Spring Meeting May 6, 2017 Guest Speaker


To All Michigan Chapter VHPA Members and Interested Parties,

This is a reminder that our spring meeting will be on Saturday, May 6th in the Back Room of the The Log Jam Restaurant, 110 W. Jefferson, Grand Ledge, Mi. It will start at noon and the room has been booked until 1500 so you’ll have more time to socialize and try out your enhanced war stories.

Those who are familiar with the Log Jam can tell you the food and beverage selection is excellent, the service is great and we have the room to ourselves.  Plan to bring your spouse and tell them they won’t be the only spouse there.  But you can warn her she might get hit on by some old helicopter pilots.

We’ll have a short business meeting after lunch with a main discussion point of events we want to participate in this year.   If you have anything you’d like to bring for “show and tell” – please do.  If you have any ideas for an event for us to join, bring information about that and/or send it to me for inclusion on the agenda.  If you have someone in mind as a guest speaker for a future gathering, please let me know.

Vice President Dave James has recruited our guest speaker for this meeting.  He is Terry Lutz, LTC (Ret) USAF.  He has a very impressive resume. He has a U of M degree in Aerospace Engineering and is an Air Force ROTC graduate.  His aviation background includes being an F-4 Pilot at Edwards AFB, 3 years in Germany, and USAF acceptance pilot for the A-10.

As a test pilot school at Edwards AFB and Glider Instructor he flew missions to establish a landing profile for the space shuttle.

He’s been a captain for Northwest Airlines, Airline Pilots Assn. Director of Aircraft development and evaluation programs, and member of the ALPA’s cockpit security task force after 9/11.  Advanced Test Pilot for Airbus, tested A340, A380 and commanded the first North American landing at JFK March 19, 2007.

He owns and flies a home built  RV-8, flight advisor, tech advisor plus test pilot for EAA Chapter 55, Mason MI and is a regular contributor to EAA 55 monthly publication Wings.He’s being encouraged to freelance on his presentation to us as he has a lot to work with.

Mark May 6th on your calendar and I hope to see you in Grand Ledge.

Rich Deer
Member and PresidentThe Log Jam Restaurant, 110 W. Jefferson, Grand Ledge, Mi. (517) 627-4300

Spring Meeting: May 6, 2017


To All Michigan Chapter VHPA Members and Interested Parties,

Those who are national VHPA members or subscribers may have received the latest issue of the Aviator. In the Michigan Chapter’s section, I advised that our next planned activity would be our spring meeting. This email is the first of several about that.

The meeting will be on Saturday, May 6th in the Back Room of the Log Jam Restaurant, 110 West Jefferson, Grand Ledge. It will start at noon and the room has been booked until 1500 so you’ll have more time to socialize and try out your enhanced war stories.

Those who are familiar with the Log Jam can tell you the food and beverage selection is excellent, the service is great and we have the room to ourselves. Plan to bring your spouse and tell them they won’t be the only spouse there. But you can warn her she might get hit on by some old helicopter pilots.

More details will follow. We’ll have a short business meeting after lunch with a main discussion point of events we want to participate in this year. We expect to have a guest speaker again as well.

If you have anything you’d like to bring for “show and tell” – please do. If you have any ideas for an event for us to join, bring information about that and/or send it to me for inclusion on the agenda. If you have someone in mind as a guest speaker for this or a future gathering, please let me know.

So mark May 6 on your calendar for the Michigan Chapter VHPA meeting.

Rich Deer
Member and President

Veterans Day Event Salute to LTC Kettels Medal of Honor Awardee


A Veterans Day event will take place in the Ann Arbor area on November 11, 2016, which will include a special speaking presentations to LTC Charles Kettels a recent Medal of Honor awardee for his service in Viet Nam. LTC Kettels lives locally in Ypsilanti. Any members who might be able to attend this event can help represent the Michigan Chapter VHPA.

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The above flyer for the event which runs from 0900 to 2100 hours on 11 November. There will be three times that folks who know LTC Kettles may especially appreciate:
· 0900 in the gym, there will be a meet and greet which Kettles will attend.
· 1030 in the chapel, there will be a ceremony where a US flag that was flown over the US Capitol building on 4 July 2016 will be dedicated to LTC Kettles and Michigan Veterans. That flag will be presented to LTC Kettles then as well.
· 1100 in the Black Box, there will be a free meal for Veterans (and one guest if they register in advance – see the flyer) at which LTC Kettles will be a featured speaker.
There will be other activities throughout the day, and LTC Kettles will be present until at least 1700. If you members are unable to attend any of these three events, they will still have a chance to link up with Kettles at these other activities.

Thank you for passing this information forward.
Jon Luker

Spring meeting: Saturday, 05/14/16


To All Michigan Chapter VHPA Members and Interested Parties,

The spring meeting of the Michigan Chapter will be on Saturday, May 14, 2016 at noon / 12:00 pm / both clock hands straight up, etc.

It will be held in the Back Room of the Log Jam Restaurant, 110 W. Jefferson, Grand Ledge, MI. The Log Jam has an extensive menu which includes adult beverages.

Besides lunch, this is a great opportunity to share war stories (embellished or otherwise) and perhaps meet someone you served with across the pond or at least shared the same airspace.

There will be a short business meeting with agenda items including discussion on events for our chapter participation this year. Locked in is the Operation LZ Michigan being held in Oscoda July 8-10. If anyone knows of other events that might fit our style, please share that information.

There will also be an election of officers. Nominations and draftees will be accepted up to and including at the meeting. We’ve survived with just a president and vice president up to now so looking for a secretary and treasurer to spread the load.

I anticipate we will also have a guest speaker or story-teller – more on that later.

Please bring your spouses, significant others, and anyone you think appropriate.

I’ll send out reminders and more details periodically. Just to emphasize – the meeting is on MAY 14, not March.

Rich Deer
Member and President