The 39th Troop Carrier Squadron alumni group held its annual reunion in conjunction with the Troop Carrier/Tactical Airlift Association in Dayton, Ohio, October 11-14, 2018. The schedule of events included a visit to the National Museum of the United States Air Force, with a Troop Carrier/Tactial Airlift Memorial Dedication on Friday, with a buffet dinner that evening.
Following breakfast on Saturday morning, we had the pleasure of hearing the most inspiring speakers ~ first, a presentation of the Battle of An Loc and the crash of the C-130 and rescue of the crew in April 1972. Listening to those actually involved was incredible, and we felt as if we were right there with them during the rescue.
Ray Snedegar then spoke of the C-5 Babylift Crash which occurred in April 1975. The photos he presented and the story he told of the tragedy that unfolded brought tears to our eyes. A bright spot was when he introduced Aryn Lockhart, one of the babies who survived the crash. What an inspiration she is! We thoroughly enjoyed hearing her story.
A banquet was held on Saturday, with retired Air Force officer and professor, Alan Gropman as our speaker. We said our goodbyes on Sunday, and hope to meet again soon!
Photos of the reunion are posted on our Flickr page. Please CLICK HERE to view these and photos of past reunions.
We held our business meeting on Friday evening and discussed several possibilities for 2019 reunion. We will be sending a survey to all 39th members for their input on their preferences.