February 1, 2018, leadership from the Air Force District of Washington, Joint Base Anacostia Bolling Washington DC, and the Air Force Security Forces Association joined Eagle Chapter to honor the family of Captain Reginald V. Maisey, Junior in several celebratory events. Above, the Maisey family gather with attendees following the wreath laying that was held at the Maisey Building at Joint Base Anacostia Bolling. Shown above are: Elia C. (Lee) Chambers, Eagle Chapter Chairman/CEO, Terri Nealon (Captain Maisey's daughter), Jim Saulnier, Vice President Air Force Security Forces Association, Lt Col (Ret) Gerald Hunter (Joyce's husband), Joyce (Captain Maisey's widow), Colonel Kevin Eastland, Vice Commander Air Force District of Washington, Jeffery (Captain Maisey's son), Mr. William Bailey (SES) Deputy Director Air Force Rapid Capabilities Office, Reginald III (Captain Maisey's son), Timothy Gerald, Chief of Security Forces, Air Force District of Washington, Karl Blinkinsop, Eagle Chapter Vice Chairman Air Force District of Washington, US Navy Captain Jose Rodriguez, Commander Joint Base Anacostia Bolling Washington DC, and Colonel Wayne C. Blanchette, Vice Commander Joint Base Anacostia Bolling, Washington DC.
Maisey Family honored at 50th Anniversary Wreath Laying - Maisey Building - Joint Base Anacostia Bolling Washington DC
Fifty years ago, a fearless Air Force Security Police Captain lost his life while directing air support to help repel an overwhelming five to one enemy force bent on overpowering the defenders of Bien Hoa Air Base Republic of Vietnam. On February 1, 2018, the day after Captain Maisey's death 50 years ago on January 31 1968, leadership and members of Headquarters US Air Force, Air Force District of Washington and Joint Base Anacostia Bolling joined Eagle Chapter in honoring the family of Captain Maisey, Joyce (his widow), his son, Reginald (Reg III), daughter, Terri, and youngest son, Jeffery along with Joyce's husband, Gerald with a commemoration that began with a wreath laying at the Maisey Building on Joint Base Anacostia Bolling, Washington DC. The wreath is decorated with silk flowers in the colors of the Vietnam Service Medal with purple accents in recognition of Captain Maisey's Purple Heart ribbon. In addition to the Purple Heart, Captain Maisey was posthumously awarded the Air Force Cross - the second highest award of valor. Eagle Chapter provided refreshments and the wreath.
Click on the document file below to download the 50th Anniversary Commemoration of Captain Maisey and Wreath Laying at the Maisey Building Joint Base Anacostia Bolling.
Pentagon Police Department partners with Eagle Chapter to provide the Maisey family with a tour of the pentagon including a visit to the office of the air force Chief of staff
Following the wreath laying at Joint Base Anacostia Bolling, the Pentagon Police Department partners with Eagle Chapter to provide a tour of the Pentagon. The Air Force Chief of Staff's office was the centerpiece of the tour - unfortunately - photos are not permitted in his office. The Air Force provided a tour guide of static displays and memorabilia. A visit with the Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force, Chief Master Sergeant Kaleth O. Wright completed the tour.
Eagle chapter hosts Maisey family with a luncheon in their honor that presents an overview of the battle and efforts to aid the Vietnam government in finding the remains of their fallen fighters.
Presentations to the family at the luncheon included Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force coin (presented by Police Chief Woody Kusse), Pentagon Police Department Coins, Eagle Chapter Defensor Fortis Flag with 20th Anniversary USAF SF Streamer, 20th Anniversary USAF SF Pen, and Eagle Chapter Coin. The Vice President of the Air Force Security Forces Association presented the family with a signed, limited edition drawing.
Click on the file below to download the 50th Anniversary Commemoration Luncheon program. Again, thanks to the Maisey family for your attendance. We greatly honor your sacrifice. Thanks to Colonel (Retired) Marty Strones for his presentation of the battle of Bien Hoa and his efforts to aid in the recovery of Vietnam fallen fighters.
Thanks to the Maisey family for sharing this photo. the Pacom commander presented the family with medals bestowed upon captain Maisey.
Shown below are Joyce, Captain Maisey's widow, with son, Reginald III (at left), daughter, Terri, and oldest son, Jeffery. The Pacific Command (PACOM) Commander at the time was Admiral John S. McClain, JR.