The Fort Lowell-Apache Eagle

The Official Monthly Newsletter of the Ft Lowell-apache Chapter

united states army warrant officers association 

TUCSON, ARIZONA

REPRODUCTION AUTHORIZED WITH WRITTEN CREDIT GIVEN TO THIS PUBLICATION

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
                                          

 

VOLUME 2 NUMBER 6                                                                                                           JUNE 2004

 

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.

 

 

FLASH At our 12 May meeting, we enjoyed the ambiance, food and service in our own private room at Michelangelo Ristorante Italiano   420 W Magee Rd [at Oracle] that we voted to hold our 9 June meeting there also.

All members, spouses and not currently member warrants are encouraged to join us starting at 1800. Even with dinner, we are usually on the way home by 1930.

 

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 inRon-

REMEMBERING

"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            
Arlington, Virginia, November 11, 1985

 

 

OUR CHAPTER OFFICERS FOR 2004-2005 

     OFFICE                                   NAME                                   HOME PHONE                                 

PRESIDENT                              RON JAMES                             520-219-3337      

VICE PRESIDENT/EDITOR        JOE GILL                                 520-458-4099      

SECRETARY                             VIN BAIOCCHETTI                   520-742-5302       

TREASURER                            ARTHUR SCHMID                     520-574-0399      

HISTORIAN                              LEONARD WILFONG                520-790-6198      

(YOU CAN CUT ME OUT)

 

 

MORE MEMBERS MEANS MORE CAMARADERIE


COMING ATTRACTIONS

 

EVENT

DATE(S)

REMARKS

WWII Glider Luncheon

38142

Viscount Suite Hotel

D-Day Remembered

38144

Fly your flags

Membership Meeting

38146

Michelangelo Ristorante Italiano

Third Annual Golf Tournament

38150

Randolph Golf Course 0700

US Army’s 228th Birthday

38152

Fly your flags

459th Signal Reunion

17-20Jun

POC Howard Bartholf 804/364-2603

United States B-Day

38172

Fly your flags

WO Change-Over Day

38177

Ceremony & Breakfast Ft Huachuca

WO Change-Over Day & BBQ

38177

Roadrunner Chapter-Phoenix

National Nominations Due

38180

Herndon, Virginia

Membership Meeting

38182

 

Membership Meeting

38210

 

National Airborne Day

38214

Ramada 18&19 Reid Park Noon Until?

Membership Meeting

38242

 

Membership Meeting

38273

 

2004 Annual Meeting of the Members

10-16  Oct

Leesburg, VA

2005 Annual Meeting of the Members

4-28-Oct

Tucson, AZ

(Subject to Change)

 

 

 

 

 

 

OUR DEPLOYED MEMBERS       

Two of our Chapter members are still deployed. While they are deployed, the chapter

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. Please remember them in our

 prayers and write them on happenings here on the home front via email from all of us.

 

CW2 Scott Kirley

scott.kirtley@us.army.mil

 

WO1 Jeff Whitbeck

jeffrey.whitbeck@us.army.mil


 

 

 

 

 

 

IMPORTANT WO WEB ADDRESSES

Military Retirement Pay

www.dfas.mil/money/retired/

National Personnel Records Center

vetrecs.archives.gov

Space A Air Travel

public.amc.af.mil/SPACEA/spacea.htm

TriCare for Life 

www.tricare.osd.mil/

 USAWOA On-Line

www.usawoa.org

 WO Heritage Foundation

www.usawoa.org/woheritage

 WO Scholarship Foundation

www.usawoa.org/woasf

ORE MEMBERS MEANS MORE CAMARADERIE

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE WORD

 

GOLF

June 12 is almost upon us and the teams are coming. The Arizona Silver Chapter at Fort Huachuca assembled their first team by 6 May and their Veep Keith Steiner was working on even more.

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.

 

HELP WANTED

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 May 20, 2004. Mr. Logan has agreed to work on a full time pro bono basis until May 20 and on a pro bono basis one night a week and Saturdays until a replacement is found.

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 franklin.d.meeks@us.army.mil or National Vice President CW4 (Ret) Roy Valiant at roy.valiant@us.army.mil.

 

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 Tucson. Bill has relented to permit those with Air Assault badges and the WWII glider pilots to participate. More information as we get closer. Bill, how about those USAF types that flew and towed them to their drop zones?

 

COLD WAR CERTIFICATES

Service members, veterans and federal employees who served between Sep 2, 1945 and Dec 26, 1991 are still eligible for a Cold War Recognition. In fiscal 1998, the Secretary of Defense approved awarding the certificate to personnel who served during the Cold War. Thus far, about one million people have responded out of the 22 million entitled to receive the certificate, officials said.

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.

 

MORE INFO

 

FROM ONE CANDIDATE

The Fort Lowell-Apache Eagle has learned that Western Region Candidate Harry Wilson will be here in Tucson to meet as many Warrant Officers during our golf tournament weekend and everyone is encouraged to meet Harry while he is here.

 

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 in Iraq and other places around the world. We can help them find the support that they need for their families. 

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


REMEMBERING D-DAY

On Friday, 4 June, a group of WWII glider veterans will gather for a noon 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. 

 

ARMY B-DAY LUNCHEON

On Friday 13 June, Fort Huachuca will celebrate the 228th birthday of the Army with a noon luncheon with cake cutting, live music-from the 36th Army Band, static displays and guest speaker Dr. Randy Groth, special assistant to the Chief of Staff-Army. The luncheon will be held at the LakeSide Activity Centre and will probably be one of the last such affairs there as the Club is closing this summer.

 

THE 459TH SIGNAL BATTALION (VIETNAM)

will be holding it's first reunion in Tucson Arizona June 17 - 20, 2004.  The reunion is open to all battalion members from all assigned companies and detachments, who served between 1962 and 1972.  For information, contact Howard Bartholf at 804/364-2603 or via email at howard.bartholf@carotek.com.

 

MORE MEMBERS MEANS MORE CAMARADERIE


ROADRUNNER CHAPTER

Up in Phoenix, the USAWOA Roadrunner Chapter will be holding a BBQ on 9 July at which time there will be a formal ceremony changing the CW5 insignias and the rising eagles for branch insignias. The BBQ will run from 1130-1300 at STARC Headquarters 5636 E. McDowell Road. The POC is Chapter President CW3 Jody Reidenhour at 602-267-2909.   

 

NEW WOPD EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS

Warrant officers with an effective date of rank (DOR) of January 1, 2005 and after will require the
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 January 1, 2005 must meet the military Professional Development Education (PDE) requirements currently listed in Table 2-3, AR 135-155.

However, it does not preclude educational requirements from being completed for future promotion consideration. Effective April 9, 2004 the education requirements list above are authorized and will remain fully funded and scheduled by Human Resources Command - St. Louis. Troop Program
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.

 

 

BOB HOPE USO AT LAX

While our soldiers, sailors, airman and marines awaiting their next flight at the Bob Hope USO at LAX, they start to read a paperback book at the USO and then take the books with them into “Harm’s Way”. Obviously, this means the USO needs to constantly re-supply and we can all help by mailing boxes of paperbacks on a regular basis.

Your tax specialist can tell you how to get a tax deduction on your annual income taxes. Box up your previously read paperbacks today and mail them to

Mike Teilmann, Executive Director

Bob Hope USO at LAX

203 World Way West, Suite 200

Los Angeles, CA 90045-5807

 
 


                          

 

 

 

 

 

ANNUAL MEETINGS OF THE MEMBERS

ANNUAL MEETING - 2004

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The 2004 Annual Meeting of the Members, hosted by the Northeast Region will be held in Leesburg Virginia from 11 – 16 October. This is in keeping with the agreed policy of holding an AMM every four years near our Nation’s capital, bringing all of us the opportunity of visiting Washington DC and the surrounding area in conjunction with this meeting.

Registration forms are now available on the USAWOA website www.usawoa.org for the 2004 in Leesville, VA 11-16 October.

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 to/from Dulles International Airport.

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

DoubleTree Tucson Hotel at Reid Park, Tucson, Arizona Reservation

Doubletree Hotel Tucson-Reid Park

 

The 2005 Annual Meeting of the Members will be held here in Tucson from 24 – 28 October at the Doubletree Hotel at Reid Park. Newly renovated with complimentary high-speed internet access, conveniently located near attractions, shopping and business districts, hotel has 22,000 sq. ft. of flexible meeting space, including a 10,000 sq. ft. Ballroom and can accommodate groups up to 1200. The Cactus Rose restaurant, Javelina Cantina and Lobby Bar compliment the resort-style ambiance.

Directly across the street is Reid Park, featuring two 18-hole championship golf courses, a 3-mile jogging track and 25 lighted tennis courts.

Featuring 295 newly renovated guestrooms, a lovely pool in a lush courtyard setting, a spa, fitness center and business center, the Doubletree Hotel at Reid Park is the perfect choice for business or pleasure. We offer complimentary airport transportation for every guest.

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.]


 SOME OF OUR HARD-EARNED BENEFITS

 

SPACE “A” AIR TRAVEL 

The 1-year test to expand space-available travel to family members of active-duty and retired service members traveling within the continental United States has been extended until further notice.  This does not apply to "grey-area retirees" who are retired but not yet eligible for retired pay and benefits.  Family members are able to travel space-A aboard military flights when accompanied by their sponsors.  To register for space-A travel, active-duty sponsors must be on leave or a pass and remain in the status while awaiting travel and through the entire travel period. 

 

For Space “A” Air opportunities at Davis-Monthan AFB Call 520/228-2322.

 

 

SPACE A LODGING

 

Air Force         www.afsv.af.mil/LD/                                   888-235-6343

 

                                   

Army      http://www.armymwr.com                     800.462.7691

 

                      

            Navy         www.navy-lodge.com                           800-628-9466

 

 

Stars & Stripes  For the first time, members in CONUS have access to this online at http://estripes.osd.mil.

 

TRDP Header                 http://www.ddpdelta.org/                      888/ 838-8737   

 

 

Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System (DEERS)                                tricare.osd.mil/DEERS/default.cfm                  


 

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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 San Diego and Annapolis; however, ADECCO's services are available at branches worldwide at no charge to military families.

For more information, contact Erin Walerko, program Director for the Adecco Career Accelerator program at 732/676-0261 or erin.walerko@adeccona.com. [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.


 

HUMOR?

 

MONEY OR PRINCIPAL:  If someone says, “It’s not the money, it's the principal,” then you can bet it’s the money.

 

Mesquite vs. Water: It takes 1,725 lbs. of water to grow one pound of mesquite, as opposed to only 705 lbs. of water for one pound of side oats grama, the best grass for cattle. There have been cases where dry creeks have begun to flow again after mesquite was removed.

 

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.


DEFINITION OF A WARRANT OFFICER: Normally meaning WO1, but could be used to mean any Warrant Officer. The Warrant Officer aviator is perceived differently as seen by:

HEADQUARTERS- A drunken, brawling, jeep stealing, woman-corrupting liar, with a star sapphire ring, Seiko watch, and a survival knife.

HIMSELF- A stout, handsome, highly trained professional killer and a female idol, who wears a star sapphire ring, carries a finely honed survival knife, and is always on time due to the reliability of his Seiko watch with GMT.

HIS WIFE- A stinking, foul mouthed bum who arrives home every few months or so with a bag of dirty flight suits, two flight helmets, a huge ugly watch, a survival knife, and a hard-**.

HIS COMMANDER- A fine specimen of a drunken, brawling, jeep-stealing, woman-corrupting liar with a ring, a knife, and a fantastically accurate Seiko watch.

DEPT. OF THE ARMY- An overpaid, over ranked, overrated tax burden who is indispensable since he will volunteer to go anywhere as long as he can drink, brawl, steal jeeps, corrupt women, kick dogs, lie, and wear dirty flight suits, star sapphire rings, survival knives, and a Seiko watch.


Colin Powell loves to relate this incident from his Vietnam days. It shows the importance of clear objectives.

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!”

 

Did 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."

 
Can’t get Fox News so you’ll have to add another section.   

       W

This rain is going to take all the shine off my boots!

 

MORE MEMBERS MEANS MORE CAMARADERIE

 

 

 

 

 

MEMORABILIA

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.

 

                           

 

 

                      

ARIZONA MEMORABILIA

Whether it’s a watch with the Rising Eagle, WO Challenge Coin, Golf Shirt {for this month’s tournament] a mouse pad, Rising Eagle Belt Buckle -- just to name a few items offered by the Arizona Silver Chapter just email mrschief@cox.net and our Veep will deliver your order at our next Chapter meeting.

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.

NOTICE: The opinions expressed in this publication are those of the editor and contributors and are not necessarily those of the United States Army, the Department of Defense or the United States Army Warrant Officers Association. Any reproduction of part or all is authorized provided complete written credit is given to The Fort Lowell-Apache Eagle