Silicon Valley Military Associations Meetings - Dates and Times
February 2017 Report
Military Association’s - Meeting Notices
The information below is regarding several Military Related Associations (not all are represented) with their meeting dates, times and locations for the next quarter. These associations are; (1) the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA), (2) the Reserve Officers Association (ROA), (3) the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA), (4) the Navy League, (5) the Air Force Association (AFA), (6) Association of Old Crows (AOC), (7) Association of the US Army (AUSA), (8) The 1st Marine Division Association-Silicon Valley Chapter. Unfortunately, there may be changes in these schedules that this author is not aware of. Therefore, you are encouraged to check their websites or the POC for the most accurate information.
AFCEA – Hold Quarterly meetings at the Elks Lodge in Palo Alto and Moffett Museum from 1100 to 1300 hours – normally on the first Wednesday of the month – Future meetings as follows:
8 February – The SV AFCEA Chapter will be hosting its first Quarterly meeting for 2017. The speaker will be Ms. Kim Zetter who is an Award-Winning Journalist. The title of the presentation is “Stuxnet and the New Age of Warfare”. The first 25 attendees at the event will receive a copy of her book, Countdown to Zero Day, which tells the story of Stuxnet, the destructive digital virus that was designed by the US and Israel to sabotage Iran's nuclear program.
ROA – Hold Monthly meetings at the Holiday Inn – 1350 North First Street – San Jose – 1130 – 1330 hours – the fourth Saturday of the month – Future meetings as follows:
28 January - The ROA Chapter #63 is pleased to announce we will have a presentation by CAPT David Epstein – USN (Ret). His presentation will include many topics covering his very long Navy Career.
25 February – The ROA Chapter #63 will have as it’s guest speaker, CAPT Scott Shackleton – USN and also Assistant Dean - College of Engineering -University of California, Berkeley. CAPT Shackleton will present a very interesting topic called “Sir Ernest Shackleton/Operation Deep Freeze”.
MOAA – Hold Monthly meetings at the Biltmore Hotel in Santa Clara – from 1100 – 1330 hours – the third Thursday of the month – Future meeting as follows:
16 February – The chapter’s February luncheon speaker will be Ms. Glenda Cresap, Executive Director, Heart of the Valley, SERVICES FOR SENIORS, INC. (HOV), of Santa Clara, a non-profit organization committed to facilitating, advocating and supporting independent living for seniors residing in west Santa Clara Valley. Her presentation will include information about the concept and wide variety of programs and services provided to clients at no cost. HOV is characterized by, “Volunteers: Ordinary People, Extraordinary Hearts.” Chapter member and director Capt. (Dr.) Chris Kachulis, USAF, reported recently that he has served as a volunteer driving people to various destinations and finds the experience personally satisfying. This is another presentation in the chapter’s personal affairs series.
Navy League – Hold periodic meetings usually at the Palo Alto Elks Lodge (4249 El Camino Real) In general here are the meeting guidelines; We meet in the Bistro (or whatever room is assigned). Social hour starts in the Bistro dining facility at 1700 hours, or whenever you arrive, and the meeting starts at 1800 hours. Please arrive and order early so that the meeting can start on time, and those who have to leave early can do so and still hear the speaker’s presentation. Please RSVP as soon as possible with attendance numbers so that the Elks Lodge can plan for our meeting.
Future meetings as follows - We will have two meetings in January:
9 February - LCDR Leonard Leos, USN, Prospective Commanding Officer of USS Mustin (DDG-89), and a Hoover Fellow, will be speaking on National Security Issues.
Please RSVP to Tom Winant email@example.com he can notify the Elks Lodge regarding the headcount.
AFA – Hold periodic meetings usually at the Moffett Field Museum – from 1130 – 1300 hours. None currently scheduled.
AOC – Hold periodic meetings at various locations in the Silicon Valley. None currently scheduled.
Contact: Mr. Bob Simmen (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information or…
AUSA – Hold periodic meetings at various locations in the Silicon Valley. None currently scheduled.
Contact: Maj. Gen. Rob Ostenberg, US Army (Ret) at 650-544-5455 for more information… email@example.com
1st Marine Division Association - 1st Marine Division Association-Silicon Valley Chapter, which meets occasionally at the Moffett Museum, 1000, the 4th Saturday each month. All Marines and Navy Corpsmen welcome.
Contact: Mike Welsh firstname.lastname@example.org or 415-999-0302
ID Card – Renewal
As a benefit for all persons who may need a new ID card, Lt Col Doug Lomsdalen -USAF, who many already know, provided this excellent information, which allows you to make appointments to have a new ID Card made at the 63d Regional Support Command facility. This facility is located just outside the main entrance to NASA – Moffett Field – Turn left before entering the base.
Appointments can be made anytime online for ID cards from 0800-1500, Monday through Wednesday and Friday, 0800-1100 on Thursday, and 0800-1200 on the first Saturday of every month. To make an appointment please go to the following link and click on the day and time you would like to make an appointment. Please reference the information on the website for any information pertinent to your visit. Walk-Ins are still accepted during normal operating hours, but appointments will take priority.
DD-214 – Now on Line
You may not need it for employment, but you do need a copy, if you intend to be interred in a National or State Veteran Cemetery. If you forgot where your DD 214 is, this is a way to get a copy. Please pass this information on to former military personnel you may know and their dependents. The National Personnel Records Center (NPRC) has provided the following website for veterans to gain access to their DD-214's online: http://vetrecs.archives.gov/
This may be particularly helpful when a veteran needs a copy of his DD-214 for employment purposes. NPRC is working to make it easier for veterans with computers and Internet access to obtain copies of documents from their military files. Military veterans and the next of kin of deceased former military members may now use a new online military personnel records system to request documents. Other individuals with a need for documents must still complete the Standard Form 180, which can be downloaded from the online web site. Because the requester will be asked to supply all information essential for NPRC to process the request, delays that normally occur when NPRC has to ask veterans for additional information will be minimized. The new web-based application was designed to provide better service on these requests by eliminating the records centers mailroom and processing time.
Military Veteran Volunteers Needed to Support VA Clinics
For many who receive this monthly report and who are Military Veterans, we are looking for several Veterans who will be willing to donate a few hours a week to support the many needs of our returning Veterans from Afghanistan and Iraq. These Veterans need your sage advice, related to their ongoing needs of health related issues and a variety of questions these Veterans have on an ongoing basis. Please advise Neil Miles or Bob Landgraf of your potential interest to assist in this very worthwhile effort.
Military Uniform Alterations
For many who used to visit the Moffett Field PX, we were able to have our Military Uniforms tailored in a very professional manner, all according to Military Regulations. Since the Moffett PX closed, we have had difficulty in finding how to have our uniforms correctly tailored. Recently, while visiting the Moffett Museum, I was able to obtain the business card of the seamstress/tailor who many remember from the good old days. Her name is Edita Warren and you may reach her at her cell phone number is 831-682-7380. She now lives in Santa Cruz and visits the Moffett Museum periodically. Either of these locations (or others) would be a place to have your tailoring done if an appointment with Edita is established in advance.
Another facility for Military Uniform alterations is located near the entrance of Moffett Field. It is comforting to see that most of the cleaning and laundry done there is associated with the US Military. The name of this facility is Courtesy Cleaner and Drape, located at 835 Leong Drive, Mountain View, CA 94043. Their phone number is 650-961-4616. Ask to speak with Ann Tran, the manager.