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NCOA Sunflake Chapter

Front Row (L-R)  MSgt Jessica Covington, TSgt Corey Dantzler, MSgt Ronald Vicente and TSgt Mirijam Robinson.  Back Row (L-R) MSgt Byron Ball, MSgt Jennifer Vicente, MSgt Jeremy Puryear, NCOA Past Grand Knight Stephen Vogt, A1C Ryan Lewis and TSgt Patrick Robinson.  Photo credit - SSgt Jeremy Breillatt.

Front Row (L-R) MSgt Jessica Covington, TSgt Corey Dantzler, MSgt Ronald Vicente and TSgt Mirijam Robinson. Back Row (L-R) MSgt Byron Ball, MSgt Jennifer Vicente, MSgt Jeremy Puryear, NCOA Past Grand Knight Stephen Vogt, A1C Ryan Lewis and SSgt Jeremy Breillatt.   Photo credit – SSgt Breillatt

A huge NCOA Welcome to NCOA’s newest chapter – the Sunflake Chapter at Grand Forks Air Force Base, North Dakota.  NCOA Past Grand Knight Stephen Vogt recently swore in the chapter’s Trustees and Executive Committee members.  We look forward to hearing about all the great things the chapter is planning under the leadership of Chapter Chairman Ronald Vicente and his dedicated team!

Special thanks go out to NCOA Past Grand Knight Stephen Vogt and NCOA Board Member Joseph Terry for their mentor support and efforts to assist this motivated chapter off the ground.

 

Down East Chapter Hosts Awards Ceremony

Left to right – HMC Paul Miethker, USN (Ret), Chairman Down East Chapter; SgtMaj Michael Rooney, USMC (Ret) Chapter Treasurer; MGySgt Paul Levesque, USMC (Ret) (Recipient); MajGen Walter Lee Miller, Jr. USMC (Recipient); SgtMaj Paul W. Siverson, USMC (Ret), Chairman NCOA Board of Directors NCOA; and SgtMaj Ihor Sywanyk, USMC (Ret).

The NCOA Down East Chapter #906 recently hosted the 25th Annual SgtMaj C. A. “Mack” McKinney Awards Ceremony at Sywanyk’s Scarlett and Gold Traditions in Jacksonville, NC.

The 2017 recipients were Major General Walter Lee Miller, Jr., Commanding General, II Marine Expeditionary Force, and Master Gunnery Sergeant Paul Levesque, USMC (Ret).   Down East Chapter Chairman Paul Miethker, a retired Navy chief hospital corpsman, presented the awards to Miller and Levesque before a crowd of military officials and veterans.

Levesque retired from the Marine Corps in 1995, serving as the communication-electronics maintenance chief and platoon leader with the 8th Comm Battalion, II MEF.  After retirement, Levesque became involved in several local veteran organizations including the Fleet Reserve Association, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Disabled American Veterans and Rolling Thunder Inc. Chapter NC-5.

Miller was commissioned in the Marine Corps in 1980 after graduating from Texas A&M University. According to information provided by event organizers, Miller has deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, Enduring Freedom and to Japan, Turkey, Kosovo, Djibouti, Kenya and the Republic of Panama.   The major general currently serves as the commanding general of II Marine Expeditionary Force.

Members of the Marine Corps League Swansboro Detachment #1407 were also presented with a Certificate of Appreciation by the Down East Chapter, which was accepted by Marine Corps League Detachment Commandant Tim Manchester, a retired sergeant major.

The McKinney Award was named after Marine Sgt. Maj. C. A. “Mack” McKinney, who retired in 1971 and worked to establish legislature benefiting the military community. The award is presented to military members who have demonstrated professionalism, dedication and service to the United States and its military over a sustained period of time.’s also presented to members of the local community who have demonstrated a strong support for the military community. The “Mack” McKinney Award was established in 1992 and was first presented in January 1992.

Visit the NCOA Down East Chapter’s Facebook page to view additional photos from the ceremony:  https://www.facebook.com/pg/NCOA-Down-East-Chapter-906-245495822492594/photos/?tab=album&album_id=386434558398719

Down East Chapter Recognizes Naval Hospital Camp Lejeune

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Down East Chapter Chairman Paul Miethker presents a Certificate of Appreciation to Naval Hospital Camp Lejeune’s Commanding Officer, Jim Hancock.

A Certificate of Appreciation was presented to Naval Hospital Camp Lejeune’s Commanding Officer, Jim Hancock, during morning colors on December 22, 2016. The certificate was presented by NCOA Down East Chapter #906 Chairman Paul Miethker. The certificate was awarded to the Naval Hospital Camp Lejeune for Loyalty and Patriotism to our country by Publicly and Proudly Displaying The American Flag.

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Bringing Holiday Cheer

 

NCOA Dragon Hill Chairman Joe Terry (right) and a volunteer pose for a picture with a little cutie!

 

More than 30 volunteers took time to visit the Hyesimwon Youth Center recently to bring holiday cheer to more than 50 of the children living there. Members of the NCOA Dragon Hill Chapter, MARFOR-K, 121st CSH and others joined together to provide dinner, toys and more. Some even joined in to sing a few Christmas tunes with the children! A great time was had by the children and volunteers alike!

 

 

Volunteers and children from the Hyesimwon Youth Center.

Volunteers and children from the Hyesimwon Youth Center.

Rogue Chapter Hosts Snowflake Event

The NCOA Rogue Chapter recently hosted a Snowflake event at Hellgate Jetboat Excursions in Grant’s Pass, Oregon, on the Rogue River.

 

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Snowball Express Family – Becky Bright Jones and her son and daughter – at the Hotel prior to departure on the Hellgate Jetboat dinner cruise on August 10.

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Front row, pictured R-L: Rogue Chapter Chairman Terry Haines, Bethany Elizalde and her son and daughter, “Dick” Pischel and his son. Second row, Becky Bright-Jones and her son and daughter.

 

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The Elizalde family is pictured along with the tour guide at the entrance of the Oregon Caves National Monument tour.

 

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The Bright-Jones family, Rogue Chairman Terry Haines, and the Elizalde family take a photo break during the dinner stop on the Hellgate Jetboat cruise.

 

 

 

 

 

Down East Chapter Presents Awards

Marian Rooney accepts the prestigious NCOA President's Award from NCOA Paul Siverson, NCOA Chairman of the Board.

On behalf of NCOA President Gene Overstreet, Down East Chapter Secretary Paul Siverson, presents the prestigious NCOA President’s Award to Marian Rooney.

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Down East Chapter Chairman Paul Miethker (L) presents the NCOA Super Saxon Merit Award to Will Cagle (R) in recognition of his sustained support of the Down East Chapter. Cagle also received the NCOA Commendation Award in recognition of his exceptional contributions in building the strength and prestige of the Association.

 

Down East Chapter Chairman Paul Miethker (L) presents the NCOA Super Saxon Merit Award to Will Cagle (R) in recognition of his sustained support of the Down East Chapter. Cagle also receive the NCOA Commendation Award in recognition of his exceptional contributions in building the strength and prestige of the Association.

Down East Chapter Chairman Paul Miethker (L) presents the NCOA Commendation Award to Alex “Gunner” Nevgloski (R) in recognition of his exceptional contributions in building the strength and prestige of the Association.

 

Magnum Force Chapter Awards Scholarships

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Sir Thomas Gerken, Magnum Force Chapter’s Scholarship Chairman presents a Certificate of Achievement to Emilee LeRoux, recipient of an NCOA Magnum Force Chapter Scholarship. Emilee plans to attend Michigan State University. One of the first things on her “to-do” list is to purchase a MSU hat for her grandfather who is an avid University of Michigan fan!

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Magnum Force Chapter’s Scholarship Chairman Sir Thomas Gerken (L)  presents a Certificate of Achievement to Aaron Neumeyer, recipient of an NCOA Magnum Force Chapter Scholarship, while Aaron’s father Tom Tom Neumeyer (R) stands proudly with his son.

 

Dragon Hill Chapter in Action

Dragon Hill Chapter Presents 2016 Scholarships

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The NCOA Korea Dragon Hill Chapter recently presented scholarships to 2 Seoul American High School Seniors. Jay Kim and Latisha Dolford each received scholarships in the amount of $1000.00. Ariyana Canty from Dague High School was also selected to receive a chapter scholarship. Pictured from left to right – Chapter Chairman Joseph Terry, Chapter Officer Keita Lyles, Jay Kim, Letisha Dolford, and chapter sponsor Ms. Michelle Shim of Kooridor Tours/Ichea..

and JROTC Awards

The Dragon Hill Chapter recently presented the NCOA JROTC Award, medal, and certificate, and a chapter coin at the JROTC Pass-In-Review on 25 May, to two Cadet 1SGs.  Both cadets did an outstanding job as first sergeants of their respective companies within the Falcon Command.

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Chapter Chairman Joseph Terry presents the NCOA JROTC Award to Cadet 1SG Micah Williams. It was noted that Micah also earned a three-year scholarship.

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Chapter Chairman Joseph Terry presents the NCOA JROTC Award to Cadet 1SG Talia White.  Talia will also be continuing her education at college.

Down East Chapter Recognizes Excellence

Members of the Down East Chapter #0906 present Mr. Preston Taylor, owner of the local Piggly Wiggly a Flag Certificate recognizing his proper display of the American Flag.  Pictured L to R - Mike Rooney, Preston Taylor, Paul Miethker and Paul Siverson.

Members of the Down East Chapter #0906 present Mr. Preston Taylor, owner of the local Piggly Wiggly a Flag Certificate recognizing his proper display of the American Flag. Pictured L to R – Mike Rooney, Preston Taylor, Paul Miethker and Paul Siverson.

Pictured L to R -  Paul Siverson, Chaiman of the NCOA International Board of presents Down East Chapter Chairman Paul H. Miethker the Outstanding Chapter Chairman Certificate from  during the chapter's recent Swearing in Ceremony.

Pictured L to R – Paul Siverson, Chaiman of the NCOA International Board of presents Down East Chapter Chairman Paul H. Miethker the Outstanding Chapter Chairman Certificate from during the chapter’s recent Swearing in Ceremony.

Down East Chapter Treasurer Mike Rooney receives the President's Award from the Chairman of NCOA's International Board of Directors, Paul Siverson, during the chapter's Swearing in Ceremony recently.

Down East Chapter Treasurer Mike Rooney receives the President’s Award from the Chairman of NCOA’s International Board of Directors, Paul Siverson,during the chapter’s recent Swearing in Ceremony.

Down East Chapter Chairman Paul H. Miethker receives a donation check from Marian Rooney, former Chairman of the Crystal Coast Auxiliary Chapter during the chapter's April membership meeting.

Down East Chapter Chairman Paul H. Miethker accepts a donation check from Marian Rooney, former Chairman of the Crystal Coast Auxiliary Chapter during the chapter’s April membership meeting.

Oregon State Meeting

Left to right – Sir Roger Arnold, Chairman, NCOA Oregon State Advisory Council Chairman and Mike Pungercar, Director of the South Willamette Valley Honor Flight.

NCOA’s Oregon State Advisory Council Chairman Sir Roger Arnold and members from the Oregon-based chapters recently gathered at the American Legion Hall in Roseburg, Oregon, for the Annual Oregon State Meeting.

A virtual who’s who of Oregon and Roseburg dignataries was on hand to welcome and brief the meeting’s attendees to include Roseburg Mayor Larry Rich, Douglas County Commissioner Tim Freeman, Roseburg Medical Center Director Douglas Paxton, Douglas County Veteran Service Officer Pat Plouford, Douglas County Veterans Forum President John McDonald, South Willamette Valley Honor Flight Director Mike Pungercar,  Oregon Dept of Veterans Affair Director Cameron Smith.  Gigi Shannon and Carol Hunt presented a seminar on death benefits and NCOA Board Member Sir Terry Haines presented an NCOA update and legislative briefing.

Cameron Smith, Director of the Oregon Department of Veterans Affairs.

Attendees received an information briefing on death benefits.

NCOA Board Member Sir Terry Haines.

Meeting attendees take a break from the briefing and enjoy lunch.

 

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