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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

Desk of the Chairman March 2021

March is upon us and with our entry in this month we can look forward to the coming of spring and the departure, very soon I hope, of winter.  March also marks the establishment of the Navy Reserves as well as marks the birthday of the Navy Seabees.  The one phrase that I associate with the Seabees, “Can Do” is one that resonates with me as some small signs of coming out of the pandemic are beginning to surface.

No matter what political affiliation that you claim as your own, we can all agree that we want our economy to start opening back up.  We want the ability to gather once again, see friends that have been sheltering-in-place, and have some sort of normalcy in our lives.  We want sports back and our kids to be able to interact with other kids in a school setting participate in sports and cultivate friendships that can’t happen with an on-line educational scenario.

The Non Commissioned Officers Association (NCOA) has been impacted by businesses being closed that limited social gathering but so has every other organization. It is our plan to hold our conference in San Antonio in July and I encourage all of you who have been suffering from cabin fever to come and begin the recovery to a semi-normal life.

NCOA is still looking for volunteers that have knowledge and experience with websites and/or different social media platforms that can help us develop and maintain a vibrant and effective means to communicate with our current and future members.  If willing to be considered, please contact our executive director at jterry@ncoausa.org for further information.

This pandemic has provided NCOA with more than enough lemons, so as an organization, we are going to make some lemonade.  Efforts are in the works behind the scenes to build a strong and sturdy foundation that will launch NCOA back as the most effective military service organization that we have ever been.  We are focusing on new ways to more effectively represent the 80% of our military, past present and future as well as their families.  If you would like to be part of that, let me know.  Some chapters are using zoom to hold meetings and a few chapters are in the planning phase to hold hikes aimed to inject fun and comradery in an effort to actually do something about the issue of veteran suicide.  Look up irreverent warriors on the web to see what this is all about and perhaps get involved.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

February 2021 Update

This year started with a ton of hope on my part and that all changed on January 9th when my wife passed away.  It has been an extremely difficult past couple of weeks, but two things have sustained me.  My Lord and savior along with my family and the literally hundreds of well wishes and condolences from my NCOA family.  Thank you!

I began this year with great optimism.  Mike Little has become our new Chief Advocacy Officer and he has hit the ground running.  In his first week, he hired 20 college interns to assist with legislative functions, upgrading our national website, and applying for grants for the association.  On top of that, he has shared his experience in the technical realm and saved the association literally thousands of dollars.

The picture is Chairman presenting the VeteRun proceeds to the SOVB Board for the Vietnam Wall Project.

I have been struggling with what I could or should say in this issue that would give each of you some positive perspective.  I may not know many of you by name or face, but I know your heart based on my recent loss.  I am confident that with the members that currently exist, there are a lot of leaders and definitely a lot of caring people out there.

With a change in government, it brings up a lot of uncertainty.  What I do know is that the real backbone of our military is the Non Commissioned and Petty Officer Corps; the 80% that executes the mission.  I am blessed to be a part of that group.  There is a saying, “when the going gets tough, the tough get going.”  That is you and I.  We have the option to receive the COVID-19 vaccine which should help get life back to normal. There are some who are concerned about the vaccine and that’s OK.  We just need to get back to some semblance of normal life and whatever we need to do to accomplish that mission; we will find a way to get it done.

NCOA is in good hands and with so many good members out there, we cannot fail.  I hope to see all of you in San Antonio in July.  I also urge you to get one of those new challenge coins from HQ.  They are even more impressive in reality than the pictures can share.  Who knows, someone may ask to see your coin the next time we meet.

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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