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John Skinner

John Skinner

John Skinner

John Skinner

Sacramento band leader John Skinner died on August 18. The musician and pilot contributes a legacy of excellence in both careers. Raised in Orland CA, John's trumpet studies were...
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Robert (Bob) Tilton

Robert (Bob) Tilton

Robert (Bob) Tilton

Robert (Bob) Tilton

  Robert “Bob” Tilton, 75, passed away August 30, 2017. Bob served his country in the U.S. Air Force and was a highly decorated pilot during the Vietnam War. He retired from FedEx...
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FEDEX

FEDEX

FEDEX

FEDEX

FedEx chief Frederick W. Smith’s annual letter to shareholders credits three I’s-- investments, integration and innovation --for exceptional results in fiscal 2017 and the promise...
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Michael Hanshaw

Michael Hanshaw

Michael Hanshaw

Michael Hanshaw

Twenty years went by very quickly. As I approach retirement, I am ready to proceed with the next phase of my life. It has been a great ride. During my twenty plus years in the Air Force, I flew...
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Dan L. Delane

Dan L. Delane

Dan L. Delane

Dan L. Delane

"Time flies when you are having fun." - so the saying goes. Time has flown by since January 1990 when I was hired. To all my colleagues here, I thank you for the camaraderie and professionalism....
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Gary Wilsey

Gary Wilsey

Gary Wilsey

Gary Wilsey

Gary passed away this past Monday, July 31, 2017 after a fairly long illness.  Gary was a long time Continental pilot, Captain, and LAX Flight Manager.  Gary was also very active in the...
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William Richard Evans

William Richard Evans

William Richard Evans

William Richard Evans

William "Richard" Evans, 71, of Memphis, TN was called home Friday, July 28, 2017 following a ten year battle with cancer. He was born January 21, 1946 in Chattanooga, TN the son of Ralph and Julia...
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Mark Danielson

Mark Danielson

Mark Danielson

Mark Danielson

B767 Captain Mark Danielson #231874 (Seniority #1092) will retire from FedEx Express on August 25, 2017 and his last flight is FDX 851/11Aug17  PHL-MEM 0926 CT.  Mark would...
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Randy Beyers

Randy Beyers

Randy Beyers

Randy Beyers






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James Allen Henderson

James Allen Henderson

James Allen Henderson

James Allen Henderson

Mr. James Allen Henderson, age 70, of Shelbyville, passed away Tuesday, July 11, 2017. A Memorial Service will be 6 PM Friday, July 14, 2017, at Feldhaus Memorial Chapel. The family will receive...
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Retirements

Retirements

Retirements

Retirements

MD11 Captain John Gabriele #219499 (Seniority #897), will be retiring from FedEx Express on July 15, 2017. His final flight will be FDX 137 EWR-MEM scheduled to arrive at 00:31 LBT...
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Jerry Wolfe

Jerry Wolfe

Jerry Wolfe

Jerry Wolfe

I never knew Jerry and his crew got the DFC while flying the C-130 in Vietnam.  Jerry later got hired at FedEx and became Chief Pilot.  He retired as a Boeing 777 Captain and now...
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Christopher Owens

Christopher Owens

Christopher Owens

Christopher Owens

Christopher Owens, son of Rick Owens, was killed in an automobile related accident on Hernando Desoto bridge in West Memphis, Arkansas.  Our condolences to Rick and Lana for the loss of their...
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Pre-Need Preparations

Pre-Need Preparations

Burial in a VA national cemetery is open to all members of the armed forces and Veterans who have met minimum active duty service requirements, as applicable by law and were discharged under...
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Robert Dufresne

Robert Dufresne

Robert Dufresne

Robert Dufresne


CELEBRATION OF LIFE FOR ROBERT L. DUFRESNE PORT ORCHARD YACHT CLUB JUNE 11, 2017 4:00PM
“May you always fly.”
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Phil Irish

Phil Irish

Phil Irish

Phil Irish



Phillip Irish will be memorialized on May 26, 2017, at 1:00 PM at the Church of Holy Apostles located in Collierville, Tn at 1380 Wolf River Boulevard.
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Captain Craig MacArthur

Captain Craig MacArthur

Captain Craig MacArthur

Captain Craig MacArthur

It is sad that Captain Craig MacArthur lost his battle with ALS on May 9th, 2017. Previous to FedEx Craig had flown for Air Illinois, Florida Express, and Braniff. He was hired...
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Sue Mason

Sue Mason

Sue Mason

Sue Mason

When we look at a photograph like this these days we say, "Yeah, that's nice. Another woman pilot." But this photo wasn't taken in these days. It was taken in the late seventies and the woman is Sue...
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Internet Exchange Privilege

Internet Exchange Privilege

Internet Exchange Privilege

Internet Exchange Privilege

Beginning this Veteran’s Day, November 11, 2017, myNavyExchange.com is proud to expand our online shopping privileges to all honorably discharged veterans of the U.S. Military. This highly...
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Fred Yates

Fred Yates

Fred Yates

Fred Yates

Captain Fred Yates will be retiring on Tuesday, April 18th.  His last Flight will be  FX#499, MCO-MEM arriving 10:13 local. Please join us in AOC to offer him...

Jeff Johnson

Retirement

  • 22 December 2016
  • Author: Bill Privette
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Jeff Johnson

Short and Sweet or Faster and Funnier is always better for these.
The past 26 years and a few months have flown by (pun intended).
I would like to thank my Marine buddies from Millington that showed me what FEDEX was all about and helped me get here back in 1990.
Thanks to all the Captains that mentored me through my years as a Second and First Officer molding me into the Captain I am today.
Many, many thanks to all the Second and First Officers that have kept me on the straight and narrow to achieve a career with little to no deviations.
When asked if I will miss the flying here I said absolutely not! Except for the occasional high crosswind landing or approach in nasty weather, the flying is extremely boring which is just the way I like it.- Takeoffs equal landings, no bent metal, complied with all directives and clearances, all is good! Do I miss racing around at 500 feet and 450 kts with ordnance under my single seat "Scooter" pulling 5g's, OH YEAH!! But that was a younger and bolder man's game. So a few more trips at 1-1.5g's if fine with me.
What I will miss are the friendships I've made along the way, comrades in the crew- force both military and civilian and some of the best layover locations in the system.
It's been REAL and it's been FUN and most of the time IT HAS REALLY BEEN FUN!!
If you are ever in the Columbia, SC area and need anything, just try to find us. We probably won't be there since Sue and I will be out exploring the world while we can still get around!!

Semper Fi,

Jeff


Phil Work

Retirement

  • 22 December 2016
  • Author: Bill Privette
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Phil Work

MD Captain Phil Work #289371 (seniority # 1670), will be retiring from FedEx Express on December 31, 2016.

Twenty-two years in the Navy, and twenty here at Fedex – that’s enough. At 63, and still in great health, it’s time to enjoy life a bit more with Janie, my wonderful wife of 36 years, before I get too creaky.

I won’t miss night hub turns, LMS, CMVs or simulator time in general, physicals twice a year, visa and passport renewals, FCIFs, expense report assembly, bulletins, trying to remember my Ipad password after a month off, tokens, grids, bids, or any of the other stuff that would pop up in the upper right hand corner of the pilot.fedex.com home page that I had to do to let me keep doing the one thing I wanted to do – fly the line.

But I’ll miss the people, and I loved flying the big jets. My favorite words at Fedex became “tow bar disconnected”, because then it became “my” jet for a few hours, releasing me and my trusty crew from all the aforementioned annoyances to explore the wonders of the sky and exotic places like Bangalore and Newark.

In parting I will paraphrase Navy Admiral Arleigh Burke, as I did at my Navy retirement. It still rings true. “Life has been good to me. I didn’t die young, I wasn’t killed in a war or accident. I did almost everything I wanted to do, and only a few things I didn’t want to do. I had a job I liked and a woman and family I Iove. Couldn’t ask for more than that.”

Janie and I will retire to coastal North Carolina as a wonderful base from which to travel, do volunteer work, and generally goof around.

Y’all take care, fly safe, and be good to one another. Thanks to all who kept me out of trouble, both in the forefront and behind the scenes. I was privileged, proud, and fortunate, to be part of the Purple-Orange team, and hope I held up my part of the bargain.

CAPT Work’s last flight is Flight 447, PHL-MEM, arriving at 0926L on December 28.

Respectfully,
Phil Work
workep@me.co

John Haynes

Retirement

  • 19 December 2016
  • Author: Bill Privette
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John Haynes

A300 Captain John Haynes #17026 (seniority #20), will be retiring from FedEx Express on December 31, 2016

John would like to share the following:

"At the end of "Fate Is The Hunter" Earnest Gann said it best, "For me, when is now."
 
On my last flight as a B727 Second Officer, Capt. Jim Hagen as part of the preflight briefing turned and said, "I am the Captain and you need to understand what that means."  While the First Officer and I rolled our eyes in the dark - thinking give us a break.   Jim went on to say, "It means I got hired first... now let's try to keep that in perspective."
 
I hope in the last 33 years I have kept Jim's words in perspective. 
 
I owe a debt of gratitude to the many Captains that mentored and labored to keep our flights safe.  Even more, to First and Second Officers providing excellent support keeping me out of trouble.  Still more, to all the folks working behind the scenes to allow fulfillment of a little boy's dream to become an airline pilot.
 
I am forever in debt to each of you.
 
Beth and I plan to stay in Tallahassee for the foreseeable future.  If you are in the area, we are always up for coffee or dinner.
 
Godspeed to all..........from one who chose to fly south of I-10."

Milton "Skip" Balanciere

Retirement

  • 19 December 2016
  • Author: Bill Privette
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Milton "Skip" Balanciere

A300 Captain Milton "Skip"  Balanciere #117198 (seniority #726) will be retiring from
FedEx Express on December 31, 2016. Skip would like to share the following:

 "The time has finally come and it’s time to go.  Who would’ve thought the oldest of an enlisted man’s six kids would’ve ended up here.  When I started I was just looking for a place to go to school for free.  So I went to The USAF Academy and a really smart advisor said you are going in the “AIR FORCE”, you need to be a “PILOT”.  Ok, Ok.  All I can say is from the Air Force to here—what a ride.

From the super intellectuals to the quirks our spouses and significant others see in all of us as flyers.  That’s what makes all of us so entertaining.

All I can truly say is I consider it an honor to have served in the military, I am thankful that FedEx chose me, and I am grateful to have known so many of you.   Thank you to my wife Midget and my family for tolerating all the time away.  So I’ll be home for a while now.  Best Wishes."

Steve Vreeland

Retirement

  • 19 December 2016
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Steve Vreeland

A300 Captain Steve Vreeland #233909 (seniority #1272), will be retiring from FedEx Express on December 31, 2016 and would like to share the following:

"Thank you, Mr Fred Smith, for creating the golden goose. Many thanks, as well, to the thousands around the globe who faithfully show up for work each day, doing their part to keep the goose alive and well. Finally, I feel extremely privileged to have been able to share the cockpit with such an outstanding group of fellow aviators. You have made my 21 years at Fedex very special, and for that I shall always be grateful. Take care, one and all."

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Robert “Bob” Tilton, 75, passed away August 30, 2017. Bob served his country in the U.S. Air Force and was a highly decorated pilot during the Vietnam War. He retired from FedEx after flying for 30 years. He was preceded in death by his grandson, Joseph Poston. Bob is survived by his wife of 50 years, Connie Tilton; daughters, Tracy Poston (Hal), Amy Robertson (Dave), Heather Kerr (Brandon) and Paige Rogers (Jon); and grandchildren, Ben, Caleb, and Tabitha Poston, Jacob and Eva Kerr, and Peaches Robertson. Bob was a loving husband, father, grandfather, patriot, and a die hard Tiger fan who will be greatly missed. 
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Sacramento band leader John Skinner died on August 18.
The musician and pilot contributes a legacy of excellence in both careers. Raised in Orland CA, John's trumpet studies were fostered by mom, Alberta (Pat) Skinner. The virtuoso excelled at USU, Logan and, after graduation, volunteered for Vietnam service in the USAF. After the war, the pilot began a long career flying for Flying Tigers (later, Federal Express). Simultaneously, he established the John Skinner Band. Skinner ensembles played fine music for thousands of California celebrations over several decades. The leader was also active in community. His efforts have supported Cazadero Music Camp (Sonoma County) for many years. His is survived by his wife Susan and daughter Kathryn Skinner.
The music never ends. Skinner's musicians will offer a celebration of his life on September 17, at the La Sierra Community Center, 5325 Engel Rd, Carmichael. Anyone may attend. Downbeat is 2 pm. In lieu of flowers, the family request donations to the Cazadero Music Camp: PO Box 7908 Berkeley, CA 94707.
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  • 12 September 2017
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John Skinner
Sacramento band leader John Skinner died on August 18.
The musician and pilot contributes a legacy of excellence in both careers. Raised in Orland CA, John's trumpet studies were fostered by mom, Alberta (Pat) Skinner. The virtuoso excelled at USU, Logan and, after graduation, volunteered for Vietnam service in the USAF. After the war, the pilot began a long career flying for Flying Tigers (later, Federal Express). Simultaneously, he established the John Skinner Band. Skinner ensembles played fine music for thousands of California celebrations over several decades. The leader was also active in community. His efforts have supported Cazadero Music Camp (Sonoma County) for many years. His is survived by his wife Susan and daughter Kathryn Skinner.
The music never ends. Skinner's musicians will offer a celebration of his life on September 17, at the La Sierra Community Center, 5325 Engel Rd, Carmichael. Anyone may attend. Downbeat is 2 pm. In lieu of flowers, the family request donations to the Cazadero Music Camp: PO Box 7908 Berkeley, CA 94707.

Robert (Bob) Tilton

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  • 30 August 2017
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Robert (Bob) Tilton

 

Robert “Bob” Tilton, 75, passed away August 30, 2017. Bob served his country in the U.S. Air Force and was a highly decorated pilot during the Vietnam War. He retired from FedEx after flying for 30 years. He was preceded in death by his grandson, Joseph Poston. Bob is survived by his wife of 50 years, Connie Tilton; daughters, Tracy Poston (Hal), Amy Robertson (Dave), Heather Kerr (Brandon) and Paige Rogers (Jon); and grandchildren, Ben, Caleb, and Tabitha Poston, Jacob and Eva Kerr, and Peaches Robertson. Bob was a loving husband, father, grandfather, patriot, and a die hard Tiger fan who will be greatly missed. 

FEDEX

2017

  • 16 August 2017
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FEDEX

FedEx chief Frederick W. Smith’s annual letter to shareholders credits three I’s-- investments, integration and innovation --for exceptional results in fiscal 2017 and the promise of even better future performance.

“FedEx has never been better positioned for significant long-term growth that delivers increased value to shareowners and a more promising future for our team members,” the chairman and chief executive officer said in a letter accompanying the annual report Tuesday.

FedEx achieved $60 billion in revenue for the first time, boosted by European acquisition TNT Express, and produced a record $5 billion operating profit, during the fiscal year ending May 31. FedEx employs about 30,000 in the Memphis area.

Investments include $1.8 billion in more efficient aircraft and related equipment and FedEx Ground’s addition of major distribution hubs, fully automated stations and other facilities to handle seasonal fluctuations, particularly in e-commerce.

Integration refers to the assimilation of acquired companies such as TNT Express, a key driver in an announced goal of increasing FedEx Express operating income by $1.5 billion a year within three years.

Innovation includes initiatives such as FedEx OnSite, an expanding network of pickup and dropoff locations, such as 8,000 Walgreens stores, that help control residential delivery costs while making services easier for consumers to access.

“While our residential e-commerce revenues are much smaller than our business-to-business revenues, it’s the fastest-growing market and requires constant innovation to make delivery to consumers more efficient,” Smith wrote.

His letter includes a hat tip to longtime lieutenant Mike Glenn and a nod to Dave Bronczek, who took over from Smith this year as president and chief operating officer.

Michael Hanshaw

Retirement

  • 16 August 2017
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Michael Hanshaw

Twenty years went by very quickly. As I approach retirement, I am ready to proceed with the next phase of my life. It has been a great ride. During my twenty plus years in the Air Force, I flew some awesome jets and worked with many outstanding airmen who were dedicated and committed to serve our great country. The second half of my career, here at FEDEX, has been equally rewarding. Every day and every night, you deliver on the purple promise whether it’s clear and a million or a CAT III landing in a snow storm. I am proud to be one of you.

I thank Mr. Smith for having the vision and tenacity to make this company a great place to work. My thanks to Capt. Steve Harris and Capt. Fred Patterson for their hiring recommendations. Thanks to all the folks that make this operation work so great, from those on the line to those in the offices.

Finally, I want to thank my wife Pat and my family for allowing me to pursue my aviation career. You never complained about the moves or special occasions that were missed. Coming home to you has always been the best part of every day. I thank God for you and the life he has given us.

Pat and I will retire in Hope Hull, Alabama, just south of Montgomery. If you are passing through and need a hand or a cold beverage, give us a call at 334-284-3054, or send an email to beauhan@aol.com.


Fly Safe,
Michael A. Hanshaw

Dan L. Delane

Retirement

  • 16 August 2017
  • Author: Bill Privette
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Dan L. Delane

"Time flies when you are having fun." - so the saying goes. Time has flown by since January 1990 when I was hired. To all my colleagues here, I thank you for the camaraderie and professionalism. It has been a pleasure to work in an environment where I truly looked forward to coming to work with such an august group of people.  Well, perhaps not at 1 A.M., but once strapped in the jet, the clock did not seem to matter as much as when putting on the uniform, just out of bed.

Be well and tailwinds, all!
 
Sincerely,

Captain Dan L. Delane

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