In an article posted here a week ago I told the story of Jordan Jones and his fight against Testicular Cancer and the tremendous outpouring of love, care and support from the local Grand Junction, CO community, Tailhookers, the "Cowboys" (VMFA-112) and the "Bloodhounds" (VX-30). I also mentioned Doug Thompson and the support he has always provided the Navy in accomplishing our mission.
Well VFC-13 led by Cdr. Rob "Thumper" Modderman, paid a bit of a surprise visit to thank Doug for all he as done for US Naval Aviation in his FBO support efforts.
Now understand when VFC-13 or any NAVAIR Transient comes to "NAS GJT" as it is unofficially referred to, there is no other place to go unwind after a full day of ACM, than The Schmoldt Ranch!
Where the hospitality provided by Kathy and Hans Schmoldt is Legendary... Ask any of the aviators that have made the stop, and you'll understand! (That's Kathy "The BOSS" in heaven among the Saints!)
Many of the pilots wanted to stop by and see how Jordan was doing too. On the way from the airport to Casa de Schmoldt, several of the 'Saints' stopped off at Jordan's house to visit with him, as he was not feeling well enough that day to go to the airport. Jordan was thrilled!
However, when they took off the next day, his dad, Jeff, took Jordan to visit with the aviators and watch the departure! Again, it provided some touching moments... captured in photos by our own Kathy "The Boss" Schmoldt!
Kathy sent me these photos with the following message:
"Thought you would like to know that the "Tailhook Community" and the pilots are continuing to support Jordan and his family."
You're damn right we do! Thanks Kathy, the work you and Hans do for Tailhook is tremendous and we cannot thank you enough!
Thanks again Kathy, Hans, Doug, Thumper and all of the Saints! And.. Most of all... Jordan! Keep fighting! We're here for you!