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AUGUST 31, 2017
The 2017 Air Force Night
Friday, September 15, 2017
RSVP Cut-Off date:   September 11

President's Remarks
for the
2017 Air Force Night Dinner Event
 MG Peter J. Gravett, USA (Ret)

On such a momentous occasion as the 77th Anniversary of the Battle of Britain, which raged from July 10 – October 31, 1940, the abundance of information and stories of the defense of Britain are usually accompanied by that famous quote from Winston Churchill to Parliament on August 20, 1940: “Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few.” More on that….

Let’s review “The Few” -- those who gave rise to this most famous of war-time epithets. They were young. The average age of an RAF pilot in 1940 was 20.  Not all were British. Twenty percent of the RAF’s BoB pilots were from “neutral” countries. Roughly two-thirds of the 3,000 RAF pilots who flew in the Battle of Britain were officers, and the complement were sergeant and flight sergeant pilots. To supplement its ranks, the RAF recruited pilots from the Auxiliary Air Force – made up from the largely middle and upper classes.  In the war of attrition that Battle of Britain became, every single pilot and plane was important.  Of the nearly 3,000 RAF aircrew who fought in the Battle of Britain, 544 lost their lives.

Please join me and your fellow Members and Guests on September 15th at 1830 at the ATCC to remember and honor “The Few.”

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This Month's Program
History and Evolution of Air-to-Air Refueling by Lt. Col. Edward “Ed”
Reynolds, Jr. USAF (Ret).

The British perfected Aerial Refueling before WWII. The USAF’s role in the “Cold War” necessitated developing and improving air-refueling methods to enable bombers to strike deep into the Soviet Union and China. Since then, this capability has evolved in many nations to a daily component of air operations – bombers, fighters, reconnaissance and cargo aircraft.

Our speaker tonight comes to us with a long and varied career. For 22 years his service included:  Navigator on air refueling tankers, Air Operations Staff Officer, Missiles Targeting Officer for MIRVs (multiple independently targetable reentry vehicle), Intelligence Advisor to the Vietnam Air Force and action officer - for six years - in the Pentagon. There he introduced computer terminals to the Air Staff and managed the USAF Aircraft Inventory database.  Following his service in the Air Force, he worked as an International IT Management Consultant at United Airlines and an analyst with SRI International and several other defense contractors. He formed service management consulting groups for companies before focusing on traveling the world. He is one of only 100 people known to have visited every country in the world.

He currently leads a Monday morning meeting for Wings Over Wendy’s, where over 300 veterans meet weekly at the Wendy’s Restaurant in West Hills, CA.

Come join us at our Air Force Night, meet Lt. Col. Reynolds and enjoy his message of Air-to-Air Refueling history

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