30 Oct. 2000

Letter of Appreciation

Dear International Bird Dog Association,

FAC “HOMECOMING” REUNION – 2000, held 21-24 Sep 00, is now history, and what magnificent party it was!

The Forward Air Controller (FAC) Memorial Committee and everyone involved with this historic event would like to acknowledge and thank you for your contribution. If you were able to join us at the reunion, you know what a huge success it was. For those who couldn’t make it, we’re sorry you missed a great party and a wonderful FAC Memorial Dedication Ceremony. We hope that someday soon you’ll have the opportunity to visit Hurlburt’s Air Park and see the memorial that your donation helped make possible.

Over 700 FACs, friends and family members attended the reunion, but many more, including base and community dignitaries, gathered to view the unveiling of the beautiful granite memorial. The stirring words of dedication by Dr. Charlie Jones, the eulogy by Will Platt, and the reading of the names of our 219 fallen comrades were accompanied by a solemn wreath laying, a traditional Air Force Honor Guard rifle volley and taps, a flyby of Southeast Asia era FAC aircraft, and a dedication of the recently acquired and beautifully restored OV-10 aircraft. Those in attendance unanimously agreed that this was one of the most moving memorial services they’ve ever witnessed Our heartfelt thanks to all who contributed to this unforgettable event.

Emerald Coast Video
P 0 Box
Niceville, FL 32588

Again thank you for your generous contribution and support.

With sincere regards and appreciation.

Claude G. Newland
Memorial Committee Chairman (Reunion Coordinator)
4033 Indian Trail Dr
Destin, FL 32541

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