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FLAG & GENERAL OFFICERS: TFGON Matters, Issues, & Events Newsletter: JULY 2012
Fellow Flag & General Officers:
After an exceptionally busy early July, our inbox is once again full of action items that we need to share with you. There are probably too many to put them all in this issue of the newsletter, so plan on receiving another in a few days. With that, details follow:
1. Selection of the TFGON McGrail Scholars in memory of TFGON Co-Founder Rear Admiral Chuck McGrail, U.S. Navy [Ret.]
2. New legislation to fight the SUPERBUGS that have been killing our wounded troops, and also our kids and elderly
3. General of the Army Dwight D. Eisenhower Society Summer Picnic at the Eisenhower Farm, Gerrysburg, PA, Saturday, 21 July: 4:30-8 p.m: TFGON is invited.
1. Selection of the TFGON McGrail Scholars in memory of TFGON Co-Founder Rear Admiral Chuck McGrail, U.S. Navy [Ret.]:
TFGON has been working on the establishment of this memorial to Co-Founder Chuck McGrail for over a year now, and it is GREAT to see it come to fruition this summer. While the program was initially structured to select one scholarship recipient as a McGrail Scholar, we had a great group of applicants to choose from and ended up selecting three. All three are military veterans who are engaged in various fields of study or training with a view towards eventual careers in national or international public policy, federal service, or military service. Each is funded with a scholarship in support of their participation in the Washington Scholars Fellowship Program, a program focused on bringing some of our nation's best & brightest to Washington, DC for an intense 10-week summer Internship/Fellowship Program to prepare them for their national public policy careers---- details on Washington Scholars at www.WashingtonScholars.org
Our McGrail Scholars selectees are Sgt. Josh Hansen, USMC 2005-2009, a Graduate of Western Michigan University entering his 2nd year of law school at Michigan State; Sgt. Joe Rogan, U.S. Army Reserve, a Graduate of the University of Central Florida entering his 2nd year of law school at Georgetown University, and 2nd LT Gavriel Swerling, USMC, a Graduate of the University of Maryland entering his 2nd year of law school at that same university. Full details and photos of all 3 McGrail Scholars can be viewed on the TFGON website at www.FlagAndGeneralOfficersNetwork.org/mcgrail.html
---- be sure to scroll to the bottom of the page. We plan on having all 3 of our McGrail Scholars at the upcoming TFGON Quarterly Networking Reception on 27 July so you can meet them face to face and learn more about them. You are also welcome to attend their Washington Scholars Graduation Ceremonies & Reception on 3 AUG, 6-8 p.m., Eisenhower Lounge, Capitol Hill Club [where we hold our TFGON networking receptions] as guests of the host Washington Scholars Program. Very special thanks to TFGONers Rear Admiral Don Loren, U. S. Navy [Ret.] and Major General Donna Barbisch, U. S. Army [Ret.] who serve as Mentors to the McGrail Scholars and who have been a tremendous help in selecting our first Class of McGrail Scholars.
2. New legislation to fight the SUPERBUGS that have been killing our wounded troops, and also our kids and elderly:
Over the past several decades, due to all sorts of reasons, there has been an ever-evolving group of SUPERBUGS that have become more and more resistant to ANY existing antibiotics. And with no new antibiotics being developed because of the tremendous costs involved in doing that R&D and their experience in not being able to recoup those investments, the pharmaceutical industry has not been doing the necessary R&D to bring new antibiotics to market. As this problem has worsened with each passing year, the urgency to provide incentives to the pharma industry in order to promote these efforts has grown and grown, and this year, the U.S. Congress has FINALLY addressed this issue and passed legislation that was signed by the President this past Monday, July 9th. The official name of the bill is S. 3187, the "Food and Drug Administration Safety and Innovation Act," and without going into a lot of explanation, this IS going to save lives and our troops that have been saved on the battlefield only to later die of these infections will now have hope for survival once the new families of antibiotics can be developed and brought into the military and civilian medical systems. Lots of good information on this effort [and several other medical initiatives] at this website: www.pewhealth.org
as Pew was a leader in the effort to get this legislation passed.
3. General of the Army Dwight D. Eisenhower Society Summer Picnic at the Eisenhower Farm, Gettysburg, PA, Saturday, 21 July: 4:30-8 p.m.
You may not be aware of it, but General of the Army Dwight David Eisenhower is a TFGON Member---- our only 5 Star Member--- authorized posthumously by the Eisenhower Estate through his son, Brigadier General John Eisenhower, U.S. Army [Ret.]. Or that one of our members, now deceased, Major General J. Milnor Roberts, U. S. Army [Ret.] who served on Eisenhower's Staff during World War II, was involved in the formation of The Dwight D. Eisenhower Society. TFGON Members and their families have been invited to attend this year's Eisenhower Society Summer Picnic on Saturday, 21 July, 4:30-8 p.m., held at the Eisenhower Farm, now known as the Eisenhower National Historic Site: www.nps.gov/eise
Cost is $25 per person or tables of 6 for $125. Details are on the attached invitation, including a POC name and phone #, or feel free to contact General Robert's widow who has attended our TFGON receptions, Priscilla Roberts, at DDayWarrior@aol.com
Priscilla will be at the picnic and invites all TFGONers to sit with her group if they so desire. And while the RSVP deadline was yesterday, 13 July, we've been given a couple days "grace period" for those of you who want to attend and have not RSVP'd---- if you run into any problems, contact Priscilla at her e-mail address above--- put Eisenhower Society Picnic in the subject line.
That should do it for this issue of the newsletter. Feel free to forward this to any other Flag & General Officers that you know. While we have over half of all the living flag/general officers as TFGON members, our long term goal is to have them all as members and to reach that goal, it's up to each of us to spread the word.
As always, if you have any questions, just hit reply and ask.
With all good wishes,
Rear Admiral [Ret.]
ARMY Board Member &
ARMY Vice Chairman
Board Member: NAVY
Brigadier General [Ret.]
Board Member: USAF
Board Member: USCG
Board Member At Large