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May 22, 2013
I had the thrill of a lifetime attending Air Force Undergraduate Pilot Training at Vance AFB, OK - General Davis' UPT training base - in 1980-1981, during which he was Commander Air Training Command. I have just recently come across my UPT Distinguished Graduate letter, signed by General Davis, while going through old papers and keepsakes, and decided to get it custom framed, as it is one of the accomplishments in life of which I'm most proud. On the back of the letter, I decided to put General Davis' biography, along with his photo, to give some historical perspective to my award. The search for that bio information led me to find out that he had passed just last autumn, which in turn led me to this Guest Book. As a young officer going through pilot training, I knew nothing of the Commander who would sign my award letter, but reading about him, I gained an appreciation for the type of leader and gentleman that he was, and wish to express my condolences and gratitude to his family for his service to our country. The good general and I have something else in common... the love of the game of golf! If there are golf courses in heaven (and I have no reason to believe otherwise), it would be an honor to play a round of the greatest game ever played with one of our country's greatest military leaders! RIP, General Davis.
December 21, 2012
I worked for Gen Davis at Offutt in the early 80s. I took the pictures for the "Air Pulse" base newspaper, and would sometimes get the chance to photograph him. I still have the photos too. It was a privilege to work for the man, and I also enjoyed jogging by his house on Generals Row. My condolences to the Davis Family. He was one heck of a leader.
December 10, 2012
A true American hero and patriot who made a difference in the lives of many airmen and their families--evident in the touching story shared by Andrew Bennett.

G.E. Jordan, Lt Col, USAF (Ret)
December 03, 2012
To the Davis family: I have paid to make this guest book last forever, because of something General Davis did for me when I was a young boy. I'm sure Mrs. Bennie Davis will remember this story.
To General Bennie Davis, I want to thank you for a memory that lives on forever thru me, and something that I will share for the rest of my days. For the last few years I had been searching for you, because I wanted to thank you for what you did for me as a young boy at Offut. The story follows...
My family was visiting a family stationed at Offut, family friends, the Wrights. Their oldest son and I were wondering around the base, adventuring as most young boys do. As we walked down "General's Row", I noticed all the signs out front of the houses, naming the generals who lived there when I spotted a 4 Star General sign. I started up the sidewalk when my friend said to me, "What are you doing?", and I replied, "I want to meet a 4 Star General". He said "you can't knock on a general's door", and I was not one that could be told what I couldn't do (haha).
I knocked on the door, and Mrs. Davis answered and said, "Can I help you", and my reply was, "Yes, I want to meet a 4 Star General". She said for me to wait a moment and disappeared into the house.
A few minutes later, General Davis appeared and came outside onto the front porch to meet two young curious boys. We talked for quite some time, and while this was many years ago, and I don't remember all of the questions, I'm sure there were many, and he answered all of them.
I thanked him for his time, and we continued back to base housing. As we approached the Davis house, both of our fathers were standing out front, arms crossed, both seemed to be clearly upset.
My dad said to me, "What did you do?", and I was surprised because I didn't think we had done anything wrong. My friend said, "Andy knocked on a general's door"...boy were we in trouble. Seems Headquarters had called and asked that both families come to Headquarters the next morning, and neither of them knew why.
The next morning we all got dressed, and headed to Headquarters, and as we arrived, we noticed the parking signs right in front of the main doors, which said "Reserved for the Bennett's and Wright's", and a Full Colonel had met us out front to make sure we were parked in our reserved spots. He then directed us inside and to a small theater, where we were shown a short movie about the history of Strategic Air Command.
When the movie ended, the Colonel came back into the room, opened both door all the way, and announced..."Ladies and Gentlemen, General Bennie Davis", and in walked General Davis in full uniform. I was impressed to say the least, I had never seen a real 4 Star General in uniform, and had no idea General Davis was CINCSAC, so was in a bit of shock as this all became very clear to me.
He introduced himself to our families, and I'm sure Mr. Wright, who was stationed there, was now relieved to know he was not in trouble. General Davis had two large framed pictures of himself that he signed for both of us boys, and we each took a copy with us (still hanging on the wall at my parents house).
He then told us he had a special treat, and was taking us on a tour of Headquarters. The part of the tour that left the biggest memory was the huge doors with armed guards, and the elevator that took us underground to the SAC Control Room. Once we entered the control room, we saw on the big screens "Welcome to the Bennett and Wright Families". More than impressed!
We were both allowed to call any base in the world, and I chose Greenland.
Thank you for the wonderful memories General Davis. I'm sorry I didn't get the chance to say Hello and Goodbye again, but your memory will live on forever, and you gave me a story that is a rare experience, and have never met anyone else in 44 years who has had the same experience. Thank you, and God Bless!
R.I.P.
I would like to visit the final resting place, so if someone could send me the details, I would be greatful.
abennett99@sbcglobal.net
October 24, 2012
I had the privilege of flying for Gen Davis during his tour as Command-in-Chief, Strategic Air Command. From all who flew with him on “Casey 01” as members of the SAC Command Crew, a final salute to our CINCSAC. And yes sir, when the crew gathers, we all still reminisce about the 1981 trip to Ramstien, and the “fog”, as well as your love for the game of golf.
Gen Davis was indeed a pilot's pilot.
Ken Black, Col, USAF (Ret)
Casey 01 Pilot

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