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11/16/2015 00:00:00

Name: Gene
Email: hq AT


We're all getting older, most of us very rapidly. I'd guess (completely unscientifically) that most of us in the Radomes, AFRMA and NADRM interest groups or members are into or over our 70s. Our time left is pretty short. Me, I'm very thankful that I've made it to 76, and still am in fairly good (if pretty patched in spots) health.

The gist of this is that if we are ever to see the actual finish of our National Air Defense Radar Museum, or if the Radomes/AFRMA Online Museum is to continue to exist, we (I) am going to need someone who I can get into the several roles I have in the project. So call this a "Help Wanted" ad. Youth is needed. I consider "youth" to be anybody under 60 with the skills, desires and time to eventually take over these functions. If you don't have these requirements, maybe you know somebody who does, like a child or grandchild.

Jobs I need to get passed on/backed up on:

1. - Most difficult, IMO.
I need to find a web programmer who has skills in web application development. This is far beyond simple web site page development. Almost page you see on the Online Museum and AFRMA web site is driven by programming code, mostly PHP with Javascript and jQuery. If you know instinctively what I'm talking about, and have some time that can be donated to the task, I'd like to get your resumé. Once I see what you can bring, we'll talk.

2. - AFRMA membership manager and administrator. This requires someone who has an hour or so a day, not much time at all, normally, to process AFRMA memberships, such as new members, renewals, renewal reminders, etc. It also involves the mailing of quarterly emails, etc. This one necessarily involves handling some of AFRMA funds, depositing membership dues, buying office supplies, paying for newsletter printing, postage, etc. I'm not going to say that this individual must be bonded, but we'll have to come up with some method of ensuring that our funds are kept safe. No disrespect meant here to anybody, but these funds belong to our members, and we have to respect that.

3. - We need some younger folks who are simply interested in history and the little-known mission of the air defense of the North American continent to ensure that we have ongoing continuity of operations of our NADRM project. With two exceptions, those of us involved in our everyday creation process are very rapidly nearing the end of our involvement. We are getting way to close to the "end of the tunnel".

If you are reading this, and able to do any of the functions above, we want to hear from you. If a child or grandchild is able, we want to hear from him/her. Successful applicants need not be a U.S. Air Force or military veteran. We do need some specific skill sets. An email to me at will get things started. The AFRMA has no employees, so you can guess what the pay for these skills might be. It's all volunteer work, and since we're a 501(c)(3) foundation, time spent using these skills in the behalf of AFRMA can be deducted from your Federal and State (and perhaps local) taxes. See your tax consultant to be sure, but I think that maybe 100 hours of skilled programmer time at $50/hour would net one a $5000 deduction. Just sayin'. There are likely some financial rewards available for helping us.

Thanks very much for your considerations. Hoping to hear from a few of you or yours.