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"The Tree"
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"The Tree"
The "tree" is a place, that, for those who still work on the base, (TAFB),
stop on the way home from work to have a "few"!
A "few" could be anything from a beer, soda, or nothing at all,
or, just wanted stop by, say "hello", I'm still here!
Share a few tales of what once was of our lives, as well as to hear theirs.  

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Those of us who are retired, (military, DOD), visit also, to see our ole friends/comrades.
Normal time is about 1530hrs - 1730hrs, Mon - Fri.

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Our "Tree" is located on the East end of Tyndall Air Force Base, at the foot of DuPont Bridge.
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Short history of  our "Tree"
The Tree was "born" sometime in the 1960's, perhaps earlier?
Over the years the original Tree site, has been relocated many times, due to new buildings, etc..  
Find a new Tree!  

The first known dedication to "The Tree"
About 1962 - 1963
The Plaque simply states :
 ~~ The Tree ~~

Under the title are four unknown names
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This is not the original location!

Some say the "Tree", relocated due to the
trafffic noise on Highway 98?

The second known dedication to "The Tree"
2005

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"The Tree"
The tree of knowledge  One learns so much
Worthless tidbits of useless information
Est about 1960 by CE folks for CE folks
All are welcome to share "The Tree"

August, 2007:  News from another source as to why the tree was relocated.
 
Hey Eddy, yep I’m still here, working for the State, and contemplating retirement in 11 months.
I remember the Friday afternoon beer and oyster parties that were held at “TP” (Tyndall Park) back in
the late sixties. Back then I was in the Radar Squadron and a three striper.
"The Tree” relocated because of complaints from wives that there were a bunch of "drunks"
by the entrance to the store there at “TP”. Ken.

Our view from "The Tree"  A panorama view
Place your mouse over the picture.
Hold down the left button and drag it around.
To continue the movement, release.  Click to stop

Who are the Illustrious folks of the tree?
~ Mug shots ~

(Retired Rank, last duty title).  We all moved to different careers, after retirement.

John L'Heureux
(CMSGT)

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NCOIC/Power Pro
Greg Hertenstein
(SMSGT)

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SUP'T/Liq Fuels/maint
Bob Huggins
(SMSGT)

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NCOIC/Production Control/AFESC
Richard Lavigne
(SMSGT)

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NCOIC/Structures

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Larry Steelman
(SMSGT)

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NCOIC/Site Development

Steve Willis
(SMSGT)

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SUP'T/Electrical

David Barry
(MSGT)
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NCOIC/Interior Elec

Edward M. Duvall
(MSGT)

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SUP'T/MCC/SEADS

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Brian Kelling
(MSGT)

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NCOIC/Readiness

Mike McBurney
(MSGT)

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SUP'T/Liquid Fuels

Tony Morris
(MSGT)
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NCOIC/hazardous materials

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Audrey Combs
(Civ)

Forrestery

Carol Decker
(Civ)

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Buyer/CES

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 Our old friends who have gotten their 'FINAL' PCS orders.
May they rest in peace.

Ed Holloway
(SMSGT)

Calvin Decker
(Civ)

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NCOIC/Water /Waste

Spvr/CES/Grounds

 Bama
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Every group has a mascot!
We have one,  "Bama"
Bama is a
Australian cattle dog.
Bama was owned by John Seiben
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"Bama" is 21 years old,
147 years old in human years.
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"Bama" was laid to rest Nov 26, 2008

 

Bama
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Friends of "The Tree"
These are people who live elsewhere, but while here, they visit "The Tree"

Richard Bullock
Ex Marine (6 yrs) Cpl
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Atlantic City, New Jersey

Billie and Jack

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Thousand Palms, California

Don Swayne
QF-4 Maint Superintendant
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Msgt
Round Rock, Texas

Mary Knox Stevens
Dave Barry's mom-in-law

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From Connecticut

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"Retreat"
One of the most enjoyable things is when, "Retreat" is sounded/played, at 1700 hrs!
It is a great affair/site to see, the young folks, us old troops!
Standing at attention, tall, erect, alert, with our right hand over our hearts.
(Well some are not real alert, some may have left hand over ?)
Listening, facing the direction the sound is coming from,
Remembering, as "The Flag" is lowered, for the day!
I have often wondered what my friends/comrades are remembering/thinking, as we are each are at attention!

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The Military folks: Without our devotion, where would our Country be today?

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 Our "rides"

David Barry
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2008 Ultra Classic Harley

Edward Duvall
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1999 Fleetwood

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John L'Heureux
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 Mike McBurney
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19?? 750 Honda

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Larry Steelman
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Steve Willis
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The Tree!
So where the hell is the Tree? I want to visit there?

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Tyndall Air Force Base, contains some 27,000 acres of land, and is some 15 miles long.
Bounded on the West side by water, the East side by Mexico Beach, Fla.
The North and South are bounded by water.
It also offers many things, a water view RV Park (FamCamp), Golf course, etc.
Open year round to military folk, DOD, etc., retired are active duty.

Saint Andrews State Park, located at the East end of Panama City Beach, Florida, is a super place.
Offers Camping, of any type, hiking/nature trails, etc.

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An early morning view, sunrise 0530 AM
As viewed from "the tree"
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"The Tree" as viewed from the water.
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Photo compliments of "Ike" LoPreste

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 Brian Keeling had a "brain" storm and suggested hats and patchs with our names on them.
 Brian, not being able to get around, ask John L'Heureux to do the leg work.  
The end result is shown below.  the items were purchased from "Touch of Grace embroidery."

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http://touchofgraceembroidery.com/

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Site design by:
Edward M. Duvall

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A Kentucky Colonel
Email, click on the Colonel

To view a index of all the sites I have designed
Click on the link
http://eddyduvall.com/index.html

 
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