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THE AIS/AES ALUMNI ASSOCIATION BIDS A FOND ADIEU
Please join us in extending best wishes to Mary Flanagan Williamson (AIS Class of 1974), on her retirement as
Mary attended AIS from 1971-1973; her mother's work with
Always a very active alumna, Mary served many years as her class secretary
1) Dhanyavaad (Mary's Announcement to Former Board Members She Served With, 25 OCT 2019)
Dear Mary, Look what I found, from 1973, in my old personal AIS file! Great
2019_FOURTH OF JULY IN DC
2018_AIS CALCUTTA AND NEW DELHI
Three AIS/AES alumni attended the second American International School of Calcutta's all-school reunion this past weekend. They have the distinction of having attended both American Internation-
From l-r: Mary Williamson ('74), Alan Egler ('74) and Barbara McCabe ('76) at the AISC 2018 Reunion dinner Saturday night,
Please click on photo for enlargement. Photo contributed by Barbara McCabe
See their 2006 Reunion photo.
Just an updated photo of the loves of my life! This was taken on 12 June 2017
2017_ALUMNI CRUISING TOGETHER
AISAES alumni cruised together from Seattle, Washington, to Alaska, 3-10 June 2017. Seven wonderful days on Holland America Cruise Line on the Majesty Ship, "Eurodam," exploring Juneau, Glacier Bay, Sitka, Ketchikan and Victoria (Canada).
Left side from top:
Right side from top:
(Please click on photo for enlargement).
Click on this link: AIS/AES 2015 Reunion
2015_ABC NEWS, WJLA CHANNEL 7
I was at the Washington National Zoo yesterday afternoon when an ABC News
I've shared with my classmates my journey as an Air Force spouse for 31 years and thought it only fitting to also share this particular milestone. Today (13 SEPT 2013) was my husband's retirement ceremony at the Air Force Memorial in Arlington, Virginia, which was attended by our closest family and friends. He will officially retire on 1 NOV 2013 as a Command Chief Master Sergeant in our United States Air Force. So far, he is the only Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) technician from all four branches of our military to make it as a Command Chief and at a Major Command level. I'm so proud of my husband's 31 years of outstanding service.
In this photo, I was just presented my second award, the Military Spouse Medal, by the Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force (left) for my contributions and service to the Air Force over the years.
As an EOD spouse, I led an explosive life! "EOD...FIRE IN THE HOLE!"
View retirement photos, which include AIS/AES Alumni in attendance
2012_COMMANDER'S PUBLIC SERVICE AWARD
This award was presented to me as a surprise at the USAFE Command Chief Farewell Dinner that the Commander hosted for my husband and me at a restaurant inside a big, beautiful castle in Ramstein.
2012_AIS/AES ALUMNI ASSOCIATION PRESIDENT UPDATE
The Williamsons are moving on! It's already been two years in Germany, and our commander just transferred out. We were unsure where we would "lollygag" for our final six months in the Air Force -- when my husband reaches 30 years of service (the maximum time the Air Force will allow one to serve). He was given a special extension on his high-year tenure to take a one-year special-duty assignment to the Pentagon as "Chief of Air Force Resiliency Operations." He will help head that team, and this will give us an opportunity to get settled stateside before he retires. His retirement date has been extended to 1 NOV 2013! All is good, and we are happy to continue serving one more year. We are also looking forward to our first experience living in the Washington, DC area. We will miss our United States Air Forces in Europe (USAFE) Family...thanks to our airmen for their hard work and dedication to make our Command the best.
Although we do not have our official orders in hand yet, we are scheduled to leave Germany 30 September 2012. During this transition period, I can still be reached by email if you need to contact me! -Mary Williamson, Class of 1974
2011_ACTOR TOM CRUISE
2011_DANCING WITH THE STARS
Pro Dancers Visit Ramstein
2011_BOARD OF DIRECTORS PROFILE
Mary Flanagan Williamson, Class of 1974
Mary joined the Board in 2005, having held the positions
Although serving many years prior as her class secretary (as a way to locate and keep in touch with classmates), Mary was voted by her classmates at the AIS/AES 2005 Reunion to be the "official" Class of 1974 alumni secretary; and in 2007, she hosted their first-ever Class Reunion Weekend in Philadelphia. In 2008, Mary was one of the lead team members who took on the Yearbook project - turning AIS/AES yearbooks into electronic files for the website - and has continued this project singlehandedly since 2011. In 2009, she created and built all the online class rosters to date (1962-2019) while standing up the Alumni Class Secretaries Program. In 2013, she created the alumni association's Facebook page, which she continues to administrate, as well as being editor of our alumni website. Mary is credited for managing two major AIS/AES "All-School" Reunions (2010 and 2015) and several smaller reunions, as well as organizing numerous alumni and class dinners. In addition, Mary is the Director of the AIS-Calcutta Alumni Program, which she initiated in 2003 and has hosted two all-school reunions for them.
After serving 31 years in the military, living and traveling all over the world, Mary and her husband retired on 1 November 2013 from the US Air Force and have semi-settled in the Arlington, Virginia, area where they will reside until they permanently retire. They have four grown children.
(EDITOR'S NOTE: This article was written by Corresponding Secretary, Suzanne Bakey Fricke
Born in Hong Kong and adopted at age 3 to State Department parents, Mary has two older sisters who did not attend AIS/AES and a younger sister, Ellen, (’76) who did attend our school. She and her sisters were raised in Indonesia, Iran and India (both Calcutta and New Delhi). At AIS New Delhi, Mary was active with cheerleading, basketball, swimming, horseback riding and the yearbook club.
Mary has three beautiful children (now young adults) and is married to David Williamson, the Command Chief Master Sergeant for U.S. Air Forces in Europe. Mary and Dave recently moved from Hawaii to Germany, where she continues
In addition to being the AIS/AES 2010 Reunion Manager, Mary has made a number of significant contributions to the AIS/AES alumni community. Most noteworthy were her campaign in 2007 to initiate the Class Secretaries Program and the online class rosters. Thanks to these efforts, we have been able to better reach out to our AIS/AES friends and to stay more up-to-date with address changes and life events. Mary also was very active in locating a number of “lost alumni.”
When we told Mary we were going to publish a welcome message to her on our website, she asked that we extend her thanks to all the amazing class secretaries who have worked hard to push our communications to the alumni community. “The class secretaries are an important part of our leadership team. Without their help, we wouldn’t have had the success at our all-classes-invited reunion that we did.” She also wishes to again thank everyone who helped make the 2010 Reunion a success “It was really wonderful how our alumni came from all directions to pitch in for the reunion. It just goes to show what we can do when we pull together as a team."
2011_NEW BOARD OF DIRECTORS PRESIDENT
New Board President Mary Williamson (Class of 1974) talks to a little girl at a military base child development center, during a recent tour of Combat Support Wing bases in the United Kingdom. Mary's husband is the current United States Air Forces in Europe (USAFE) Command Chief, and they are both a leadership team who represent the enlisted airmen and their families throughout Europe.
2010_SINGAPORE GET TOGETHER
Mary Flanagan Williamson, Class of 1974, writes, "When I was on
I thought maybe it would be fun - even entertaining - to put our "THEN AND NOW" photos up on the web site."
More from Sunaina.
2006_AIS CALCUTTA REUNION
I attended the American International School
Everyone met in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and pretty much took over the downtown Historic District! We had our "Meet-N-Greet" reception on Friday night at the hotel, had our big Saturday night "AISC Family" dinner at a nearby Indian restaurant, and had our "So-Long, Farewell Brunch" on Sunday at the hotel. That time period in Calcutta, in the late 60's, is now a small sliver in our lives; but the turnout showed that it had a huge impact on all of us.
It was really fun to notice hardly any time had passed by us as we talked about AISC...Calcutta...India, in general... You could see everyone reconnecting while reminiscing. Alumni were pulling out old photos, yearbooks, and memorabilia; there was a lot of laughing; there were tons of photo flashing; and we even had several "class photo sessions!"
Along with myself being a student who attended both AISC and AIS-Delhi were Alan Egler ('74) and Barbara McCabe ('76). It was truly an amazing and fun experience.
Big news from the Class of 1974!! I was married on Wednesday, 10 May 2006, in Mount Laurel, New Jersey, to David Williamson in a small private ceremony amongst friends!! Dave is the 621 CRW Command Chief at McGuire AFB. We have been in New Jersey almost a year now. We will probably be here until summer 2007 or 2008 as Chief assignments are usually two years, but no longer than three. I will now go by the name MARY WILLIAMSON and will keep the same email address.
To flash back big time, I was in India for a total of six years…four years in Calcutta, two years in New Delhi. I was in New Delhi from 1971-73 and attended 10th and 11th grades at AIS. I did my senior year (and graduated!) in Washington, DC, and then spent a year in college in Indiana. I decided college was not for me and went to a voc-tech school for a year to train as a legal secretary.
My first marriage was in 1976 and ended in 1996. Twenty years! That marriage produced a son and two daughters. They are now young adults, one working and two in college. Their father moved to Oregon, where he was hired for his first civilian job after retiring from the US Air Force.
My biggest regret in life is not having joined the US Air Force myself. I always wanted to enlist but did not. I did the next closest thing and worked as a civilian for the Air Force for most of my adult years. However, since moving to New Jersey last summer (from Utah), I have not worked outside the home but intend to look for employment again soon. As mentioned earlier, Dave - who could retire from the Air Force anytime now but can max out for another seven years - is not sure how long we will be stationed in New Jersey.
I have enjoyed my role as class secretary for the past year for the Class of 1974 and am trying my best to keep us all connected!
I also stay active with our sister school, AIS-Calcutta, where I attended school four years prior to AIS-Delhi. Two years ago I created their alumni program and dubbed it "GoAISC". I still run the program single-handedly. This summer I am hosting and organizing the first-ever Calcutta reunion in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. For GoAISC and my AIS-Delhi classmates, I try to publish each an informal newsletter twice a month.
In addition, I am the director of a new program McGuire AFB has implemented to help aid spouses of deployed men and women, called "Hearts Apart." I like being a mentor and also lining up activities, field trips, and socials for these spouses.
I've enjoyed substitute-teaching aerobics classes as of lately. I've been asked to take up a class; but I'm not sure, after 12 years of teaching, that I want to commit to my own again. For now, I am content staying a substitute instructor!
Hard to believe this year most of us in the Class of 1974 will be reaching another milestone by turning 50 years old! But life for me is great now, and I have no complaints. I hope the same goes for you.
See also Mary and Dave's Marriage Announcement by email.