Dennis Ybarra

Dennis Ybarra at Kelly

September 17,1942 - May 16, 2011

We in the TCTAA were very sad to learn of the passing of our President, Dennis Ybarra, who passed away suddenly in his sleep at his home in Roswell, New Mexico on Monday, May 16, 2011. Dennis has been a TCTAA member since the beginning, and was very enthusiastic about the organization and its goals. He was looking forward to serving as our president and we were looking forward to having him in that role.

Dennis has a long association with the tactical airlift mission dating back to 1970 when he was assigned to the 463rd Tactical Airlift Wing at Clark AB, Philippines after serving in B-52s with SAC. He was initially assigned to the 29th Tactical Airlift Squadron but since it was in the process of deactivation he went to another squadron and ended up in the 774th Tactical Airlift Squadron as the squadrons at Clark deactivated one by one. When he left Clark he went to Forbes AFB, Kansas to the 313th Tactical Airlift Wing and the 47th TAS. When the wing at Forbes also inactivated and the base closed, he transferred to Dyess AFB, Texas and was again in the 774th TAS. At one point Texas Governor (and possible 2012 presidential candidate) Rick Perry was his copilot. After retiring at Dyess as a major, he accepted a job with the city of Roswell, New Mexico as the airport manager. He moved his family to Roswell and made it his home for the rest of his life.

Dennis was heavily involved in a number of activities as reflected in his obituary. He was very active with veterans organizations and served as a volunteer driving veterans to medical appointments.

He was a great guy and will truly be missed.

Dennis Obituary

Galveston, October 2010

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