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THE COMMANDER:

Lt Ronald Janney, USN (fmr) is the Senior Vice Commander and will be filling in as the Commander until elections are held

 

Companions and Friends of the Chapter

 

NEVER FALTER

 

These were words that I have heard many times from our Companion, former Commander, and former National Commander, Colonel Jack Jones.  Jack did not just utter these words, but he lived by them.  Jack was involved in so many endeavors, that for me to try list all of them would be only a partial success.  His incredible drive, devotion to duty, combined with a lot of other attributes kept him very active right up to the end of his life.  After hearing “Never Falter” from Jack several times, I wondered if that was the motto of the US Army Rangers.  But it is not; the motto for the Rangers is “Rangers Lead the Way”.  This stemmed from an action at Normandy on June 6, 1944.  So it is appropriate to apply that motto to Jack as he led the way in so many organizations.  Considering that he died on the 73rd anniversary of D Day, “Rangers Lead the Way’ can be said to describe Jack’s life.


May was a very active and busy month for many of us.  After losing Chuck Ward, some of us took on some extra duties, and then there were the Ceremonies that we are privileged to attend.  Since May is both Armed Forces Month, and Law Enforcement Month, I spent a great deal of time planning, coordinating, and conducting a few memorable events.  At the May 17 meeting of the Vandenberg Chapter, we honored a dispatcher from the California Highway Patrol as our contribution to Law Enforcement Week.  There was also a Ceremony at Mission Plaza on May 18 to commemorate fallen law enforcement officers throughout the state, and the downtown farmers’ market that evening was dedicated to law enforcement.  Jack was at Mission Plaza in uniform. I would also add that Jack was a Santa Barbara Police Detective many years ago. 


On May 13, our Chapter conducted a Youth Leadership Conference at Camp San Luis Obispo, directed by Jack.  On Memorial Day, there were several Ceremonies throughout the County to commemorate those who have given their lives in service of this Nation.  For the first time in many years, Jack was not in attendance at the Ceremony in San Luis Obispo.  At three that afternoon, there was a Lost at Sea Ceremony in Cayucos, and again, Jack was noted for his absence.


In the next few days and weeks, we will be either planning, or attending memorial services for Jack, and we might keep in mind to “Never Falter” in all that we do.


Lt Ron Janney, USN (fmr)
Acting Commander

 



 

 

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JACK'S CORNER

 

Jack's words of leadership, commitment, and honor will always be with us. God Speed Jack, look down on us and give us courage.




Membership Information

 

Recruiting Redundancy?

 

If you believe I am being redundant between this recruitment article and Jack’s Corner, you are right. In Jack’s Corner we are asking each member to reach out to bring in at least one new member within the next six months. In other words, “Each one – Reach one!”

 

In this section I want to share a way to accomplish the mission. Stress the positive aspects of belonging to MOWW, and the Vandenberg Chapter in particular. Ask yourself, “Why do I belong?” Then when you think about all the reasons you enjoy MOWW and what we do, then you have the foundation for “selling” the Order to someone else.

 

Next, always carry an application with you to present to a prospective member which shows your commitment to being serious about having him (or her) join. I would suggest you go over the Preamble with him and relate it to what we do in our chapter to reflect our commitment to the Preamble and Order.

 

Each of you are very special to the Chapter and me personally. You can do it if you value your Chapter.  I believe you do!

 

Jack Jones, Membership Chairman,
Past CINC, MOWW



Remember “It is nobler to serve than to be served”

 

 

 

Sgt at Arms remarks from Jim Murphy:

 

Leadership Factors


It has been said that leaders are made, not born, and I agree there is some validity to this statement. On the other hand, some, like Bill Crawford, found himself in a very untenable situation and as a result was awarded the Medal of Honor for his heroic action. Later, after leaving the service, Bill wanted to step back and he did by hiring on as a custodian, or as some call “janitor.” Knowing this, perhaps the following may make more sense.


Here are ten leadership factors I’d like to share:
1. Be Cautious of Labels. Labels you place on people may define your relationship to them and bind their potential. Sadly, and for a long time, we labeled Bill as just a janitor, but he was so much more. Therefore, be cautious of a leader who callously says, “Hey, he’s just an Airman.” Likewise, don’t tolerate the O-1, who says, “I can’t do that, I’m just a lieutenant.”


2. Everyone Deserves Respect. Because we hung the “janitor” label on Mr. Crawford, we often wrongly treated him with less respect than others. He deserved much more, and not just because he received the Medal of Honor. Bill deserved respect because he was a janitor, walked among us, and was a part of our team.


3. Courtesy Makes a Difference. Be courteous to all around you, regardless of rank or position. Military customs, as well as common courtesies, help bond a team. When our daily words to Mr. Crawford turned from perfunctory “hellos” to heartfelt greetings, his demeanor and personality outwardly changed. It made a difference for all of us.


4. Take Time to Know Your People. Life in the military is hectic, but that’s no excuse for not knowing the people you work for and with. For years a hero walked among us at the Academy and we never knew it. Who are the heroes that walk in your midst?


5. Anyone Can Be a Hero. Mr. Crawford certainly didn’t fit anyone’s standard definition of a hero. Moreover, he was just a private on the day he earned his Medal. Don’t sell your people short, for any one of them may be the hero who rises to the occasion when duty calls. On the other hand, it’s easy to turn to your proven performers when the chips are down, but don’t ignore the rest of the team. Today’s rookie could and should be tomorrow’s superstar.


6. Leaders Should Be Humble. Most modern day heroes, and some leaders, are anything but humble, especially if you calibrate your “hero meter” on today’s athletic fields. End zone celebrations and self-aggrandizement are what we’ve come to expect from sports greats. Not Mr. Crawford – he was too busy working to celebrate his past heroics. Leaders would be well served to do the same.


7. Life Won’t Always Hand You What You Think You Deserve. We in the military work hard and, dang it, we deserve recognition, right? However, sometimes you just have to persevere, even when accolades don’t come your way. Perhaps you weren’t nominated for junior officer or airman of the quarter as you thought you should – don’t let that stop you. Don’t pursue glory; pursue excellence. Private Bill Crawford didn’t pursue glory – he did his duty and then swept floors for a living.


8. No Job is Beneath a Leader. If Bill Crawford, a Medal of Honor recipient, could clean latrines and smile, is there a job beneath your dignity? Think about it.


9. Pursue Excellence. No matter what task life hands you, do it well. Dr. Martin Luther King said, “If life makes you a street sweeper, be the best street sweeper you can be.” Mr. Crawford modeled that philosophy and helped make our dormitory area a home.


10. Life is a Leadership Laboratory. All too often we look to some school or class to teach us about leadership when, in fact, life is a leadership laboratory. Those you meet everyday will teach you enduring lessons if you just take time to stop, look, and listen. I spent four years at the Air Force Academy, took dozens of classes, read hundreds of books, and met thousands of great people. I gleaned leadership skills from all of them, but one of the people I remember most is Mr. Bill Crawford and the lessons he unknowingly taught. Don’t miss your opportunity to learn.


Bill Crawford was a janitor. However, he was also a teacher, friend, role model, and one great American hero.
Thanks, Mr. Crawford, for some valuable leadership lessons.

 

James Murphy
Sgt at Arms

 

BOOK BY MEMBER

 

M990507, LT Jay Gruenfeld, member of the Vandenberg Chapter of the Military Order of the World Wars has commissioned a book, written about his World War II combat experience.  He said his experience in combat was rather unique.  By the age 20.5 he had been wounded five times, had killed many enemy, and received a battlefield commission to 2LT.  He thought it was worth while getting Todd DePastino to help produce,

 

COMMISSIONED IN BATTLE, my war experiences. 246 pages,  published by Hellgate Press.  To add to its value as a World War II combat history book, it is rather unique because it gives details on Jay’s many kills. COMMISSIONED IN BATTLE, autographed is available from Jay in the U.S. for $14 (Two for $26 )—outside the U.S. for $12 plus postage.

 

Jay Gruenfeld
815 S. 216th St. #27
Des Moines, WA 98198
Tel 253 509 3646
Jay.gruenfeld@comcast.net