Are You A Rockwell Collins / Collins Aerospace Retiree?

The Collins Retirees Association is a non-profit organization. The purpose of the Association shall be to provide a meeting place for the members and their families, where they can find companionship and opportunities to pursue their interests in recreational activities, crafts, education, and activities to promote the welfare of the community. The Collins Retirees Association (CRA) is primarily a group of Collins Radio Co. or Rockwell Collins retirees local to the Dallas, TX area. However, we welcome retirees (or family members) from related organizations who have worked directly for or retired from Rockwell Collins or one of the affiliated organizations that were part of the Rockwell International group or spin-offs from that group. If you have retired or otherwise fit the description above, you may register as a member and receive our newsletters, emails and meeting notifications.

RCRA Registration

NOTE: Your privacy is important to the organization and your personal information will NOT be released outside the organization in the future. In the past, it was the practice to release rosters with name, address, phone, and email to members of the organization. The policy was revised effective July 1, 2018 to only release a roster of active names with associated email addresses (if email release was specifically authorized by the member). Rosters will be released in PDF format only.


It would be nice to collect historical documents describing the formation of the Retirees Association and it’s history. Also, we are always interested in seeing pictures that commerorate the work we did at Collins, particularly in Dallas area. 

Thank you in advance for looking at your files and trying to find some of the information above. This email account will be monitored by one of the officers  ( 

We are seeking nominations and/or volunteers to lead the RCRA from Oct 2020 to April 2022

The two year terms for our current officers completes after our April 2018 meeting. We are now asking for volunteers to take one of the three positions. The positions are President, Vice President and Treasurer. If you have interest in one of these opportunities, you can contact one of our current officers with any questions and to volunteer. The officers and their contact information can be found under the contacts section of the website. A quick reminder of our current officers is provided below:

  • President – Tommy Dodson ( 951-313-4264)
  • Vice President- Vacant (Bill Zeigler assisting leadership team 214-886-5634)
  • Treasurer – Ted Fredricks.     ( 214-803-6544)

Presidents Ponderings by Tommy Dodson

A Message From Our President…

Although we were forced to cancel our April 2020 meeting last month, I wanted to give a quick update as well as getting pictures out from our October 2019 meeting. We are planning for our October 2020 meeting and it will be great to see everyone at that time.

In October 2019 I gave an overview of a great non-profit organization called Ark House. Ark House is associated with the First United Methodist Church Richardson, providing low cost housing for patients and families coming to Dallas Hospitals for long term care. In addition to the medical challenges these families face, the cost of housing during this process can be financially debilitating as well. Ark House offers a safe and comfortable living environment for these families and minimizes the financial impacts. It is a wonderful ministry offers an excellent opportunity if you are looking for a service activity. I will also mention here that a couple of years ago I invited the Director of the Network of Community Ministries to speak to our group. You may remember the Network is a organization in Richardson helping individuals and families in critical times of need. The Network has seen unprecedented demand in the last two months due to the COVID 19 pandemic. For instance, their food pantry demand has increased over ten times during this period. This is another great organization that could provide a service opportunity if you are interested.

Last, I mentioned in our last meeting that Raytheon and United Technologies had announced an agreement to combine companies. That combination was concluded in March and the new company is called Raytheon Technologies. I am happy to say that Collins Aerospace is one of the four portfolios in the new company. I plan to get a representative from Collins Aerospace Richardson to speak to us in our October 2020 meeting. We will put out a meeting announcement in September to confirm the meeting and the speaker. I hope all our members are well in this challenging time and I look forward to seeing you all October 15, 2020.

 Tommy Dodson

Member Contributions

Member contributions received at the meetings continue to play a major role in offsetting the expenses of this organization. When the baskets are passed please be generous. Another way to help RCRA is to purchase an ad on this site. Any RCRA officer can help you with the details.

New Retirees & Obituaries

Due to privacy concerns, Rockwell Collins does not directly release the names and contact information of employees retiring.  Therefore, it is up to us (all of you and me) to take notice of those retiring and report that information to the RCRA leadership.  Please provide name and contact information of new retirees by email or phone to the RCRA officers.  See the Contacts & Links page for phones. Email: We ask you to notify one of the officers of obituaries/death notices for our members and send a copy to our email account ( to aid in distribution of that information to our members.

Website Information

In 2015, Jerry Henninger, a past president of RCRA, engaged his business partner Lance Ochs to develop, maintain, and host the RCRA website, Today, Lance continues to host the website but we’ve transitioned development to Bill Zeigler and on-going maintenance to Eric Pearson. We thank Jerry and Lance for the initial development and for hosting our web site. We also thank Bill & Eric for taking the initiative to reorganize and update the website.

RCRA Meeting is Coming!

October 2020 Meeting CANCELED

Thursday – April 15, 2021 9:00am Social Hour 10:00am Business Meeting Richardson Civic Center 411 W. Arapaho Road 75080 For planning, our meetings are scheduled on the third Thursday of April and October each year.  You can mark you calendar now to reserve the dates.

In consideration of the COVID Virus, we canceled the October 2020 meeting after being informed that the Civic Center would be closed and our venue was not available. We will continue to follow local guidelines for large meetings.

Next Meeting - April 15, 2021