It was announced today that Rogue Chapter has been selected as the 2019 Western Region Large Chapter of the Year. Next month it will be announced who will win the NCOA 2019 Large, Small & Auxiliary Chapter of the Year.
Thank you all Rogue Chapter members who contributed to this recognition.
Large and Small Regional Chapters of the Year for 2019 were selected based on information provided to Headquarters on the Annual Chapter Operations Report and synopsis of activities for 2019.
Our chapters and their dedicated members put in a lot of time and energy raising and donating funds and supporting programs like Muscular Dystrophy, Special Olympics, JROTC, hospice care, children’s orphanages, care packages to our troops to mention just a few.It is our pleasure to recognize the efforts of the following chapters selected as the Large and Small Regional Chapters of the Year for 2019:
- Trailblazers Chapter – Flint, MI area (Large)
- Magnum Force Chapter – Saginaw, MI area (Small)
- Gateway Chapter – New Port Richey, FL (Large)
- Gateway Auxiliary – New Port Richey, FL (Small)
- Air Academy Chapter – Colorado Springs, CO (Large)
- Frontier Chapter – Cheyenne, WY (Small)
- Fort Sam Houston Chapter – San Antonio, TX (Large)
- Leroy’s Spanish Trail Chapter – Tucson, AZ (Small)
- Rogue Chapter – Medford, OR (Large)
- Trails End Auxiliary – Portland, OR area (Small)
- Korea Chapter – Seoul, Korea (Large)
Congratulations to each of these dedicated chapters and their amazing members.
Winners of the Regional Chapter of the Year awards are in the running for the coveted 2019 Outstanding Chapter of the Year awards.
February is here and we celebrate President’s Day which consolidates Lincoln’s birthday on February 12th and Washington’s Birthday which is February 22nd into one national Holiday so that most of us get a three day weekend. Additionally, February is Black History Month and we must celebrate the many contributions made to our nation by our African American brothers and sisters as well as other descendants from non-African cultures. It is still cold not the kind of weather to get too excited about unless you are a snow skier or ice skater.
There have been some questions about the creation of the sixth branch of the military that I want to address. I have seen a logo for Space Force and the new commander was recently sworn in, but it has been estimated that the full roll out could take up to 18 months. It appears that manning for this new branch will come out of the Department of the Air Force and installations will transfer from current Air Force properties to Space Force. Doctrine, Policies and Procedures, Regulations and other administrative and regulatory processes will take time to create and implement. I can assure you all that your Board of Directors and National office are aware and thoughtfully proceeding forward with a plan to make whatever changes are necessary in a comprehensive process.
We continue to look at potential partners to join forces with that add purpose and meaningful opportunities for our members to step up and make a difference in your communities and for our nation. We are also looking for the right fit for benefits that truly meet the need of our members and their families. Our goal is not to be like all of the other organizations out there, but to be unique. We are now an organization that represents all enlisted forces from all active, reserve and separated armed forces. Up to this point in history, no war was fought exclusively by one and only one branch of the military. It took the teamwork of all five up to this point and now going forward six branches of the military. A vibrant, educated and well trained enlisted force makes the United States military the best and most formidable fighting force ever compiled. Be proud of that!
The Non Commissioned Officers Association (NCOA) holds a unique place amongst military service organizations. We need you to help us remain in this unique position. If each one of you brought one family member or current or former member of the military into our roles, we would explode up the ranks of organizations. Can you, will you help?
If you have any ideas or suggestions, either contact headquarters or contact me at email@example.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
This letter notifies us that the Rogue Chapter has been selected as the 2018 Western Region Large Chapter of the Year for NCOA.pdfshare
This month I want to honor all of the five branches of our Armed Forces. With so much in our society that seems to be tearing us down as a nation, the one thing I have personally experienced is a respect for our warriors. October 13th will mark the 243rd birthday for the United States Navy. For every Submariner, surface sailor, Airman, Seabee, Special Operations and a host of other specialties that make up the United States Navy, thank you for your service and Happy Birthday! Going forward I will celebrate each branch on their birthday month.
I have had the privilege of working with a program called Honor Flight that takes our older veterans back to Washington DC to visit their Memorials. There are Honor Flight Hubs in over 40 states so most of our membership should be near one of these hubs. Last year while on a flight, we were approaching the Navy Memorial and there was the almost daily protest going on in Washington. We were blocked from access but our bus stopped anyway. When our older veterans started getting off of the bus and getting into their wheelchairs, the protest stopped. These young men and women that were protesting gathered around our veterans and cheered for them. They clapped, thanked them for their service and cleared the way for our group to get to the Navy Memorial. Our veterans received a special feeling of honor that day that was spontaneous and heartfelt. You see, even in the melting pot of protest, our veterans experienced appreciation for their service.
If you watch TV or listen to talk radio much, it is easy to assume that this country is broken and there is nothing good to feel about it any longer. I can tell you from personal experience that getting active in your community with projects like Honor Flight or Snowball Express allow you to feel some of the good that still exists in this country.
You all served in the military. No matter what rank you held, you experienced leadership. If what you are doing isn’t working, why not try something else? If you are not satisfied with the results that you are getting in your life, try something else. Mark Twain once said “The two most important days of your life are the day you were born and the day you find out why.”
If you are truly happy with what is going on in your community, keep up what you are doing. If not, do something about it. Whether you are involved with an NCOA chapter or are just a member without anyone else around, you were trained by the military to make a difference. Maybe it is time to reflect and find out why you were born. There is an old saying, how do you eat an elephant? The answer is one bite at a time. Take your first bite today and begin the process of making a difference. Success feels good! Just like those angry protesters in Washington, when they saw those veterans, they stopped protesting long enough to honor those vets.
NCOA is changing. We are going to make a difference in this country one person at a time. Join the movement for positive change. If you have any ideas or suggestions, I want to hear from you. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Remember, failure is not an option!
Strength in Unity & Leadership By Example
Terry M. Haines
Chairman, International Board of Directors