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Ashley Craft wrote on September 28th, 2018
Hi! My name is Ashley. I found a letter from LCDR Mark Kirk wrote to my mother in August 18989. I am trying to find contact information - the letter was addressed VP-8. Any information is appreciated
Ashley Craft wrote on September 28th, 2018
Hi! My name is Ashley. I found a letter from LCDR Mark Kirk wrote to my mother in August 18989. I am trying to find contact information - the letter was addressed VP-8. Any information is appreciated
Ralph Papa wrote on September 19th, 2018
Your message in Guestbook from 5/27/2016 5:16:10 PM
Dear Ralph Papa,

Thank you for your comments.
Sincerely yours,
Ralph Papa
The following message was submitted:
Topic: Input from Robert Fiegl (Capt Retired) on VP8 Alumni Association - Reunions and Newsletter
Comments:
Following is input from Robert Fiegl (Capt Retired) on VP8 Alumni Association - Reunions and Newsletter From: Robert Fiegl Sent: Tuesday, May 24, 2016 9:12 PM To: [email protected] Subject: Re: Request Dear Santo, I finally have a quiet evening to write a reply to you. I'm sorry to hear that attendance at the VP-8 reunion was so small. I know it takes a lot of work and planning, usually done by only a few people, to bring an event like this to fruition and it's more than a little disappointing when the celebration is not as big as hoped. I can only write about this from my personal perspective, obviously. First, as I type this, I can clearly see my retirement shadow box, presented to me by my CPO mess when I left (retired from) NATTC Pensacola in 2007. The engraved plate lists 16 permanent duty stations over my 38 years of active duty. I receive invitations to reunions to nearly all of them over the course of about every 5 years or so. Although I had great tours at virtually all of the commands/ships/squadrons, there's no way I can come even close to being able to attend a fraction of them. To tell you the truth, I've not attended any of them. This is based primarily upon the job requirements of my second career as a university professor and my limited time available to travel. I'm retiring this year. I try to keep in touch with some Shipmates from the past, but even that is sometimes a challenge. I trust you can relate? The next issue would be physical ability to attend a reunion. If you take just the permanently retired people (usually age 65+) there are so many who cannot either financially afford to make such trips or their health prevents them from making such a trip. I know that "Where there's a will, there's a way" is sometimes true, but it's not always true. Bud Leady is a prime example. I have to tip my hat to you for your leadership of the VP-8 alumni group! Of all my tours of duty, I put my VP-8 tour near the very top (with my two command tours, my VP-30 and CAG 3 Maintenance Officer tours!). I was most fortunate along the way....truly blessed! As for the best methods to get the word out to group members, I'm all for electronic communications. It's efficient, easy, no cost and instant. I imagine if you took a poll of alumni members, there's no one who doesn't own a computer and have Internet connectivity. I'd probably move away from paper. As far as other opinions, I have very few, Santo. I don't know enough about the group's membership to provide sound advice. Demographic information is important (age, location, employment status, etc.) would seem important when tweaking the activities of this group. Not sure if you have that info at your disposal. It would be easy, with electronic communications, to poll people to see if they'd like to have a reunion at Pax River, Brunswick or Jax. That may help you. I bet you could hold a reunion in many people's back yards and they would not attend.... it's just how some folks are. For me, I'd like to attend one, if I knew enough people there to make it a true Shipmate reunion. I think you need help from your membership to really get a successful turnout. Membership support is key. Friends have to ask and encourage their Shipmates/friends.....and hopefully the word and enthusiasm for reunion events spreads and people view it as a really good thing for them. Standing by for your questions, if you'd like to discuss any of these points further. Thanks for asking. Not sure I've given you anything of great value here. I'm flattered that you requested my input on this, though. Warm regards and good health! Bob
E-mail: [email protected]
Ralph Papa wrote on September 19th, 2018

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Your message in Guestbook from 5/27/2016 5:16:10 PM
Dear Ralph Papa,

Thank you for your comments.
Sincerely yours,
Ralph Papa
The following message was submitted:
Topic: Input from Robert Fiegl (Capt Retired) on VP8 Alumni Association - Reunions and Newsletter
Comments:
Following is input from Robert Fiegl (Capt Retired) on VP8 Alumni Association - Reunions and Newsletter From: Robert Fiegl Sent: Tuesday, May 24, 2016 9:12 PM To: [email protected] Subject: Re: Request Dear Santo, I finally have a quiet evening to write a reply to you. I'm sorry to hear that attendance at the VP-8 reunion was so small. I know it takes a lot of work and planning, usually done by only a few people, to bring an event like this to fruition and it's more than a little disappointing when the celebration is not as big as hoped. I can only write about this from my personal perspective, obviously. First, as I type this, I can clearly see my retirement shadow box, presented to me by my CPO mess when I left (retired from) NATTC Pensacola in 2007. The engraved plate lists 16 permanent duty stations over my 38 years of active duty. I receive invitations to reunions to nearly all of them over the course of about every 5 years or so. Although I had great tours at virtually all of the commands/ships/squadrons, there's no way I can come even close to being able to attend a fraction of them. To tell you the truth, I've not attended any of them. This is based primarily upon the job requirements of my second career as a university professor and my limited time available to travel. I'm retiring this year. I try to keep in touch with some Shipmates from the past, but even that is sometimes a challenge. I trust you can relate? The next issue would be physical ability to attend a reunion. If you take just the permanently retired people (usually age 65+) there are so many who cannot either financially afford to make such trips or their health prevents them from making such a trip. I know that "Where there's a will, there's a way" is sometimes true, but it's not always true. Bud Leady is a prime example. I have to tip my hat to you for your leadership of the VP-8 alumni group! Of all my tours of duty, I put my VP-8 tour near the very top (with my two command tours, my VP-30 and CAG 3 Maintenance Officer tours!). I was most fortunate along the way....truly blessed! As for the best methods to get the word out to group members, I'm all for electronic communications. It's efficient, easy, no cost and instant. I imagine if you took a poll of alumni members, there's no one who doesn't own a computer and have Internet connectivity. I'd probably move away from paper. As far as other opinions, I have very few, Santo. I don't know enough about the group's membership to provide sound advice. Demographic information is important (age, location, employment status, etc.) would seem important when tweaking the activities of this group. Not sure if you have that info at your disposal. It would be easy, with electronic communications, to poll people to see if they'd like to have a reunion at Pax River, Brunswick or Jax. That may help you. I bet you could hold a reunion in many people's back yards and they would not attend.... it's just how some folks are. For me, I'd like to attend one, if I knew enough people there to make it a true Shipmate reunion. I think you need help from your membership to really get a successful turnout. Membership support is key. Friends have to ask and encourage their Shipmates/friends.....and hopefully the word and enthusiasm for reunion events spreads and people view it as a really good thing for them. Standing by for your questions, if you'd like to discuss any of these points further. Thanks for asking. Not sure I've given you anything of great value here. I'm flattered that you requested my input on this, though. Warm regards and good health! Bob
E-mail: [email protected]

Ralph Papa wrote on September 19th, 2018
The VP8 Alumni Association was envisioned by Don Stowe in July of 1984 and initiated in September 1986 with 129 Alumni including most spouses.
Ralph Papa wrote on September 19th, 2018
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