Category Archives: Issues of Interest

Scholarships for military children

The Scholarships for Military Children Program will accept applications from Dec. 14, 2018 – Feb. 15, 2019. Applicants must have a current military dependent ID card, apply online and submit the student’s official transcript. The Fisher House Foundation will award 500 scholarship grants for the scholarship year 2019-2020. The selection process will begin immediately following the application submission deadline. For more information, visit

An invitation to support a medical transport “Bring Ellie Home”

fAMMOly and Friends:

MSgt John Bartlow and his family are in need of some AMMO support.  The below email is what he sent to Gary Oaks.

Please consider helping out and be sure to pass this along.



Chief Jackson mention to reach out to you and see if you are able to spread the word in helping our family get our daughter back to Utah.

We were really hoping not to go this route but Tri-Care’s “Medical Necessity” clause has put a quick stop to transporting her out to the approved hospital/specialist out here in Salt Lake City. We are still perusing other ways to get her to SLC but if all those fail we are going to need some help to pay the estimated $18K to medically move her from Kansas City to Salt Lake City.

If you or anyone else know of way to get her to Salt Lake City free of charge or at a reduced cost, please let us know.

Below is the link to the site and a small video our daughter

Bring Ellie Home

Thank You

Section Chief, Material
388 MXS, Hill AFB, UTAH

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!

AMMO Day Proposal

Folks we’re looking for your input and feedback on the below proposal.  Please let us know what you think by adding a comment below.


Jimmy Taylor has made the suggestion to Fred O’Hern and John Greer that the AMMO Veterans and AMMO Chief Associations co-sponsor and select a name / title and date for a worldwide “AMMO Day.” Initial reactions have been generally in favor of this initiative. The ACA Board of Directors (BOD) has suggested “AMMO Awareness Day” as the name to be given the occasion with the date for its implementation still under consideration.

In Jimmy’s words – – “AMMO Day” would essentially be a day on which Ammo Troops would get together for a social and fun day, ranging from BBQs, softball games, beer calls, and maybe something as simple as inviting the Ammo Troops in your neighborhood to share a beer at the local VFW.”

With the number of AMMO social events already on the calendar for the rest of this year, we anticipate a start date sometime in the Spring or Summer of 2018.

Fred suggested we consider Armed Forces Day (third Saturday in May) as it would be in line with the creation of the Ordnance Department on 14 May, 1812.

Bart Ivy has suggested either the 1st Saturday in July to line up with the creation of the Army Air Force (AAF) Ammunition Career Field in 1945 or the 1st Saturday in March to coincide with the creation of the Air Force Munitions Career Field in 1953.

Mike Roylance suggested we consider the 4th of December (St. Barbara’s Day) for AMMO Day. (re: St. Barbara’s Day at Wikipedia). Briefly and for your information, Saint Barbara became the patron saint of artillerymen. She is also traditionally the patron of armorers, military engineers, gunsmiths, tunnellers, miners and anyone else who worked with cannon and explosives. She is invoked against thunder and lightning and all accidents arising from explosions of gunpowder. The U.S. Army, Navy and Marines honor this day, as well as many other foreign military ordnance disciplines around the world.

These dates were pulled from background papers / historical documents, some may be debatable but are accurate to the best of our knowledge. Again, any feedback / corrections would be appreciated to either the ACA or to the AVA at Jimmy’s email address. Robert Yeager is also posting this on the web site so your comments can be posted there.

Our two organizations shouldn’t designate this events name or annual date for “AMMO Day” without running the proposal by the respective general memberships. That also includes as many other non-member AMMO troops as possible through the social media sites for all their comments / suggestions and recommendations including either the approval or disapproval of the suggestion entirely. Any and all feedback is welcome, the sooner the better but NLT 31 August, 2017.

We think Jimmy’s idea has merit and ask all AMMO Troops give some serious consideration to the proposal. Our two AMMO organizations (AVA and ACA) would offer as much promotional support and advertisement to AMMO Day as possible. It would be an excellent opportunity for worldwide Active Duty / Guard / Reserve AMMO organizations, regional ACA Chapters / AVA groups as well as any individual Retired or ex-AMMO Troop to get together with their peers socially in remembrance of our AMMO Heritage.

DoD to Open Online Exchange Shopping to Veterans

WASHINGTON, Jan. 13, 2017 — The Defense Department announced today that veterans will soon be able to shop online at military exchanges.

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The policy change will extend limited online military exchange shopping privileges to all honorably discharged veterans of the military, DoD officials said in a news release.

The shopping benefit will be effective this Veterans Day, Nov. 11, 2017.

While shopping privileges exclude the purchase of uniforms, alcohol and tobacco products, it includes the Exchange Services’ dynamic online retail environment known so well to service members and their families, the release said. The change follows careful analysis, coordination and strong public support, officials said in the release.

“We are excited to provide these benefits to honorably discharged veterans to recognize their service and welcome them home to their military family,” said Peter Levine, performing the duties for the undersecretary of defense for personnel and readiness.

“In addition, this initiative represents a low-risk, low-cost opportunity to help fund morale, welfare and recreation programs in support of service members’ and their families’ quality of life. And it’s just the right thing to do,” Levine added.

The online benefit will also strengthen the exchanges’ online businesses to better serve current patrons. Inclusion of honorably discharged veterans would conservatively double the exchanges’ online presence, according to DoD officials, thereby improving the experience for all patrons through improved vendor terms, more competitive merchandise assortments and improved efficiencies.

“As a nation, we are grateful for the contributions of our service members,” Levine said. “Offering this lifetime online benefit is one small, tangible way the nation can say, ‘Thank you’ to those who served with honor.”

Pending Legislation dealing with Retired Pay

The following information was passed on from Jack Seaman.


Our AMMO Brothers Gary Oaks and Mike Robertson up in Utah are among many keeping an eye on the subject information and thought the ACA Membership might be interested. We pretty much all know many politicians like to propose cost cutting legislation pertaining to the military – – primarily I guess because they view us as being “easy targets” who will not fight back,  rolling over and accepting whatever comes along.

Maybe more of us should take up the fight on these issues before they get a chance to push the proposed (expletive deleted) down our throats. Letting our lawmakers in Washington know how we feel about it is one way to do that.

The TREA is another good source of any future info on this subject. Many of you already belong to the VFW, American Legion / Vets, Vietnam Veterans Association, Air Force Sergeants Association and the Air Force Association all of which provide newsworthy items pertaining to the retired military community. Might also be worth adding the TREA to your email distribution list.


TREA Washington Update for Monday, February 27th 2017