On August 9, Maj. Curt Nupen (USAF ret) of Piedmont offered a PowerPoint presentation about his experiences as an Electronic Warfare Officer in B-52s in the Vietnam War's Operation Linebacker II. He focused on three intense combat missions. The Christmas Bombings of targets like Hanoi and Haiphong from December 18-29, 1972, were part of President Nixon's strategy to force North Vietnam to the negotiating table. In the audience were other B-52 crew members from Vietnam, including CPT Kim Morey and CMSGT Richard Lake and Marvin Bishop of Hermosa.
His experience in Vietnam also included the KC-135 Stratotanker. Then came B-58s. Since retirement in the Black Hills, he has served three terms on the Meade School District Board (and is current member) and four terms on the Meade County Commission. He is also Commander of American Legion Post 311 in Piedmont.