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Mission
 

To enhance and accredit the cohesiveness, esprit de corps, and traditions of valor of rotary wing aircrews that flew in Southeast Asia during the Vietnam Era. To seek out, using whatever means available, individuals who piloted rotary wing aircraft in Southeast Asia during the Vietnam era and inform them of the existence of the VHPA and encourage all eligible individuals to become members.

Membership is open to all helicopter pilots who flew in Southeast Asia during the Vietnam era (1961-1975).

Chapter Profile

The Washington State Chapter of the Vietnam Helicopter Pilots Association (VHPA) was founded in September, 2000 by Jack Salm, Jr. It holds regular meetings in Washington state including sites on both sides of the Cascades.

Next Meetings

Our Spring meeting is preliminarily scheduled at the Olympia Airport in June at the Olympic Air Show, however as we saw last year, it was rescheduled a couple of times by the Airshow committee, so be flexible.

The eastern Washington meeting will be in August or September, at a location yet to be determined, however most likely at Timber Creek Grill Buffet located at 9211 E Montgomery Ave in Spokane.

If you have a topic for chapter consideration and would like to add it to any meeting agenda, please contact the President by email or phone.

What's New?

We've received an update from the volunteers that are restoring the UH1 we tow in the Auburn Veterans Day parade. Check out the new pictures and detailed description of their progress.

Check out the VHPAWA Gear page to see our new Chapter Challenge Coin.

Media

Dan Fox produced another great video of the Auburn Veteran's Day march. This is a 'must see'.

Check out the pictures and videos that show what aviators and their crews experienced in Vietnam.

Last Meetings

The membership met at Famous Dave's BBQ and held the annual elections. An updated roster of our executives is shown below.

The membership marched at the Auburn Veteran's Day Parade in November (2013). Dan Fox produced a great video of the event.

Events of Interest

This link leads you to a number of chapter activities including the UH1 restoration project, special events and other interest projects.


The chapter coordinated the retirement of CW4 Joseph Long's retirement after 44 years of service. He's the oldest helicopter pilot to serve in Vietnam. Click here for the rest of the story.
 


The Washington State Chapter of the Vietnam Helicopter Pilots Association (VHPA) is a totally separate, independent entity and is not authorized to act as an agent, or representative, of the VHPA or any of the other chapters.

VHPA-WA  2013  Officers

President: J C Combs  206-660-2187 hooker44@comcast.net
Vice President:   Hal Thornton 509-829-0737 hnbthorn@aol.com

Members at Large

Mid Term: Steve Lodwig 206-930-8521 stevelodwig@gmail.com
Senior: Dave Eck 253-447-4993 david@lighthousefg.com
Junior: Bill Lyons 253-631-0371 bill60lyons@comcast.net
Secretary:  Bill Lyons 253-631-0371 bill60lyons@comcast.net
Treasurer: John Schafer 253-874-1306 johnshafercpa@comcast.net
Web Master: Bill Vaughn  425-556-9025 billva@betav.com
Sgt at Arms: Jim LePenske 206-714-3283 jimlep3@comcast.net
Parade Coordinator Pat Staeheli 253-859-4185 pgstaeheli@yahoo.com
Chaplin: Padre Francis Jeffery 253-588-3478 fjeffery@aol.com
Photos/Camera: Dan Fox 253-531-8242 two-foxes@msn.com

Past Presidents

2000 Jack Salm Jr. Founder,  National VHPA President (2009)
2001-2002 Tom Wie   (had to drop out, Jack Salm reelected)  
2002-2003 Jack Salm Jr.
2004 Pat Staeheli 
2005 Dave Rosenkranz 
2006 Dick Glasgow   (Died Feb. 21, 2007)
2007 Chris Farwell 
2008 Paul Fleming
2009 David P. Eck     
2010 Frank Jones (Health issues Feb. 2010)
2010 Bob Brown
2011 Mark Hansen
2012 Mark Hansen
2013 Don LeMaster  

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