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Military Officer Retirement Communities

TFGON Retirement Living Options

One of the inevitable realities of being selected for military flag or general officer is that it is a sign certain that our days in uniform are numbered. And then 5 or so years later, we find ourselves retiring from active service and looking for Career # 2, or later for Career # 3, but all too often one reality that does not seem to enter into this thought process is that we are not going to live forever. And no matter how great [or not so great] our individual health is, there IS going to come a day when we need to look at alternate living options where the things we require for daily living and health care or assistance are "part of the package", and once that realization hits, so also does the looming question of "so what are my options"??? That's why TFGON has posted this website page, so that our members who have not given these situations much thought will at least have a starting point to begin the process.

As we began our efforts, we were pleased to discover that we have TFGON members involved in both the management and boards of directors of some of these facilities, and where that is the case, we have listed them as points-of-contact. That said, we DO recommend that you save them for special questions and focus on using the facility website to gather the details and information you need, since there are nuances and special circumstances with each facility as to who is eligible for admission, the location, costs, logistics, systemics, requirements, etc., etc.! So take a look at the listings below and punch up their website and see what they have to offer. We will be adding to these listings over time and expect this list to grow as we have other TFGON members who either decide to live there or who have found other options and send us the details to add to our list below.

We hope you find this effort helpful to you as your pathway of life takes you beyond your years of service in uniform and on to Career #2 or Career #3 or eventual full retirement and time with family and grandkids. We chose our TFGON motto of "Warriors Helping Warriors" almost two decades ago and this is just one more effort we have in place to, in fact, practice that motto of helping each other.

The Army Distaff Foundation and Knollwood [Army Sponsored: open to retired officers and family members of all 7 uniformed services], Washington, DC:

  • Located across from Rock Creek Park at 6200 Oregon Avenue, NW, Washington DC 20015, Knollwood has a beautiful park-like setting on 16+ acres. The Army Distaff Foundation owns and operates this premier residential living community. The Foundation provides financial assistance to those in need, ensuring that no eligible person is denied residency.
  • Knollwood offers a full continuum of care including independent living, assisted living, skilled nursing and memory care. Residents enjoy services and amenities that include physician services, on-site rehabilitation, indoor pool, chapel, luxury dining and bistro, transportation services including shuttles to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center at Bethesda, walking paths, and a wide range of social and cultural activities.
  • Full details can be found on the website at http://armydistaff.org/knollwood. CEO is TFGON Member Major General Steve Rippe, US Army [Ret.]. Board of Directors Vice Chairman is TFGON Member Major General Donna Barbisch, US Army [Ret.]. For further information or to arrange a tour of the community, contact the Director of Marketing and Admissions at marketing@armydistaff.org or (800) 541-4255.

Falcons Landing [USAF sponsored: Home to retired military officers of all branches, spouses, widowed spouses, senior-level federal retirees and honorably discharged officers from all services], Northern Virginia:

  • Falcons Landing is a first-class, accredited, nonprofit CCRC located on a beautiful 33-acre campus near the Potomac River, 30 minutes from Washington, D.C. and just 15 minutes from Dulles International Airport. The apartments and cottages are large, light-filled and come in a variety of floor plans. Enjoy the country club-style community center, fine dining, fitness center and junior Olympic-sized pool. Falcons Landing is Nonsmoking and PET FRIENDLY.
  • Delight in a carefree lifestyle with all services included: maintenance, housekeeping, transportation, activities, meals and more. Onsite Health Services include a Wellness Clinic, both skilled and long-term nursing, assisted living and rehabilitation. CEO is TFGON Member Major General Barbara Brannon, USAF [Ret.] and Board of Directors Member is TFGON Member Brigadier General Ed Rodriguez, USAF [Ret.] Visit their website at www.falconslanding.org for a preview of their exciting expansion project and more! Call Leah Daily, Sales & Marketing Director at (800) 952-3762 or (703) 404-5151 or contact her via e-mail at ldaily@falconslanding.org to schedule your visit.

Vinson Hall [Navy Sponsored: open to military officers of all branches of service], Northern Virginia:

  • Conveniently located on 20+ wooded acres in suburban McLean, VA, with courtesy transportation to the commissary, shopping, museums, theater, World-class dining, and more. Full services are available in independent living, assisted living, nursing and memory care, with a wide variety of unique floor plans ranging from smaller 1-bedroom apartments to significantly larger 2-bedroom with den and family rooms. What's more, Vinson Hall is expanding to offer 75 new apartment homes, a new community center, and a State-of-the-Art Short-Term Rehabilitation Center to better serve the residents and community. Full details on the website at www.VinsonHall.org CEO is TFGON Member Rear Admiral Kathleen Martin, US Navy [Ret.]. Board of Directors Chairman and Vice Chairman are TFGON Members: Vice Admiral John Cotton, US Navy [Ret.] and Lieutenant General Jack Klimp, USMC [Ret.]. For further information or to arrange a tour of the facilities, contact Mr. Dave DeClark at davidd@VinsonHall.org

Air Force Village, San Antonio, Texas:

  • Located on nearly 800 acres, Air Force Village sits at the steps to the beautiful Texas hill country. These two accredited, non-profit Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRC's) are just 20 minutes from the excitement of downtown San Antonio Texas. Known as "Military City USA" San Antonio is home to Randolph AFB, Ft. Sam Houston, Lackland AFB, Willford Hall Medical Center and one of the Nation's premier medical facilities, San Antonio Military Medical Center (SAMMC) - which offers highly sophisticated medical care for service members, family members, veterans, and civilians..
  • Both campuses offer comfortable, maintenance-free independent living options to include beautiful high-rise apartments, amazing cottages, and elegant ranch homes. Amenities include: numerous dining venues including our 16th floor Sky Lounge which overlooks the San Antonio skyline and coffee house-style bistros; life enrichment and wellness programs; indoor swimming pools; exercise rooms; on-site salons; transportation, housekeeping, a driving range and putting green. Our highly rated health care facilities include assisted living, skilled nursing, short-term rehabilitation, and Freedom House, our world-renowned Alzheimer's and Dementia Care & Research Center. Awarded the 2013 "Best Senior Living Award" by SeniorHomes.com, Air Force Village is an exceptional senior living community.
  • Catering to all retired military officers and their families, Air Force Village also welcomes other accomplished professionals who seek an exceptional senior living lifestyle rich with camaraderie, traditions, and shared life experiences. Under the direction of CEO Loyd S. "Chip" Utterback, Lt. General, USAF (Ret), Air Force Village continues its mission for which it was founded - "To Care for Our Own." Close to 30 retired General Officers either reside at The Village or serve on the Board of Directors.
  • For more information or to arrange a tour, please call 1-(800) 724-5771, or visit us online at www.afvillages.org.

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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