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President's Corner - March 2007

Dear FTVA Members,

Your association's board of directors continues its efforts to strengthen support to AIA people recognition programs and promote activities which highlight the organization's rich heritage of military service. I'm pleased to report that both individual membership and Vigilant Partner program participation are in solid shape, and the association's financial condition is strong. Recently the FTVA board of directors agreed to provide support to the AIA Honor Guard.

I want to recognize the outstanding job Major Bernard Cruz did the last two years coordinating the reunion between Headquarters AIA and FTVA. He will be departing PCS this summer. Best wishes Major, we will miss you.

In March, your association will lend its financial support to the AIA Annual Awards Week activities. This event recognizes outstanding people from the ranks of AIA's officers, enlisted, and civilians. They will participate in a series of briefings and panels that provide the "big picture" on AIA.

We are in the initial stages of planning this year's reunion, which will be conducted 27-29 September. This year we will be playing golf at the Alsatian Country Club in Castroville, a few miles west of San Antonio. Joe Hurst will be coordinating the golf tournament again this year. Full details on the reunion will be in the mail to you as soon as possible.

In this newsletter, you'll find an article soliciting Hall of Honor recommendations. Also, the pullout form used for submitting nominees is in the center of the newsletter. I strongly encourage each of you to consider all of the professionals you served with, what their contributions to the command mission were, and to nominate one or more of them whose performance meets the standards established for Hall of Honor membership. One of the more enjoyable features in our association newsletters is the "war stories" and other remembrances our members have of significant events in our command's history. Our editor, Dan D'Apolito, is always on the lookout for items like this, and he's delighted to put your submissions into print. I'm sure virtually every one of us has a favorite recollection that others would enjoy reading, so send your "cards and letters" to Dap for future newsletters. Dan now has some help. Chief Master Sergeant (Ret) Dennis Rassmussen has agreed to help Dan with the newsletter. Welcome Rass when you talk to him or see him.

For our many members in Central and South Texas, the spring social will take place on 14 April at the Kelly USA Club. The social will be from 1700-2000 with a $5 charge for food and a pay as you go bar. The guest speaker will be Brigadier General Jan-Marc Jouas, the AIA Vice Commander, who will provide an update on where AIA is going in the future. More information will be provided later. Hope to see you there.

Remain in touch,

Bob Crabtree


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