U.S. Air Force
12th Tactical Fighter Wing Association ©
Dedicated to the men and women veterans of the 12th Tactical Fighter Wing
Founded By: David J. Hutchings, 1993
"As we honor the men and women who have given their lives, let us also pray for the safety of those still missing in action and the solace of those who wait as well as those who mourn. The world should know that the United States will not falter in its determination to achieve an adequate accounting of our MIA's. Finally, let us resolve to learn from the example of those whose memories we honor today. May the courage they demonstrated in war guide us to even greater achievements in peace. Peace, too, can have its heroes. In our everyday lives, in the example we set, in the kind of a country we build and in the national character that we sustain, we can erect the greatest monument of all to those we honor here today. They will not have died in vain and their loved ones will not have suffered in vain if we vow to live our lives in the cause of honor, freedom, and justice that they so gallantly served."
(From Memorial Day remarks of President Gerald Ford in 1975, the year of the end of the Vietnam War)
Subject: 12TFW Association operations and qualifications for admittanceThis letter is to both provide clarification and act as an invitation to those who qualify to join our organization. We, the 12th TFW Association, consist of former officers, enlisted, and civilians (both contract and civil service), male and female, who were attached or provided support to the 12th TFW while the air wing was located at MacDill AFB, FL.; Cam Ranh Bay AB, RVN; or Phu Cat AB, RVN. This further includes the 389th TFS and the 480th TFS at both Phu Cat and Danang and includes the widows of those who served in the 12th TFW, and there are many. We hold our reunions every 2 years (even numbered years), and we include and are associated with the 12th FEW/SFW Bergstrom AFB, TX (Korean War era), and the 12th FTW currently based at JBSA-Randolph, TX which currently encompasses what once was 306th and 479th wings. These groups may at times, join us at the same reunion point, as a joint effort, but all hold separate business meetings. Some groups constitute our history and the others our future. We have found the mixes to have been a blessing for all.
During each bi-annual reunion, business meetings are conducted to elect or re-elect new officers and committee members, vote on potential reunion sites and any association issues.
Dues are collected from our membership on a bi-annual basis and at the rate of $30 for two years. We are a Not-for-profit organization, and use the money to fund mailers, search for future reunion sites by our all-volunteer staff, the research and documentation for of our history, and special projects.
The search for new 12th TFW Association members is accomplished through military and military retirement publications which advertise our reunions, and also by current members looking for old friends. The membership roster of the 12th TFW Association is not a list of those who once belonged to the 12th TFW or any of its supporting units, but a roster of those who qualified and joined us and help with the effort of keeping the 12th TFW heritage alive.
The membership roster is available to all members, but is considered proprietary and is not for general or public distribution. Those who once joined but have passed are kept in the file in a separate section as Members Who Have Flown West. Please consider this as an invitation to those that may qualify and wish to join us.
Please also visit the web site at http://12tfw.org/ for additional information and photos about the air wing and its members. This includes posting of the details on the rededication ceremony of the 12th TFW Memorial Monument at the Sidney Boston War Memorial at the Fremont County Air Park in Cañon City, CO in August or September of every year and where some of us continue to meet annually to remember and pay tribute to our fallen. This memorial contains a wall listing those members lost while serving with the 12th TFW and includes F-4C 63-7551 which also flew with the air wing.
Everett J Sherwood, Member Communications
12th TFW Association Committee
Note: Our next reunion is targeted for Tucson, AZ, 2018
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