From the Commander

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A copy of the Email Blast sent March 26th:

Dear 49ers,

My thoughts and prayers are with all Association members and friends – that you and your families are safe through the passing of this pandemic; and that it passes quickly.

I am personally impressed at the steps our government is taking and the diligence and commitment of the medical. financial, & government experts who lead the way.  America is rising to the occasion as it has in crises throughout our history.

Due to the situation, several events on our calendar have been canceled.  These are the mid-April ceremonies in France for our WW ll downed pilots, and the Wings over America airshow set for late April at Columbus AFB, MS. We look forward to 2021 to participate in these events.

I’ll close off this email blast with this thought:  It is logical when considering (only) our human nature to become fearful and expect continuing negative events unfolding; certainly some in the media contribute to this, and we cannot see beyond the ‘veil’. But as in past national crises, there was always hope, coupled with a strong national effort to prevail.  And we did.  History is repeating itself and a new dawn is emerging.

Stay well 49ers and God Bless America.

Tony Asterita
49th FSA CC


A copy of the Email Blast sent March 10th:

Greetings 49ers,

Two items to keep you up to date:

1.  The 16 April dedication ceremony in Violes, France for WWII pilots is still scheduled, but due to the Cioroavirus situation, we will not participate directly. Bob Elliott, myself, and the family of Col  Elmer Torgesen regretfully canceled plans to travel to France for the occasion. However, we will still provide a wreath and send a commemorative letter to be read at the dedication ceremony. Our friend, colleague, and Association member, Nico Courtine is hosting the event and will send photos.  These will be included in a next email blast.

2.  Lt Col Buck Benton, 49th FTS Commander has offered to help with a 49th FSA mini-reunion in conjunction with the 2020 Wings Over Columbus Air Show and Open House at Columbus AFB, MS on 25 and 26 April ( This was addressed to you in the December Newsletter and February email blast. In a recent note, Buck said again that he can help make it happen. Presently, we have 4 members who have expressed interest. We cannot make plans until we have more interest. Please advise ASAP if you are planning to come to Columbus for the Air show and reunion.  Profile and schedule will be based on our collective response. Let me hear from you soon.  Thanks.

Tony Asterita
49th FSA CC