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President's Corner - March 2014

Howdy FTVA Members,

The holidays are over, the Super Bowl is history, the Olympics are starting, and we're still in the dog days of winter. 2013 was a great year for us; however, 2014 is already looking good. The Association membership is growing along with our chapters. Congratulations to Jim McClendon for continuing his super work bringing in record donations from our corporate partners. We are also working with the AF ISR Agency to support their upcoming family picnic for deployed members and their families scheduled for early April. It should be a great time.

Andy Smith is getting ready to emcee our annual Spring Social on 8 March1700-2000 at the Seaworld/Westover Hills Marriott Courtyard hotel. Maj Gen John Shanahan, the AF ISR Agency's Commander, will be our guest speaker. Ken Williams has ensured us that we will have good food, cold drinks and quiet neighbors this year during our festivities...remember last year. We would love to break our attendance record from last year. Come on out!

Some of you may know that the Air Force is looking at a variety of changes in the coming year. Budget and manpower cutbacks are in the works. These cutbacks may force organizational changes/modifications from the Air Staff to the MAJCOMs and below. So, guess what...the AF ISR Agency may also go through some organizational changes...again. Stay tuned because we may have to add another shield on our hats and web-site.

Finally, special thanks to Col (ret) Joe Hurst. He has decided to retire as the chairman of our annual anniversary golf tournament...believe he wants to give Jim McClendon a run for his money on the golf course. The golf outing has been one of the many highlights of our three days of anniversary activities. Joe has always been able to get us a good deal with the golf course management, arrange for great food, and the number of prizes has consistently gone up. Of course, some may say I am sucking-up to Joe since he was one of my first supervisors circa 1977 when I was a young 2Lt back in the 6931st at Iraklion AS, Crete, Greece.

So take care my friends. If you know someone who's not a member, get them to join...the more the merrier. The stronger the ties, the stronger the Association. And as always, remember to "REMAIN IN TOUCH".


Ron

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