A great picture of Gary, at the helm of BFEC.US in 2010. He decorated the walls with all of his US Air Force, Apollo, Skylab, Apollo-Soyuz, Shuttle, SOSUS, Compatibility Test Van (CTV), Hubble plaques, awards, commendations and a slew of other cool things he collected throughout the years. Rest in peace dad, we miss you.
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Jan 7, 2015
Stephen Yednock died 12/4/2014 at his home in Seabrook, Md. Stephen was a network controller for BFEC for more than 30 years. He served in the Air Force before joining NASA, where he was posted at the Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., monitoring space satellites.
James Nissel passed away 1/2/2015 in Ellicott City MD. James enjoyed a successful 40 year career a Field Engineer with BFEC.
William Beaty passed away 12/24/2014 in Lubbock TX. William (Bill) worked at the Alaska tracking station from 1966 to 1987. He moved to Florida in '87 and left there in 97 to go to work in Columbia. He left Columbia in 1999 to come back to Alaska and worked at Poker Flat until 2009. Then they moved to Lubbock, Texas where they have been ever since.
Elmer Vogt passed away 12/31/2014 in the Middleburg, FL area (Jacksonville). His career with BFEC started in Europe with the RADAR calibration teams. He spent many years at CYI (Canary Island MSFN). In 1975 He was at the Newfoundland Tracking station for Apollo-Soyuz. After that mission was completed he refurbished the transportable ground station and then installed it at Edwards AFB becoming the Buckhorn station supporting ALT and the early STS missions. The remainder of his career leading an implementation team at several ground stations and GSFC.
Norma Laverty passed away 12/28/2014 in Annapolis MD area, Norma was the wife of John Laverty who passed in 2012.
I had a couple folks check in and say hi or pass some news.
Ernie Hassell sent an email, said he found the web site and wanted to touch base. He also gave me an idea to come up with a guest book or a "check in" page of sorts, I’ll see what I can come up with.
Darlene Fritsche checked in and informed me that she is in the initial stages of getting a reunion planned. The only thing we have so far is October 2015 in Florida. Stayed tuned.
Stan Valeski checked in from Boulder City passing on a Merry Christmas to everyone.
I have email addresses for all these folks, if you wish to make contact with them send me an email at webtek and I will forward it.
Larry Hare let me know that Murray Weingarten’s condition has not improved much, physically ok but no mental response. Please keep the family in your thoughts.
The last item I have is an email from Andy Hensley. I’m not sure if he is real, spam email or if this fella has some hidden motive. Anyway if you know him, please let him know that the BFEC website is what it is and I’m not changing it. Gary built it just the way he wanted too, and I do my best to keep it updated. If Andrew truly wants some kind of change or is un-happy with my efforts , then I suggest he go build his own damn web site.
Andrew A. Hensley
Dec 18, 2014
Dec 13, 2014
I have received notification of the passing of several folks. Robert (Bob) Fuzie passed at his home in Hesperia, CA on 11/27/2014.
Several folks checked in, some to say “hi”, others giving updates and notifications, thanks to Joe Wildman, Glenn Smith, Jim Brophy, Joe Johnson, Walt Natzic, Veronica Bolan, Gene Smith and I’m sure I missed a couple. Thanks to all for passing on the information to keep the site updated.
I hope everyone has a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!
Dec 02, 2014
Nov 11, 2014 Happy Veterans Day Thank you to all who have served
I received word from Veronica Bolan that John Melvin Jerscheid passed away 10/25/2014. John was with BFEC at Goldstone Deep Space Communications Complex. More information on John will be on the obits page.
I also heard from Polly Kessel, the daughter of George Norman Hunter. Polly wanted to let us know she found the web site and that her father would have loved it. George passed away 11/1/2011 and he will be added to the obituary and memory pages. Polly also mentioned to post her email for anyone who wants to reach out to her family. You can reach her at Polly Kessel
I got an email from Martin Wheeler who was in Madagascar. Martin came about the web site and had some questions that I could not answer. Martin said that there is a Yahoo group, primarily French and Malagasy who stay in touch via that form. For anyone interested the site is here. You will need to login to Yahoo.
Oct 08, 2014 Word has been received that John Bennett passed away 10/1/2014 in Carrolton, TX. John was a long time BFEC’er with over 34 years of service on numerous projects. John was a good friend to Gary on the NESEA (SOSUS) project and I remember John as well as Marvin “Nish” Nishizaki and Jim Spaziano all being at our house in Virginia Beach. Rest in peace, we miss all of you.
Sep 28, 2014 Word from Dennis Hayward via Neale Luttrell that Charlie Horner passed away on 9/13/2014. Charlie worked at BFEC Headquarters in Columbia. Charlie was buried in Baltimore 9/16/2014.
Sep 12, 2014 My apologies for the extended delay in updating, summertime is a very busy time for me. I have quite a few updates to follow;
I received an email from AJ Heath with a link to a video he created about the Project Mercury/Missile Tracking station on Grand Bahamas. Very well done AJ, thank you for sharing.
Jack Stoner from Inverness FL checked in after finding the BFEC web site. Jack worked telemetry and UHF com at Ascension Islands and later at Goddard during Apollo missions. Jack also let me know of another BFEC’er , Joe Wildman who also resides in the FL Nature Coast area (my neighborhood). Jack also mentioned he plays in a country western band in the west central FL area including the Villages.
Joseph Cantrell checked in and provided some pictures from the Ascension Islands. I was able to add a another page to the Ascension photos, click here to view. If you want to check the page out later, it's at BFEC.us/Photos/Ascension #5.
I received a request from Michelle Bridges who is looking for Hubert “Bert” Greene. Bert was known to be at Seychelles until late 1973, then Guam and maybe Goddard. The article written by Gary at the end of the BFEC Seychelles page may help those who need to more information. If you know Bert, send me an email at webtek and I will get it to Michelle.
July 22, 2014 I learned today that the email account for firstname.lastname@example.org was hacked. Good news I got it resolved and all is back in order, but if you have received a rejected email from webtek, that was why.
I have been informed that Dottie Kemp, the widow of Ray Kemp the BFEC Security Chief of many years, passed away. I have no further details at this time.
July 12, 2014 Actually the update finally posted July 17, 2014, I’m still looking into why there was such a delay. I have received word that several folks have passed away. Ann Stamey was the wife of JC Stamey, another long time BFEC’er. Thank you Steve Ramey for the notification. Don Cross passed away peacefully of a heart attack in his sleep at home near Atlanta, Ga. on July 11, 2014. Thank you, Cheryl Cross-Toby (daughter) for the information. Clarence Hoynes passed away 6/29/2014, Clarence had been battling cancer that had spread into his lungs. Thank you Joe Johnson for letting us know. I will get everyone on the obituary and memory pages.
Larry updated Murray Weingarden’s status, he still in a wheel chair, under 24/7 care and unresponsive to conversation. Please keep Murray and his family in your thoughts.
I got a nice email from Dan Kovalchik who wanted me to post information on his new book. Dan said it was the “sequel” to his book “Range Rats at Sea”. Here is the web site for additional information or you can head to Amazon to purchase the new book, “The Devil’s Ashpit & other Tales of Ascension Island”
June 22, 2014 - Word has been received that the following folks have passed away; Chet Shaddeau, Napoleon Lacey and Kenneth Sanderson this month and late notifications about Milton Holstein and David Rechenbach. Please see the obits page for more detail and all will be posted on the memorial page. Rest in peace.
June 5, 2014 - May was a quiet month, thankfully I did not receive any passing away notifications. I did hear from Amaya Davis who is looking for anyone who knew or worked with Allan Davis. Allan may have worked in the Canary Islands, Madagascar and Antigua and during the time frames of Gemini, Mercury, Apollo and Skylab missions. If anyone can help please email me at Webtek and I will forward it to Amaya.
May 07, 2014 - I have been in contact with several folks since the last update, thank you for checking in. Joe Cantrell emailed me and advised that Gary Tomperi passed away in Waldorf, MD in October 1998, he has been added to the Obit/memory page. Thanks for the info Joe, as well as your BFEC history, I thinking I might add a page that I can post some of these bios I have received.
Jerry Ricks also sent a nice email with his BFEC history and time working with my dad in Quito. Jerry is currently enjoying his retirement traveling the States with his wife in a RV. Jerry asked if I might have any contact information for Dan Umberger, I dont, but if someone does send me an email and I will pass it on to Jerry.
April 22, 2014 - I have been notified that John Cornwell, F.Joseph Svec and Clyde Cox have passed away. I also recieved an email that Lee Brown passed away many years ago and all will be added to the obits/memorial page.
April 4 to 16, 2014 - Larry Elder Hare has been emailing me with several reports about Vic Exkman. Vic had heart surgery and was very critical for a period of time. Good News, he has been upgraded and as of 4/16/2014 been discharged from the hospital and is now in a rehabilitation facility doing much better. Best to Vic and his wife Eleanor.
April 9, 2014 - Lawrence Dillard is looking for any information and/or acquiantences in reference to his father Sidney Paul Dillard. If you remember Sidney, please contact me email@example.com and I will forward it to Lawrence.
April 2, 2014
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March 21, 2014
Our group in Maryland is now going to be meeting only twice a year. April and October and for the first time, we are making a change in the place to hold our luncheons. We have been checking around and have come up with a Catering Service, Superior Catering by M&M, who is now doing some 6 retiree company groups and is willing to take us on with good food and a reasonable price.
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June 30, 2013
It's with great sadness and a heavy heart that I report the death of my father Gary Schulz.
The email address(s);
the Obituary page
|I have received the above video produced from an old black & white film from Brian Larwood who is with the Carnarvon Space and Technology Museum in Carnarvon Western Australia and he is seeking information on the film from anyone who has worked at the tracking stations mentioned in the video which are KSC, Canary Islands, Guaymas, Mexico; Bermuda, Alaska, Kano, Nigeria and Johannesburg.
You can read the message that I received from Brian HERE.
If you have any information contact Brian at <firstname.lastname@example.org> or me at <email@example.com>
|Contact: For inquries etc.
Scott Schulz <firstname.lastname@example.org>