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October 2nd, 2011

Fellow Flag & General Officers:
Fall is in the air in our nation's Capitol City and our October Quarterly Networking Reception is fast approaching. Mark your calendar now for Friday, 28 OCT, 6-8 p.m., at the Capitol Hill Club, directly across the street from the Capitol South Metro Station on the House side of Capitol Hill. Full details on the TFGON website: then click on Calendar on the left hand side of the home page. We'll send out our standard RSVP message in a couple of weeks, but ask you to mark your calendar now. Hope to see you there.
We have a few other matters of interest on our plate to share with you, as follows:
1. A lot of us serve on corporate boards of directors, or on the boards of military/veterans and philanthropic organizations and associations. And TFGON hears from a lot of you regarding how to be considered for such placement. In this latter regard, TFGON is fortunate to have a linkage to Ted Dysart, son of Rear Admiral [Ret.] Dysart, a TFGON Member. Ted works in the board recruitment practice of Heidrick & Struggles, one of the top executive search firms in the nation, and he sends out a regular newsletter with reference to board of directors placement and service and issues regarding board service. I've copied the most recent issue of that newsletter below the signature line for this message, so you can see the content as well as have Ted's e-mail address in case you have an interest in board service. My recommendation would be to sign up to receive the newsletter [there's a link on the left hand side of the newsletter to do so----along with a link to back issues of the newsletter] and get a handle on the issues and content, and then contact Ted with your resume if you want to go into the H&S board practice database. Ted is a military veterans who has stayed VERY INVOLVED and was just elected to the Board of the Navy Memorial here in Washington, DC.
2. One of the purposes of TFGON when Rear Admiral Chuck McGrail and I founded the organization was to provide ALL flag and general officers with the ability to get their resume into the hands of their fellow warriors on the premise that if we could achieve wide enough distribution, they would be able to link into any flag/g.o. level jobs that were available as our members would know about them. And with our membership now above 3200, we cover over half of all the living flag and general officers in the USA. So this squib is to remind everyone that this service is available, it's free to all members, and it's resulted in our being able to assist in the employment of over 300 of our fellow warriors over the past several years. So if there are ANY OF YOU that have sent TFGON your resume for circulation and we've not yet done so, PLEASE send us a reminder along with a copy of your most recent resume and we WILL GET IT DONE. As TFGON has grown significantly in recent years, our administrative work load has increased exponentially, but this is a labor of love and commitment to all of you so keep your resumes coming. This is something we can easily do, and we know we do well because you've told us so. But the only way it will work for you is to use it, so let us know when you want to do so.
3. We've talked from time to time about having a TFGON members directory, but all prior efforts to do so have been brickwalled due to the cost. We've now found a graduate of the Washington Scholars Fellowship Programs who has offered to do this for us pro bono in return for all that program has done for him as a member of this year's summer class. As such, I'll be coming to a few of you in the next several days to punch up the data entry form and enter your data so we can beta test the systems before we go out to the entire membership asking for their input. Our initial effort will be a rather simple structure, so as not to get overwhelmed with digital-overload, and once in place, it will be an optional free service only for those that want to be in the directory, but also meant to be an easy way for us to find each other and stay connected with our military friends and colleagues. More later, once the beta testing is done and we can announce that we're ready for data input from the general membership. But FINALLY, we ARE on our way on this project.
4. Another "To Remind" item relates to TFGON's Corporate/Association Liaison Program, established to provide each of us with a fellow flag/g.o. initial point of contact in every corporation or organization or association where we have a TFGON member. The idea, for example, is that if any of us has need to find the right part of Booz Allen for a project we want to discuss, and we don't know anyone there, we don't have to begin "cold"---- we simply go to the TFGON website, click on Corporate/Association Liaisons on the left hand side of the home page, scroll down to Booz Allen where we find that Major General Bob Nabors, our fellow TFGON Member, is the TFGON point of contact there, and send him an e-mail as a fellow TFGON Member asking him how to find the part of Booz Allen we seek, or asking for his phone # so we can chat about it. It's that simple, and it's already helping many TFGON Members to succeed in their post-ACDU careers. So we urge all of you to use this free service, and we strongly encourage ANY of you who have not listed yourself or your company or your association or organization there to do so---- it can be your contribution in helping your fellow warriors to succeed and can well lead to you being the focal point of potential new business for your company or organization. Give it a try, since it costs you nothing other than the time to supply your information [just click reply to send your listing info to us].
That should do it for this issue, as we try to keep these limited to 4-5 items so as not to put you into info-overload. Looking forward to seeing everyone on 28 OCT.
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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