Chief Master Sergeant Gauvin Ammo Troop Memorial Fund

 

Rich Gauvin

 

Sergeant (CMSgt) Richard A. Gauvin Ammo Troop Memorial Fund was founded in June 1998 by Class 9806 as a continuing class legacy to pay tribute to Chief Gauvin for his selfless contributions to his country and the Ammo community.

Class 9806 contributed the initial funds in the amount of $400.00, obtained through personal contributions by class members.  All class members agreed the fund should be established to award cholarships to children of munitions personnel who held AFSC 461XX, 465XX or 2W0X1 on active, reserve, or ANG duty in the service of the USAF.

The Air Force Combat Ammunition Center (AFCOMAC) Senior Staff will administer the scholarship fund. All future AFCOMAC classes will have the opportunity to raise funds and contribute to expanding the scholarship fund.

The USAF Major Command Functional Managers who act as the AFCOMAC Board Of Advisors (BOA) will be the Scholarship Selection Committee to review, approve, and decide on the amount awarded to each applicant. All scholarship applicants will submit their applications prior to 1 June of each year.

In addition to awarding scholarships, the BOA voted during the 2010 Curriculum Review, that funds may be utilized in other arenas to support the Ammo Community.  This will be conducted in honor of the CMSgt Gauvin Ammo Troop Memorial Fund. The BOA will make final determinations when an opportunity occurs.

 

Eligibility

In order to be eligible and qualify as a recipient for the CMSgt Gauvin Ammo Troop Memorial

Fund award, the following criteria apply:

  1.  Be a child under the age of 25, to include: natural born child, legally adopted child, and other dependent children of a parent(s) or legal guardian(s) who served honorably in the United States Air Force in Air Force Specialty Codes (AFSC) 461XX, 465XX or 2W0X1 (AMMO troops). Service may include active, reserve, or Air National Guard duty for any period of time.                                         The applicant must provide proof of honorable service and AFSC.
  2.   Be a graduate of an accredited high school or equivalent or high school senior who will qualify for graduation prior to beginning eligibility for assistance.
  3. Be enrolled or accepted for enrollment in a full time (as defined by the school attending) undergraduate course of study at an approved accredited college, university or technical school beyond the high school level with the exception of a service academy.  Applicants attending a service academy are not eligible for this scholarship.
  4. Obtained a 2.0 Grade Point Average (GPA) the previous academic year.
  5. Selection for the award is made without regard to Race, Religion, National Origin, Sex, Age or other factors determined to be illegally discriminatory by the law of the land.

NOTE: Eligibility is not limited to citizens of the U.S. However, applicants must be attending a U.S. institution of higher learning.

 

Selection Priority

The Scholarship Selection Committee will use the following precedence list to prioritize the eligible candidates:

  1. Eligible children of AMMO troops who died on active duty.
  2. Eligible children of AMMO troops who died after retirement.
  3. Eligible children of AMMO troops who are/have served honorable.

NOTE: The original intent of the scholarship program is to assist dependent children of deceased AMMO Troops with attaining higher education.

 

Requirements

The following must be enclosed with the application:

  1. The completed application.
  2. Privacy Act must be dated and signed. This document can be dated, signed, then scanned and sent in electronically with the remainder of the application.
  1. Official Transcript sent from the high school or college
  2. A brief pertinent history of the applicant’s background and reason for requesting the scholarship. Include such items as high schools and colleges attended, awards won in schools, significant scholarship recognition, special interests and hobbies, clubs, sports, volunteer work (provide average hours/week), and employment history (provide average hours/week). Please limit this to one typewritten single-spaced page.
  1. An essay with the topic of: “What is your idea of the American dream?” Format should be APA style, no less than 500 words, double spaced written with Times New Roman Font size 12.
  2. Applicants may informally notify the fund administrators of intent to apply at any time.

 

Additional Information:

  1. Applicants are personally responsible for ensuring the completeness and accuracy of the applications package. Applicants are strongly urged to carefully review their submission for absolute conformity to requirements.
  2. Award amounts may be tailored by the applicant’s request and fund availability, but must be fairly and impartially distributed. These funds are for the immediate school year, approximately 1 September through 31 August. (Note: The scholarship is to be used for tuition, books, room and board on campus, and laboratory fees only). It is payable to the college or university only. Should the applicant fail to enroll as a full time student or become dis-enrolled, all money will be returned to the scholarship fund. If the applicant is awarded a full scholarship from another source, this scholarship must be relinquished.
  3. Applications must be postmarked no later than 1 June. Any postmarked after that date are not considered for that school year.
  4. Personally delivered applications must be received by the Scholarship Applications Coordinator by 1500 hrs (3:00 PM PST) June.  
  5. It is the responsibility of each student to take the steps necessary to gain admission to the institution of his/her choice.
  6. Applications/information should be sent to: 9 MUNS Scholarship Coordinator, 5890 A Street, Beale AFB, CA 95903-1545 Telephone (530) 634-3685/2400 or by E-mail:  9muns.afcomac@us.af.mil
  1. The BOA will review applications and select scholarship(s) to be awarded between 1 June 2016 and 1 August 2016. Applicants will be informed of their status and amount awarded once selections have been made.

 Administrative Information

The AFCOMAC Curriculum Flight is responsible for scholarship coordination and fund administration. These individuals shall be responsible for the following:

  1. Receive and maintain all applications along with information on how to contact them.
  2. Application and approval/disapproval information file for all applicants.
  3. Establishing a financial account for funds management.
  4. Maintaining financial and tax exempt records.
  5. Promotion of fund raising activities and scholarship awards.
  6. Preparing Application packages and presenting them to the BOA.
  7. Disbursing funds for selected applicants in the amounts determined by the BOA within 30 days after the BOA has made their decision.

These instructions are current as of 3 December 2015.

 

JASON D. YODER, SMSgt, USAF

Scholarship Coordinator

E-mail: 9muns.afcomac@us.af.mil

Mr Clayton “Gary” Byrd Retires from the schoolhouse!

 

Mr. Byrd

On behalf of the ACA’s Board of Directors as well as our entire Membership, please accept the accompanying Certificate of Appreciation and AMMO Support coin as a small measure of our gratitude for all you have done for our newest AMMO Troops. Your efforts contributed significantly towards ensuring these folks were adequately trained for their Munitions Support duties where and when called for, world-wide.

AMMO Troops have always been known for their ability to produce and deliver the correctly configured ordnance in the quantities required, on time, every time, in support of whatever the combat aircraft sortie rates happen to be during wartime under the most arduous conditions imaginable. They have performed these toughest jobs in the USAF’s maintenance world willingly and consistently without fail. No Fragmentary (FRAG) order has ever been considered too difficult – – these guys and gals get the job done.

Those of us who rose through the ranks doing this work throughout our careers take great pride in our heritage. We make no apologies for considering AMMO troops to be a “cut above” the average USAF war fighter. Our achievements speak for themselves through years of hands on experience in Korea, Vietnam, and nearly continuous combat operations throughout the Middle East and around the world before and since 9/11. AMMO Troops continue today doing what needs to be done and they will always be there to ensure our combat aircraft have the bombs, bullets and PGM’s to do the mission.

We hope you won’t forget your association with AMMO and we wish you all the best as you continue to serve the USAF and this great country of ours. Thank you again Gary for all you have done at the AMMO Schoolhouse. Stay well, be safe and please keep in touch.

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