Air Cavalry air assault in Vietnam.

Order of Daedalians
P.O. Box 11261
Chandler, Arizona 85248

Veterans Day: 11 November 2016.

Meeting Photos:

October 2016

September 2016

May 2016

April 2016

Luke F-35 Visit

Thursday, 10 Nov 16
1800: Social Hour
1900: Dinner
"Pass the Mike",
Annual Business Mtg,
& Officer Elections.
War Memories
(click for example)

Lt Jack Sides
Dobson's Restaurant
at the Dobson Ranch
Golf Course,
2155 South Dobson Rd, Mesa (480-644-2600).
(click for map)

Roast Beef,
Chicken Fried Steak,
or Bourbon Shrimp.
(all come with
vegetables, rolls, coffee
or tea, and dessert).
$25 per person
(includes toasting wine)
Recommended Dress:
Dressy Casual

10 Nov: Meeting
14 Nov: Staff Mtg
8 Dec: Meeting
12 Dec: Staff Mtg
12 Jan: Meeting
16 Jan: Staff Mtg
9 Feb: Meeting
13 Feb: Staff Mtg
9 Mar: Meeting
13 Mar: Staff Mtg
13 Apr: Meeting
17 Apr: Staff Mtg
11 May: Meeting
15 May: Staff Mtg
Click for info on the Daedalians' seal.The Order of Daedalians honors, as its Founder Members, all WW I aviators who were commissioned as officers and rated as military pilots no later than the Armistice on 11 November 1918. It perpetuates their names as the first to fly our country's airplanes in time of war. The Order's membership of commissioned, warrant and flight officer military pilots and WASPs, with its worldwide network of Daedalian Flights and its comprehensive awards program, supports the military services and other aerospace activities. The Awards and Scholarship Programs of the Order and Foundation encourage patriotism, integrity, and good character in our nation's youth; military careers as commissioned pilots; safety of flight, and excellence in the performance of military duties. The Daedalian Foundation's scholarship program also promotes study in aerospace disciplines.  For more, visit their web site: (Willie Flight 82 is a tax exempt 501(c)(19) organization.)
The Air Cavalry in the Vietnam War: One of the great battlefield innovations developed by the United States armed forces in its effort to defeat a skilled and often elusive enemy in Vietnam was air cavalry—light infantry deployed by helicopters. While swift-moving aircraft supplanted horse or mechanized ground transport, the theory of rapid deployment of light infantry remained the same. The infantry’s mission is to close with the enemy by means of fire and maneuver to defeat or capture him, or to repel his assault by fire, close combat and counterattack. Only close combat between ground forces gains the decision in battle. Whether on foot, horse or vehicle, parachuting from an aircraft, or jumping from a helicopter, the infantry must maneuver as part of its mission. At all levels of war, successful maneuver requires agility of thought, plans, operations and organizations  At the operational level, maneuver is the means by which the commander determines where and when to fight by setting the terms of battle, declining battle, or acting to take advantage of tactical actions. As a concept, air cavalry was innovative. As executed by air cavalry units, it was phenomenal, and the 1st Cavalry Division in Vietnam was the quintessential air cavalry organization. Its prominent and evolving role began in the Ia Drang Valley in 1965, and one of its greatest achievements came at Khe Sanh in 1968(Click for more.)
Military Memoirs:  Flight 82 member, Hank Hoffman, our September speaker and an author, has provided a recommended reading list of military memoirs to consider. (Click here.)

Elected Officers: Ron Perkins, Jim Vandeventer, Art Stark & Gerry Homewood.

          Flight Captain: Gerry Homewood, USAF Retired
          Vice Flight Captain & Audio-Visual: Art Stark USAF Retired
          Treasurer: Jim Vandeventer, USAF Retired
          Flight Adjutant: Jim Adkins, USA Retired
          Provost Marshal: Ron Perkins, USAF Retired
          Elements Coordinator & Chaplain: Frank Stookey, USA Retired
          Scholarships Chairman: Gary Zettl, USAF Retired
          Biographies: Royce Brownfield, USAF Retired
          Golf Chairman: Paul Wenz, USN Retired
          Web Site, Newsletter & Membership: Pat Dooley, USAF Retired

Normally, Willie Flight 82 meets monthly, September through May, on the second Thursday of the month, but the date can change (see calendar left).  The dinner meeting social hour starts at 1800, with dinner served about 1900, followed by a speaker -- we're usually finished by about 2100. Meeting location and other information are shown in the upper left column
Reservations are made by contacting the appropriate Element Leader listed in the monthly newsletter.


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