Michigan Chapter Meetup in Indianapolis July 2nd & 3rd 2017


The Michigan participants and others attending the 34th National VHPA Reunion in Indianapolis  will have an informal Michigan Chapter VHPA Meetup for those who care to attend. The get together will be at the O’ Club (sponsored by the VHPA ) in the JW Marriott on July 2nd & 3rd from 3:00 to 5:00 pm. Like at other reunions before, we should be able to find each other in the O’ Club have a drink, swap stories and take a few pictures. Depending on scheduled activities and arrival dates members should be able to meetup with most of  the Michigan contingent over two days. The official VHPA Morning Report shows at least 21 Michigan members plus spouses attending the Indianapolis reunion, about ten attendees are not members of the Michigan Chapter VHPA but everyone of course is welcome into the group. If another date is needed for a meetup we can set that up too. The O’ Club is a little less formal then reserving a special room, but catering will already be setup for our smaller group. Any questions or comments contact michvhpa@gmail.com .                         (2017 Michigan Meetup)

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Michigan Chapter VHPA – Participation in Cherry Festival in Traverse City


Chapter Member Mark Benjamin is heading up our chapter participation during the National Cherry Festival in Travers City Mi.

Ramp Night: This is an annual event held at the Coast Guard Air station in Traverse City. This years ramp night is on Friday, June 30, 2017 at 5:30 PM and goes till 8:30. This is held every year on the Friday night before the Saturday kick off of the National Cherry Festival.

AIR STATION TRAVERSE CITY, MICHIGAN, (FOR RELEASE)

For more info refer to our 2017 Newsletter Page or  email Mark at: sbenjmar@aol.com. Cell phone: (231) 642-1201.

 

 

 

Update on Ramp Night June 30th from Mark Benjamin: Just got an email from USCG.   They want our list by closing on Tuesday the 27th.

Tell everyone that if they want in before the gates open, (I suggest about 4:30 pm) just email me or call my cell phone before the close of business on the 27th at sbenjmar@aol.com or (231) 642-1201.  Any issues when you get to the gate, just call my cell phone.   Of course anyone can just wait till 5:30 pm when the gates open and join us then also.

First North West MI VHPA Chapter Lunch Event


To All Michigan Chapter VHPA Members and Interested Parties,

Since our membership is scattered through the state and we’ve recently only had the spring meeting in Grand Ledge I have previously requested that anyone who would be able to host a social gathering of the chapter in their own neighborhood / region to simply find a place, set a date and time, let me know and I’d put it out.

Mark Benjamin in Traverse City took me up on this and is hosting a lunch in his town for anyone to join him, with special emphasis on those living/visiting in that neck of the woods.

Thursday, June 8th at noon he will be at Brady’s, 401 S Union St, Traverse City, MI 49684 (zip added in case it helps GPS locator – my joke).  He plans to make this a monthly get together on the 2nd Thursday of every month.

He knows it “Might be me having lunch alone but ya gotta start somewhere.”   Now with that kind of dedication, you aren’t going to let him down are you?  I know there’s a bunch of you in the general vicinity of Traverse City so . . . . Be There!  Okay?

And my request/suggestion stands for other areas as well.  Someone just find a place, set a date and time, let me know and I’ll get the word out.  Just a get-together of old helicopter pilots enjoying some camaraderie and thinking up new war stories.

Thanks to Mark for getting this going.

Submitted by,
Rich Deer
Member and President
Michigan Chapter
Vietnam Helicopter Pilots Association

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