of his passing.
February 12, 2020: Added photo of 67th hat pin to Store page.
January 6, 2020: Added what I hope is the final schedule and members attending to the Reunion Update page, will update as changes (Hopefully not) come in.
December 16, 2019: Update the bio on Tom Kenny on the 548th Tributes page with information provided by his wife Ginny.
November 25, 2019: Added photo of 548th troops working as extras in the movie Tora! Tora! Tora! in 1969 to the 548th Group Photo 2 page, photo provided by Jim Kalahar and Glee and Pete Baker.
October 23, 2019: Posted a reunion update on the Reunion Update page.
September 24, 2019: Added a tribute to Richard Mundinger who passed away on 22 September to the 548th Tributes page.
September 14, 2019: Added three photos provided by James Kalahar to the 548th Group 2 page.
August 26, 2019: Added new photos provided by Pete Baker to the 548th Photos, People 2 and Misc pages.
August 25, 2019: Added a tribute to Sgt Richard Lacey, who passed away on 4 Apr 2019 to the 548th and 67th Tribute pages and to Delbert Gaylord who passed away on 16 Jan 2010 to the 548th Tribute page.
August 23, 2019: Added a tribute to MSgt (ret) Obiediah Warthen, who passed away in 1998 to the 548th Tributes pages, information provided by Glee Baker, wife of Pete Baker (Bailey)
July 31, 2019: The wife of Tom Kenney informed us of his passing, added him to the 548th Tribute page.
July 29, 2019: Fred Wiles notified us of the passing of Luciano “Taco” Vela, I posted a tribute to him on the 548th Tributes page.
July 27, 2019: Added four pictures of Johnson Air Station provided by David Richards to the 67th Photos, Around Japan page.
July 25, 2019: Added tribute to WO John P. McConnell to the 548th Tributes page. Added three photos provided by David Richards to the 67th RTS People page.
July 8, 2019: Added photos provided by Ulrich Seike to the Tools of the trade (PI, Lab, and Special Projects), People Group-2, and People pages.
June 11, 2019: Added a Tribute to CMSgt (ret) Loomis “Robbie” Roberts, 548 RTS Photo Lab, Yokota AB Japan, who passed away on July 11, 2017. Jim Grimm provided the information on Robbie’s passing and a wonderful tribute to him.
April 22, 2019: Added LtCol (ret) John A Milford to the 67th RTS Tributes page, John passed away on 22 June 2017 in Gulf Port, Florida. I found this information while researching people who have bad email addresses.
April 3, 2019: Posted link for reunion reservations and list of those attending on the Reunion Updates page.
March 27, 2019: Added photo provided by Ben Gomes of the Targets Material Division personnel in 1977 to the Group Photo 2 page.
March 19, 2019: Whooooops, publishing did not finish on the March 16 update, just caught now, sorry about that.
March 16, 2019: Added Reunion 2020 information to the Reunion Updates page and a call for dues to the Associations Updates page.
November 15, 2018: Added tribute to Ray Ingold to the 548th and 67th Tribute pages
November 4, 2018: Added tribute to Col Bryon Schatzley on the 548th Tribute page.
October 28, 2018: Added an audio recording of Col Bryon Schatzley provided by Dave Belote to the 548th History page. Will add his tribute when his obituary is received,
October 13, 2018: We had to cancel our trip to the mainland, the website store is open again.
September 21, 2018: I will be on the mainland September 21 – November 7, 2018. The website store will be closed during this time. New memberships will be accepted and processed, but any dues checks mailed to us will not be cashed; Paypal payments will still be accepted.
August 24, 2018: Added a photo provided by David Duke to the People 2 page, article on Holoholo search to the Misc page photo page
July 28, 2018: Added new 548th and 67th coins, ball caps, and 548th hat pin to the website store. July 20-27, 2018: Posted pictures from the 2018 reunion.
July 4, 2018: Posted last call for the reunion on the Reunion information page.
June 25, 2018: Updated Reunion Information page attendance list.
June 18, 2018: Updated the Reunion Information page.
May 20, 2018: Added obituary to LtCol Steve Alber on the 548th Tributes page.
April 28, 2018: My wife and I are at my son’s home in Boise, Idaho, until June 11th, my daughter Sue will be checking the association mailbox until we return home. She will deposit any reunion checks (She is a Vice President with Bank of Hawaii). Bill Forsyth
April 23, 2018: Added the passing of LtCol Steve Alber to the Tributes page.
February 5, 2018: Added reunion information to Reunion Information page and added call for dues to the Association Update page.
January 10, 2018: Added a January 1979 Recce Rag provided by John Peccarina to the Recce Rag Folder. Updated the names of those attending the reunion, something I had forgotten to do for awhile, additionally, there is no new information on the reunion, hopefully we will be getting the finalized plan from the Dayton crew soon.
December 4, 2017: Jay Johnson notified us of the passing of Dave Gustafson, added to the 548th Tributes and In-memorium page.
December 2, 2017: Added a May 1980 Recce Rag provided by Bill Germer to the Recce Rag page.
November 11, 2017: Updated some information on the 548th and 67th Tributes page base on a new source in formation I found. Added a picture of Nate Copeland and Doug Fischer to the People2 page, if you have any interesting photos from the 548th or 67th, please send them so we can preserve out history.
July 3, 2017: Added email and poster from Col (ret) Dave Eyler with historical information on the formation of Det One 67 RTS and 548 RTS to the 548th Miscellaneous page.
March 7, 2017: Laurel Mayer notified me of the passing of LtCol Whitt Latham on February 18, I added him to the 67th Tributes and 67th In-memorium pages
February 8, 2017: Added seven names to the 67RTS In-Memorium and Tributes pages after searching all of the names on the old 67th roster for obituaries. The names added are:
|Carl H. Fassinger|
|Wilfred L. Hunt|
|Charles F. Lemons|
|Thomas S. Shacklett|
|John F. Wallace|
|Paul L. Wertz|
Send any additions or changes to me.
January 8, 2017: Posted a call for annual dues and donations for a 548th/67th memorial bench at the Museum of the USAF on the Association Update page.
December 1, 2016: Added recall roster to 548th Misc Photo page John Pecarina posted on Facebook.
November 14, 2016: Added two former Commanders of the 67 RTS, LtCol Echert and LtCol Wallace, to the In-Memoriam and Tributes pages
October 26, 2016: We have been off-line for a month, “Upgrading” to a newer version of GoDaddy, found out it was a complete goat rope and unusable for our website and have reverted back to the previous version. I do not recommend using GoDaddy. Updating the membership roster today, as far as I know that was the only changes while off-line.
September 20, 2016: Added John Barrett to the 67th Tributes and In-Memoriam pages, he passed away on 1 August 2003, information provided by his son, John Jr.
June 3, 2016: Set up Reunion Information page for voting on 2016 reunion location, Wright-Pat is off to a fast start with over half the total votes.
May 26, 2016: Added photos from Fred and Sue Hoover’s Facebook pages to the 2016 Reunion pages.
May 21, 2016: Added two reunion pictures provided by John Picarina to the Friday Tours page of the 2016 Reunion page.
May 16, 2016: Regrettably we added Vern Akers to both the 548th and 67th Tributes pages, Vern passed away on May 13th in Maryland.
May 15, 2016: Finished posting photos and annotation to the 2016 Reunion page, send any correction or additional photos to me.
May 11, 2016: Continuing to post photos from reunion, working around projects at my son’s home in Boise Idaho. Put a list of members attending with a photo of everyone on the Members Attending page, you must download the word document and open, thought I could copy and paste to the page, but that did not work, when I get time I will transfer it to the page so you don’t have to download.
May 5, 2016: Finally got time to start posting the 2016 Reunion page, work in progress.
March 22, 2016: Added photo provided by James Landrum of the 548th RTS Yokota AB, Japan, to the 548 Photos, Misc page. Add 22 photos from Bill Germer to the 548th Photos, People 2 page and one photo to the Hickam and Around Hawaii page.
March 5, 2016: John Schlimmer provided information on the passing of TSgt Ray White on May 30, 2004, which I added to the Tributes page.
March 4, 2016: Added Wes Williams, 548th Photo Lab to the 548th Tributes page. Wes passed away on October 26, 2014 in Indiana. When an email came back undeliverable, I tried to locate Wes for a good email address and found he had passed away.
March 2, 2016: Posted the Reunion Cost and Payment Spreadsheet to the Reunion Information page.
January 23, 2016: Connie Calvin provided information on the possible passing of Charles “Chip” Stewart (Photo Lab) in 2008; I was able to locate his daughter and she confirmed it was the right Chip Stewart, sadly I added another fine Airman to the 548th In Memoriam and Tributes pages.
January 19, 2016: Posted dues information to the Association Updates page and reunion information to the Reunion Information page.
January 14, 2016: Added AFOUA and MUA awards for the 548 ISRG and an AFOUA for Det 1 548 ISRG to the 548th History page. Was able to verify the Jack Arnold I have on the Tributes and In Memoriam pages was the correct person, added obituary and family photo to his tribute.
January 11, 2016: Sadly added Ed Nelson to the 548th Tributes and In Memoriam pages.
November 23, 2015: Added photos provided by Barbara Arnold to the People 2 and Sports 2 pages.
November 2, 2015: Just returned from six weeks in Idaho at my son’s house, updating site. Added Charlie Wilson, 548 RTS Yokota to the In-Memorian and Tributes page, information on his death provided by Ray Ingold.
October 13, 2015: Added another 548th member to the Tributes and In Memoriam pages. Steve Pagel ran into the wife of TSgt Fred Robinson who said he had passed away in August 2013. He worked in the 548th Lab 1968-1973.
September 29, 2015: Another fine member of the 548th has passed away. Virginia Hall informed us her husband Michael passed away, he will be truly missed. I have posted an initial notice on the Tributes page.
July 2, 2015: Another sad day, based on a notification from John Pecarina, added Bob Straw to the 548th Tributes, added picture and town from his Facebook page. Replaced pictures of Mike Guidara on 548th Tributes page with enhanced photos provided by Mark Mizner.
June 28, 2015: Update Mike Guidara’s obituary on Tributes page with obit provided by Dan Floyd on the 1N1X1 Facebook page.
June 15, 2015: With deep regret, added Mike Guidara to the 548th Tributes and In Memoriam pages.
May 11, 2015: Added hotel reservation information to the Reunion Information page.
May 1, 2015: Added a photo of Itami Air Base provided by Gordon H. Nieburg to the 67 RTS Itami Air Base Photo page.
March 26, 2015: Added three photos provided by Tom Thompson, a 2009 548 RTS (Yokota) Denver reunion photo to the Group Photo page and two 1954 Yokota photos to the Miscellaneous Photo page.
March 23, 2015: Changed the reunion survey form to the reunion registration form, same form, just a different name, if previously filled one out, no need to fill it out again, your previous survey form is now your registration form. I will send out a reunion update once our room block is confirmed at the hotel, I just sent them the numbers from the survey. (Note: I tried to make the button “2016 Reunion Registration”, but it was one character too long)
February 21, 2015: Added David Steele to the 67th In-Memoriam and Tributes pages, information provided by his son Bob.
February 18, 2015: Added Herman Carroll to the 67th In-Memoriam and Tributes pages, information provided by Roy Mattke in a note with his dues. If you know Herman’s rank, please send it.
February 17, 2015: Added LtCol Lawrence U. Gray to the 67th In-Memoriam and Tributes pages. Finished arranging the 67th photos, any additions or corrections are always welcome. Added Recce Platforms sub-page to Tools of the Trade page.
February 16, 2015: Added Maj Roy Edwards to the 67 RTS In-Memoriam and Tributes page, information provided by his son, David Edwards.
February 5, 2015: Added 15 former 67 RTS Association members to the membership roster, Pete Durnell said these are the members of the 67 RTS Association who want to be members of the combined organization. Deleted the 67th Association membership roster and updated the membership demographics page to include all 50 states. Have almost finished working with the 67th photo pages, only the two people pages remain to update. Since I don’t know many of the people I have to rely on the file name of the photos for the annotations, generally organizing by date, newest first. Added a NRO interactive graphic of the KH-4 satellite to the Tools of the Trade, The Photo Interpreter sub-page. Flipped the picture of the 1401 computer on the 67th History page when I found it was inverted when double checking the computer model.
January 15, 2015: Changed the website template.
January 11, 2015: Added remaining 67th reunion photos and group photos. Note: I made the 67th reunions sub-pages of the 67th reunion page because the menu was getting too cluttered/long, I could not include the 548th reunion photos with the 67th photos since they already had sub-pages, only one level of sub-pages is allowed by the website builder.
January 8, 2015: Added available 67th reunion photos and photo groups, a work in progress, need to annotate and arrange the photos in the photo groups.
January 5, 2015: Added information and survey on the 2016 reunion in Las Vegas.
November 27, 2014: Happy Thanksgiving. Added 67 RTS Photo page and transferred two documents posted on the 17th to the page. Will add additional photos and pages when the 67th archive photos are sent by Ken Kelly and members add new photos.
November 17, 2014: Added approval of 67 RTS emblem and assignment of the lineage and history of the 67th to the 67th Intelligence Support Flight in 1998, both obtained by Mark Mizner, and a history of the 67th Recon Group found online to the Misc Photo page.
November 11, 2014: Updated the Reunion Information page with the 2016 reunion location of Las Vegas, Nevada. Added new entries for 67th Alumni to the now combined 548th and 67th Members page. Will keep the former 67th RTS Association Members page for awhile.
November 4, 2014: Added reunion count and comments on Dayton as a candidate to the reunion information page.
October 31, 2014: Updated 67 RTS logo with original logo obtained by Mark Mizner from USAF Historian Office at Maxwell AFB. Added photos from Denver Cook to the Reunion 2014 page.
October 14, 2014: Added pages for the 67th RTS.
October 7, 2014: Added reunion 2014 pictures posted on Facebook and my own pictures to Reunion 2014 Photos page, added one picture to the People 2 page, added a reunion wrap-up to the Reunion Information page, deleted the Reunion Registration and Reunion Update pages, updated the Association Officers on the Home page.
September 16, 2014: Posted cancellation of NGA tour and new FBI tour to the Reunion Updates and Reunion Registration Form.
August 31, 2014: Scott McKenna informed us Col Ken Orr had passed away in February 2014, added him to the In Memoriam and Tributes pages.
August 27, 2014: Added latest reunion update sent out via email to the Reunion Information page.
July 23, 2014: Add photo provided by Joe Weller to the People 2 page.
May 10, 2014: The wife of Duane Hall, who served in the 548 RTS during Korean War, notified me of his death on Feb 28, 2010. I added the information I could find to the In Memoriam page and Tributes page, awaiting additional information from his wife.
May 8, 2014, updated the 2014 Reunion Information and the Reunion Information pages with information you only need a driver’s license to enter the Ft Myer Hatfield Gate.
May 6, 2014, placed a link to a 424 page NRO declassified report on the KH-9 Hexagon Satellite mapping camera on the Link page.
May 5, 2014: Posted to the website the 2014 reunion registration form and added two buttons for the registration form and a new 2014 Reunion Information page at the top of the menu so they are easy to find, I left the old Reunion Information page for past reunions, will also update with the 2014 reunion information.
May 3, 2014: Updated the reunion information posted on May 2, deleted the old information.
May 2, 2014: Added latest reunion information to the Reunion Information page.
February 12, 2014: Added two scans of sports articles provided by Jay Johnson to the photos – 548th Sports 2 page.
January 30, 2014: Moved the Tributes page to main menu, under In Memoriam.
January 28, 2014: Added Capt Donald C. Huntley Jr. to the In Memoriam and Tributes pages, he passed away on November 17th, 2010 in Vero Beach, Florida.
December 17, 2013: Added the 67 RTS to the dedication on the Home page and Membership Application page as full members. The association will remain the 548th Reconnaissance Association. 67 RTS personnel are welcome to attend our reunions and be members of the association since the 67th was an integral part of the heritage of the 548th and many of our members served in both units.
December 5, 2013: Posted information on the 2014 reunion from email sent out on December 4th, along with comments received from members thus far, to the Reunion Information page.
November 21, 2013: Added SMSgt Bob Ventura to the In Memoriam and Tributes pages.
September 27, 2013: Added Sgt Paul R. Tingle to the In Memoriam and Tributes (bottom, no date) pages based on information provided by Charles Blanton.
August 27, 2013: It appears the problem with the Guest Book was unique to my desktop computer, my two lap tops post comments just fine. If anyone else has problems with the Guest Book, or anything else on the site, please let me know at firstname.lastname@example.org
August 26, 2013: Thought I had the Guest Book problem solved, but now I find it is not. It is taking two tries to send a Guest Book Comment, on the first try you get an error message “Please don’t fill in a hidden text email field”, you then enter the security script at the bottom again on the comment with the error message and it will go on the second try. Have asked GoDaddy for help, see what happens.
August 24, 2013: Fixed a problem with the Guest Book, which apparently has been broke since 2010, thought just no comments til I looked at the date of the last comment, it appears to be up and working now.
August 23, 2013: After being away on “Safari” on Lanai (Bambi is safe), I have finally found time to catch up on the website. Added Arthur Stackhouse to the In Memoriam page after seeing a post from Sandy Epperson on the 497th blog that Art had passed away in 2010. Added information to the Miscellaneous page from the early days of the 548th provided by Arlie Burns and Dick Dahlke, who were assigned to the 548 RTS at Yokota in the early 1950’s
June 4, 2013: Posted an email concerning a delay in the dedication of the new building at Beale to the Reunion Information page. If you did not receive this update via email, you need to update your email address, please send your new address to email@example.com .
May 22, 2013: Regrettably I added another former Commander of the 548 RTG to the In Memoriam page. Col Paul A. FitzGerald passed away on February 14, 2012. He was the last commander I had not been able to locate, I found a potential lead on Ancestry.com and sent his son a email to confirm he was the right Paul A. FitzGerald and learned of his death in his reply. See details on the Tributes sub-page of the In-Memoriam page. Also updated the History page with the capital “G” in his name.
April 8, 2013: Completed researching and updating the Tributes sub-page of the In Memorian page. If you have any additions or corrections, please forward them to me firstname.lastname@example.org .
March 22, 2013: Updated the History page with the addition of AFOUA for the 548th ISRG and Det One, 548 ISRG awarded in 2012. Changed Obituary sub-page to the Tributes sub-page of In Memoriam. Added several more obituaries I located to the In Memoriam-Tributes page. Sent out an email to members in reponse to an email this morning from the 548th at Beale requesting support:
Please read the below email from 1 Lt Ojerio-Lannigan at Beale. If you have any historical photos that are not already on our website, please forward them to her.
CC: email@example.com; Ashleigh.Boland@beale.af.mil
Date: Fri, 22 Mar 2013 11:56:01 -0700
Subject: Request for 548th RTG Images
Good Afternoon Mr. Forsyth
As part of our building dedication we are creating graphic time lines outlining the 548th ISRG’s history. SSgt Boldand is the POC for the timeline displays. SSgt Boland and I are looking for images from WWII-to present. Would you please ask members of the 548th RTG if they have any images that would like incorporated into these displays?
If anyone has any images, I request that they send them to us in a digital format and include a caption of the image.
Also, once we’ve compiled all the images and captions we will forward them to Mr. Lent, the 480th ISR Wing Historian, for further archival.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me or SSgt Boland at 530-634-9648
Thank you again for all your help!
1 Lt Ojerio-Lannigan
March 14, 2013: Added an email I sent today concerning the 548 ISR Gp building name and the new time frame for our tentative mini-western reunion to the Reunion Information page. If you did not get this email, please send me your email address at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com, several members have bad/outdated email addresses.
March 13, 2013: Added Obituary sub-page to the In Memoriam page and moved the obituaries from the What’s New page to the new page, will continue to post new deaths to the What’s New page and place the obituary on the Obituary page.
January 18, 2013: Researched and updated several missing date of deaths entries on the In Memoriam page. Located the date of death and obituary for Anne Bazzell, who was added to the page in January 2010. She married Raymond Pantel in November 2003 after the death of her husband Basil Bazzell in 1989, which made locating the information difficult.
January 10, 2013: Posted an Association Update.
December 31, 2012: Happy New Year. Bill Germer sent along the following request from the 548th at Beale AFB:
Col. Flood, current Commander of the 548th ISR Wing, is looking for old 548th memorabilia. They are building display cases for it. Send donations to:
9th Intel Sq
ATTN: SMSgt Don Franken
5801 C Street, STE 200
Beale AFB, CA 95903
For those at the Pacific JOIC, has anyone seen the large painting from the 6th Photo Group that hung in Hangar Three; would like to get it sent to the 548th at Beale.
October 21, 2012: Merged in Debbie and Charles Harding’s banquet photos. Have a little more time now after my 94 year old step-mom, who broke her hip on September 6th, while visiting us from Michigan, was transferred Friday (19th) from Tripler to a rehab facility in Kapolei, five minutes from us. We were told by the doctors several times she was not going to live, but she is a tough old lady and pulled through.
October 1, 2012: I have not had time to update the site recently, My 94 year old Step-Mom was visiting us from Michigan, fell, and broke her hip, had hip replacement surgery and has been in Tripler for several weeks now, outllook still in question.
August 16, 2012: Added photos provided by Debbie and Charles Harding to the 2012 Reunion Activities page, will finish annotating when time allows, and added additional photos from them to the bottom of the Banquet page, will sort and annotate at a later date. Moved Daryl Whitney’s photo on the Banquet page up to the cocktail hour and added his email comment that he had to leave the banquet early. Updated the Membership Application page, removed 2012 reunion survey. Updated the Reunion Information page with the next reunion locations.
August 6, 2012: Added Membership Demographic page.
July 31, 2012: Added more of Steve Pagels pictures to the 2012 Reunion pages.
July 30, 2012: Added Open House material from 5 May 1979 to the Open House page, which somehow was MIA from the website, but is now back; added Open House Special Edition of the Recce Rag to the Recce Rag Newsletter page, both found when I cleaned out my parents house in Placerville, California. Added pictures of Thursday night’s reception provided by Charles Harding. Added photos of the banquet and group photo provided by Michael Hall. Merged Amanda and Mike’s photos in with Steve’s in some kind of mad order. Broke the reunion page into two pages, Thursday and Friday Activities, and the Saturday Group Photo and Banquet.
July 29, 2012: Added 65 reunion photos provided by Amanda Park to the reunion Hawaii 2012 page, still need to arrange and annotate them.
July 26, 2012: Added the 2012, 2nd Quarter Recce Rag. Annotated photos from the banquet, found I missed a few people on the first paste job, if I annotated anyone wrong, please let me know, if you have any other photos, please send, especially the first nights reception.
July 10, 2012: Added more of Steve Pagel’s photos to the reunion page, arranged the photos, started to annotate the photos.
July 7, 2012: Changed website title from the 548th Reconnaissance Technical Group Association to 548th Reconnaissance Association to start making the association more a part of the 548 ISRG and the 548 RTS. Added Reunion 2012 Hawaii page with photos provided by Steve Pagel, only had time to arrange and annotate the first few photos, will do the others as time permits. Added reunion wrap-up information sent out by email to the Monthly Update page, included the 548th demographics. Added Josh Marciel, my Grandson and dedicated reunion worker, to the 548th membership as an associate member.
June 25, 2012: Changed the In Memoriam page to reflect Phil Pountain’s rank of MSgt when he passed away, this was pointed out by Dave Belote and confirmed by an internet search which located his headstone information in a New York cemetery. Please pass on any other corrections to the information on this and other pages.
Will add the new Recce Rag edition once our Hawaii reunion is finished, it not just an easy copy and paste operation. PS, will change “Plague” to “Plaque” for you eagle eyes who caught it and sent comments, which are always welcome.
April 25, 2012: Added four photos from Melissa Gorsuch’s Facebook Page to the 548th Sports (2) page and At Play (2) page.
January 21, 2012: Added more photos from Dave Richards to 548th At Play (2), At Work, and Misc pages.
dded latest information to the Reunion Information page.
April 25, 2012: Added two 548 RTS certificates to the Misc page for Bldg 206 and Hangar Three presented to Sgt Mike Vale in November 1968.
April 14, 2012: Added April Reunion Update to the Reunion Information page.
March 28, 2012: Added March Reunion Update to Reunion Information page.
March 25, 2012: Added photos from Amada Park and Dave Richards to Dorm Airman and Hickam-Around Hawaii pages.
February 21, 2012: Added 1966 548 RTS recall roster to Misc page, provided by Dave Richards. I recognize the late Chief Paul Kehoe and Capt Goddfrey Fo’s names from later years at the 548 RTG. Also added link for the Armed Forces Air Intelligence Training Center Website to the Link page.
February 9, 2012: Added 1st Quarter 2012 Recce Rag to the Recce Rag page.
February 7, 2012: Added one photo to People (2) page.
February 3, 2012: Updated the Monthly Update and Reunion Information pages.
February 1, 2012: Added more early days photos to People (2) and Sports (2) pages provided by Dave Richards.
January 19, 2012: Added 548 RTS patch and December 1955 letter from HQ USAF authorizing it provided by Dave Richards to the Misc page.
January 18, 2012: Added update on Atterbury Circle plaque and proposed design to the monthly update page. Added 548 RTS and Det One 67 RTS, Hickam AFB, photos from Dave Richards to Group, Sports (2), People (2), At Work, and The Dorm Airmen pages.
January 5, 2012: Reduced the membership roster by two due to the passing of Col Vandenburg and one member requesting to be removed from the roster after receiving the request for dues.
January 4, 2012; Added January update to Monthly Update page. Added three additional photos from Dave Richards to the Misc Photo page.
January 3, 2012: Based on an email from Dave Richards, updated the History page with information on Det One 67th RTS, Hickam AFB, personnel and equipment being used to form the 548th RTS when it was activated in October 1965. Added a photo of the Det One 67RTS area provided by Dave to the Misc Photo page.
September 23, 2011: Added article on declassification of the KH-7, KH-8, and KH-9 systems to Tools of the Trade/Photo Interpreter page.
July 21, 2011: Added information from Hale Koa and Registration Form to the Reunion Information page. Copied and added numerous photos and captions from the 548th Facebook Page to the website photo pages, sorry no individuals credits.
July 19, 2011: Added July update to Reunion Information and Monthly Update pages.
June 13, 2011: Fixed our ailing countdown counter.
April 30, 2011: Add reunion photos provided by Doug, our official photographer at the banquet, to the Reunion 2010 Photos 2 page.
March 17, 2011: Updated Donald Gump’s In Memoriam entry with workplace provided by Jay Johnson. Added reunion survey information to membership application.
February 15, 2011: Added photo collection provided by Dan ??? at the reunion and scanned by Steve Pagel of aerial photos of Army Landing Zones around Hawaii to the Hickam and Around Hawaii Photo Page.
January 24, 2011: Cancelled the subscription for the online store due to the high cost. Changed store to mail order by check or money order only.
January 18, 2011: Added photos from Mark Olson’s Facebook page to the bottom of Tools of The Trade, Photo Interpreter page. Also added photo of Corona Capsule and NRO video of Corona project to the same page.
January 8, 2011: Added a link provided by Steve Pagel for a good video on a ride in the U-2 to the Links page.
January 4, 2011: Added monthly update with an invitation for a get together at General Grant’s home on January 29th.
December 20, 2010: Added count down calendar for the 2012 Aloha Reunion to the Home page. The tentative dates, June 28-30, 2012, were selected based on the moon phases (Full), so we will not have man-of-war (Jelly Fish) in town, the kids will be out of school, and those that want to stay longer in the islands, and are still working, can take advantage of the 4th of July holiday. The dates may change based on hotel availability.
December 2, 2010: Added Squadron Leader Allan Kirby’s name to the 13th photo on the Group Photo page. Name provided by LtCol David Smuck, Col Barre Smuck’s Son in the following email:
Gentlemen, I’m the son of Barre Smuck who was with the 548th in the late 70’s and have enjoyed visiting your site. I noticed on the Group Photos page there is an unnamed Australian officer in the back row of the 13th photo (548th Officers 1978). By a remarkable coincidence, I am a USAF officer currently on exchange with the Australian AF and one of my co-workers actually knows who the unnamed Australian is. His name is Alan Kirby and his rank at the time was Squadron Leader (Maj equivalent).
Regards, DAVID B. SMUCK, Lt Col, USAF
Senior Space Adviser
Defence Space Coordinating Office
+61 2 6266 0095
August 24, 2010: Added script of BG Jim Grant’s speech at Reunion Banquet to the Reunion Information page.
August 7, 2010: Posted the August Monthly Update, starting this month, I will leave the old reports for reference and paste the new information at the top of the page.
Added unit awards for the 548th Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance Group, 548th Intelligence Group, and Det One 548th RTG to the History page. If someone out there has a list of pre and post 548th RTG commanders (RTS/IG/ ISRG), please send it and we will add it to the page in keeping with what was discussed at the reunion and to have a record of their names for those who follow us.
August 6, 2010: Replaced pictures of the pan shot at the bottom of the first reunion photo page with scans of the print; added scan of the order form for the pan photo to the bottom of the reunion information page, along with a mosaic of the scans (low resolution).
August 4, 2010: Added 2nd page of reunion photos, posted photos from LtCol (Ret) Cecil Brown and Doug Schlappi to new page.
August 2, 2010: Added some names to reunion photos, also added photos from Steve Pagel to page.
July 24, 2010: Posted email from our reunion photographer on the Reunion Information page. You can review and order the photos he took and also order the memory book from the reunion by using the links on the page.
July 15, 2010: Removed reunion registration page, added Reunion Dayton July 2010 page, added 230 photos to the Reunion Dayton July 2010 page, updated Reunion information page with photo information.
July 8, 2010: Updated the online store with the reunion price ($3.00) for the 548th coins and added the 548th patch ($5.00) to the store. If ordering, I am now in Dayton and will not be back in Hawaii until about July 20th, will process any orders then.
July 3, 2010: Posted the July Monthly Update.
June 14, 2010: Added Col Vandenberg’s Commander’s Photo Album with 117 photos from 1974-1975 time frame to the bottow of the People 2 page.
June 11, 2010: Updated reunion information concerning payment and Wright Bro tour.
Added photos from Col Schatzley to the Miscellaneous page
Added photo from Doug Schlappi to the People page 2.
June 7, 2010: Updated Reunion Information page with no rooms at the Hope Hotel and other hotels in the area with available rooms.
June 6, 2010: Added photos provided by Jim Spencer and Charles Harding to the People 2 page.
June 4, 2010: Added June Monthly Update to the Monthly Update page and updated the Reunion Information page with the new agenda for the reunion.
May 28, 2010: Added info on reunion t-shirts being made by Tony Jackson to the bottom of the Reunion Information page.
May 26, 2010: Added 1971 and 1972 photos and articles of the 548th championship football team provided by Jay Johnson to the 548th Sports 2 page.
May 21, 2010: Updated reunion agenda on Reunion Information page.
Updated the Reunion Registration page’s Friday activities. Those who have signed up for the Memphis Bell Restoration Tour, were also signed up for the Presidential Aircraft Tour, which follows the Memphis Bell Tour.
We reached 200 members, a milestone.
May 19, 2010: Updated Reunion Information page with age limit (No one under 12 YOA), personnel cap (50), and citizenship requirement (Non-U.S. citizen require 3 week notice) on Memphis Bell Restoration Tour on Friday morning.
May 18, 2010: Added times for Friday’s Memphis Bell Restoration and Air Force One Tours to Reunion Information page.
Updated the Reunion Registration Form, it was giving me the activities for Friday of the members and guests as one entry, so I had to modify the label, no need to resubmit.
May 17, 2010: Updated the Reunion Information page with changes to the dress for the banquet (Aloha Wear), minor change to shedule, and trying to order hats, patches and T-Shirts.
May 15, 2010: Added Reunion Registration page.
Updated Monthly Update and Reunion Information pages
Added Paypal payment for reunion to Online Store
May 13, 2010: Added new sub-folders for photos which were becoming too large.
Added photos provided by Joe Weller to At Work and People pages.
Have additional collections from Jay Johnson and Col Vandenburg which I will add when time allows.
I will send out the May Monthly update when I get the final reunion information from our reunion planning team in Dayton.
April 27, 2010: Added photo provided by Jim Buchan to the 548th Sports page.
April 8, 2010: Added the April Monthly Update and a new Draft Bylaws page. Added photo sent in by Jim Miller to the People page.
March 16, 2010: Simplified the membership application.
March 13, 2010: Updated prices of coins in the online store to reflect the postage on the new smaller envelopes and the actual Paypal charges, most prices came down a bit, but the larger orders went up due to the higher Paypal charges. Also changed the March Recce Rag to reflect the new price of one coin.
March 12, 2010: Added the March 2010 Recce Rag to the Recce Rag page.
March 11, 2010: Added the monthly update for March.
March 10, 2010: Just returned from a six day trip to Lanai with no internet, will try and get a monthly update and Recce Rag out in the next few days.
March 2, 2010: Added Julien LaRochelle and Donald R. Gump to the In Memoriam page, information provided by Mark Jessop.
February 27, 2010: The 548th Store is now online for coin sales, will also take payment for the reunion once I get the final cost breakout from our crew in Dayton.
I returned to Hawaii after over a month on the mainland. Yesterday I opened an account for the Association at Bank of Hawaii and setup a store for the website; however, the store is not yet online. Once the bank account is verfied by PAYPAL, I will put the store online to sell the 548th coins and when I get the pricing for the reunion, I will also post it in the store for easy payment. The price of using credit cards is prohibitive, so online payment will be by PAYPAL only, will also accept checks by mail.
February 17, 2010; Added photo provided by Andy Anderson to the At Play page.
February 16, 2010: Added photos provided by Grady Batchelor to the People page.
Finished working two weeks of fixing up our townhouse in North Carolina so we can sell it and a four day car trip from North Carolina to Idaho; I can now get back to work on the website.
February 7, 2010: Added TSgt Jerry Lewis to the In Memoriam page and update information on John Holmes, provided by Patricia (Lewis) Miller.,
January 22, 2010: Added photos from Bill Germer’s and Chris Goetz’s Facebook pages to At Play and People pages.
January 16, 2010: Added some photos to the History page.
January 14, 2010: Updated the number of AFOUA’s for the 548th and added the dates of the awards to the History page.
Added photos from Barbara Arnold to At Play (Yes, some are golf, but looks more like play than sports), People and Misc pages.
Added photo from Russ Gorrell to the People page.
January 13, 2010: Updated the logo on the Home page with one made up on Power Point by Ben Oakes.
Need some additional photos to tell the story of the 548th.
January 10, 2010: Added photos from Nate Copeland to Group, Sports, At Play, At Work, and People pages.
January 6, 2010: Added additional names provided by C. Skelley to “Golf Cart” photo (5th down) on 548th Sports page.
Tried to open bank account at Bank of Hawaii for the 548th Association as a non-profit group, but was told I can not do it until we have a meeting/minutes, elect officers and have at least two names on the account. Until then (July), I will open a personal account for the funds and promise not to be the “Meister Brau Man“.
January 5, 2010: Added countdown counter to the date of the Reunion to Home page.
Added 548th RTG Association mailing address to Home page.
January 4, 2010: Added a photo of the 613 AOC operation inside Hangar Three to the Around Hickam and Hawaii, along with a narrative on what they do. Also added two pictures further down the page of the Puka and new Tradewinds Club.
Added photo from JoAnn Spiridigliozzi to Group Photo page.
January 2, 2010: Added photo from Howard Melching to the People page.
Added two names provided by Jim Grant to the People page which were missing from the photo of 548th award winners with Govenor George Ariyoshi.
Added photos taken at Hickam today to the Hickam and Around Hawaii page.
January 1, 2010: Happy New Year!!
Added the January 2010 monthly update and emailed it to members.
Added boxes to Membership Application asking new members if they plan on attending the reunion and the number in their party.
Added a link to the Monthly Update page on the Reunion Information page.
Added photos of the grand opening of the 548th at Hangar Three provided by Michael Bernstein to the Misc Photo page.
Updated the History page with the date of the move to Hangar Three.
Added Marc Bernier to the In Memoriam page, He died of lymphoma at age 30 in 1993, provided by Cyd Marckmann.
Added photos from Howard Melching to Sports and People pages, also added names to photo on Group Photo page.
December 31, 2009: Added photos from Jim Grant to Hickam and Around Hawaii page.
December 29, 2009: Added photos from Al Marsh to the Dorm Airmen and 548th At Play pages.
December 26, 2009: Added photos provided by BG (Ret) Jim Grant to the Sports, At Work, Open House, and People pages,
Added photos provided by Bill Germer to the People and Misc Pages.
December 22, 2009: Added photos and narrative provided by Ben Oakes to Tools of the Trade, The Photo Lab. If anyone else has Tools of the Trade photos for other sections of the 548th, please send them, this is our history and we need to preserve it.
December 20, 2009: Added 548th RTG reunion flyer with the dates and tentative schedule of the July 8-10 2010 reunion at Dayton to the Reunion Information page.
December 17, 2009: Added photos from Tony Jackson to Sports and People pages.
December 14, 2009: Added the current reunion location survey count to the Reunion Information page; will try and update every morning this week.
December 13, 2009: Removed reunion survey data from membership application.
Add reunion Information page.
December 12, 2009: Added six photos from Joe Weller to Sports, Open House, Dorm, and Misc Photo pages.
Added one photo from Bill Germer’s Facebook page to 548th at Work Photo page.
December 10, 2009: Added photo from 548th Children’s Christmas Party to Misc Photo page.
If you have any old photos from our days at the 548th, please send.
December 8, 2009: Began highlighting membership roster with new members this week.
December 7, 2009: December 7, 1941 “A day which will live in infamy”
Added a Hawaiian Da Night Bafo Christmas, courtesy of Johnny Eure, JPAC Hawaii, to Misc Page (will remove after Christmas).
December 4, 2009: Added photo credits I was missing in North Carolina, all were from Jim Sertich’s Facebook page, thanks Jim.
Added 1979 Open House photo montage from my collection.
December 2, 2009: Added photos provided by Allen Marsh to Sports, At Play, Dorm Airman, Misc and the People pages. Also added one of his photos to Tools of the Trade, Photo Interpreter.
Added a comment on a reunion at Dayton Ohio from Doc Blanchard to the December Monthly Update.
Added First Sergeant Malcolm to the In Memoriam page
Recieved two more memberships, bringing us to the 100 mark, a great birthday present for me, 39 and holding.
December 1, 2009: Emailed the 56 548th members that are on Facebook, but who are not on the 548th membership roster, inviting them to visit the 548th website and sign up. Six immediately signed up, bringing the membership up to 98, near the 100 goal.
Added new “Monthly Update” page.
November 27, 2009: Added links to 544th SIW/ARTW and TMS Facebook pages.
November 26, 2009: Added Chris Biskup’s story to the November ’09 Recce Rag.
Happy Thanksgiving to all!
November 23, 2009: Added photo from Col Boasso to At Work page.
Added 548th motto to History page header.
November 22, 2009: Added link to 548th page on Classmates.com
November 21, 2009: Added photos provided by Col Boasso to Group, People, Open House, and Misc; also added At Work photo provided by Tom Kenney.
November 20, 2009: Added photos to Group, Sports, Play, People, and Misc., Missing some credits, I am in North Carolina, left my notes in Hawaii..
November 11, 2009: Added seven new members today, the best day thus far, happy Veterans Day to all.
Added two more names to the In Memoriam Page
Added member provided names to Group Photos, ASIAT Photo, and Dorm Airman.
November 7, 2009: Added 548th At Work page to photos
Added photos provided by Howard Melching to the At Work, Group, and At Play photo pages. New photos will be added to the top of each page as they come in.
November 6, 2009: Added Terry Deininger Facebook photos to the Sports and At Play photo pages; added names Terry Deininger’s provided on Facebook to the 1986 Football Team.
November 5, 2009: Added Cartographics Section to the History Page
BTW: If you wonder why the small caps on the menu and page headers, that is the nature of this web builder I am using, nothing I can do about it except use another template for the site, but I like this one.
November 3, 2009: Added number count to Membership Roster
Added date of death (When Known) to In Memoriam Page
November 2, 2009: Updated names on Garnett Howard’s photos of the 1982 Honolulu Marathon and Recce Tech Managers Conference.
November 1, 2009: Added the November 2009 Recce Rag and made-sub pages for the Rag
Added an Open House sub-page to Photos
Moved the 1979 Open House pages from Miscellaneous to the new Open House sub-page
Added photos from Garnett Howard to the photo sub-pages: Group, At Play, Sports, People, and Open House
October 30, 2009: Added “Tools of the Trade” page and sub-pages
Added “What’s New” page
Added link to the new 548th RTG E-Group