Early in the year (2004) two AMTs from long ago, Bob Miller and John Hurst
were talking on the phone and discussing why the AMTs never get
together. This was the spark that started other AMTs talking. Later
in the year two other AMTs, John Shaffer and Billy D.
Myers, were having lunch in San Antonio, Texas. John told Billy that he
swapped emails with Pat Williams, Rick Davis and Johnnie Estes. He told
him we all lived in Texas, but none of us were very close together. Billy
suggested that maybe we should decide on a meeting place and get together for a
few beers and talk over old times.
John contacted Pat, Rick and Johnnie and everyone got excited and thought it
was a great idea. John during conversations talked with Bob Miller from Florida,
who had discussed the idea with John Hurst earlier in February of
having an Airborne Maintenance Reunion. Bob said why don't we just form our own association for
no one except AMTs. To spur this along we lost one of our very dear friends and
fellow AMT, March 18, 2004, Jake Hargrove. Jake was one of the few who
always tried to stay in touch with everyone he could locate. Jake and Judy
did a lot of traveling for no other reason than to keep in touch with old
friends around the world.
With Bob Miller's suggestion and Jake passing away the wheels were in
motion. Vern Stump of San Antonio, Texas talked with John Shaffer and started immediately locating
people all over the United States and around the world. Everyone
provided Vern with our AMT names from our email address books. Vern spent
many hours on his computer searching for people. In the beginning people
were being located rapidly with everyone working on it. Johnnie Estes put
together a database to provide for easy tracking and sorting the AMTs we had
located. With Vern and Johnnie working
together the number of names for AMTs grew quickly and confirmed addresses and
locations increased as well. Every AMT got involved with locating and
notifying other AMTs of the new organization we were forming. Vern Stump
worked through the Internet locating information on deceased AMTs.
Jim Murray created the AMT_Association Yahoo Group as a means for the AMTs
around the world to communicate and chat with each other. During the
beginning of the AMT_Association Yahoo Group an unofficial vote was taken on
where to have the first reunion. Some people were voting with Bob Miller
and some on the Yahoo Group and some in both places, but mostly no one was
voting. Approximately 53 (out of >230) people voted and Omaha was the leader on the
Yahoo Group, but the vote was unofficial. The official vote which was
maintained by Bob Miller had San Antonio as the leader in votes, but too many
people had not used their email to cast their vote with Bob Miller. The
person in charge at the time, Bill Wilson made the determination to have
the first reunion in San Antonio, Texas for numerous reasons. First and foremost
this is the home of USAFSS, which is where every AMT ultimately comes
from. Another very good reason is, we could
have it in conjunction with the FTVA and SOB reunions. Lack of time would
not let us have a successful reunion as quickly as September 2004 without
joining the other groups. The people in Omaha were disappointed with
the first reunion being held in San Antonio, as they thought the vote on the Yahoo
Group was the one that should count. So thanks to Scott Kleinhesselink and some help from a
few others a gathering of AMTs was set to take place in Omaha, October 15 & 16, 2004.
The San Antonio reunion is the
official reunion under the newly formed Airborne Maintenance Technician
Association. The Omaha gathering while being made of AMTs, some of
which are members of the AMTA is separate from the AMTA. We wish them luck
and believe it will be a huge success, but strict guidelines are set forth on
memberships and members present at the General Membership Meetings when voting
on anything concerning the AMTA.
June 24, 2004 the first meeting for the AMTA was held as a conference call
telephone. The persons present at the meeting were Johnnie Estes, Delano
Jolly, John Hurst, Bob Miller, John Shaffer, Vern Stump and Bill Wilson.
We knew we needed money to get the Association under way so each of the seven
attendees donated $100 each to get the legal bills paid for forming the
organization. A vote was taken to form the Airborne Maintenance Technician
Association, and the first seven members were established. They were a self
appointed Board of Directors. Officers were elected by the Board of
Directors. Bob Miller was the unanimous choice as President. John
Hurst was unanimous as the Vice-President. Bill Wilson was the unanimous
choice as Secretary. Vern Stump was the unanimous choice as the
Treasurer. John Shaffer and Delano Jolly were chosen to handle getting
everything set up for the banquet in San Antonio, Texas September 22 & 23,
2004. Johnnie Estes was chosen to maintain the database and assist with
membership. Johnnie was also chosen as the webmaster for the AMTA website.
Vern Stump is the historian for the association. If you have pictures,
stories or anything that would promote the AMTA and history of the AMTs this
information should be provided to Vern Stump in the form of a spare copy if
possible. Scott Kleinhesselink is the AMTA photographer, but he will be
unable to make it to the Inaugural Reunion in San Antonio, due to other commitments.
We will be seeking another means to ensure many photos are taken at the reunion.
During the first meeting of the AMTA Board of Directors the topic of an
Association Chaplain was discussed. Someone brought up the name of Jeff
Knisley and everyone agreed that Jeff would be an ideal candidate as the AMTA
Chaplain providing he would accept the position. Johnnie Estes agreed to
talk with Jeff Knisley about being the AMTA Chaplain. When Jeff was asked
about filling the task as Chaplain his response was immediate and said with
authority, "I would be happy to be the Chaplain for the Airborne
Maintenance Technician Association, and I feel extremely honored that you asked
me to be the chaplain." Jeff's attitude and response is what our
organization needs to keep it going.
Vern Stump and Johnnie Estes have continued pushing the number of AMTs we can
locate in time for the September reunion. The Board of Directors made a
unanimous choice that we were going to have to have a membership fee or
donations to help with the cost of forming the organization. The cost
would have been much more than the $700 at this point, if not for the expertise
and tenacity of Bill Wilson. Bill has spent many hours contacting state
officials, federal officials including the Internal Revenue Service in his
efforts to establish the AMTA as a legitimate non-profit organization.
This is still not a completed item, but is progressing very well. John
Shaffer has done an excellent job in setting up everything with the hotel and
hotel staff for the reunion. Johnnie Estes and Vern Stump are working
closely to ensure every AMT who joins the AMTA receives a membership card, and Johnnie
is working with John Shaffer to ensure name tags are available for everyone at
the banquet. Delano Jolly and John Hurst continue to assist in promoting
the Inaugural Reunion and membership to the AMTA.
Bob Miller while still holding down a full time job is flying all over
the United States, but has still taken time to contact a friend to get
approximately 100 T-shirts made for the upcoming reunion. Hopefully these
shirts will be available for sale at the reunion. Vern Stump has contacted
another vendor and is having approximately 100 AMTA coins made, and he is trying
to have those available for sale at the reunion. Once pricing and
availability are determined we will have a separate page on the website for
purchasing these items.
The present Board of Directors, Bob Miller, John Hurst, Bill Wilson, Vern
Stump, John Shaffer, Delano Jolly and Johnnie Estes are definitely looking
forward to the reunion September 22 & 23, but once the organization is
formed we will be ready to turn the organization over to a new group
of duly elected officers.
Last but not least, due to his dedication to the mission, U.S. Air Force,
AMTs, Security Commands and his fellow man, Big John Deaver has been elected by
the Board of Directors as an Honorary Life Time Member to the AMTA Board of
November 1, 2004 - The AMTA San Antonio Reunion and the
Omaha Reunion are both a thing of the past, and both were a tremendous
success. Hopefully going forward we are able to have only one reunion each
year, and all available AMTs will go to the one reunion. The General
Membership (presently 64 members) has voted to have the 2005 reunion in San
Antonio and the 2006 reunion in Omaha, Nebraska.
The AMTA Semi-Annual
Newsletter is scheduled to come out in a week or so. We hope to have both
San Antonio and Omaha reunions covered in the Newsletter.
November 20, 2004
- The newsletter has been published and is located on the AMTA Website under
the AMTA Newsletter http://www.amtassociation.org/amtasemiannualnews.htm.
We presently have over 500 hits on the website (at least 25 or so of those are
from updates and maintenance). We are getting a lot of participation and
the membership is presently at 70 members with one of those being an Honorary
Member. The organization is starting to grow, and we have everyone of the
AMTs to thank.
The AMTA reunion for 2005 will be in San Antonio and
John V. Shaffer is poised and ready to swing into action the minute the firm
date is set for the reunion to take place. Everyone will be notified via
the website when John finds out the date.
Membership forms are available on
the website. It is really simple just click
here and a membership form will come up for you to print, fill out and send
it with your check to John Shaffer.
If you have any questions or concerns
about the AMTA do not hesitate to contact one of the AMTA Directors, the emails
are located on the home page and on the Board of Directors page.
14, 2005 - As everyone now must know the Second Airborne
Maintenance Technician Association Reunion will be held in
San Antonio, Texas October 19th through the 22nd.
A few changes with the AMTA Board of Directors.
|John Hurst replaced Bob Miller as President.|
|John Shaffer replaced Vern Stump as Treasurer|
|Rick Davis replaced Bill Wilson as Secretary and Rick
accepted the duties as Historian.|
|Frank Jordan, Jim Hargrove and Mike McLaughlin were
nominated and accepted as temporary AMTA board
members. The general membership will vote to make
the temporary board members permanent at the next General
Membership Meeting which will be held in San Antonio,
Texas 8:00 AM, October 20, 2005. Active AMTA
members are invited to attend.|
|Due to an untimely situation Rick Davis had to resign
as Secretary and Historian for the AMTA. Mike
McLaughlin has stepped up and filled the job as Secretary
|Bill Whitehead is the official AMTA photographer|
We continue to welcome constructive criticism and
feedback. It is your Association and your thoughts and
concerns are important.
|October 20, 2005 - The AMTA had its
second annual general membership meeting in San Antonio,
Texas and a new board of directors was elected and new
officers were elected. Some significant changes were
made to the AMTA Articles and Bylaws. The following
are the results of what took place at these meetings.
General Membership Meeting:
|New board of directors elected:
Johnnie Estes (President)
Del Jolly (Vice-President)
Mike McLaughlin (Secretary)
John Shaffer (Treasurer)
|Significant Articles and Bylaw Changes
Eligible members for the AMTA are anyone who has
flown a reconnaissance mission as an airborne
maintenance technician (Not just AMTs) on U.S. Air Force
We now have the option to hold reunions and general
membership meetings every other year, and it will be
during the odd years. We will have a reunion in
Omaha, Nebraska in 2006 as that had already been decided
before the change to the Articles and Bylaws.
|The new board of directors have made the decision to
issue a copy of the newsletter to every member of the
AMTA, and it will be provided to every eligible person
FREE of charge upon request. No person who is
eligible to join the AMTA will have to pay for a
|April 30, 2006 - Things are in
motion to have an outstanding reunion in Omaha, Nebraska
starting September 20th and running through the 22nd.
The reunion will actually be headquartered in Council
Bluffs, Iowa at the Holiday Inn Hotel and Suites. Go
to the 2006 AMTA Reunion web page to learn more about the
reunion and what you need to do to get set up to attend.
We lost a dear friend and AMT March 5, 2006 when Big
John Deaver passed away. This makes three AMTs that
have passed since the AMTA was formed in June 2004.
We are sure others have passed but we do not know where
they are located.
The first half AMTA Newsletter for 2006 will be coming
out shortly and from what we understand it will have a lot of
information in it concerning the upcoming reunion in Omaha
|June 9, 2006 - We have corrected a
couple of typo errors above but also noticed we stated we
lost three AMTs but only gave the name of one, Big John
Deaver. We have lost one AMT who was a member of the
AMTA, Philip Bruce Pike. His wife Margaret is an
associate member at this time and she attended the last
reunion. Another AMT we had sent package to so that
he could become a member of the AMTA and when we did not
hear from him after a few months, our fellow AMT Pat
Williams called to speak with him only to find out that our
fellow AMT, Norm Wilson had passed away.
We encourage each and everyone to come to the reunions,
and do not continue putting it off, as we are at that age
that some of us will be bowing out each year. We hope
to see a lot of AMTs in Omaha come September.
|August 25, 2006 - The website has
been less than satisfactory lately and for that we
apologize, but the real reason for this entry is to make
sure you are planning on heading to Omaha,
Nebraska (actually Council Bluffs, Iowa) for the Third AMTA
|September 19, 2006 - Many departed
their homes either by Tuesday the 19th or before. We
departed our home in Pittsburg, TX about 7:00 AM with plans
to drive to Kansas City where we would meet with three
other friends, John Shaffer, Mike McLaughlin and Bill
Wilson. We all had dinner together (Bill eat alone as
he was running a bit behind) and had a great evening.
We headed out the next morning for Council Bluffs, Iowa and
the AMTA Reunion.
September 20, 2006 - Arrived for
the reunion about 11:00 AM and many people were already
signed in and ready to party. By mid afternoon
virtually everyone was there. John Hurst the reunion
chairman was getting with the hotel because he wanted the
Hospitality Room set up and they were not moving quite as
fast as he wanted them to move. The dinning room at
the hotel was a great place to hang out, and the breakfast
was outstanding. The Hospitality Room was a little
small but proved to be adequate and served our needs quite
September 21, 2006 - We arose to some very nice
rain (wish it could have been in Texas). It did not
take the Golf Chairman long to determine we would not be
playing golf on Thursday and he refunded everyone's money.
Not a problem though as we had the General Membership
Meeting (GMM) at 10:00 AM and that lasted about two hours.
We accomplished a lot and the AMTA bylaws were voted on and
changed to allow for proxy voting for AMTA directors, and
some other wording in the Articles and Bylaws was
clarified. You may want to take a look at those
changes and be prepared when it comes time to nominate and
elect directors in the future. Next election will be
in 2007 three directors will be up for re-election.
Four Associate members were voted on and unanimously
accepted by the AMTA membership. The new Associate
members are: Bill Grimes (2006 guest speaker and Big
Safari), Doug Roach (former maintenance officer), Bruce
Strotman (former commander) and Bob Cope (strong support
and friend to AMTs). Thursday evening about 15 to 20
went to the Prairie Mill Cafe for a Birthday dinner for
Mike McLaughlin (September 21st) and Bill Wilson (September
3rd). The Hospitality Room along with the Silent
Auction was in full swing until about 11:30 PM.
September 22, 2006 - Friday was a full day from
the moment we got out of bed. Breakfast in the Hotel
Dinning Room. Caught the bus in front of the Hotel at
9:00 AM. Larry Meade had set up the tour on the
aircraft and arranged the bus ride for approximately $10
each, which included stopping at the Strategic Museum on
the return trip. The bus trip was comfortable and
fun. The bus driver, Mr. Keith Jackson was a class
act and he too made the trip very enjoyable. We got
to the aircraft about 10:30 AM and we were each and
everyone impressed. The aircraft had eight young Air
Force personnel to show us the aircraft. They were
courteous and true professionals in every sense of the
word. The two AMTs (ASEs) were very excited to hear
about the AMTA and I believe we should see some of the
younger people to come on board in the future.
Everyone was permitted to spend as much time as they
desired on the aircraft. When we departed the
aircraft we stopped in Lincoln, Nebraska for lunch at one
of the local fast food places, I believe it was Wendy's.
After lunch we went to the Strategic Museum which was
well worthwhile. We have many pictures under the 2006
Reunion Pictures link or you can go to Past Reunions and
choose 2006 to see the pictures. The pictures for the
museum are dark as not much lighting was available in the
hangers where the aircraft were parked. John Hurst
had set up for us to have two tour guides which made the
tours very pleasant and they flowed nicely. The Plane
Food snack bar had some excellent food and drinks.
They had many interesting things such as pilot training
units that you could go into and try your luck for $5.
We left the museum about 3:45 PM as everyone had to prepare
for the banquet which started the fellowship hour at 6:30
The banquet got underway exactly on time and everyone
started to fellowship at 6:30 PM. Del Jolly and
Whitey Gross were giving out many door prizes during the
fellowship hour in order to save a little time.
Johnnie Estes, AMTA President, gave about a 20 to 30 minute
briefing on the AMTA and the why and how it was organized.
He provided information on each of the seven founders.
The AMTA Board Members were introduced. Dinner (2
entree buffet) was served approximately 7:30 PM and the
food was delicious, and we had plenty left over so I know
no one left hungry. The prime rib and the southern
fried chicken were both excellent. The desserts were
delicious for those who wanted one.
Approximately 7:45 PM our guest speaker, retired Colonel
Bill Grimes, was introduced by the AMTA's first president,
Mr. Bob Miller. Col. Grimes spoke for about 50
minutes on the Silent War. Everyone truly enjoyed his
presentation. The subject was very interesting and
while many of us had heard about the shoot down of aircraft
528 many of us had no idea of what type closure the
families who lost people on the aircraft had been given in
their lives. Col Grimes covered everything very well
and his visual aids made the entire presentation easily
understood by everyone. Col Grimes answered questions
following his presentation. After the question an
answer period the AMTA President, Johnnie Estes, presented
Col Grimes with a plaque thanking him for his dedication
and support for the AMTA. Bob Miller told Col Grimes
during his introduction that he had been made an Honorary
Chief from Greenville. Johnnie Estes informed Col
Grimes of his unanimous election by the members as an
10:00 PM retired to the Hospitality Room to complete the
final bid on the Silent Auction items. The bidding
was closed at 10:30 PM and the money collected and the
items dispersed to the high bidders. Very little
refreshments remained when the last of the people departed
the Hospitality Room. Due to the items remaining we
asked John Hurst who lives locally in Plattsmouth if he
could take everything left over and use it as it would not
keep for another reunion.
September 23, 2006 - Everyone met in the Hotel
Dinning Room very early as many of us were very anxious to
get on the road to our homes. Mike McLaughlin wound
up being very sick Saturday morning and had to see a
doctor, but he was still able to travel south toward Texas
as he had John Shaffer with him to do the driving.
They had to spend the night on the road in Oklahoma but did
arrive home late on Sunday. Most people are back home
now although a few are still visiting and making a regular
vacation out of this trip.
That is all for now but will add more as others provide
input or if we think of something later. Thanks to
everyone for your continued and strong support for the
September 16, 2007 -
This is a short update as a lot has happened the past few months concerning
the AMTA and the 4th AMTA Reunion in Dallas, Texas is only 14 days away.
As most know our good friend and fellow AMT and AMTA Treasurer,
Mr. John V.
Shaffer passed away August 14, 2007 at his home in San Antonio,
Texas. His family was with him when he passed away. John is
definitely missed in so many ways but one big reason was his many
contributions and dedication to the AMTA.
is doing a great job picking up the slack for the treasurer's position.
Another very close and good friend
General Doyle E.
Larson passed away August 13, 2007. Both John and the General
died from the terrible disease, cancer. These two guys will be missed.
Earlier in the year, April 26,
2007 another fellow friend and AMT,
Andy Barneycastle passed away,
also from the dreaded cancer disease. None of these things
are good news but they are history concerning the AMTA, and this information
will be available to all the newcomers in the future.
The AMTA Board Members,
Johnnie Estes, Jim
Hargrove and Whitey Gross
were re-elected to the AMTA Board via proxy ballot in May 2007.
John Dockins and
were also on the ballot and
was a write-in, but the incumbents won and the results have been provided
for everyone by the AMTA Secretary.
Do not forget the
AMTA reunion will
be in Dallas, Texas October 3rd, 4th and 5th. If you have not
made plans do so now as the time has ran out.
will be taking over for Jim
Hargrove in doing the
News. We know Whitey will do a great job but it is your
newsletter so provide input and help Whitey do a great job.
|November 16, 2007 - Sorry but I have been remiss
in updating the AMTA History page. We did have our reunion October 3rd
through the 5th, and it was a good one. We had
110 people at the AMTA Banquet
and the guest speaker was Mr.
Neal Cooper and he did an excellent job. We had
56 AMTs to show up for
the reunion and two of those became members. Counting the two new
members we had 47 AMTA members at the reunion. Two other members
joined during or after the reunion but they were not at the reunion, but we
did get a total of four new members.
As usual the first day was checking
in and a lot of fellowship. The
Hospitality Room was
about half the size it needed to be and it sure crimped our style for the
Silent Auction and the AMTA memorabilia. The second day was the
General Membership Meeting
(GMM) and the first AMTA Golf outing. We had 36 AMTs at the GMM which
is the second most we have ever had (we had over 40 at the meeting last
year). The members elected a new board member,
Bob White, to replace
John Shaffer. Immediately after being elected to the AMTA board Bob
White was elected AMTA Treasurer.
The Golf Outing was a
lot of fun for everyone I believe even though one or two were a little
disgruntled in the beginning we all had a great time.
Doug Miller's team (Doug Miller,
John Hurst, Charley King and Palmer McCoy) took first place honors
by a whopping seven strokes.
Charlie Bursell had the
lowest net score and John Brown
had the highest net score and both guys received trophies.
Pat McDonald had
closest to the pin honors and I believe
Jeff Knisley had the
longest drive honors.
We have some very good pictures for the website thanks to
Betty Jo Estes, Tom Joines, Noe C.
Guerra, Denzel Brewer, John Brown, Bob Dobbins, Pat Riley, Randy Holt and
Ken Woodall. We should have a few more pictures later on
from the AMTA photographer, Hank
Whitehead the other AMTA photographer will probably provide
pictures later on when he is not so busy in his job.
Even though the hotel caused us a little grief due to the change over in
personnel and the reconstruction effort thanks to those who stepped up to
set things straight for the AMTA such as
Bill Wilson and
The next reunion will be in San Antonio in the fall of 2009.
Noe C. Guerra is the
reunion chairman with
and Bob White to help
Whitey Gross is
frantically working on getting out an
News to everyone.
It should be complete no later than mid December 2007.
|November 28, 2008 - We hope everyone had a wonderful
Thanksgiving Dinner yesterday with family and friends. The 5th AMTA
Reunion will be held in San Antonio, Texas September 23, 24, 25,
2008. This will be in conjunction with the Freedom Through
Vigilance Association (FTVA) reunion. Be sure to be making plans
to attend as Mike, Noe C and Bob are looking for a hotel at this time
and they are on their way to making this one of the best ones yet and we
have had four outstanding reunions. Keep checking back for more
updates as time goes on.
14, 2009 - The 2009 AMTA Reunion is set and ready to go in
San Antonio, Texas at the Hilton
Hotel at the Airport. Go the
What and When page or the
2009 AMTA Reunion page
by clicking on the tabs at the top of this page to find out more about the
reunion. The golf this year will be with the FTVA tournament.
Make your plans now and call the hotel for reservations. More to come
|The 2009 AMTA Reunion at the Hilton at the Airport in
San Antonio September 23, 24 and 25 was a huge success. The
accommodations at the hotel were excellent. The hospitality room was
plenty big enough and the banquet room and the food was excellent.
Mike, Noe C and Bob did a super job setting this one up and should be
commended. We should not forget Whitey's contribution during the
reunion either as he spent more time at the memorabilia table than anyone
and we appreciated it very much. The FTVA golf was excellent except
for rain during the first half of the tournament. We plan to have the
next reunion at the same hotel in San Antonio, Texas in September 2011.
|May 1, 2010 - The reunion committee (Mike, Bob
and Noe C) offered the opportunity for a reunion this year 2010, but the
interest was not there. It appears as though most people appreciate
the year off without the expense of attending a reunion. The next
one will be in September 2011.
|January 3, 2012 - A lot has happened with the AMTA
since the last entry. We have had a reunion at the Airport Hilton in
San Antonio which was outstanding, thanks to
Mike McLaughlin, Bob White and Dan Sloan. We had a huge group for the AMTA
banquet Friday September 24th. A few people have talked of a reunion
in 2012 with no specific location set, but Mike has sent out emails seeking
interest in a 2012 reunion and the numbers are very low so that idea has
been shelved. Everyone should remember the AMTA Articles and Bylaws
allows the AMTA to have a reunion anytime at any place. They also
dictate a reunion every odd numbered year at a specific location, that being
San Antonio, Texas.
The AMTA gave money for this year's Christmas to the
USO as we know this is a group that always supports and entertains our
troops who have been placed in harm's way.
|November 26, 2012 - This year has had a lot of
surprises. One of which was the informal AMTA Reunion, August 23, 24,
25, 2012 in Council Bluffs, Iowa. Thanks in most part to
John Hurst who worked
very hard to set up this informal reunion. He left nothing to chance
and I think it turned out perfect. Everyone enjoyed just having a
great time, drinking beer, eating snacks, swapping lies and just having a
great time. We had no meetings and NO SCHEDULE!!
Larry Meade did
have an aircraft tour set up on Friday afternoon, or perhaps we should say
he had two aircraft tours set up and everyone thoroughly enjoyed the tours.
Someone asked me what was on the schedule for the next day and I told them
we have NO schedule, just lots and lots of fun and great times. On
Thursday evening we all joined together at Tish's Restaurant less than a
mile from the hotel for dinner and a whole lot of fun. So far the only
pictures we have were taken by
Teresa Lester and Betty Jo Estes. Others took pictures but
have not forwarded them to us so they can be put on the website.
forget this fall (September) we will have another AMTA Reunion in San
Antonio, TX. It may or may not be at the Hilton again as things have
been a little shaky each time we have had it there.
|September 25 - 27, 2013 - Another great
reunion at the Drury Plaza Hotel in San Antonio, Texas. The hotel
pricing was excellent and the hot breakfast and the kick back snacks in the
evening were included in the price. We plan to use the Drury again in
2015 as the manager has guaranteed us equal or pricing if not less. A
lot of photos were taken by various people including some of the AMTA
to view the photos that were taken.
Retired Lt. Colonel Carlos Washburn
was the guest speaker and it was very interesting and no one fell asleep.
Mike McLaughlin and Randy Holt were re-elected to the AMTA Board of
Directors. Joe Jesty was replaced by a new name, Larry Meade as an
AMTA director. Congratulations to those who were elected and thanks to
all of those who volunteered or accepted the nomination to be on the ballot.
The entire reunion was a lot of fun for everyone. We did not get away
from the reunion before John
Hurst brought it up that we should have an informal reunion in
Las Vegas, Nevada in 2014 because
Johnnie Estes had just
moved there and would be available to organize the reunion. Obviously
the vote was unanimous to embark on this endeavor.
|October 14, 15, 16, 2014 - The informal
reunion in Las Vegas, Nevada came together.
Johnnie Estes with the
help of Larry Olesky
pulled together and great reunion at the Sunset Station Hotel and Casino.
Even though due to pricing the reunion was held in the middle of the week it
was well attended. Thanks to the Director of Sales for the Sunset
Station Hotel and Casino, Lauren
Davis the AMTA members and their guests received excellent
pricing for the hotel, $55 per night including all taxes and amenities.
The Sunset Station had it all; 16 screen movie theater, 60 lane bowling
ally, gambling of all sorts, and cheap beer if you took the time to look for
it. No money for banquet was needed since the reunion was informal but
everyone got together Thursday evening at the Feasty Buffet (price $9.99)
for dinner. The hotel people set up an area just for the AMTA members
and their guests. On Wednesday afternoon 20 would be golfers gathered
at the Los Prados Golf Club
in northern Las Vegas (about 20 miles from the hotel) for a small
and simple golf tournament. Some of the golfers were Air Force AMTs
and some were friends of Johnnie's from Las Vegas. Everyone had a
great time but none of the AMTs won anything. After the golf
tournament was over everyone including AMTs and their guests that did not
play golf gathered at The Estes's
home in North Las Vegas.
Betty Jo Estes had really
put together quite a spread for everyone to enjoy, and everyone did enjoy
it. Some people said the evening at the Estes's home was the highlight of
the reunion. It was a wonderful time for everyone. A few people
showed up for the Las Vegas reunion that had never attended a reunion in the
past. We are now looking forward to another wonderful reunion in 2015
in the great state of Texas, San Antonio.