CW2 (Ret) Fleming L. Asbury, Jr., US Army (Mar 8, 1929 – May 12, 2020)
It is with deep regret that we announce that CW2 Fleming L. Asbury, Jr., one of our regular members died on May 12, 2020 from COVID-19.
Fleming was a Vietnam War veteran and served over 25 years on active duty. He was a loyal and supportive member of the chapter for several years and a regular at chapter meetings. His loss will be keenly felt by all of us.
Our heartfelt condolences are extended to his wife of 47 years, Young, and the extended Asbury family during their bereavement.
LTC (Ret) Arlie R. Smith, US Army (Nov 6, 1930 – May 26, 2020)
It is with deep regret that we announce that LTC(Ret) Arlie R. Smith, a former member and president of our chapter, died from COVID-19 on May 26, 2020 at the age of 89.
Arlie was a loyal and active member of our chapter for many years, having served as Chapter President for four consecutive years (2009-2012). He instituted the USO volunteer program within the chapter and leading by example, personally served as a USO Volunteer at the Fayetteville Regional Airport USO Lounge himself. He was also an ardent patron of the chapter’s ROTC Scholarship Awards Program and donated generously to it.
In recognition of his vast contributions to the chapter Arlie was selected as the 2012 recipient of the coveted Robert F. DeMeter Chapter Service Award, the most prestigious award the chapter bestows on one of its members.
Arlie served on active duty with the US Army for 20 years to include combat service in Vietnam. His many years of dedicated service to our country during and after his active military service will never be forgotten. Arlie will be interred with full military honors at Arlington National Cemetery.
Our heartfelt condolences are extended to Ingrid, his wife of 60 years, and the extended Smith family during their bereavement.
May 25, 2020
While the traditional Memorial Day ceremony at Freedom Memorial Park was not held due to COVID-19 restrictions, the Chapter's memorial wreath was displayed at the Global War on Terror Monument at the park on Memorial Day in remembrance of our military men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice in fighting terrorists worldwide since 9/11.
E.E. Smith High School and Terry Sanford High School AFJROTC units were selected as two of 79 units across the globe and two of seven in North Carolina to receive the 2019-20 Air Force JROTC Distinguished Unit with Merit Award.
This award recognizes Air Force JROTC units that have performed well above and beyond normal expectations, and that have distinguished themselves through outstanding service to their school and community while meeting the Air Force JROTC citizen development mission for America.
The Cape Fear Chapter is proud to extend its heartiest congratulations to both units, their leaders/instructors, and their entire corps of cadets for a significant achievement.
The E.E. Smith High School AFJROTC program’s leaders and Aerospace Science Instructors are: Retired USAF Lt. Col. Tom Glockzin, and Retired USAF CMSgt James Mitchell, Jr.
The Terry Sanford High School AFJROTC program is led by Aerospace Science Instructors: Retired USAF Capt. Timothy K. Peedin, and Retired USAF SMSgt Thomas Albanese.
by Ira Watkins
It was my pleasure to announce at our monthly Board of Directors Meeting held by video conference on 7 April 2020 that LTC (Ret) Martin “Marty” Williams is the recipient of the 2019 Robert F. DeMeter Chapter Service Award. The DeMeter award is the most prestigious award the Chapter can bestow upon one of its members.
The citation on the award certificate reads as follows: “For sustained outstanding service as 3rd Vice President for ROTC Affairs, Cape Fear Chapter from December 2015 to December 2019. His faithful and unselfish service on the Chapter’s Executive Board and his work as Chairman, ROTC Scholarship Awards Committee are without equal. Marty discharged his wide-ranging responsibilities in support of 5 university and 25 high school ROTC programs with unparallel dedication and excellence. He routinely drove hundreds of miles traversing a six-county area visiting ROTC units to administer the chapter’s ROTC scholarships and leadership awards programs. His vast contributions to include his donation of travel expenses, are worthy of the highest esteem and his selection as the 2019 recipient of this coveted award.”
Congratulations Marty, you have the eternal gratitude of all our members for your dedicated service and unselfish contributions to the chapter. You are an inspiration to all of us. Our only regret is that we could not present the award to you in person because of the COVID-19 social distancing constraints.
List of previous DeMeter award recipients is at download below.
March 31, 2020
Most of us are aware that Congress passed the $2 trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act to assist individuals, as well as small and large businesses, directly affected by the coronavirus outbreak.
The MOAA Financial Education Team of Lt. Col. Shane Ostrom, USAF (Ret), CFP® and Capt. Paul J. Frost, AFC®, USN (Ret) put together a summary of key provisions that will most impact the military and veteran community. To access that summary, click on this link.