The 553rd Reconnaissance
Wing has participated in 3 Batcat specific reunions, 2 combined reunions, and
one reunion for all who served in Thailand.
Reuion page added 02/18/07, Last Updated
Originally this information was part of the main Batcat Homepage.
I decided to simplify the main Batcat Homepage by moving some
information to separate pages. That also gives more room for
This page is for completed reunions which the 553rd has
participated. Click here for Upcoming Batcat
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The 553rd Reconnaissance Wing Detachment 1, and the 554th
Reconnaissance Squadron QU-22 Baby
Bat 2013 reunion held during the Commemorative Air
Force 2013 Airshow at Midland, Texas, was completed October 13,
2013. View the QU-22
Reunion homepage for details. Added 10/17/13,
Cliff Jensen provided details of
the 2010, 2011 and 2012 Batcat reunions on the 1st Wave Batcat homepage which is
now off line. Cliff continues to support the
1st Wave Batcat
Facebook Account which is open to ALL
those who served with Batcat, the 553rd Reconnaissance Wing. Added 09/30/09,
The All Batcat 2012
Reunion at Las Vegas, Nevada, was completed
October 18, 2012. Added 10/21/12, updated 02/04/16.
The All Batcat 2011
Reunion at Orlando, Florida, was completed October
13, 2011. Added 10/17/11, updated 02/04/16.
The 1st Wave Batcats
at Las Vegas, Nevada, was completed October 7, 2010. Added 10/18/09,
Cliff Jensen and
Rick Weiner organized
a get together at the Rio Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada.
Attending were Rick Weiner, Cliff Jensen, Al Pudims, Bob
Parmenter and Don(LD) Bokovoy. In addition there was a call in
session for other Batcats to telephone in. Here is a synopsis of
the 2009 Las Vegas Mini
Reunion with a not from Cliff Jensen's wife Chris. Here
are some images taken in Las Vegas. Here are
the 5 Batcats together with Rio hostess, color about 132K.
Lef to Right Al Pudims, Rick Weiner, Marianne Heilig, the events
coordinator from the Rio Hotel, Bob Parmenter, Don "LD"
Bokovoy, and Cliff Jensen. For her assistance the guys made Rio
events cooridnator Marianne
Heilig an honoary Batcat with this certificate. Color, about
112K. Here are some views of the event, Bob
Parmenter relaxing, color about 115K. Guys
making some phone calls in the room, color, about 140K.
Rio's "chow hall", color, about 118K.
553rd Reconaissance Wing Memorial Dedication
and Reunion 8/21 to 8/24/2008
Click here for the
Plaque Dedication & Reunion Page.
SOUTHEAST ASIA REUNION
Announced on June 19, 2004, the International
Return to Southeast Asia Reunion occurred during October 2005 at
Bangkok, Thailand. Jim Traywick,
who was assigned to Korat RTAFB while in the USAF, coordinated this effort.
Ralph Blankenship and
Steve Blankinship, both crew 3,
553rd Reconnaissance Squadron, were able to make it to Thailand
for the reunion. Here is an image of Ralph
Blankenship at the reunion in Bangkok!!Here is an image of
Blankinship, Ralph Blankenship, and Tom at Korat Royal Thai
Air Force Base, with our Thai Korat Air Force Base guides.
"They spoke good english and gave us a nice tour of the
base. Much of what was there when we were there is still there.
But in need of maintenance. The old 553rd & 554th Squadron
Headquarters buildings were there as was the Wing
Headquarters.But they looked out of use." I understand
another 553rd member was also present but I don't have his
name yet. FYI the current exchange rate is about 37 Thai Baht to
1 U.S. Dollar (in 1969 it was 20 Baht to one dollar). Very nice
hotels in Korat cost about $40 US per night. Take a look here at
two of the hotels in Korat, here is the Hermitage
Hotel and here is an image of the Rachaphruk
Hotel. Added 10/12/04, updated
2003 Combined Reunion
On May 18 through 21, 2003, a Combined 551/552/553 Reunion was
held at Reno, Nevada. Checkout and see what happened at the
Reunion here. Last Updated
2001 Combined Reunion
On June 28, 29, 30 and July 1, 2001, a Combined 551/552/553
Reunion was held at Tinker AFB, Oklahoma. Checkout and see what
happened at the 2001 Combined Reunion
here. Last Updated 02/27/17.
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