AAFES purchases on-line for Vets

Military Exchange (PX, BX, NAVEX) shopping  benefits were traditionally limited to active duty, retired military and a few Federal Health officials.

Last year the Army/Air Force Exchange System (AAFES) expanded the eligibility, for on-line shopping only,  to include any US military veteran with an honorable discharge from the service.

These benefits include tax-free purchases and free shipping for most purchases over $49.99.

Signing up for these benefits is relatively easy.

Go to the AAFES on-line site at: http://www.shopmyexchange.com/  or www.aafes.com.

When the home page is displayed click on “My Account” and scroll down to “Create New Account” then click on it and follow  the instructions for filling out your application.


Ailing Crewmember – Lars Ritola

Judy reports that Lars’ condition has deteriorated and his cancer has now filled his lungs and his doctors have classified his condition as terminal.  Please keep him & Judy in your Thoughts & Prayers.


Ailing Crewmember – Ross Vizza

A member of 6994, Det 1, Rosario (Ross) Vizza, is very ill. His daughter let me know that he has aggressive lymphoma and alzheimers.
Ross did his first stint as a 292×1 with the 6922nd Security Squadron, Charlie Flight, at Clark AFB, RPI. He then went to Viet Nam where he was assigned to 6994, Det 1 at Nha Trang and later Phu Cat (1969-1970). He received four Air Medals and the DFC. Like many of us he finished up at Kelly AFB, San Antonio working at Medina.
I spoke with his family and they said it would be OK to pass this information along.
If anyone wants to send anything to the family they may send it to Bobbie Vizza,
9231 South Sacramento Ave., Evergreen Park, IL 60642.
Ross’s home email is vzz10@comcast.net.
An alternate may be his daughter’s email vizza15@yahoo.com.

.Marsby Warters


Ailing Crewmember – Bob Nebe

 I am writing to let the group know Bob Nebe is extremely ill.  Many Surgery’s since 2016, a very serious heart condition, quite a few extensive stays at Hines VA Hospital in Maywood, IL . He is currently recovery from his most recent surgery and on dialysis 3 times a week.  Bob was looking forward to this year’s reunion but had to cancel for obvious health reason. He is scheduled for surgery week of 6/18/2018 and is waiting for a kidney transplant.  Please advise squadron and send well wishes to Bob and his family.  nebebob@yahoo.com

Larry Tincher


New Book featuring Todd Melton of Baron 52

6994th Airman Featured in Upcoming Book About Wisconsin’s Missing in Action Servicemen


Sat, June 2 2018

MADISON, WI – “Todd was an intelligent individual who knew what he wanted to do and how to achieve his goals.” Staff Sergeant Todd Melton is still remembered today, 45 years after he went missing during the Vietnam War. Raised in Milwaukee, Todd served as a linguist during the war with the 6994th Security Squadron. His aircraft, Baron 52, went down over Laos shortly after the signing of the Paris Peace Accords officially ended the war. Todd’s story – his childhood in Wisconsin, his training, and the strange circumstances surrounding the downed aircraft – is one of 37 stories told in the upcoming book, Wisconsin’s 37: The Lives of Those Missing in Action in the Vietnam War.

Wisconsin’s 37 tells of the lives of the 37 men from Wisconsin classified as “Missing in Action” from the Vietnam War. From the Gulf of Tonkin until the Paris Peace Accords, in Laos, Vietnam, and Cambodia, the men of Wisconsin experienced nearly every aspect of the Vietnam War. Their stories are as unique as the men themselves.

More than just a military book, though, Wisconsin’s 37 focuses on how these individuals lived rather than just the circumstances that led to their disappearances. Growing up in familiar places all around Wisconsin, readers will relate to their experiences and values, and perhaps appreciate their sacrifices all the more.

Heavily based on nearly 200 interviews from family, friends, and fellow servicemen, Wisconsin’s 37 gives life to the names on the Wall, and highlights the importance of remembering those we have lost.

Author Erin Miller is a 2018 graduate from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she holds a B.A. in history and an M.S. in communication sciences and disorders. It has been her honor to record these stories. John Sharpless is a history professor at the UW.

The book will be available for purchase in early June through McFarland and Company’s website and Amazon.com. All royalties from the sale of this book will be donated to the Wisconsin Veterans Museum in Madison and the Highground Memorial in Neillsville, Wisconsin.


Jim McGee News

Dear family and friends,

Thanks so much for the kind birthday wishes. They make my day all so wonderful.
A year ago, I was diagnosed with end stage renal failure – my kidneys had stopped working. In dialysis since last June, I am awaiting a kidney transplant from a deceased donor (along with 94,000 others in the U.S.) Dialysis keeps me feeling well on most days, but the long term prospects of my living the four to five years until a deceased donor can be identified diminish with each passing day.
My physicians tell me that my best chance for survival is to find a living donor as soon as possible. Several friends and relatives have stepped forward to volunteer; so far, none have been a match.
After 40 years of public service and giving, I am now asking for help with the most challenging issue of my life. If you or someone you know are willing to consider volunteering a kidney and have O positive or O negative blood type, please contact me @jdmcgee49@gamil.com or go to:

Living kidney donor program at Tampa General Hospital;
Georgetown University


(855) 204-6516Thanks for your continuing thoughts and prayers.



A Memory from Danny Russell

on 22 April 1970 Cap 53 was lost

                                  Mike Conner was lost

30 Days later on 22 May 1970 Mike Jr. was born

He Never Saw His Daddy

Danny Russell


Thank You from Frank Falkowski

Dear 94th Members,

On Friday the 27th of April my wife and I met with our cancer team at Roswell Cancer Center to evaluate my past 7 months of chemo and to review the latest cat scan. I was told that the results showed that I was cancer free.  Elation does not describe the feelings we shared and the experience of this challenge.

I want this unit to know how much I appreciated your emails, cards, and texts during this time.  Your prayers and the courage of Stan Long who also suffered and was taken from us with soft cell lung carcinoma has been and will always be an inspiration to my wife and I. 

We look forward to our Kentucky reunion and sharing our many blessings with you. 

Being a part of this unit is and will continue to be a very special part of my life. 

See ya in August.  Frank and Christine Falkowski.


Another 6994th Author

Bill Wood has written a fictional account based on his tour at Pleiku/Danang in 1969-70 entitled ‘Code Warriors – A Year In Vietnam’.  It is available on Amazon Kindle as an e-book ($2.99) or paper-back (5.99).  There will be a 2 week promotional window starting on 15 March 2018 where the e-book version will be available for $.99.