l am in the process of taking down the Halloween decorations and putting
up the Thanksgiving things. Fortunately, that uses much of the same leaves,
vines, etc., so the job is less daunting than it might be. Carol Habgood
has sent me a bunch of reminders about things that I should cover in my
remarks, and I have some of my own, so I will get to them.
The Board has agreed to sponsor a yearbook in conjunction with
our 25th Reunion in San Antonio in 20On. There is a flyer in this newsletter
for each of you to use to send in your biography and photographs (the printer
will return them to you) and with which to order your books. Please note:
you will work directly with the publisher on printing your biography and
ordering your books. This will be a great way to commemorate our Silver
Anniversary and to collect memories. Please support this worthy project
and send in your orders early.
We asked recently that you provide us with information upon which
to base our Strategic Plan for the 21st Century. To date, responses have
been great, but if you have not yet sent in your survey response, please
do so soonest. We need your input. You can go snailmail or email. Just
send to me at email@example.com.
Many of you send regular donations to help fund AFWOA. We do not
want to discourage that and in fact, would like to suggest that more would
be sincerely appreciated. We have almost enough in the treasury to cover
the cost of the annual directory, which is our largest cost each year.
If you are looking for a home for that stray $20, $50, or whatever, please
consider AFWOA. By the way, the Directory will be delayed until January
to get us on a calendar year basis and to avoid the December mailing crunch.
Look for yours then.
We are all looking forward to Reunion 2000 in San Antonio. Brigadier
General Terry L. Gabreski, who is currently the Director of Logistics for
USAFE, will be our featured speaker at the evening banquet. She is a personal
friend, and I'm sure many of you have met her. Terry is extremely well
thought of in maintenance circles and is an interesting and articulate
speaker. I know she will give us a good presentation.
Finally, some of your may know that I am also on the National
Board of Directors for TROA. I am also extremely active with the San Antonio
chapter of the Air Force Association. I just recently attended the yearly
membership meetings for both groups. You know, virtually all of the decision
makers of both groups are very mature, white, males. We women need to get
involved. These organizations are crying for help. They are losing members
at the rate of 700- 1,000 per month as the WWII veterans go to their rewards.
Women have tremendous talent. We survived in an organization where many
did not. We should get involved and start to assume some of these national
and state positions. We can work to change things for the better and make
these veteran's organizations more representative of the populations they
are supposed to be representing. Let's get involved!
Reunion 2000 . . . . . by Sue
Y'all come on down to Texas to celebrate AFWOA's 2Sth Anniversary on
the Riverwalk in San Antonio.
Our 2000 Reunion will be held at the Holiday Inn Riverwalk (the
same place as our 1994 Reunion), from September 7-10. Our Board of Directors
decided to move the Reunion date from our usual October time frame to September
to take advantage of favorable room rates. The cost per room (not per person)
will be $119.00 plus tax. AFWOA members will need to personally contact
the hotel to make reservations (210224-2500, FAX 210-527-9589). We have
blocked 20 rooms for Wednesday, September 6 for early arrivals, then 75
rooms for Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Be sure you mention you
are with the Air Force Women Officers group to get the discounted room
rate. Reservations made after August 8, 2000, will be provided on a space-available
Our infamous Hospitality Room will be (wo)manned by Dori Johnson
and her band of merry bartenders from Wednesday afternoon, September 6
through about 12:00 noon on Sunday, September 10. Mary Hall is working
with local travel agencies to provide super tours to local fun places,
and Mary and Barbara LeMahieu will handle registration. Something really
new and fun will be a cocktail party Thursday evening on Riverwalk barges.
I'll be handling the arrangements for our first AFWOA "cruise." The welcome
cocktail party and buffet will be in our hotel on Friday evening, and will
be hosted by Welda Smith and Pat Murphy. We'll have seminars and briefings
on Saturday morning and our gala Silver Anniversary banquet Saturday evening.
Brigadier General Terry Gabreski, USAFE/LG, will be our banquet speaker.
She received her commission in 1974 as a graduate of OTS and pinned on
her first star on March 1, 1999.
Norma Brown has been working with Lois Tilley to arrange a concert
by the "WAF Band," most likely on Saturday afternoon in our hotel. Karen
Rankin and Jan King will be working the protocol area (still need a honcho)
and Terri Slone Baker is heading up our publicity and public relations
efforts. Other volunteers include Carol Habgood as our treasurer, and Paulette
Bethel will do the banquet decorations. We're still looking for committee
heads for the banquet, protocol, seminars/briefings, and mementos, and
everything else we haven't thought of yet.
If you have questions or want to volunteer to help, our toll-free
number is 1-877-22AFWOA [rings at Sue Wright's house.]
Of General Interest
Women Veterans' Stories Wanted
. . .Do you have a true military
story about yourself or other women veterans during wartime. . .or peacetime?
A story that would uplift or inspire people all over the world? If so,
you are invited to share your story. The New York Times best-selling book
series, Chicken Soup for fhe Soul, is now collecting stories for an exciting
new book, Chicken Soup for the Veteran's Soul!
Women were "there" too. It is important to capture their experiences
while we can. Stories from all wars, all eras, and all branches of service
are welcomed. Help us recognize and honor veterans everywhere by sharing
your stories. Submissions up to 1,200 words are accepted. Compensation
is offered for selected stories. Deadline for submissions is December 31,
For guidelines, call 888-387-6373. Visit the web site:
Options for sending stories: email:
mail: Chicken Soup for the Veteran's Soul/WIMSA 607 W. Broadway Fairfield
IA 52556 FAX: 515-472-0719.
U.S.-Korea 2000 Foundation
. . .has been designated as
a member of the Department of Defense's Korean War 50th Anniversary Commemorative
Community. It is a private, publicly-supported, non-profit organization
whose sole purpose is to ensure that Americans who served in the "Forgotten
Way" are forgotten no more. Anyone who served in uniform during the period
June 25, 1950 to July 27, 1953, even if not in the Korean theater of operations,
is encouraged to register with the foundation and participate in 50th anniversary
commemorative events honoring Korean Way veterans. You can request an information
and registration packet by contacting:
U.S.-Korea 2000 Foundation, Inc.
4600 Duke Street, Suite 416
Alexandria VA 22304-2517
Telephone: (703) 212-8128 FAX: (703) 684-0193
"Broken Promise" Bill
.Carmen Reynolds, Navarre, FL,
forwarded us the following information about the House Bill advocating
medical care benefits for retired veterans. H.R. 2966, the Keep Our Promise
to America's Military Retirees Act, was introduced on September 28th.
Prior to June 7, 1956, health care for retirees varied from service
to service, but Congress never authorized any of those systems. This changed
when CHAMPUS was enacted. For those who entered before CHAMPUS was enacted,
the promises of free health care for a lifetime turned out to be empty
promises. Those who entered the service after 1956 are eligible to participate
in CHAMPUS or the subsequent Tricare programs. But with military downsizing
and base closures, access to military treatment facilities is difficult
and is impossible for those who cannot travel even short distances. And
at age 65, retirees lose coverage and become eligible for Medicare benefits.
Post-CHAMPUS retirees have few health care options.
"The Keep Our Promise to America's Military Retirees Act" is landmark
legislation to restore adequate health care that was promised to all military
retirees. It will provide health care to military retirees who entered
the service prior to CHAMPUS, under the Federal Employee Health Benefits
Program (FEHBP), with the United States paying the full cost of enrollment.
This bill also allows all military retirees to participate in FEHBP, CHAMPUS
after they become 65, or to remain in Tricare.
You may want to write to your Senators and Congressmen encouraging
them to support the bill.