REUNION

2020 SPECTRE REUNION CANCELLED

At the July Board meeting it was unanimously decided to cancel the annual reunion scheduled for October of this year and reschedule for Oct 7 - 10, 2021 once again at the Island Beach Resort in Ft. Walton Beach. The Board decided that due to the age of membership, it was not worth the risk to lose even one warrior to this virus unnecessarily. For those in the local area, there may be a one evening function planned, more info to follow.

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Ok Spectres', we are not going to have a Reunion, but we are still going to award 3 scholarships this year. One is the Pat Carpenter Scholarship and the other two are the Annual Spectre Scholarship's. The drawing will be done. blind draw, by the Board, with an alternate in each drawing. The winners will be notified by phone or email. Time is short, get the word out, and get the applications in ASAP.

SPECTRE SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION

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Highlights from the 2019 Reunion: GUEST SPEAKER

LIEUTENANT GENERAL BRADLEY A. HEITHOLD

Lt. Gen. Bradley Heithold is the Principal Deputy Director, Cost Assessment and Program Evaluation, Office of the Secretary of Defense in Washington, D.C. As the Principal Deputy Director, he helps lead an organization responsible for analyzing and evaluating the department's plans, programs, and budgets in relation to U.S. defense objectives, projected threats, allied contributions, estimated costs, and resource constraints.

General Heithold enlisted in the Air Force in 1974 and spent three years at Holloman Air Force Base, N.M., as an F-4D avionics technician. He was commissioned in 1981 as a distinguished graduate of the ROTC program at the University of Arkansas. He has commanded at the squadron, group, wing, agency, and MAJCOM levels, including serving as the Commander of the 451st Air Expeditionary Group in Southwest Asia and as the Commander, Air Force Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Agency. He has also served as the Vice Commander, United States Special Operations Command. Prior to his arrival at CAPE, he was the Commander of Air Force Special Operations Command.

General Heithold is a master navigator with more than 3,400 flying hours in the AC-130H/U, MC-130P and C-130E.

EDUCATION
1981 Bachelor's degree in physics, University of Arkansas
1986 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
1991 Master of Public Administration degree, Troy State University, Ala.
1995 Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
1997 Air War College, by correspondence
1998 National Defense Fellow, Florida International University, Miami
1999 Armed Forces Staff College, Norfolk, Va.
2005 Leadership Development Program, Center for Creative Leadership, San Diego
2005 Systems Acquisition Management Course for Flag Officers, Defense Acquisition University, Fort Belvoir, Va.
2006 Fundamentals of Systems Acquisition Management, Defense Acquisition University, Fort Belvoir, Va.
2008 Complex Business Problems, Harvard Business School, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.
2010 Executive Leadership Seminar, Center for Executive Education, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
2010 Senior Executives in National and International Security, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.
2013 Executive-Legislative Branch Relations, The Government Affairs Institute at Georgetown University, Washington, D.C.

ASSIGNMENTS
1. August 1981 - April 1982, student, undergraduate navigator training, Mather AFB, Calif.
2. April 1982 - December 1985, navigator and instructor navigator, 50th Tactical Airlift Squadron, Little Rock AFB, Ark.
3. January 1986 - March 1986, student, Squadron Officer School, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
4. March 1986 - June 1989, navigator, instructor navigator and evaluator navigator, 16th Special Operations Squadron, Hurlburt Field, Fla.
5. June 1989 - September 1990, chief navigator, AC-130 Standardization and Evaluation, 23rd Air Force and, later, Headquarters Air Force Special Operations Command, Hurlburt Field, Fla.
6. September 1990 - December 1991, Chief, AC-130 Programs and Acquisitions, Headquarters Air Force Special Operations Command, Hurlburt Field, Fla.
7. December 1991 - July 1992, analyst, Mobility and Special Operations Forces, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.
8. July 1992 - August 1994, evaluator, Special Operations Program, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.
9. August 1994 - June 1995, student, Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
10. June 1995 - August 1997, Director of Operations, 16th Special Operations Squadron, Hurlburt Field, Fla.
11. August 1997 - August 1998, Commander, 16th Special Operations Squadron, Hurlburt Field, Fla.
12. August 1998 - June 1999, National Defense Fellow, Florida International University, Miami
13. June 1999 - May 2001, Chief, Program Strategy Division, U.S. Special Operations Command, MacDill AFB, Fla.
14. May 2001 - May 2002, Commander, 58th Operations Group, Kirtland AFB, N.M.
15. May 2002 - April 2003, Director, Plans and Programs, Headquarters Air Force Special Operations Command, Hurlburt Field, Fla.
16. April 2003 - May 2005, Commander, 347th Rescue Wing, Moody AFB, Ga. (September 2004 - January 2005, Commander, 451st Air Expeditionary Group, Southwest Asia)
17. May 2005 - June 2007, Vice Commander, Warner Robins Air Logistics Center, Robins AFB, Ga.
18. June 2007 - February 2009, Director, Plans, Programs, Requirements and Assessments, Headquarters Air Force Special Operations Command, Hurlburt Field, Fla.
19. February 2009 - July 2011, Commander, Air Force Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Agency, Lackland AFB, Texas
20. July 2011 - July 2014, Vice Commander, U.S. Special Operations Command, Washington, D.C.
21. July 2014 –July 2016, Commander, Headquarters Air Force Special Operations Command, Hurlburt Field, Fla.
22. July 2016- July 2018, Principal Deputy Director, Cost Assessment and Program Evaluation, Office of the Secretary of Defense, Washington, D.C.

SUMMARY OF JOINT ASSIGNMENTS
1. June 1999 - May 2001, Chief, Program Strategy Division, U.S. Special Operations Command, MacDill AFB, Fla., as a lieutenant colonel and colonel
2. July 2011 - July 2014, Vice Commander, U.S. Special Operations Command, Washington, D.C., as a lieutenant general
3. July 2016- July 2018, Principal Deputy Director, Cost Assessment and Program Evaluation, Office of the Secretary of Defense, Washington, D.C., as a lieutenant general

FLIGHT INFORMATION
Rating: master navigator
Flight hours: more than 3,400
Aircraft flown: C-130, AC-130H and MC-130P

MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Defense Distinguished Service Medal
Air Force Distinguished Service Medal with oak leaf cluster
Defense Superior Service Medal
Legion of Merit with two oak leaf clusters
Bronze Star Medal
Defense Meritorious Service Medal
Meritorious Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters
Aerial Achievement Medal
Air Force Commendation Medal
Army Commendation Medal

EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION
Second Lieutenant May 27, 1981
First Lieutenant Aug. 5, 1983
Captain Aug. 5, 1985
Major May 1, 1993
Lieutenant Colonel Jan. 1, 1997
Colonel April 1, 2000
Brigadier General Sept. 2, 2006
Major General Dec. 9, 2008
Lieutenant General July 19, 2011

REUNION REGISTRATION FORM

GUNNER JACK AWARD FORM

SPECTRE SCHOLORSHIP APPLICATION

Schedule of events


THURSDAY, OCT.10TH:       Thai Spice – 1700


FRIDAY, OCT.11TH:              REGISTRATION – 1500 – Bali Board Room
                                                      COCKTAILS – 1700 – MAUI Ball Room (Room Change)
                                                      DINNER BUFFET– MAUI Ball Room– 1800 (Room Change)


SATURDAY, 0CT. 12TH:      BUSINESS MEETING – MAUI Ball Room 0900 (Room Change)
                                                      MEMORIAL SERVICE – 1230 at Eglin Armament Museum
                                                      COCKTAILS – MAUI Ball ROOM 1700 (Room Change)
                                                      DINNER W/GUEST SPEAKER

LIEUTENANT GENERAL BRADLEY A. HEITHOLD

– MAUI Ball ROOM 1800
(Room Change)


SUNDAY, OCT. 13TH:           Golf – Ft Walton Beach Golf Course – 09:00
                                                      Fishing trip – TBD – Destin Docks
Picnic lunch Courtyard between the pools – 1500
                                                      Hospitability Room – Oasis Room - All Days

 

 

THE 45th Spectre Reunion WAS HELD
Oct 4-7, 2018

 

LOCATION Wright-Patterson AFB/Dayton, Ohio Area
Hotel: Holiday Inn Dayton/Fairborn

2800 Presidential Drive
Fairborn, Ohio 45324

 

Schedule of events

Hospitality Room – Kitty Hawk Room - All Days

THURSDAY, OCT.4TH: Tik’s Thai Express – 1700 - 2100 Limited buffet across the street from the hotel ( BYOB)

FRIDAY, OCT.5TH: REGISTRATION

-STATIS DISPLAY ALL 3 Gunship MODELS...May never happen again!

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

Program Analyst

AFSOC A5KG, AC-130U/W/J Requirements

850-884-4184 DSN 579-4184

 

– 1500 DINNER BUFFET– Wright Patterson Room– 1800

SATURDAY, 0CT. 6TH: BUSINESS MEETING – Amphitheater 0900

MEMORIAL SERVICE – 1230 at TBD

COCKTAILS – Wright Patterson Room 1700

DINNER (W/GUEST SPKR) – 1800

SUNDAY, OCT.7TH: Picnic lunch Wright Patterson Room – 1600


CHECK OUT THE FUN WE HAVE AT PAST REUNIONS!!!

Reunion Photos

Spotlight

Reunion Photos

Spotlight

2017 FWB
2016 FWB
2015 FWB
2006 Vegas
2014 Vegas
2012 FWB
2010 Biloxi

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Check out the 2017 Reunion Summary Below:
SPOTLIGHT HERE NOW

2017 NEW CONFIRMED Reunion Shirt Design

AWESOME Design above on Back

2017 Spectre Reunion with Ghostrider Logo on front left
(Like the old days)

 

50th Gunship Golden Anniversary T-Shirts will be available at the 2017 Spectre Reunion. Sizes will be Medium, Large, X-Large, XX-Large and XXX-Large in the same COTTON material used in our Ghostrider and Dealing Death T-Shirts.

No web orders until after the reunion is completed.

 

Four Points by Sheraton, Ft Walton Beach

THE 44th Spectre Reunion Information & Application
Oct 6-8, 2017
At the
Four Points by Sheraton, Destin Ft Walton Beach
Hotel reservations:


Schedule of events


THURSDAY, OCT.5TH:      Thai Spice 1800;  Thai Buffet, beginning 1900- Check in and registration (201 Miracle Strip Pkwy SW, Fort Walton Beach, FL, in front of the old Shoney’s Inn)


FRIDAY, OCT.6TH:             REGISTRATION 1700
                                                      DINNER BUFFET– Hotel Queen Palm Room 1800


SATURDAY, 0CT. 7TH:    BUSINESS MEETING – Hotel Queen Palm Room 0900
                                                      MEMORIAL SERVICE – Eglin Armament Museum and First Lady 1230
                                                      COCKTAILS – Hotel Queen Palm Room 1800
                                                      DINNER (W/GUEST SPKR TBD) 1900


SUNDAY, OCT.8TH:          PAT CARPENTER MEMORIAL GOLF TOURNAMENT : CANCELLED DUE TO HURRICANE


                                              FISHING TRIP boat leaves the dock 0700
FISHING TRIP INFO: CANCELLED DUE TO HURRICANE


                                              BAR-B-QUE (Hotel pool deck and restaurant) 1500


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2016 Reunion Spotlight

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  2015 Reunion Was AWESOME!
PHOTOS ARE HERE
or click on image below


"Spectre Spotlight"
Annual Reunion Recap and Business Report


THE 2015 REUNION...BACK HOME IN FWB!
DATES: OCT 8-11 2015

Check out how some of Scholarships have helped Spectre Families:

Spectre Association, I wanted to take the time to thank you for the scholarship donations that you have made to my three children Morgan Clayton, Richard Clayton and Natasha Clayton.

I wanted to let  you know that Morgan has gone on to graduate with two bachelor degrees and a master's degree from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville.  Richard graduated with a Mechanical Engineering degree from the University of Texas in Austin.  He is now working for General Electric in their new plant in Ft. Worth Texas that manufactures train locomotives.  Natasha graduated with an RN degree from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville and is now working at the Paris Regional Medical Center in Paris, Texas.  She is now working on her DNP (Doctor of Nursing Practice) degree.

Thank you again for your support that has helped my wife and I provide a good educational start to our three children.  Your scholarship program has led to some very positive results.

Respectfully,

Bill

  DONATIONS  We also now have the capability to take in your donations via any Major Credit card and PayPal as well.  Please contribute to help out the Spectre Association today! Click on button below to make a Donation and THANKS for supporting the Association!

If you care to contribute, please click "DONATE" AFTER you have made your total registration payment and have "Checked Out" The system handles the transaction MUCH better this method and eliminates issues.  Thanks in advance!

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2014 REUNION

  41st Annual Spectre Reunion
VEGAS BABY!!!
Oct 9-12, 2014
 

Good time had by all!
NEW:  2014 Spectre Reunion "Spotlight" 

40th Annual Spectre Reunion is OVER!  We all had a GREAT Time!
Special "Thanks" to our Good Friends at the Sheraton Four Points for their support of our Reunion as this is the 3rd Year in a row that they haven't raised prices...TRUE FRIENDS OF SPECTRE! 
THANKS AGAIN FOUR POINTS!

Special THANKS to Larry "Lil Pete" Peterson for his Reunion Donations of $3000 and $500 to the Scholarship winners.  Thanks again Lil Pete!

The winners of the Spectre Pistol Raffle were John Rockefeller and James Johnston. Photos ARE HERE!!!

Thursday
Friday
Saturday
Sunday

If you would like to share YOUR Reunion photos on the website please email me.  Thank You in advance!
-PJ Cook

SPOTLIGHT IS NOW UP!!!  CHECK IT OUT!
Pins, Chocks, Ground Wire...It is over!  GREAT Time had by all!!!
PHOTOS ARE HERE!!!


 
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Oct 2012 REUNION!!!
The 39th Spectre Reunion (2012)Information
Spectre Spotlight (Reunion Newsletter)

PHOTOS ARE HERE!!!

A HUGE Thanks to our 2012 DONORS
Larry "Lil" Pete" Peterson $3000 (to enable all non-winning 2012 Scholarship Applicants to win a $500 Scholarship each!

Claude Bradshaw $224
Roger Dale $130
Lil Pete (yes, another donation) $120
Stu Jorgensen $75
Mark Gunn $25
DONATIONS
 We also now have the capability to take in your donations via any Major Credit card
and PayPal as well.  Please contribute to help out the Spectre Association today! 
Click on button below to make a Donation and THANKS for supporting the Association!

 

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REUNION SPOTLIGHT (2011) IS HERE  


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