Oct
16
2018
OCTOBER LUNCHEON
American Legion Post 160
Smyrna, GA
B 2
FLYING THE B-2
STANDARD GREAT FORMAT -- VISIT; EAT; DRINK; ENJOY AVIATION-RELATED PRESENTATION; DRINK; EAT; VISIT; SPEND $$ FOR RAFFLE TO HELP SCHOLARSHIP FUND; DRINK; EAT; INDUCT NEW MEMBERS; DRINK

Synopsis

Flight Captain Joe Redden opened the meeting of the Ben T. Epps Flight at 1130, 16 Oct 2018, at the American Legion Post 160, 160 Legion Drive, Smyrna, GA 30080. The invocation was given by Flight Chaplain Dale Hill. Bill Hepler lead the Pledge of Allegiance and Provost Marshal Dale Najewski led the customary toasts. Two guests were introduced: John Kennedy introduced Tyler Watters (inducted later in the meeting) Wayne Waddell introduced Dave Gilbert. Provost Marshal Dale Najewski led the toast for our guests. Dale Hill reminded everyone that after the first of the year he would be ramping up his efforts to obtain volunteers for the JROTC awards in the spring. We will be serving 120 schools, so volunteers will be needed. Clint Johnson conducted the raffle drawing to the delight of the winners. The flight generated $420.00 for the scholarship fund. Provost Marshal Dale Najewski introduced Tyler Watters (USAF Vance AFB 2008) for induction. Flight Captain Joe Redden conducted the induction ceremony and Tyler was welcomed into the flight. Provost Marshal Dale Najewski led the toast for our new member. Flight Captain Joe Redden introduced today’s guest speaker, Kevin Templin (LTC, USAF). Kevin began his remarks telling about his family legacy. His grandfather was a B-17 turret gunner who survived the Battan death march and was a POW for 3 ½ years. Kevin’s father was a USAF C-9 pilot stationed at Scott AFB. Kevin attended the USAFA and graduated from UPT at Shepard AFB class 99-02. His initial assignment was the F-15C at Eglin AFB. While there Kevin participated in SOUTHERN WATCH from Saudi Arabia and NOBLE EAGLE, flying CAP missions over American cities after 9/11. Kevin’s next assignment was in the F-117. He became an IP and was involved in OT&E (operational test and evaluation) When the F-117 wqs retired, Kevin was assigned to the B-2 at Whiteman AFB. He was also qualified in the T-38. Kevin studied at Sandia National laboratory in New Mexico. He then worked at the Pentagon Air Staff working on the budget. Kevin then returned to Whiteman as Chief of Wing Safety. He was commander of Det. 2 53rd Test Management Group. Kevin then discussed some particulars of the B-2. The B-2’s are in the 509th Bomb Wing at Whiteman AFB. The B-2 presents long range, precision, a large and lethal bomb load, and stealth. He discussed some of the stats of the airplane, some weapons configurations, including the 28,000 pound “MOP” bomb. Kevin then answered some questions from the group. Provost Marshal Dale Najewski led a toast four our guest speaker. Flight Captain Joe Redden announced that this year’s Christmas event would be at Pat Epp’s restaurant on Dec. 16, 2018 from 1200 to 1430. There will be a larger room to accommodate many guests. The meeting adjourned at 1345. Attendance: 34 members, 2 guests.