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KMP 28 April 2018 08:54

Visiting Kirtland AFB parents would like to visit Kirtland AFB this coming week to view the replica Gruman HU-16B on display there. My dad's brother was a PJ KIA in Vietnam after entering the ocean off the original aircraft helping an downed F-4 crew.

In speaking with the Kirtland AFB access control I would need to physically hand in the sponsorship form for them to visit, and I am located in Georgia. My parents are going on vacation to New Mexico from Ohio and this would mean a great deal to them to visit.

Does anyone have a contact at the Pararescue Recovery Specialist Course, or anyone else on Kirtland AFB, N.M that I could send the form to and would be willing to sponsor them and drop the form off at the Truman Gate? I know with busy lives this is a big ask but apparently me asking AC1 Security Forces guy on the phone to let me verify via encrypted .mil email with a copy of my drivers license, military ID and official passport is not enough to get this done.

I know sponsorship could be hit or miss. They are in their 60s, no record, US citizens by birth.

SN 28 April 2018 11:32

Try calling the 58th SOW Public Affairs office. They might be willing to help.

bobmueller 28 April 2018 11:35

I'll put a couple of feelers out.

morelocks 28 April 2018 13:45

PM date and time and I can ask a few people.

hawkdrver 28 April 2018 13:53


Our helicopter schoolhouse is at Kirtland. Shoot me a PM. It won't be a big deal.

KMP 28 April 2018 17:17

Thanks all, I’ll follow up with DM

Gumby2/6 28 April 2018 21:31

KMP, I hope your Dad(and family) get the grand tour. Your Uncle must have been one hell of a man. RIP, Airman.

KMP 1 May 2018 20:53

Thanks to all for the suggestions and offers to reach out to your networks. hawkdrver's contact was able to get them onto the base without a hassle. They had a great tour and got to have a discussion with the incoming and outgoing schoolhouse commandants. They were very impressed with the exhibits and the personnel there. My father was proud that one of the Airman there recognized him by his last name as they yell out the names of the fallen during morning workouts on a rotational basis and his brothers name is called every now and again.

My uncle was MIA assumed killed for 20 years until his remains were found in 1988 and identified in 1989. I was eight years old when my whole family went to the airport to take possession of the remains. The dignity, respect and reverence that was exhibited there was the driving force for me to want to be in the military.

Once again thanks to all.

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