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Army Night
Friday, June 18, 2010


Head Table
VP Gregory, Wilson, Speaker Henry Gill, Pres. Edmonds, Bird-Wilson, Caranza, Gray, and Cindrich

Army night traditionally is a night at which members of the Armies of Great Britain, the United States and other allied countries are honored. President Bob Edmonds, in his introductory speech, paid tribute to the accomplishments and sacrifices of soldiers during World War II and other conflicts.

The speaker, 1LT Henry A. Gill, USA, spoke about "One Man Who Made a Difference: Medal of Honor Recipient PFC Melvin L. Brown, U.S. Army, 8th Engineer Combat Battalion, 1st Calvary Division, at Taegu -- the Desperate Days of the Pusan Perimeter". Henry discussed events leading to the outbreak of the Korean War in June 1950, the total unpreparedness of the United Nations troops for the war, and the desperate early days when North Korean troops pushed nearly to Pusan. He spoke about the heroics of one 19 year old boy from Mahaffey, Pennsylvania who was awarded posthumously the Medal of Honor. His talk fleshed out the facts in the Medal of Honor Citation quoted below:


1LT Henry A. Gill III, Speaker

PFC Melvin L. Brown's awards include:
Medal of Honor and Purple Heart
Rank and organization: Private First Class, U.S. Army, Company D, 8th Engineer Combat Battalion.
Place and date: Near Kasan, Korea, September 4, 1950.
Entered service at Erie, Pennsylvania. Born February 2, 1931 at Mahaffey, Pennsylvania

G.O. No.: 11, February 16, 1951.

Citation

Pfc. Brown, Company D distinguished himself by conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty in action against the enemy. While his platoon was securing Hill 755 (the Walled City), the enemy, using heavy automatic weapons and small arms, counterattacked. Taking a position on a 50-foot (15 m)-high wall he delivered heavy rifle fire on the enemy. His ammunition was soon expended and although wounded, he remained at his post and threw his few grenades into the attackers causing many casualties. When his supply of grenades was exhausted his comrades from nearby foxholes tossed others to him and he left his position, braving a hail of fire, to retrieve and throw them at the enemy. The attackers continued to assault his position and Pfc. Brown weaponless, drew his entrenching tool from his pack and calmly waited until they 1 by 1 peered over the wall, delivering each a crushing blow upon the head. Knocking 10 or 12 enemy from the wall, his daring action so inspired his platoon that they repelled the attack and held their position. Pfc. Brown's extraordinary heroism, gallantry, and intrepidity reflect the highest credit upon himself and was in keeping with the honored traditions of the military service. Reportedly missing in action and officially killed in action, September 5, 1950.


Medal of Honor

Melvin L. Brown (2/2/1931 - 9/4/1950)

There were 25 members in attendance plus 11 guests and the speaker, also a member.

Capt. Frank C. Alvidrez, USMC and Maj. Howard P. Lewis, USA were welcomed as new members and presented with BUSC ties and a membership certificate by Pres. Edmonds.


Frank Alvidrez welcomed as new member

Hoiward Lewis welcomed as new member

MGEN Peter Gravett USA had seven guests, shown here:


Peter Gravett and his guests

Peter Gravett with some of his guests


Reynold Cindrich, ESQ, brought some Korean War era uniforms for display. He has a large collection of immaculate historical uniforms that he is kind enough to display at BUSC meetings from time to time. Thank you Reynold.


Reynold Cindrich and Korean era Uniform display

Miscellaneous photos from the meeting are displayed below:







ATTENDEES 37 (25 members, 11 guests & speaker)

M. AZAM R. EDMONDS R. KHALSA K. SMITH
J. BENTON B. GRAVETT J. MASSIE W. TAYLOR
S. BIRD-WILSON P. GRAVETT T. MAHAN R. WILSON
J. CARARNZA M. GREGORY R. MATHESON H. LEWIS
R. CINDRICH B. GRAY S. MAYUGA
P. CREAMER T. HANSON M. MCGHEE
H. DICKINSON L. HOOVER T. ROEDL

H. GILL GUEST SPEAKER LT. OLLIE KAY, UK ARMY, GUEST OF P. GRAVETT
C. COLUMBE GUEST OF T. ROEDL LCOL. MCNAMARA GUEST OF P. GRAVETT
F. ALVIDREZ GUEST OF T. MAHAN COL. TALBERT GUEST OF P. GRAVETT
P. LENNON GUEST OF T. MAHAN C. HOOKER, ESQ. GUEST OF PETER GRAVETT
D. HOLMES GUEST OF T. MAHAN ANDY STRAUSS GUEST OF P. GRAVETT
COL. BENJAMIN GUEST OF P. GRAVETT
LORIE CLAYTON GUEST OF P. GRAVETT

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Vice Presidents Night
Friday, May 21, 2010


Head Table
Myuga, Johnson, Edmonds, Gregory, Bird-Wilson, Creamer, Massie, Azam

We were delighted that 38 members and guests joined us to listen to a fascinating presentation by Tyler MacCready entitled “Human Powered Flight on Gossamer Wings.” The head table was graced with seven past Vice Presidents, and per tradition the evening was chaired by our current Vice President, Michael J. Gregory, Esq., RAF

Our guest speaker this month was Tyler MacCready, son of the late inventor and “Engineer of the Century” Paul MacCready, who spoke to the BUSC some years ago. In 1976 Paul needed a test pilot for the development of the Gossamer Condor, the world’s first successful human powered airplane. He chose Tyler because he was lightweight (135 lbs. at the age of 14) and had experience flying in hang gliders from the age of 10. Tyler piloted several prototypes as the design was refined. On August 23, 1977, Bryan Allen, a much stronger pilot, pedaled the final version around a one mile course to win the £50,000 Kremer Prize 1. Two years later, Bryan pedaled the Gossamer Albatross across the English Channel to win a second, £100,000 Kremer Prize.

Through the 1980’s Tyler was involved in the development of several other one-of-a-kind aircraft at
Monrovia-based AeroVironment. These include the world’s first piloted solar powered airplane and
a life-sized replica of the world’s largest pterodactyl. In the 90’s Tyler went back to school to study geology and geophysics, earning a PhD from Monash University in Melbourne, Australia in 1998.
He now has returned to AeroVironment as a consultant developing new technologies for harnessing
wind and ocean power. He lives in Pasadena and remains active in aerodynamic research.

Tyler's presentation covered the aerodynamics and structures required for man-powered flight, and showed the hard road to success, involving various mishaps before the final successful flights were achieved. Tyler very kindly provided copies of his power point presentation, shown below.


Tyler MacCready

"Walk-around glider" demonstration


You have to keep left of stall line -- no way!

Possible -- 3 min at 20 mph = 1 mile


Approach that worked -- 6 min at 10 mph = 1 mile

Airborne!


Dr. Paul MacCready with early conceptual model

If it doesn't break, it's too heavy!


Completion of one mile course for 1st Kremer Prize

Crossed English Channel for 2nd Kremer Prize


Tyler is presented BUSC Placque by VP Gregory

VP Gregory, Tyler MacCready and Pres Edmonds


"Bob" Khalsa, Munir Azam and Jim Thigpen

New Members Thigpen and Khalsa congratulated by VP


Guest, P. Boor, Tom Mahan, Henry Gill & Brian Gray

Guests, Lewis & Talbot; Jim Thigpen & Bob Khalsa


Don Waters and guest E. Heister

Guest, D. McMackin and Lloyd Hoover


Bob Lawson, guest Charles Coulombe and Bob Khalsa

Ken Bowen and Bill Taylor (in foreground)


Post-meeting ante-room discussions

Post-meeting ante-room discussions

ATTENDEES 39 (30 members, 8 guests & speaker)

Azam, M.
...Bevilaqua, P. (guest
Gravett, B. Robertson, H.
Billy, C. Gray, B. Roedl, T.
...Coulombe, C. (guest)
Bird-Wilson, S. Gregory, M. Scone-Rees, I.
Bowen, K. Hoover, L. Taylor, W.
Cameron, D. Johnson, B. Thigpen, J.
Carranza, J. Khalsa, B. Waters, D.
...Heister, E. (guest)
Cindrich, R. Lawson, R.
Creamer, P. Massie, J. MacCready, T. (speaker)
Dickinson, H. Matheson, R.
Edmonds, R. Mahan, T.
...Boor, P. (guest)
Gill, H. Mayuga, S.
...McMackin, D. (guest)
Gravett, P.
...Lewis (guest)
...Hooker (guest)
...Talbot (guest)
McGhee, M.

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Ladies' Night
Friday, April 16th, 2010


Head Table

Ladies' Night is always a special night ... and this Ladies' Night was no exception. Duties were assigned to the engineers. The roasting and the toast to the ladies was offered by Professional Engineer William "Bill" Dean, Esq., and the response was delivered by NASA engineer, Mrs. Roberta Gleiter.

Bill first joined the BUSC in 1956 and has served as president, secretary, and on several executive committees. Roberta Gleitert has spent her engineering career in the aerospace industry. She is a chemical engineer and systems management officer with NASA. She is past president of the Society of Women Engineers.

There were 54 members and guests in attendance. A link below provides a slide show of all the tables, where nearly everyone can see themselves.



Reception Line

President Bob Edmonds opens the meeting


Bill Dean roasts and toasts the Ladies

Ladies Response by Roberta Gleiter


Roberta Gleiter receives Bouquet from Mike Gregory


Seating Plan

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66th JROTC Night
Friday, March 19, 2010


Head Table
VP. M. Gregory, Mrs. Hernandez, Speaker Maj. C. Hernandez USAF, C/COL Y. Carrillo, C/LTC L. Alberto, Pres. R. Edmonds, JROTC Coord. B. Johnson, DAI LTC T.A. McDonald, Mrs. Ayala, Monroe Principal F. Ayala, Mrs. Mujica, SAI 1/SGT C. Mujica


Cadets from Monroe, Manual Arts, and Verdugo Hills

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Items of interest to the JROTC cadets are in the JROTC section, which is not password protected. Other items, not of interest to cadets, are contained below:


ATTENDEES
AZAM, M GILL, H MAHAN, T STEPHENS, D
BOWEN, K GRAVETT, P. MASSIE, J TAYLOR, W
CARRANZA, J GRAVETT, B. MATHESON, R TURNER, R
CREAMER, P GREGORY, M MAYUGA, S
DARLEY, F HANSON, T McGHEE, M
DEAN, W HOOVER, L ROBERTSON,H
DICKINSON, H JOHNSON, B SAMUELS, R
EDMONDS, R LAWSON, R SMITH, K

GUESTS
Maj Conrad Hernandez Speaker
& Mrs. Virginia Hernandez
Col Neil Kacena, USAF
Frank Alvidrez GrpCapt "Bob" Khalsa IAF
Mary Cribbs CAPT D. McMackin, USN
Joan Darley Joy Tierney
Guest of Harry Dickinson R. Turner
Thelma Edmonds MAJ James G. Thigpen, USA
3 Guests of Peter Gravett
Jean Johnson

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President's Inaugural Dinner
February 19th, 2010


Head Table
Gregory, Azam, Speaker Khalsa, Edmonds, Smith, Mayuga, Creamer, Darly, Johnson (not shown)

Our speaker was Group Captain Bakhsish "Bob" Khalsa, Indian Air Force (IAF). His biography is in the February bulletin. In the IAF he flew the MIG-21 "Bison" and the Mach 2.5+ MIG-25 "Foxbat". He was one of several pilots sent to work with the Russian Air Force to bring back knowledge to share concerning these Russian-built airplanes. His talk centered on this experience.

The Russian airplanes were excellent. However, he found the Russian Air Force doctrine to be very rigid and by-the-book, with little lattitude for individual initiative. He mentioned several incidents illustrating this. Navigation instructions were preprogrammed into airplanes before flight and could not be reset in the air, presumably to prevent defections. In another case, a pilot reported a low fuel state, below the book value, and was directed by the tower to eject, although he was near the field. Aerial photographs of a typical military airfield showed a parallel grass/dirt runway beside the paved runway. Russian planes were designed to operate from these unimproved runways, and used them for training. Discipline was rigid to the point where, if the tower failed to change the runway when the wind shifted, you were expected to land down-wind even in high winds.

It was a fascinating talk, illustrated with slides, some of which are copied here.


Group Capt. Bakhsish Khalsa IAF receiving placque

BUSC Members with speaker "Bob" Khalsa


Opening Slide

A bit of humor


MIG-21 Bison of Indian Air Force (IAF)

Russian MIG-25 Foxbat (Mach 2.5+), some in IAF


Ed Von Leffern with some of the guests
Some of the evening's guests with Ed Von Leffern:
L.J. Fay, LtCol McMichael, and MGN Gravett's former helicopter pilot.

Munir Azam with guest LtCol J. McMichael


Bowen, Edmonds , Robertson and Creamer
(Right) President Bob Edmonds welcomes Thomas F. Roedl, Esq., into the BUSC as an Associate Member and presents him with a membership certificate and BUSC club tie.
Bob Edmonds and Tom Roedl


Thirteen members and guests retired
to the ante-room after the meeting.

ATTENDEES
AZAM DEAN MAHAN VON LEFFERN
BENTON EDMONDS MASSIE WHITE
BIRD-WILSON GREGORY MAYUGA WILSON
BOWEN GRAVETT, P. McGHEE
CARRANZA GRAVETT, B. ROEDL
CINDRICH HOOVER ROBERTSON
CREAMER JOHNSON SMITH
DARLEY LAWSON TAYLOR

GUESTS
Guest Speaker - Bob Khalsa
Charles Coulombe - Guest of T. Roedl
Ian Skone-Rees - Guest of J. Benton
Two Guests of P. Gravett
Henry Gill - Guest of M. Azam & T. Mahan
Frank Alvidrez - Guest of M. Azam & T. Mahan
Paul Bevilaqua - Guest of M. Azam & T. Mahan
Lt. L. Fay - Guest of S. Bird-Wilson
LtCol J. McMichael - Guest of S. Bird-Wilson

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Annual General Meeting
January 8, 2010


View from the Head Table


The newly elected BUSC Officers for 2010
From left to right:
Sandor Mayuga, Secretary; Bob Edmonds, President; Basil Johnson, EC; Ken Smith, New Life Member; Peter Creamer, Treasurer; Peter Gravett, EC; Michael Gregory, Vice President; Munir Azam, EC; and Fred Darley, EC.


13 members retired to the ante-room afterwards.

There were 21 active members present and 9 proxies for a total of 30 votes.
AZAM - ACTIVE EDMONDS - ACTIVE MASSIE - ACTIVE WHITE - ASSOC
BENTON - ACTIVE GRAVETT, P. - ACTIVE MAYUGA - ACTIVE WILSON - ACTIVE
BILLY - ASSOC GRAVETT, B. - ASSOC MILSTEIN - ACTIVE
CAMERON - ACTIVE GRAY - ACTIVE PLEASANT - ASSOC
CINDRICH - ACTIVE GREGORY - ACTIVE SAMUELS - ACTIVE
CREAMER - ACTIVE HOOVER - ACTIVE SMITH - ACTIVE
DARLEY - ACTIVE JOHNSON - ACTIVE TAYLOR - ACTIVE
DICKINSON - ACTIVE MAHAN - ACTIVE VON LEFFERN - ASSOC

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