From the Commander

The 49th Fighter Squadron Association In Memoriam Legacy Video

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A copy of the Email Blast sent May 12th:

Dear 49ers,

Now that our reunions and newsletters are things of the past, our organization is fading.  However, there’s something we can do to preserve our legacy and heritage.

My thought is a video that shows a series of photos of those who served in the 49th and who have passed on. This video will preserve their memory and be professionally and respectfully done with the proper background music.  As the video is played, each photo will be on the screen sequentially and show dates served in the 49th and date of passing. 

I need your help to do this worthwhile project.  Please send me photos of friends, relatives, or family members, preferably but not necessarily in uniform.  I’ll make the arrangements for the video; all costs will be covered. 

This video will also be on our web site and available in other military related sites.

Thanks for your help.  I would like to complete this project as soon as practical so your early attention is appreciated.

Tony Asterita

49th FSA CC

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A copy of the Email Blast sent April 28th:

Dear 49ers,

First of all, I hope you are all well and enjoying this beautiful Spring.  Although we’ve stopped the newsletters, we’ll continue from time to time with email blasts to apprise you of new or significant events concerning our Association or its members.

Earlier this month, our dear colleague and Association member Nico Courtine has conducted a wreath ceremony in France for our 49th pilots who died in combat in Southern France during WW II.  Attached are photos of the wreath, memorial, and three of the 4 pilots listed on the plaque.   Ordinarily these ceremonies are well attended by the French people, but due to Covid restrictions, gatherings are not permitted.  We thank Nico for his initiative and caring.  As he says, ‘the French never forget’.

Nico is helping to keep the 49th FSA spirit alive and conserving our legacy.  And as mentioned to you previously, the challenge (request) is out to all of you for stories about past members which I would be pleased to relay in future email blasts.  Let me hear from you dear members and stay well..

Tony Asterita

49th FSA CC

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A copy of the Email Blast sent September 11th:

Dear 49ers,

Attached is the September 2020 edition of the Hangman mini-newsletter.  Would appreciate feedback and your inputs for future editions. 
Hope you are all well and staying safe.
Best to you all,
 
Tony Asterita
49th FSA CC

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A copy of the Email Blast sent June 9th:

Dear 49ers,
 
I am pleased to send you the June 2020 edition of the Hangman mini-newsletter.  This is a first edition with the intent to maintain our connectivity and to suggest inputs from all Association members for future editions. See attached.

My best regards,

Tony Asterita
49th FSA CC

 

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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

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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 (www.columbusairshow.com). 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