Enroute Memorial Bench

Majority of everyone knows, several Enrouters attended the presentation of the USAF Aircraft Mechanic Monument and also the Dedication of our Enroute plaque, in the Memorial Gardens, USAF National Air Museum, WPAFB, on July 31, 2020. 

Mr. Haynes asked me if our Reunion Group would like to put a memorial bench beside the Aircraft 
Mechanics Memorial. This was a honor to be able to place a bench recogizing our outstanding unit, with the outstanding memorial he just designed.
Our Memorial Bench and his USAF Aircraft Mechanics Memorial will highlight each other..
** The Aircraft Mechanics Memorial is drawing thousands of visitors. With our bench being co-located with the Mechanics Memorial, our 435th OMS Enroute Memorial Bench will get very high visibilty. 

UPDATE ON THE BENCH  March 03, 2021


The draft for our Memorial Bench has been submitted to the Air Force Historical Society for approval.
Once we have the approval from the Historical Society, the builder will start the preparations in making our bench. 

The granite being used to make our bench is a special type granite and comes from an overseas quarry. The granite was ordered in November, but with all of the COVID restrictions, has caused a delay in the shipment.

It is hoped, the granite will arrive before May 2021.  Once it arrives, the builder will make our bench.
He has informed me, he doubts the bench will be ready, MAY 14, 2021, but I'm hoping.

I've already been coordinating with the USAF Air Museum, WPAFB, OH.
They are aware of the shipping delay, I'm hoping for May 14th to be the date that we'd like to present the bench to the museum,  but everything is currently on hold, while we await the arrival of the granite that will be used to make our bench.

(Front and Back of our Bench)

OUR GOAL IS: PRESENT our Memorial Bench on May 14, 2021, but currently in Delay.

May 2021. I'll keep you updated.
Any questions, let me know. 

I can tell you, we will have one of the nicest memorial benches in the USAF Freedom Park, at the museum.

Speaking with Mr. Jerry Haines, creator of the USAF Aircraft Mechanic Monument, he personally invited our group to place a bench(s), on the concrete pad surrounding this outstanding memorial.

Everyone has always said, Enroute was the best job and location, they ever had in the Air Force.
This is the time to show your appreciation to being a member of the finest Enroute Section, ever in the Air Force. Please donate what you can, to help cover the cost of this beautiful bench, that we will present to the USAF National Air Museum, Wright Patterson AFB, OH, when its completed.

A (granite) bench, will be presented to the USAF National Air Museum, on behalf of the 435th OMS Enroute Maintenance Section, costs approximately $5000. (Depending what all we put on it).

Our bench will be placed on the right rear corner of this newly placed USAF Aircraft Mechanic Maintenance Monument, in Memorial Park, USAF National Air Space Museum, Wright Patterson AFB, OH.

When people visit Memorial Park, they will see our bench will proudly display:
435th OMS Enroute Mx Section, Rhein Main AB, Germany and information reguarding Enroute.

*** I  have just been informed by the Museum Staff, Units are only allowed to have only one Unit item in the park. Due to the high visability of having our bench located on the right rear corner of the USAF Aircraft Mechanics Monument, we will need to incorporate our current Enroute Plaque, into the front center of the bench. We will then build our Enroute History around the plaque.
Plus, we will also decorate the back side with our Enroute information.


We will have a "Mini Reunion" in Dayton (Fairborn) Ohio, when we present this to the Air Museum.
Deciding what to put on the bench, then getting the design and all associated paperwork approved, takes some time. Hopefully, we can obtain the funds in less than one year.

Approximate Cost of the Bench will be:  $6000.00

I have already received the following donations:  As of 03 MAR 2021



Fessler, Bill/Connie               $1000 
Johnson, Floyd/Lois              $1000
Miller, Stanley                      $1000
Warren, Jim                         $1000
Santamarina, Orlando/Trini   $200
Thompson, Thomas/Laura    $200
Bryza, Harry                         $150
Spletzer, Paul/Tamara           $150
Kutsch, Gary/Sue                  $125
Bryan, Kathy (Joy)                $100
Cayton, Melinda                   $100
Figueroa, Richard "FIG"        $100
Foster, Ezra/Birgit                 $100
Ganskop, Dean/Jeane           $100
Pavon, Steve                        $100 
Pesch, Robert                       $100
Whalen, Mike                       $100
Willis, Lisa                           $100
Nelson, Larry/Sharon           $ 75
Blair,  Donna.                       $ 50
Clemete, Jim                       $  50
       Proposed Goal              $6000 

    RECIEVED                      $6000

   STILL  NEEDED               $ Unknown (cost over runs will incurr unknown extra costs)

NOTE: The average memorial bench costs $5000.+ Air Force costs.
Perpetual care, taxes and misc charges could exceed $6000, but this is a good target amount.

Please continue with your donations, because, the cost of the bench will exceed $5000.

Please mail your checks to:

Stanley Miller
7213 Avila Drive
Fayetteville, NC 28314

These are a sample what our 435th OMS Enroute Memorial Bench will look like.

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Any questions, please let me know.
Stan Miller - stansvets@gmail.com