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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.

Dec 9, 15/ CFMOAA/ Community/

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.

Jun 3, 15/ CFMOAA/ Community/

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.

Aug 25, 15/ CFMOAA/ Community/

JROTC Support Grants

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.

Jun 3, 15/ CFMOAA/ Community/


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.

Feb 27, 15/ CFMOAA/ Community/


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

Dec 16, 14/ CFMOAA/ Community/


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.

Dec 14, 14/ CFMOAA/ Community/

Supporting Our Troops

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.

Nov 1, 14/ CFMOAA/ Community/

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.

Aug 29, 14/ CFMOAA/ Community/

Donation to the Old Glory Legacy Foundation

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.

Mar 29, 14/ CFMOAA/ Community/

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.

Jan 30, 14/ CFMOAA/ Community/