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Uncle and Nephew Reunite During Civilian Orientation Trip

By Sgt. Sara Wood, USA
American Forces Press Service

ROYAL AIR FORCE STATION MILDENHALL, England, Oct. 24, 2005 – For one participant in the Joint Civilian Orientation Conference, the visit here Oct. 21 wasn't just an introduction to the Air Force; it was a mini family reunion.

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Air Force 1st Lt. Scott Morrison, a co-pilot with the 351st Air Refueling Squadron at Royal Air Force Station Mildenhall, England, talks with his uncle, William Transier, co-chief executive officer and director of the Endeavour International Corporation in Houston, during the visit of the Joint Civilian Orientation Conference Oct. 21. Photo by Staff Sgt. Suzanne M. Day, USAF
  

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William Transier, co-chief executive officer and director of the Endeavour International Corp. in Houston, got to meet up with his nephew, Air Force 1st Lt. Scott Morrison, a co-pilot with the 351st Air Refueling Squadron here.

Transier said he knew Morrison was assigned to Mildenhall, but didn't know that this base was the one JCOC would be visiting.

"When I saw the schedule and saw that we were coming to the U.K., I got to thinking there can't be that many Air Force bases over here," Transier said. "So when I got here, I started asking some of the pilots downstairs if they would track him down."

The pilots found Morrison, who said he was surprised to see his uncle, whom he hadn't seen in several months.

"It was awesome," he said. "I was just doing my work and they came and got me."

Morrison has been assigned to Mildenhall for five months, where he last saw Transier, who had come over for a business trip. Before that, it had been three or four years since the two had seen each other, they said.

Transier said the conference has been a once-in-a-lifetime experience, because he has seen so many new things and learned so much.

"And I get to be proud of nephews like this that are in the armed forces doing the hard work," he said. "I'm real proud of him and all he's accomplished."

The Joint Civilian Orientation Conference is a weeklong program designed to familiarize civilian business professionals with the military through a worldwide tour of military installations.

The 45 participants in JCOC 70, conducted between Oct. 16 and 22, traveled to Germany, United Kingdom and Italy after receiving Pentagon briefings and visiting a Marine base in the Washington area.

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