2016 AMMO Chiefs Association Reunion: 26 to 30 October 2016 on the Riverwalk in San Antonio TX

Fellow Chiefs, ACA Members and Spouses,

This email is being directed to you as someone who previously indicated that you’re planning to attend this year’s reunion!

Your San Antonio Reunion Planning Team has developed an exciting and fun-filled reunion schedule for your enjoyment.  The activities our team has planned are intended to ensure everyone would find something of interest to participate in during your short, but festive stay in the Alamo City.

I have attached two documents (in PDF format).  The first is our Schedule of Events that also contains a description of the activities you and your significant other can sign-up for and the second is your reunion sign-up sheet.  Please note that some activities have a minimum or a maximum number of participants that is normally dictated by the transportation requirement.
For those activities with a maximum number of participants we will do everything in our power to accommodate all that sign up for the event. For those with a minimum number, if we don’t get enough people to sign-up for an event we will notify you of that condition and refund all fees paid for that event after the final sign-up cut-off date.
BOTTOM LINE: Return your sign-up sheets early to ensure you have reserved a spot in the activities that you want to attend.

Here’s what to do:
1.      Review the schedule of events, pick those events you want to
participate in and sign-up for them on a PRINTED COPY OF THE SIGN-UP SHEET.
2.      Fill out the top portion of the sign-up sheet (name, address, etc.).
Be sure to indicate the banquet entree and number selection for everyone attending.
3.      Calculate the amount owed for the individual events you selected as well as a total amount.
4.      Write a check made out to “Ammo Chiefs Association” for the total amount due, place your check and sign-up sheet in an envelope and mail it to me at the address shown on the sign-up sheet.
5.      Click on the link at the bottom of the sign-up sheet, it will open a
web page where you can make your hotel reservation (the link pre-fills in the group code to ensure you get the discounted room rate).

Deadlines:
1.      Sign-up to attend the reunion and the planned events of your choice
– NLT 1 Sept 2016
2.      Make your hotel reservation – NLT 25 Sept 2016
3.      Cancel a hotel reservation – NLT Midnight, 24 Oct 2016

Information about the Holiday Inn Riverwalk San Antonio and what is available in the hotel and each guest room can be found on their website (view this information after you’ve made your room reservation using the link provided on the sign-up sheet).  Here’s some additional information specific to our ACA Reunion agreement with the hotel:
1.      Discounted room rate is $134 per room per night (+ 16.25% taxes).  This room rate is guaranteed for a period of time extending 3 days before until three days after our reunion dates (23 Oct to 2 Nov 2016).  We initially have 50 rooms blocked under this group code.  If we need more, I’m fairly sure the hotel will accommodate us.
2.      Parking fees in the hotel’s garage are normally $25/night, for our
reunion this was discounted to $15/night.
3.      The hotel has a great restaurant (Windows on the River) on premise that offers our group a discounted full American breakfast for $12/person daily.
4.      We will have full use of a ballroom (The Fiesta Ballroom) located on the second floor of the hotel as our hospitality suite between the hours of 6:30 AM till 11:30 PM daily during our reunion dates.  This room will be setup with tables and chairs, a refrigerator and a wet bar/kitchenette.  We will stock it with various beverages (beer, wine, alcohol, sodas, bottled water, etc.) and snacks. One of our volunteers will normally be there to assist as needed.
5.      Other discounts applied to our reunion activities include: waived
bartender fees for the reception and banquet, waived room fees for all ACA Reunion activities held at the hotel, discounted menu prices on the banquet dinners, and a complimentary hospitality room.

I will send out other pertinent information helpful in planning your travel (car rental agencies, transportation to/from the airport and hotel, etc.) by email, individually, after I receive your sign-up sheets.
If you have any questions at all, please feel free to email them to me.

On behalf of the SATX Reunion Planning Team consisting of Fred Schoettler, Fred Lee, Steve West, James Biggerstaff, John Rivard and myself, we hope that all of you can attend and we look forward to seeing you in the Alamo City this October!

IYAAYAS!
Joe Dominguez
2016 ACA Reunion Boss

2016 Reunion Signup Sheet_Final

2016 ACA Reunion Schedule_Final

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.