Mather AFB, CA– Web site under construction

Mather Air Force Base was the only navigator/bombardier training base in the Air Force in the 1960’s thru the early 1993’s. The base, at the time, was assigned to Air Training Command, and closed around 1993. It is now a Sacramento County Airport with mostly civilian aircraft using the facilities. Cargo aircraft like UPS and others are currently the largest users of the Airport.

The Air Force Base first opened in 1917, during World War l, for early pilot training. During World War ll, Mather was also a large pilot training base, with many of the trained aircrew, sent to the Pacific area of conflict. When I first received orders to Mather A F B in 1971, I was an a aircraft maintenance officer, assigned to the Chief Of Maintenance office. At that time, we had 99 old and obsolete T29 twin propeller engined aircraft used for the navigator training mission.

Recognized Connally/Harlingen Nav’s

Col Joseph DeMinico USAF (Ret.)

  • Wall of Honor Location: Foil: 5 Panel: 2 Column: 2 Line: 80
  • Wall of Honor Level: Air and Space Friend
  • Honored by: Cynthia Schmitz Harlambakis

CURRICULUM VITAE: Thesis-length research project while at Plymouth State College that honed and crystallized my writing, research and computer skills:
Field-test of a practitioner-made instrument to measure the attitudes of educational decision-makers in New Hampshire on extended integration of technology-based learning strategies facilitated by well-trained and competent teachers (1997). Papers submitted to the document database of the Education Research Information Center (KR1C) Clearing House on Information and Technology at Syracuse, NY: A search for cognitive educational value in multimedia edutainment (1996) An opinion paper on school choice (1996).

Essay submitted for publication in the Atlantic Quarterly, a political science journal; [North Atlantic Treaty Organization] NATO airborne early warning systems (AWACS); How cost and technology sharing enhanced deterrence (1985)

Contributed to two policy papers while a Senior Fellow at The Atlantic Council of the
United States, 16161-1 Street, NW, Washington, DC 20006,
Defending peace and freedom: Toward strategic stability in the year 2000 (1985).
The president, the congress and foreign policy (1985).

Thesis-length research project while at the University of Oklahoma: Telephone crisis intervention: Theory and practice (1975).

EDUCATION: Plymouth State College, Plymouth NH 03264
Master of Education (May 1998) Major: Information Technology

Air Force Institute of Technology, Wright-Patterson AFB OH 45433 Research Associate [MS equiv,] (June 1985) Major: International Relations

University of Oklahoma, Norman OK 73037 Master of Arts (June 1975) Major: Human Resources Relations

The Pennsylvania State University, University Park PA 16802 Bachelor of Science (June 1962) Major: Education and Science

OBJECTIVE Knowledge Management of Joint/DOD History Records.

MILITARY SERVICE: Colonel, US Air Force, retired. B-52 Navigator-Bombardier and
Vietnam War Veteran with 220 combat missions, including Operation Linebacker II in December 1972. Line operational flying with 5000 hours in B-52 aircraft. Hands-on staff officer experience at highest levels in USG as an international political-military affairs officer. Military Awards and Decorations: Defense Superior Service Medal, Distinguished Flying Cross (2), Legion of Merit, Air Medal (13), Defense Meritorious Service Medal (2). July 1971-July 1991

JOINT/DOD EXPERIENCE: On-site Inspection Agency (OSIA) Dulles Airport DC. November 1990 Nominated by SECDEF/OSD for reassignment during Gulf war  US Central Command, MacDill AFB FL Jan. 1988-June 1991
Deputy Chief of Staff during Persian Gulf War
US Representative to Ethiopia during crisis.
Deputy Inspector General for Arabian Peninsula and East Africa.
Executive Assistant to the Commander-in-Chief.
Chief of Nuclear, Biological & Chemical Defense Operations.

Office of the SECDEF, The Pentagon, Washington DC July 1985-Dec. 1987
Policy Assistant to Secretary of Defense for TNF.
Executive Assistant to Assistant Secretary of Defense

Air Staff, The Pentagon, Washington DC June 1981-June 1984
Research Associates Program Director.
Doctrine and Concepts Development specialist
International Military-Political Affairs advisor.

Headquarters AirSouth, Italy May 1979-May 1981
General Defence Planner for NATO.
Wrote General Defence Plan for Southern Flank.

HQ Strategic Air Command, NE July 1971-April 1979
Aviation, Navigation and Technical Data specialist.
Standardization and Evaluation authority.

Candidate for US Congress 1992-1996. Teaching certificate, Real Estate license; FAA pilot’s license; sailor of single-design boats, youth ski instructor, and apprentice golf professional. Divorced. Two daughters and five grandchildren.

Navigator History Available on Thumb Drive

In an effort to preserve the comprehensive history of the AF Navigators’, Ron Barrett (AFNOA and Connally Historian) has compiled a large amount of information and put it on a thumb drive.  IF YOU WANT A READ ABOUT THE HISTORY OF THE NAVIGATOR and NAVIGATION CAREER FIELD, you can purchase the thumb drive by contacting Ronald Barrett at (305) 797-0745.

Some of the material contained the drive is:

1. All 35 years of the “Navigator” Publication

2. Various training publications publications

3. Some information of the Nav schools

4. Dr Ahead Newsletters


 2021 AFNOA REUNION scheduled for 21-23 September 2021– COVID-19 is slowing the planning of events in 2021. The Go No Go decision will be made in EARLY MAY 2021–

The 2021 AFNOA Reunion will be held on Tuesday through Thursday,
September 21 through 23, 2021, in Fort Worth, Texas.
–It will be held at the Radisson Hotel, 2540 Meacham Blvd.,
Fort Worth, Texas 76106. Phone (817)-769-4034
–The room rates for our Reunion is $129.00 per night, plus tax.
Breakfast included in room rate. Self parking is complimentary.
–Call the Radisson Hotel directly at 817-769-4034 no later than
August 15, 2021 to make hotel reservations.
Mention you are with the Air Force Navigators Observers Association
Reunion to receive the group room rate. This group rate is also
available for three days before and after the reunion dates (based on
room availability at the hotel).
–Reunion Schedule:
—Tuesday, September 21st: Registration and Hospitality Room, No-Host Cocktails, and Dinner or/Buffet.
—Wednesday, September 22nd: Board Meeting, Membership Meeting, Hospitality Room, No-Host Cocktails, Banquet Dinner.
—Thursday, September 23rd: Attendees can schedule tours for Tuesday or Thursday
and planning a tour of the F-35 plant for attendees interested in the tour.
The Commerative Air Force is located at Dallas Executive Airport in Dallas TX.
The Registration Form will be printed in the JULY 2021 DR AHEAD.






2012 REUNION INFO– LAST Connally/Harlingen Reunion–


DATES: (Thursday & Friday)  20-21 Sept 2012

LOCATION: Randolph AFB, TX (near San Antonio, TX) Randolph Officers (PARR) Club
Randolph AFB TX is located in Universal City (NE of San Antonio TX. It is East of IS 35. Can go to Randolph From Loop 1604 or Pat Booker. HWY 78 goes in front of the main gate. The MAIN GATE (ENTRY POINT) is located 1.1 miles East of Loop 1604 & HWY 78 intersection. Pat Booker will lead you to the MAIN GATE.

Reunion COST, TIME and DRESS info below.
Can e-mail you the Reunion Application Form if have not received one.
Randolph AFB TX is located in Universal City (NE of San Antonio TX. It is East of IS 35.

LOCATION OF REUNION: Can go to Randolph From Loop 1604 or Pat Booker. HWY 78 goes in front of the main gate. The MAIN GATE (ENTRY POINT) is located 1.1 miles East of Loop 1604 & HWY 78 intersection. Pat Booker will lead you to the MAIN GATE.
Contact Jim Faulkner for more additional reunion info.