“Let’s be clear on two points: Whatever one’s retrospective view of the war, and whatever one has or hasn’t done since his Air Commando days—these are irrelevant to your BF-hat buddies, some of the best you ever had. Like you, they volunteered for combat in unmarked aircraft and for tip-of-the-spear ground jobs, in mufti, in unnamed countries of their imagination where the USAF didn’t go.
“Reunion Weekend is a golden trip just for the laughs and the priceless opportunity to tour current special ops aircraft and talk with today’s Air Commandos, the USAF’s busiest people (and loving deployments just like you did!!). But Sunday morning, after you’ve attended the chaplain-led Memorial Service and taken a pensive walk through it, you’ll know why you came back, and why you’ll do it again. Honoring colleagues who, beneath the bravado, shared your 1960s idealism is affirmative male bonding which begs no apology.” Contact 850-581-0099;firstname.lastname@example.org.