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Operation Reassurance Compilation Video

My fellow NCOA members, veterans and patriotic Americans:

There is a U-Tube link below with a 14 minute video from celebrities, business leaders and people who have experienced the value of an Honor Flight.  Some of you watching the video have been on an Honor Flight and some of you have applied for a future flight.  Honor Flight is a program that the Rogue Chapter is a huge supporter of.  Many of the Rogue Chapter trustees are also part of the team that takes these life changing flights back to Washington DC to experience a grateful nation and to view their sacred memorials.

This year has been a disappointment on many levels for a variety of reasons but soon a new year will begin and if the good Lord is willing, Honor Flight of Oregon will once again transport our Honored Veterans back to Washington DC so that they can each experience a life changing event.  Yesterday was Veteran’s Day and almost every single veteran that has gone on a flight came back with their chest puffed out just a little bit further and an emotional jump start for the rest of their lives.

When we get started again after the new year turns over, I will reach out to you again so that you can participate if possible in going to an airport to welcome these veterans, perhaps help us find a way to get one of you on a flight either as an honored veteran or as a guardian whose job it is to help an honored veteran maximize the experience.  Stay tuned after the first of the year for more updates.

 

Very Respectfully,

Terry M. Haines
Vice President, Honor Flight of Oregon
Logistics Chair &
Chairman of Rogue Chapter 1260, NCOA

Rogue Chapter honors our flag, each other and our country

Numerous veterans gathered in Medford, OR to honor our flag, our country, each other and to pray for our country.

 

Ike Eisenhauer holds flag, Ken Wilson, Dick Schwegerl, Terry Haines, Ron Kohl & Eric Gomez

Department of Defense Announces Cost of Living Increase to Retired Pay

Today, the Department of Defense announced annual cost of living adjustments that will benefit military retirees and survivors during calendar year 2021.  Most military retirees will receive a 1.3 percent increase to their retired pay beginning with the pay they receive on December 31, 2020.  Likewise, survivors of members who died on active or inactive duty, or survivors of military retirees who participated in the Survivor Benefit Plan will, in most cases, see a 1.3 percent increase to their annuities beginning in January.

Survivors who are eligible for the Special Survivor Indemnity Allowance (SSIA) will also receive an increase to their SSIA payments that reflects this 1.3 percent adjustment.  The maximum amount of SSIA payable will be $327 beginning in January, although some survivors may receive less in SSIA as the Department of Defense begins to implement the phased reduction in the Survivor Benefit Plan – Dependency and Indemnity Compensation offset, as enacted by the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2020.

These cost of living adjustments are calculated based on the Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers for the four quarters ending with the third calendar quarter of 2020 (July, August, and September 2020).
Those military retirees who retired during calendar year 2020, and all military retirees who retired under the REDUX retirement system may receive a slightly different annual cost of living adjustment.   The complete list of updates to military retired and retainer pay, and survivor annuities, allowances, and premiums can be found at https://militarypay.defense.gov/Pay/Retirement/Cola.aspx

November 2020 Update

November brings us Veteran’s Day which started as a day to commemorate the end of WW1 and over time transitioned to a day when the service of all veterans is acknowledged. Like many things, this year it will be different. COVID-19 imposed restrictions on public gatherings may have cancelled or modified many of the traditional activities NCOA is involved in or support such as parades and wreath laying ceremonies, but November 11th is, and will always be, a special day to acknowledge all who have served.

Ken Wilson, our newest trustee

The Non Commissioned Officers Association (NCOA) is composed of and represents the full spectrum of enlisted members of all services and their families; this force comprises the vast majority of our armed forces and shoulders most of the workload of our military. On November 11th, I am asking all NCOA members to find a way to honor each other and our flag that we proudly served under.  How about each one of you locate another veteran and together with our flag honor each other publically.  Gather in small or large groups around a flag as is feasible in your locale and honor each other with a salute.  Submit a picture of that effort to HQ and let’s see if we can receive at least one picture of veterans honoring each other from all 50 states on Veterans Day.  This is a simple request and won’t take a lot of time, but it will make a powerful statement to our nation during these trying times.  NCO’s and Petty Officers make up the backbone of our military and this year, let us stand up for each other, our flag and our country.

Finally, I apologize profusely for forgetting to acknowledge the 245th birthday of our United State Navy which was celebrated on October 13th.  A belated birthday wish is given for all of our sailors out there. With that said November 10th is the 245th birthday of the United States Marine Corps and now that the shock of  the recent wildfires around me has settled, I want to get back on track and say “Semper Fi” and happy birthday to all of our Marines.If you have any ideas or suggestions, either contact headquarters or contact me at chairman@ncoausa.org and I can assure you that your leadership will take note.

Strength in Unity & Leadership By Example,

MCPO (SCW) Terry M. Haines
Chairman, International Board of Directors

 

October 2020 Update

September was National Suicide Prevention Month and it hit close to home for one of our International Board members who as an active duty first sergeant had to deal first hand because a member of his unit took their own life.  In this fast-paced world that is so disrupted on so many levels, it is difficult to see this coming.  As a nation, we need to take a step back and each of us focus on our families, units, and those in close proximity.  Each life is precious and too often, we don’t realize just how precious it is until it is gone.

My fellow Non Commissioned Officer Association (NCOA) members, if I was a betting man, most of us would ask for a do-over for 2020.  We started off the year with an attempt to remove the Commander in Chief, followed almost immediately with COVID-19 which brought about a collapse of our economy and a significant change to personal freedom as well as the implementation of social distancing.  Businesses shut down, travel plans were wiped out and a sense of cultural division unlike I have seen in my lifetime.  That was followed by a string of disasters such as fires, hurricanes, floods, tornadoes to name a few.

Chairman Haines presented Russ Schweikert, Lauren Trantham & Melanie Madden, the Veterun committee, with awards from NCOA for their hard work.

There is a silver lining to all of this doom and gloom.  NCOA has been making forward strides as an organization.  We are doing a revamp of our Strategic Communication plan.  We are revising our Awards manual to ensure that hard-working members are properly recognized.  We have affiliated with USCCA which allows members to get a 15% discount on programs when the average person would only qualify at best for a 10% discount.  Our recruiting is on track to meet a target of 1,000 new members.  We have established a new member’s only Facebook page and are reaching out with new layers with which to communicate with all of our membership.  We have begun reaching out to our members at large by establishing geographic regions with several new regional coordinators already in place.

Your NCOA has not been sitting still and has not allowed a worldwide crisis to push us into a corner.  Our new President has established a new “Commander’s Call” where he interviews significant figures that bring insight into issues relevant to NCOA and our armed forces.  We have held several all member meetings over the past couple of months via Zoom in order to keep our membership up to date and your Board of Directors has been meeting via Zoom every one to two months to stay on top of opportunities that will benefit each of you.  Your leadership has never been more engaged since I have been a member.  I am excited by things that I see happening within your NCOA in spite of what is going on in the world.  We are evolving and finding the right mix of recognizing and stabilizing our past legacy with the tools and programs that will attract the next generation so that NCOA will live on.  We need your input on both targets.  We do not want to leave anyone behind as we move forward and that is an all hand process just like on the battlefield where we learned to leave no one behind.

If you have any ideas or suggestions, either contact headquarters or contact me at chairman@ncoausa.org and I can assure you that your leadership will take note.

Strength in Unity & Leadership By Example,

MCPO (SCW) Terry M. Haines
Chairman, International Board of Directors

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