Holiday Message from Dave DeRain

A Holiday Message from your friend and Missileer President Christmas and New Years greetings to all Missileers, or should I say Fröhliche Weihnachten und ein glückliches neues Jahr! The Orlando reunion was a great success.  Thanks to Max we had a great location and great food at the Banquet.  I …

1950/60’s Mettoy Big Poly – Matador Missile

From: Robert Bolton  (TAC Missileers Newsletter Editor) Sent: Tuesday, December 15, 2015  To: webmaster@tacmissileers.org Subject: 1950/60’s METTOY BIG POLY – MATADOR MISSILE & MOBILE LAUNCHER                – 40 cms – EXC | eBay Good morning Russ, For posting on the TAC Missileers site: I …

Fact or Fiction – Near Nuclear Launch

Travis Tritten, a Capitol Hill reporter for Stars and Stripes, is soliciting comments about an alleged near nuclear launch on Okinawa in 1962 (see below for details). Anyone wishing to comment should email or call Travis.     Travis J. Tritten Capitol Hill reporter Stars and Stripes Washington, D.C. tritten.travis@stripes.com …

Our Condolences to Ray Lischka

We extend our sincere condolences to Ray Lischka (TAC Missileers Member), whose wife Caroline passed away on October 26th, 2015. (Ray severed as a Mace A Launch Crew Chief at Sembach Site I (Mehlingen) and later as a launch training instructor / evaluator at Sembach’s launch training site located in …

Thank You to Gen. W.R. Monteith

From: Max Butler Sent: Thursday, November 26, 2015 To: Russ Reston Subject: Letter to General Monteith Russ, I would like to put this letter of appreciation to Brig. General Wayne R. Monteith on our web-site. He is the base commander at Patrick AFB, and was the one that gave us …

TAC Missileers Officers – 2017 Reunion Location

At the bi-annual TAC Missileers business meeting on October 29th, 2015 in Orlando, FL, the following officers were elected: Joe Perkins – Executive Director President – David DeRain Treasurer / Membership Director – Max Butler Secretary – Jerry Brenner Newsletter Editor – Bob Bolton Historian – Art Gust Las Vegas …

2015 Reunion Photos

Many thanks to Carolyn Wilczynski (our “Official TAC Missileers Reunion Photographer”) for sharing her photos from the 2015 TAC Missileers Reunion in Orlando, Florida. 2015 Reunion Photos We’d like to include photos of all reunion attendees.  Please send photos of any attendees not shown to Russ.

2016 Mini-Reunion (Mid-West)

Okay you Mid-westerners and everyone else who wants to come, a suggestion was made by Clark Wormer that we have a Mid-western mini-reunion next June /  July in Dayton after they open the new wing of the Air Force Museum.  If you are thinking of coming to the reunion, get …

Veteran’s Day Discounts – 2015

Many companies and restaurants will be offering discounts and deals to veterans and active-duty military personnel on Veteran’s Day (November 11th).  Here’s a partial list and a link where you can find more info. http://militarybenefits.info/veterans-day-discounts-sales-deals-free-meals/ 2015 Discounts & Deals AARPAARP is offering a 20% membership discount for veterans, their families, and …

1950’s Vintage Bandai USAF Martin Matador Missile

From: Robert Bolton (TAC Missileers Newsletter Editor) Sent: Thursday, November 5, 2015 To: TAC Missileers Webmaster Subject: 1950’s Vintage Bandai USAF Martin Matador Missile Tin Toy Made in Japan 19inch | eBay Hello, Sending you this link for website posting. It is the strangest looking so called “Matador” I’ve ever …

2015 Reunion Schedule / Attendees

  The 2015 TAC Missileers Reunion is “just around the corner.”  Here’s the schedule. From: Max Butler Sent: Tuesday, October 20, 2015 To: Russ Reston Subject: Re: REUNION SCHEDULE (Atlas V Launch) Russ, I intended to add that everyone needs to wear socks, non-open toed shoes, long pants, slacks etc. …

Member Photo Album – Shuping

A new Member Photo Album has been added to the website. See this link for Robert F. Shuping Jr.’s photos of the Missile Monument Dedication at Bitburg Air Base (Germany) on October 30th, 1959. Robert Shuping’s – Bitburg Missile Monument Dedication

Reunion Update – Cape Canaveral Tour Substitution

October 5, 2015 The Cape Canaveral Tour that was planned for Friday, October 30th is being substituted with the viewing of an Atlas V rocket launch.  Any questions / concerns should be referred to Max Butler (maxandlois05@gmail.com). From: Max Butler Sent: Monday, October 5, 2015 To: Russ Reston Subject: Cape Launch …

Funeral Info / Obituary – Sarah Nell Perkins

Sarah Nell Perkins – Wife of Joe Perkins (TAC Missileers Executive Director) PERKINS—-Mrs. Sarah Nell Perkins, age 86 of Middleburg, FL passed away September 15, 2015. She was born January 21, 1929 in Athens, GA, the daughter of Floyd Palmer and Inez Matthews Palmer. Sarah was a loving and devoted …

Our Condolences to Joe Perkins

We extend our sincere condolences to Joe Perkins (TAC Missileers Executive Director), whose wife Sarah, passed away on September 15th, 2015. Joe has asked that the following statement be placed on the website. September 15, 2015 Today we lost a loyal and hard working missileer (Miss Sarah) who always loved …

2015 Reunion Yearbook

David Derain (TAC Missileers Secretary) has made arrangements to have a 2015 Orlando Reunion Yearbook made available to all who are interested. Yearbooks can be ordered: Now – Download the following form, complete it, and mail it along with your payment to the address indicated. At the Reunion – Order …

2015 Reunion Attendees

August 19th, 2015 The 2015 TAC Missileers reunion is rapidly approaching.  If you have not already done so, now is the time to submit your registration information and make your hotel reservations.  (Click here for registration form.) Reunion Dates: Wednesday, October 28th, 2015 Thursday, October 29th, 2015 Friday, October 30th, 2015 …

2015 Reunion Banquet Dress Code

August 5th, 2015 From: Max Butler Sent: Wednesday, August 5, 2015 To: Russ Reston Subject: 2015 Reunion Reminder Russ, getting dress code for the banquet questions.  You might add to the web that it is casual, dress slacks/shirt.  No Levis or shorts. Thanks, Max Probably a little too ‘overdressed’ for …

2015 Reunion Reminder

The 2015 TAC Missileers reunion is rapidly approaching.  If you have not already done so, now is the time to submit your registration information and make your hotel reservations. Reunion Dates: Wednesday, October 28th, 2015 Thursday, October 29th, 2015 Friday, October 30th, 2015 Reunion Location: Embassy Suites Orlando – International Drive/Jamaican …

Mace B – Idenheim, Site VIII (Bitburg AB, Germany) Blueprints

  Two blueprints (dated August and October 1960), issued by the “UNITED STATES ARMY CONSTRUCTION AGENCY, GERMANY,”  and titled “STANDARD T/M LAUNCHING FACILITIES.”  The blueprints are courtesy of Bernhard Gross, Trier, Germany (via George Mindling, author of U.S. Air Force Tactical Missiles – 1949-1969 – The Pioneers). Note: To review the …