Thursday, October 31, 2013

1984 Winter 2013



Mike Jensen

12035 Milam Road

Colorado Springs, CO 80908


Twitter: USAFA84


So many ways to communicate:  and it seems like it is harder and harder to find the information and get it out efficiently.  The clock keeps running, and sometimes I feel like I am just standing still.  

The Stars are out! : Maj. Gen Samuel D. Cox has been selected for promotion to lieutenant general, and reassignment as Deputy Chief of Staff, Manpower, Personnel and Services, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C.  

Maj. Gen. Arnold W. Bunch, Jr., is the Commander, Air Force Test Center, headquartered at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. He directs a $31 billion enterprise of more than 18,000 military, civilian and contractor personnel across Edwards AFB, Eglin AFB and Arnold AFB. 

Brig. Gen. Linda R. Urrutia-Varhall is the Assistant Deputy Chief of Staff, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C.

Selected for promotion to major general:  Brig. Gen. Steven M.Shepro is the Director of Operations, Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations, Plans and Requirements, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.

Maj Gen John F. Thompson is the Air Force Program Executive Officer for Tankers, Tanker Directorate, Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio.


I know we may have more than these listed, and I will do my due diligence to make sure all of them are recognized for a great career.


Countdown to 30:  The plan is to host our reunion during Navy Week next year.  Many thanks to Bob Perry for working to make sure the golf course is ready for us.  (I hear those that ran the beverage carts are fighting over our class) J


It has been a long season!  The football team has had its injury problems this season, but the Falcons are still coming out swinging.  Hopefully, we will have salvaged a win against Army, and made a late-season run.  Chuck Cavanaugh flew his seaplane into Navy and is shown with his co-pilot Heather Robertson.

Sad News:  James A. Zampacorta, passed away.   He is survived by his loving wife of 11 years, Lilly Zampacorta; children, Derek, Jessica and Krista Zampacorta; stepsons, James and Steve Yslas; four grandchildren; parents, James P. and Elizabeth Zampacorta; sister, Karen (Tom) O’Neill; and numerous extended family and friends. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family.

Kevan Wong checked in and included a photo of my brothers Col (ret )Marshall Wong ('78), LtC (ret) Howard Wong ('83), and mother at his wedding June 30, 2012 to his partner of 17 years, Paul Rook. His sister, Capt (Sep)Lenora Wong Berning ("80) could not attend. They were married last year in downtown Manhattan, and live in Dallas. 

It is Kevan’s 13th year in Dallas, where he has been working in a private anesthesia group knocking people out and waking them back up! (Thanks for that ) J His brother, Marshall, also works in the same group.

Kevan mentioned that he had a great visit with Scott Dickmeyer when he attended a flight safety training course in Dallas. Scott is Premier Program Manager at FlightSafety International. He is doing well, and lives in Wichita with his wife, 4 kids, & I think 2 grandkids!

By the time you read this, we will need more inputs from you.  If I missed something you sent in, please let me know.  If you are in the area, I’ll buy the first coffee/beer.  If you have some “must-do’s” for the reunion, let’s know them now!

Enjoy your holidays, and I look forward to seeing you soon