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 Wing Award Banquet
The 1st FW Annual Awards Banquet will be held 7 Feb at the Historic Post Office in downtown Hampton. 1st Fighter Association purchased and will award five stained-glass plaques to the annual “Expeditionary” category winners. "Moto" Shook will represent the Association and present our unique plaques. If you are in the area and want to go, contact Moto via the email link at the top of the page.
Off-year reunion announced
"Buick" Olds (27th Association President) is working on logistics for off-year reunion 17-20 Sep in Las Vegas - 27th hosting.
1 FW Customized SwissPL Watch Opportunity
Moto was contacted by Alldron 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:
Since not every member is a pilot, I’m checking with him to see if options exist for other badges (like maintenance) or an F-15C silhouette/picture in lieu the pilot wings. ** 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.
On November 15, 2018, members of the 1st Fighter Wing and the 1st Fighter Association dedicated the new 1st Fighter Wing Memorial in Dayton, Ohio at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. Due to inclement weather, the Memorial ceremony was held in the AF Museum’s auditorium. Col Jason Hinds, 1FW/CC and CMSgt Johnny Harris, 1FW Command Chief represented the Wing's Airmen. 1st Fighter Association representatives included: Rich Shook, current President; Pete Marty, President Emeritus; Bob Baltzar, Project Lead and his wife Becki; Randy Dodge and his wife Elizabeth; and JJ Winters. Our special "Guest of Honor" was WWII veteran and 1st Fighter Association Founding Member Mr. P.E. “Mac” MacAllister. Mac turned 100 years young on 30 August 2018. Mr. Jim Blackman represented the AF Museum staff and accepted the 1FW Memorial on behalf of the Museum Director. Also in attendance was Mr. Larry Morrison from Dodds Memorials. He and his team designed, etched and installed our beautiful black marble and granite memorial.
After the ceremony concluded, we visited the P-38 Lightning to further honor Mac since he served as a P-38 mechanic in North Africa during WWII. We then walked to the F-22 display for pictures with Mac and the 1FW leadership, Col Hinds and Chief Harris. Finally, we all grabbed our umbrellas and went to the actual memorial site for pictures with Mac and the team before departing for lunch/home. Overall, we celebrated the dedication and presentation of our new memorial while also honoring Mac MacAllister for his years of service and leadership plus his generous donations to the 1st Fighter Association as one if it’s Founding Members. Thank you Mac!! And a big “Thanks!" to the nearly 40 members who donated to our Heritage Endowment Fund for the new Memorial. It’s an awesome tribute to the 1FW’s long, heralded heritage and legacy. I hope you all can swing by the AF Museum’s Memorial Park someday and see our memorial first-hand—I know you’ll be very proud of it.
1st Fighter Wing Centennial Video
27th Fighting Eagles Reunion In Dallas
The Fighting Eagle Reunion was held in Dallas/Fort Worth on July 20-22 2018. Here are few pictures from the reunion:
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.