2017 TACAMO Banquet Wrap-up

290 attendees enjoy a jam packed evening of fun and surprises. After dinner everyone enjoy some dynamic speeches by Captain Ed McCabe & John “Irish Keilty. Then Mike Vos recognized TCVA's 20th Anniversary founding members Barry Coyle, William "Buff" Crowell, Sue Davies & Lyn Zepic. Vern Lochausen then shared the history of SCW-1. After Cheryl Vos shared the Crew 4 Quest history, a video by Ramon Purcell, Boneyard Safari was shown.

"Full military honors tribute to 16 Navy TACAMO Aircrewmen lost in a C-130 off Wake Island! Memorial monument ceremony for TACAMOPAC Crew 4 at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, "known as the Punchbowl." June 8th, 2017 by TACAMO Community Veterans Association. Funded by donations from TACAMO veterans."

Here is the link to the nearly finished video. Finishing touches are being added, then a full release and CD's will be available. https://youtu.be/c75IsT2kAG8

After viewing the video, Awards, Recognition and 2017 TACAMO Hall of Fame Inductees were announced:

  • Cheryl Vos, Honorary TACAMO Chief

  • John "Admiral" Nelson, TACAMO Honorary Member

  • Boots on the Ground in OKC

  • Jim & Annette Meppelink

  • Dennis "Coach" & Cheri Warren

  • Bob Holland

  • CMC Bottoms

  • 2016 TACAMO Hall of Fame Inductees

  • Steve Hickel -- TACAMO Sailor (Steve was unable to make it to the 2016 Reunion)

  • 2017 TACAMO Hall of Fame Inductees

  • Jerry Greer -- Industry Partner

  • Phil Miller -- Industry Partner & TACAMO Supporter

  • Tony Gill -- TACAMO Sailor & Industry Partner

  • William P. Bright -- TACAMO Sailor, Contractor & Fleet Support Team Member

  • Norm Tindall -- Posthumous, Wing Support & Boeing

  • John “Irish Keilty -- TACAMO Sailor

  • Vern Lochausen -- TACAMO Sailor, Industry Leader, Boeing & TACAMO Community Veterans Association President & Historian

Below are photos from the evening, the program & 2017 TACAMO Hall of Fame Inductees charts for your enjoyment:

2017 TACAMO Reunion

2017 TACAMO Hall of Fame Inductees -- For past Inductees and nomination form go to http://mvovhi.wixsite.com/tacamo/hall-of-fame

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