* The Military Coalition:
AFWOA has become an affiliated
member of The Military Coalition (TMC). TMC is a consortium of military
and veterans' organizations representing more than 5.5 million members
of the uniformed services community. This includes active duty, national
Guard and Reserve, retirees, family members, and veterans.
* Letters to Officials:
Included with this newsletter are
copies of two letters Karen sent to selected officials on behalf of AFWOA.
The first was to the Secretary of Defense concerning the policy regarding
the wear of the abaya by American servicewomen while serving in Saudi Arabia.
It was in support of LtCol Martha McSally. The second letter was
to Senator Olympia J. Snow (R-Maine) and Representative Heather Wilson
(R-NM) concerning the proposed restructuring of the Defense Advisory Committee
on Women in the Services (DACOWITS).
* AFWOA History Book is Here:
At long last, the
AFWOA History book is in print. Included with this newsletter is
a flyer for ordering more copies. The book includes the history of
women in the Air Force and the founding of AFWOA, along with photos from
the Reunion scrapbooks. Also, look for the extended interviews of
Verdia May Hickambottom Arnold
Barbara M. Pratt-LeMahiew
Virginia Gocke Mahan
* WAF Association:
As Karen mentions in her opening comments,
we are exploring the possibility of affiliating with the WAF Association
for our 2003 Convention/Reunion in Colorado Springs. What is the
WAF Association? It started out much the same way that AFWOA did.
In 1987, a handful of old friends decided to reach out and get together
and reminisce about the good old days in the Air Force. They started
out with annual reunions, and in 1991 the organization was formalized as
WAF Reunion (changed in 1999 to WAF Association). They have nearly
800 members of all ranks. More information: contact Carol Poynor,
snail mail 5910 Cliffmore Dr., San Antonio, TX 78250. Quite a few
of our AFWOA members also belong to the WAF Association, and enjoy their
* Women's Overseas Service League (WOSL):
organization to join is WOSL. Membership is open to any military
women who were stationed overseas or any civilian who worked in support
of the armed services overseas. WOSL was formed in 1921 by women
who had served overseas during World War I. Current membership is
about 800. Quite a few AFWOA members are active in WOSL. The
National Vice President is
Paula Haley, San Antonio, Texas
For information on joining, contact her at email
or snail mail 323 Adams Street, San Antonio, TX 78210. Paula is running
for National President, with elections held in June at the annual convention
in Reno, Nevada.
* Ruptured Ducks:
The Ruptured Ducks 2002 Tourney will
be held September 17-18 at Andrews AFB, MD. If you want more information,
Or snail mail her at 113 Bel Air Drive, Vacaville, CA 95687.
* Telephone Scam Alert:
Two scams making the rounds you
should be aware of. If anyone calls and says he/she is a telephone
service technician and is conducting a test of your telephone lines, be
alert. If you are asked to press 9, 0 (zero), and the pound sign
(#) to complete the test, don't do it. What that does is give the
person full access to your telephone line. Just imagine your phone
bill after this! This has been particularly popular originating from
local jails/prisons. The second scam also can run up the charges
on your telephone bill, and it involves area code 809. If someone
asks you to call a number beginning with the area code, you could wind
up with charges of $2,425 per minute. The goal is to keep you on
the phone as long as possible when you call an area code 809 number.
That area code is located in the British Virgin Islands (the Bahamas),
and therefore is not covered by U.S. regulations. One person received
a charge of $24,100 on one such call.
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If you have not paid, please send $10 check. If dues are not received
by June 30, 2002, this will be your last mailing from us.
* Tribute to Women in the Military:
, reports about the sucessful "Tribute to Women
in the Military" held at Kirkland AFB in March, to kick off Women's History
Month. The celebration included guest speakers, workshops and exhibits,
and concluded with a luncheon with Brig. Gen. Wilma Vaught (Ret) as guest
speaker. Other guest speakers included Col. Regina C. Aune, Commander
of the 377th Medical Group at Kirtland, Lt Juanita (Penny) Shields (WAAC,
1942-1943) and Sgt Maj Cherry A. McPherson (USMC). Next year's tribute
will be held March 7, 2003 at Kirtland AFB. For more information,
contact LtCol Mary Parker at
* Looking for Women's Uniforms:
The Junior ROTC program
at Auburn High School in Auburn, Alabama, is looking for women's uniforms
from World War II, Korea, and Vietnam. They dress their Honor Guard
in various uniforms from the different wars our country has been involved
in, but lack women's uniforms. If anyone has any uniforms they wish
to donate, contact Kirby Dalton, Auburn High School JROTC, 405 South Dean
Road, Auburn, AL 36830.
* New Elderhostel Program:
The story of the World War II
Code Breakers, "Enigma", is the subject of a new learning program sponsored
by Elderhostel. Students of military history and strategy, cryptography
and 20th Century warfare will have an opportunity to delve into the world
of wartime intelligence during the nine-day program in London and Oxford,
England, this September. For more information on this and other Elderhostel
programs, visit their website at
* Korean War Veterans Reunion:
A reunion for all Korean
War era veterans, regardless of where stationed, will be held September
13-15, 2002, at the Ramada Inn, Sumter, South Carolina. Contact Don
Skinner (after June 1) at 803-648-8641 or email
* New Members
A warm welcome to our newest AFWOA members. Their addresses are
in the supplement to the January 2002 Directory included with this newsletter.
Rachel C. Aguirre, Orlando, Florida
Jeannette I. Blumenthal, Ft. Lee, Virginia
Patricia A. Louis, San Diego, California
Vera M. Oliveri, San Antonio, Texas
Jeanna L. Pryor, San Antonio, Texas
Valerie G. Sams, Niceville, Florida
* News About Our Members
It's been a while since our last Newsletter, so we'll catch up on the
news you have sent us the past year.
* Pat Reynolds, Biloxi, Miss.
, completed her two years
as president-elect and president of Sunshine Region, Division II, International
Training in Communication (formerly International Toastmistress Clubs).
She traveled extensively throughout her area of responsibility in Mississippi,
Alabama, Georgia, and Florida, as well as the Bahamas. Pat was also
honored by Phi Delta Kappa International Professional Education Association
as a Gerald Reed Scholar for her contributions to the Educational Foundation.
She received her third International Travel Seminar Scholarship and toured
Ireland and Great Britain last July and August.
* Deborah Johnston, Colorado Springs, Colo
., has joined
the Peace Corps and is going to Armenia in June for two years.
* Kay Mull, Winchester, Va.
, continues her service as
a hospital volunteer, putting in about 100 hours a month. She reports
she has added three bowling leagues a week to her activities, staying physically
well at the age of 81.
* Nancy Samuelson, Sacramento, Calif.
, has a new book
Shoot from the Lip: the Lives, Legends, and Lies of the Three Guardsmen
of Oklahoma and U.S. Marshal Nix
. Her book
The Dalton Gang
is now in its third printing.
* "Kris" Krizanauskas, Mesa, Ariz.
, was inducted into
the new Arizona Veterans Hall of Fame last year. She was also honored
as a recipient of an "Outstanding Citizens of Arizona Award."
* Betty Ann Patterson, Tacoma, Wash.
, took a train trip
through Europe late in 2000, and stopped "in the shadow of the Matterhorn."
She is also known as Vickie York (writing for Harlequin) and as Elizabeth
Carlson (writing for Zebra).
* Norma Breedlove, San Antonio, Texas
, had an item printed
in "All in a Day's Work" in the February 2002 issue of
Norma also entertained her sister and a cousin during Fiesta in April and
attended the Texas Cavaliers' River Parade and the "Coronation of the Queen."
* Bonnie O'Leary, Aurora, Colo.
, refused to let the events
of September 11 spoil her life-long dream of seeing Tibet. She left
only 11 days after those tragic events and spent three weeks in Nepal,
Bhutan and Tibet. She reports that "It was all grand except I've
had enough temples and rice for now."
* "Lost" in the Mail
Our mail was returned as non-deliverable to the following. If
you know where they are, please let us know.
Christine R. Cather, Springfield VA
Evelyn Cherry, Nashville TN
Carol L. Curry, Federal Way WA
Jackie L. Day, Livermore CA
Kimberley A. Fergan, Eastpointe MI
Lorene T. Gaston, Arlington VA
Ruth Grine, Sequim WA
Dawn M. Hrdlicka, APO AP 96326
Cheryl L. Hurley, North Pole AK
Lisa C. Koepke, San Antonio TX
Barbara J. Nugent, Murrieta CA
Nellie M. Riley, Universal City TX
Marbel C. Roy, Clovis NM
Ethel R. Sentilles, Covington LA
Stella T. Smith, McChord AFB WA
Beatrice Stecher, Fort Myers FL
Sharon C. Thomas, Maxwell AFB AL
Vera E. Von Stein, La Jolla CA
* Blue Yonder
Since our last Newsletter, we regret to inform you of the death of:
Nancy A. Baldwin, Maj USAF Ret, 6-1-01
Dorothy E. Bartlett, LtCol USAF Ret, 4-9-01
Florence B. Casey, LtCol USAF Ret, 12-1-01
Cecilia "Penny" Ellis (Riesenman), Maj USAF
Shirley A. Rexford Ellis, 5-7-01
Dorathy E. Engle, LtCol USAF Ret, 4-21-01
Barbara Hall Finney, LtCol USAF Ret, 9-23-01
Shirley "Toni" O'Dell Johnson, LtCol USAF
June R. Kroupa, Capt USAF Ret, 5-16-02
Marion Cox Lichty, LtCol USAF Ret, 11-11-01
Audrey Penfold Lugg, SqLdr WRAF Ret, 12-31-01
Onnette Lethin Rhodes, 7-7-01
Hope Juhl Starbuck, 5-15-99
Ila Mae Tucker, LtCol USAF Ret
Charlotte Wildbur (Butterfield), LtCol USAF
Letha P. "Lee" Willingham, Col USAF Ret, 4-6-01
Nena Zitinsky, LtCol USAF Ret
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