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January 8th, 2012

Fellow Flag & General Officers:

The new year is now upon us and our current list of topics is growing daily, as per the following:
1. Mark your calendar now for TFGON's 27 JAN Quarterly Networking Reception in Washington, DC
2. It's an election year---- how to steer clear of crossing the line on political involvement.
3. Active Duty TFGON Members Transitioning to Retirement.
4. TFGON's "Corporate/Association Liaison Listing" is a GREAT place to start with a friendly Flag/General Officer ready to talk to you.
1. Mark your calendar now for 27 JAN Quarterly Networking Reception in Washington, DC: With the new year comes our 4 Washington, DC Quarterly Networking Receptions, the first of which is scheduled for this month. Full details on the TFGON website, just click on Calendar in the links on the left hand side of the home page. We meet at the Capitol Hill Club, conveniently right across the street from the Capitol South Metro Station, and there is valet parking at the club, since parking on Capitol Hill is so restricted. All these events are self-supporting with a $25 attendance fee payable in cash or via check at the door---- open bar and food bar. RSVP is required so we know how large a room we will need---- RSVP by hitting reply to this message and sending us your name, rank, branch of service, and current job title and employer. Spouses are welcome to attend as well.
2. It's an election year---- how to steer clear of crossing the line on political involvement We're addressing this issue since we're now into an election year, and while most Flag & General Officers know the political involvement do's & don'ts pretty well, all of us are asked quite often as flag officers about what's authorized, and rather than needing a Ph.D. in the topic, we've found that the best approach is to refer those asking to the DOD Instruction on the topic. And so you don't have to look it up, the latest version, circa 2008, can be accessed at the following URL:
For those of you active in military and veterans organizations and associations, you might also want to suggest that they publish the DOD Directive URL in their newsletters to ensure everyone gets the word and none of our friends and colleagues gets crosswise with the law. We just saw in the newspaper where a young Army enlisted lad is in hot water for wearing his military uniform to a partisan political rally.
3. Active Duty TFGON Members Transitioning to Retirement This is primarily "to remind" as we have had an increasing number of queries from our active duty members who have transitioned or are transitioning to retired status asking that we shift their e-mail address to their personal or non-military e-mail address-----their motivation being that once they no longer had their military e-mail address, they were no longer receiving TFGON's comms to them. So the purpose of this "To Remind" is to suggest that you may want to shift the e-mail address you use to receive your TFGON messages to your personal e-mail address now so as to prevent losing contact with TFGON during your transition and missing out on the Job Opportunity messages that will be of high interest to you when leaving active military service. To do so, just hit reply to his message and give us your full name, rank, and service branch, as well as your old military e-mail address [so we can delete it] and your current personal e-mail address so we can shift our comms to that address and that way we can provide seamless comms with you during and after transition.
4. TFGON's "Corporate/Association Liaison Listing" is a GREAT place to start with a friendly Flag/General Officer ready to talk to you. One of TFGON's "services to our membership" that we get most of the positive feedback regarding is this listing [on the website, click on Corporate/Organization Liaison Representative on the left hand side of the home page], structured so that for an extensive list of corporations and associations and organizations, if you have a question or need to get plugged into the right area or have an idea for a "strategic alliance" between your company/organization and theirs, you can use TFGON's list and put you in contact with a friendly Fellow Flag/General Officer who can get you linked in with the right person or get you the answers you seek and save you tons of time and wasted effort. And if you don't see your company or association or organization listed and you want to take on that effort, just hit reply to this message and send us the details and we'll get you added to the list.
This now catches us up on the latest TFGON matters, issues, and events. Happy New Year to all. We look forward to another successful year for "our hearty band of warriors" as we continue to grow and succeed in helping each other as fellow Flag & General Officers.
With all good wishes,
Jim Carey

James J Carey
Rear Admiral [Ret.]
Jim Carey

National Chairman

John A. Dubia
Lieutenant General [Ret.]
John A. Dubia

ARMY Board Member &
ARMY Vice Chairman

Gordon Nash
Lieutenant General [Ret.]
Jack W. Klimp

Board Member: USMC

Steve Kunkle
Rear Admiral [Ret.]
James B. Godwin III

Board Member: NAVY

Robert Wray
Rear Admiral [Ret.]
Robert Wray


Mark Beesley
Brigadier General [Ret.]
Mark Beesley

Board Member: USAF

Ted F. Bowlds
Lieutenant General [Ret.]
Ted F. Bowlds


Norman Sauders
Rear Admiral [Ret.]
Norm Saunders

Board Member: USCG

Jeff Hathaway
Rear Admiral [Ret.]
Jeff Hathaway


Edward Rodriguez
Major General [Ret.]
Donna Barbisch, USA

Board Member At Large

Kirk Foster
Rear Admiral [Ret.]
Kirk Foster, JAGC, US NAVY

Corporate Secretary
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