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OCT 10-13 at the HOME of USAF Special Operations Ft. Walton Beach, FL


ATTN Spectres: There will be a static display of all three current models of the AC-130 Gunship on 11 October, during the Spectre Reunion. I am reluctant to post the location and time on the Internet, but if you e-mail me at billwalter105@gmail.com and I can verify your connection to the AC-130 community, I will send you information. Keep in mind the static display will be on a secure military base therefore a government-issued CAC or retired military ID is required for unescorted entry. For those who are connected to the AC-130 community that do not have access credentials, I can sponsor you onto the facility but need to submit your information at least three days prior to the event. This is most likely the last time all three models (AC-130U, AC-130W and AC-130J) are available for viewing. I'll be standing by at billwalter105@gmail.com

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The Veterans Memorial Park of Pensacola Board of Directors have raised funds to dedicate a memorial plaque for Spirit 03 on the Persian Gulf War Memorial.

The tribute will be held Sunday, May 26th at 1 p.m., the day before Memorial Day. There will be multiple dignitaries attending and will pay special tribute to our local fallen heroes. Everyone is invited to attend.Parking will be limited, so arrive early or be ready to walk to the Veterans Memorial Park.

SAD News:


Col(ret) Brock Byers (Col Mike Byer's Father) passed away 5/29/2019. Mike's father was the first to commit to the Air Commando Foundation Planned Giving program....a not insignificant amount.  Great Air Commando American.  RIP.


Another good friend passed...Ken Petry...I served with Ken both at Myrtle Beach and Spectre:

My buddy Dan McClintock told me today (6/11/2019): 
"Just to let you know that Ken Petry (sensor operator) died Yesterday. Had a tumor on his brain for quite awhile and it finally got the best of him." R.I.P. Ken.



Services for MSgt (Ret) John William McCain, Jr., 78, of Navarre, Florida passed away on Monday, May 13, 2019.

A Committal Service will be held Friday, June 7, 2019 at 11:30 pm at Barrancas National Cemetery, 1 Cemetery Road, Pensacola, Florida 32507. The Procession will leave at 11:00 am from Olive Baptist Church-Warrington Campus, 103 West Winthrop Avenue, Pensacola, Florida 32507.

The church is approximately 5 minutes from the cemetery.


Lt Col. Robert Grittner passed away April 2019. He served during the Vietnam War with the 16th SOS in Ubon, Thailand from April 1971 - Mar 1972. He was a Major at the time and was an EWO (or Black Crow). Attached is a picture of him while at Ubon as well as a picture of him taken a few years ago at a Veteran's event. His daughter, Linda Babock said "I know that many of his most proud days in the Air Force were spent as an AC-130 crew member"

Robert Grittner: November 1936 - April 2019


Col. John Gallagher has just passed this morning! "Pappy" was a true Spectre and a 16 SOS Commander that was loved by all! More info when we get it...Burial will be in Arlington. That will be 6 to 10 months out. More details will come 


Fellow warriors, we lost a legendary SOF warrior, Michael J. Kemerer, on 2 April from complications involving two strokes.
The SOF community is holding a ‘Celebration of Life’ at the Hurlburt Field Chapel on 1 May at 1300L to honor Mike. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Mike’s preferred charities: Paralyzed Veterans of America, the Special Operations Warrior Foundation, or St Judes Children’s Hospital.
Mike’s family is hosting a reception for friends immediately following at Hurlburt’s Soundside Club from 1430-1700. Please join us as we send our brave SOF warrior off to Valhalla."


ZIERNICKI, Robert S. PHD, Col. USAF -- Died november 2, 2000 in San Jose, CA at the age of 66. Beloved husband of 41 years to Betty Ann Keenan; loving father of Lynn, Sheila and Lisa; and adored grandfather of Abigail. He served in Vietnam and retired with the Airforce. He was President and CEO of Mirage Systems in Sunnyvale, CA and was an active member of the Army Science Board. His passion was his family and his work. He was also an avid tennis player with the Decathelon Club. Friends are invited to attend a Memorial Mass at St. Nicholas Church on Wed., November 8, 2000 at 10:00am. Donations to the American Heart Association would be appreciated. For further information please phone CHAPEL OF FLOWERS (408)294-9663.

Bob was a FCO on the E/H serving at Ubon from April 1973 for a year. He and I went through training together and were friends at Ubon. James Wishart


Just verified that one of our Spectre Association Board Members and long time member of the Spectre Association, Mike Skerett passed away March 19, 2019 at Denver Colorado. Mike always had a great smile and a friend to all. Miss you buddy!


Sad News: Just got word that CMSgt (Ret) Don Beardsley 16 SOS Spectre Flight Engineer and the guy with the biggest smile on earth joined his fellow Ghostriders in the Sky this morning (Mar 30, 2019) around 0630. We love you Don and miss you already buddy!!!




The Website Menu is having issues and we are working on a fix for the menu. Also, our Web Hosting company was forced to remove all of their provided web applications that we (and all the thousands of their customers) that we used for years such as "Buddy List" Spectre Forum, "In Search Of" and others we used due to security. We are in search now of other applications to replace the ones we had. Sorry for any inconvenience but rather than chance identity theft, this was a needed response. You will find the links on our menu are not operational until we find safe, suitable substitutes.


Remember to email all documents for the reunion to reunion@spectre-association.org (not .com)


(Check out the 2016 Reunion Summary Below: )

2016 Reunion Spotlight


Check out DATELINE ON NBC Website. Title is "Secrets in the Smoky Mountains"This is the story of the former AC-130H SPECTRE gunner that along with his wife, murdered her ex husband. You may see PJ Cook and Bill Walter in some short segments as well...."Don't watch it Alone"!!http://www.nbc.com/dateline/video/secrets-in-the-smoky-mountains/3458281
Also the NBC Film Crew Filmed this segment on our "AC-130 World":

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