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Missouri Wing of the Commemorative Air Force June Newsletter

Missouri Wing of the Commemorative Air Force June Newsletter

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Missouri Wing of the Commemorative Air Force June Newsletter. This newsletter is to inform members and quests of the happenings at the Missouri Wing.
Missouri Wing of the Commemorative Air Force June Newsletter. This newsletter is to inform members and quests of the happenings at the Missouri Wing.

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P.O. Box 637 St.Charles, MO 63302 St. Charles County Smartt Airport 636-250-4515 Fax 636-250-4515 www.cafmo.or
Col. Patrick Kesler28 Confederate WaySt. Charles, MO 63303636-928-5687636-250-4515 Wingwingleader@cafmo.org
Col.Bob Moore6 Hidden Meadow CourtSt. Charles, MO 63303636-928-5546 home314-486-1205 cellmoorerw@charter.net
Col. Bob Lawrence111 W. Essex Ave.Kirkwood, MO 63122314-494-7539 cell314-894-3200 x103 work 
Col. Steve Gossett4 Limerick LaneO'Fallon, MO 63366636-474-9763314-306-5021
Col.Craig O'Mara1085 Graywolf CourtFairview Heights, IL 62208618-632-6113 home618-558-7211 cellcraigo777@juno.com
Col. Pat Fenwick 6 Heather DriveSt. Peters, MO 63376636-441-2856
Col. Chris Herrmann309 Clearwater DriveBelleville, IL 62220618-233-4782
Col. Cecilia Holechek 314-920-5118infocafmo@gmail.com
Saturday - June 8 - General Meeting - 1:30 pm
June 7-9
Cameron, MO Airshow B-25, LHFEs, PX
Jun 8
General Meeting 1:30pm
Jun 21-23
Davenport, IA Quad Cities Airshow B-25, TBM, LHFEs, PX
June 30
Macomb, IL Fly-In B-25, LHFEs, PX
July 3-7
Six Flags Flybys each evening B-25 & TBM
July 4
Fourth of July Parade - Webster Groves, Mo.
July 12-13
Wingnuts Flying Circus Airshow, Tarkio, Mo. TBM
July 13
General Meeting 1:30pm
 Aug 10
General Meeting 1:30pm
  Aug 11
Festival of the Little Hills Parade - St. Charles, Mo.
 Aug 17
Sullivan, MO B-25, L-3 LHFEs, PX
Sep 7
Warrensburg, Mo. Skyhaven Airshow B-25, LHFEs, PX
Sep 14
General Meeting 1:30pm
Sep 19-21
Camdenton, MO Lake Airshow B-25, L-3, LHFEs, PX
Jefferson City, MO Open House B-25, L-3, LHFEs, PX
Oct 11-13
 AIRSHO 2013 Midland, Texas TBM (crew pays own expenses)
Oct 12
General Meeting 1:30pm
Oct 19
Mt. Vernon, IL Little Egypt Fly-In TBM, L-3, PX
Oct 26
Smartt Field Open House & Pumpkin Drop
Nov 9
General Meeting 1:30pm
Nov 9
 Veteran's Day Parade - Florissant, MO
 View The Compass in colorat cafmo.org
May 11 general membership meeting marked the first time in the history of the Missouri Wing thatthe President of the CAF ever set foot on our field. CAF Col. Steve Brown addresses the members.
 Happy Father's Day! 
Remember, you can help
Keep ‘Em Flying 
and have agreat, rewarding time in your life while doing so. It’s alwaysgreat to make new memories – especially when they areassociated with the memories of that Great Generation.Respectfully submitted,
Col. Pat Kesler,
Wing Leader
Summer will arrive on June 21
and the Wing has alreadybeen hard at it in regards to airshows, flying events and LHFErides. We’ve already experienced some wicked weather, but havebeen more fortunate than those residents in Moore, Oklahoma.Our prayers and best wishes go out to those who have lost familymembers and friends and to all who are still homeless or suffering.We need to maintain vigilance when operating anywhere in theMidwest because of the volatile weather and will always retreatto the conservative position when it comes to aircraft activityduring questionable weather periods.I would like to thank all of those members who were able tocome out to the Wing on Saturday, May 11
and chat with Col.Steve Brown during his visit. This was the first time in the historyof the Missouri Wing that the President of the CAF ever set footon our premises. I would especially like to give major kudos toCols. Angie and Chris Herrmann for acquiring and preparing allof the German brats, hot dogs, German potato salad, regularpotato salad, baked beans, cupcakes and brownies. I heard that Angie was up until 3:00am Saturday baking goodies. Oh, andthanks again go to Connie Coffey for her delicious desserts. Also,thanks to all who stood over the hot grill, preparing those bratsand dogs for the feeding frenzy. It was a great time in the B-25hangar and Col. Brown was really impressed with our members,camaraderie and great food. I need to also lay high accolades onCol. Bob Lawrence who volunteered to ramrod the needs of Col.Brown once he arrived on Friday afternoon. He made sure Stevewas comfortable and also kept him busy Friday evening with agreat dinner at the Missouri Athletic Club and great seats justbehind the Cardinal dugout during a one-hitter by pitcher ShelbyMiller (Matt Conrad and I were asked to tag along and I wasimpressed with Bob’s timely “social skills”). Bob also treated Steveand me to an impressive round of gluttony at Brazikat BrazilianSteak & Seafood in Clayton Saturday evening. Col. Brown departedSunday morning very tired, well-fed, and totally blown away bythe MO Wing’s composition and friendliness. Way to go Robert!Following our short monthly meeting, Col. Brown gave anhour-long presentation on the CAF and broke the news that theCAF is in the process of relocating National Headquarters (ourWing was first to receive the news). The search for a new citywill be a 6 month long process. He expanded on the news andannounced the new strategy of the “CAF Airbase” concept andthe desire to elevate the national profile and improve the overall “educational impact across America”. He answered many good,direct questions by our members following his dissertation andtold me he appreciated the immediate concern for this latestdevelopment. More detailed information on the Headquartersannouncement can be found on the CAF websitewww.commemorativeairforce.orgDue to inclement weather we were unable to participate inthe final reunion of the WWII Stalag 17B German POW Campsurvivors visitation scheduled at Spirit of St. Louis Airport on Friday,May 3
. We invited the group out to our facilities, but they wereunable to visit because of time limitations. They were able to visitCreve Coeur Airport and saw many of the warbirds while there.Please take a look at the front page schedule. You’ll notice afew changes. Our participation in the June 28-29 Cape Girardeauair show has been cancelled due to lack of city funding on theirpart. We have also been requested to provide B-25 and TBMflybys over the Six Flags amusement park during the first week of July in support of “Operation Homefront” which will beconducting activities there July 3-7.Is it me or is this year passing us by rather quickly? Maybe itis always this way, I seem to recall my parents always saying theolder you get the faster time flies. Apparently a reality that I nowbuy into. So let’s see what I can share this month. In the ExecutiveOfficer file I am making headway on a few marketing projectsthat I have on my plate. In short a few projects to better sharewith the world who we are, what we do and why we do what wedo. Membership has been going well, we have seen some newfaces around the hangars this spring as well as some old. Websiteis still in the works, more details to follow as they develop.Now as for the PX, the reveal has come! I was fortunate towork with a company called Graphics Factory in Fenton, MO. Whilepictures do it little justice I have included a few before and aftershots. The trailer is now covered in a vinyl wrap that has a 5 yearUV rated life before we see any fading. The reality is that our PXtrailer sees about 40-50 days a year of sunshine so by my maththese new graphics should not fade for about 36yrs or until thetrailer falls apart, whichever comes first. Besides for the newgraphics I have replaced all lights, reflectors, brackets, fenders,rims and anything else on the exterior that I could. All internalcontent has remained the same with the exception of thecamouflage table skirts. Those have been replaced with new bluetable skirts that have the National CAF wings as well as the typeset of Missouri Wing. See picture below but then go online to seeit all in color! This has been a long process and I am sure that wewill get even more attention on the roadways as a giant billboardthan we had ever gotten before. As a matter of fact, the day Ipicked the trailer up I was driving Northbound on I-270 and waspassed by a small car. In the passenger seat was a woman in her70s-80s passing by with her thumb up and a big smile. Thatalone let me know that people driving by were already takingnotice! Also on the PX our new gloves are available. These are madefrom a similar glove type as the Mechanix Brand Gloves. I haveembroidered on then B-25 Show Me with an image. These havea price of $21.00 and are available in Large and X-Large. I havebeen doing a good deal of shipping to people who are orderingonline or via email. If you would like to order any of our items letme know and all I ask is that you help cover the postage. I dohave a sales sheet that I can email anyone should you like to seeall the items that we have in regards to our Wing and aircraft.
CAF Col. Bob Lawrence 
Pedicure for the Lawnmower Person??
Women - Don’t try this do it yourself home pedicure.Men - Don’t lose your man card.Here are some tips to avoid an accidental pedicure ormanicure (or worse), while keeping the lawn looking nice foryour neighbors. Frankly, if it weren’t for the Joneses next door,our lawns would look just fine with the grass being a bit longer.John Fester's first flight with Matt Conrad (left).Congratulations to John for qualifying as co-pilot.Jordan Brown in the TBM.- Do not operate your mower under the influence of alcohol,narcotics, or if you’re just not alert.— Remove the cup holder to avoid temptation.- Do not mow your lawn in sandals, flip-flops or with barefoot.— Mowing your lawn without fully enclosed shoes could resultin a fatal pedicure.- Unclog chute with a stick, not your hand (even if it isn’t running).- Disconnect spark plug when removing a blade or working onthe motorTo avoid other costly mishaps, here are some additionalthoughts for consideration.- Inspect lawn; remove all objects that can become missiles & injure a pet or person nearby.- Gas up your lawn mower outside - not in the garage near thegas hot water heater.- Do not mow without a grass catcher, if your mower is designedfor one.- Empty the grass catcher with the mower off If you use electrical lawn care tools such as mowers, blowers,and trimmers:- Do not use frayed, under amperage, ungrounded power cordswith your electric mower.- Let wet lawns dry before mowing. After a busy day of mowing your lawn SAFELY - you deserve agood nap!
CAF Col. Chris Herrmann 
Pat Fenwick and Bob Cushman checking for oil leak on L3.Korry Tacchitesting hisnewexhaust.Conrad and Fester landing after check ride.

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