About 1992, while scanning computer bulletin boards, I came across the
subject "30th Communications Squadron". I responded to the inquiry and found
myself in contact with Richard Greenlees, a former cryptographer, who had
worked in the communications center at Offutt AFB in the early 1950s. He
soon had me in contact with Leslie Magee who had also been a cryptographer
at that time.
It seems that, after more than 40 years, Richard had become curious
about what had happened to all the friends from the 30th Comm, had remembered
where Leslie was from, had called a telephone number, and sure enough, it
was the same Leslie Magee. Together, they proceeded in attempting to locate
all former members of the squadron and planning a reunion.
The first reunion was held in October 1993. This took place at Bellevue,
Nebraska because everyone wanted to revisit Offutt.
Former members of the squadron, most from the early 1950s, in attendance
were: William Benson, Norman Clevenstine, Randolph Becton, Ray Broussard,
Joseph Gervais, Richard Lindauer, Bill Dougherty, Dick Greenlees, Ardell
Mileti, Jack Ridderman, Lawrence LaSage, Eugene Meyer, Melvin Boecklen, Paul
Brow, Grady Ayres, Henry Brame, Everett Chastain, Dan Harshman, Leslie Magee,
Norm Grant, Dick McLaughlin, Roy Peterson, Albert Wheat, Robert Howard, and
The first squadron newsletter grew out of this reunion. The publication
was undertaken by Leslie Magee who along with Richard Greenlees started planning
the next reunion.
John LaHiff (USAF Retired) who had been with the 30th Communications
Squadron from its inception and who had moved with it from Andrews Field,
Md. to Offutt took over publication of the newsletter in late 1994.
The second reunion was held in Colorado Springs, Colorado in October
1995. The following were in attendance: Richard Greenlees, Leslie
Magee, Norm Grant, Allen Barningham, Paul Brow, Albert Wheat, William Dougherty,
John LaHiff, William Condon, Randolph Becton, Robert Bell, Al Kolakowski,
Joseph Gervais, Rodney Sentman, Orren Olson, Walter Truax, Melvin Boecklen,
Melvin Long, Vernon Sharrett, Everett Chastain, Mayo Iverson, Gordon Tye,
Wilbur DePauw, Jack Ridderman, Bill Benson, Ollie Enquist, Denzell
McCollum, and Clarence Shillings.
We met again in Bellevue, Nebraska in 1997. Those in Attendance were:
Norm Grant, Albert Wheat, Rodney Sentman, Al kolakowski, Walt Truax, Norman
Clevenstine, Vernon Sharrett, Melvin Boecklen, Richard McLaughlin, Joe Gervais,
Don Flatgard, Orren Olson, Leslie Magee, Gordon Tye, Robert Schoon, William
Condon, John LaHiff, Ardell Mileti, Bill Dougherty, Richard Greenlees, Roy
Peterson, Everett Chastain, Randolph Becton, Denzil McCollum, Dale Feenstra,
Ivan Hull, and Maynard Krzycki.
The 1999 reunion was held October 6, 1999 at the Best Western Oak Hills
in San Antonio, Texas. New attendees were: Marvin Cook, San Antonio, TX.;
Jim Fairley, San Antonio, TX.; and John Hunt, Scheller, IL.
The 2001 reunion was held October 10 through October 14, 2001 and took place at the Excalibur Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada. Attendees were: Rod Sentman and Bea, William and Geri Dougherty, Vern and Roni Sharrett, Randolph and Cornelia Becton, Joe and Dee Gervais, Orren and Alice Olson, Art and Elvira
Miletti, and John and Mary LaHiff.
It is reported that a great time was had by all in attendance and that plans have commenced for the 2003 reunion which is to be held in Washington, D.C.
The 2003 reunion planned for Washington, DC was cancelled.
The 2004 reunion was held in the Super 8 at Biloxi, Mississippi on October 14-16, 2004. Attendees were: Joe and Dee Jervais, Ray and Marie Broussard, Harold and Doris Kramer, Millard and Connie Tatum, Orren and Alice Olson, Randy and Cornelia Becton, Rod Sentman and friend Shirley, Mel and Pauline Boecklen, Vern and Roni Sharrett, John and Mary LaHiff and Cy and Mary Brendza.
The 30th Communications Squadron 2006 reunion was held at Omaha, NE. October 12 to 15.
In attendance were: Donald Alexander (Sponsor) and Wife Kathy. Don is a retired T/SGT and works for the Offutt Base Hospital.
Randolph & Cornelia Becton
Melvin & Pauline Boecklen
Cy & Mary Brendza
Marvin & Phyllis Cook
Cheryl Budington (Marvin Cook's daughter)
Keneth Utterback (Cheryl Budington's husband)
Gerri Dougherty (Widow of Bill)
Joe & Dee Gervais
Natalie Chase - Joe Gervais' niece, stationed at Offutt as a weather reporter.
Norm & Pat Grant
Orren & Alice Olson
Jack & Gena Ridderman
Rodney & Shirley Sentman
Vernon & Roni Sharrett
Albert & Myrlene Wheat
The 2008 reunion scheduled for Tampa, Florida was cancelled.
John LaHiff continues to publish the newsletter, track membership, locate former squadron members, etc.
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