Goodbye our friend.
It is with a heavy heart that we must pass on the news, our dear friend and one of our original and founding members has passed away. Reggie Ouillette has gone to soar high. February 25, 2020. Reggie joined our group as a 75 year old man, with the drive and enthusiasm of a 25 year old. He was right there with us hammering and helping.
Reggie was instrumental in lighting up the Loring Military Heritage Center. Everything electrical was done by Reggie. From the old to new lights, to some old signs, to the klaxon horn it was all Reggie.
Reggie was married to his love Theresa for 70 years and was the father of 5 children. He started working at a Loring before she was a base. He started shoveling and clearing land and doing odd jobs, he worked hard and rose and went to school to become a master electrician. He was one of a few who had been in every building on the base. Reggie was there in 1951 when the base was just starting, and was there still working at the end in 1994. He sure saw a lot of changes.
Reggie worked tirelessly for us and gave his all. He was our "ice man" for events, he lit us up at events by stringing lights and he was a man of fun wit and humor. He had a casual and quiet way about him and he spoke of pride about our center. Reggie was a very learned man and was sharp and smart. He loved to watch westerns, true life, history channel and science stuff. He knew so much and was always looking to have a conversation about something he knew, loved, learned or that you knew. He could talk to anyone.
They don’t make men or gentleman like him any more. We have lost a true asset to our center. It won’t be the same around the museum and we must now take our cue from Reggie and drive on and move forward. We think of his family now and friends and hope you all think of him with a song in your heart and smile on your face like he always had.
Thanks Reggie for lighting the way......we love you and will miss you. God speed.
101 NOYES RD
CARIBOU MAINE 04736
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We have no ATM on site and are strictly cash or check. Come prepared for that please. Nearest ATM is Caribou Or Limestone.
Our hours vary due to volunteers
We can't always be available to get you in last minute. Please understand that.
Saturdays: 11am to 3pm
Sundays: 12pm to 3pm.
Please make the attempt to come during a weekend. We are short on volunteers
We are closed in the winter except by appointment. Hours vary due to availability. Call Cuppy Johndro for appointment. 207-551-3439. Cuppy works days, evenings are best.
The Moose is Always Loose on Loring A.F.B.25 American Flags were flown. Congrats to those that won their flag and paid the $50 for the flag for the 25th anniversary of Loring AFB. It was a great fundraiser, you helped us raise $1000+
1. Amy Beil
2. Kristen Devoe
3. Gary Westfall
4. Les Servance
5. Bob Mayshock
6. Ted Libby
7. Alicia Kelly
8. Martin Sears
9. Richard Bryant
10. Terri Thompson
11. Paul and Janice Laflame-Given and gift to Raul Luna
12. Wendy Clevenger
13. Mike and Nancy Arlund
14. Lynda Bloomberg
15. Laurie Luce
16. Donna Murchison
17. Aaron Labrie
18. Marilyn and Bill Cowan
19. Shelby Hobbs
20. Alvin Conrad
21. Matt Cole
22. Dave Curran
23. John Metz
24. Gem Eckenrode-Nenninger
25. Jeff and Janet Gill
Congrats to all of you!
OUR CENTER DOES NOT KEEP RECORDS ON PEOPLE THAT SERVED AT LORING AFB.
WE DO NOT KNOW WHO SERVED WHAT YEARS, AND WE HAVE NO WAY OF KNOWING THAT. THE USAF HAS THAT IN RECORDS, BUT YOU WOULD HAVE TO SUBMIT FOR EACH PERSON'S RECORDS AND HAVE A REASON TO USE THEM.
SORRY WE CAN'T HELP YOU TRACK DOWN PEOPLE NOR DO WE KNOW WHO FATHERED WHAT CHILD AND WHERE THEY LIVED. SORRY, BUT WE WISH YOU LUCK IN TRACKING
DOWN YOUR BIRTH PARENT.
IF YOU NEED RECORDS TRY THE
UNITED STATES AIR FORCE
ST. LOUIS MISSOURI.
Loring is a place near and dear to our hearts. Many loved Loring and loved the times they had and shared at Loring. It was a city within itself. A place were people made life long friends, where they lived and worked, cried and laughed. It was also a place people hated due to its extreme temperatures, the northern tier area in which it was housed and because it was so rural. This reason made Loring that much better due to its outdoor activities and the snow, it really depended on who you were and your lifestyle. That truly was what determined whether you loved Loring AFB, or hated it.
But ultimately, Loring is a place that even today, draws people back from all across America. They come to share it with their family, their friends and to reminisce on what was once the height of their lives and careers. Cold or not, frozen or eaten by bugs, we loved Loring!
WELCOME BACK TO LORING A.F.B., MAINE, ENJOY OUR PAGE.
"Loring relics and the remains of Loring, stand as a constant reminder of what the world once endured and the constant need for vigilance always. Having people on stand by waiting on the world to see what the next operation, or war was a thankless job. Never knowing, if the next klaxton alert would be for an exercise, or for a real world operational mission, kept us on our "A" game."
"Loring proved that it was possible to scramble fighters, or bombers, and have ready re-fuelers, pilots and crews within reach at a moments notice. Loring was a city, within a city. A hospital, BX, commissary, bowling alleys and so much more. This is one of the reasons that our Center is in existence.
When military people share a common bond, a camaraderie like no other, we tend to be a tight knit group, that backs each other up, and come together for the mission, for each other and for our families.
"Families at Loring lived side by side in very close proximity, and shared their lives together.
Many became friends for years some a lifetime. Kids grew up together and were military brats together. They played together and were on sports teams, they had the youth center and teen center to enjoy and the countless activities both on Loring and in the local area."
"This is some of the reasons I am so proud to have lived, worked, and served at Loring AFB. I am proud of the legacy we left, the time we shared and the gift of life long friends. Since we have moved back, I've been proud to be part of The Loring Military Heritage Center. I love to hear the stories, and see the look on faces of a family when they see their family members staring back at them in a book or photo, or just to see their name in a book, or flier.
"I've seen old veterans breakdown at the sight of themselves at 19 or 20 in a photo. I've seen children say that is the biggest smile my Dad ever wore. It is a very emotional and very moving experience. The tears shed are of pride, honor and of what their lives were.
Thank you for sharing your stories and lives with all of us, it is our pleasure to serve you"
Cuppy Johndro, Loring Veteran 1987-1991, Loring wife 1991-1994
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THANKS FOR UNDERSTANDING