United States Army Warrant Officers Association

Fort Lowell - Apache Chapter

Tucson, Arizona

IRS 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Public Charity Organized November 2001
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15th Year Streamer

Vincent Baiocchetti, Chapter President, is shown adding a 15th Year streamer to the Chapter's flag staff.

10th Year Streamer

10th Year Streamer - President CW2R Lance Dickinson on right and Secretary CW2R John Curtis on left

5th Year Streamer

5th Year Streamer - President CW5R Vincent Baiocchetti on left and Western Regional Director CW3R Joseph Gill on right



Edward Charles Blankschen died at St. Mary's Hospital, Tucson, on Friday October 14, 2016, after a brief illness. He was a son of the late Elton Wilcox Blankschen and Hazel Marie Wigre Blankschen. Edward was born on September 30, 1944, in Bridgeport, Conn., where he grew up. He later moved to Milford, Conn. and retired to Tucson in 2007. He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Leslie Bedron Blankschen; hi daughter, Emily Rose Blankschen Puller and her husband Kyle of Cape Town, South Africa; his brother Robert and wife Agnes of Danbury, Conn; his sister Gail LaSella and husband John of Milford, Conn. his half-brother Warren Blankschen and wife Denise of Gautier, Miss; his step sister Diane Ryan of Oviedo, Fla; and many nieces and Nephews and their children. Edward graduated from Bullard-Havens Regional Technical School and attended the University of Bridgeport. He served in the United States Navy during the Vietnam War from 1962 until 1966 aboard the U.S.S. Galveston. In 1972 he joined the Connecticut National Guard from which he retired in 2004 as a Warrant Officer 3. Proudly serving his nation was a family tradition; he was a direct descendent of Captain John Crane who served in the Revolutionary War. Edward was a member of the U.S.S. Galveston Shipmates' Association, the Military Officers of America Association, the United States of America Warrant Officers' Association, and the Fort Lowell-Apache Chapter of the United States Army Warrant Officers' Association. Edward will be greatly missed by his family and by all who knew him. He was cheerful and outgoing and live to make other people's day a little brighter.


2015 New Chapter Officers

The Ft. Lowell-Apache Chapter installed new officers at its meeting on Monday, November 9, 2015 at Mimi’s Café in Tucson, Arizona. CW5R Vincent Baiocchetti-President, CW2R Craig Dowdney-Vice President, CW2R John Curtis-Secretary and CW4R Harold Lindamood-Treasurer.


2014 13th Annual Golf Turnament

The 13th Annual WOA Golf Tournament was held on Saturday, March 29, 2014 at the El Conquistador Golf Course with an 0800 Tee Off. Sixty-eight golfers tee off in the cool morning air after having registered purchased Mulligans, Raffle Tickets, and a Pink Ball opportunity for a 50/50 share of the pot. The weather warmed up quickly and by 0900 it was warm and comfortable. Pictures were taken of each golf team by two cadets from the Flowing Wells JROTC Battalion. After a Italian Lunch Buffet drawings were held for a variety of donated gifts by Tucson vendors. The winner of the 50/50 Pink Ball Opportunity collected a cool $500 for a small $20.00 investment. He said after being announced that he had won "I’ll be at all of the future tournaments.” The tournament trophies were then presented to the winning teams.




2013 4th of July Party

art and craig   ed resting   el   jean
ron chef   jo   joy   leslie
lindy   ron


The Fort Lowell-Apache Chapter held its annual 4th of July get together at the home of Ron & Nancy James again. Ron cooked chicken and fish and everyone brought a side dish of some kind. The food was wonderful and more than any of us could eat. It was a pleasant time to just sit around and talk with each other; something we don’t usually get time to do. A nice time was had by all and we thank the James family for opening the home to us. Unfortunately, Al Price and Marsha were in Europe on a river boat cruise and Lance Dickinson & Bette were at Mount Lemon where Lance, as a member of the Sons of the Revolution, was marching in a parade.


2012-2013 Newly elected officers

The newly elected officers are:  President - CW4R Harold Lindamood,
Vice President - CW2R Craig Dowdney, Treasurer - CW2R Lance Dickinson and Secretary - CW2R John Curtis. 


4Th of July Party

4th of july party

Our last meeting was also a 4th of July party, to celebrate our freedom and independence that we fought so hard for.

10th Anniversary Dinner

Dinner Program

During the Fort Lowell-Apache Chapter of Tucson, Arizona 10th Anniversary dinner, the new officers of the Chapter were sworn in by General John A. Wickham, Jr., former Chief of Staff of the Army.

General Wickham
CW2R Lance Dickinson, President
CW2R John Curtis, Secretary
CW4R Harold Lindamood, Treasurer
CW5R Vincent Baiocchetti, Vice President
From left to right:

General Wickham was the main speaker at the Chapter’s 10th Anniversary Dinner and spoke focusing essentially on his views of the Warrant Officer corps, and his views on why all of us serve America.

CW2R Lance Dickinson is shown presenting to General John A. Wickham, Jr. his appointment to the Aviation Branch as a CW5.  The promotion certificate is signed by MG Anthony Crutchfield, Commanding General of Ft. Rucker and the Aviation Branch, and Aviation Branch CCWO CW5 Michael L. Reese.
CW3R Ted Cogut is an author that has written several books, one of which he is giving the General. It is about his service in the Air Force and later in the Army as a Weatherman from 1946 until his retirement.



He also spoke about his approval of the grade of CW5 and the creation of the Aviation Branch and Special Forces.  He later took questions on variety of current topics including Iraq, Afghanistan, Korea and the proliferation problem, Iran and Pakistan.

CW4R Bob Ozier as a PFC in 1953.
Al Price in Vietnam
CW3R Al Price
in MP school
Ted Cogut 1947

11th Annual Golf Tournament

Ft. Lowell-Apache Chapter held its 11th Annual Golf Tournament on June 10, 2012 at the Omni Tucson National Golf Resort.  The purpose of the tournament is to raise money to help support our scholarship program for graduating JROTC students at Flowing Wells High School who will be going on to college and joining the ROTC program.  JROTC students also come from Ironwood Ridge, Canada del Oro, Amphi, and  Mountain View high schools. Approximately, 227 students attend their program.

1st Place Ladies
Betty Lindamood
Rosetta Kerr
Darlene Bloom
Sharon O’Brien



1st Place Men
2nd Place Men
3rd Place Men

Larry Durgin
Melody Durgin
Bailey Wherry
Betsy Robinson

Ray Skinner
Matt Olson
Chris Metlton
Max Valkingburg

Lee Shaw
Ryan Skog
George Acuna
Richard Gollner

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