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The General Vandenberg Chapter holds it monthly meetings on the 3rd Wednesday and is open to all active and former Officers and their heirs to promote Patriotism, Leadership, National Security and Homeland Security as well as support to Boy and Girl Scouts, ROTC programs and other patriotic organizations.  Guests are always welcome to attend.

 

Generally Meetings are held at:

 

SAN LUIS OBISPO ELKS LODGE #322

222 Elks Lane — San Luis Obispo, California

GRAZIER ROOM

 

1130 hrs ATTITUDE ADJUSTMENT (SOCIAL)
1200 hrs INVOCATION, FLAG SALUTE, PREAMBLE, INTRODUCTION OF GUESTS
1215 hrs LUNCH SERVED (cost is $25 which includes tax & gratuity)


Checks can be made out to: MOWW

 

Call MAJ Jim at 805.528.7565 for reservations or just fill in the following form and your reservation will be emailed to Jim Murphy.  Please submit your reservation by the Sunday before the General Meeting.   Guests are always welcome.

 


 

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Business casual attire is suggested.  We always encourage the wearing of your Military Uniform.

 

 

 

UPCOMING MEETINGS/EVENTS:

 

 

Wed Dec 11 Joint Excom with MOAA at the Elks to plan for Christmas Luncheon
9:30 am
Wed Dec 18 Special Christmas Luncheon at the San Luis Obispo Country Club with entertainment by the Cuesta College Carolers
Joint meeting with MOAA at 11:30 am Sharp
Venue Change from the Camp SLO Officers Club
Tue Jan 28 The Final Call
A social gathering of MOWW and MOAA to honor WWII Veterans
At the San Luis Obispo Country Club

          

 

NEXT PROGRAM: 

 

Wednesday December 18, 2019

 

The December meeting will be a joint affair with the MOAA to be held at the San Luis Obispo Country Club on Wednesday, 18 December.  The meeting will start at 11:30 am with a short opening followed by entertainment by the Cuesta College Carolers with seasonal songs.  Lunch to follow.


Cost will be $35/person with a menu of Bacon Wrapped Meat Loaf, vegetables & mashed potatoes, NY cheesecake, with a non-alcoholic beverage station.

 

San Luis Obispo Country Club, 255 Country Club Drive, SLO
Hwy 227 (Broad St) past the airport to Los Ranchos Rd (only goes to right)
to Country Club Drive (only goes to right)
to the Club

 

 

 

Wednesday November 20, 2019

 

Chapter Business:

 

Incoming officers for 2020 were elected as shown on the Officers Page.

 

The meeting schedule for 2020 will be a bit flexible with the number of meetings to be a minimum of 4 and maximum of 10 with at least 1 combined meeting with the MOAA Chapter.

 

The Christmas Luncheon was discussed and decided as shown above.

 

Companion LTC Dan Dow, District Attorney, gave a brief overview of his office activity handling between 12,000 to 14,000 cases annually with about 20% being felonies. He gave some interesting details of some current completed trials.


His office has about 110 staff members with 38 attorneys and supporting personnel.

 

 

 

Friday October 11, 2019

 

This was another joint gathering of MOAA and MOWW at the Madonna with a very special guest speaker: Lt Col Nelson (Ed) “Fast Eddie” Cobleigh, USAF (ret). 


Ed shared with us some highlights of his remarkable career in the Air Force and beyond. He flew jet fighter planes in Vietnam which included night bombings of the Ho Chi Minh trail, he was an early pilot employing laser guided smart bombs, and he pointed out the many lessons learned from Vietnam on how not to conduct a war! 


Ed was assigned to the US Navy to teach their pilots the use of laser guided smart bombs.  He was also assigned to teach pilots of the English Royal Air Force and the French Air Force on tactical combat techniques, as well as time spent teaching pilots at the USAF Fighter Weapons School and the USN’s Top Gun school.  (He mentioned that the Tom Cruise movie of Top Gun was very much the way it was.) 


He also was assigned to the Iranian Air Force under the Shaw of Iran to teach again fighter tactics.  One had to appreciate/understand the cultural difference with the Iranians to effectively teach them.


Subsequently as an Air Intelligence Officer, he worked with the CIA, FBI, and MI6 on a variety of covert intelligence projects. One of the projects was to circumvent the acquisition of spare parts for all of the US military hardware left in Iran after the fall of the Shaw.

 

 

Ed Speaking

Certificate of Appreciation presented to Ed by Capt David Brandmeyer


Ed retired to Paso Robles and wanted to document his experiences.  In the process of doing that he discovered that he liked to write and ended up publishing 3 excellent books:


The Pilot: Fighter Planes and Paris
War for the Hell of It: A Fighter Pilot's View of Vietnam
The First Fighter Pilot - Roland Garros: The Life and Times of the Playboy Who Invented Air Combat


His parting call to all that have served was to write about your experiences to share with your family.

 

Friday September 13, 2019

 

This was a special joint meeting of MOWW and MOAA.


Companion Tim Haley, USMC (fmr) made a trip to Europe last summer and made a very interesting slide presentation of the historic sites he visited.  These include Belleau Wood and Normandy in France.  Included in the Normandy visit are La Pointe du Hoc, Omaha Beach, Normandy National Cemetery, St Mere Eglise Church, and other sites.


Maj Jim Murphy introducing Tim Tim presenting

 

Tim receiving a Thank You Certificate from

Commander Lou Stout with Jim joining in

 

 

June 19, 2019:

 

This last Chapter luncheon was focused entirely on the recognition of Boy Scout Troop 51 of Atascadero.  They have assumed the responsibility of maintaining the American and Betsy Ross flags that fly at our American Heritage Monument in Atascadero.  This includes changing the flags when they become weather torn, cleaning the flags when needed, and lowering the flags to half-mast at the appropriate times.  The Chapter does provide the new flags but their support is more than appreciated, and very much needed!

 

The troop was represented by 6 boys ranging in rank from Tenderfoot to Eagle Scout.  Troop leaders included Dr. Sage Hider, Assistant Scoutmaster; Nicole Hider, Troop Committee Chair; and Tracey Collier, Troop Advancement Chair.

 

Each of the boys shared with the group some of their experiences from being a scout..and they all did an excellent job speaking to us.

 

 

Dr. Hider and Nicole presented an overview of scouting in general and Troop 51 in particular. The troop currently has 45 boys and they do a number of community service projects, as well as having fun and developing skills in meetings, at camps, and in their community service.  Boy Scouts are governed by a manual that describes how troops are run and how the boys can progress from one rank to another. Classic example of doing it “by the book”.

 

The Boy Scouts program gives the boys the opportunity to develop life skills, including camaraderie, working with each other and the general public, sporting skills, and leadership within the troop.  The result being some fine young men with thanks to their adult support staff.

 

Dr. Hider Presenting Nicole Presenting

 

Folding a hemmed and cleaned Betsy Ross flag to be flown again:

 

 

 

Commander Lou presenting the Appreciation Certificate along with a check for $200

 

 

May 15, 2019:

 

This meeting was focused on our recognition of Law Enforcement and it turned out the meeting was on the 15th which happened to be Peace Officers Memorial Day (and our flags at the American Heritage Monument were at half-staff).


Marni Barton, Special Agent with the FBI was the officer being recognized for her many accomplishments.  She was accompanied by Supervisory Senior Resident Agent Charles (Chip) Kincaid.  Jim Voge, the Undersheriff for San Luis Obispo County, LTC Dan Dow, San Luis Obispo County District Attorney, and Dennis Falasco, Pastor of 1st Presbyterian Church in San Luis were also guests in attendance.

Agent Marni Barton is a graduate of Paso Robles high school and has an accounting degree from Cal Poly.  She joined the FBI following 911 and is a fifteen-year veteran with experience in the San Francisco and Los Angeles field offices. Her diligence as a member of the Santa Maria Resident agency has successfully identified investigations in excess of $100 million in fraud related scams. Recently her work resulted in complaints against subjects in India related to a fraudulent international “romance” scam. That scheme had in impact of $8 million on the Central Coast.


Both the FBI as well as our local DA office under Dan Dow have a victim assistance program for those caught in any of the many schemes in existence. Both Marni and agent Charles pointed out the FBI Internet Crime Complaint Center (https://www.ic3.gov/default.aspx ) and would like anyone caught in a scam to report it immediately.  This site also gives internet crime prevention tips.


See LT Ron Janney's excellent write up of the Peace Officers Memorial on the News page.

 

Lt Ron Janney with an introduction of guests.

 

LTC Dan Dow, Maj Jim Murphy, & Ron standing. Agent Marni, Commander LTC Lou Stout, & Resident Agent Charles seated.

 

 

 

LTC Dan Dow was presented with an MOWW Perpetual Membership recognition at the start of the meeting. Maj Jim made the presentation.

Undersheriff Voge with some cogent observations. Both he and Agent Kincaid underscored the excellent cooperation between the FBI and the local law enforcement and how well they work together.

Senior Agent Charles (Chip) Kincaid addressing the group.

Agent Marni was presented with a special award recognizing her many achievements

And she also received the coveted Bravo Zulu Award.

Along with a box of chocolates to share with her associates!!

 

 

 



Friday, April 12, 2019...special day and place:

 

This was a combined meeting of the MOWW and MOAA (along with MCL680 & the American Legion) at the Madonna Inn to remember and celebrate the life of our friend CDR William Houston, USN (ret) …aka: Padre Bill.  (A memorial celebration had previously been held at the Warbirds Museum in Paso Robles on April 6 arranged by Bill’s family.)


A very nice PowerPoint presentation of Bill’s life was put together by Erick Wand with photos that were submitted by family and many friends.  Bill was a friend to everyone he met and will be greatly missed.  He was quite a guy!

 

Erick has posted the video as well as all of the photographs on line. For those of you that missed the meeting (and those of us that would like to see it again): CLICK HERE: ignore the message to log in, it is not necessary. Click the arrow in the center of the MOAA/MOWW slide to see the video.


Dick Mellinger and Gil Igleheart, the co-founders of Pawsabilities for Veterans, were in attendance as that was one of Bill’s favorite groups to support.  In recognition of Bill $500 was donated to them from the MOWW and $200 from the MOAA. (Individual contributions were collected after the program.)

 

 

 

  Our special guest:
Glennis Houston and her daughter Debbie

 

Commander LTC Lou citing the Preamble

 

 

Maj Jim Murphy with an invocation

 

 

 

 

March 20, 2019

 

Our guest speaker was Capt. Pete Pepper, USA (Ret). Pete started the non-profit Central Coast Veterans Helping Veterans Organization, see their website at: https://ccvhv.org/ . He also currently leads our Veterans Treatment Court Mentor program.
See that website at: https://www.slocounty.ca.gov/Departments/District-Attorney/Adult-Prosecutions/Veterans-Treatment-Court.aspx

 

Pete talked about his experiences as Company Commander in Vietnam and why he started "Veterans Helping Veterans”.

 

 

 

February 20, 2019

 

Our guest speaker was Mr. Bear McGill. Bear retired from the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s office after 28 years as a Correctional Deputy, He is now the Chairperson for Honor Flight Central Coast California program. Bear was assisted by Bruce McGrath.

 

They gave an excellent presentation covering all aspects of the Honor Flight program. Their Mission is to honor all of America’s veterans by taking them to Washington D.C. on their “Tour of Honor” as a guest. Once there, they can visit and reflect at their memorials which have been built to honor their service.


All-expense paid trips are scheduled for May 6-8 and June 10-12, with a third trip pending this fall. The three-day trips offer senior veterans a guided tour of military memorials and monuments and other points of interest in the DC area. More than 270 local veterans have made the trip with Honor Flight of the Central Coast since the local chapter formed in 2014.

 

Bear has been on nine of these trips and every time is moved to tears watching once-young soldiers remembering their pasts. They are fiercely patriotic and even with physical limitations, still insist on standing when the National Anthem is played. Everywhere they go, strangers approach our veterans to thank them for their service. It is a powerful lesson.


Accommodations are made for veterans needing wheelchairs, walkers, oxygen and other support. A medical professional travels with the group, and every veteran is accompanied by a guardian, usually a family member, who pays his or her own way. Honor Flight is concentrating on WW II veterans, then Korean and Viet Nam veterans. Soon they anticipate honoring all veterans regardless of having actually served in any of these wars.

 

Honor Flight of the Central Coast is led by a group of volunteers who must raise $100,000 each year to make the trips free to veteran attendees.


Additional information is available online at www.honorflightccc.org or send an email to info@honorflightccc.org

 

Photos courtesy of Erick Wand
Bear Presenting Commander Lou presenting a Thank You certificate to Bear Bear and Bruce with Lou

 

 

January 16, 2019

 

Our guest speaker was Mr. Colt Esenwein, the Director of Public Works for San Luis Obispo County. Colt was previously the assistant director of Public Works for Stanislaus County. He served in the Navy from 1990 to 1994, holds a bachelor’s degree in environmental engineering from Cal Poly and is a registered professional civil engineer.


He had some interesting perspectives on traffic, water issues, growth management and other infrastructure related activities.

 

Photos courtesy Joe Brocato

Colt receiving a memo of appreciation from
Commander Lou Stout with some help from
Maj Jim Murphy
Erick Wand receiving his "official" certificate
as a Friend of the Chapter

 

 

 

December 11, 2018---Another Special Day and Place

 

The MOAA and MOWW combined Christmas Luncheon was held at the Officers Club at Camp San Luis Obispo.


Base commander Lt Col Angel Ortiz arranged for an excellent venue for our combined luncheon.  The buffet line was well stocked with rib-eye, salmon, potatoes & gravy, green beans with bacon with an array of beverages and desserts and the facility was well decorated.  Tables were set with a salad and a couple of bottles of central coast fine wine.

 

The facility layout and the members Choral group in the chow line

 

 

MOWW District Commander Lt Col David Worley, USAF drove up from Los Angeles to conduct the induction of the officers for 2019. 

 

Commander Lt Col Louis Stout introducing

Lt Col David Worley

 

Chaplain Major James Murphy, Treasurer Bonne Harris, Sr Vice Commander Lt Ronald Janney, and Jr Vice Commander

LTJG Joe Brocato assumed their respective office for the coming year.

Commander Lt Col Louis Stout induction

 

The Cuesta College North County Chorus (Vox Concordia Mundi) Choral Group gave us a nice selection of Christmas music to set the mood for the Christmas Season…and we did a lot of sing-a-longs!

 

Lt Ron Janney introducing the Choral group And some fine music

 

 

It was a very enjoyable afternoon, our thanks to all that participated and especially to Camp San Luis Obispo and their Officers Club.

 



November 9, 2018

 

This joint meeting of the MOWW and MOAA at the Madonna Inn had the distinct pleasure of hearing the inaugural performance of “Normandy” by the Cuesta College North County Chorus. There were 30 members of the chorus present and their music was powerful and a real pleasure to listen to.


On July 4, 2019 the North County Chorus will perform at the Normandy American Cemetery in Colleville-sur-Mer, France to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the Normandy landings by Allied Armed Forces.  Dr. Ron Kean was requested by Cassandra Tarantino, Choral Director at Cuesta College to compose a special song to sing in France.  Dr. Kean took the words from a poem by Cyril Crain titled “Normandy” and created the music for the Chorus and with a flute.

 

Cyril Crain served with the 19 Beach Signal Section of the Combined Operations Command and was part of the first D-Day assault wave on Juno Beach at Berneires-sur-Mer.  He wrote this poem about Normandy and Dr. Kean put it to music:

 

Come and stand in memory
Of men who fought and died
They gave their lives in Normandy
Remember them with pride.


Soldiers, Airman, sailors
Airborne and marines
Who in civvy life were tailors
And men who worked machines.

British and Canadian
And men from USA
Forces from the Commonwealth
They all were there that day

 

To Juno, Sword and Utah
Beaches of renown
Also Gold and Omaha
That’s where the ramps went down

The battle raged in Normandy
Many lives were lost
The war must end in victory
And this must be the cost


When my life is over
And I reach the other side
I’ll meet my friends from Normandy
And shake their hands with pride.

 

There was a nice attendance of this joint meeting at the Madonna to hear some fine music from the Choral group

 

The Chorus started their performance with the Armed Forces Medley of all Services, sang “Normandy” under the special direction of Dr. Kean, and ended with their signature performance of "Set Me as a Seal" with Cassandra directing. 

 

Cassandra directing the Chorus Group

 

 

Dr. Ron Kean preparing the direct the group with his special music of Normandy Cassandra with the flute part of the song

 

Lt Ron Janney introduced some of the members of the chorus (they did point out that the younger members were in class at Cuesta College)
Ron presented to Cassandra a Certificate of Recognition for the chorus and a special Bravo Zulu Award for her special support to Veterans

 

 

The Chorus is also raising funds for their planned trip to Normandy. (Donor Sheet)

 

 

October 17, 2018

 

Our guest speaker was LTC Erik Brun, USA, (Ret), Foundation President for the 99th Infantry Battalion. Erik presented an interesting discussion of the Saga of the Viking 99th Infantry Battalion and its various missions during WWII. The 99th was comprised of Norwegian residents (to become citizens) and was a unit separate from the Army Battalions (consisting of 4 companies each). This separate designation enabled rapid deployment to whatever assignment/mission needed their expertise (and of course skiing was one of the talents utilized).

 

Their greatest and most important achievement was the destruction of the Nazi’s heavy metal manufacturing capabilities that stopped their development of the Atomic Bomb. Without this, the Germans could have leveled London as the US did Hiroshima.

 

Eric Wand had the pleasure of introducing his friend LTC Erik Brun
with Commander Lou looking on
The InterestingTopic
Erik with his slide presentation and several posters,
two of which are shown below
Commander LTC Lou Stout with a hearty
Thank You to Erik

 

 

 

 

 

September 19, 2018

 

This was a very casual meeting with some fine entertainment by the In Time Trio performing timeless patriotic tunes. These gals never slow down...very entertaining.

 

The meeting also affirmed the nomination of officers by the Nomination Committee for the upcoming year....and all current officers will continue in their position. The nomination was approved.

 

Lt Ron Janney introducing the Trio The Marine Hymn, with Marines standing at attention
Nice Music Commander Lou with an appropriate Thank You

 

 

 

June 20, 2018

 

Our last meeting of the Summer was highlighted by honoring Sheriff Ian Parkinson and Boy Scout Troop 51.


The Atascadero Boy Scout Troop 51 was recognized for the excellent support they are providing to our Chapter with the maintenance of the flags on our American Heritage Monument. The Monument has a 40 foot flagpole with a large (6’x10’) American Flag with a Betsy Ross flag beneath it. (check out the background and features of the Monument by clicking Here).  The flags need to be cleaned at times and replaced when faded or wind torn and lowered to half-staff on designed dates. The scout troop is providing this service (the Chapter does furnish replacement flags) and it is very much appreciated by the Chapter..

 

Sheriff Ian Parkinson was presented with the coveted Patrick Henry Award plaque and a certificate from the Chapter for his extensive, professional leadership of the Sheriff’s Office of San Luis Obispo County. Sheriff Parkinson has instituted a number of significant improvements in the department and in the county jail system.  The month of May is typically when law enforcement individuals/departments are recognized by our Chapter, however Sheriff Parkinson had a scheduling conflict last month.   


The Sheriff was also presented with a recognition certificate from the office of Assemblyman Jordan Cunningham.  The presentation was made by Keegan Koberi representing the Assemblyman.


In attendance at the luncheon was Undersheriff Tim Olivas, Morrow Bay Police Chief Gregory Allen, and our companion and re-elected District Attorney LTC Dan Dow, USAR.  Each of them highlighted their association with and pleasure working with the Sheriff.  Ian’s wife Ami and their son also joined us.

 

Some photos:

Atascadero Scout Troop 51 ready for chow..
with their "do everything" leader Nicole Hider
Commander Lou with the Certificate of Appreciation
presented to the troop
LT Ron Janney introducing the Sheriff
Ron was previously also in law enforcement

District Attorney Dan Dow (LTC, USAR) discussing his and his office relationship with the Sheriff and his department. They do not always agree...but that is a good thing! A very amicable personal and professional relationship.

Undersherrif Tim Olivas with some comments. He wasn't sure what he was getting into taking this job...but is pleased that he did. Ian has done a superb job with the department. Morrow Bay Police Chief Gregory Allen with more complimentary remarks. (Undersheriff Olivas was a prior Chief in Morrow Bay)

 

 

Sheriff Parkinson indicating he was very honored to receive the recognition from the Chapter and stated that the companions were the ones that should be honored for their service to our country.

 

Ian also recognized and addressed the Boy Scout Troop, as he was a scout in his youth and has been wearing a uniform ever since.....

 

 

LT Janney, Commander LTC Stout, Sheriff Parkinson, and LTJG Brocato with the MOWW Chapter Awards Assemblyman Jordan Cunningham representative
Keegan Koberi with the recognition from the Assemblyman
Wife Ami and son with Ian

Undersheriff Olivas & MB Chief Allen joining the family,

with Commander Lou looking on

 

May 16, 2018

 

The guest speaker was LTC Joseph Dzvonik, Professor of Military Science (PMS) at Cal Poly State University Army Reserve Officer Training Corps’ (ROTC), San Luis Obispo. LTC Dzvonik gave an excellent overview of the local Army ROTC program.

 

LTC Dzvonik is a graduate of Penn State with majors in chemistry and geology and he also has a Master’s Degree.  LTC Joe spent over 3 years in Iraq on tours.

 

LTC Joe making his presentation

The Cal Poly ROTC program started in 1952 with the 1st commissioning in June 1955.  Eight women joined the program in 1973.

 

Scholarships awarded the cadets at Cal Poly typically cover either tuition or room & board. (Some universities cover the total cost.)

 

 

 

Cal Poly’s ROTC class of 2017-18 is among the top student groups in the nation. The Program had the 4th highest average cadet order of merit scores among 281 U.S, colleges and universities across the country that have ROTC programs which includes senior military colleges such as Texas A&M, Virginia Military Institute and Valley Forge Military Academy and College. The order of merit score is based on leadership skills, physical fitness tests and cumulative grade point average. No Cal Poly unit has scored this high in the nation before - showing that this graduating class is exceptional.

 

The graduating group of two women and 12 men is also one of the largest. While Cal Poly’s ROTC program attracts between 65 and 70 cadets a year from all six colleges, typically 10 to 12 graduate annually and are commissioned as second lieutenants.

 

Cadets are assessed at the beginning of their senior year, and this assessment plays a key role in where they start their military careers.

 

All 14 students receiving commissions this academic year received the Army component of choice they desired.

 

Nine chose active duty assignments, four are bound for the National Guard and one selected the Army reserve.  Six of the cadets were designated as Distinguished Military Graduates, individuals who rank in the top 20 percent of some 6,000 Army ROTC graduates nationwide.

 

Of the four cadets that were to attend the luncheon three were out of town on internship assignments and one was ill. Chapter financial support was given to the undergraduate cadets (selected by the program personnel) as follows:

Joseph Thurling      
Marcial Nunez        
Harrison Meyer     
Taylor Palmaffy      

$300

$200

$100

$100 (the “William Sommermeyer Memorial” award)

 Checks and certificates will be presented to these cadets at the graduation ceremony on campus on June 7.

 

LT Ron Janney filled in for our ill Commander Lou
Ron reading the citation to LTC Joe

AND the citation/certificate presented to LTC Dzvonik

with a hearty Thank You

 

 

 

April 18, 2018

 

Our featured speaker was John Lindsey, a Corporate Relations Representive and Marine Meteorologist with PG&E’s Diablo Canyon Power Plant in San Luis Obispo.  (John also had a very active service in the US Navy.)


The topic of the day was “Climate Change”.  John presented a number of slides showing historical trends over the past number of years.  An example was the CO2 levels over the past 400,000 years…peaking at about 300 ppm then decreasing then peaking again at about 100,000 year increments.  (Levels determined from ice core samples).  It is now about 450 ppm…hmmmm.  CO2 can act as a “thermal blanket” in our relatively narrow atmosphere, and give rise to a warming tread.


The earth non circular orbit around the sun varies with time as does the tilt of the earth’s rotation…these natural conditions also lead to some climate changes. (Northern California had 100 inches of rain in one month back in 1862.)


Sea level changes are not effected by melting ice as the displaced solid volume is just replaced with water.  However as ice is broken off from glaciers that does tend to raise the water level….and we are seeing broken glaciers.  Some projections show a potential increase of ~46 inches in ocean levels!!


John feels that we do have a problem and all efforts to reduce CO2 will certainly help with the climate and also make for cleaner air to breathe. Consistent small steps today can preclude necessary major steps in the future. He thinks transportation is a primary driver (no pun intended) of California CO2. He walks the talk having 2 electric vehicles in the family and solar panels on his roof.


Diablo Canyon produces clean electricity and along with the solar fields in Carrizo Plains our county provides 80% carbon free power.  The plant is slated to close in 2024-2025, a short sighted political decision.

 

LT Ron Janney, Maj Jim Murphy, and John

with some pre-meeting discussions....

Maj Jim gave the introduction of John
John had a number of interesting slides And we did have the Q&A session after John's presentation

 

The Three Amigos:

Maj Jim, John, and CDR Bill Houston

 

 

March 21, 2018

 

The day was a bit inclimate but the meeting at Camp SLO was excellent; not as many folks as expected but it was a nice group. We entered the dining hall, paid our $8 and gathered together before going through the food line. The menu options were very good! The whole array!

 

After lunch the group went into a meeting room and started the meeting with the standard opening procedure. Base Commander Lt Col Angel Ortiz did an outstanding job with a Powerpoint presentation of the base and highlighted the many events and activities that take place there.

 

We then boarded a bus and had a grand tour of the facilities without ever getting out of the bus! It was very interesting, educational and time well spent. The rain was not a problem; really light sprinkles on the bus tour. (Only in California would rain impede anything!)

 

Lt Col Dan Dow addressing the group Base Commander Lt Col Angel Ortiz with a
Powerpoint Presentation of the base and activities

 

 

 

 

Header design courtesy of Graphics by Erick in San Luis Obispo