Many of you know about the efforts of Ed Rusinek and Nolan Leatherman with regard to funding a memorial bench at Wright-Patterson. This is a chance to memorialize all of the divisions at an honored location that will not be threatened by the wrecking ball.
14 AUG 2013 Update - Word has reached us that the NAA Memorial Bench at the Air Force Museum in Dayton HAS BEEN OFFICIALLY DEDICATED in the museum's Memorial Park. We will post any other photos here if they become available. Look for your September, 2013 issue of the Bulletin for additional pictures. Now, work will turn to a similar effort for the Navy at Pensacola.
06 FEB 2013 Update - At the last Bald Eagles Board meeting, Ed Rusinek reported that we have achieved the funding goal for the bench at Wright-Patt and production of the bench is moving forward. Thanks to all who donated.
27 APR 2013 Update - Thanks to the generosity of the members, there is additional funding to consider a memorial at Pensacola, too. Ed reports that he is in communication with the base commander and that a site has already been selected.
ALL OF YOU THAT RECEIVE THE NAA RETIREES BULLETIN ARE AWARE OF THE APPROVAL FROM THE USAF MUSEUM TO SPONSOR A NAA MEMORIAL MARBLE BENCH IN THE MUSEUM PARK. OUR NOLAN LEATHERMAN, NAA COLUMBUS CONTRACTS CHIEF, IS DEMONSTRATING HE STILL IS AN NAA TIGER. HE MET WITH THE MARBLE BENCH PEOPLE AND IS WORKING ON ADDING A THIRD LINE TO THE BENCH LISTING THE GPS, APOLLO/SATURN, SPACE SHUTTLE, THOR/ ATLAS/ DELTA ROCKET ENGINES, MINUTEMAN/ PEACE KEEPER INERTIAL NAVIGATION SYSTEMS, AND THE SNAP NUCLEAR REACTOR. THE BENCH WILL BE CENTERED IN THE MIDDLE OF A WIDE WALK WITH THE INSCRIPTIONS ON BOTH SIDES SO THAT IT WILL BE SEEN COMING AND GOING. THE COST WILL BE ABOUT $6,500.00. IT IS A HIGH COST ISSUE BUT IT IS NOT INSURMOUNTABLE! WE SHALL UNFURL THE COLORS AND CHARGE AHEAD!