Thursday 18, July 2019

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The Langley Crier
Winter 2017

"From the President"

Buster douglasI hope you all had a chance to spend time with family and to give thanks for the privilege of living in this great country with the freedoms we enjoy … and for the men and women, past and present, who won and preserve those freedoms enumerated in our Constitution. We are truly blessed living in the United States of America.

We certainly had some great events this past quarter highlighted by the 100 Year Anniversary of the 1st Fighter Wing. The unit was formed as the 1st Pursuit Group at the time the US was preparing for entry into the First World War. The 1st Fighter Wing heritage includes the Layette Escadrille -- those brave individuals who volunteered to serve the cause of freedom even before the US entry into the war -- as well those aviation pioneers who captured the nation’s imagination fighting for the first time in the third dimension under the US flag in that same conflict. Men like Frank Luke Jr. and Eddie Rickenbacker laid the foundation for today’s Airmen in the 1st Fighter Wing. The Airmen of the 1st Fighter Wing serving today are cut from that same mold and they carry on the tradition begun just over a century ago. You can read more about this event in Rich Shook’s article on Page 3.

Looking forward, we’ve got a lot to be excited about. As you will see later in this issue, we will be taking three Langley Airmen with us to Orlando for the Air Warfare Symposium. This is a first for us. This symposium provides a professional development opportunity you won’t find anywhere else. These Airmen will have a chance to hear from Air Force senior leadership and industry on the future of our Service and they will have the chance to rub elbows with Airmen from around the country. Please ask them about their experience when they get back—I’m sure they will have a lot to talk about.

Mark your calendars! The 2018 Airpower Symposium will be held in conjunction with the Langley Air Show during the week of May 14th. We’re just beginning the planning process so you can look forward to more information in the coming months.

Finally, from the entire AFA Langley Chapter EXCOM, Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukah and Happy New Year.

Buster Douglas
President, Langley AFA Chapter

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