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December 10th, 2011

Fellow Flag & General Officers:
 
Several new matters and issues and events have come to TFGON's attention and we now share them with you as follows:
 
1. U. S. Supreme Court Brief regarding "Stolen Valor"
2. Military Vote Summit in Washington, DC 27 JAN 2012
3. TFGON Programs That Benefit You
4. TFGON Governance: Your Chance To Be A Part Of TFGON Leadership
 
1. U. S. Supreme Court Brief regarding "Stolen Valor": There have been an increasing number of cases where persons who have never served in the military have been impersonating U. S. Military Personnel by wearing U. S. military uniforms, including military ribbons and medals and warfare devices that have never been awarded to them. Some have used this impersonation to gain stature in their community and others have used it for financial gain. Such actions are against the law, but these laws have been challenged by organizations who amazingly feel these people have the right to such "freedom of expression" under the First Amendment to the U. S. Constitution, and that case has now reached the Supreme Court of the United States. TFGON has joined with a broad spectrum of military and veterans organizations and associations to file a brief with the Supreme Court in support of existing laws and in support of the enforcement of those laws. You can read that brief in it's entirety at www.FlagAndGeneralOfficersNetwork.org/UnitedStatesvAlvarezamicusbrief.pdf
Or just go to the TFGON website and click on the link to the brief on the left hand side of the homepage. And please feel free to forward this link or this message to other Flag & General Officers that you feel would have an interest in this matter. It is one more example of TFGON fulfilling our mandate as an Official War Veterans Organization.
 
2. Military Vote Summit in Washington, DC 27 JAN 2012: For those of you who have an interest in military voting rights and systemics and the current governing laws and who might like to have a more thorough understanding where all these things stand before the upcoming 2012 elections, there is a Military Vote Summit scheduled in Washington, DC on 27 JAN 2012. The event is sponsored and hosted by the Overseas Vote Foundation [OVF]. This is an all-day program at the Mayflower Hotel and includes several panels that will discuss all the changes in the law in recent years, especially the new federal law passed in 2009, so that all who attend will know what to expect with regard to the plans for military voting in 2012 when the nation elects 1/3 of the U. S. Senate, the entire U. S. House of Representatives, and the President of the U. S.! DOD is participating in one of the panels via the Director of DOD's Federal Voting Assistance Program. Full details are covered in the attached flyer, including where to register and the details on the program. Further information can be viewed on the OVF website at www.overseasvotefoundation.org then click on the link to the Military Vote Summit on the homepage. And feel free to forward this message to other Flag & General Officers that you know who have an interest in Military Voting Rights and their status for the 2012 elections.
 
3. TFGON Programs That Benefit You: There are advantages to being able to communicate with over half of all the living USA Flag & General Officers, and TFGON brings them to you and they are meant for you because you earned promotion to this level in the U. S. Armed Forces. Just a few of these follow:
 
    O TFGON Corporate & Organization Liaison: Would you like to be the first one in your company/corporation/ organization/association that Flag/General Officers seek out regarding potential business strategic alliances or joint-venture projects, just sign up for TFGON's listing to do so at www.FlagAndGeneralOfficersNetwork.org/corpLiason.html And when you want to link up with someone in a corporation or organization and would like to start with a fellow flag/G.O., go to TFGON's listing and use our list to contact them. This is another free service that TFGON provides.
 
    O TFGON Directory: We've all heard the phrase that you cannot tell the players without a program---- the same holds true for your fellow shipmates and comrades not knowing how to find you or reach you. TFGON solves that with our online directory listing that is "password protected" so that only your fellow flag and general officers get to view it. And it's free. Just go to our TFGON website at www.FlagAndGeneralOfficersNetwork.org and click on TFGON Members Directory on the left hand side of the home page. This takes you to a page where you can view the current directory or provide your own information for your directory listing---- User ID [all lower case] is tfgon and Password is nogft [tfgon spelled backwards]. Any ?'s, contact our Directory designer/developer direct at george@platsis.com
 
    O TFGON Resume Distribution To Fellow Flag & General Officers: For TFGON Members transitioning from active duty, there is no finer source to maximize your job opportunities for Career # 2 than TFGON's Resume Distribution Service, and it's free. And the same is true for our retired members seeking Career # 3 or # 4 or more. Just send your resume and request it be distributed to TFGON to RADMCarey@aol.com and it will go to over half of all the living flag and general officers in the USA. Trust us, if ANYONE knows where the flag/general officer level jobs are, it's among over half of all the living flag and general officers.
 
4. TFGON Governance: Your Chance To Be A Part Of TFGON Leadership: The TFGON Board of Directors and our Elected/Appointed Officers are all volunteers, and they are listed [photo and bio] along with their points of contact on our website, the URL for which is a part of the TFGON signature line below. We have one board member representing each branch of military service, with rotating elections so as to maintain a majority of corporate knowledge continuity on the board. The Board of Directors elects the successor board members, with each service branch free to make recommendations through their Board Member to the full Board with regard to their own service branch future board member. If you would like to be involved in TFGON leadership in the future or have a special expertise or talent that you'd like TFGON to be able to use, just let us know via e-mail to RADMCarey@aol.com Lots of opportunities and plenty of work to go around, and you will be warmly welcomed as a part of our TFGON Team.
 
That should do it for this 10 DEC 2011 issue of TFGON's Miscellaneous Matters, Issues, & Events Newsletter. And just in case we don't communicate again for the next couple of weeks, let me take this opportunity to wish ALL in TFGON a Merry Christmas/Happy Holidays and all the very best in 2012 as we continue to build OUR TFGON, run by Flag & General Officers FOR Flag & General Officers.
 
With all good wishes,
 
Jim Carey

James J Carey
Rear Admiral [Ret.]
Jim Carey


National Chairman
RADMCarey@aol.com

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


ARMY Board Member &
ARMY Vice Chairman

jdubia@verizon.net

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


Board Member: USMC
klimpj@aol.com

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


Board Member: NAVY
gibgodwin@gmail.com

Robert Wray
Rear Admiral [Ret.]
Robert Wray


VCHMN: NAVY
robert.wray@bluestarvets.us

Mark Beesley
Brigadier General [Ret.]
Mark Beesley


Board Member: USAF
magicm@verizon.net

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


VCHMN: USAF
tbowlds@gmail.com

Norman Sauders
Rear Admiral [Ret.]
Norm Saunders


Board Member: USCG
normsaunders@gmail.com

Jeff Hathaway
Rear Admiral [Ret.]
Jeff Hathaway


VCHMN: USCG
jhathaway@aol.com

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


Board Member At Large
db@donnabarbisch.com

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


Corporate Secretary
kafoster62@gmail.com

Greg Feest
Rear Admiral [Ret.]
Donald P. Loren, USN


Treasurer & Board Member
MLoren4626@aol.com

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