AMMO Chiefs Association, Mid-Atlantic Chapter Annual Report (2015)

The AMMO Chiefs Association Mid-Atlantic Chapter (ACAMC) submits the following 2015 Annual Report to the ACA
for review and filing in historical records:

Our Chapter had another busy year in 2015. We held four meetings during the year followed by social events. Additionally, some of our members participated in two fundraising events at the Richmond International Raceway (RIR) in April and September. We teamed with the Joint Base Langley-Eustis, VA Ammo Morale Team (AMT) at RIR and donated a substantial portion of the proceeds to them to assist with AMT programs. To maximize participation at meetings, we varied our meeting locations to minimize travel for our regional members. This year we held our March meeting at the HQ ACC Munitions Directorate and our June gathering at the 1FW Munitions Flight, Joint Base Langley-Eustis. Our September meeting took place at Captain Billy’s Seafood Restaurant in Newburg, MD, and we finished out the year at Bill McCullough’s house in Fredericksburg, VA for our December meeting. At our June meeting, we did not have a quorum. During the September meeting, only one officer was present. Both meetings were subsequently validated via e-mail communications.
Our main efforts continued to focus on supporting personnel initiatives such as the Ammo Troops-in- Need program during the Christmas holiday season, recognition of Quarterly/Annual Award winners, recognizing Sharp Ammo Troops, taking care of our Ammo family in our area of responsibility, and Holiday Care Packages for the Ammo troops in austere locations. This year we received donations from the ACA, and individual ACAMC members, for the Holiday Care Package program for our Ammo troops stationed in four remote areas of Southwest Asia. Jackie Miller put together packages comprised of over $1,180.00 (including postage) worth of goodies for the Ammo troops. We received “Thank You” e-mails and cards from a couple of the recipients and they were extremely pleased with the packages. We appreciate all of the support we received for this ACAMC program! A special thanks again goes out to Jackie Miller for purchasing and shipping all of the items, as well as receiving a substantial donation of dental hygiene items from his dentist. The Chapter voted to send out care packages in June since the Ammo troops need some morale boosters during that deployment cycle.
2015 was not the healthiest year for our members and families. Frank Waterman is recovering from back surgery and his wife, Pokson, suffered a shoulder injury then got pneumonia. Bill McCullough and Yvonne Watts both had hip issues that took them out of commission for awhile. John Matthews’ daughter, Vicky, had a stroke and John and Myong went to assist her in Florida for a short time. Sharon Jacobsen was sick but seems to be doing much better now.
Nationally, we lost a few Ammo troops this year. The Chapter sent cards and donations to the families of these warriors who headed to the “great bomb dump in the sky.” Their losses are heartfelt throughout the Ammo community.
During the year, our membership increased by 1 to 22 voting members and we still have 4 Associate members. CMSgt David Jamison from Seymour-Johnson AFB, CMSgt Christopher Arnold, stationed at the Pentagon, and John Nye, Air National Guard, Joint Base Langley-Eustis, are our newest members. Stuart “Nik” Nikolas retired and moved to Georgia. Mike Robertson moved to Utah to pursue other work to aid the Ammo effort. Because of Mike’s departure, we needed a new chair for the Awards Committee. Dave Nixon graciously volunteered to step up to the plate! Bobby George PCS’d to Korea but still remains on our books since there is no chapter in his area.
Our fundraising consisted of Chapter dues, coin, hat, and shirt sales, donations from chapter members, the RIR, and a raffle of a White House Christmas ornament ($105.00 raised solely for the Ammo Troops-in-Need program). During the holiday season, we disbursed $755.00 for our Ammo Troops-in-Need program (one Joint Base Langley-Eustis and one Seymour-Johnson AFB, NC recipient).
During the December meeting, we held elections for the offices of Chapter President and Vice President. Jackie Miller was elected President and Yvonne Watts won the spot of Vice President. Our hats off to Eddie Fuquay and “Nik” Nikolas for their outstanding leadership during their tenure as President and Vice President, respectively.
Also at the December meeting, AIC Benjamin D. Latimer from Pope Army Airfield was selected as the “Sharp Ammo Troop” for 2015. A check, certificate, and coin were awarded to him.
As one of Eddie’s and Nik’s last duties, the Chapter Constitution and Bylaws was approved and signed.
Our events calendar for 2016 fills up our plate for the year. We will eagerly attack the challenges that we will face and shall continue to meet, socialize, and accomplish our Chapter goals. The ACAMC stands ready to take care of the troops and keep the Ammo flame burning!

Wilbur C. McCullough III
WILBUR C. MCCULLOUGH III, Secretary/Treasurer
AMMO Chiefs Association, Mid-Atlantic Chapter (ACAMC)

Download a copy here!  2015 ACAMC Annual Report (FINAL)

 

Obituary for Paul Klein

Paul H. Klein, age 75, passed away Friday, December 25, 2015 at Grand Strand Regional Medical Center following a short illness.
Born in E. Rockhill TWP., Bucks County, Pennsylvania, he was a son of the late Paul G. and Wihelmina Klein.

In addition to his parents, Paul was predeceased by a brother, James Klein.

He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Mitsuko; a son, Toshio Klein and his wife Lisa of Spartanburg, SC; 2 daughters: Mary Klein-Tijero and her husband David of Monterey Park, California , Joy Klein of Myrtle Beach and his granddaughter, Mina Klein.

Paul was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and friend. He retired from the USAF as a Chief Master Sergeant, actively serving in Vietnam and retired from the Georgetown County School System where he taught small engine repair and computer science. He loved to go fishing and hunting with family and friends. Paul will be dearly missed by all.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 P.M., Monday, January 4, 2016 at St. Michael Catholic Church with Fr. Edward Fitzgerald officiating.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial contributions may be made in Paul’s name to St. Michael Catholic Church School, 542 Cypress Ave., Garden City, SC 29576.

Please sign the family’s guestbook at www.goldfinchfuneralhome.com/obituaries.

ACA Elections

It is election time again…. Thank you to everyone who threw their names into the hat! Good luck to all of you!

The link to the Ballot is : ACA Election Ballot Website Version Final

The ACA Ballot is shown below please mark your selections as indicated and return to the Election Committee. You have two ways to return the ballot.

1. If you decide to use email to return your ballot please send to all three of the election committee:

Jack Seaman: ammo.chiefs.association@gmail.com

Bart Ivy: bart.ivy@evanhoe.com

Mike Roylance: mikeroylance@comcast.net

Or

2. You can print this ballot and return it via the United States Postal Service. Please use the following address, and make sure the ballot the Secretary receives it NLT 15 October 2015.

Ammo Chiefs Association Inc.
Elections
2880 Bluebonnet Drive
Henderson, NV 89074

FAMMOLy

6 March 2015

FAMMOLy

I came across a thread on Facebook regarding a young man who received an early out discharge from the Air Force.  He is one of our young AMMO brothers.  Since his discharge, his life seems to keep throwing curve balls, creating a mostly negative experience.  He worked at a few dead end jobs and even tried to go back to school.  He loved music and thought he had a place with a local band.  He and the band went separate ways earlier this week.  He stayed up all night, he proceeded to get wasted, and then, he began to think.  Luckily, some of his thoughts began spilling onto his Facebook page.  He said he wanted to die, but he could not kill himself.  He wanted someone to kill him.

Some Ammo friends fresh from the shock of one of our own retiree’s death by “suicide by cops” last week saw his comments are were concerned.  This created a beehive of activity.  Ammo Brother Jimmy Taylor (Ammo Veterans Association) began spreading the word that a brother needed help.  The Ammo pages on Facebook and phone network in our community lit up.  Jimmy was able to talk by phone to the young man.  He missed the Air Force, he missed the camaraderie of AMMO, but circumstances prevent him from getting back in.  He was ready to give up.  After notification of the police in his hometown, they immediately sent a unit to do a safety check.  The young man is now safe and being checked out for his depression.

An AMMO troop is a deputy on the local police department, so now we can maintain close contact going forward.  The young man has received hundreds of friend requests from members of our FAMMOly.  These requests came from all across the world.

His short tenure in AMMO does not diminish his standing, Once an AMMO troop, Always an AMMO troop!  A couple of years in the Air Force Ammo family constitutes “FAMMOly” for life.

He will not be one of the 22 today!

On behalf of the ACA, I would like to thank Jimmy Taylor, Bob Jones, the members of the Ammo Veterans Association, and all the other AMMO troops who stepped up today.  We are still part of the FAMMOly even after we separate from service.  Keep up the incredible things you do.  Keep the Flame Burning!  And remember…

“If you Aint AMMO, You Aint Shit”!

Midwest Chapter’s Annual Report

Here is the 2014 Midwest Chapter’s Annual Report.

Activities:
– Re-elected Gary Knighton as the Chapter Secretary/Treasurer
– Held several luncheons throughout the year
– Held one formal meetings during the year (the summer meeting was
planned but got cancelled)
– Sponsored a hole for the WP Chief Group’s Golf Tournaments
– supported the Little Angels Fundraiser event
– Acknowledged the 4 AFMC’s Outstanding Munitions Performers for 2013

Members in good standing:
– Mark Gossett – President
– Don Myers – Vice President
– Gary Knighton – Secretary/Treasurer
– Harvey Ridenoure
– Billie Campbell
– Kevin Haldeman

Our ending account balance for 2014 is “available upon request”.

Projected 2014 activities:
– Hold several luncheons
– Hold Two membership meetings
– Support the AFMC’s 2014 Outstanding Munitions Performers
– Support the WP AFB Chiefs Group Golf Tournament
– Hold President elections

Have a great New Year.

Thanks

Mark ‘Goose’ Gossett

IYA AMMO YAS