6 March 2015
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”!
Here is the 2014 Midwest Chapter’s Annual Report.
– 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.
Mark ‘Goose’ Gossett
IYA AMMO YAS
The New Year is well upon us!
With the start of a new year, all dues should be paid. Here is the list of current members. If anyone does not see their name, it is probably because their dues are not current.
If that is not the case, You concern will require the expertise of either The Treasurer (Mike Roylance), or the Secretary (Jack Seaman). Contact one of them, and they should be able to help!
Almost every AMMO troop since the late 80s has been to AFCOMAC at least once.
In December, The Air Force Combat Ammunitions Center celebrated the graduation of its 15,000 student.
The AFCOMAC Schoolhouse recognized Staff Sgt. Olivia Tipton, a student from the 509th Munitions Squadron, Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., as the 15,000th student to graduate from the program.
To the Schoolhouse we say “Well Done!”
To SSgt Tipton, we say “Congratulations!”
and to Everyone we say
“If You Aint AMMO, You Aint Shit!”
Keep the Flame Burning.
To see the article from Beale AFB here is the Link.
Check out the new Potential Opportunity on the AMMO Jobs Page!
The 192nd FW, like most units in the Air National Guard never had a billet to support a Chief in the Munitions Storage Area. In the past the Munitions manning document would only support a SMSgt to manage the element. In November the unit changed that status, and promoted SMSgt John Nye to Chief.
The ACA would like to welcome and congratulate him on this accomplishment.
John is AMMO all the way!
We look forward to seeing him at meetings soon!