VFW Post 7916 receives surprise visitor from Osan AB, South Korea
Friday September 8, 2017, Occoquan, VA. Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7916 had a surprise
visitor who traveled over 7,500 miles, on a mission. That mission was to deliver a special bronze
plate and signed lithographs in recognition of The Black Cat Lounge at VFW Post 7916. One litho commemorates the 40th Anniversary of U-2 operations from Osan AB, the other is a U-2 Litho. Both are signed by many members of 5RS.
Representing the men and women of the 5th Reconnaissance Squadron (5RS), Osan AB, South
Korea, Technical Sergeant Nicholas Alexander, Aircrew Egress System leader, met with Post
Commander Jeff Lett. The 5th Reconnaissance Squadron, well known as “The Black Cats,” fly highly sensitive and classified U-2 reconnaissance and surveillance missions from Osan AB. The Black Cats have the original Black Cat Lounge at Osan AB.
The inscription on the bronze plate read “To VFW Post 7916, Col Wilson Black Cat Lounge, From The Men and Women of 5RS, Aug 2017” in recognition of VFW Post 7916 support for the 5RS with a Black Cat Lounge (NCR). Accepting the award for the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Virginia District 10 Commander, Chuck Wilson, came forward and provided a few words, “This is an honor to receive such a special award and for you to travel this vast distance.”
TSGT Alexander, “Sir this is an honor for me to do this. I am a proud Black Cat, and, I am a Life
Member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars,” showing his VFW aluminum ID card. TSGT Alexander is just finishing up his “mid-tour” leave here in the CONUS.
Wilson, a retired AF Colonel, was a U-2 Pilot and former Commander of The 5th Reconnaissance Squadron in 1995-96. Now Commander of District 10, Virginia’s largest District with over 8,000 VFW and Auxiliary members. He was also the past Commander of VFW Post 7916 (2014-2017).
For more of the Black Cat Lounge (NCR) see this link: The Black Cat Lounge