Decrease Font Increase Font

President´s Corner - March 2010

Dear FTVA Members,

"It's the little details that are vital.  Little things make big things happen." – John Wooden

Our organization operates under the mantra, "Remain In Touch."  During the past couple of months I've been particularly touched by the far-reaching impact of the "little things" we do to live up to those words.  The FTVA website features a sign-in capability used by visitors to post virtually any comment.  Often reunions are publicized, updates are submitted, references are requested, and sometimes simply names, organizations, and dates are posted.  Each "sign-in" is forwarded to the Board of Directors' e-mail, and often we're able to place people in contact with old friends and co-workers via the membership network.  That's gratifying in itself, but what's more rewarding is literally seeing the flood of enthusiastic responses when reacquainted with a long-lost relationship.  The entire board takes a lot of pride in facilitating such actions, but all of us owe a huge "THANKS" to one member in particular.

Bob Baert never sleeps.  I receive e-mail tests, website updates, snail mail, and membership status reports around the clock.  Most recently, he conducted negotiations with everyone from publishing companies to the US Postal Service regarding the shipment of this newsletter.  He'll be embarrassed about my remarks, but his dedication to this organization isn't visible to many of you.  Suffice it to say that several of the "little things" that mean so much to the membership would simply be impossible without him.  Bob, thanks so much for your service to our organization and our nation.

This is a great job!  During the past couple of months I've been privileged to represent the FTVA at the AF ISR Agency's Holiday Festival and publicly speak to the outstanding airmen selected for the 30th Anniversary of the Maj Gen Doyle E. Larson Sensor Olympics Awards.  What an incredibly diverse collection of talent, hard work, and skill!  I can't tell you how impressed I was with their stories and accomplishments, and can attest that your USAFSS/ESC/AFIC/AIA legacies continue to live through this generation.  Phred Sevening and Ron Haygood proudly represented us at the awards banquet, where Maj Gen Heithold summed up the competition by saying, "Our mission is performed every day and every hour by an enlisted force second to none.   The skills, knowledge, and professionalism exhibited by these 72 airmen highlight what every one of our airmen within this agency provides, and just how valuable the products and information that they produce and disseminate are in today's fight."

We're looking forward to several key events over the next few weeks.  The very first Security Hill Professional Organization/Association Day is scheduled at the Kisling Center on 9 February, and I'll look forward to reporting on that in the next newsletter.  The details for our annual Spring Fling are in this edition, as well as initial information for our fall reunion.

Lastly, I'd like to ask each of you to periodically check our website (  We work hard to provide pertinent information, yet also rely on your input for its content.  It's one of the "little things" you can do to improve our association and support to AFISRA.  Thanks again for your posts, comments, and feedback.  We've welcomed several new annual and lifetime memberships to the fold recently, and need your continued support.  I look forward to seeing many of you at the upcoming festivities!

Remain In Touch,

Lee Anthony  

Association Officers
Board of Directors (BOD) Minutes
Scheduled BOD Meetings
FTVA History Reports
Our mailing address is: To E-mail the Freedom Through Vigilance Association,
select one of the below:

Freedom Through Vigilance Association
PO Box 691616
San Antonio, TX 78269-1616

File last updated: March 21, 2013 8:18:06 PM CDT