December is upon us and we barely have had time to recover from Thanksgiving and now we find the official start of winter and a Christmas that has COVID pressing in on it from all sides. Each of us has a decision to make. The start of December marks the 79th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor. Our nation was hurt and hurt badly by that event but we persevered. As admiral Yamamoto is reported to have said, “I fear that we have awakened a sleeping giant.” Today the attack was not with bombs and bullets; it came as an invisible virus. Our resolve is being challenged and the fight which took place 79 years ago is now hitting us in communities from one side of this country to the other.
Christmas marks the birth of our Lord and Savior and a focus on that positive reality is a much needed diversion from the fear and hysteria being pushed upon us daily by the news cycle. Let us start by celebrating the fact that December 13th is the birthday of our National Guard. Many of the members of the Non Commissioned Officers Association (NCOA) are members of the National Guard so if you know of one, wish them Happy Birthday and thank them for their service. We can also be thankful that one of the most forgettable years in US History, if not world history, will come to an end and we have the hope for a brighter and better year ahead.
I have always tried to live my life from the perspective that the glass is half full rather than half empty. While the difference may seem small, it boils down to whether you look at things from a positive perspective or a negative one. I am sure that you have heard the saying “when stuck with a bag of lemons, make lemonade.”
The year 2020 has had an overabundance of lemons, but that just sets us up to make a lot of refreshing lemonade with the start of the New Year. My fellow NCOA members reach out to that long lost buddy with whom you served. Offer to help an elderly neighbor and generate a smile. If you are one of our older members, perhaps contact a family member and share some of your buried treasure of experiences with them. It may seem hard and maybe even hurt a bit, but releasing those pent up experiences will help give someone a perspective that they probably need to hear about. In the end, you will feel better and your family or friends will learn something that may change how they view life. For Christmas, instead of buying a present, share an experience and make a difference in our little world.
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
The attached picture shows the new shirts that we have available to Rogue Chapter members. The picture shows a man’s polo but we also have a women’s polo. The color is Maroon with gold embroidery for the NCOA logo and our chapter name and number.
Sizes Small to X-Large are $10 each and 2XL and above are $12. They are 100% polyester.
If interested, contact me via phone or email with size and quantity. Payment can be by check made out to Rogue Chapter NCOA or you can go to our website at www.ncoarogue.org and use the donate tab. Chose Chapter operating fund in the drop down. Credit card purchases, please add $1.00 to cover processing fees. Our chapter mailing address is below.
Strength in Unity & Leadership By Example
Terry M. Haines
Chairman, Rogue Chapter #1260
Non Commissioned Officers Association (NCOA)
PO Box 5597
Central Point, OR 97502
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.
Terry M. Haines
Vice President, Honor Flight of Oregon
Logistics Chair &
Chairman of Rogue Chapter 1260, NCOA
Numerous veterans gathered in Medford, OR to honor our flag, our country, each other and to pray for our country.