Highway Dedication

Due to the hard work and dedication of Joe Giammichele, I received the following email from Speaker Carl E. Heastie of New York:

Dear Friend,

Thank you for contacting my office to express your support for legislation that pays tribute to the service of the 6994th Security Squadron has provided to our state and country. I would like to update you on this matter.    

The Assembly, along with the Senate, passed a measure to designate a portion of Interstate 86 as the 6994th Security Squadron Memorial Highway (A.9664-B). It is now up to Governor Cuomo to sign this important piece of legislation into law. Feel free to contact the governor to urge him to follow our lead.   

To my knowledge, this is the first honor of this kind for our squadron.

Thank you, Joe.



TSGT Hugh Sherburn Celebration of Life Ceremony

TSGT Hugh L. Sherburn CAP72

On 5 February 1969, ten USAF crewmembers were killed when their EC-47 was shot down by enemy fire in Southern Laos.  One of the five USAFSS crewmembers on board was TSgt Hugh L. Sherburn. Thanks to the efforts of Maximum Recovery in South East Asia (MRSEA), 7 of the 10 crewmembers have been identified through DNA analysis.

The family of Hugh Sherburn have a Celebration of Life service planned for 25 July 2015 in Waldport, Oregon.  Hugh’s niece, Deanna Gray, is interested in knowing if anyone her Uncle ‘Buzz’ served with may remember the kind of music he liked.  If you remember the music he liked or his favorite music entertainers, please contact Jane Doolittle at janedoo1954@yahoo.com  so she can let Deanna know.

TSgt Hugh ‘Buzz’ Sherburn’s funeral will be held on 25 July 2015 near Waldport, Oregon at Adler Grove Cemetery.  TSgt Sherburn’s remains will arrive by plane at the Portland Airport on 24 July, then will be escorted by the Patriot Guard Riders to Newport. The following day, 25 July, there will be a procession from Newport, escorted by the Patriot Guard Riders, to Waldport to the football field where the Celebration of Life service will take place. Following the service, then on to the cemetery.

Please contact Jane Doolittle at janedoo1954@yahoo.com for details.



2015 Heritage Day Update

The Baron 52 Wreath Laying Ceremony is still planned for 1300 hrs.  Again, there is a shuttle service from the visitor center that will take you to the Baron 52 site.  Should you choose to walk, it is about .8 mile from the visitor center to the Baron 52 site.

For those alumni planning to attend the SSGT James Dorsey repatriation ceremony, you are to report to the Administration Building 30-45 minutes prior to the ceremony, which is scheduled for 1500 hrs on 20 May 2015.  The Administration Building is beside the visitor center on King Drive.

After the Dorsey repatriation ceremony, the group will reconvene at the Severn American Legion Post for a happy hour and pot luck meal. The Dorsey family also plans to attend the happy hour.



ADRF Exhibit Earns Air Force Heritage Award

Mr. John Garrett, CMSGT (ret) Thomas G. Nurre, Mr. Joe Martin, and Mr. Danny Russell, 17th Training Wing History Office (AETC), Goodfellow AFB, TX received the 2015 Air Force Heritage Award, which recognizes outstanding accomplishments by history and museums personnel that foster a better appreciation of the Air Force, its history and accomplishments.


Congratulations to all!