CHAPTER NEWS
(updated 10 Feb 2014)

 


Chapter article & photos submitted for "The Drop"
Submitted by Bob Moreau, Chapter XXX Drop Editor
10 Feb 2014

     Our quarterly meeting was on Saturday January 25th 2014 in New Orleans, LA at the Louisiana National Guard facility Jackson Barracks, which contains the State HQ, support facilities and several unit armories. The barracks is a very historic site, founded by the US Army in 1835 and in 1920 was transferred to the LA NG. In July 1959 a Special Forces unit was activated, Co D 20th SFGA that was deactivated in May 1972. Chapter XXX has 28 members who are former members of this unit. The Louisiana National Guard Military Museum is developing a history of former units and several of our members have given oral histories, donated old uniforms, old equipment and other artifacts. One such item was the Co D “PROP BLAST MUG” upon which are engraved the names of all those who were “Blasted”. The meeting was held at this facility and when it was adjourned a tour of the museum was conducted by its Director, CPT Heather Englehart and the Historian Rhett Breerwood.
    The meeting was called to order at 1100 hrs by VP Art Zieske, invocation by John Persson, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance and a Treasurer’s Report. Bob Moreau gave a status report on our annual program “Host A Hero For Mardi Gras 2014” with the parade held on March 4th 2014, see our website for details. Art Zieske spoke on pending legislation “Eliminate Concurrent Receipt of Retirement Pay and Disability Compensation for Disabled Veterans” and the negative implications for all veterans. A delicious lunch was catered on site by Arabi Food Store & Café, www.arabifoodstore.com. If you enjoy good ole fashioned home style cooking this is the place for you.
    A few of our members attended a Chapter 81 ceremony on November 16th at Veterans Park in Breaux Bridge, LA. A life-sized statue of a Special Operations Soldier was unveiled, dedicated to all Spec Ops Soldiers that have served. Members present Jim Anthony, John Harrison, Richard Kuntz, Jim McCurry, Bob Moreau, Robert Noe, Willie Stevens and Robert Tate.
    Members attending; Jim & Mitzi Anthony, Ted Ellison, Jack & Gloria Harrison, Richard Kuntz, Tony LeVata, Bruce Little, Ron Monce, Bob & Judi Moreau, John Persson, Ben Plaia, Tony Riddle, Willie Stevens, Lloyd Stout, Dave & Becky Thibodaux, Tom Tubesing w/Becca, Jack Vincent, Owen Wall, Bill Waters & Art Zieske. From Chapter 81 John Arceneaux & Bobby Martin (they arrived late but did make it), and Bob Romero. Regular visitors Ken Lazalaco, Ray Pendleton, - from the local MOWW Chapter Lee & Ruby Robert, Jennie McIntosh & Elvan Vavrick. New visitors Tom Bechtel, John Gesser and Jimmy Stout.
    Our meetings are held on the Fourth Saturday of Jan, Apr, Jul & Oct. FEEL FREE TO VISIT WITH US, check our website for location and contact information.

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