The Eagle




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 Saturday 8 October 0900 - 1200

Double Tree Hotel - 445 S. Alvernon Way, Tucson



Vincent Baiocchetti 520/742-5302

Joe Gill


Harold Lindamood

520/ 393-7158

Art Schmid


Leonard Wilfong


Michael Turner




Vincent Baiocchetti 520-742-5302

Ron James


Michael Turner


Harold Lindamood

520- 393-7158

John Curtis


Michael Turner





AMM Planning Update 8-Oct

DoubleTree Hotel - Tucson

Membership Meeting 8-Oct In Conjunction with Above
13th Annual Reunion-European WOs 17-21 Oct Plaza Hotel Las Vegas
AMM Golf Tournament 24-Oct

Randolph Golf Complex

33rd Annual Meeting of the Members 24-28 Oct

DoubleTree Hotel at Reid Park- Tucson

Installation of New Officers-Tentative 14-Nov

To be Announced

Membership Meeting 14-Nov

To be Announced

Annual Christmas Party TBA

To be Announced






Fellow Warrants,


There is an upcoming meeting on Saturday October 8th in place of our regularly scheduled meeting on October 10th.  The meeting will be at the DoubleTree Hotel at 0900.  YOUR ATTENDANCE WILL BE GREATLY APPRECIATED.


We will be reviewing all the items regarding the upcoming 2005 AMM and making assignments for setting up.    Michael Turner will be giving training on the registration computers.  Also covering setting up the registration, filling members' gift bags, the schedule, our Hospitality Suite, and a variety of other items.


We are down to less than one month so we need everyone's help.                                                Vin-



The clock is ticking and in just a couple of short weeks it will be here – the 2005 AMM – Here in Tucson.


On Monday 24 October, for those who enjoy golf, they will hittin’ and puttin’ across the street from the Double Tree and the rest of us will be either registering or being registered.


Not everybody has the time to spend the entire week at the AMM but for those who are within commuting range, please plan to be part of the Awards Banquet and Ball on Friday Evening 28 October starting at 1700 Hours. This will be another opportunity to wear your dress blues or mess dress and let everyone know that you’ve ‘been there – done that’. [It beats just a T-shirt.]


Talk to your military friends and invite them to dress up and come to the banquet and the ball. Remember, if they plan on crashing afterwards, they need to make their hotel reservation before 09 October and the sooner they make their banquet reservations the better.


Oh yeah, I need to warn you. If this is your first AMM then you’ll find what the rest of us have – they are habit forming. It is the only time every year to see old warrant officer friends and to make new ones.


See ya there.

in the
Desert 2005





October 22 Events

1746 - John Hamilton, the Royal Governor of New Jersey officially chartered the College of New Jersey. The school is now known as Princeton University.

1836 – Sam Houston inaugurated as 1st elected President of the Republic of Texas.

1903 - Tom Horn is hanged in Wyoming for the murder of Willie Nickell

1917 - Leopold Schakowsky led the Philadelphia Orchestra in its first recording session -- for Victor Records.

1938: American inventor Chester F. Carlson makes the first Xerox copy

1939 - The first televised pro football game was telecast from Ebbets Field in Brooklyn, New York. NBC’s flagship, W2XBS, carried the action. Brooklyn beat Philadelphia, 23-14. NBC later changed those experimental call letters to WRCA, and even later, to WNBC.

1950 - A record score in the NFL: The Los Angeles Rams stopped the Baltimore Colts, 70-27, in a regular season game.

1959 - "Take Me Along" opened on Broadway and quickly became an American classic. Walter Pidgeon starred along with Jackie Gleason.

1962 - U.S. President John F. Kennedy informed the world that the Soviet Union was building secret missile bases in Cuba and that he had ordered a naval quarantine (blockade) of Cuba. He also demanded that Russian Premier Nikita S. Khrushchev remove all the missiles and their bases.

1978 - Pope John Paul II was inaugurated as Universal Pastor of the Roman Catholic Church. He was the first non-Italian Pope since Adrian VI (1522-1523), the first Polish Pope, and the youngest Pope since Pius IX (1846-1878).

1986 - U.S. President Ronald Reagan signed the Tax Reform Act of 1986 on this day, but wrote his last name first. The signing, however, remains legal.


Birthdays - October 22

CW4-R Roy Valiant and CW3-R Joe Gill

What years?

Now that is Really Classified



in the
Desert 2005



The Army Chief of Staff, GEN Schoomaker, has announced to the Army that the following terminology will apply  henceforth to Army units:

A Unit of Action (UA) will be called a Brigade Combat Team (BCT), with 1 of 4 of the following front ends on the name depending upon the equipment w/in the unit:  Heavy, Infantry, Stryker, or Future Combat System (FCS) BCT 

A 2-Star Unit of Employment HQ (UEx) will be called a Division       

A 3-Star UEx will be called a Corps   

A UEy will be called a Army    

The Vice Chief of Staff, US Army (GEN Cody), has directed the Army to "remove UA/UE from our lexicon."     

October 2005 begins the phase out of the unfair "widows tax," which once reduced Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP) annuities by up to one-third at age 62 for most annuitants. Any annuitant currently receiving SBP at less than 40 percent of the base amount will be increased to 40 percent of the base annuity. The increase will be seen in the November deposit. SBP annuity amounts will remain unchanged for those annuitants who already receive payments greater than 40 percent of the base annuity. 

A GAO study spends more than 50 pages adding up every conceivable way that military people cost the government money, but less than one page is dedicated to how much their service is worth.


The media blitz about Medicare Part D has some Retirees wondering if Medicare Part D will provide them with better pharmacy benefits than TRICARE. It is unlikely that Medicare Part D coverage would provide better coverage than the robust pharmacy benefits currently available under TRICARE.  Most Retirees don't need Medicare Part D.  If you choose to enroll in Part D, your TRICARE pharmacy benefits will be affected, as TRICARE

More than 200 soldiers from the Arizona National Guard are being sent to the Gulf Coast to help in hurricane relief efforts. The soldiers are being deployed from units based in Show Low, Flagstaff, and Prescott. Two transportation companies and a medical support company are being dispatched.

Air National Guard units from Arizona have already been helping provide transportation to the region.


AER to help hurricane victims - For those Soldiers, active and retired, and their family members who have been affected by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, Army Emergency Relief will assist with short-term needs such as food, lodging, clothing, gas, and other financial needs such as rent deposits and bill payment. Donations can be sent to the Army Emergency Relief Headquarters at 200 Stovall Street, Alexandria, Va. 22332. Any military members or family affected by the Hurricanes who are in need of financial assistance can call the Army Emergency Relief. The toll free number is 1-866-878-6378




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When the door of happiness closes, another opens, but often times we look so long at the closed door that we don't see the one which has been opened for us.


The best kind of friend is the kind you can sit on a porch and swing with, never say a word, and then walk away feeling like it was the best conversation you've every had.


It's true that we don't know what we've got until we lose it, but it's also true that we don't know what we've been missing until it arrives.


Giving someone all your love is never an assurance that they'll love you back! Don't expect love in return; just wait for it to grow in their heart but if it doesn't, be content it grew in yours. It takes only a minute to get a crush on someone, an hour to like someone, and a day to love someone, but it takes a lifetime to forget someone.


Don't go for looks; they can deceive. Don't go for wealth; even that fades away. Go for someone who makes you smile because it takes only a smile to make a dark day seem bright. Find the one that makes your heart smile.

There are moments in life when you miss someone so much that you just want to pick them from your dreams and hug them for real!

Dream what you want to dream; go where you want to go; be what you want to be, because you have only one life and one chance to do all the things you want to do.


May you have enough happiness to make you sweet, enough trials to make you strong, enough sorrow to keep you human, enough hope to make you happy.


Always put yourself in others' shoes. If you feel that it hurts you, it probably hurts the other person, too.


The happiest of people don't necessarily have the best of everything; they just make the most of everything that comes along their way.  Happiness lies for those who cry, those who hurt, those who have searched, and those who have tried, for only they can appreciate the importance of people who have touched their lives.


Maybe God wants us to meet a few wrong people before meeting the right one so that when we finally meet the right person, we will know how to be grateful for that gift.

Love begins with a smile, grows with a kiss and ends with a tear.


The brightest future will always be based on a forgotten past; you can't go on well in life until you let go of your past failures and heartaches.


When you were born, you were crying and everyone around you was smiling. Live your life so that when you die, you're the one who is smiling and everyone around you is crying.

in the
Desert 2005