Saturday Night Banquet
The entertainer Randy Rodriguez had the group hopping
Lee with guest speaker Brian "Bear" Lithani who
gave a very detailed talk on NORAD
He told the history and mission of
NORAD covering the early years and the Cold War years and how the
command defended the USA and Canada against aerial and missile threats.
NORAD was established in September 1957 as a combined air defense of
the US and Canada with headquarters initially at Ent Air Force Base,
Colorado Springs, CO. He explained how the various defenses,
which included strategically placed radar sites along with radar
picket ships and airborne radar equipped aircraft, detected and
intercepted long range aircraft from Russia (USSR). He noted
the role of radar picket ships which (although vital) were seldem
recogonized for their efforts.
Above Brian Forrester, our travel organizer, is presented with
a framed stained glass chili pepper.
The picture on the right is shown hung in Brian's house. Here is a note from Brian's wife Susan.
Hi Lee, I wanted to THANK YOU and the Yagrs Association for the beautiful stained glass chili
pepper. Brian hung it in our dining room area for all to see! I LOVE IT! - Susan.