Fort Lowell-Apache Chapter

united states army warrant officers association 






VOLUME 2 NUMBER 3                                                                                                        MARCH 2004


Guess who forgot to write

their article this month?



Hundreds of our military personnel spend time daily at the Bob Hope USO at LAX and we can all help make their time more enjoyable by sending our read paperbacks to them. Mail them to:

Bob Hope USO at LAX

203 World Way West, Suite 200
Los Angeles, CA 90045

For those who itemize their taxes, this constitutes a tax deduction.

Send a box of books today!


California’s 40th ID [ARNG] is recruiting kinda young.




At the January Chapter meeting, we voted to move our meeting day to the 2ND Wednesday of the month so those who enjoy the Legion’s spaghetti can noT served on MondayS anymore.


Membership Meeting           Mar 10

Membership Meeting           Apr 14

Fort Lowell Founded           May 12

Membership Meeting           Jun 08

Third Annual Golf Tourney Jun 12

National Airborne Day         Aug 15

2004 AMM-Virginia           Oct 10-15

2005 AMM-Tucson           Oct 22-27

    (Subject to Change)



President                       Ron James


Vice President/Editor             Joe Gill


Secretary                Vin Baiocchetti           


Treasurer                  Arthur Schmid


Historian                Leonard Wilfong






WO Scholarship Foundation

WO Heritage Foundation



The Warrant Officer Corps 86th Anniversary Ball will be 14 July 2004 at Ft. Rucker.  Make plans to attend this celebratory event.  Further details to follow. POC:


Three of our Chapter members have been deployed. Please remember them in our prayers and write them on happenings here on the home front via email from all of us.
     CW4 Lyle Fridlund
     CW2 Scott Kirley
     WO1 Jeff Whitbeck



Our Association’s National positions are filled through elections, held every two years. The members elected to these offices make up the Board of Directors for the USAWOA. Here is a list of all of the National Offices: President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, plus Directors for the Northeast, Southeast, Mid-North, Mid-South and Western Regions.  Please contact our Immediate Past President, CW5 (Ret) Dick Scalzo, at if you are interested in running for any of the Chapter and/or National Offices. Completed Nomination Forms and Resumes must reach Home Office by July 12 to be on the ballot.


USAWOA Vice President's 2003 New Member Recruiting Challenge - As of April 1, 2003 and for the following four calendar quarters, top recruiters of new CW2 through CW5, or retired members, will receive a choice of a $50.00 U. S. Savings Bond or a $25.00 credit towards Home Office Memorabilia (including the New Stivers print). The campaign prizes have been graciously funded by National Vice President CW4 (Ret) Roy Valiant. See listing of recruiters and the total number recruited to date for the July through September quarter.


Will Rogers, who died in a plane crash with Wylie Post in 1935, was probably the greatest political sage this country has ever known.  Enjoy the following:

1. Never slap a man who's chewing tobacco.

2. Never kick a cow chip on a hot day.

3. There are 2 theories to arguing with a woman...neither works.

4. Never miss a good chance to shut up.

5. Always drink upstream from the herd.

6. If you find yourself in a hole, stop digging.

7. The quickest way to double your money is to fold it and put it back in your pocket.

8. There are three kinds of men:

    -ones that learn by reading. 

    -few who learn by observation

    -rest of them have to pee on the    electric fence and find out for themselves.

 9.  Good judgment comes from experience, and a lot of that comes from bad judgment.

10.  If you're riding' ahead of the herd, take a look back every now and then to make sure it's still there.

11.  Lettin' the cat outta the bag is a whole lot easier'n puttin' it back.

12.  After eating an entire bull, a mountain lion felt so good he started roaring.  He kept it up until a hunter came along and shot him. 

The moral: When you're full of bull, keep your mouth shut.











Effective 9 July, this is what the new Army CW5 bar will look like. No official word yet on the future of our Rising Eagle.




1. Eventually you will reach a point when you stop lying about your age and start bragging about it.

2. The older we get, the fewer things seem worth waiting in line for.

3. Some people try to turn back their odometers.  Not me, I want people to know "why" I look this way.  I've traveled a long way and some of the roads weren't paved

4. When you are dissatisfied and would like to go back to youth, think of Algebra.

5. You know you are getting old when everything either dries up or leaks.

 6. I don't know how I got over the hill without getting to the top.

 7. One of the many things no one tells you about aging is that it is such a nice change from being young.

 8. One must wait until evening to see how splendid the day has been.

 9. Being young is beautiful, but being old is comfortable.

 10. Long ago when men cursed and beat the ground with sticks, it was called witchcraft.  Today it's called golf.

 And finally ~ If you don't learn to laugh at trouble, you won't have anything to laugh at when you are old.


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Everyone needs to be
at our WOA meeting on 
Wednesday March 10th.


For the sixth year, USAWOA has kicked off our annual fund-raiser through which we provide U.S. Savings Bonds as prizes. USAWOA President Frank Meeks’ has set our goal at $47,000.00; a figure that we came very close to achieving last year. Each member should now have received four books of tickets. If not … please call the home office 800/587-2962) or e-mail to double check that we have a current mailing address in your membership file. Remember these few key points about our fund-raiser - USAWOA asks only two times a year for your added financial support -- this fund-raiser and our scholarship fund-raiser in the fall. Unlike many other associations, we do not do recurring fund raising projects like return address labels, calendars, candy, business cards, etc. USAWOA members recommended that we offer savings bonds as prizes. We agreed and provide eleven bonds, ranging in full value from $250 to $10,000. As opposed to "box prizes," bonds are easy to ship to members anywhere in the world and can be used by anybody. USAWOA depends significantly on the success of this fund-raiser. Last year, it accounted for nearly 25 percent of our total income. Success allows us to continue programs, services, and operations in the high-quality manner you expect and deserve. USAWOA "squeezes" every buck. As warrant officers, it is our nature to examine minute details. Regarding our operational expenses, we do. USAWOA could have greater success with this fund-raiser. As written earlier, we’ve done this for several years. Analysis of the return/response last year shows that less than 800 members participated. That is only about 15 percent of our members.


As of February 20, you good folks have donated $14,360.00. Thank you and keep those donations (and ticket stubs) coming!