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Wednesday, December 30, 2020

2020 is almost gone. THANK GOODNESS!

Well, needless to say, this has been one ugly year. All of the potential gigs that Dick might have attended were cancelled due to COVID 19 so we stayed home safe and healthy in Chino Valley. So...there wasn't much to "Blog About".

Dick did manage to publish CD # 32 in March titled The Light In The Window. 

Below is a list of the songs on the album.

1. The Light In The Window

10. No-Son-Of-A-Gun's Gonna Take My Gun
2. Mom and Me (Angela Jonas)
11. Off To War
3. Old Farts
12. Warthog
4. Willing To Fight
13. Son of the Warrior
5. Single Gold Bar
14. Whiskey Bill
6. Kay Cee One Three Five
15. Take a Stand
7. Red, White and Blue
16. Itazuke Tower
8. FNG
17. Medevac
9. Bill Kirk

In addition to Dick, authorship credits go to Toby Hughes for the title song: The Light In The Window. What a wonderful wordsmith he is. Also Bridget Bradshaw for 8 songs and Jake Brooks for three songs. For more information about this album and all of Dick's efforts take a look at his website: www.erosonic.com.

Monday, March 11, 2019

80 Years Young and still going strong!



Dick celebrated his 80th Birthday this March!

As you can see from the list below, he his looking forward to a full year of performances.

If you are in the area please drop in, say Hi and share the fun.



PERFOMANCE DATES & LOCATIONS:

29 March POW reunion 560FTS, Randolph AFB TX - Auger Inn

12 - 13 July, Patriotic Celebration, Forest Lakes AZ

25 September, F-105 Thud Reunion, Dayton OH

4 - 5 October, TLC Brotherhood Reunion, Las Vegas NV {Thailand-Laos-Cambodia Brotherhood}

We will be doing a lot of traveling this year and doing our best to criss-cross the country.

For more information about the performances contact the organization or Dick at .

"Dick's Gig Schedule" is also at his website .


Wednesday, November 2, 2016

The Arizona Veterans Hall of Fame Class of 2016 Induction Ceremony

Well, we did it! On October 28th Dick was inducted into the Arizona Veterans Hall of Fame Society. He was among 28 individuals who had been nominated for this honor. They all went through a rigorous selection process. "The Arizona Veterans Hall of Fame recognizes and honors our Arizona veterans who have made significant civic contributions at the local, state, or national level. Honorees are veterans who serve, or have honorably served, their country through military service and who also serve and inspire their fellow citizens with deeds and accomplishments outside their military service." [excerpt from the program]


Michele Reagan, Arizona Secretary of State and 
Colonel Wanda Wright, Arizona Department of 
Veterans Services Director
presented the medallion and plaque to Dick 
and all the other inductees.
 Here is Dick's biography from the program: Born in Hildreth, Florida in 1939, Lieutenant Colonel Dick Jonas served in the US Air Force as a combat fighter pilot/instructor who retired in 1986 with 21 years of service. For 15 years Dick served as an aerospace science instructor at Cactus High School, Glendale; and Mohave High School, Bullhead City; during which time he volunteered the equivalent of a school year guiding the cadets to drill meets, field trips, and summer camps. An active lifetime member of the Military Officers Association of America the the Air Force Association, Dick advocated veterans issues to Arizona's Congressional delegation, increased scholarship donations, and actively supported several veterans StandDowns. A military folk musician, Dick Jonas has traveled to Germany, Japan, and Korea to entertain the troops and to perpetuate the legacy of the warrior musician."


We appreciate Ron Perkins for successfully nominating Dick for this honor. 

Also we want to thank all the family members and friends who made the time to join us for the ceremony.

I am extremely proud of Dick for receiving this recognition.

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Exciting News

It is with great pleasure that we announce that Dick has been selected for the Arizona Veterans Hall of Fame. The Society recognizes "distinguished Arizona Veterans who have dedicated their lives on behalf of our citizens." The Induction Ceremony will be held on Friday, October 28th, 2016 at the DoubleTree Resort by Hilton, 5401 N Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85250 at 11:30 AM. If you would like to join us in the celebration go to the Unified Arizona Veterans web site at www.azuav.org for registration information.

Sunday, February 28, 2016

The 144th Fighter Wing's Heritage Week


Entertainment will be provided by LtCol (ret) Dick Jonas who will perform songs about his experiences in Southeast Asia from the fighter pilot's perspective.

Brig. Gen.(ret) Robert "Earthquake" Titus will be the honored guest at the 144FW's Heritage Week Dinner. The general will discuss events that shaped the Air Force and his illustrious career that spanned more than 30 years and more than 500 combat missions.

The dinner will be Saturday, April 2 at 7:00PM - 9:30 PM PDT 
at the Clovis Veterans Memorial District: 808 4th Street, Clovis, CA 93612
Seating is extremely limited so register early! Tickets are $25.00 per person and may be obtained by visiting The 144th FW web site. http://www.144fw.ang.af.mil

Thank you to the 144th FW for doing such a thorough job of providing information about this event. I merely rearranged the information and copied it here.