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It would be nice to collect historical documents describing the formation of the Retirees Association and it’s history.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  ( 

Presidents Ponderings by Tommy Dodson

A Message From Our President…

We have been advised by the City of Richardson that the civic center will be closed for meetings at least through the month of October 2020 due to continuing concerns related to the COVID 19 virus. As a result, we are cancelling our upcoming October 2020 meeting. Our next meeting is now scheduled for April 15, 2021. If you have any questions or comments send us an e-mail or call me directly.

 I would like to introduce a new sponsor for our organization today. Miller & Vess, P.C. are now sponsors of our Collins Retirees Association and will join us at our April 15, 2021 meeting. Bob Judd, who we know well, has joined Miller & Vess and will continue his active involvement with our group. Miller & Vess are attorneys and tax specialists providing estate planning, wills and probate and tax planning/preparation among their varied services. They are located on 7920 Belt Line Rd ( suite 650) Dallas 75254 ( corner of Belt Line and Coit). Their office number is 972-231-8855. We will have our website update soon to provide an overview of Miller&Vess including the location and contact information. I want to thank Ron Miller, Danny Vess and Bob Judd for their support and welcome them to the Collins Retiree Association.

 In closing I hope all of you are well and making it through this wild year of 2020. As I indicated in my last message the Raytheon/United Technologies merger was completed with the new company named Raytheon Technologies. I hope to have a Sr. manager from the Richardson Collins Aerospace portfolio speak about their role in the new Raytheon Technologies company in our April meeting. Hope to see you all in April.


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)

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