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February 2020 Update

Vets at Grants Pass breakfast 2-6-20

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.

Terry presenting NCOA to Grants Pass Veteran’s breakfast

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 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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January 2020 Update

January is upon us and we look forward and hope that this next decade starts off in a memorable way.  The Christmas and New Year holidays usually mean family, time off and an up-lift for our outlook.  Many of you will do the traditional New Year’s resolutions and only hope that they survive long enough to have made a difference in your lives.

The swamp in DC murkied the waters to end last year and we can only hope that 2020 takes an upswing.  I pray for good health for all of you.  I pray for patriotism to gain momentum and that all that have and are currently serving will experience peace and unity this coming year.

NCOA Christmas Social

Our National Commander, Vince Patton, shared a thought recently that gave me something to think about.  20/20 vision is what we all hope for, as with it, we can see clearly and avoid the many pitfalls that find their way into our lives.  We are now in the year 2020 and it seems appropriate to equate 20/20 vision to what NCOA’s vision will be going forward.  I know what I and the Board of Directors would like to see, but in order for you, our valued members to buy into whatever vision we settle on, it is best to ask you for your opinions.  So I am asking each of you to spend a little time pondering what you would like to see for NCOA.  We are trying to formulate some ideas on how we can work together with the other veteran and military service organizations to strengthen our unified voice as well as to cut costs.  We are searching for projects and missions to engage our members to support our troops and their families.

I and your leadership do value each and every one of you.  Ideas that provoke thought, even if we disagree on the pretext, can ultimately help us change course to something even better than where we were headed.  Every input received, whether I agree with it or not, gets sent to all of the leadership.  Change is not a bad thing but stagnation can truly harm any organization.  So put on your thinking caps and send me an email.  Your ideas might just turn out to be the best thing we have going.

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

Care Packages Have Arrived!

Our first shipment of packages arrived in Afghanistan and the shipment to Somalia should arrive shortly.  A total of 40 packages have been sent to the two bases since Thanksgiving and more will be mailed by Tuesday.  

The smiles of our troops are priceless.

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