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THE COMMANDER: Maj James Murphy, USMC (Ret.)  January Message


Fellow Companions and Friends


It’s now official! Apparently what goes around comes around! I was the chapter commander from 2009 to 2011, and here I am again! As many know, our officers agonized over the future of our Vandenberg Chapter: Should we shut down, or was there a way for us to continue to function? Analyzing the processes of closing the chapter identified a number of daunting steps, none of which we were looking forward to taking.

The discussions were long and in depth. Many members came forward encouraging us to “keep the faith!” Now you know the results: I agreed with the support of many, to again take the mantle. You’ll especially note that there are some of us who will be wearing more than one hat, so to speak. Having “been there, done that,” we are comfortable in doing so. Of course some have stepped forward and offered to assume a task, and this is really appreciated!

As you consider your own time constraints, I hope you will come forward and ask what might be required for any of the positions on this list. In addition, there are other outside events that we, as a chapter are committed to. As an example, we participate in the Lost at Sea service in late May at the Cayucos Pier; we conduct a half-day Youth Leadership Conference for Grizzly students; we honor the Boy Scouts; we also acknowledge a law enforcement or civic minded person every year. Each of these requires someone to reach out and often finalize the details of each of these activities. None require a great deal of time, but each is an important element of our service to our community.


Semper Fi, Maj Jim






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Adjutant’s Corner


MOWW calendar 2020

A number of special events are on tap for this coming year: Some are pending and haven’t been confirmed, but I can announce:

January joint special meeting Joe Brocoto honoring WWII veterans on January 28. Special reservations required!


February: Supervisor Debbie Arnold will join us;

March: Senator Sam Blakeslee will speak about a non-military approach to the new Space Force.


So be alert to the next two monthly meetings.  We have other events of special interest and you’ll get plenty of advance notice as these are firmed up!



We, as members of MOWW, know there are periodic expenditures: Of course we have our meals to pay for; in addition there are other obligations, depending on a member’s desire: Locally we are expected to pay annual dues of $15; some elect to be Perpetual  members and are then exempt from regular National dues of  $40 a year.

Local dues; $15/year payable the first of each year

National dues: $40/payable to National based on the member’s date of joining

The Executive Committee has opted not to send out notices of the dues requirements but we trust in the good graces of our members to step forward at the beginning of each calendar year to make good their obligation! Consider this an advanced notice! Thanks so much for your continued physical, psychological and moral support!




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:

Maj Jim


Our Chapter was formed over 28 years ago is and continues to be active in our community since that time. We have sponsored and been successful in with many programs. Some of past years continuing activities and accomplishments include:

Cal Poly ROTC Awards and Commissioning Ceremonies
Grizzly Youth Leadership Conferences 
Veteran Tribute Luncheons (WWII, Korean, and Vietnam)
Lost at Sea Memorial Day Ceremonies
Law Enforcement Month honoring select local police
Charles Paddock Zoo Statue and Sign special project
Your American Heritage Monument with Boy Scouts maintaining the flags
And support to many other Community/Veteran events 





SGT AT ARMS: remarks from Maj James Murphy:

A while ago I commented on a talk by a Navy SEAL, now a retired Admiral. I was reminded of him again when I came across these words—and I’ll comment on what he said as I proceed.

Heads Up! Just before you go to sleep tonight, check this list:

When you woke up this morning, how did you feel? Were you looking forward to the day and all that you might accomplish? Did you have a song in your heart? Did you make your bed?

The Admiral made a big point of this: Make your bed every morning as best you can. Then whatever happens throughout the day, you’ll know that you did something to the best of your abilities!

Did you eat a good breakfast? A cup of coffee and a sweet roll don’t count. Throughout the day, are you active, and caring for what you put into your body? A little exercise will help keep you both physically and mentally well.

Did you read something interesting, and did you learn something new? Were you polite not only to friends and family, but to strangers as well?

Did you accomplish any chores or tasks around the house? Maybe even some that you’ve been putting off! Did you reach out to a friend or neighbor, even just to chat and exchange pleasantries?  Did you make sure that you spent less than you earned today? Doing so is sensible planning for your future! Did you read a newspaper and maybe watch a newscast, especially as unbiased as possible?

Do you get a good night’s rest? And did you make sure your personal hygiene is correct including brushing your teeth, (twice a day, at least!)? If you’ve considered these factors, and have made the honest effort to achieve them, you can go to sleep knowing you’ve left the world just a little bit better than the day before!


Chaplains Corner

With the Christmas season behind us, and we are celebrating Epiphany, I hope everyone who was enjoying the season has now taken down the lights and other decorations! Epiphany is a festival commemorating the manifestation of Christ as God Incarnate. 


We are all familiar with the “12 Days of Christmas”, and while we enjoy the song, need to realize that this date is the concluding of one season and the beginning of another. In the west this primarily acknowledges this time (January 6, current calendar) as the baptism of Christ by his cousin John. This date is also associated with the visit of the Magi.


Notice that these two events occurred many years apart! So as we begin another year, let us pause and give thanks and appreciation for the rewards and benefits we enjoy as citizens of this great country! God bless and stay strong!


Maj Jim Murphy