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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POSTPONEMENT of 1st Fighter Association’s 2021 Reunion
On 24 September 2021, the 633rd Air Base Wing Commander imposed new COVID-19 restriction for Joint Base Langley-Eustis. As a result, the President and Executive Board has agreed to postpone our bi-annual 1st Fighter Association Reunion scheduled for October 28-30, 2021.
Obviously, we did not make this decision quickly or easily. The maximum occupancy rules listed below would significantly stifle the reunion’s primary objective of reconnecting socially with our Association members and current 1FW leaders/members. We had scheduled events within 1FW facilities which, with the combined number of attendees, would have been unfavorably restricted.
We will plan another date in the spring, likely mid-late April. I have also coordinated with the Newport News Marriott City Center hotel. They will hold onto our initial food and beverage deposit until the rescheduled date.
For those of you that have already made your hotel reservation, our entire room block will be cancelled at no charge. You will not need to cancel your room individually.
Also, for those members who have already paid for registration and/or dinner, you have two choices: 1) Notify Rich “Moto” Shook via email link below, that you want a refund through PayPal. 2) Keep your payment in the Association’s PayPal account and apply it to the rescheduled event.
We realize several of you may have already made airline reservations. We understand that “COVID-related” travel plan changes should normally result in a “credit/voucher” for future travel. Please contact Moto individually if that is not the case and we can discuss ways to resolve any issues.
We truly appreciate your patience and understanding. We look forward to a future reunion where we can enjoy each other’s camaraderie and social events without restriction. Until then, please stay well.
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.