Duke Field Air Reserve veterans breakfast every first Thursday

Published: Tuesday, March 12, 2013 at 11:30 AM.

"He doesn't let the truth get in the way of a good story," Rich Tyler interjects, teasing his friend.

"In '89, we went down to Panama and overthrew Noriega," Chamberlain continues, barely missing a beat. "We were called back to active duty for Desert Storm and then again after 9/11."

Korean War veteran Bob Mury, now in his 80s, is one of the group's oldest members. He retired in 1988 or '89 — "I don't remember exactly when, to tell you the truth," he says.

But when it comes to recalling his basic training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Mury remembers the details: It was cold that winter. An overflow of inductees into the fledgling U.S. Air Force caused a barracks shortage.

"They had a bunch of people there," Mury said. "Some died. They were living in tents. We had some boys come down from New York. They didn't think it got cold in Texas."

All are welcome

The ARTs began gathering in the Crestview area soon after former Congressman Bob Sikes secured funding to establish an Air Force Reserve unit at Duke Field in the 1970s. The group first worked on the AC-130 "Spectre" gunship.

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