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President's Corner - December 2015

Football, basketball and hockey are in full swing and so is FTVA support to 25th AF. We joined with Maj Gen Shwedo, Command Chief Towberman and the six Wing Commanders and Command Chiefs honoring the Larson Award (Sensor Olympics) gold winners here in San Antonio in mid-November. The FTVA has made major contributions to continue to highlight our talented airmen by recognizing excellence in their technical skills (including polo shirts, plaques and medals for each winner). We are hoping the AF can bring the gold, silver and bronze award winners back to San Antonio next, but bringing back the gold winners is a step in the right direction. The 25th AF is trying to find a way to bring back all of these outstanding airmen, even in these dire economic times for the military. The Larson awards program is one of the few "technical" recognition programs across the Air Force that has survived the numerous cuts in resources. We will keep you informed.

In another good news story, working with the 25th AF JAG, the FTVA will be able to market/advertise more in the HQs building. Because a lot of the rules and regulations have changed over time, we were running into some well-intentioned, over-cautious individuals that had put the brakes on our attempts to advertise/market the FTVA. That has now been cleared up and we will sit down with the new Chief of Staff and work out a plan. The HQ Command Section continues to be our biggest we need to get the word out to our units in the field. I will ask Chief Towberman to send an e-mail to the field units about the FTVA and its local chapters. I know many of you have tried to engage local units with varying degrees of success. I also know some have been/are frustrated in these attempts. Please keep trying. The FTVA needs the infusion of new blood in order to stay viable in the keep the flame burning. I know you will do your best. We will keep pushing from our side, too.

As we enter into the holiday season, here's wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukah, Happy New Year and any other holiday you may celebrate. And always remember to "REMAIN IN TOUCH"!


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