This is my first letter to you since taking office as President of the Gabriel Chapter. I want to express my sincere appreciation to the membership for their vote of confidence and installing a great team of new officers for the Gabriel Chapter. Together, we are committed to fulfilling the mission of the Chapter and the Association with energy, integrity and dedication. I am pleased to report to the membership that our new EXCOM team has hit the ground running. The first three months have really flown by and your Chapter has held some very successful programs and events.
In October, we held a luncheon at Falcons Landing in Potomac Falls, VA. Our guest speaker was Maj Gen Marc H. Sasseville, Special Assistant to the Director, Air National Guard for the Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations (A-3), Headquarters U.S. Air Force. Maj Gen Sasseville gave a great update on the Air Force to our members and the Falcons Landing community. In October, Chapter Treasurer and Virginia AFA VP of Aerospace Education Dallas Kennedy and I attended the Virginia AFA Quarterly Meeting in Virginia Beach.
For our lunch meeting in November, at Clyde's at Tysons Corner, our guest speaker was Col (Dr.) Mark "Mav" Mavity, AF/SG Special Assistant for Invisible Wounds and Wounded Warrior Programs. Dr. Mavity gave us a great briefing on what the Medical Corps is doing in TBI/PTSD research, TRICARE 2017 changes, and MHS Genesis (the new DoD electronic health record). We will have AF/SG come back to give us a future update on what is happening in the Air Force Medical Service.
In December, a number of Gabriel Chapter members provided support to the AFCEA Air, Space and Cyber IT Day, which was a great success. Our December Holiday Lunch was again held at Clyde's in Tysons Corner with guest speaker Col (ret) Buz Carpenter, a docent at the Air Space Museum. Buz briefed us on the history and development of the SR-71 Blackbird - still the fastest plane in the world.
I know all who attended really enjoyed his presentation, which included videos. On Saturday, December 17th, a team of 12 members from your Chapter braved the ice and freezing rain to work a truck at Wreaths Across America at Arlington National Cemetery. Despite horrible weather conditions, in a matter of hours wreaths were placed on every grave in Arlington National Cemetery. Great credit goes to our VP Pat Rocke, who did all the prep work for and led our team at the event.
Although we are honored to have an energetic cadre of volunteers working on a variety of activities to serve you and the community, there are many upcoming opportunities for you to join in to help. To achieve our goals as a chapter, I want to encourage each member to participate and make a difference. We still have some open appointed positions on the EXCOM. If you have an interest in serving the goals of our chapter and the AFA, please let me hear from you. A little or a lot - it doesn't matter - you can be a part of this great tradition that is the AFA.
Our next Chapter luncheon will be on January 11th at Clyde's in Tysons Corner. Our guest speaker will be Mr. Frank Konieczny, SES, Chief Technology Officer, Office of Information Dominance and Chief Information Officer, Office of the Secretary of the Air Force. Mr. K spoke at previous meeting a couple of years ago and gives a great presentation.
In closing, please remember our Airmen, Soldiers, Sailors, Marines and Coast Guard personnel who are away from home during this holiday season. My wife Ann and I wish all of you and your families a wonderful and safe Holiday Season and a Happy New Year in 2017.
President, General Charles A. Gabriel Chapter
Air Force Association
President / USAFR/Ret
Our chapter exists to support the mission of the Air Force Association -- to promote a dominant United States Air Force and a strong national defense, and to honor Airmen and our Air Force Heritage.
Former Chief of Staff USAF/Ret
General Charles A. "Charlie" Gabriel, a widely-heralded fighter pilot and distinguished combat leader, a revered mentor, and U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff from 1982-1986.
EXCOM Senior Member / USAFR/Ret
Lt Gen Mike Basla, previously served as the Chief of Information Dominance and Chief Information Officer (CIO). As CIO, Basla was responsible for integrating Air Force warfighting and mission support capabilities in air, space and cyberspace. He previously served as Vice Commander, Air Force Space Command at Peterson Air Force Base, Colo.
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