4499 Medical Drive #225,
San Antonio, Texas 78229 210.616.0836
50th Reunion USAFA Class 1966
"Forsan et haec olim meminisse juvabit"
"Perhaps someday it will be pleasant to remember
Aeneas in Book 1, Virgil's "The Aeneid"
From: Charles B. Christian, Jr. 15th
Hi Dick Oliver, Dave Fales & Dick Thompson,
Here are some links to a few images (163 total) from the past
and present for your consideration!
These are thumbnail pages and have links to larger
images you can download easily by "right
click" and "save as". Here is a
link to a
.zip folder of images paragraphs 1-8.
It is a 88mb file.
Jump School Aug 1963
13 Images: Quite a few of our
classmates took advantage of the summer after our
first year to attend Jump School at Ft. Benning
Georgia. I have a copy of the "souvenir" booklet of
our experience. I found myself and
a number of 15th Squadron cadets. You have
links to "medium size" images. I have high
resolution images of the groups of the members of
the class. Let me know if you want to include the
high resolution images (20mb each) as part of the
DVD so our classmates can find themselves more
easily and I will send them to you.
USAFA Misc Pictures
49 Images: These are images of many of
our academy experiences. There are 3 pages. I think they speak
for themselves. Use as you desire. Two
personal pictures of me might be worth including
are the very last two to
document "me" at the Academy.
The first is me at my
desk with the Post Slide Rule and 2nd me in front of
"Sine Gravitate" (Conus Field Trip).
The one bit of 4th class knowledge that is
permanently imprinted on my brain is "Washington's
General Order on Profanity". I think on my
dying bed if someone asks me to recite it I will be
able to; so I included an image of it!
7 Images: This is the Program for our
ring dance + an image of me and my date.
9 Images: This is the Program for our
CBC Combat Control
5 Images: Combat Control
1966-1969. I think I was our only classmate
who was a Combat Control Officer and I may be the
only one who earned a Master Parachutist Rating or
"Master Blaster". I was a volunteer, but did
not go to Vietnam, probably saved my life. I
still keep up with many of the Airmen who served
with me and they still refer to me as "The
Lieutenant". I did appear in an Airman's
Magazine issue a about Combat Control and a few
images from the issue are enclosed.
CBC Wilford Hall USAF Medical
Center 9 Images: Medical School and WHMC 1969-1884.
Although a few of our classmates attended Medical
School, I may be the only one who served for over
18yrs in the Medical Corps. I am sure I am the
only CardioThoracic Surgeon in our class and
before I left the Air Force at 18yrs 3mos (they were trying to transfer me
to an administrative job), I served as Chairman of
The CardioThoracic Surgery Department at Wilford
Hall and was the most experienced CardioThoracic
Surgeon in the Air Force. I received the
Meritorious Service Medal for my service at WHMC.
There are several images of me as Chairman.
CBC Private Practice
San Antonio 4 Images: After leaving the AF in
1984, I began a Private Practice in San Antonio,
performing over 7000 surgeries (open heart, lung etc
1984-2004). My proudest accomplishment
has been my association with our Heart Transplant
Team which began in 1985. For over 30 years, I
have been the primary Director of the Heart
Procurement Team (Harvesting Hearts for
transplants). I have harvested and assisted in
over 450 transplants over the past 31 years and we
continue to do about 2 transplants a month.
Twice a month I fly or go by ambulance to harvest
(usually in the middle of the night) and then help
to sew them in. On our flights I always wear
my Combat Control Flight Jacket from the late 1960's
for luck. I am probably one of the most
experienced harvesting and transplant surgeons in
the US. Not sure, but I may be the only
active M.D. in our class. I intend to keep
doing the heart harvesting until 2020, which will be
35 years. Yes,
that's me with a human heart in my hands! I
have always worn the bouffant surgical hat like a beret to
remind me of my Combat Control Days!
Inside Outside 1 Image
Current- Medical Director of Wellness Center & Medical Spa: I
started a "wellness clinic" in 1997 and it has
evolved into the premier wellness center in San
Antonio! We offer a variety of services
as you can see from looking through this Web Site.
I will run this center until I die!! This is a
picture of me, staff and interns. Other staff
15th Squadron + Misc USAFA
67 Images: Here are some of 15th during doolie
summer (khakis), a few of 15th sport teams,
some from European Field Trip, Some of Bill Michaels
and me in Europe, a few CONUS field trips and USAFA
with snow. Here is a
Zip of these files (69mb).
10. That's it. Jumped out of a few
hundred perfectly good airplanes, did lot of
surgery, missed a lot of sleep, 2 marriages, 1
divorce and 5 wonderful kids. ......It's been good.
was right, it will be pleasant to remember these
things. Thanks for your work to help us