Over the years, many mascots roamed the Camp New Amsterdam terrain, but none quite as regal, or mischievous as Gomer. He is a real Irish Wolfhound and closely resembles Disney's character.
Gomer's rein as mascot for the U.S. Air Force's only "royal squadron" began when he was just 10 months old. A pedigreed Irish wolfhound, he was born Rory MColm As Aras An Uachtarain, Feb 26, 1985, (yes, he's a Pisces) to mother Charming Challenge, and father Eno-v. Asin.
Gomer was first purchased as a tiny pup by the wife of one of the squadron's pilots. Because of his potential size in adulthood, he was returned. Well, that's how the story is told around these parts.
The kennel owner and breeder, C. Koot, later in 1985 presented Gomer to the 32nd Fighter Squadron as a mascot. Life as a mascot has agreed with him. At 133 pounds, he's no lightweight. He lived at the fighter squadron operations building until 1990 when he moved in with veteran Wolfhound TSgt. Darrell Whiteman.
At one time Gomer was kidnapped!!! Yes Kidnapped or should I say Dognapped. The kid hearted dognappers, who were never identified, returned him unharmed, without collecting a ransom. Rumor has it that he licked them into submission. His life with the Whiteman family was one filled with love, on both sides. But sadly, because of his age, Gomer did not PCS with the family, because of his age. Gomer is now retired, at an undisclosed location in Holland. Thanks Gomer, for all the years you represented the 32nd Fighter Squadron.
You will always be remembered as the last Wolfhound mascot.
See you around Pal!!