435th APS

435 APS 1984 calendar


The words from this 435APS calendar sum up why we have this reunion site.
Professional transportation personnel -
dedicated to preserving peace and providing airlift support
for the Military Airlift Command.

A Unit with PRIDE.


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Reunion 2016

We are 80 days from the 2017 Rhein Main Reunion, and hope to see a great Aerial Port contingent at the reunion in beautiful Atlanta, GA.  Dates are 28 Sep - 1 Oct, and reunion headquarters will be the lovely Crowne Plaza Atlanta Airport.  This is a very nice property, and the staff are ready to treat us like visiting royalty!  We have a nice plan for the reunion, including visits to Centennial Park, CNN Headquarters, the College Football Hall of Game, Georgia Aquarium, Atlanta's Cyclorama, and so much more.  For more information and to register for the hotel and the reunion, please go to the reunion webiste, www.ClassCreator.com/RheinMainAirBaseVeterans You'll find registration info and much more in the tabs on the left side of the page.

Col Don Brewer recently confirmed that he and Jeanne intend to be there for the reunion, giving us an opportunity to honor him for his tireless efforts gathering the 435 APS reunion group up and encouraging us to meet regularly. 

If you have any questions, please contact Carole Lail at c.lail@comcast.net.  Hope to see you in Atlanta this September!

You're Invited!

Cheers!  Carole


Questions? Contact Carole Lail,c.lail@comcast.net


BG Steve Ritchie meet with Don and Jean Brewer
Don Brewer
1979 - 1982

Jean and Don with BG Steve Ritchie
BG Ritchie Bio


Hello and Welcome to the 435th Aerial Port Squadron, Rhein Main AB, Germany Reunion Group on-line community site.

This reunion group started in 1999 as the 435APS Reunion Group. Although we still call it the 435th APS we have expanded the field of membership to any military, civilian or dependent who were assigned to or associated with the aerial port at Rhein Main, from the beginning to present and wish to be a part of this social/reunion effort. If you are in the field of membership and haven't registered, please do so by completing the form on the "Member" page.

Some former Rhein Main aerial porters have given a great deal of time and personal funds to locate/contact alumni and to make this reunion group possible. Carole Paddock Lail set up our first Web site at http://communities.msn.com/435APSReunionGroup, posting changes, maintaining the directory, contacting individuals who did not have email, and working on the 2002 reunion. Without her we could not have arrived at this point in organizing. Ron Ferranti volunteered to set up the permanent site you are presently viewing. Ron says the site is a work in progress so you can expect to see new things appear regularly. He also owned the 435aps.com domain and donated that to the cause. Chuck Ulmer has been magnificent in locating former porters from Rhein Main. Between the four of us we have found lots of alumni. But there are even more out there whom we have not yet located. Carole, Ron and Chuck are my heroes! You might drop them a personal note of thanks if you like what you see here.

We hope you enjoy this site and that you will find many friends from your Rhein Main days. But most importantly we look forward to seeing each of you at one of the reunions.

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Don and Jean Brewer


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U.S. Takes Last Step In Closing Rhein Main

Rhein Main AB Closes
(U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Jonathan Friedman)

FRANKFURT, Germany -- Brig. Gen. Mike Snodgrass handed over the keys to Rhein-Main Air Base on December 31, 2005, to Manfred Schvlch, operator of Frankfurt International Airport.

The symbolic event, marked the last Air Force function at Rhein Main AB. The 120 buildings on base are to be bulldozed to make way for a third terminal for Frankfurt's sprawling civilian airport - continental Europe's busiest.

Rhein-Main, known as the "Gateway to Europe," was once a hub of activity for American forces facing Soviet-bloc forces and tensions in the Middle East. It saw a steady stream of planes fly supplies to West Berliners in the late 1940s during the Soviet blockade of the city.

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