OTHER SIDE OF THE MOUNTAIN GANG
History of the Other Side of the Mountain Gang
Covering the Past, Present, and Future
of the Colorado Air National Guard Retiree’s
In the early sixties a half dozen of the Air National Guard Retiree’s met at the old CAMANA Club for lunch and a beer or two around 1:30 p.m. After a few hours, (about 5p.m.) of war stories it was time to head home when someone suggested they should do this again and invite others to join. They sat down and discussed the matter. They wanted to keep in touch with old friends and forgive those who have ticked them off. Nothing fancy, jeans, sport shirts, and tennis shoes. No written rules or regulations since they never followed them in the past and weren’t about to change. No rank in this group. They were on a first name basis – as it always had been for years. General (that’s his first name) Joe Moffitt would forget and raise his voice sometimes, but the group didn’t jump as fast or as high as they used to.
Any Buckley retiree was welcome to join them, military or civilian, from various military organizations on base. Meetings were held at the CAMANA Club the first Tuesday of the month and a poverty basket passed at meetings and donations were received for a monthly newsletter, get well, sympathy cards, postage, and birthday cupcakes.
Eventually spouses came to the meetings and we went from the original six members up to one hundred fifty members. Today the group continues to meet at The Retired Enlisted Association (TREA) #39 located at 15821 E Centretech Circle, Aurora, CO 80011 on the first Tuesday of each month at 11 a.m., unless there’s a holiday and then we meet on the second Tuesday. The membership roster has over seven hundred names.
While note or members present were not taken, the best recollections of the early retiree’s who started the group were Clem Hoffman, Don Bahr, Les Waggoner, Bud DePry, Irving (Pappy) Hughes, and Tom Linam. Past leaders of the group were Clem Hoffman, Don Bahr, Neil Burke, Tom Linam, and Wayland (Spike) Boyle. Currently our leader is Paul Turner and our committee members are Dewey & Gloria Hicks, Dan Gay, Don & Neysa Neary and Paul & Linda Turner. Joe & Sonja Broom led the committee consisting of Bill & Jan Axton, Betty Buck, The Neary’s and the Hicks’ from 1995 through 2007! Total membership as of October 2016 is 736 Folks.
The group has raised money for active Guardsmen who had a need, participated in food drives, donated lap quilts to Veterans on the VA hospital and through Sonja Broom’s and Joan Pickens’ guidance are knitting/crocheting hats for Army and Air National Guard personnel serving in all areas including Iraq and Afghanistan.
Like the organizations founding fathers (many have left us) we current members like to keep informed with what’s happening with our current guard members. A lot of us spent many years building and keeping a standard for the Colorado Air National Guard. We knew our guard unit could perform and execute the mission required of us and largely due to our experience and skills. We did this with outdated airplanes and equipment and for fewer dollars!!!
To receive the monthly Newsletter or group information:
Contact: Paul Turner
Web Site: OSOMG.ORG