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 FW Gets Approval For Special Paint Scheme
The 7 FTS (formerly the 71 FTS) flies over 300 sorties per month to keep the 1st Fighter Wing's F-22 pilots combat mission ready and prepared to deploy on short notice. To celebrate this tradition of professional Adversary Air, the 1 FW requested to paint a jet in an Aggressor's color scheme with 1 FW insignia. The Aggressor paint scheme is designed from a Su-27 paint scheme. Their goal was twofold: First, they designed a paint scheme that celebrates their aircraft's heritage and points to the service their Wing provides to combatant commanders around the globe. Second, they designed a jet that visually shows their core mission to anyone who sees the jet across North America. The 1 FW is frequently approached for help with static displays at airshows around the United States and Canada. Sending a 1 FW T-38 with an Aggressor paint scheme visually demonstrates the mission and role that T-38s play in the world's most advanced air superiority fighter training.
Members of the association have been invited to join the HITR Gang the weekend of 4 – 6 November in Panama City. We have secured a great rate at the 94th beach front hotel.
Thursday - 3 Nov Upon arrival, we’ll be working with 1st FW Chaplain David Suh and 94thFighter Generation Squadron First Shirt to coordinate Burger Burn supplies, shopping and charbroiling schedules. We will rally at the Hotel for Cocktails & Dinner at 1830.
Friday - 4 Nov The current plan is to host two burger burns, one for the 94th Fighter Squadron pilots and team members around lunchtime. The second will be in the later afternoon between day and swing shifts for the 94th Fighter Generation Squadron maintainers. After the flight line festivities, we’ll rally for dinner and entertainment with local experts (thanks Fester) on Panama City Beach fairly close to the hotel. Saturday - 5 Nov Saturday is flexible so you’ll have time to golf, shop, sleep on the beach or whatever floats your proverbial boat. Based on weather and attendee preferences, we’ll plan an optional social lunch gathering prior to Roll Call.
Joint Roll Call at 1700 with all the units participating in WESP. In addition to the 94th, units include 125FS (F-16 Tulsa), 391FS (F-15E Mountain Home), VFA25 (F-18 Lemoore), and 421FS (F-35 Hill).
No Name Lounge 5555 W Highway 98, Panama City, Florida
… and later that night at an undisclosed location… 94th FS Naming.
We have a handful of rooms left, so if you have not requested a room previously, let me know by COB on Thursday, 27 October. I will be sending confirmation numbers as soon as we get them from the hotel. Thanks to POP-AYE, the 94th Projo, we got a smokin' rate of $176 per night plus tax… ($150/night discount).
LANDING FEES Landing fees to support both burger burns for 250+ Airmen and the Roll Call / Naming events are $150. If you can’t attend but would like to support the weekend financially and help offset the food costs, please reply to this email.
Thanks for helping to serve our front-line warriors.
The association is finalizing South of France Heritage Experience details for approximately 20-30 April, 2023. We have commitments from several association members to attend. Our French host is lining up exciting excursions to 1st Fighter historical sites (in addition to wineries and other cool tourist spots).
This includes an optional few days to the Island of Corsica with historians who will take us to airfields and other unique places where our WW2 members served.
If you are interested in learning more, please contact Buick Olds (firstname.lastname@example.org) ASAP. You can hold space for a period of time with no cancellation penalty.
1st Fighter Association’s 2022 Reunion 6-8 May 2022
1st Fighter Association Reunion was held in Newport News, Virginia on May 5-8, 2022. Thursday members attended a social at the Marriott City Center sponsored by Lockheed Martin. Friday started with a group photo in front of "Balls 55". The group then went to the OSS briefing room in the original 27th TFS/AMU building for 1st Fighter Wing and 192nd Wing Mission Briefings/1FW Deployment Update. The mission briefings included an unclassified intel briefing regarding the current situation in the Ukraine, an Operation Desert Strom briefing with several Association members participating including Maj. Gen. (ret.) Greg “Beast” Feest telling his story of being the first to strike with the F-117 on night 1. Lunch was held at the Langley Club. In the afternoon a dedication to our last WWII veteran Felix Pasteris was held. It included a plaque being presented to the 27th FS maintenance group by Felix’s daughter, and a renaming of the 27th Heritage Room to the "Felix Pasteris Heritage Room". An identical plaque was also presented to Felix’s family. It was followed by a burger burn in the 27th FS Maintenance area and new Felix Pasteris Heritage Room. Saturday, the reunion reception and dinner was held at the Marriott City Center in Newport News. The guest speaker was Dr. Coyt Hargus, Poli-Mil Advisor to COMACC.
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.
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.** Rich “Moto” Shook, 757-344-7775
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.