VMSB-333 Puttin' on the Ritz!
It's VMSB Family Reunion Time
Having fun, renewing old friendships, and making new friends. That's what we do! Are you a VMSB veteran or family member of a VMSB vet? Are you a VMF or VMFA veteran? Did you or someone in your family ever serve with 333 at some point. If you answered yes to any of those question then you are cordially invited to come and OORAH with the VMSB family.
At this point there are 48 surviving members of the original World War II VMSB-333 squadron. There are many 333'ers who have never attended one of the VMSB get togethers. We would really love to see you! To shake your habd and say "Welcome Marine".
Get Together Info
September 10th through 13th, 2014
The Microtel Inn & Suites
5115 Rockville Road
Indianapolis, IN 46224
Direct Line: 317-247-9703
We have already held 5 reunions at this site. They love us and we love them. Special rate of $64.95 for a large room with two queen beds. Queen bed suites are available for $74.95. Free continental breakfast every morning. Free courtesy airport pickup available with advance notice given. Make your reservations before August 25th. They can be canceled without penalty if necessary. There is a $40.00 fee per person to defray the cost of the reunion. Your $40.00 will pay for the daily snacks and drinks, Wednesday nights pizza party and Saturdays banquet. Now what you eat and drink the rest of the time is on you. But we have made some wonderful plans for lunches and suppers.
Please Send Your Check to
(remember $40.00 per person)
F.T. (Frank) Hughes
7351 Hawthorne Lane
Indianapolis, IN 46250
email: fthughes (at) sbcglobal.net
Hope to see all of you come September!
EWA Field 1945
VMSB-333 EWA Airfield Hawaii, 1945
SB2C's on the line
His Heroism Goes Beyond Athletics
It was his 31st mission, the night of April 21, 1966, in the midst of the Vietnam War and not long after a surge in deployment of American troops, when Frank Alvin Huey's fighter jet was shot down over Laos.
He'd been hotdogging it, gloves off, sleeves rolled up, painting a line of supply trucks with napalm on the Ho Chí Minh trail, when flames roared into the cockpit, searing the Marine's left hand before he managed to eject.
Huey had been a multi-sport star at Milford High and the University of Delaware, and is being honored with his induction into the Delaware Sports Museum and Hall of Fame on Thursday at the Chase Center in Wilmington. But before then, as a child, his teachers were all women until he reached seventh grade, when the men began returning home from World War II. This group included his football coach at Milford, a bomber pilot, and Huey, like many boys his age, admired them.
"They had a tremendous influence on us," he said.
Marines Air Chief Nominated For Key Defense Advisory Role
Law360, Washington (February 18, 2014, 8:48 PM ET) -- U.S. Marine Corps Lt. Gen. Robert E. Schmidle Jr. has been nominated as principal deputy director of the U.S. Department of Defense’s Office of Cost Assessment and Program Evaluation, advising Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on the cost and feasibility of planned defense programs, the DOD announced Tuesday.
Schmidle, nominated to fill the CAPE role by President Barack Obama, is currently the Marine Corps’ deputy commandant for aviation, heading up policy for the Corps' aviation units and facilitating their manning, training and equipment, according to the DOD.
CAPE, which has held several names since its establishment in 1961 as the Office of Systems Analysis, works to combine the expertise of about 150 military officers and civilian workers across a range of disciplines with support from contractors to provide private, independent analysis to the defense secretary, according to the agency.
The agency's analysis extends to military plans, programs and budgets, assessing them — often against potential alternatives — on the basis of cost and available resources and whether programs meet defense objectives and policies. It also explores the impact of DOD spending on the U.S economy, it claims, and as such, Schmidle will play a key role in advising Hagel on the future of the military.
Among other duties, CAPE assists with development of joint programming guidance for the DOD, setting out the agency’s future plans, and with the direction of the military’s annual program review, although it does not have any direct decision-making authority.
Lt. Gen. Robert Schmidle: Marine Aviation readiness will fall sharply under sequester
by:Martin Matishak Staff writer, Marine Corps Times
More than 70 percent of the Marine Corps’ aviation fleet will not meet combat readiness standards by 2021 if sequestration — the automatic, across-the-board budget cuts — remains in place, the service’s aviation chief warned lawmakers today.
Service leaders estimate that only 27 to 30 percent of the Corps’ aviation fleet will be at “ready to go to war” status seven years from now, according to c, deputy commandant for aviation.
The federal cost-cutting measure reduces flight hours by roughly 10 percent every year. Today, aviation combat readiness stands at about 65 percent, Schmidle told a House Armed Services subcommittee. By 2017, that figure will be below 50 percent, he predicted.
“When we take the flight hours out, we don’t have the hours to fly the airplanes to train the pilots and the readiness continues to go down,” the three-star said.
Schmidle said the Marine Corps’ estimates were based on “strict arithmetic.”
“We took the readiness of the fleet today and we said, if we are sequestered that means we will lose 10 percent a year of our flight time. So if you lose 10 percent of your flight hours across the board every year, what happens in five, six, seven, eight years?” he told Marine Corps Times after the hearing. “You’ve got that many fewer flight hours to fly in order to be able to train the pilots and train the air crews, etc.”
However, “that assumes that the fleet is the same size it is today,” Schmidle said. “It’s assuming that we have to take those hours out of everybody, but if we get relief, and we get extra money for flight hours then, of course, we can begin alleviate that.”
If the service does manage to get some kind of relief from the sequester, “then you would not see those numbers go down,” Schmidle said.