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The Fort Lowell-Apache Eagle
The Official Monthly Newsletter of the Ft Lowell-apache Chapter
REPRODUCTION AUTHORIZED WITH WRITTEN CREDIT GIVEN TO THIS PUBLICATION
VOLUME 2 NUMBER
OUR NEW LOOK
We have a new name and you will note that the font or print is larger and it is not sent to you as an attachment. This makes it easier to read and we no longer have to worry what version of Microsoft Word each member may have. The big improvement is that it permits more information to be included each month. If you have ideas for articles and information you feel should be included, let our editor know. Contributions are always welcome.
FROM THE DESK OF THE CHIEF
Joe, I'm sorry that I could not get an article out to you. Please, if you wish just say I was not in time, or if you have an interesting topic please add it/write in. Ron-
"It is, in a way, an odd thing to honor those
who died in defense of our country in wars far away. The imagination plays a
trick. We see these soldiers in our mind as old and wise. We see them as
something like the Founding Fathers, grave and gray-haired. But most of them
were boys when they died, they gave up two lives -- the one they were living
and the one they would have lived. When they died, they gave up their chance to
be husbands and fathers and grandfathers. They gave up their chance to be
revered old men. They gave up everything for their county, for us. All we can
do is remember."
-- Ronald Wilson Reagan
Remarks at Veteran's Day ceremony, Arlington National Cemetery
OUR CHAPTER OFFICERS FOR 2004-2005
(YOU CAN CUT ME OUT)
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Two of our Chap
is paying their USAWOA dues so they have one less thing to think about. Both are
invited to email us on their non-classified adventures.
prayers and wri
IMPORTANT WO WEB ADDRESSES
June 12 is almost upon us and the teams are coming.
The Arizona Silver Chapter at
Darlene will be there with her WO memorabilia so all WOs can play in their own golf shirt with our Rising Eagle.
There is still time to sign up a few more players and sponsors. Just let Vinny know if you need any help.
Golfers, build your own team. The winning team members each get their own trophy so don’t delay in getting your money and names to Vinny ASAP.
In March 2004, CW5 (Ret) Dan Logan came aboard to
replace retiring CW5 (Ret) Ray Bell as USAWOA Executive Director.
Unfortunately, compelling circumstances have forced Dan to depart the position
Effective immediately, USAWOA is seeking applicants for the position of Executive Director of the only association representing Army Warrant Officers and the families on a worldwide basis. We solicit all members' recommendations and ideas.
We would like to look within our ranks to identify those individuals that would be good candidates to fill the position of Executive Director. There are many good candidates in the DC area that we will be contacting.
What better person to represent Warrant Officers than a retired Warrant Officer who has ‘been there and done that’.
Members with recommended candidates or individuals interested in seeking more information of the position are requested to contact National President Frank Meeks at firstname.lastname@example.org or National Vice President CW4 (Ret) Roy Valiant at email@example.com.
NATIONAL AIRBORNE DAY
Our own Bill Keller BKe2076635@aol.com is working to recognize
all those who jumped out of perfectly functioning aircraft enough times to earn
their Jump Wings on Sunday 15 August here in
Service members, veterans and federal employees who
For more information, check out: http://coldwar.army.mil.
WO CONVERSION DAY
On Friday, 9 July, the Rising Eagle will disappear from our uniforms to be replaced by the insignia of our basic branches. In addition, the CW5 insignia will also change.
Fort Huachuca will have a special ceremony to recognize this important date with a 0730 formation at Brown Field followed by a breakfast hosted [and paid for] by the Arizona Silver Chapter.
All Arizona WOs are invited and encouraged to attend.
FROM ONE CANDIDATE
My Fellow Warrant Officers
In March of this year, I announced that I would be running for the office of Director of the Western Region. I asked that you announce to you membership that I was running for this office and ask for your support. The Elections are now just a few weeks away and I am again asking that you and your chapter support me as Director of the Western region.
It is time for the Western Region to
again become the Largest, Best and most well known region within the USAWOA.
Within the past two years, we have lost a lot of ground. We have lost many
members and each chapter has gone down in numbers. Granted this is partly
because of Mobilizations but you can maintain your members if they know that
you are there to support them and their families during their mobilization.
Many of the Spouses have question and it is our responsibility to help them
with the answers. The spouses and we can
help each other. We are all aware of the misinformation that we get through the
news media. They can provide us with information about what is really going on
If the Western Region continues in the direction that is has been going in the past year and a half the strength of the Western Region will dwindle even further. Not only will members disappear but Chapters will also disappear.
RESTORE THE DYNAMICS TO THE WESTERN REGION BY VOTING FOR ME, AS THE DIRECTOR OF THE WESTERN REGION.
I thank you for your time
CW4 (RET) Harry Wilson
On Friday, 4 June, a group of WWII glider veterans will gather for a luncheon at the Viscount Suite Hotel at 4855 East Broadway. Cost of the lunch is $16.50. If you would like to attend, RSVP Bill Keller via e-mail at BKe2076635@aol.com.
On Friday 13 June,
THE 459TH SIGNAL BATTALION (
will be holding it's first reunion in
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NEW WOPD EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
with an effective date of rank (DOR) of
following minimum military professional development education. Warrant Officer Advance Course (WOAC) will be provided earlier in the career to enhance the technical readiness capabilities of the force. The WOAC will now be required for all warrant officers between the sixth and eight year of warrant officer service or before selection to CW3. The Warrant Officer Staff Course (WOSC) will now be provided to all warrant officers between their 12th and 14th year of warrant officer service or before selection to CW4.
In the case of selection to CW5, the WOSC must be completed for selection and the Warrant Officer Senior Staff Course (WOSSC) must be completed for promotion pin-on. CW2, CW3, and CW4 with a DOR earlier than
However, it does
not preclude educational requirements from being completed for future promotion
Unit (TPU) Warrant Officers must apply for PDE courses through the Army Training Requirements and Resources System (ATRRS) via their unit training officer/NCO. AGR, IRR, and IMA Warrant Officers must apply for PDE courses through their Career Management Officer at HRC-STL ATTN: (AGR, AHRC-ARO) or AHRC-OPW-S), 1 Reserve Way, St. Louis, MO 63132.
NEW USAF WORK UNIFORM
The United States Air Force is currently field-testing a new work uniform. They are inviting comments. The last change was to change their Class A uniform into a Commercial Airline Pilots type with rank strips on the sleeves.
ANNUAL MEETINGS OF THE MEMBERS
ANNUAL MEETING - 2004
The 2004 Annual Meeting of the Members,
hosted by the Northeast Region will be held in Leesburg
Registration forms are now available on
the USAWOA website www.usawoa.org for the 2004 in
To make hotel reservations
call, toll-free 888-850-8545. Be sure you tell them that you are coming for the Warrant Officer
meeting to secure our special room rate. The hotel will provide ground transport
Please register early so the hosts will know how many to expect. This simple courtesy will help us get the same next year.
For those who have not attended an Annual Meeting before, this is a great opportunity to see what they are all about before we are under the gun putting on next year’s AMM here in Tucson. A word of warning-attendance at a AMM is habit forming.
ANNUAL MEETING - 2005
Annual Meeting of the Members will be held here in
Directly across the street is
Featuring 295 newly renovated
guestrooms, a lovely pool in a lush courtyard setting, a spa, fitness center
and business center, the Doubletree Hotel at
See you in the Old Pueblo in October 2005.
[Check out www.usawoa.org and see the first teaser for this hotel and our Chapter’s major activity for 2005.]
The 1-year test to expand space-available travel to
family members of active-duty and retired service members traveling within the
For Space “A” Air opportunities at Davis-Monthan AFB Call 520/228-2322.
SPACE A LODGING
For the first time, members in CONUS have access to this online at http://estripes.osd.mil.
http://www.ddpdelta.org/ 888/ 838-8737
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JOB PLACEMENT FOR USAR SPOUSES
Officials in the Defense Department of Reserve Affairs recently signed an agreement with ADECCO, a staffing and human resources company, to expand the number and types of jobs available to spouses of Reservists.
The program is unique because it is not just for spouses
of activated reservists; it is aimed at all Reserve personnel. There are
currently pilot versions of the new program operating in
For more information, contact Erin Walerko, program Director for the Adecco Career Accelerator program at 732/676-0261 or firstname.lastname@example.org. [Source: FRA News-Bytes 30 Jan 04]
COMPENSATION FOR R&R EXPENSES
Service members who paid for their own stateside travel last fall when participating in the U.S. Central Command's rest and recuperation leave program should start gathering their receipts, because President Bush has signed a law allowing retroactive reimbursement of expenses. Up to 38,000 troops are eligible for retroactive reimbursement. The Defense Department now must draw up regulations explaining exactly who is eligible and how they will get the money.
FEDERAL LONG TERM CARE FOR "GREY AREA" RESERVISTS
The National Defense Authorization Act for 2004 adds three groups and their qualified relatives as eligible to apply for the Federal Long Term Care (LTC) Insurance Program. This includes retired "grey area" reservists, not in receipt of retired pay. For details, see www.ltcfeds.com.
MONEY OR PRINCIPAL: If someone says, “It’s not the money, it's the principal,” then you can bet it’s the money.
DISTANCE TO AN OBJECT: To measure the distance between you and a distant object, close one eye and look over the thumb of your outstretched arm, fixing a point on the object. Close the other eye and open the first one. Your thumb will be fixed on another point near the object. Estimate the distance between those two points and multiply by seven. This will give you the approximate distance from you to the object.
GRANDMA’S AGE: Little Johnny asked his grandma how old she was. Grandma answered, “39 and holding.” Johnny thought for a moment, and said, “And how old would you be if you let go?”
DOES IT BOTHER YOU that at one Army base, the annual trip to the rifle range had been canceled for the second year in a row, but the semi-annual physical fitness test was still on as planned.
One soldier mused, "Does it bother anyone else that the Army doesn't seem to care how well we can shoot, but they are extremely interested in how fast we can run?"
I, Rambo, swear to sign away 4 years of my mediocre life to the United States Army because I couldn't score high enough on the ASVAB to get into the Air Force, because I'm not tough enough for the Marines, and the Navy won't take me because I can't swim.
Colin Powell loves to relate this incident from his Finding an outpost at a very vulnerable spot, Powell
decided to investigate why the location was chosen. He was assured that it
was a very important outpost. “What’s the mission?” “To protect the airfield!” “What’s the airfield here for?” “To protect the outpost!”
Colin Powell loves to relate this incident from his
Finding an outpost at a very vulnerable spot, Powell decided to investigate why the location was chosen. He was assured that it was a very important outpost.
“What’s the mission?”
“To protect the airfield!”
“What’s the airfield here for?”
“To protect the outpost!”
You Know? `
The term "the whole 9 yards" came from W.W.II fighter pilots in the South Pacific. When arming their airplanes on the ground, the .50 caliber machine gun ammo belts measured exactly 27 feet, before being loaded into the fuselage. If the pilots fired all their ammo at a target, it got "the whole 9 yards."
You Know? `
This rain is going to take all the shine off my boots!
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NEW STIVERS PRINT
The U.S. Army Warrant Officers Association is pleased to announce the availability of unique Warrant Officer art by contemporary military artist Don Stivers. USAWOA commissioned one thousand prints. Each print will show the USAWOA logo, a serial number, and the signature of the artist. The artwork commemorates the birth of the Army Warrant Officer Corps: that being the July 1918 act of Congress founding the Army Mine Planter Service as part of the Coast Artillery Corps. To order go to www.usawoa.org or call 800-5-USAWOA.
Mrs. Chief will be at our Golf Tournament-live and in person-so we can see and feel the merchandise before buying. If you want to see pictures of these fine items, checks out the Arizona Silver order form in to the memorabilia section of www.usawoa.org.