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President´s Corner - March 2008

Dear FTVA Members,

Your association's board of directors continues its efforts to strengthen support to AF ISR Agency people recognition programs and promote activities which highlight the organization's rich heritage of military service.  I'm pleased to report that both individual membership (Ken O’Neal) and Vigilant Partner (Jim Hilliard) program participation are in solid shape, and as a result the association's financial condition is strong.

Over the holidays we sent Christmas Cards to many of the men and women that the AF ISR Agency has deployed around the world in support the Global War on Terrorism.  We appreciate their efforts on our behalf.

In March, our association will lend its support to the AF ISR Agency Annual Awards Week activities.  This event – which began in 1958, when MSgt Fred Barrett was selected as the first USAFSS NCO of the Year -- recognizes outstanding people from the ranks of AF ISR Agency’s officers, enlisted, and civilians.  They will participate in a series of briefings and panels that provide the "big picture" on Air Force Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance.  We will join them in a recognition dinner on 6 March 2008.

We are in the initial stages of planning this year's reunion, which will be conducted 25-27 September.  2008 marks the 60th Anniversary of USAFSS.  This year we will once again, be playing golf at the Alsatian Country Club in Castroville, a few miles west of San Antonio.  Joe Hurst will be coordinating the golf tournament again this year.  Full details on the reunion are posted on the website and will be in the mail to you as soon as possible.

In this newsletter, you'll find an article soliciting Hall of Honor recommendations. The pullout form used for submitting nominees is in the center of the newsletter.  I strongly encourage each of you to consider all of the professionals you served with, what their contributions to the command mission were, and to nominate one or more of them whose performance meets the standards established for Hall of Honor membership.  One of the more enjoyable features in our association newsletters are the "war stories" and other remembrances our members have of significant events in our command's history.  Our retiring editor, Dan D'Apolito, and his replacement, Dennis Rassmussen are always on the lookout for items like this, and they’re delighted to put your submissions into print.  I'm sure virtually every one of us has a favorite recollection that others would enjoy reading, so please send in your "cards, letters, and photos.”

For our many members in Central and South Texas, the FTVA Spring Social will take place on 12 April at the Kelly USA Club.  The social will be from 1700-2000 with a $5 charge for food and a pay as you go bar.  The guest speaker will be CMSgt (Ret) Mike Meermans.  For the last several years, Mike has served as Staff Director, of the US Congressional House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.   He’ll be accompanied by Colonel (retired) Greg Roman and Lt Col (Ret) John Nichols.  Greg and John will provide "color commentary.”  It should be informative and entertaining.  In addition, we will once again host (and recognize) several AF ISR Agency Returning Heroes.  We hope to see all of you there.

Until then…remain in touch

Chris Cook

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