NOTAMS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
17 Jan 22: The January 2022
Newsletter is out! Click
here to read it.
Darrel R. Dunlop, Bilk 34 slipped
surly the bonds of earth on 05 Dec 2021.
Darrel flew O-2s for the
20th TASS in 1966-67 out of Bien Thuy.
Details and Obituary
05 Jan 22:
Wallace "Wally" Judge, Nail 73, went west on 14 Dec
2017. Wally flew O-2s for
the 23rd TASS. Details and
05 Jan 22: John M.
"Mike" Morris, Sundog
04, flew west on 16 April 2020. Mike flew O-2s
for the 21st TASS. Details and Obituary
03 Jan 22: REUNION 2022 FIRM DATES, 12-17
SEP AT COS! This in from the prez. Draft
27 Dec 21
Col James C. Gibler, Helix 21
flew west at 26 Dec 2021 at 2030 CST. He flew O-2's for
20th TASS. He proved his mettle time and again; most
notably for his actions during the evacuation of Kham Duc, 12
May 1968, he was awarded the Silver Star. He lead by
example; he was my boss; and I would have followed him
anywhere. A very slow and tearful hand salute to good
man and a brave warrior. A life member of the
Association. Details and Obituary
20 Dec 21: Glenn
L. Timm, "Headhunter", flew west on 15 Dec 2021. Glenn flew O-1s as a Headhunter FAC. He was
a life member of the association. Obituary
27 Nov 21: B/Gen Noah Edward "Ed"
Loy, Cider 22,
flew west on 29 Dec 2020. Ed flew one of his two tours
out of Pleiku while attached to the 2nd Brigade, 4th
Infantry Division in 1967. Obituary
24 Oct 21:Joseph W. "Jay"
Barnes, Jake 26, flew west. Jay flew O-2 for the 20
TASS out of Tam Ky from Jan 70 - Nov 70. Details
24 Oct 21: ALL FAC REUNION 2022 is
scheduled for the third week of September 2022 in
Colorado Springs. Save the
date. For details click here.
7 Oct 21:
Wanted: Son wants information about his father,
Wally Judge, Nail 73. Dad flew O-2 out of
NKP in 1969. If you can
help please see details on Wanted-211007
29 Sep 21:Wesley E. Groves, Covey 598, flew
west on 26 Sep 21. Wes flew O-2s for 20th TASS from
Aug 70 - Aug 71. Obituary and Detail
04 Sep 21: Maj. Leo F.
Kimminau Sr, Gombey 17, flew west 3 Apr 2021.
Leo flew O-1s out of NKP for the 19th TASS from Jan to Dec
Obituary and Details.
4 Sep 21: Topographic
Maps (the ones we used) with clickable index. Thanks to the University of Texas and Gary Willis, who found it, this link has been
added to our Links
to Others Page under the heading "More Vietnam
Material" click on "US Army Topographic Maps" or click
28 Aug 21: Maj Alan Zaiser,
flew west on 21 Jul 2021. During his
tour 1967 - 68, Alan flew the O-1, O-2A, and OV-10s for the
21st TASS. Obituary and Details
27 Aug 21: Rustics Reunion
Cancelled ! Details
21: Col Richard M (Rick) Atchison, Nail229, flew
his last mission 4 Aug 2021. Rick flew OV-10s for
the 23rd TASS from Feb 70-May 72 out of NKP. He was a Life
12 Aug 21: David
M. (Mike) Lyons, Nail 88 flew west on 9 Aug
2021. Mike flew O-2
and OV-10 for the 23 TASS. Funeral service, Aug 23rd
at St Peter Catholic Church in Monument, CO. Details
29 Jul 21:The July FAC Association Newsletter is
out! To read it, click here https://www.fac-assoc.org/newsletter/Jul2021.pdf
26 Jul 21: Donald Allen Spooner, Red Maker 07,
Allen 14, flew west
on 23 July 2021. Don flew O-1 for the 19th TASS from
July 68 until Jun 69. Don was a life member. Details
12 Jul 21: Gordon Alvin Isachsen, Covey 247, took his final
flight on 14 Jun 2021. Gordy flew two tours as a FAC, Arp
70-71 and Nov 72 - Sep 73. He flew O-2s for the 20 TASS
out of DaNang and Ubon. Details and Obituary
10 Jul 21: Lawrence
Reed, a Covey FAC
has flown west. Larry flew O-1 for the 20 TASS. Details
10 Jul 21: James
A. Crookston II, Bilk 02, 23, flew west on
19 Jun 2021. He flew O-1s and O-2s for the 20 TASS.
He was a life member of the Association. Details
10 Jul 21:
Col Terry A. Markle, a Nail FAC flew west on
19 Jul 2020. Terry flew OV-10s for the 23 TASS. Details
16 Jun 21:Wanted:
Daughter wants information about
her father, Tim Caruthers. He was a Nail FAC flying O-2s out of NKP
from November 70-71. For details and contact information
please click here, Wanted-210616
15 Jun 21: Col John Kelly Giles, Red
Marker 02, Flew
west on 29 July 2019. John flew O-1s
for the 19th TASS. Details
12 May 21: Nupaul, Keeper of the Nail Hole,
flew west this afternoon at 1444. Slow hand
salute for him.
11 May 21: A daughter
wants information about her father, Capt.
Donald Luna, Nail 33, Ubon, 23 TASS
68-69. Please click here, Wanted-210511
04 May 21: Dennis Wayne Oxelgren
aka OX, Snoopy 50 flew west this weekend. He
was an O-2 driver in the Psy
Ops mission for the 22 TASS. Details
28 Apr 21: Impressive OV-10 flying model. A Tribute
to the Assies, Kiwis and 19th TASS.
Click here it see it
and say G'Day
25 Apr 21: Updated Bylaws,
13 Apr 21:
Lt Col John E. York USAF (Ret), Bomber 44, Jake 04 flew west 11 Apr 21. Details
08 APR 21: REGISTRATION FOR COVID-19 SHOT
APPOINTMENTS AT THE VA. Details
06 Apr 21: THE
JAKE FACS ARE PLANNING A REUNION! WE ARE
FALL, DAYTON. Details
20 Mar 21: BRONCO
XIII INVITATION! WE
ARE ALL INVITED! 10-14 Nov 2021, Fort Worth, TX Details
11 Feb 21: Col Harley E. Lawrence Jr. USAF
(Ret), Bird Dog 83, Cricket, Gombey 06, flew west on
Sunday 31 Jan 21. Harley flew O-1s for the 20th and 23dr
TASS. Details w/picture
04 Feb 21: Lt Col (Ret.) Gary D.
Pointer, Nail 43, flew west on 15 Sep 2020 in
Jonesburg MO. Gary flew OV-10s from May 70 - Apr 71
for the 23rd TASS out of Plieku. Details and picture
02 Feb 21: Capt Thomas G. Bonser, Gombey and Nail
took his last flight on 26 January 21. Tom flew O-1s
in the early days of the war in Southeast Asia for the 23
TASS in 1965-66. Details and obituary
02 Feb 21: Who is it?
Who was the fellow FAC in
the January 2021 Newsletter and which one was
01 Feb 21: Col Roger B. Nash USAF (Ret.), Nail 23 took
his last flight on 21 Jan 2021. As a FAC Roger flew OV-10s
out of Nakon Phanom AB Thailand for the 23rd TASS. Details and obituary
31 Jan 21: CMSgt
Ronald J. Dandeneau, Rustic Foxtrot, flew west on 28
Sep 2018 flew OV-10s for the 19th TASS. Details
22 Jan 21:Wanted :
Information and/or pictures of Captain Glenn R.
Cook. Glenn went missing on 21 Oct 1969.
He flew O-2s for the 21st TASS;his call sign was
"Cutie." A special memorial is being planned; the
sponsors would like to use shared pictures or
remembrances. Please click on and reference Wanted-210122
16 Jan 21: Lt Col
Wayne L. Wood, USAF (Ret), Rustic 06, flew west on 24 May 2019. Wayne flew OV-10s for
the 19th TASS out of Bien Hoa and Ubon RTAB from Sep 71 - 72. Details
05 Jan 21:The January 2021 Newsletter
is out! To read it, click
23 Dec 20: Maj. Richard
M. "Dick" Roberds, Sleepytime 01, Rustic 21, flew west on
11 Sep 2020. He flew 0-2A FACs at Bien Hoa AB. Details
23 Dec 20: Pierre M. Ligonde, Rustic
Juliet and Sundog 21 took his last flight on 6 May
2020. Pierre flew O-2As and OV-10s for the 19th TASS from
August 70- Nov71. Details
Dec 20:Lt Col. Lawrence H. Shaevitz, Red Marker 24,
flew west on 9 Oct 2017. Larry flew O-2As for the 19th
TASS from Oct 69 until Aug 70.
23 Dec 20: Col. Donald
T. Glenn, Red Marker 01, took his last flight on 25 Jan
2020. Don flew O-1s as a FAC for the 19th TASS out of
Saigon from Jan - Dec 1968. Obituary Details
11 Dec 20: Wanted: FACs that
operated out of Ban Me Thuot or supported Bu Prang or Duc Lap
Special Forces Camps Oct/Nov 69. Sgt.
Dan Swiger, a radio operator, is looking to talk toFACs that
operated out of Ban Me Thuot area around that Oct/Nov 69 time
10 Dec 20: Donald R. "Don" Davie, Col. (Retired), Nail
218 and Sundog 101 took his last flight 1 Dec 20. Don flew
O-2 and OV10s for the 23rd TASS from May 70-71. He was a
08 Dec 20: Terry
O. Bernardt, Col (Retired), Covey 551 & 58
flew west 23 Nov 2020. Terry flew OV-10s out of
DaNang and Plieku, from Nov 70 - 71. Obituary and Details
26 Nov 20: Norbert A. Hala, Covey 582 & 482,
flew west on 6 Nov 2020. Norbert flew O-2s for the
20th TASS out of Plieku and Kontum from Nov 67 to Nov
68. Obituary and
23 Nov 20: The FACNET has moved!
Our New home is FACNET@groups.io Details
15 Nov 20: Richard R. "Dick" Johnson Maj
(Retired), Nile 01, flew west 26 Oct 2018 (just
discovered). Dick flew O-2 for the 19TASS Mar 69 - Jan 70.
Obituary and Details.
13 Nov 20: Clark C.
Hoffman, Nail 31, flew west on Saturday 07 Nov
2020. Clark flew OV-10s out of NKP, Jun 69 - Apr 70.
Obituary and Details
02 Nov 20:FACNET to move from Yahoo groups! In light of the complete shutdown of
yahoogroups on December 17, 2020, I have been ordered by the
FAC Association to move FACNET from yahoogroups to groups.io. Details
01 Nov /20: Rodriguez, Luis M.
"Mike," Col. (Retired) Red Marker 17 flew O-1 for 19TASS. Mike
flew west on 22 Oct 2020.
31 Oct 20: Heckman, Robert A. "Bob"
Covey Tango flew west on 08 Oct
2020. He flew for 20TASS out
of DaNang Jul 70-71. Details
16 Oct 20: Wanted: Information on O-2B, tail
number USAF 67-21446. Did you fly it?
The new owner would very much like to talk to
someone who flew it in South East Asia. For
the rest of the story and pictures click (Wanted-201016)
10 Sep 20: Vanek,
Gerald L "Peach" Lt Col.(retired) flew west
on 02 Aug 2020. He was a Rash FAC for the 21TASS
in 67. Details.
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