Westerners Speakers Team
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Est. 1955

Jim O'Connell


Jim is a KC-135 Air Training System (ATS) Instructor Pilot with Delaware Resource Group, a contractor at Fairchild AFB. He provides KC-135 aircraft systems and operational procedures instruction in the classroom and simulator. Previously, he was the 92nd Air Refueling Wing Historian, responsible for producing the Wing’s Periodic History – the only official record of the wing’s accomplishments. His other responsibilities included providing historical services, such as: producing pamphlets and studies by collecting, organizing and analyzing primary source documents, maintaining a collection of documents and references, including a complete file of unit’s periodic histories, answering historical questions and queries, coordinating on unit emblems, lineage, honors, flags and, when tasked, deploying to the AOR to capture Expeditionary Unit Histories.
Mr. O’Connell was commissioned in 1991 from the United States Air Force Academy. While on active duty, he served in numerous capacities including tours as an instructor pilot in trainer and tanker aircraft, in addition to various staff and operational positions. He is a native of Spokane, Washington and has been married to the former Angela Welch for 20 years. They have three children. Mr. O’Connell retired from the Air Force as a Lieutenant Colonel after nearly 22 years of active duty service.

Jim earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Military History from the US Air Force Academy and a Master of Aeronautical Science degree from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University.


We hope to see you Thursday Feb. 13th at the new location of 9211 E. Montgomery Ave. in the Argonne Village.  Please call

Barbara Leiss at 509-276-5927 if you have any questions.

Upper images are courtesy of the Northwest Room.  The image to the left is courtesy of Jim O'Connell. The image above is courtesy of the Nostalgia Magazine Collection. 

Sharing PACIFIC Northwest HISTORY

The purpose of the Westerners Spokane Corral is to bring together in warm fellowship men and women who have a common interest in Pacific Northwest history. The Westerners meets the third Thursday of every month, except July and August. Westerners encourage historical research,  popularize western lore , history through publication, awards and preservation of archival records, documents and other evidence of the Pacific Northwest.

 
​ Call Sheriff  Dick Jensen (509) 747-1335. Send mail to:  The Westerners Spokane, P.O. Box 1717, Spokane, WA 99210 for more information.  We meet the second Thursday of every month, except July and August.  Meeting time is 5:30PM for dinner and 7:00PM for the speaker at the Timber Creek Buffet, 9211 E. Montgomery Ave, Spokane.

Westerners Spokane CORRAL