November 20th, 2011
Fellow Flag & General Officers:
The following are some general issues and matters that have crossed our TFGON desk that you may want to be aware of and/or take part:
1. TFGON Networking Reception Dates for 2012
2. New MOAA video re: Commitments to the Military
3. Two New TFGON Officials Step Up To The Plate
4. Letters to the Editor Efforts
5. The Cruiser OLYMPIA: A Call to Action
1. TFGON Networking Reception Dates for 2012: The TFGON Quarterly Networking Receptions on Capitol Hill for 2012 have now been booked for the following dates, in case you want to "pencil them in" on your 2012 schedule:
Friday, 27 JAN
Friday, 27 APRIL
Friday, 27 JULY
Friday, 26 OCT
We schedule them on Friday evenings because the work week is over, many of those on travel have returned to DC if they live here, those on business travel can easily extend their trip if they wish to attend, etc., etc. And "oh by the way", did we mention that on Fridays, we get happy hour prices on drinks and food and we get the room free? Full details on the TFGON website: Click on Calendar.
2. New MOAA Video RE: Commitments to the Military: We received the following from TFGON Member Major General Joe Lynch, USAF [Ret.], General Counsel, MOAA, requesting we share it with the Membership:
Jim------ The attached link is to a short, but particularly good video to raise public consciousness about how the White House and Congress are turning their backs on the military community and breaking their commitments to those who have served. I am sending it to my contacts with a request that it be shared as widely as possible so the military community and members of the public are aware of what's happening.
Thanks. //Joe, Joseph G. Lynch, Major General, USAF (Ret.), General Counsel, Military Officers Association of America
3. New TFGON Officials: We are pleased to announce that the TFGON Board of Directors has approved the following new officers of our Hearty Band of Warriors:
Major General Greg Feest, USAF as Treasurer
Rear Admiral [Ret.] Jeff Hathaway, USCG as Vice Chairman, USCG
Special congratulations to these two new TFGON Officials for stepping up to the TFGON leadership plate as we continue with the growth and success of the organization. At 3200+ members, TFGON now has over half of all the living Flag & General Officers of the U. S. Armed Forces as Members of TFGON and we continue to receive new applications for membership weekly.
4. Letters to the Editor Efforts: Several weeks ago, TFGON circulated information re: an effort that involved retired Flag/General Officer Letters to the Editor registering concerns with potential further defense cuts, including those already being discussed and those that could take place automatically if the current Congressional SUPER COMMITTEE, due to report out this coming week, fails to act and Sequestration takes place. This is an entirely voluntary program and over 30 of our retired TFGONers volunteered to participate. Now that these issues are upon us this coming week, and given that it would appear that the ultimate resolution of the impact on defense spending might not occur for the next several months, we thought we would recirculate the details in case there are other TFGON Members from added parts of the nation that would like to be involved as signators to these Letters to the Editors? For those of us that volunteered earlier, it's been pretty much a "no heavy lifting" effort with the LTTE's being prepared for us and us just doing any editing we wish, and then they are sent to the newspapers. From what we've seen, this has been a very successful effort with well over 200 such letters being sent and printed in every major newspaper all across the nation. And we've even heard back from some of our participating TFGONers who said they'd heard from former shipmates and comrades who saw their letters and contacted them to say "Thanks" and to renew old ties. So if this is of interest to you, just hit reply and indicate your name, rank, branch of service, and city and state of residence and we'll get you plugged into the program. Any ?'s, just hit reply and ask.
5. The Cruiser OLYMPIA: A Call to Action: TFGON recently received the following invitation for interested Flag/General Officers to be a part of this effort to save a part of American Naval History. It fits in very nicely with TFGON's designation as an official 501.c.19 War Veterans Organization and the activities we are expected to be involved with in return for that tax-deductible status from the IRS. Details follow:
This is A Call for interested Flag/General Officers to lend their name and support for the restoration, preservation, and national exposure activities for Cruiser Olympia, an iconic and national historic treasure berthed at Penn's Landing, Philadelphia. This is a CALL by the Friends of the Cruiser Olympia, a 501.c.3, IRS tax-exempt organization seeking to undertake projects to enhance its Capital Campaign to raise significant funds for this effort. NO OBLIGATION required for Flag/General Officers who would be willing to work with the Executive Director and Washington consultant on the organization's Advisory Board.
It is the world's only ship museum from the early 20th century beginnings of the United States as a world power. In 1898, Admiral Dewey sailed into Manila Bay on the Cruiser Olympia and destroyed the Spanish fleet, which was, at that time, one of the most significant events in not only the Spanish-America War, but in the emerging world power of the United States. In 1921, the Cruiser Olympia was directed by the President to carry an American unknown soldier from a French battlefield cemetery honoring American dead in WWI. The unknown soldier was brought to Washington, D.C., laid in state in the U.S. Capitol and on November 11, 1921, was laid to rest at the "new" Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery.
Interested Flag/General Officers would be involved ONLY depending on their time availability, but could be a part of the Friends of the Cruiser Olympia's national activities, especially with the U.S. Congress involving key dinners, events, and important projects with the highest leadership officials in the House and Senate, House and Senate Seapower Subcommittees, Armed Services Committees, Senators such as Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) and others, U.S. Navy, and private organizations ranging from the U.S. Naval Academy Alumni, Navy League, Naval Historical Foundations and individual corporations and historical groups. Great exposure and networking possibilities. No time commitments or contributions required. Especially interested in PHILADELPHIA, PA Greater area and WASHINGTON, D.C.Metro area Flag/General Officers, but anyone can be involved for as much or as little time available. Looking for Flag/General Officers to agree to support this effort by becoming a part of the Friends of the Cruiser Olympia's Advisory Board.
If interested in lending support for this request, please contact Bruce Harris, Executive Director of the Friends of the Cruiser Olympia, 2 Penn Center Plaza, Suite 200, Philadelphia, PA 19102, Tel: 215-854-6309 and Fax: 215-569-0216 firstname.lastname@example.org
That should do it for this Miscellaneous Matters & Issues & Events Newsletter. More later as the daily mail continues to bring these opportunities our way.
With all good wishes,