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Kevin Banks

by Ken Kern on 11/05/13

1959 - 2013

Kevin was a friend.  We hit it off right away because of our shared & open interest in mysticism.  After we both discharged from the Air Force, we worked together for awhile in Dallas, Texas.  Although, we went our separate ways from there, we always kept in touch.  I was surprised to hear of his early passing, and saddened but hopeful that he is faring well now in the afterlife.  See you around Kevin & take care ,,

Kevin was with Bravo Flight Security at RAF Bentwaters from 1978 - 80 & then PCS'd to Whiteman AFB, MO.  He was interred with military honors at Leavenworth National Cemetery ,,

Larry Miller

by Ken Kern on 03/20/13

With deep sorrow I regret to report the passing of Larry Miller on July 11, 2010.  He was a fellow "C" flight comrade in arms from 1966-1969.  Larry served 25 years in the Air Force during which time he married and raised two daughters.  After his retirement from the military he spent 13 years in the Civil Service.  Those of us who knew Larry will never forget him.

Lyle Taylor
"C" flight 1966-1969

Chuck DiBias

by Ken Kern on 02/07/13

On Jan 25 another one of our comrades passed on, Chuck DiBias.  He joined “C” flight security at Bentwaters in 1966.  Chuck was funny,  sometimes loud, but always amiable.  It was nice to see him again at our reunion after almost 45 years.  He had not lost any of his wit or sense of humor.  He was loving life and his family.  Sadly, cancer took him away from us way too soon.  Those of us that knew Chuck will never forget him. We hope he's in a better place enjoying the company of his daughter Amy. 

Rest in Peace Primy!

Phillip "Bloke" Jacques, "C" Flight Security, 1964 - 67

Charles J. Heubusch

by Ken Kern on 11/20/12

from Steve Heubusch, son of Charles J. Heubusch

I thought you'd like to know that my dad, Col. Chuck Heubusch, who was Squadron Commander of the 81st SPS from 1982-1985 (dates?), passed away on Aug. 26, 2006 after battling an Agent Orange related cancer for almost a year.  He's buried at the Arlington National Cemetery.  Information about his fight with cancer, funeral, and location of his grave in Arlington can be found at the following URL: 

Bob Morton

by Ken Kern on 11/14/11

Bob Peschka informs us..

I regret to announce the passing of a dear friend and fellow member of the 81st SPS,  Robert A. Morton, 63, of 1101 Edgewater Drive, Westfield, formerly of Mayville, died Saturday, Nov. 5, 2011, unexpectedly in Westfield Memorial Hospital.

He was born Oct. 29, 1948, in Salamanca, N.Y., the son of Robert and Irene Burnside Morton.

Bob was a veteran having served in the U.S. Air Force as a security policeman. Bob Served at RAF Bentwaters and RAF Wood Bridge in the UK. Bob worked both L/E and also Security at both bases..Bob served from November 1969 to June of 1973, and was discharged at McGuire AFB in New Jersey.

Bob was a deputy sheriff for the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Department in Mayville retiring in 2002. He was a court officer from 2002 to 2009.

He attended the First Baptist Church in Sherman, was a member of the Westfield Moose Club, Brocton American Legion, NRA, and was a exempt member of the Silver Creek Fire Department.

He loved to go for car rides, he would always say he worked in the most beautiful office that anybody could ask for, referring to the roads in Chautauqua County as a deputy sheriff. He enjoyed reading old western books, hunting and fishing. He will be remembered as a kind and gentle man.

He is survived by his mother, Irene Morton of Lakewood, N.Y.; his wife, Joan Biekert Morton; three daughters: Krista Gunther, Brady Morton and Shae Morton all of Silver Creek; two step daughters, Cynthia Bish and Kelly (Shannon) Reynolds, both of Warren, Pa.; seven grandchildren; a brother, David (Dawn) Morton of Centre Hall, Pa.; and a sister, Deborah Hutton.

He was preceded in death by his father, Robert Morton.

A private funeral service will be held at the convenience of the family. The Rev. Paul Sears of the Sherman First Baptist Church will officiate. Burial will be in the Mayville Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday in the Freay Funeral Home, Mayville.

Memorials may be made to a charity of your choice.

Best regards, Bob Peschka, 81st SPS. If anyone would like to contact Bob Morton's wife, please let me know and I will be happy to forward you any information you need. Bob was a great guy, and one of my closest friends.  Bob Peschka's email address is [email protected] .

81st Security Police Squadron Reunion in San Antonio

by Ken Kern on 09/15/11

13-15 April, 2012 at the Hyatt Regency, 123 Losoya, San Antonio, TX (right on the Riverwalk). Room Rate is $119+tax. 1.888.591.1234. When making reservations, ask for '81st Security Police Squadron Reunion' rate. Events: (still under construction) 13 April 12: PM Cocktail reception (Cash bar), 14 April 12: Tours locally & Lackland AFB, Dinner. (Cash bar), 15 April 12: Possible departure brunch. I will be onsite in October to confirm event details at the hotel for dinner menu, Burt's mom, event room capacity and working up the final price for the event, all inclusive. (except cash bar). I'll be sending out or posting on FB a form for your bio to include in the program. Dig out those Bentwaters picts, I plan on having a running slideshow going that we can also put together a souvenir CD. Anyone who is musically motivated, start putting together music selection. Ping me and you'll head up that item. Our Burt is the designated contact for Lackland AFB PR Dept & our SP Museum. We'll be coordinating a shuttle with the intention of and AM & PM tour of the museum. To echo the sentiment that some of you have expressed, let's try to keep this an 81st SPS event. Please feel free to ping me via FaceBook if I can be of assistance for you.

Posted by Sean Glaspell, aka: Blowtorch

John Wukits

by Ken Kern on 05/24/11

With deep regret I have to acknowledge the passing of yet another comrade in arms.  It came to our attention that John Wukits passed away on April 7, 2011.  John was a stationed at RAF Bentwaters from 1963 to 1967 a member of  “C” Flight security.  John was always happy and had an infectious smile.  As I may quote from his obituary, "The world will be a lesser place without him, a better place because of him, and heaven just got a whole lot funnier. He will be missed dearly."

Phillip M. Jacques

David G. Wildes

by Ken Kern on 04/23/11

Anne Wildes reports that her husband, David G. Wildes, passed away in 2008.  David was with "A" Flight at Bentwaters from 1988 to 1990.  Anyone with a good photo of David, please contact the webiste so his information may be entered on the In Memoriam webpage.

Reunion Alert

by Ken Kern on 02/21/11

My name is Wayne Cadman I was at the Bent from Jan 70 until Feb 72! Worked C Flight Security MSGT John D Faulk  flight Chief, SSGT Billy Ray Rash, I think was the assistant. The last six months I was desk Sgt on Security if you were at Woodbridge you heard me on the radio.
I have found a couple of Bentwaters/Woodbridge www whatever and found your name. I would like to try and put some guys that were there between 1968 to 1973 in a email loop and maybe plan a get together in a year or so. If anyone is interested I can include the site its where I got your email address. The group that rotated out in 72 +/- had a reunion in 75 at George Dixon parents house what town ??? Penn. With email and Facebook let’s try and find some of the guys we had such a good time with.
My neighbor is an Army guy still has reunions with the people that went to the same base not at the same time. They have a good time. I lived on base and in Ipswich then Felixstowe at the end of my tour. Some of the guys were; Mike Walsh, John Lacrosse, Fred Lancaster, John Cahill, Tom Henley, Dennis Dembeck, it goes on.
Wayne Cadman
119 Sam Ingalls Rd
Bridgton, Maine 04009

81st SPS Reunion in Las Vegas from March 3 - 7, 2010

by Ken Kern on 12/07/10

Kristi L. Kluck, 81st SPS from 88 - 91, informs us that there will be a reunion of former 81st SPS colleagues in Las Vegas, Nevada, March 3rd thru the 7th.  The location will be at the Alexis Park with rooms available at $55 a night.  John Grul is the POC, however, Russell Schonmeier or Kristi Kluk may be contacted for more information.  There may be additional discussion about this reunion at the UnOfficial 81st Facebook Page at:!/pages/the-UnOfficial-81st-SPS-RAF-BentwatersWoodbridge-Site/71464560628

Las Vegas 81st SPS Reunion, May 2011

by Ken Kern on 12/02/10

81st SPS reunion sponsored by Delta Dawgs and open to all who were stationed at RAF Bentwaters/Woodbrige. Come to Fabulous Las Vegas 13-15 May, 2011! Contact Jim O'Farrell , [email protected] .

Where is Daniel Lee West?

by Ken Kern on 10/30/10

Sophie White is looking for her father, Daniel Lee West.  Daniel was stationed at Bentwaters with the 81st SPS from 1981 to 1983.  He met Sophie's mother in 1982.  Please contact Sophie at [email protected] .

Anyone Remember Joseph Spinelli?

by Ken Kern on 10/30/10

MaryAnn Byrne, Joseph Spinelli's daughter.. wants to know if anyone remembers her father.  He was with the 81st SPS from 1968 to 1970/71.  Please post here with responses & email MaryAnn at [email protected] .    

Paul Clay

by Ken Kern on 09/27/10

Mary Clay reports that Paul passed away suddenly on Sunday, September 5, 2010.  Paul had served with Security at RAF Bentwaters from April 1954 to April 1957:


Tim Rowan.. in Memory of..

by Ken Kern on 09/25/10

Jim Bicknell has asked that this be posted in memory of Tim Rowan.  Monday, Sept 27 is the 30th anniversary of Tim's tragic car accident which cost him his life.  Jim is spending the day tomorrow with Tim's family, and has asked that this be posted so people can take pause to honor his memory.  Click here to read about Tim In Memoriam: 

Lee Swain

by Ken Kern on 08/26/10

The UnOfficial 81st SPS website recently learned that Lee Swain passed away on September 26, 2001.  If you were at Bentwaters in the early 80s, you'd remember First Sergeant Lee Swain.  You can read more about him at In Memoriam:

Anyone Know the Whereabouts of Mac Sizemore?

by Ken Kern on 08/23/10

Here's a request from 81st SPS colleague, Joe Hoffer.. he notes that the email address left by Mac Sizemore (at the UnOfficial 81st website) .. is no longer any good.  If anyone sees this & has a good email address for Mac Sizemore, "A" Flight Security at RAF Bentwaters, 1966 to '70.. please pass along to Joe Hoffer at:

[email protected]

81st SPS Challenge Coin

by Ken Kern on 08/18/10

Michael Tsung has provided us with images of the 81st SPS Challenge Coin.  He was with the squadron from 1990 to 92.  You can see the images at the "Patches" webpage:

Michael indicates that it might be possible to have more of these made.  For more information, contact him at:  [email protected]

Walter E. Carter

by Ken Kern on 08/07/10

Phil "Bloke" Jacques reports that Walter E. Carter recently passed away: 

Michael Gladstone

by Ken Kern on 08/07/10

The UnOfficial 81st has received information that Michael Gladstone passed away in 1979:

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