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President's Corner - June 2011

June 2011

Dear Members,

This edition of "Remain In Touch" opens on a sad note, as the FTVA mourns the passing of Lt Gen Richard "Dick" Klocko. In addition to his tenure as the USAF Security Service Commander, General Klocko experienced a sensational career spanning one of the most difficult periods of US history. He is remembered by family, friends, and fellow veterans as an incredibly ethical man and an exemplary role model, epitomizing today's mantra of "Service Before Self". Lt General Klocko will be missed by all in the FTVA family.

On a much brighter note, our membership is doing great things! In the past two months, Jim Kaus (of USAFSS Roll Call fame) has established yet another FTVA chapter in the state of Florida. I can't say enough about what Jim and the Roll Call have contributed to the FTVA, but I can assure all that the "Sunshine Chapter" will be a vibrant part of the organization. The chapter has already generated extensive interest, and I encourage our Florida residents to contact Jim (jim@floridajim.com) and actively support his efforts.

The FTVA was again a primary sponsor for the annual AF ISR Agency Awards Banquet. We were honored to be recognized during the banquet, and greatly enjoyed the opportunity to meet, greet, and dine with the award recipients. The nominees' enthusiasm for their jobs and difficult missions was evident at this event, and I walked away simply amazed at their many accomplishments.

For the second consecutive year, our Spring Social set an attendance record! Over 80 people gathered at the Gateway Club on Lackland to meet recentlyreturned AFISRA deployed personnel. Their stories and accounts are incredible, and their sense of volunteerism is inspiring. We enjoyed a great recap of our current force and field activities from Command Chief Master Sergeant Ricker, who can certainly speak from experience with his multiple deployments to Bagram AB, Afghanistan and Al Dafra AB, United Arab Emirates. Chief Ricker repeatedly referred to the lineage between this current generation of warriors and past generations, and Maj Gen Heithold paid high homage to the legacy established by the FTVA membership, citing several personal examples of that legacy from the audience. Once again, Ken Williams did an outstanding job of coordinating the event.

Time for your commitment to attend this year's reunion in San Antonio, 22 - 24 September. Further information will be forthcoming in the next few weeks, and you're welcome to contact me or any FTVA board member for specific details and assistance. Check both the website (http://www.ftva.org) and our FaceBook page. Thanks for your continued support - you each make a huge difference! Remain In Touch,

Lee Anthony                  

 

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