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75th MAS/ALS celebrates it 75th Anniversary Reunion in Grand Style

75th Squadron

America the Beautiful 75th MAS/ALS Tribute Video

America the Beautiful video used at the beginning of the banquet for 75th Anniversary for the 75th MAS/ALS at Travis Air Force Base on 4/21/18. Honoring the women and men who served in the 75th Military Airlift Squadron and in the U.S. Air Force. During the ceremony, the beginning of this song was opened by Gary Maguire, Walt Villanueva, JC Wiley. Thank you for your service and enjoy!

History of 75th MAS/ALS, Proud to be an American & Air Force Song

Full video used at the end of the ceremony of the 75th MAS/ALS 75th Anniversary. Includes a brief history of the 75th, tribute to the 75th MAS/ALS and Air Force Song with Lyrics video played at Travis Air Force Base on 4/21/18. This video honors the women and men who served in the 75th Military Air Lift Squadron and those who served in the United States Military from World War II (WW2) through the first Gulf War. For all those who served thank you for your service! Enjoy! Planes/Jets included in video: C-97 Stratofreighter, C-124 "Old Shaky", C-141 Starlifter, & C-5 Galaxy President' speeches from: Franklin D. Roosevelt (FDR), John F. Kennedy (JFK), Ronald Reagan & George H.W. Bush.

Fairfield Veterans Day Parade - November 12, 2017
By Susan Hiland, Daily Republic, Fairfield-Suisun, California

Veterans Day Parade
Old Retired Folks

Heritage Center volunteers having fun marching in Fairfield Veterans Day Parade.  Thank you for your service and your many, many hours volunteering your time, talent and professionalism for the Travis Heritage Center.  No body does it better ....  salute!

FAIRFIELD — The Veterans Day Parade is always a favorite event for the community. People lined the streets with the sound of big band music filling the air.

“This is one of my favorite events each year,” said Margaret Manzo, executive director of the Fairfield Main Street Association. “It’s just very moving, and I always tear up at the national anthem.”

“With Respect, Honor, and Gratitude” was the theme for this year’s ceremony and parade.

Read the full article by Susan Hiland here.

Travis Heritage Center “VIP Behind the Scenes Tour”
2nd. November 2017

"Fat Man" Nuclear Device

"Fat Man" Nuclear Device

A docent explaining a replica of the "Fat Man" nuclear device.

Aircraft Models Collection

Aircraft Models Collection

Visitors looking at the collection of aircraft models.

The Outdoor Aircraft Exhibits

The Outdoor Aircraft Exhibits

Viewing the outdoor aircraft exhibits during a docent tour.

Exhibit Preparation

Exhibit Preparation

Preparing one of the model aircraft exhibits.

Cockpit Before Restoration

Cockpit Before Restoration

Aircraft cockpit before the restoration project begins.

Cockpit After Restoration

Cockpit After Restoration

Aircraft cockpit after the restoration project completed.

O-2 Super Skymaster Engine

O-2 Super Skymaster Engine

Restoration volunteer, John Markley, displays the engine of an O-2 Super Skymaster.

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Travis Heritage Center Acquires AF’s Largest Static Display
C-5A "Galaxy" lands at Travis Air Force Base

A C-5A Galaxy lands at Travis Air Force Base, Calif., July 26, 2017. The C-5, Tail No. 0451, spent nearly 20 years operating at Travis from 1973 to 1992 and is the Air Force's second-to-last operational C-5A. The aircraft is slated to be placed on static display at the Travis Heritage Center. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Heide Couch)

C-5 Sound of Freedom - click below
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Travis Heritage Center - Volunteer Recognition Awards Luncheon - March 2017

Ole! Bravo! Applause! Thank You!

Volunteer Recognition Awards

From left to right:

Dave Florek, Master of Ceremonies

Rick Shea, Heritage Center curator

Phil Lancaster, Heritage Center Foundation President

Bob Zirzow, Special Recognition Award Winner

Photo by Enrique

The February 2017 Travis Heritage Center Volunteer Awards luncheon was a delicious Mexican-themed, pot-luck lunch, with music provided by members of the Band of the Golden West.  The event was sponsored by the Travis AFB Heritage Center Foundation, chaired by President Phil Lancaster.

Award Winners:

  • Restoration Volunteer of the Year: Christopher Whitham

  • Gift Shop Volunteer of the Year: Les Yu

  • Docent of the Year: Ken Endrizzi

  • Special Recognition: Bob Zirzow

Chris, Les and Ken each received a $100 gift certificate for Merchant and Main Restaurant in Vacaville.  Bob received a 4-day, all expenses paid trip to the US Air Force National Museum at Wright Patterson AFB, OH.

In attendance was 60th AMW Vice Wing Commander, Col. Thomas Pauly who provided a stirring and inspirational talk about volunteering.  Also in attendance was the 60th AMW Director of Staff, Col. Michael Tiemann.

Travis Heritage Center - Volunteer Recognition Awards Luncheon - March 2016

From left to right:

Mike Venning - Special Achievement Award
Lois Zirzow - Gift Shop Attendant of the Year
Jonna Doolittle Hoppes - Guest Speaker
Phil Lancaster - Foundation President
Carl Bresette - Preservationist of the Year
Richard Terp - Docent of the Year

Travis Heritage Center Undergoes Changes - February 26, 2016
By Ian Thompson, Daily Republic, Fairfield-Suisun, California

TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE — The Travis Heritage Center is undergoing a transformation that will narrow its scope of exhibits to better show visitors the history of Travis, military airlift and the commands that have called the installation home since it was started during World War II.

Travis Heritage Center Undergoes Changes

That means doing away or cutting back exhibits such as the ones on World War I and space exploration; better displaying exhibits such as the one on Consairways, the contract airline that flew supplies from Travis Air Force Base to the Pacific during World War II; or adding exhibits such as one planned on David Grant Medical Center.

“We will be downsizing some exhibits and expanding other exhibits,” center curator Rick Shea said.   Read the entire article here...

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