The 1st Fighter Association consists of present and past members of the 1st Fighter Group/1st Fighter Wing with the mission of preserving the heritage of the 1st Fighter Group/Wing.
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1st Fighter Association’s 2021 Reunion Registration and Details
Our bi-annual 1st Fighter Association Reunion will be held in Newport News, Virginia on October 28-30, 2021. We will be using the Newport News Marriott at City Center.
Please use the “Add to Cart” button. There are several PayPal sign up options: “Registration w/Steak Dinner or Chicken Dinner” - $125/person—see complete menu below. “Dinner Only-Steak or Chicken” - $60/person. “Registration Only-No Dinner” - $65/person.
Once you select an option, you can add quantity for additional people (i.e., spouse). However, if you also need to add a different option, you will have to make a separate transaction—sorry for the PayPal coding limitations.
Your individual Reunion $65registration fee includes bus transportation on Friday from NN Marriott to Joint Base Langley-Eustis (JBLE) and back, plus the two Friday event meals listed in the itinerary below. Please register NLT 21 Oct to ensure an accurate count for Reunion Dinner entrée selections.
Reunion Itinerary: Thursday, 28 Oct 1700-2000: Welcome social event in one of NN Marriott’s Conference Rooms. Heavy hors oeuvres will be sponsored by Lockheed-Martin and Pratt-Whitney. Drinks will be Pay As You Go/Cash Bar.
Friday, 29 Oct (subject to minor changes) 1100: Bus departs NN Marriott for Langley 1130-1230: Lunch TBD (included in registration fee) 1240-1310: Group Photo at newly painted “Balls 55” F-15 Static Display (near Armistead Gate) 1330-1545: 1st FW and 192nd Wing CC Updates/Combined Desert Storm & Operation Inherent Resolve Panels at 1st FW’s Mills Auditorium near 1st Ops Grp Office (Former 27th TFS building) 1600-1800: “Burgers, Brats and Beer” event w/1st FW Ops & MX airmen (included in registration fee) 1800-2000: Squadron Tour/Roll Call at your respective Squadron(s) Heritage Room (spreading out due to current JBLE COVID restrictions on maximum room occupancy) 2000: Bus departs for NN Marriott 2030-TBD: Post-event mixer in hotel bar area—cash bar.
Saturday, 30 Oct 0900-1030: 1st Fighter Association Meeting/Officer Elections at hotel 1100-1800: Open time for local attractions/visit friends/golf/shopping, etc. 1800-2100: Reunion Reception and Dinner at NN Marriott ($60/person)
Dinner Menu: Caesar Salad, Seared Baseball Cut Sirloin Steak or Herb-Crusted Chicken Breast, Fingerling Potatoes, Fire Roasted Veggies, Deep Dish Apple Pie, tea/coffee, one white/one red wine bottles per table plus Cash Bar Note: Special Dietary request are available upon request (please call Moto with your alternative choice) Recommended Dress:Business Casual (Men: Sports Coat-Open collar/Slacks // Ladies:Sweater/Blouse/Dress/Skirt/Slacks) Guest Speaker: General (USAF, ret) Frank Gorenc, former 1st FW Commander (Full Bio)
Sunday, 31 Oct Travel home as desired 1200: Check out time for NN Marriott
Official 1st Fighter Association polo shirt w/embroidered logo (short/long sleeve in your squadron color with call sign is encouraged, as desired)--see photo below. You may place your order through the local Islander Sports uniform business. Cost is ~$40, depending on shirt brand/sleeve length. Order online:www.islanderteamsports.com. Or call the owner, John Roberts at 757-868-8467.
Personalized, customized 1st Fighter Association SwissPL watch--see photos below. Each 1FW-branded, U.S.-built watch is tailored to the owner’s specifications featuring their wings/badge, name, rank, callsign, squadron patch, flight hours, wings, deployments, etc. The company owner, Alldaron Knewitz will donate 25% of the final cost for each watch sold back to the Association. Check out our website link or go to www.SwissPL.com for more details. Please come join us and rekindle your 1FW bonds while enjoying the camaraderie and fun!
1 FW Customized SwissPL Watch Opportunity
Moto was contacted by Alldaron Knewitz, Owner/Designer of the SwissPL Watch Company to gauge our interest in ordering a personalized version of his watch. Each 1FW-branded watch is tailored to the owner featuring their name with rank and callsign, squadron patch, flight hours, wings, deployments, etc. He will give the Association a 25% commission on each watch sold. So I guess this offer could also be viewed as an Association fundraiser.
The “base model” is about $1000. Your final cost depends on which of several options (self-wind, back casing personalization, etc.) you desire.
Here is a link to his proposed design for our group and any active 1FW members:
** Please call/email me if you are interested in ordering one of these customized watches.**
1st Fighter Association Reunion Oct 17-19 2019
1st Fighter Association Reunion was held in Hampton, Virginia on October 17-19th, 2019. Thursday members attended a social at Langley Club’s Nose Dive Bar. Friday members went to a combined mission briefings for both 480th Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Wing (ISRW) and 363rd ISRW. Lunch was held at the Langley Club followed by a group photo in front of "Balls 55". The group then went to the wing for 1st Fighter Wing and 192nd Wing Mission Briefings/1FW Deployment Update. Then they got a close up look at the F-22 Raptor followed by squadron tours and a Roll Call at the 27th Fighter Squadron bar. Saturday, the reunion reception and dinner was held at the Embassy Suites in Hampton VA. Guest Speaker was Colonel (ret) Jon “Goldy Goldenbaum.
1st Fighter Wing Centennial Video
Note From the President
We really need your help to grow our Association by reaching out to all former 1st Fighter Wing contacts you may know and encouraging them to join us. Be sure to include our web site link: http://1stfighterassociation.weebly.com. Please highlight the successful Centennial event and our recent Dayton Reunion as our “value-added” proposition for joining in order to stay connected with our robust alumni network. We encourage the $250 “Life Membership” option but also offer annual memberships for $10 (Active Duty) or $20 for everyone else. We are an all-ranks, inclusive organization and are moving forward with other exciting projects that will help preserve and honor our rich 1st Fighter Wing heritage—more to follow.