Oldest military academy graduates meet in Sterling

An amazing meeting of three American veterans took place recently in Sterling. That’s when the oldest living graduates of West Point and the U.S. Air Force Academy met with the second oldest living graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy.

It happened at the Falcon’s Landing Retirement Community in late March.

Capt. Dale Reed, age 104 of the U.S. Navy (right) and Col. Herb Stern, age 105, of the U.S. Army (center) are residents of Falcon’s Landing.  Maj. Paul Lasen, age 90, of the U.S. Air Force (right) was visiting Washington D.C. on an Honor Flight from his home in Austin, Texas and he made a side trip to meet Reed and Stern.

Reed is one of only two living graduates of the Naval Academy’s Class of 1941 and Stern is the last survivor of West Point’s Class of 1941.

Lasen is the oldest graduate of the Air Force Academy’s first class in 1959.

(Image at top: Falcon’s Landing)