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 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.