ROTC Scholarships and Awards

SENIOR ROTC LEADERSHIP AWARDS

SENIOR ROTC LEADERSHIP AWARDS October 1, 2017

October 1, 2017

MOAA Medals for leadership were presented by LTC (Ret) Marty Williams, 3rd Vice President for ROTC Affairs, to the four outstanding SROTC cadets. They are from left to right: Karen Shoaf, Campbell University; Earnest Barnie, FSU; Scott Khimani, Methodist University; and, Austin Jenkins, UNCP. Each cadet also received a $100.00 stipend from the chapter. Congratulations to all of them!

The presentation took place at a Fort Bragg training area at the conclusion of FTX Trailblazer which is an annual exercise in which the cadets learn and practice various soldiering skills. Approximately 100 cadets from the four schools represented by our awardees participated in this important training. There were number of other awards presented by the cadet leadership to their peers as well as awards from the Army ROTC cadre. Morale was high and everyone seemed to enjoy the program.

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NEW JROTC SENIOR ARMY INSTRUCTOR AT JACK BRITT HS

NEW JROTC SENIOR ARMY INSTRUCTOR AT JACK BRITT HS

We welcome COL (Ret) Jim Wanovich, US Army as the new Senior Army ROTC Instructor at Jack Britt High School, Fayetteville effective the 2017-2018 school year.

COL Wanovich is a native of Pittsburgh, PA and a 1991 graduate of the Virginia Military Institute. He has served in conventional and special operations units throughout the Army and commanded units through the battalion level. COL Wanovich culminated his 26 year career serving with the Joint Special Operations Command at Fort Bragg.

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HIGH SCHOOL JROTC LEADERSHIP AWARDS

School Year 2016-2017

The Cape Fear Chapter presented the MOAA Medal and Certificate to recognize JROTC cadets who demonstrated exceptional potential for military leadership; awards were presented on dates indicated. Congratulations to the following MOAA award recipients:

Cadet Kendre Perez, Jack Britt High School Army JROTC, March 24

Cadet Carly Inman, South View High School Army JROTC, March 31

Cadet Keylen Canedo, Douglas Byrd High School Army JROTC, April 21

Cadet Denzel Burney, East Bladen High School Army JROTC, April 26

Cadet Elizabeth Locklear, Triton High School Army JROTC, April 28

Cadet Sharnice Belser, Union High School Army JROTC, April 29

Cadet Isaiah Harlee, St. Pauls High School Army JROTC, April 29

Cadet Mason Poole, Gray’s Creek High School Navy JROTC, May 2

Cadet Emily Fann, Terry Sanford High School Air Force JROTC, May 5

Cadet Brandon Jones, Cape Fear High School Navy JROTC, May 5

Cadet Jerry Pressley, Hoke High School Army JROTC, May 9

Cadet Melanny Zunun, West Bladen High School Army JROTC, May 9

Cadet Nicholas Gomez-Santiago, Western Harnett High School Army JROTC, May 11

Cadet Dylan Nelson, Overhills High School Army JROTC, May 11

Cadet Jeshaiah Moore, Lumberton High School Army JROTC, May 11

Cadet Andrea Little, E.E. Smith High School Air Force JROTC, May 12

Cadet Adrian Rangel, Westover High School Army JROTC, May 17

Cadet Nicholaus Amos, Seventy First High School Air Force JROTC, May 19

Cadet Michaela McPhail, Lakewood High School Army JROTC, May 19

Cadet Ashley Resendiz, Harnett Central High School Army JROTC, May 20

Cadet Jeissi Vasquez, Clinton City High School Army JROTC May, 24

Cadet Benjamin Bouriaque, Pine Forest High School Air Force JROTC, May 30

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JROTC SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS

JROTC SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS School Year 2016-2017

School Year 2016-2017

Cadet Samantha McCartney, Air Force JROTC, a senior at Terry Sanford High School, Fayetteville was the recipient of the 2017 Bill Dadek Memorial Scholarship. The Dadek Scholarship is the Chapter’s top JROTC scholarship worth $1,500. It was presented by Mayor Nat Robertson, assisted by Maureen Dadek, and Chapter President Chavez. Cadet McCartney will continue her studies at Appalachian State University in the fall.

$1,000 Scholarships were presented to the following JROTC cadets:

Cadet Noah Bagby, Army JROTC, Harnett Central High School, Angier

Cadet Sharnice Belser, Army JROTC, Union High School, Rose Hill

Cadet Logan Dublin, Army JROTC, Hoke County High School, Raeford

Cadet Austin McWherter, Navy JROTC, Cape Fear High School, Fayetteville

Cadet Tristen Orr, Air Force JROTC, E.E. Smith High School, Fayetteville

Cadet Rhiannon Potwin, Army JROTC, Jack Britt High School, Fayetteville

Cadet Krishawn Royal, Army JROTC, Hoke County High School, Raeford

Cadet Noah Scott, Army JROTC, Westover Hight School, Fayetteville

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NEW JROTC SENIOR ARMY INSTRUCTOR AT CLINTON HS

NEW JROTC SENIOR ARMY INSTRUCTOR AT CLINTON HS

We welcome LTC (Ret) Jon S. Pendell, US Army as the new Senior Army ROTC Instructor at Clinton High School effective the 2016-2017 school year. Colonel Pendell recently retired at Fort Bragg after 26 years of active military service. He lives in Fayetteville with his wife Spring, and son Samuel. Colonel Pendell joined the chapter and he looks forward to the association. We wish him the best of success in his new post.

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NEW JROTC SENIOR AEROSPACE SCIENCE INSTRUCTOR AT TSHS

NEW JROTC SENIOR AEROSPACE SCIENCE INSTRUCTOR AT TSHS

We welcome Captain (Ret) Timothy K. Peedin, US Air Force, as the new Senior Aerospace Science Instructor at Terry Sanford High School in Fayetteville effective the 2016-2017 school year. He lives in Sanford with his wife Melanie; they have two daughters, Kayla and Shaianne. Captain Peedin joined the chapter and he looks forward to the association. We wish him the best of success in his new job.

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NEW COMMANDER AND PAS AT FAYETTEVILLE STATE UNIVERSITY

NEW COMMANDER AND PAS AT FAYETTEVILLE STATE UNIVERSITY

The Cape Fear Chapter, MOAA welcomes Lt Col Jay D. Miller, USAF, as the new Commander of the AFROTC Detachment 607th. Lt Col Miller will also serve as the Professor of Aerospace Studies at Fayetteville State University. He replaces Lt Col Heber “Bull” Toro who was reassigned.

Lt Col Miller’s most recent assignment was as the 512th Airlift Control Flight Commander, Dover Air Force Base, Delaware. He with his wife and their four children will reside in Fayetteville.

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NEW BATTALION COMMANDER AND PMS AT CAMPBELL UNIVERSITY

NEW BATTALION COMMANDER AND PMS AT CAMPBELL UNIVERSITY

The Cape Fear Chapter, MOAA welcomes LTC Eric N. Durrant, as the new Commander of the Campbell Battalion, 4th Brigade, US Army Cadet Command. LTC Durrant will also serve as the Army Professor of Military Science at Campbell University. He replaces LTC Brian Scott who was reassigned as Executive Officer, 4th Brigade, US Army Cadet Command at Fort Bragg.

LTC Durrant’s most recent assignment was as S3, 18th Field Artillery Brigade at Fort Bragg. He resides with his wife and their four children in Carolina Lakes.

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ROTC SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS

School Year 2015-2016

The second annual Meinhardt Scholarship was presented to Cadet Joshua L. Freeman, Army ROTC, Methodist University. The Meinhardt Scholarship is the Chapter’s top ROTC scholarship worth $1,500. The memorial scholarship is named in honor of the late COL (Ret) and Mrs. Harry P. Meinhardt.

$1,000 scholarships were awarded to the following ROTC Cadets:

Cadet Joey Musiol, Army ROTC, University of Georgia

Cadet Rebecca M. Mattias, Army ROTC, Methodist University

Cadet Zariana R. Mobley, Air Force ROTC, Fayetteville State University

Cadet Ivy S. Pope, Air Force ROTC, Fayetteville State University

Cadet St. Joseph V. Hall, Army ROTC, University of North Carolina Pembroke

Cadet Austin G. Jenkins, Army ROTC, University of North Carolina Pembroke

Cadet Patrick E. Woods, Army ROTC, University of North Carolina Pembroke

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JROTC SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS

School Year 2015-2016

Cadet Aliyah Jordan, Air Force JROTC, a senior at Terry Sanford High School, Fayetteville was the recipient of the inaugural Bill Dadek Memorial Scholarship. The Dadek Scholarship is the Chapter’s top JROTC scholarship worth $1,500. It was presented by Maureen Dadek on behalf of the Cape Fear Chapter, MOAA. Cadet Jordan will continue her studies at UNC Chapel Hill.

$1,000 Scholarships were presented to the following JROTC cadets:

Cadet Christian Cortazar, Army JROTC, South View High School, Fayetteville

Cadet Patricia Valdes-Gonzalez, Army JROTC, Union High School, Rose Hill

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SENIOR ROTC LEADERSHIP AWARDS

School Year 2015-2016

The Cape Fear Chapter had the privilege of presenting MOAA leadership awards to the following senior ROTC cadets in recognition of finishing at the top of their class in demonstrated leadership skills during the school year 2015-2016. Awards consisted of the MOAA medal and certificate, plus a $100 stipend courtesy of the Cape Fear Chapter.

Cadet De' Vonte Lee, Air Force ROTC, Fayetteville State University

Cadet Magda Matthews, Army ROTC, Fayetteville State University

Cadet Kaylee O'Connell, Army ROTC, Campbell University

Cadet Amanda Pulliam, Army ROTC, Methodist University

Cadet Patrick Woods, Army ROTC, University of North Carolina Pembroke

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HIGH SCHOOL JROTC LEADERSHIP AWARDS

School Year 2015-2016

The Cape Fear Chapter presented the MOAA Medal and Certificate to recognize JROTC cadets who demonstrated exceptional potential for military leadership; awards were presented on dates indicated. Congratulations to the following MOAA award recipients:

Cadet Christian L. Cortazar, South View High School Army JROTC; March 11th.

Cadet Charles Starling, Clinton High School Army JROTC; March 11th.

Cadet Hunter Lanterman, St. Pauls High School Army JROTC; March 19th.

Cadet Keala Harris, Jack Britt High School Army JROTC; April 15th.

Cadet Patricia Valdes-Gonzalez, Union High School Army JROTC; April 16th.

Cadet Chevin Rivera, Pine Forest High School Air Force JROTC; April 23rd.

Cadet Cason W. Goldsmith, East Bladen High School Army JROTC; April 29th.

Cadet Taleyah Holden, Triton High School Army JROTC; April 30th.

Cadet Branden Elicker, Grays Creek High School Navy JROTC; May 3rd.

Cadet Jared Bolin, Cape Fear High School Navy JROTC; May 6th.

Cadet Rosa Alejandro, Lumberton Senior High School Army JROTC; May 10th.

Cadet Isamar Galdon, Seventy First High School Air Force JROTC; May 12th.

Cadet Aliyah Jordan, Terry Sanford High School Air Force JROTC; May 13th.

Cadet Mekiya Robles, Westover High School Army JROTC; May 13th.

Cadet Francis Calles, Western Harnett High School Army JROTC; May 13th.

Cadet William McCormick, Harnett Central High School Army JROTC; May 13th.

Cadet Matthew Wuester, Lake Wood High School Army JROTC; May 13th.

Cadet Logan Dubin, Hoke High School Army JROTC; May 14th.

Cadet Carla McCord, Overhills High School Army JROTC; May 17th.

Cadet Tate Sykes, West Bladen High School Army JROTC; May 17th.

Cadet Chedsada Choommai, Fairmont High School Army JROTC; May 17th.

Cadet Daniel Strickland, South Robeson High School Army JROTC; May 18th.

Cadet Jaden Anthony, E.E. Smith High School Air Force JROTC; May 20th.

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CAPE FEAR HIGH SCHOOL NJROTC DRILL TEAM DOES GOOD

CAPE FEAR HIGH SCHOOL NJROTC DRILL TEAM DOES GOOD 2016 NJROTC Nationals Drill Championship
CAPE FEAR HIGH SCHOOL NJROTC DRILL TEAM DOES GOOD

2016 NJROTC Nationals Drill Championship

The Cape Fear High School Navy Junior ROTC drill team finished in 15th place overall at the 2016 Navy Junior ROTC Nationals Drill Championships held at Naval Air Station, Pensacola, Florida on 1-2 April 2016. The team was competing among the top 25 schools in the nation having qualified for nationals at a regional meet in Chapin, SC. CFHS was the only school in North Carolina invited to compete at the national championship.

The 25 teams were graded in the following categories: inspection, academic test, physical fitness tests, color guard, armed and unarmed exhibition, and armed and unarmed regulation. The NJROTC Nationals remain the most comprehensive test of overall JROTC training and performance in existence today according to the Navy Nationals website.

The NJROTC instructional team at CFHS consists of CAPT (Ret) Andrew Karakos, USN; and, SgtMaj (Ret) Leon Thornton, USMC both in the team group photo above.

The Cape Fear Chapter supported the team with a $1,000 assistance grant to help defray its transportation and lodging expenses. Photo at bottom right shows Chapter President Juan Chavez and 3rd Vice President Marty Williams presenting the check to Cadet Commander Haylee D. Neal and Cadet Lieutenant Commander Laura Sandoval.

A thank you letter from Captain Karakos is at download below.

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CONGRATULATIONS TO FORMER CAPE FEAR HS NJROTC GRADUATE


CONGRATULATIONS TO FORMER CAPE FEAR HS NJROTC GRADUATE Kerstie Sabo

Kerstie Sabo

Former Cape Fear HS NJROTC graduate Kerstie Sabo, now a plebe at the US Naval Academy was recently selected as a member of the US Naval Academy Color Guard. Midshipman Sabo is a past recipient of the MOAA Medal presented by the CFC, and a CFC-sponsored attendee at the Spirit of America Leadership Conference, Freedoms Foundation, Valley Forge , PA. Photo at right shows Kerstie accepting the US Naval Academy Color Guard distinctive insignia at her patch ceremony at the US Naval Academy, Annapolis, Md.

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Senior ROTC Leadership Award

Senior ROTC Leadership Award December 9, 2015

December 9, 2015

Cadet Miguel Castro, Fayetteville State University Air Force ROTC accepts a Leadership Award along with a $100.00 check presented by Bill Dadek and Marty Williams of the Cape Fear Chapter. Attending the presentation was Lt Col Toro, the Professor of Aerospace Science for the Air Force ROTC at FSU.

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Campbell University ROTC Battalion Awards Ceremony

Campbell University ROTC Battalion Awards Ceremony September 27, 2015
Campbell University ROTC Battalion Awards Ceremony

September 27, 2015

The Campbell University ROTC Battalion held an awards ceremony on Fort Bragg Pike Field. It marked the completion of weekend field training for the cadets from the four universities that form the Campbell University ROTC Battalion.

LTC Brian C. Scott, the Campbell University ROTC Battalion Commander, his staff and the cadets organized and conducted the awards ceremony. The occasion presented an opportunity to acknowledge the achievements of the cadets during their annual and summer training and to present awards from various organizations.

Chapter President Juan Chavez and 3rd Vice President Bill Dadek presented scholarships and leadership awards to the following cadets:

$1,000 Scholarships

Methodist University- Cadet Rebecca M. Burnett

Fayetteville State University- Cadet Andres S. Gutierrez

Campbell University- Cadet Jonathan C. Price

$100 Leadership Awards

Campbell University- Cadet Clotide Druhen

Methodist University- Cadet Matthew Lohff

Fayetteville State University- Cadet Bryan Leach

University North Carolina Pembroke- Cadet Kiana M. Perez Jimenez

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ROTC Scholarships Awards Luncheon


ROTC Scholarships Awards Luncheon July 30, 2015
ROTC Scholarships Awards Luncheon

July 30, 2015

The awards luncheon was held in The Mash House Restaurant and Brewery, Fayetteville, NC. All scholarship recipients and their parents, other family members, and/or ROTC instructors attended the event.

Presentations included 11 $1,000 scholarships to JROTC cadets from area high schools as follows:

Cadet Victoria A. Stanton, Navy JROTC Cape Fear High School

Cadet Victoria A. Burleson, Navy JROTC Cape Fear High School

Cadet Jan-Philipp Schneider, Army JROTC Fairmont High School

Cadet Aaron L. Carter, Army JROTC Fairmont High School

Cadet Weston D. Hayes, Army JROTC Harnett Central High School

Cadet QyDarrius Z. McEachern, Army JROTC Lumberton Senior High School

Cadet Johnathan H. Singh, Army JROTC South Robeson High School

Cadet William D. Gothard, Air Force JROTC Terry Sanford High School

Cadet Jorge A. Padilla, Air Force JROTC Terry Sanford High School

Cadet Emily I. Jasienowski, Air Force JROTC Terry Sanford High School

Cadet Kenneth Santana, Army JROTC Union High School

Additionally, the 2015 Meinhardt Scholarship worth $1,500 was presented to Army SROTC Cadet Tyler Elrod of UNC Chapel Hill.

Taking part in the presentation of scholarships to the JROTC cadets included: Bill Dadek, Chairman of the ROTC Scholarship Committee; Juan Chavez, Chapter President; and, Mrs. Magda Baggett, former Assistant Dean of Students for Special Programs at Methodist University, and keynote speaker for the event.

Presentation of the 2015 Meinhardt Scholarship was made by Harry and Mary Meinhardt. Representing their seven siblings were: Carl Meinhardt, Lise Meinhardt, and Trina Tiffany.

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Fayetteville State University US Air Force Commissioning


May 8, 2015

Air Force Detachment 607 at Fayetteville State University held its spring 2015 commissioning ceremony on 8 May in the Student Center. Professor of Aerospace Studies and Detachment Commander, Lt Col Allen Gradnigo, US Air Force was the host for the event.

The following three cadets were commissioned as second lieutenants in the US Air Force: Kathiusca Leon, Joshua Nance, and Kyndreshia Stroman.

3rd Vice President Bill Dadek presented each of the new officers with a set of gold bars, a free one year membership in MOAA, and a pocket copy of the U.S. Constitution.

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Fayetteville State University US Army Commissioning

May 8, 2015

The Army ROTC unit at Fayetteville State University held its Spring 2015 Commissioning Ceremony on 8 May. The event was held in Seabrook Auditorium. CPT Rufino Farias, Jr. the Assistant Professor of Military Science acted as the host for the ceremony. LTC Scott the Campbell Battalion Commander and his Executive Officer CPT Summers also took part in the ceremony.

The guest speaker was BG Mitchell I. Kilgo, Deputy Chief of Staff, G-6 and Chief Information Officer, U.S. FORSCOM. The ceremony was well attended by family and friends of the new lieutenants.

The following eleven cadets were commissioned as second lieutenants in the US Army: Courtney M. Anderson, Maverick J. Bostic, Carl L. Guthrie, Sara D. Jones, Jack Konrat, Joseph S. Minardi, James D. O’Neal, Aaron J. Reynolds, Sophia Rickard, Danielle J. Sibert, and Marcus J. Smith.

3rd Vice President Bill Dadek presented each of the new officers with a set of gold bars, a free one year membership in MOAA, and a pocket copy of the U.S. Constitution.

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HIGH SCHOOL JROTC LEADERSHIP AWARDS

School Year 2014-2015

The Cape Fear Chapter presented the MOAA Medal and Certificate to recognize JROTC cadets who demonstrated exceptional potential for military leadership; awards were presented on dates indicated. Congratulations to the following MOAA award recipients:

Cadet Taliyah McRae, South View High School Army JROTC; March 20th.

Cadet Jessica Howard, Jack Britt High School Army JROTC; March 27th.

Cadet LTC Fernando Jimenez, Saint Paul’s High School Army JROTC; April 2nd.

Cadet CSM Kenneth Santana, Union High School Army JROTC; April 25th.

Cadet LaBria Shaneice, East Bladen High School Army JROTC; April 29th.

Cadet Allyah Danielle McDougald, Harnett Central High School Army JROTC; May 2nd.

Cadet Jamison Sanders, EE Smith High School Air Force JROTC; May 6th.

Cadet Joshual Feliciano, Lumberton Senior High School Army JROTC; May 7th.

Cadet Meghan Bryant, Overhills High School Army JROTC; May 7th.

Cadet LTC Philip Schneider and Cadet Captain Candace Jacob, Fairmont High School Army JROTC; May 8th.

Cadet Destiny Jamison, Terry Sanford High School Air Force JROTC; May 8th.

Cadet Haylee Neal, Cape Fear High School Navy JROTC; May 8th.

Cadet Joshua Locklear, Purnell Swett High School Army JROTC; May 8th.

Cadet Jalen Carruth, Pine Forest High School Air Force JROTC; May 9th.

Cadet Alexis Butler, Westover High School Army JROTC; May 13th.

Cadet William Walker, Seventy First High School Air Force JROTC; May 15th.

Cadet Michael Hunter Gareckt, Hoke High School Army JROTC; May 16th.

Cadet Elise Guzman, West Bladen High School Army JROTC; May 19th.

Cadet TeAnnie Woods, Western Harnett High School Army JROTC; May 22nd.

Cadet Raven Hammonds, South Robeson High School Army JROTC; June 2nd.

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Campbell Army ROTC Battalion Annual Awards Ceremony

Campbell Army ROTC Battalion Annual Awards Ceremony September 11, 2014

September 11, 2014

The Campbell University Army ROTC Battalion held its annual awards ceremony in Turner Hall on the Campbell campus on September 11, 2014. The Campbell Battalion consists of units from Campbell University, Fayetteville State University, Methodist University and the University of North Carolina at Pembroke.

LTC Scott, Professor of Military Science at Campbell, and Commander of the ROTC Battalion presented awards to cadets for successful completion of Air Assault school and other training at summer camp. Several scholarship awards were also presented to superior cadets. Awards from several organizations were given during the ceremony.

Cape Fear Chapter 3rd Vice President, Bill Dadek, presented leadership cash awards of $100.00 with award certificates to (L to R in photo) Cadets Lenna Rodriguez, Courtney Anderson, Micah Simpson, and Ryan Mendoza; Cadet Mendoza was unable to attend the ceremony.

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Fayetteville State University Commissioning

by Bill Dadek

A commissioning ceremony for US Air Force Second Lieutenants Jasalynn Nesbitt and Jeremy Lowery was held on August 28, 2014 at Fayetteville State University.

LtCol Gladnigo, Professor of Aerospace Studies (PAS), conducted the ceremony assisted by Major DeFazio, Operations Flight Commander, and Captain Lascek, Assistant PAS. Family and friends were present for the ceremony.

Chapter Vice President LTC (Ret) Bill Dadek presented each of the new lieutenants with a set of Gold Bars and free 1-year membership in MOAA.

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JUNIOR ROTC SUPPORT

JUNIOR ROTC SUPPORT 10 June 2014

10 June 2014

Chapter President Chavez presents a $750 check to Cadet LCDR Victoria Stanton of the Naval Junior ROTC unit at Cape Fear High School, as a contribution from the Cape Fear Chapter to help the unit defray its overall transportation expenses to this summer’s drill camp and naval orientation at Norfolk Naval Base, Virginia. Cadet Stanton the newly appointed unit commander for school year 2014-2015 accepted the contribution for her unit.

A letter of thanks from CAPT Andrew Karakos, USN Retired is at download below.

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JUNIOR ROTC SCHOLARSHIP AWARD

JUNIOR ROTC SCHOLARSHIP AWARD Armed Forces Day - 17 May 2014

Armed Forces Day - 17 May 2014

Junior ROTC Cadet Cody McWherter of the Navy JROTC unit at Cape Fear High School was presented a $1,000.00 college scholarship as part of the 65th Anniversary of Armed Forces Day celebration activities at Fayetteville's Veterans Park on Saturday, May 17, 2014. Cadet McWherter’s parents, Mr. & Mrs. Keith McWherter of Fayetteville were on hand for the ceremony.

The event, sponsored by the Armed Forces of America Motorcycle Club, paid tribute to our men and women of the Armed Forces, past (veterans), present (active duty), and future (ROTC). Cadet McWherter, a model high school student and ROTC cadet, is an example of the quality young men and women aspiring to be our future military leaders.

Cadet McWherter, a graduating senior at Cape Fear High School this summer,will begin his college education experience at UNC Chapel Hill this fall and will be enrolled in the university’s Air Force ROTC Program.

The scholarship was presented on behalf of the Cape Fear Chapter by Chapter President Juan Chavez.

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JUNIOR ROTC SCHOLARSHIP AWARD

Fairmont High School

The senior awards ceremony 2014 for Fairmont High School was held at the school on 20 May. During the awards for the JROTC seniors LTC (Ret) Bill Dadek, presented to Cadet Captain Sequita McAllister a certificate for her selection to receive a $1,000.00 scholarship from the Cape Fear Chapter for the school year 2014-2015. The event was attended by families and school staff.

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SENIOR ROTC COMMISSIONING CEREMONIES (SCHOOL YEAR 2013-2014)

Fayetteville State University

Air Force ROTC Detachment 607 of Fayetteville State University held its commissioning ceremony on 9 may 2014. LtCol Allen Gradnigo, the Professor of Aerospace Studies and Detachment Commander and Capt Alycia Laseck, Assistant Professor of Aerospace Studies and Operations Flight Commander, each administered the oath of office to one of the new second lieutenants. The new officers were 2nd Lt Alanna Crockwell and 2nd Lt Michael Smith. LTC (Ret) Bill Dadek presented a set of gold bars and a one year free membership in MOAA to each of the new officers.

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SENIOR ROTC AWARDS (SCHOOL YEAR 2013-2014)

SENIOR ROTC AWARDS (SCHOOL YEAR 2013-2014) Fayetteville State University and UNC at Pembroke
SENIOR ROTC AWARDS (SCHOOL YEAR 2013-2014)

Fayetteville State University and UNC at Pembroke

The Air Force ROTC Spring 2014 Dining Out for the combined FSU/UNCP ROTC Detachment 607 was held on 17 April at the Ambiance on Legion Road. Awards were presented to several cadets to recognize their accomplishments during the 2013/2014 school year. Six of the cadets receiving awards will be commissioned on 9 May. 3rd Vice President Bill Dadek presented the MOAA Leadership Medal to Cadet Tarron Sanders and the Cape Fear Chapter $100.00 Leadership Award to Cadet Devonte Lee. The event was hosted by Lt Col Allen Gradnigo, the Air Force Professor of Military Science for Fayetteville State and UNCP.

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ROTC Scholarships & Leadership Awards Presentation


ROTC Scholarships & Leadership Awards Presentation
ROTC Scholarships & Leadership Awards Presentation

Pike Field Parade Field, Fort Bragg was the site on 29 September for the presentation of two ROTC scholarships and four leadership awards to Army senior ROTC cadets of the four universities supported by the Cape Fear Chapter of MOAA. The scholarships and awards were presented by Chapter President Juan Chavez , assisted by LTC Ed Pethan, Professor of Military Science, Campbell University.

Cadet Rebecca Lee Tate of Methodist University and Cadet Alyssa Marie Quinones of Fayetteville State University each received a $1,000.00 scholarship. Leadership awards of $100.00 each were presented to Cadets Mathew Wade of Campbell University, Andrew Wheeler of UNC Pembroke, Zachery Hazzard of Methodist University and Steven Grover of Fayetteville State University.

The award ceremony capped a weekend field training exercise conducted by the Campbell ROTC Battalion.

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Senior ROTC Scholarship Award


Senior ROTC Scholarship Award by Bill Dadek

by Bill Dadek

On 29 August 2013 at Fayetteville State University, Air Force Senior ROTC Cadet Kathiusca Alexandra Leon was presented with a Cape Fear Chapter $1,000 ROTC Scholarship by Chapter President Juan Chavez.

The presentation took place at the end of a leadership class given by Lt Col Allen Gradnigo, Jr., USAF, Commander, AFROTC Detachment 607 and Chair and Professor, Department of Aerospace Studies at Fayetteville State University. The assembled cadets were given an overview of MOAA by President Chavez and 3rd Vice President Bill Dadek.

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Cape Fear Chapter, MOAA “Meinhardt” ROTC Scholarship

Cape Fear Chapter, MOAA “Meinhardt” ROTC Scholarship by Bill Dadek
Cape Fear Chapter, MOAA “Meinhardt” ROTC Scholarship

by Bill Dadek

The “Meinhardt” ROTC Scholarship was presented to a senior ROTC cadet at a ceremony presided by Colonel (Retired) Juan Chavez, President of the Cape Fear Chapter, MOAA on 6 August 2013 at the Fort Bragg Club . The $1,000 scholarship was funded by a donation from the seven children of Cape Fear Chapter members, Colonel (Retired) and Mrs. Harry P. Meinhardt to commemorate their parents’ sixty-fifth wedding anniversary. The recipient of the scholarship was Tyler Elrod, a student at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He was accompanied by his parents, Colonel and Mrs. Ronald P. Elrod of Fort Bragg, also members of the Cape Fear Chapter. The check and accompanying certificate were presented by Colonel Meinhardt. Witnessing the presentation was Mrs. Meinhardt and one of the Meinhardt’s daughters, Mrs. Katrina Tiffany representing all of her siblings.

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Terry Sanford High School ROTC Scholarship Award


Terry Sanford High School ROTC Scholarship Award by Bill Dadek

by Bill Dadek

Monday evening the 3rd of June 2013, Terry Sanford High School held its senior awards in the school gymnasium. President Juan Chavez, presented a $1,000.00 ROTC scholarship to Cadet Connor Patrick Hamlet on behalf of the Cape Fear Chapter. Cadet Hamlet is the son of Rick Hamlet & Gerianne Geszler of Fayetteville; he will be attending the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in the fall.

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Community

Donation to the Fort Bragg USO

Donation to the Fort Bragg USO October 23, 2017

October 23, 2017

COL (Ret) Art Rodriguez, of the Executive Board, Cape Fear Chapter presents a $750 donation to Ms. Renee Lane, Director of the Fort Bragg USO on behalf of the chapter.

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DONATION TO CAPE FEAR REGIONAL THEATER (CFRT)

DONATION TO CAPE FEAR REGIONAL THEATER (CFRT) April 11, 2016

April 11, 2016

The World Premiere of the play “Downrange: Voices from the Homefront” in March 2016 in Fayetteville received such rave reviews that the need for a video version of the play became immediately apparent.

In response to a solicitation from the Cape Fear Regional Theater to become one of five co-producers of the video production the chapter embraced the project. President Chavez presented a $1,000 check on behalf of the Cape Fear Chapter to Tom Quaintance, Artistic Director of the CFRT; also present were Cape Fear Chapter members Willie Wright and Carol Ivey, both involved in the effort; and, Beth Desloges, Managing Director of the CFRT.

The video was produced for wider viewing by Fort Bragg soldiers, families and leaders; and, perhaps for Army-wide dissemination. The Cape Fear Chapter, MOAA is listed in the “credits” as a co-producer.

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DONATION TO THE FORT BRAGG ARMY SOLDIER & FAMILY ASSISTANCE CENTER

DONATION TO THE FORT BRAGG ARMY SOLDIER & FAMILY ASSISTANCE CENTER February 13, 2017

February 13, 2017

Ms. Martha Brown, Director, Army Soldier and Family Assistance Center; Mr. Tony Pugh, a center staff member; and, Major Terry Redd, Executive Officer, Warrior Transition Battalion, Womack Army Medical Center at Fort Bragg accept a donation of thirty $25 commissary gift cards worth $750 from President Chavez on behalf of the Cape Fear Chapter.

The gift cards, redeemable at the post commissaries, are given to soldiers and their families as needed while assigned to the Warrior Transition Battalion, undergoing medical treatment, evaluation, and/or rehabilitation.

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Donation to MOPH "Home for Xmas" Project

Donation to MOPH "Home for Xmas" Project December 6, 2016

December 6, 2016

The Cape Fear Chapter donated $600 to the Fort Bragg Chapter of the Military Order of the Purple Heart to sponsor a wounded warrior home for Christmas. Presenting the check to the soldier on behalf of the chapter is 2nd Vice President George Blanc. Two officers from the MOPH Chapter witness the presentation.

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Donation to the Fort Bragg Fisher House

Donation to the Fort Bragg Fisher House November 15, 2016

November 15, 2016

The Cape Fear Chapter made its annual donation to the Fort Bragg Fisher House at their new home. Art Rodriguez, Chapter 1st Vice President presents the $500 check to Ms. Lorie Southerland, Director of the House.

See acknowledgement at download below.

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Donation to the American Red Cross

Donation to the American Red Cross September 27, 2016

September 27, 2016

CFC Personal Affairs Officer Ralph Hinrichs, presents a donation of $500 from the Cape Fear Chapter to Mr. Phil Harris, Executive Director, Highlands Chapter of the American Red Cross. Two Highlands Chapter associates joined the presentation.

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DONATION TO THE FORT BRAGG ARMY SOLDIER & FAMILY ASSISTANCE CENTER

DONATION TO THE FORT BRAGG ARMY SOLDIER & FAMILY ASSISTANCE CENTER March 30, 2016

March 30, 2016

President Chavez, accompanied by his wife Maria, presents Ms. Martha Brown, Director, Army Soldier and Family Assistance Center $500 in $25 grocery gift cards redeemable at the post commissaries as a donation from the Cape Fear Chapter.

The gift cards are given to wounded warriors and their families as needed while assigned to the Warrior Transition Battalion at Fort Bragg undergoing medical treatment, evaluation, and/or rehabilitation.

Representing the Warrior Transition Battalion is its Command Sergeant Major Scott Painter.

See acknowledgement at download below.

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Donation to MOPH "Home for Xmas" Project

Donation to MOPH "Home for Xmas" Project December 8, 2015
Donation to MOPH "Home for Xmas" Project

December 8, 2015

The Cape Fear Chapter donated $1,200 to the Fort Bragg Chapter of the Military Order of the Purple Heart to sponsor two wounded warriors home for Christmas.

During a ceremony held in the Wounded Warrior Transition Battalion, Womack Army Medical Center, George Blanc, 2nd Vice President presented $600 checks to CW2 William Martin, IV and Staff Sergeant Warren R. Davies, III.

Both CWO Martin originally from South Carolina, and Sergeant Davies from North Carolina were wounded while involved in combat operations in Afghanistan.

Both Purple Heart recipients have over 20 years of military service and will soon be retired from active duty as a result of their wounds.

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Donation to the Fort Bragg USO


Donation to the Fort Bragg USO November 20, 2015

November 20, 2015

Art Rodriguez, 1st Vice President presents a $500 donation check to Ms. Renee Lane, Director of the Fort Bragg USO on behalf of the Cape Fear Chapter, MOAA.

See acknowledgement at download below.

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Donation to the Fort Bragg Fisher House

Donation to the Fort Bragg Fisher House November 20, 2015

November 20, 2015

Art Rodriguez, 1st Vice President of the Cape Fear Chapter presents a donation to the Fort Bragg Fisher House on behalf of the Chapter. Accepting the $500 check is Ms. Lorie Southerland, Director of the House.

See acknowledgement at download below.

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Donation to the American Red Cross

Donation to the American Red Cross November 17, 2015

November 17, 2015

Ralph Hinrichs, Chapter Officer, presents a $500 check to Mr. Phil Harris, Executive Director, Highlands Chapter of the American Red Cross as a donation from the Cape Fear Chapter, MOAA.

See acknowledgement at download below.

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Memorial Wreath Donation

Memorial Wreath Donation by Juan Chavez
Memorial Wreath Donation

by Juan Chavez

The beautiful memorial wreath presented by the Cape Fear Chapter at the Memorial Day Ceremony at the Freedom Memorial Park, Fayetteville on 25 May 2015 was made and donated by Linda Sanderson, proprietor of It'z All About You, a gift store located in Eastover.

Mrs. Sanderson refused to accept any payment for the wreath, stating that it was her contribution to honor those who gave their all for the freedoms she and all of us enjoy. To recognize her generosity, President Chavez presented Mrs. Sanderson with a certificate of appreciation.

This is not the first time that Mrs. Sanderson has expressed her patriotism, she has been a loyal sponsor of our annual ROTC Scholarship Fund fundraising golf tournament for several years.

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North Carolina National Guard OCS Graduation


by Bill Dadek

The North Carolina National Guard Military Academy located on Fort Bragg, held its graduation for Officer Candidate Class 57 at the John F. Kennedy Auditorium on August 22, 2015. Twelve candidates were commissioned as second lieutenants in the North Carolina National Guard, they were: Rusty Lee Barnett, Madrain Suwanna Bryan, Issiah Campbell Jr., Brendan Scott Carr, Lucas Aaron Hill, John Allen Johnson Jr., Joseph Ngari Muraguri, Lyabode Humani Ottun, Victoria Christina Parsells, David William Predmore, Christian Stephen Wallace and Mathew Waytt Walters.

The ceremony was hosted by Colonel Manley James, the 139th Regimental Commander. The graduation address was delivered by Brigadier General John A. Byrd, the North Carolina Assistant Adjutant General. The graduation was well attended by the family and friends of the newly commissioned officers.

Cape Fear Chapter 3rd Vice President, Bill Dadek, met with the 12 candidates at the Academy the day prior to the graduation, and presented each of them with a set of gold bars, a Velcro 2LT insignia, a pocket copy of the US Constitution, and a free one year membership in MOAA.

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JROTC Support Grants

JROTC Support Grants June 2015

June 2015

President Chavez presents a $1,000 grant to the Navy JROTC unit at Cape Fear High School to partially fund their transportation expenses to their summer training camp at Marine Corps Air Station/Camp Lejeune, NC from 1 to 8 August 2015.

Cadet Haylee Neal, this year's recipient of the MOAA Medal, and the unit's new cadet commanding officer accepted the grant. Several of the cadets witnessed the presentation on the campus of Cape Fear High School.

JROTC support grants were also approved as follows:

$1,238 to the Air Force JROTC unit at Terry Sanford High School, and $875 to the Air Force JROTC unit at E.E. Smith High School both in Fayetteville, NC to fund attendance of cadets at the Cadet Officer Leadership School hosted by Fayetteville State University.

$500 to Hoke High School in Raeford, NC to fund attendance of Army ROTC cadets at the Cadet Leadership Challenge Summer Camp at Fort Jackson, SC.

$500 to West Bladen High School Army JROTC in Bladenboro, NC to purchase signs for their physical fitness trail constructed by the unit’s cadets on the school campus.

Letters of acknowledgement and thanks are at download below.

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DONATION TO THE FORT BRAGG ARMY SOLDIER & FAMILY ASSISTANCE CENTER

DONATION TO THE FORT BRAGG ARMY SOLDIER & FAMILY ASSISTANCE CENTER February 27, 2015

February 27, 2015

President Chavez presents Ms. Martha Brown, Director, Army Soldier and Family Assistance Center $500 in $25 grocery gift cards redeemable at the post commissaries as a donation from the Cape Fear Chapter. The gift cards are given to wounded warriors and their families as needed while assigned to the Wounded Warrior Transition Battalion at Fort Bragg undergoing medical treatment, evaluation, and/or rehabilitation. Assisting Ms. Brown in accepting the gift cards is Sergeant Hughett representing the wounded warriors and their families who may be assisted through this program.

See acknowledgement at download below.

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FREEDOM MEMORIAL PARK

FREEDOM MEMORIAL PARK A Work in Progress

A Work in Progress

The City of Fayetteville and its Freedom Memorial Park Steering Committee are still soliciting donations in support of the public park in honor of the men and women of the U.S. military. The $1.5 million project is being funded through private donations.

Pavers. For a contribution of $100 or more, you will receive a 4” x 8” brick paver that will be placed in the park and engraved with three lines or less at 16 characters per line. For a contribution of $250 or more, you will receive an 8” x 16” granite paver that will be placed in the park engraved with six lines or less at 16 characters per line. Download form below to submit paver contributions.

There are other ways of making donations, please visit the park's website at www.freedommemorialpark.com

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WOUNDED WARRIOR 'HOME FOR CHRISTMAS PROJECT"

WOUNDED WARRIOR 'HOME FOR CHRISTMAS PROJECT" December 11, 2014
WOUNDED WARRIOR 'HOME FOR CHRISTMAS PROJECT"

December 11, 2014

The CFC sponsored two wounded warriors from the Wounded Transition Battalion at Fort Bragg as part of the Military Order of the Purple Heart (MOPH) “Home for Christmas Project.”

President Juan Chavez presented a $1,200 check on behalf of the CFC to LTC (Ret) Art Macaltao, the Commander of the Fort Bragg Chapter of the MOPH who in turn, asked President Chavez to present the individual $600 checks directly to two wounded warriors.

In the top photo, President Chavez presents a $600 check to 1LT Mathew Long of Garrettsville, Ohio. Lieutenant Long was wounded on May 21, 2014 in southern Afghanistan while assigned to the 1st Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division.

In the bottom photo, President Chavez presents a $600 check to SFC Darron Adams of Fayetteville, NC who is recovering from wounds incurred on October 14, 2007 in Afghanistan while assigned to the 508th STB, 82nd Airborne Division. SGC Adams was hit by an RPG and suffered massive wounds on his right leg.

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Donation to the Fort Bragg Fisher House


Donation to the Fort Bragg Fisher House 31 October 2014

31 October 2014

1st Vice President and Mrs. Art Rodriguez present a $500 check to Ms. Lorie Southerland, Director of the Fort Bragg Fisher House as a donation from the Cape Fear Chapter, MOAA.

See acknowledgement at download below.

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Donation to the Fort Bragg USO

Donation to the Fort Bragg USO 31 October 2014

31 October 2014

1st Vice President Art Rodriguez presents a $500 check to Ms. Renee Lane the Director of the Fort Bragg USO as a donation from the Cape Fear Chapter, MOAA in support of the USO’s work on behalf of our service members and their families stationed at or transiting Fort Bragg.

See acknowledgement at download below.

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Supporting Our Troops

Supporting Our Troops 7 October 2014

7 October 2014

Chapter President Chavez presents SGM Carl R. Youngs, Chief Medical NCO, 82d Airborne Division Surgeon Section with four $50 dinner gift cards donated by the Cape Fear Chapter for award to the top two teams in the All American Top Medic Competition held on 8 October 2014. The top 2-medic teams in this grueling competition will advance to the All Army Best Medic Competition to be held at Camp Bullis, Texas on 5-7 November 2014.

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NC National Guard OCS Graduation - August 2014

by Bill Dadek

The 139th Regiment (North Carolina-Regional Training Institute) held its graduation ceremony for Officer Candidate Class 56 and Accelerated Officer Candidate Class 16 on Saturday 23 August 2014.

A total of twenty new Second Lieutenants graduated in a ceremony held in the JFK Auditorium on Fort Bragg. Eighteen were in the regular OCS class and two were in the accelerated OCS class.

At the rehearsal on 22 August, Chapter Vice President LTC (Ret) Bill Dadek, assisted by Chapter member LTC (Ret) Marty Williams, presented a set of Gold Bars and a 1-year free membership in MOAA to each graduate. Bill Dadek then gave a short talk on the benefits of MOAA membership.

Both Bill and Marty attended the graduation on 23 August. The guest speaker was the North Carolina Deputy Adjutant General, MG James H. Trogdon, III. The ceremony was officiated by the Regimental Commander Colonel Lawrence R. Powell.

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Donation to the Old Glory Legacy Foundation

Donation to the Old Glory Legacy Foundation 28 March 2014

28 March 2014

Miss Rachel Medley, Founder and Executive Director of the Old Glory Legacy Foundation, accepts a $500 donation from the Cape Fear Chapter presented by President Chavez at the general membership meeting and luncheon held at The Mash House Restaurant on 28 March 2014. The Old Legacy Foundation is a horse farm operated by Miss Medley that brings military service members and their families together to build strong family relationships and lasting memories through outdoor activities. It is a non-profit enterprise that is totally dependent on donations for its operation.

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Donation to National Sojourners, Inc.

Donation to National Sojourners, Inc. 24 January 2014
Donation to National Sojourners, Inc.

24 January 2014

LTC (Ret) Andy Drenkhahn, a CFC member and Project Manager for the National Sojourners Spirit of America Youth Leadership Conference accepts a $600 check from Chapter President Chavez to help fund the attendance of a worthy high school student at the July 17-20, 2014 conference at the Valley Forge Freedoms Foundation, Valley Forge, Pennsylvania.

The students are selected by their high school counselors in conjunction with their JROTC instructors. One of the selection criteria is that students selected must be making a difference in their communities.

Andy in turn presented President Chavez a National Sojourners certificate designating the Cape Fear Chapter as a "Patriot of '76" for its support of the program for the past 7 years.

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North Carolina National Guard OCS Graduation


by Bill Dadek

The North Carolina National Guard Military Academy located on Fort Bragg, held its graduation for Officer Candidate Class 55 and Accelerated Officer Candidate Class 24 on August 24. 2013. Nineteen new second lieutenants assigned to units of the North Carolina National Guard graduated.

The guest speaker was Brigadier General Kenneth A. Beard, Assistant State Adjutant General – Sustainment. The day prior at their graduation rehearsal, Art Rodriguez, 1st Vice President and Bill Dadek, 3rd Vice President of the chapter, spoke to the graduates about MOAA. They presented the new officers with a set of gold bars and a one year membership to MOAA. After the graduation, Bill Dadek was able to share information with BG Beard about MOAA's initiative to recognize the new officers of the National Guard.

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Other Community Outreach

The CFC also donates to local charitable organizations/causes that support our military and local communities such as:

United Services Organization (USO)

American Red Cross

Fisher House

Military Order of the Purple Heart

National Sojourners Spirit of America Youth Leadership Conference,Valley Forge Freedoms Foundation

Fort Bragg Army Soldier and Family Readiness Center

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Members

ROBERT F. DEMETER CHAPTER SERVICE AWARD FOR 2014

ROBERT F. DEMETER CHAPTER SERVICE AWARD FOR 2014

It is a distinct pleasure to announce that the recipient of the Robert F. DeMeter Chapter Service Award for 2014 is LTC (Ret) Doneal G. Gersh, US Army. Don was recognized for sustained outstanding service to the chapter as Chapter Secretary, Newsletter Editor, and Chairman of the Legislative Committee among other contributions. Don was officially presented the DeMeter trophy and certificate by Juan Chavez, Chapter President at our March 6, 2015 general membership meeting. Congratulations Don and thanks for your all your hard work and dedicated service to the chapter.

See list of all previous DeMeter award recipients at download below.

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Fayetteville Airport USO Lounge Volunteers – 2014

Kudos

Members of the CFC devoted a total of 972 volunteer hours in manning the USO lounge at the Fayetteville Regional Airport during 2014. Our heartfelt thanks are extended to chapter members: George Blanc, Jack Cox, Tom Delahunty, Joe Fodor, Bob and Nancy Garman, John Hazlett, Bob Ives, Dave and Dot Miller, Art and Argie Rodriguez, Tom Shipp, Arlie Smith, Burt

VanderClute, Sarah Volkmann, and Drew and Kalli Ziegler. Their dedication and service to our military community are commendable.

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ROBERT F. DEMETER CHAPTER SERVICE AWARD FOR 2013

ROBERT F. DEMETER CHAPTER SERVICE AWARD FOR 2013
ROBERT F. DEMETER CHAPTER SERVICE AWARD FOR 2013

It is a distinct pleasure to announce that the recipient of the Robert F. DeMeter Chapter Service Award for 2013 is LTC (Ret) William J. Dadek, US Army.

Bill was recognized for sustained outstanding service to the chapter as 3rd Vice President for ROTC Affairs and Chairman of the ROTC Scholarship Committee for the past 7 years.

Bill was officially presented the DeMeter trophy and certificate by Juan Chavez, Chapter President at our March 28, 2014 general membership meeting. Congratulations Bill and thanks for your dedicated service to the chapter.

A list of all previous award recipients is at download below.

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Robert F. DeMeter Chapter Service Award


The Robert F. DeMeter Chapter Service Award was established in 1998 in memory of the late LTC (Ret) Robert F. DeMeter, USMC, a former Chapter President (1989), to annually recognize a chapter member for outstanding service to the chapter. The award is the most prestigious award the Chapter can bestow upon one of its members.

The award consists of a rotating trophy, which the recipient retains for a period of one year. Nominations for the award are solicited from the general membership in January of each year, a selection committee determines the winner, and the award is presented to the selected recipient during the March general membership meeting.

A list of all previous award recipients is at download below.

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The Cape Fear Chapter Honor Guard

The CFC Honor Guard was established in 1998 to pay respects and provide support to the families of deceased chapter members upon request. The Honor Guard provides sentries at the casket or urn during the visitation, and serves as honorary pall bearers at the funeral service.

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