Tuesday, March 18, 2014

JBSA-Randolph's 560th FTS hosts 41st Annual Freedom Flyer Reunion

from 12th Flying Training Wing

3/18/2014 - JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH -- The 560th Flying Training Squadron will host the 41st Freedom Flyer Reunion, an annual gathering of Vietnam War prisoner of war pilots, 9 a. m. to 5:30 p.m. March 28 at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph. Since 1973, the 560th FTS has hosted the event, honoring the sacrifices of the POWs and their families, and providing a unique opportunity for others to learn about their experiences.

Public events include a POW/Missing in Action Symposium beginning 9 a.m. at the Fleenor Auditorium, with presentations by former POWs, spouses and those involved in the repatriation process. Speakers include retired Col. Ken Cordier, POW from December 1966 to March 1973; retired Lt. Col. Rocco DeFelice, 560th FTS director of operations during Operation Homecoming; retired Col. Edward Hubbard, POW from July 1966 to March 1973.

The wreath-laying ceremony will begin at noon at the Missing Man Monument in Washington Circle. All Department of Defense ID card holders and their families are invited to attend.

For more information contact Maj. Edward Balzer at 652-0789 or edward.balzer@us.af.mil.

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