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I've shared with my classmates my journey as an Air Force spouse for 31 years and thought it only fitting to also share this particular milestone. Today (13 SEPT 2013) was my husband's retirement ceremony at the Air Force Memorial in Arlington, Virginia, which was attended by our closest family and friends. He will officially retire on 1 NOV 2013 as a Command Chief Master Sergeant in our United States Air Force. So far, he is the only Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) technician from all four branches of our military to make it as a Command Chief and at a Major Command level. I'm so proud of my husband's 31 years of outstanding service.
In this photo, I was just presented a special award, the Military Spouse Medal, by the Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force (left) for my contribution and service to the Air Force over the years.
As an EOD spouse, I led an explosive life! "EOD...FIRE IN THE HOLE!"
COMMANDER'S PUBLIC SERVICE AWARD
AIS/AES ALUMNI ASSOCIATION PRESIDENT UPDATE
The Williamsons are moving on! It's already been two years in Germany, and our commander just transferred out. We were unsure where we would "lollygag" for our final six months in the Air Force
Although we do not have our official orders in hand yet, we are scheduled to leave Germany 30 September 2012. During this transition period, I can still be reached by email if you need to contact me! -Mary Williamson, Class of 1974
ACTOR TOM CRUISE
DANCING WITH THE STARS
Pro Dancers Visit Ramstein Air Base, Germany
Photo taken on 17 June 2011 at the Ramstein Fitness Center
(Editor's Note: This article was written by Corresponding Secretary, Suzanne Bakey Fricke (Class of 1972) and was the front-page article posted on our web site, 13 February 2011. Mary was unanimously voted President at the 30 January 2011 Board meeting.)
Please help us welcome Mary Williamson, Class of 1974, as the new President of the AIS/AES Alumni Association. Mary joined our Board in September 2006.
Born in Hong Kong and adopted at age 3 to State Department parents, Mary has two older sisters who did not attend AIS/AES and a younger sister, Ellen, (’76) who did attend our school. She and her sister were raised in Indonesia, Iran and India (both Calcutta and New Delhi). At AIS New Delhi, Mary was active with cheerleading, basketball, swimming, horseback riding and the yearbook club.
Mary has three beautiful children (now young adults) and is married to David Williamson, the Command Chief Master Sergeant for U.S. Air Forces in Europe. Mary and Dave recently moved from Hawaii to Germany, where Mary is very active with supporting our military families in Europe. As Dave’s wife, she represents the military spouses and families, helping to make sure their needs are being met. She leads a number of various organizations and activities for our military families and is constantly on the go!
In addition to being the AIS/AES 2010 Reunion Manager, Mary has made a number of significant contributions to the AIS/AES alumni community. Most noteworthy were her campaign in 2007 to initiate the Class Secretaries Program and the online class rosters. Thanks to these efforts, we have been able to better reach out to our AIS/AES friends and to stay more up-to-date with address changes and life events. Mary also was very active in locating a number of “lost alumni.”
When we told Mary we were going to publish a welcome message to her on our website, she asked that we extend her thanks to all the amazing class secretaries who have worked hard to push our communications to the alumni community. “The class secretaries are an important part of our leadership team. Without their help, we wouldn’t have had the success at our all-school/all-classes-invited reunion that we did.” She also wishes to again thank everyone who helped make the 2010 Reunion a success “It was really wonderful how our alumni came from all directions to pitch in for the reunion. It just goes to show what we can do when we pull together as a team."
NEW BOARD OF DIRECTORS PRESIDENT
CLASSMATES GET TOGETHER
THEN AND NOW
2008 BOSTON REUNION
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16 July 2006
I attended the American International School of Calcutta (AISC) before attending AIS in New Delhi. AISC just had their first-ever Reunion Weekend, 14-16 July 2006, and it was very, very successful!
We met in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and pretty much took over the downtown Historic District! We had our "Ice-Breaker Party" on Friday night at the hotel, ate our big Saturday night dinner at a nearby Indian restaurant, and had our "So-Long, Farewell Brunch" on Sunday at the hotel. That time period in Calcutta, in the late 60's, is now a small sliver in our lives; but the turnout showed that it had a huge impact on all of us.
It was really fun to see the "children" in us come back to life as we talked about AISC...Calcutta...India, in general... You could see everyone re-connecting while reminiscing. Alums were pulling out old photos, yearbooks, and memorabilia; there was a lot of laughing; there were tons of photo flashing and we even had several "class photo sessions!"
Along with me being a student who attended both AISC and AIS-Delhi were Alan Egler ('74) and Barbara McCabe ('76). It was truly an amazing and fun reunion.
Editors note: In addition to being the organizer of the Calcutta reunion, Mary is class secretary for AIS New Delhi Class of 1974. She has done a tremendous job getting biographies from many of her New Delhi classmates, and also keeps a list of her classmates still needing to be "found." Thank you, Mary!
16 May 2006
Big news from the Class of 1974!! I was married on Wednesday, 10 May 2006, in Mount Laurel, New Jersey, to David Williamson in a small private ceremony amongst friends!! Dave is the 621 CRW Command Chief Master Sergeant at McGuire AFB. We have been in New Jersey almost a year now. We will probably be here until summer 2007 or 2008 as Chief assignments are usually two years, but no longer than three. I will now go by the name MARY WILLIAMSON and will keep the same email address.
To flash back big time, I was in India for a total of six years…four years in Calcutta, two years in New Delhi. I was in New Delhi from 1971-73 and attended 10th and 11th grades at AIS. I did my senior year (and graduated!) in Washington, DC, and then spent a year in college in Indiana. I decided college was not for me and went to a voc-tech school for a year to train as a legal secretary.
My first marriage was in 1976 and ended in 1996. Twenty years! That marriage produced a son and two daughters. They are now young adults, one working and two in college. Their father moved to Oregon, where he was hired for his first civilian job after retiring from the US Air Force.
My biggest regret in life is not having joined the US Air Force myself. I always wanted to enlist but did not. I did the next closest thing and worked as a civilian for the Air Force for most of my adult years. However, since moving to New Jersey last summer (from Utah), I have not worked outside the home but intend to look for employment again soon. As mentioned earlier, Dave - who could retire from the Air Force anytime now but can max out for another seven years - is not sure how long we will be stationed in New Jersey.
I have enjoyed my role as class secretary for the past year for the Class of 1974 and am trying my best to keep us all together in cyberspace!
I also stay active with our sister school, AIS-Calcutta, where I attended school four years prior to AIS-Delhi. Two years ago I created their alumni program and dubbed it "GoAISC". I still run the program single-handedly. This summer I am hosting and organizing the first-ever Calcutta reunion in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. For GoAISC and my AIS-Delhi classmates, I try to publish each an informal newsletter twice a month.
In addition, I am the director of a new program McGuire AFB has implemented to help aid spouses of deployed men and women, called "Hearts Apart." I like being a mentor and also lining up activities, field trips, and socials for these spouses.
I've enjoyed substitute-teaching aerobics classes as of lately. I've been asked to take up a class; but I'm not sure, after 12 years of teaching, that I want to commit to my own again. I still work out three or four times a week, but I think I'll stay content being a substitute instructor!
Hard to believe this year most of us in the Class of 1974 will be reaching another milestone by turning 50 years old! But life for me is great now, and I have no complaints. I hope the same goes for you. Remember “We are the Mighty Class of 1974!!!!”
See also Mary and Dave's Marriage Announcement by email.