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THE COMMANDER: LTC Louis Stout, USA, (Ret.)  May Message:


Fellow Companions and Friends

Those who were unable to attend the April Luncheon missed a one of a kind presentation.  John Lindsey’s, PG&E’s Meteorologist, was entertaining while being very informative. We all learned a great deal about our local weather and what we can expect in the coming years. The scary part is that fires, mudslides and drought will be a part of our life for the foreseeable future.

Mark your calendar, our annual BBQ and outing will take place on June 2nd at Atascadero Park starting at 11:30 am. The Central Coast MOAA and the Vandenberg Chapter of MOWW will jointly sponsor the event. Beer wine, drinks, BBQ with all the trimmings will be served. Family members and guests are invited. This is a fun time.  More information will be provided by separated email.

On June 7th we will be participating in awarding certificates and medals to several distinguished CALPOLY ROTC Cadets.

On June 20th at our monthly membership meeting, we will honor and recognize our local law enforcement. Look for the announcement in the June News Letter.






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SR. VICE COMMANDER, Lt Ronald Janney


May 15, 2018

Peace Officers Memorial Day was created in May of 1961 by Congress, and was signed into law by President John F. Kennedy on October 1, 1962.  May 15 was designated as the day to honor and pay tribute to local, state, and Federal peace officers who have died in the line of duty.  The week during which May 15 falls is designated as Police Week.  On May 15, flags should be flown at half-staff to honor the fallen officers of our Nation.

During Police Week, there are Ceremonies in Washington, DC; Sacramento, and here locally.  The Ceremony at the Nation’s Capital attracts from 25,000 to 40,000 officers and their families.  The Ceremonies include the Blue Mass, Candlelight Vigil, Wreath Laying Ceremony, National Police Survivors’ Conference, Honor Guard Competitions, and the Emerald Society Pipe Band March and Ceremony.  The Ceremonies in Sacramento are much smaller, and the local Ceremony is sometimes at the Mission in San Luis Obispo and other times at the Faces of Freedom in Atascadero.  This year the Ceremony will be at a new location.  The Ceremony will be at Morro Rock in Morro Bay, and will be at 1000 hours on Thursday, May 17.  This is just one day after our monthly meeting at the Elks Lodge in San Luis Obispo. 

To honor our local Law Enforcement Officers, we select the Officer of the Year from all the agencies in the County, and have traditionally presented a certificate at our May meeting.  However, this year the presentation will be made at the June meeting.  We will honor Sheriff Ian Parkinson, who is unable to attend our May meeting due to a scheduling conflict.  The date of that meeting is June 20.  We expect many members of the Sheriff’s Department, as well as family members, and other members of law enforcement at the meeting.  So plan to attend, and be in uniform if possible, to honor our Sheriff.

I hope to see you at Morro Rock on May 17 to honor the fallen officers in our State in 2018, and fly your flag at half-staff on May 15.  May is Law Enforcement Month, as well as Armed Forces Month, so there are numerous ceremonies and events to keep us busy, and to keep the flag flying.  We will again conduct the Lost at Sea Ceremony in Cayucos at 1500 hours on Memorial Day, which is May 28, the last Monday in May.  Remember to fly your flag at half-staff until 1200 hours on Memorial Day, and then raise it to full-staff.

Ron Janney



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Adjutant’s Corner


Perhaps the most hypocritical statement uttered these days by politicians (all parties), organizational “leaders” of any creed or color, and by some well-meaning people we see on the street is, “Thank You for Your Service.” To those well meaning citizens, I grappled with an appropriate response and now simply say, “I was proud to have served” and let it go at that.


To those others I offer the following: It crawls out from under its slimy rock in a myriad of locations, e.g. TV and print interviews, corporate rallies, sporting venues, charity events, parades, and the markets and stores where we shop. When one looks closely at the eyes or listens attentively to the voice of the speaker, we can oftentimes discern a smattering of “wink-wink” or my fingers are crossed behind my back (“I’m only kidding”) in the delivery. Of course there are folks who are sincere in their offering of this statement, so my comments are directed at those other hypocrites.

To those I’ve come to believe that what they’re really saying is. . . “Thanks, sucker, I didn’t have to send my son or daughter into harm’s way, and TYfYS”.

“I’d really like to vote for a larger veteran benefit package, but I have some powerful interests that I must appease first. After all, it is an election year and my son or daughter needs my income and influence to attend an Ivy League school, BUT I have formed and will lead a committee to investigate it for a few years, and TYfYS”.

“Personally, I am against the ‘religious neutrality’ concept passed as VA law that prohibits any cross, candle, statue, picture stained glass, etc. within a VA hospital chapel (regardless of denomination) except during an appropriate ritual (to be removed immediately out of sight afterwards) even though I believe it would be conducive for prayer, meditation and giving thanks, BUT I don’t want to offend anyone from an alien religion, and by the way, TYfYS”.

“I feel very strongly that we should take a serious look at hiring ex-military personnel who have given some of their best years in the defense of our country, because of their motivation and leadership skills, BUT I must respect the voice of our stockholders when they express concern that some of our customers may object to having people work for us who carried rifles and demolished buildings in areas where ‘civilians’ might have been present, BUT we will donate .005% of our profits to Wounded Warriors, and TYfYS”.
“I understand why it might be difficult to swallow when reading that the National Institutes of Health just received it fifth year grant of $658,485 (Total of $3.5 million to date) of taxpayer money to study why lesbians are obese, while cutting back 40,000 soldiers, BUT we are a health conscience nation and overweight people are at risk, and by the way, TYfYS”.

I personally feel the pain of these ‘leaders’! It must cause tremendous insomnia as one wrestles with the political, financial, and to say the least, moral dilemmas keeping them awake at night. I know I share with my brothers-in-arms a strong feeling of gratitude towards these exemplary people who have represented us in the halls of government and board rooms across the country in the past and probably will continue to have our backs in the future.


I say to them Thank YOU for Your Service!!!




We have a strong chapter but you will realize that most of the burden of chapter duties rest on the shoulders of just a few. In the coming months someone may tap you on your shoulder and ask if you’d take on one of the many administrative chores we are obligated to provide to our community.

Please note your interest in any of the below areas of service to the chapter. Contact an officer for greater details of what may be required of you. Some members already assist in most of these areas, so the load will not rest with one person! The amount of time dedicated by each person varies but is usually distributed throughout the year.

  1. Patriotic Education:
  3. Scouts:
  4. Membership:
  5. Memorials:
  6. Publicity/Photography:
  7. Nominating:
  8. Phone:
  9. Wellness:
  10. Chapter Activities:
  11. Awards: Law Enforcement of the Year
  12. Books and related:
  13. Programs: Youth Leadership; Lost At Sea; guest speakers;
  14. National Security: (Includes Homeland Security)
  15. Historian: LTC Larry Geist




SGT AT ARMS: remarks from MAJ James Murphy:


Military Jargon

Before you get to the last line, keep trying to figure out Pentagon-talk.

Every weekday afternoon at 1600 (4PM), after the stock markets have closed, the Pentagon releases a list of contracts awarded that day by the various services.

Often these announcements are full of unfamiliar military acronyms and code words. Sometimes a contracting officer will try to offer a better explanation of what is being purchased. You guess if he succeeded.

This single sentence concerned an award to Westinghouse Electric: Westinghouse “is being awarded a $3,317,467 fixed price completion contract to design, develop, fabricate and test an advanced development model to demonstrate the techniques to maintain pulse-to-pulse stability in a tactical radar transmitter at levels necessary to support adequate moving target indicator performance to counter validated threat scenarios while operating with widely varying pulse widths and repetition rates to facility power management.”

In other words, the Air Force is trying to develop a new radar and needs a more sophisticated transmitter to power it.




Chaplains Corner

Do you believe in Angels?

Desmond Doss, a medic during WW II, fearlessly performed many rescue operations in the Pacific theater. His most amazing exploit involved the rescue of 75 soldiers, lowering them over a steep cliff to safely while enemy bullets flew around him, sometimes coming so close he could feel them streaking by.

President Truman decorated Desmond Doss with the Medal of Honor at the White House for his unwavering valor in the face of extreme danger. But Doss would not have been around to rescue those 75 soldiers had he not been rescued himself several years before the war.
Desmond and his young nephew Gary were playing on a beach along the Atlantic coast. Gary’s new beach ball somehow got away from him and began drifting out to sea. Though not a very good swimmer, Desmond could not refuse his little nephew’s appeal for him to go out and retrieve the ball. Desmond swam through the shallow water for a few hundred feet before he realized that the widening distance between himself and the ball was due to a strongly ebbing tide.

A feeling of desperation washed over him. He knew it would be impossible to swim against the tide back to shore. If only he could catch up with the ball, then he could hold on to it as kind of life preserver, but it was getting farther from each moment. But Desmond was used to praying, so he offered up this simple plea: “Lord, help me!”

Desmond looked about. He could hardly be seen now from the receding shore, and the ball was now drifting from his sight. But then something else came into view---a small motorized fishing boat. The two men in the boat appeared to be pulling in fishing nets and preparing to go farther out in the ocean. Desmond prayed they would notice him. He called out but realized that the boat’s engine drowned out his voice.

Then the fishermen spotted the big beach ball coming their way. One of them bent over the side of the boat and retrieved the ball. Peering around, they also spotted Desmond and immediately came to his rescue. One of the men reached over the side of the boat and said, “Let me help you in.”

Soon the boat drew close to shore. The other fisherman asked, “Can you make it from here?” The water was shallow, so thanking the men; Desmond stepped out and waded ashore with his nephew’s beach ball. On the beach he turned to wave at his rescuers, but there were no men, no boat, not even the wake of the boat’s path through the sea.


To this day Desmond Doss believes that angels rescued him from downing.

MAJ Jim Murphy



I think this is good advice & we will still leave it up for a while....webguy:


Your next 12 hours: Here’s a tested formula for a useful happier life. See if it doesn’t work for you!

I will try to live through this day only, and not tackle my whole life problems at once.

I will be happy. I will assume to be true what Abraham Lincoln said, “Most folks are as happy as they make up their minds to be.”

I will try to strengthen my mind. I will study. I will learn something useful. I will read something that requires effort, thought and concentration.

I will adjust myself to what is, and not try to adjust everything to my own desires.

I will exercise my soul in three ways: I will do somebody a good turn, and not get found out. I will do at least two things I don’t want to do –just for exercise. I will not show anyone my feelings are hurt; they may be hurt, but today I’ll not show it.

I will be agreeable. I will look as well as I can, dress becomingly, talk low, act courteously, criticize not one bit, not find fault with anything, and not try to improve or regulate anybody but myself.

I will have a plan, a program. I may not follow it exactly, but I will have one. I will save myself from two pests: hurry and indecision.

I will have a quiet half hour all by myself. During this half hour, I will try and get a better perspective of my life.

I will be unafraid. Especially I will not be afraid to enjoy what is beautiful, and to believe that as I give to the world, so the world will give back to me.

I will recognize God as my Heavenly Father, and that I am His child; and think, act, and feel accordingly.


I will begin the day upon awaking by praying: “This is the day which the Lord has made; I will rejoice and be glad in it!”

I will pray during the day for the world’s greatest need: “Grant peace, O God, in our time. Amen.”

I will offer back to God this day before going to sleep with these words:
“O Lord, You know how I live; All I’ve done amiss, forgive; All the good I’ve tried to do; strengthen, bless, and carry me through; All I love in safety keep—While in You, I fall asleep.”

From the Open Church Foundation, Gloucester, MA.

MAJ Jim Murphy