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Updated: 4/20/2014


- Brig Gen Greg Lengyel will be promoted to Maj Gen on 1 May 2014, at 1030.
Arnold Hall ballroom at the USAF Academy in Colorado Springs.
R.s.v.p. by 25 Apr 14:
Mrs. Charlotte Morris Protocol Specialist, Commandant of Cadets (719) 333-7114.

- Limited edition 18x24 prints by Bryan David Snuffer.
Price is $125 plus shipping.
If interested, email and provide shipping address.

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- Not long ago, a few MSgts made SMSgts. Congrats to Corey Fossbender, Eric Davis, and Shawn Watkins. If you or someone you know in the community made rank, let me know and I'll post it here.

- The Air Force announced its intent to award a competitive contract for a new rescue helicopter to carry out the personnel recovery mission.

- More decals in stock. Hornets and PAVEs. Lineages and sign-ups are back up!!

- I will have a PAVE LOW Reunion Registration page completed by mid-May so we can get an accurate count and start accepting payments.

- The American Flag signed by the Hammer 34 rescue mission of ALLIED FORCE, officially has a home at the Hill AFB Museum. John Adrian (PAVE LOW FE #5) is the honorary maintainer of 68-0369 and will provide a proper display of the flag for visitors to enjoy. He is looking for the stories from those involved in that mission. Please email me ( your inputs and I will compile for forwarding to John.

- Jay Schneider
PAVE LOW Aerial Gunner

25 Apr 14 @ 1353
Hangar 1 (Bldg 1914)
Joint Base Andrews, MD 20762
RSVP to MSgt Shawn Watkins by 23 Apr (301) 981-3361

- Michael A. McNerney
PAVE LOW Pilot # 291

May 12, 14 @ 1700
Galaxy Club Ballroom
RAF Mildenhall, UK
RSVP w/ eInvite NLT 2 May

- Jesse Lee
PAVE LOW Aerial Gunner

22 May 14 @ TBD
8th SOS, Hurlburt Field
More details to follow

- Rob "Little Rob" Abernathy
PAVE LOW Pilot #137
Is retiring this spring after 27 and half years.
Maxwell AFB. No details on date.

Date: Oct 17-19, 2014
Location: FWB (Specific location not set yet)
Price: TBD, but very affordable
Sub-committee members are still needed, contact Jessika Hickman at ( to volunteer

Committee Lead - Jessika Hickman
Sub-committee positions:
Food/Beverage Chair: Brien Smith
Set-up/tear down: Chair: James "Rocky" Rhodes
Entertainment Chair: Jessika Hickman
Registration/Payments: Vince DePersio
Golf Tourney Chair: Brien Smith
History/Memorabilia Chair: John Hickman
Motorcycle Ride Chair: Craig Dock
Sales/souvenirs Chair: TBD

Mahogany PAVE LOW
- has producing a hand carved mahagony MH-53 PAVE LOW.
Approx. $89 plus S&H (10% military discount)
To order, send email to


PAVE LOW Tribute Video (Courtesy of Chris Curtis)
The PAVE CAVE Store - (S&H Included in all purchases)
PAVE LOW Lanyard - $7.25 each
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6" PAVE LOW Vinyl Decal


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Color & Sizes (Width)

5", 7", 9" Green Hornet Vinyl Decal

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- Task Force Omega (Lt Rich Van De Geer)
- USAF National Museum Virtual Tour (h/t Kevin Wilson)
- The National Archives (Veterans Service Records)
- Message from Steve Kelly (PAVE Pilot): Diagnosed w/ cancer in Oct '08 & beat it. Great insight & offer to help.
- Paul Treleven PAVE LOW Paintings (Click here)
- Unofficial Links

The Official PAVE LOW history book
"On A Steel Horse I Ride" written by Darrel Whitcomb can be purchased by Non-DoD/Military/Retired personnel from the Air University (based on availability).
Or click here for the .pdf version.


John Grove Memorial
- Click here to visit Bless the Children's website.
Reaching out to our PAVE LOW family. John Grove's legacy lives on and not just in the PAVE LOW world. John helped fund "Bless the Children", an international organization helping the poorest children of the world who are living under extreme conditions. He did this with his own retirement check! After his passing, several other caring PAVE guys stepped in to help out.
In short, we're looking for annual donations in order to provide a minimum of $2000 a month for this organization.
With your help (en mass), this is easily achievable. Some have already chipped in $100/month, but with your lump sum or recurring donation of ANY amount, we can help keep John's legacy alive by helping these children.

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