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Meet the Board

Board Member Herbert (Herb) Taylor President

Herbert (Herb) Taylor

President

Herb joined the Flamingo Wing in April 1954 and served until August 1965, and was recalled for the Berlin Crisis. He became the President of the Flamingo Wing Association in April 2012.
He passed the test to acquire a General Contractor license and built residential and commercial in Miami-Dade, Broward and Monroe Counties. Just prior to retiring in 2001 he was building 5 story midrise condos.
Since retiring he volunteers for the 20th Judicial Circuit Court of Florida, Lee County Park and Recreation and an Ambassador for Lee County Visitor and Convention Bureau/Airport Division.
He and wife Mary have been married for 62 years and have 2 sons, 2 daughters and 4 grandchildren.

Board Member Herbert (Herb) Taylor President

Herbert (Herb) Taylor

President

Herb joined the Flamingo Wing in April 1954 and served until August 1965, and was recalled for the Berlin Crisis. He became the President of the Flamingo Wing Association in April 2012.
He passed the test to acquire a General Contractor license and built residential and commercial in Miami-Dade, Broward and Monroe Counties. Just prior to retiring in 2001 he was building 5 story midrise condos.
Since retiring he volunteers for the 20th Judicial Circuit Court of Florida, Lee County Park and Recreation and an Ambassador for Lee County Visitor and Convention Bureau/Airport Division.
He and wife Mary have been married for 62 years and have 2 sons, 2 daughters and 4 grandchildren.

Board Member Ed Shiflett Vice-President

Ed Shiflett

Vice-President

Ed joined the Air Force in 1969 as a C-133 mechanic. In 1972, he became a member of the Maryland National Guard, where he serviced O-2 reciprocating engines before transferring to Dover AFB to work on C-5As. His resume includes Crew Chief (F-4s and F16s), Quality Assurance Inspector, and Flight Chief. Ed retired out of Homestead AFB 01 October 2006 where he had served an Air Reserve Technician. His total military service was an impressive 40 years and nine months. Ed and his wife Terri have two daughters and two grandsons.

Board Member Ed Shiflett Vice-President

Ed Shiflett

Vice-President

Ed joined the Air Force in 1969 as a C-133 mechanic. In 1972, he became a member of the Maryland National Guard, where he serviced O-2 reciprocating engines before transferring to Dover AFB to work on C-5As. His resume includes Crew Chief (F-4s and F16s), Quality Assurance Inspector, and Flight Chief. Ed retired out of Homestead AFB 01 October 2006 where he had served an Air Reserve Technician. His total military service was an impressive 40 years and nine months. Ed and his wife Terri have two daughters and two grandsons.

Board Member Clarance Tears Treasurer

Clarence Tears

Treasurer

Clarence Tears started his military career with three years active duty in the Marine Corps. After returning to civilian life he decided to join the Air force Reserve where he was attached to the 482nd CES, AMX, PA, and HQ. Enjoying numerous tours around the world and some not so enjoyable he retired with a total of 33 years as Command Chief. These days he and Reina spend their time enjoying Naples.

Board Member Clarance Tears Treasurer

Clarence Tears

Treasurer

Clarence Tears started his military career with three years active duty in the Marine Corps. After returning to civilian life he decided to join the Air force Reserve where he was attached to the 482nd CES, AMX, PA, and HQ. Enjoying numerous tours around the world and some not so enjoyable he retired with a total of 33 years as Command Chief. These days he and Reina spend their time enjoying Naples.

Board Member Joe Cieslinski Secretary 

Joe Cieslinski

Secretary

Joe began his Military career in the Air Force Reserve in 1982 serving with the 482 CES on numerous deployments. He retired at Homestead in 2004 after a total of 21 years of service. He currently resides in Port Saint Lucie Florida with his wife Susan and daughter Emily. He retired from FPL in 2017 with 33 yrs. Joe joined The Flamingo Wing in 2008.

Board Member Joe Cieslinski Secretary 

Joe Cieslinski

Secretary

Joe began his Military career in the Air Force Reserve in 1982 serving with the 482 CES on numerous deployments. He retired at Homestead in 2004 after a total of 21 years of service. He currently resides in Port Saint Lucie Florida with his wife Susan and daughter Emily. He retired from FPL in 2017 with 33 yrs. Joe joined The Flamingo Wing in 2008.

Board Member Art Campbell Director

Art Campbell

Director

Arthur began his military career in 1964 as a loadmaster on C-119 and C-124 aircraft ferrying troops and cargo all over the world with the 76th TCS, 435th TCW. He rose through the enlisted ranks in the 70th Aerial Port Squadron to Chief Master Sergeant. He specialized in Air Terminal Operations Center duties and oversaw the unit’s training and TQM functions. In addition, he assembled and supervised a team at Opa Locka NAS (FL) to work 24 hours a day until Homestead AFB became operational again following Hurricane Andrew. Art was the project NCO responsible for getting a squadron patch and challenge coin for the 70th APS. Art retired from duty in 1997 and currently resides with his wife Harriett in Bartow, Florida.

Board Member Art Campbell Director

Art Campbell

Director

Arthur began his military career in 1964 as a loadmaster on C-119 and C-124 aircraft ferrying troops and cargo all over the world with the 76th TCS, 435th TCW. He rose through the enlisted ranks in the 70th Aerial Port Squadron to Chief Master Sergeant. He specialized in Air Terminal Operations Center duties and oversaw the unit’s training and TQM functions. In addition, he assembled and supervised a team at Opa Locka NAS (FL) to work 24 hours a day until Homestead AFB became operational again following Hurricane Andrew. Art was the project NCO responsible for getting a squadron patch and challenge coin for the 70th APS. Art retired from duty in 1997 and currently resides with his wife Harriett in Bartow, Florida.

Board Member Barbara Jackson Director

Barbara Jackson

Director

Barbara Jackson was born in Miami, Florida so she’s been close to Homestead all her life. Her career began at the early age of 16, when her parents signed for her (delayed) enlistment in the United States Air Force in May 1971. A month later she graduated from Coral Park Senior High, and began her career. Always setting standards high, Barbara topped out early in her career as a Chief Master Sergeant at age 28, DOR: 1 Sep 82. Her greatest and most rewarding experiences were the people she met, mentored and was able to watch their successes. Barbara most gratifying experience was her deployment to Baghdad, IRAQ in May 04. She then retired at Homestead in 2008 after a total of 38 years of service. She currently resides in Trenton Florida.

Board Member Barbara Jackson Director

Barbara Jackson

Director

Barbara Jackson was born in Miami, Florida so she’s been close to Homestead all her life. Her career began at the early age of 16, when her parents signed for her (delayed) enlistment in the United States Air Force in May 1971. A month later she graduated from Coral Park Senior High, and began her career. Always setting standards high, Barbara topped out early in her career as a Chief Master Sergeant at age 28, DOR: 1 Sep 82. Her greatest and most rewarding experiences were the people she met, mentored and was able to watch their successes. Barbara most gratifying experience was her deployment to Baghdad, IRAQ in May 04. She then retired at Homestead in 2008 after a total of 38 years of service. She currently resides in Trenton Florida.

Board Member Larry Spiller Director

Larry Spiller

Director

MSgt Larry E. Spiller joined the U.S. Army in January 1967 and spent a tour in Vietnam. He transitioned to the Army Reserve when his hitch was up. Larry later switched to the USAF Reserve at Homestead, joining the 482 CES where he provided administrative and logistical support to his commander and staff. He retired from the 482 CES in 1995 and four years later retired from BellSouth Telecommunications after a long and fruitful career. MSgt Spiller says joining the military was the best thing that ever happened to him.

Board Member Larry Spiller Director

Larry Spiller

Director

MSgt Larry E. Spiller joined the U.S. Army in January 1967 and spent a tour in Vietnam. He transitioned to the Army Reserve when his hitch was up. Larry later switched to the USAF Reserve at Homestead, joining the 482 CES where he provided administrative and logistical support to his commander and staff. He retired from the 482 CES in 1995 and four years later retired from BellSouth Telecommunications after a long and fruitful career. MSgt Spiller says joining the military was the best thing that ever happened to him.

Board Member Kenny Rodgers Director

Kenny Rodgers

Director

Kenny Rogers started his military career 1967 with the Army, served in Germany and Vietnam. He also served in the Florida Army National Guard from 1972 through 1975. Kenny enlisted in the Air Force Reserve at Charleston Air Force Base, South Carolina in 1987, and concluded his service at Homestead AFB between 1987-2007.

Board Member Kenny Rodgers Director

Kenny Rodgers

Director

Kenny Rogers started his military career 1967 with the Army, served in Germany and Vietnam. He also served in the Florida Army National Guard from 1972 through 1975. Kenny enlisted in the Air Force Reserve at Charleston Air Force Base, South Carolina in 1987, and concluded his service at Homestead AFB between 1987-2007.

Jim Hunt Website Coordinator

Jim Hunt

Website Coordinator

Jim began his Air Force Reserve career at Homestead AFB in 1979 with the 31st TAS and the 70th APS and went on to retire after 20 years of Aerial Port service with APS units at Charleston AFB, SC, Dobbins AFB, GA, and Pittsburgh, PA Air Reserve Station. He managed a Mobile Aerial Port Section as part of a contingency squadron supporting the 1st and 2nd Marines Expeditionary Forces in Al Jubail, Saudi Arabia during the Persian Gulf War. Jim joined The Flamingo Wing in 2008 and is a life member. He currently resides in Ponte Vedra, Florida where he stays active in his community, and volunteers for several worthwhile organizations. Jim and his wife Joy have four daughters, two sons, and nine grandchildren.

Jim Hunt Website Coordinator

Jim Hunt

Website Coordinator

Jim began his Air Force Reserve career at Homestead AFB in 1979 with the 31st TAS and the 70th APS and went on to retire after 20 years of Aerial Port service with APS units at Charleston AFB, SC, Dobbins AFB, GA, and Pittsburgh, PA Air Reserve Station. He managed a Mobile Aerial Port Section as part of a contingency squadron supporting the 1st and 2nd Marines Expeditionary Forces in Al Jubail, Saudi Arabia during the Persian Gulf War. Jim joined The Flamingo Wing in 2008 and is a life member. He currently resides in Ponte Vedra, Florida where he stays active in his community, and volunteers for several worthwhile organizations. Jim and his wife Joy have four daughters, two sons, and nine grandchildren.

Dan Poirier Flamingo Wing Association Newsletter Editor

Dan Poirier

Flamingo Wing Newsletter Editor

Daniel Poirier enlisted 20 Feb 1970 and served 5 years in the U.S. Army Infantry Special Forces before joining the U.S. Air Force Reserve as a radar operator with the 915 AEW and C Squadron. He later shifted career fields, joining the 70th Aerial Port Squadron. His last role was in SEQC for Air Cargo and Passenger Handlers. Daniel retired as a Master Sergeant 01 Jan 2010. He is the editor and publisher of the Flamingo Wing Blog and the Flamingo Flyer, our quarterly newsletter. He and his wife of 47 years have one son who teaches high school students and heads the history department at The International School in Shanghai, China.

Dan Poirier Flamingo Wing Association Newsletter Editor

Dan Poirier

Flamingo Wing Editor

Daniel Poirier enlisted 20 Feb 1970 and served 5 years in the U.S. Army Infantry Special Forces before joining the U.S. Air Force Reserve as a radar operator with the 915 AEW and C Squadron. He later shifted career fields, joining the 70th Aerial Port Squadron. His last role was in SEQC for Air Cargo and Passenger Handlers. Daniel retired as a Master Sergeant 01 Jan 2010. He is the editor and publisher of the Flamingo Wing Blog and the Flamingo Flyer, our quarterly newsletter. He and his wife of 47 years have one son who teaches high school students and heads the history department at The International School in Shanghai, China.