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National AMMO Day

 

Thanks to Jimmy Taylor for all the hard work and to the guys in the AVA who initiated National AMMO Day. The proclamation will serve as a perpetual reminder to all AMMO Troops – – past, present and future – – that the AMMO Flame is burning brightly and will never be extinguished. 

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Mother Of All Bashes or the MOAB 2017

Ammo Troops and their families from near and far converged in Ray City, Georgia for the 4th Annual Moody Blues Ammo Call, nicknamed this year, the Mother Of All Bashes or the MOAB! Campers began bedding down as early as Tuesday, October 3rd and continued arriving all the way up to the 7th of October, 2017. Of course, this year we had a very special guest called Hurricane Nate that threatened to put a damper on the festival. Afternoon, thunderstorms off the feeder bands slowed things but never stopped them. Saturday evening brought a gully washer just after dark but not before we got to pay our respects to our fallen Ammo Chief William “Bill” Fick. Some of us knew he kept pushing “ole Nate” to the west and sparing us. Friday and Saturday Breakfasts were prepared and served up by our own Chief John Greer. Fresh Morning Coffee was flowing freely.

The Ammo Veterans Association (AVA) sold T-shirts, ammo coins, sponsored a raffle and even an auction to support its efforts to bring fellowship, brotherhood, sisterhood to the Fammoly. This gathering also had a huge showing from the Ammo Chiefs Association Emerald Coast Chapter. Retired Chiefs Fred O’Hern, John Greer, Tom Zima, Stuart Nikolas, Darryl Beasley, Raymond Wilson, and Ed Whitley were present. Chief Scott Browning from the 23rd Munitions Storage Area visited Friday night along with many of the “Flying Tiger Ammo Troops” from Moody AFB. What a special treat when our Active Duty brothers and sisters join us for the event.

This year’s reunion had a Hawaiian theme, and we were blessed with beautiful dancers. What luau wouldn’t be complete without the Famous Joe Santua Pig Picking smoked pig, along with sausages, smoked butts, Pat Conlin’s famous fall off the bone ribs, Reedy’s Carolina hash and chicken bog, and all the wonderful side dishes and desserts everyone brought to the biggest feed in the South. The heavy rain came just after dark Saturday night but not after we had made a day of it. Sunday morning saw folks packing up and moving out. Everyone promises to keep in touch and try to make the Bash at the Beach 2018. These reunions are ever so necessary to connect and support one another.

Everyone needs to join the Ammo Veterans Association or the Ammo Chiefs Association to keep track of when the next event will be coming to you.

Next year’s Moody Blues Ammo Weekend will be October 4th thru the 6th of October, 2018. We hope to see everyone there! Bob Jones IYAAYAS!

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Ammo Breakfast Clubs

Ammo Breakfast Clubs
Hill AFB, UT area. POC: Gary Oaks. Meets on the third Saturday of the month at American Legion Post 134, 345 Depot St, Clearfield, UT 84015, starting at 9 a.m.

Nellis AFB, NV area. POC: John Lyons. Facebook groups: AVA BREAKFAST, BASH, & BANQUET WEEKEND Las Vegas, Ammo Veterans Association-Nevada MMS 461-2W0

Langley AFB, VA area. POC: Michael Salinas. Meets the last Saturday of the month at American Legion Post 368, 368 American Legion Dr, Newport News, VA 23608 from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Facebook group: ammo breakfast club (langley

Ammo Arizona Chapter. POC: Bret Noe and James Caufield, USAF SMSgt (Ret) Goldsboro, NC Area. POC: Joe Pliler. Meets the second Saturday of the month at Lantern Inn, 2201 Ash Street, Goldsboro, NC 27530 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Facebook group: Goldsboro AMMO Breakfast

The idea of an AMMO Breakfast all started one weekend at one of the Langley AMMO Breakfast. Joe Pliler from Goldsboro had attended this Breakfast and was talking with Jimmy Taylor about how nice it would be to have a Breakfast around home. Jimmy told Joe that he knew a good friend and AMMOTROOP from his time at Myrtle Beach AFB, that lives in Goldsboro. He told Joe to Call John Crocker, he’d be glad to help with getting a Breakfast started. On the way home from Langley, Joe called John and they talked about starting Goldsboro AMMO Breakfast. Joe and John talked for the next couple of weeks planning out logistics and how to get fellow AMMOTROOPS aware of the breakfast. During this time, Jimmy Taylor had put us in contact with Chief David Jamison. We three met at Lantern Inn restaurant, and discussed getting the veteran’s and Active Duty together for fellowship, comradery, sharing experiences and providing assistance for one another when needed. AMMO supporting AMMO!

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National USAF AMMO Day Proclamation

The AMMO Veterans Association and the AMMO Chiefs Association are pleased to announce the kickoff of “National USAF AMMO Day” (or more simply known as “AMMO Day”) to be held annually on the 4th of December beginning in 2018, contingent on whether the day can be approved and finalized to be included in the National Registry.

Selection of this day was chosen because the 4th of December happens to be “Saint Barbara’s Day” the patron Saint of armourers, military engineers, gunsmiths, tunnellers, miners and anyone else who worked with cannon and explosives. St. Barbara is invoked against thunder and lightning and all accidents arising from explosions of gunpowder. St. Barbara’s day is celebrated by the British (Royal Artillery, RAF Armourers, Royal Engineers), Australian (Royal Regiment of Australian Artillery, (RAAF Armourers), Canadian Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technicians (EOD), Canadian Air Force Armourers, Royal Canadian Artillery, Canadian Military Field Engineers, Royal Canadian Navy Weapons Engineering Technicians, New Zealand (RNZN) Gunners Branch, RNZA, Royal New Zealand Army Ordnance Corps, RNZAF Armourers) armed forces. Additionally, this day is celebrated by Irish Defence Forces Artillery Regiments, Norwegian Armed Forces Artillery Battalions, United States Army and Marine Corps Field and Air Defense Artillery, many Marine Corps Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technicians and last, but not least, St. Barbara is also the patron saint of US Navy and Marine Corps Aviation Ordnance men and women. 

Therefore it is further proclaimed that United States Air Force AMMO Troops past and present who held, or are now serving in, Air Force Specialty Codes 461 and 2W0 (Munitions Systems Specialists) are equally qualified candidates to have their own Specialty added to this impressive listing of Foreign and Domestic Ordnance & Explosive orientated Military and Civilian occupations / organizations all holding this day in such high reverence.  

The primary purpose of this day is to bring together all AMMO Troops who have served for any length of time and those who have either Retired or are now on Active Duty, no matter their location to participate in a day of camaraderie and celebration. AMMO Call’s, softball games, horseshoes, social gatherings / visiting with new / old  AMMO troops and their families, enjoying some cold beer and throwing some meat on the grill are but a few of the ways envisioned to do this. Or it can be something as “low key” as inviting a unmarried / unaccompanied AMMO troop to ones home for a quiet dinner and some conversation with family members.  We should all remember this day comes each year between two of our major holidays and is a time that can be especially difficult for younger guys and gals to be away from their own families. This is especially true in overseas locations and in remote areas at any one of the many AOR’s. 

It is the AVA’s and ACA’s profound hope AMMO Day becomes a part of our lasting heritage and all AMMO Troops around the globe grow to appreciate and actively participate in its activities. After all – – they “Own It” as its two architects envisioned.

 

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