SUBJECT: Peterson Air & Space Museum Volunteers Staff Meeting, 25 February 2005
ATTENDEES: Ron Gray, Brig Gen USAF (Ret), Vice President; Ed Weaver, CMSgt USAF (Ret) Secretary/Treasurer; Jeff Nash, DAFC, Museum Director; Jack McKinney, CMSgt USAF (Ret); Ernie Newman, CMSgt USAF (Ret); John Cawood, Lt Col USAF (Ret); Erv Smalley, SMSgt USAF (Ret); S. Parks Deming, Member, Board of Directors, Jerry Kovach, Lt Col USAF (Ret), Anna Foster Capt USAF (Ret); Terry Galbreath, Maj USAF (Ret); Jane Newman; Bruce Coffin, Lt Col USAF (Ret), Ed Kelly, SMSgt USAF (Ret); Norm Moyer, SMSgt USAF (Ret), Scott Wirz, DAFC HQs AFSPC/HO, MSgt Karen Klein, Museum Staff, TSGT Candy Joy, Museum Staff, Ken Cozier, Capt USAF (Ret)
Meeting was called to order by Vice President GRAY at 0900 hours in the Terminal Building Briefing Room. Two new volunteers were recognized: Tony Roman and Ken Cozier.
A. OLD BUSINESS:
1. FINANCIAL REPORT: Financial status as of 31 Jan 05 was presented to and accepted by the staff. Statement is attached. (WEAVER-INFO)
Cash Available: 14,423
CY 05 Income: 967
CY 04 Expenditures: 572
2. ARTIFACTS & VOL COORDINATOR:
Visitors Museum Closed
Vols working this month 26
Volunteer Hours 543
Total Vols on Roll 77
3. GIFT SHOP: Museum Closed. (WEAVER-INFO)
4. DIRECTOR'S UPDATE (NASH):
ON GOING CONSTRUCTION: Still waiting for the humidifier for the Terminal Building HVAC system (due in any day), all other work has been completed. Crews began moving back into the building Wednesday of this week. The building will be reopened 8 March 2005. Work order submitted to do touch up painting. In the Hangar, the HVAC system is complete, new doors for the South side and northwest ADA ramp are being fabricated. Lights and benches for both the Air Park and Medal of Honor Grove and been delivered (seven bench will be changed out-wrong type). Installation is under way, benches and light for the MOH grove will be placed in storage until needed for installation. Work on the Medal of Honor Grove is still scheduled to begin 1 Apr with completion during Aug 05.
HAWK MISSILES AND LAUNCHER: Work order pending with 21 CES to secure the launcher. Missing fins have arrived at the Museum. We obtained technical assistance from the US Army Space Command to place missiles on the launcher. Working with 21 Contracting Squadron to restore two of the missiles.
EQUIPMENT TURN-IN: Nothing new.
CANADIAN EXHIBIT: Discussions continue.
NEW DIRECTOR: New Director has been selected-Gail Whalen. She is a former AF Officer (10 years with missile operations). She has extensive history and Museum education and currently a Director of a Museum in Georgia. She should be in the area late March or early April.
5. P-47N RESTORATION: Aircraft place on plates to get it off the tires, prop placed back on the AC, touch up painting continues, working on working on the cockpit-will use the T-33 seat. NEWMAN reported "Wild Hair" decals for the AC are down town at the Sign Shop and should be ready next week. (KOVACH-INFO)
6. EC-121T RESTORATION: Curtains for the windows have been completed-need to be installed, bird control for the AC is under way, still looking for a Gibson Girl radio. NASH reported that he is working with 21st Contracting Squadron to paint both radomes and tip tanks of the AC. (CAWOOD-INFO)
7. MARKETING: The Wild Hair Party Working Group has met several times this last month. A draft program for both the dedication ceremony and the dinner party has bee completed. Invitations have been mailed. (WEAVER-INFO)
8. ENCAPSULATION PROJECT: Eight hundred dollars worth of materials have been ordered and received. Ten framed pictures presented for the groupís review. About 300 pictures have been prepared for the project. Significant progress has been accomplished in the Artifacts room to properly protect paper and pictures currently stored there. (FOSTER-INFO)
9. PUBLIC AFFAIRS: Working on the Wild Hair project and the history of the P-47N. Reported that Kurt Muller and the Stalnaker famlies will attend the Ceremonies. PBS will air a story about NORAD at 1900hrs, 11 March 2005. (E.NEWMAN-INFO)
10. WEBMASTER: Several changes made to the site as outlined in last months report. 28,200 hits recorded to date. A former AF maintenance officer, once assigned to Peterson Field, has donated about 75 pictures of aircraft operating from the base on the 1960s-1970s. He found the Museum through the web site and expressed his appreciation that the history of Peterson was being preserved. Need to think about how we can establish a Museum "Want List" for the site.(SMALLEY-INFO)
11. ICBM EXHIBIT: The Launch Control Center has been enclosed, electrical work has been completed and five backlights have been installed and connected. Framing is next on the project. Thanks to Ed KELLY and Tony ROMAN for their many hours of work. (GRAY-INFO)
B. NEW BUSINESS:
1. HANGAR EXHIBITS: An outstanding briefing was provided by (WIRZ) of long range objectives for the exhibits planned for the Old City Hangar. He stated we should construct something that would make people want to return to the Museum and or bring someone else to see it, we should have rotating exhibits, they should be interactive, we should provide a "guest speaker" program as part of the Museum, and that the Museum should always be in a growth situation. Briefing was well received.
2. VOLUNTEER RECOGNIATION: Appreciation pins were presented by Vice President GRAY for Volunteer Service during 2004.
C. NEXT MEETING: 0900hrs, 25 March 2005 in the Terminal Room Briefing Room.
EDWARD W. WEAVER
CMSGT USAF (Ret)