Speaker: Donald W. Campbell
Topic: Lockheed SR-71 "Blackbird" strategic reconnaissance aircraft.
Don was born in Los Angeles in 1941. He enlisted in the Air Force on 13 March 1958. His first assignment was Assistant Crew Chief and Crew Chief on the B-47E Stratojet. In May 1964, he was asked if he would be interested in going to Beale AFB, CA to work on something new and different. Reporting to the 4200th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing in December, Don became the first Crew Chief assigned to its SR-7l program. During the following year he was sent to Palmdale and Burbank California to receive hands on SR-7l training in preparation for the first SR-7l delivery in Jan 1966. From Dec 1969 to Dec 1970, Don served a tour as a Line Chief on RF-4Cs with the 16th and 12th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadrons at Tan Son Nhut AB, Republic of South Vietnam. Upon completion of this duty, he returned to Beale AFB and was assigned to Maintenance Control where he performed the duties of Senior Controller, NCOIC of Documentation and Senior Planner. In Jan 1976, Don reported to Detachment 1, 9th SRW, Kadena AB Japan as the SR-71 Superintendent, responsible for all assigned aircraft maintenance and flight activity. Don returned to Beale AFB in Aug 1978 as the SR-7l Superintendent where he continued to provide his expertise in a multitude of areas, and was promoted to Chief Master Sergeant in January 1981. At the same time, he assumed the position of Maintenance Superintendent for all assigned SR-71, U-2/TR-1, KC-135Q and T-38 aircraft and approximately 3,200 maintenance personnel. Following retirement from the Air Force, Don worked in high level positions at the Lockheed Skunk Works and the Northrop Corporation. He now resides with his lovely wife Jo in Chico, and enjoys working in the garden, golf, fishing, hunting, and trying to find treasure with his metal detector.
Speaker: Capt. Rob Rist, U.S. Public Health Service (Ret.)
Topic: Public Health Service Commission Corps - This is What We Are
Capt. Rist served from 1984 to 2007. He is currently a pharmacist at the VA Clinic in Chico. His wife Debra is a nurse at Enloe Hospital.
Speaker: Lt Gen Edward Hanlon, Jr., USMC (Ret)
Topic: Overview from MOAA’s Board of Directors
During his 39-year military career, Hanlon commanded at the battery, company, battalion, and regimental levels. He also commanded the Marine Corps’ premier West Coast training facility at Camp Pendleton, Calif.; served extensively in Europe as the NATO planner and later operations officer for the Fleet Marine Forces Europe in London as well as deputy commander of Striking Forces South in Naples, Italy; was assigned as the chief of staff of Joint Task Force Provide Promise overseeing the U.S. support efforts to U.N. forces in the Balkans; and served in a number of assignments with the Navy, including as fleet Marine officer, Atlantic Fleet, and on the Navy staff as director of Naval Expeditionary Warfare.
Robert H. Laney, a 95 year old WWII veteran, presents his recently published book, titled One Lucky Sailor. Bob served aboard two ships during World War II, The USS Indianapolis from 1940 to 1943 and the USS Guam from 1943 through the end of the war. His experiences during this time left him feeling like he was the luckiest sailor to serve at sea.
Speaker: Brian C. Baldridge, President Chico Air Museum
Topic: The Incredible Aviation History of the North Valley.
Brian, a 1983 graduate of California State University, Chico (Biological Sciences) and resident of Chico, has held a variety of aviation-related jobs. He is the president and co-founder of the Chico Air Museum, a FAA Commercial Pilot (SEL, Instrument Rated, with 37 years and 2,800 hours in airplanes - no accidents, incidents, or violations), and has flown and maintained most models of high performance general aviation piston engine aircraft. Brian is currently QA Manger, Air Spray USA, is married and has two grandsons.