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Desk of the Chairman August 2021

August is upon us and I want to take a moment to wish the United States Coast Guard happy birthday.  They were established on August 4, 1790 and have done this nation proud for hundreds of years.  August 4, 1964 also marked the beginning of the Vietnam War; a war that impacted many of our more seasoned members and one that surely had a significant impact on our nation.  August 14, 1945 also marks the day Japan surrendered to end the war in the Pacific.

Large Chapter of the Year Award: L-R NCOA President Paul Kingsbury, Trustee Rachael Watters, Chairman of the Board Terry Haines

Last month the association met in San Antonio for the first time in two years thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic.  It was great to see many of you and I only wish that many more would have been able to attend.

It is always a highlight of each conference to recognize our Vanguard heroes from each branch and to recognize the Best Small and Large Chapters as well as the Best Auxiliary of the Year.  I have to write this before the conference so please forgive me by not specifying which chapters have won.  I will be on vacation immediately following the conference and then attending a leadership event focusing on suicide prevention.

At this year’s conference, your association will be introducing our first strategic plan that will cover the next 3-5 years of NCOA’s future.  Goals will be introduced as well as a blueprint for how those goals will be achieved, how they can be monitored as we progress towards achievement of those goals and who will be responsible for each piece of the puzzle.  It is our intention to make this document in its final form available to all members because we want each component that makes up NCOA as an association to all be marching in the same direction.  We will be communicating opportunities for every single member, if you are willing, to own one piece of the puzzle.  Many of you have skills that will be valuable to help make NCOA the best that it can be.  After the conference, we will communicate via our website, Facebook, and other social media as well as through the NCOAdvocate where the needs exist.  I encourage all of you that if you have a skill and a small amount of time to please consider helping.

If you have any ideas or suggestions, either contact headquarters or contact me at retiredveteran89@outlook.com 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

Desk of the Chairman July 2021

Rogue Chapter Chairman presented an NCOA World War Two Medallion to Army veteran Harry Howard at a recent veteran breakfast gathering.

July doesn’t have a lot of days that highlight historical events, but there is one worth remembering.  July 4th is Independence Day, a date established by the Continental Congress on July 4, 1776.  The significance of this day has been somewhat lost in recent years as forces try to downplay what this day really means.  Those of us who have served in the military know how disruptive war can be.

The Declaration of Independence was signed by 56 patriots, all of whom were men of means and they risked everything should the British have been victorious.  Nine died in combat, five were captured and killed as traitors, two lost sons in the fighting and most of the rest lost all of their worldly possessions.  They signed that document knowing what they risked, yet sign it they did.  Out of the Declaration came our Constitution which housed the Bill of Rights that made the United States of America a special place in world history.

Efforts to water down our Bill of Rights or in some cases eliminate those rights place all of us in a difficult position.  The sacrifice of those who signed the original documents was significant and each citizen of this country could very well find themselves in a difficult place should forces that are challenging our history, our constitution and our freedoms continue to erode those freedoms.  When we served our country, many of us went into harm’s way.  We made that journey not only out of duty, but we did it because we understood that freedom was worth the potential sacrifice.

This July 4th, remember what that day truly meant to all of those who came before us and take a moment to share those memories with our kids and families.  This year our conference that will be held in July in the home of the Alamo will be a special gathering.  I hope to see many of you there and I hope that we can all take some time to remember the true cost of freedom.  I will, how about you?

If you have any ideas or suggestions, either contact headquarters or contact me at retiredveteran89@outlook.com 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

Desk of the Chairman June 2021

June brings about the anniversary of D-Day, the 6th of June where thousands of brave young men stormed the beaches of Normandy to begin the eviction of the German army from France and ultimately bring about the end of WW2 in Europe a little over a year later.  June also celebrates the Birthday of the United States Army on the 14th.  Happy Birthday US Army. Flag Day is also on the 14th followed by Father’s Day on the 20th, so a blessed June to all of you who are fathers!

Things are beginning to show signs of opening back up in this country after more than a year of isolation, fear, and erosion of our freedoms.  I love this association and the service and sacrifices that each of you made in order to serve our country and protect our way of life.  Some of you joined as a favor to a friend and some because you wanted a discount on an education or to be eligible for a Tricare supplement.  Some of you joined out of curiosity and some even joined to get someone off of your back.

A funny thing happened to me and perhaps the same thing happened to you.  I made new friends and NCOA and the things that we did grew on me.  How about you?  The camaraderie and friendships developed have a growing value as we age.  I am thrilled to see all of the new chapters and the engagement in activities that improve the community in which you live.

I realize that it takes time and finances to go to a national conference, but I can assure you that the benefits received are long lasting.  I encourage all of you to register and plan to attend.  The recognition afforded our Vanguard heroes makes a lasting impression on all of us and solidifies that our military has some exceptional people.  Come meet them and participate in a briefing and discussions with the SEAC and most if not all of the Senior Enlisted from our respective branches.  This year we will also be releasing our newly created strategic plan that will serve to lay the foundation for our future.  After more than a year in isolation, come to San Antonio and be part of our/your future!

If you have any ideas or suggestions, either contact headquarters or contact me at retiredveteran89@outlook.com 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

Desk of the Chairman May 2021

May is upon us and there are several days to remember. May 7th is Military Spouse Appreciation Day. May 8th is the anniversary of the end of WW2 in Europe.  Mother’s Day is the 9th and date that all guys had better remember.  May 16th is Armed Forces Day, so whether you served or are the family member of someone who served, thank them for their service on the 16th.  Finally, May 31st is Memorial Day, the day when we honor all of our fallen brothers and sisters.

July and our annual conference will be here before you know it.  We are closing in on our recruiting goal of 1,000 new members by conference.  If you have a spouse or adult family member over the age of 18, please consider bringing them into the fold as it only costs $20 and it will be a tremendous help for the Association.

COVID has been a huge distraction around the world and within the military.  It is another shot that our troops are being faced with.  Deployments and PCS moves have been impacted.  School closures for our kids and a wide variety of restrictions including having to wear masks have been imposed.  I got my COVID shots because I want my freedoms back.  How about you?

I am excited to see several new locations considering starting up new chapters.  Ft. Campbell, Washington DC, and perhaps even Offutt AFB are showing interest and I again want to congratulate Ft. Bragg for coming online.  It only takes 5 members to start a chapter and you can even start a virtual chapter with all of the technology available.

A friend of mine shared a simple quote from an unknown source but it makes a lot of sense.  “If it is to be, it is up to me.”  Guess what fellow members.  You are the “me” in that quote.  Think about it and take that training from your service and stop waiting for someone else to start the ball rolling.  They are waiting on you, so we have a standoff.  Make the first move and we will all be better for it. If you have any ideas or suggestions, either contact headquarters or contact me at retiredveteran89@outlook.com 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

Desk of the Chairman April 2021

April is upon us and for many of us, we celebrate Easter.  April is also the month when the Persian Gulf War had its official Cease Fire on the 11th; Former Prisoner of War Recognition Day is celebrated on the 9th and finally, the Doolittle Raid over Tokyo is remembered on the 18th.  Thank you to all who served during the Gulf War and a special thank you to all who have been former prisoners of War.

We are only a few months away from our annual conference.  This year will be in San Antonio from July 20-23.  Registration and hotel information will be on our national website www.ncoausa.org very shortly.  Since we did not get a chance to meet last year due to COVID, it will be great to have the freedom to meet in person. As NCO’s and Petty Officers, we need your help turning things back to normal.  Many will have your vaccinations by then which should make a trip risk free.

This year we have been working on a strategic plan that should be ready for release by the conference in July.  From that plan will be developed our updated strategic communication plan as well as a newly created marketing and financial strategic plans.  Your staff and leadership have been working hard to bring NCOA into a position of long needed growth and service to not only our current membership, but also to the entire enlisted force and their families.  Come and be part of that excitement.  The long-awaited budget that had not been available the last time we met will be available in July.

There have been a lot of changes to NCOA since we last met in 2019.  We hope to have most of our supporters and partners available to meet with you so that you fully understand just how significant the benefits available to you as members really are.  There will also our traditional Vanguard awards that recognize heroes from each branch of the military.  It is hopeful that by 2022 we will be able to also add Space Force to the Vanguard program.  They are still in the formation phase and have indicated that they are not yet ready to participate.

Finally, congratulations to the newest chapter in NCOA, The All American Chapter #1679 out of Ft. Bragg.  Thank you SFC Llewellyn and your team.  There are several other sites across the country that interest has been shown to start new chapters.  Thank you all who are willing to step up and make NCOA stronger.

If you have any ideas or suggestions, either contact headquarters or contact me at retiredveteran89@outlook.com 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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