Heritage Center Mission

Collecting, cataloging and displaying in museums, artifacts donated by members

Vision

 Find a space that can be furnished to display artifacts donated by our membership and affiliates

FUNDING

Direct "tax deductible" money contributions (see donation link below)

Other, yet defined "fund raisers".

HISTORY

In 2012 a project to build a TACAMO Heritage Center began.  Creating a place to house the Hall of Fame Inductees Plaques, the archives and memorabilia of the 50 years (and counting) of TACAMO would be the goal.

 

The inauguration of the TACAMO Hall of Fame was the first step towards the eventual construction of a Heritage Center where we TACAMO sailors can see and share our "Glory Days" with friends and families. At the 2012 TACAMO Reunion the inauguration of the TACAMO Hall of Fame came about by Commodore Chocko Baker desiring to continue the legacy by adding to Commodore Vern Lochausen’s Hall of Fame and Commodore Irish Keilty’s completion of foundations for a wall of fame in Herc Park.  Bureaucratic issues so far prevent the completion of the vertical parts of the wall and placement of TCVA-provided Hall of Fame tiles. 

Community-building

Activities Facilitated

  • Established the TACAMO Hall of Fame, awards are presented at the Reunion

  • Seattle reunion united TACAMO and Boeing members who worked on the E-6.

  • Crew 4 Quest - Connecting with TACAMOPAC Crew 4 family and friends and recognition to TACAMOPAC Crew 4 with memorials and ceremony

  • OKC reunions build relationships with TACAMO active duty members

  • The company, Boneyard Safari assisted TCVA with obtaining some TACAMO Herc plane parts 

  • Boneyard Safari produced the TACAMOPAC Crew 4 Memorial Ceremony at The National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific 

  • TCVA assisted with the fundraiser for a plaque to recognize Dave Dick for his extraordinary accomplishments in support of the TACAMO and E-6 Airborne Command Post missions.

  • TACAMO Vets Assist to Find Manuals for Tacamo-III PA, S/N005, which is now back up and working great!

  • VQ-3 History Board - TCVA Ribbon Cutting for the FIRST Museum Display at Naval Air Museum Barbers Point

  • Recognition to Personnel Support Detachment now Customer Support Detachment (CSD), Established 25 years ago

  • Recognition to the Founding Members of TACAMO Survivors Association

  • LinkedIn, connecting former TACAMO veterans and retirees with active duty job seekers

TACAMO Fallen Memorial Stone placement in The National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific 

  • TACAMO Artifacts from Boneyard Safari - Collected and cataloged items

  • Heritage Center - Research and Contact museums to place TACAMO Displays

  • Rolled out the NEW TCVA website

  • Trailing Wire Newsletter changed to paperless distribution and added a blog for news alerts

  • Historic documents and presentation are now viewable on the website​

  • Vern Lochausen completed 2 years on the Pax River Museum BOD helping get a TACAMO Display

  • Storage of TACAMO Artifacts in Pax River

  • Barbers Point Museum Display - replace photos with weather resistant display plates

  • 891 Display in Pensacola at the National Naval Aviation Museum

  • Pax River Museum Display

  • Collecting TACAMO Artifacts - ongoing

  • TACAMO virtual museum

Heritage Center

Projects Completed

TCVA Future Projects, Events & Community-Building Activities

  • 2011 Pax River Reunion 

  • 2012 Oklahoma City Reunion

  • 2013 Seattle Reunion- “Hail to the Chief”

  • 2014 Marietta Reunion - “Salute to the Herc”

  • 2015  TCVA Sponsored mini-Reunion Destin, FL - Pensacola Dressing of 891 Props. Last request of Don Lindeman

  • 2015 - TACAMOPAC Crew 4 Families Gathering at VQ-3 Command in OKC

  • 2015 - Boneyard Safari mini- Reunion 

  • 2016 Honolulu Reunion - Unveiling of VQ-3 Display at Barbers Point Museum

  • 2017 Oklahoma City Reunion - “Celebration of TACAMO Heritage" 2018 Charleston SC - “Celebrating 50 Years of TACAMO”

  • 2019 Pensacola - mini-Reunion “Recognizing BuNo 151891 & Ron Carlson”

TCVA Heritage Center is Realized by Holding Reunions to Collect Items and Memories

Money & Manpower make Dreams come true