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President's Corner - June 2015

Howdy FTVA Members,

Spring is here, summer is around the corner and winter is behind us...thank goodness. Basketball and hockey are coming to an end (Go Spurs Go) and baseball is off and running. The transition to 25th AF, under ACC, is still going through the multitudes of growing pains...but getting better day by day. Speaking of spring, Ken Williams did another super job organizing our annual Spring Social. Our largest crowd ever, 97 people, had a great time honoring and listening to the exploits of some of 25th AF's deployers, enjoying the comments by our Command Chief, CMSgt "Toby" Towberman, and honoring Joe Hurst and Jim McClendon's time on the Board. In conclusion we said goodbye to Maj Gen Shanahan at his last FTVA activity as the Commander. The Sea World Marriot did a great job with food, drink and the nice setting.

Plans are also getting started for our upcoming annual anniversary activities in Sept (24-26). POCs have been selected, checklists are being reviewed and we are scheduling our banquet guest speaker, Maj Gen Shwedo, the new commander of 25th AF. It will be another great event, so we hope to see many of you to join in the festivities.

Recently, I was given the opportunity to address 500+ members of the 543 ISRG (most of them serving at NSA-Texas) here in San Antonio. Col "Chicago" Krause gave us a rousing intro and I proceeded to give a 15-20 minute pitch about the FTVA and left pamphlets & membership forms with the Group CMSgt. I encourage everyone to look for any and all opportunities to talk about the FTVA with our active duty unit personnel. They are our future.

Finally, recent Board actions include providing funds for the Larson Awards (previously called Sensor Olympics) and 25th AF Deployer Picnic (unfortunately rained out), designing and selling our new FTVA nametags initially to our members in the San Antonio area (they will be available in batches through our Chapters), supporting the reinvigoration of the National Capital Region Chapter, and working with Barnie Gavin starting up a new Chapter here in San Antonio. Please stay in contact and let us know how we can do better as the FTVA. Hope to see you at the September activities...and remember to

'Remain in Touch,'


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