Colonel Lewis L. Millett Hill 180 Memorial Post 10216

 

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Outstanding VFW Post Department of Pacific 2011-2012

VFW NATIONAL ALL AMERICAN POST 2011-2012

Outstanding VFW Post Department of Pacific 2010-2011

Outstanding VFW Post Department of Pacific 2009-2010

VFW NATIONAL ALL AMERICAN POST 2009-2010

VFW NATIONAL ALL AMERICAN POST 2007-2008

VFW NATIONAL ALL AMERICAN POST 2005-2006

Located outside Osan AB's Main Gate in Songtan, Pyongtaek, Republic of Korea.  Our address is:   VFW Post 10216, Pacific Hotel, 301-4 Shinjang-2Dong, Songtan-Si, Pyongtaek, Kyonggi-Do, South Korea, 459-122.

Original Location: Victoria Hotel, Songton-Si, Korea, 1964 - 1977 (moved to Anjung-Ri for 1 year in 1969).

How to Get There: Songtan Si, Pyongtaek, South Korea just outside the main gate of Osan Air Base in the basement level of the Pacific Hotel.  Only 2 minute walk out the Osan AB Main Gate, into the Shin Jang Walking Shopping Mall, past Songs Coins on the left, turn right at Mikes Shirt shop, down the small decline to the Pacific Hotel.

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Captain Lewis Millett led a bayonet charge up Hill 180 on 7 February, 1951

Website: www.vfw10216.com

Our website provides great information on our Post history, a description of the “Battle of Hill 180”, photo albums of all of our major Post events and downloadable copies of our Post minutes.  You can also sign up for Post informational e-mails.

Post Name: ,  VFW Post 10216  is named in honor of Medal of Honor recipient Colonel Lewis L. Millett and the famous Korean War Battle of Bayonet Hill, where then Captain Millett earned his MOH.  The Post was originally named “Hill 180 Memorial Post” and the charter was changed in 2010 following Colonel Millett’s death to “Colonel Lewis L. Millett Hill 180 Memorial Post”, thus maintaining the heritage of our original name while honoring the colonel.

Chartered: December 14, 1970

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History of Post 10216 Commanders:

1970-1971 Earl L Down          1971-1973 Ronald L. Kirby      1973-1974 Raphael L. O’Conner

1974-1975 Bill Voger              1975-1977 Larry W. Palmer               1977-1978 Charles Saab Jr.   

1978-1979 Richard L. Gilbert 1980-1981 Oscar J. Madere  

1981-1982 Michael E. Berzinski         1982-1984 Steven C. Kehran

1984-1986 Gerald L. Kraus     1986-1989 David Kamin         1989-1990 Billy “Q” Quintero

1990-1992 Ken Tretow           1992-1993 Frank Sass 1993-1994 Randolph Becher

1994-1995 Okey Warden        1995-1996 Roy Banning         

1996-1997 James Malott        1997-1998 Jerry Ross  1998-1999 Jim Proctor

1999-2000 Keith Michael       2000-2001  Ron Davis 2001-2002 Daryl Vroom

2002-2003 Jerry Ross  2003-2004 Phil Moore            2004-2005 Billy “Q” Quintero

2005-2007 John “Moby” Dyck            2007-2008 Billy “Q” Quintero

2008-2009 Ron Tichota                       2009-2010 Shawn Watson

2010-2011 Patrick “Doc” Higgins   2011-2012 Alan “Hammer” Hammerstrom

VFW Year 2012-2013 Officers

Post Commander

Senior Vice Commander

Junior Vice Commander

Ernest Lee

Ron Colwell

Carter Urban

 

Quartermaster:  

Shawn Watson

 

 

 

Judge Advocate:  

Ryan Landwehr

 

 

Surgeon:  

Jason Stone

 

 

 

Chaplain:  

William Quintero

 

 

Trustee 3 Year:  

Larry Lyons

 

 

 

Trustee 2 Year:  

Ronald J. Davis

 

 

 

Trustee 1 Year:  

Francis O'Donnell

 

 

House Rules Committee:  

Damian Cone

 

In Feb 1998 VFW Post 10216 sponsored retired COL Millett's first return to his historic battle location since the battle.  As Guest Speaker during the annual Hill 180 Memorial Ceremony on 6 Feb, he gave a memorable speech.

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In Feb 1998, VFW Post 10216 sponsored now retired Colonel Millett's return to the scene of his historic battle for the very first time since that battle on Hill 180.  He was invited as the guest speaker during the annual Hill 180 Memorial Ceremony that year and on 6 Feb gave a most memorable and tear invoking speech.  Sponsored by VFW Post 10216 and the 8th US Army 3rd Battlefield Coordination Detachment-Korea (BDC) COL Millett returned to Osan AB every year following through 2003 to participate in the Hill 180 ceremonies and spend time with the members of the VFW post named in his honor.

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Post 10216 hosted Col Millett at a dinner at the Post Home in February, 1998.  Post Commander Jerry Ross is presented a bronze statue from the Colonel and enjoys a dinner with Post members (Past Post Commander and Department Commander Frank Sass is on the right).

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COL Millett returned many times over the following years (1999, 2001 & 2003)to participate in the Hill 180 ceremonies and spend time with the members (shown here with Dave Beil).

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As one enters the Post, there are tables around the room and a pool table.  To the left is the bar. The walls are decorated with pictures of a military theme and there is a shelf of military aircraft models.  The atmosphere is friendly and a smile greets you when you approach the bar. 

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There is a dedication wall to the Tuskegee Airmen in honor of our own Tuskegee Airmen MSgt (Ret) James ”Jim” Price who unfortunately passed away on 20 Jul 2008.  Jim had been with Post 10216 since its beginning.

POST 10216 HISTORIES – 2011-2012

Post Award 2011-2012

All American Post, VFW National HQ

Department of Pacific Areas Outstanding VFW Post for 2011-2012

Department of Pacific Areas Outstanding VFW Post Member:  Ernie Lee

Post Officers:

Post Commander/Alan Hammerstrom

Sr. V. Commander/Ronald Tichota

Jr. V. Commander/Ernest Lee

Quartermaster/Ron Davis

Assistant Quartermaster/Shawn Watson

Surgeon/Ron Colwell

Chaplain/Billy Quintero

Advocate/Greg Papke

Adjutant/Keith Michael

Service Officer/Jack Terwiel

Trustee 1 Yr/Dennis Huggler

Trustee 2 Yr/Carter Urban

Trustee 3 Yr/Francis O’Donnell

HRC Chairman/Damian Cone

 

Challenge for 2011-2012:

-          Post 10216 began the year with the tremendous challenge of overcoming the problem of attaining membership due to our merging with Post 11016 (Songnam, Korea), which was deactivated in 2011.

-          Post 10216 had to obtain their own membership quota, plus those additional numbers from Post 11016.

-          The Post met the challenge and attained 100.95% as of 1 June – and we’re still recruiting!

-          This represents 140 new members, 35 reinstated members (total 175 n/r members) and 11 new Life Members – the highest recruiting number in all of Department of Pacific Areas; the next closet Post had only 119 n/r members!

-          Post 10216 now becomes the second largest Post in the Department of Pacific Areas

-          Meets all criteria for All American and well on the way in achieving this prestige

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Commander Alan Hammerstrom led Post 10216 to great success in 2012, supported by strong leaders such as incoming Commander Ernie Lee

Post Performance:

-          Post 10216 has developed one of the strongest relationships with their host community than any Post in Pacific Areas.  It hosts over 10 major functions with Osan Air Base each year, leading the community in such major events as Armed Forces Day Parade, POW/MIA Recognition Day Ceremony and our famous Hill 180 Commemoration Ceremony.

-          Post officers are known on a personal basis by base leadership and routinely consulted on community events; JVC is on a “first name basis” with all of Wing Leadership

-          Submitted all reports and audits on a timely manner with perfect detail.

-          Meetings were run extremely efficiently and effectively in accordance with the VFW’s highest standards.

 

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Post 10216 conducts a formal VFW Induction Ceremony for all of its new members

 

-          Continue with a highly successful formal induction ceremonies for all new members that include the oath, Cross of Malta ceremony and presentation of the VFW pin and coin. 

-          Easily passed all District and Department Inspections by ensuring our records and requirements exceeded standards.

-          Participated in the VFW Voice of Democracy, Patriot Pen and Teacher’s Awards with nominations in each competition.

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District Commander Pat Higgins and JVC Ernie Lee present the Teacher’s Award for 2012

Post 10216 has the only sanctioned VFW Motorcycle Riders in the Pacific Areas,

their Chairman H. VanHazel shown here in the Korean-American Friendship Parade

 

-          Published meticulous Post Meeting Minutes that also included a Post Newsletter.

-          Provided these inputs to Department and District for our VFW History.

-          Maintain one of the best websites in all of the VFW at www.vfw10216.com and keep it current by posting all Post events and documentation.  Our website is continually updated with Post reports and boasts an extensive photographic gallery of events.  We added a new “message dissemination” feature to the website, whereby members can sign-up to receive Post notifications.

-          Worked close with base leadership to support military personnel with donations, relief funds support and community involvement.

-          Achieved excellent rapport with community organizations such as the Songtan Chamber of Commerce, Chief’s Group, NCO Association and 1st Sergeants Group, which improved our outreach to the community.  Our Post Officer’s personally met with these groups to expound on VFW goals and mission.

-          Superbly worked with and supported the Military Order of the Cooties Pup Tent #8.  All Post leadership is members of the MOC – a superb marriage.

-          Our House Rules Committee and Leadership provided outstanding oversight of Canteen operations and the Canteen can brag that they made a profit each and every month of the past year.  Canteen profits go directly to our General Fund to support our numerous VFW activities.

-          Post 10216 operates the only formal VFW Motorcycle Riders in the entire Pacific Areas.  This group is sponsored by the Post with the goal of improving comradeship and enjoying the great sport of riding. 

-          Post 10216 was an active participant in Departments Special Programs (EMT/Law Enforcement/Fire Fighter). Post 10216 Service Officer Jack Terwiel is the most effective VFW Service Officer in the Pacific and continues to support countless veterans and their widows in Korea; he also continues to run as a full time volunteer his Osan Retiree Affairs Office.

Leadership in the VFW:

 

-          Post members support the VFW at all levels and five 10216 members hold elected or appointed positions in District 3 Korea, including the key positions of District Commander Pat Higgins, Junior Vice Commander Larry Lyons, Chaplain Billy Quintero, Advocate Ernie Lee and Adjutant Keith Michael.  The most representation of any Post in Korea.

-          Post member Ernie Lee was elected as the new District III Junior Vice Commander for the incoming 2012-2013 year, continuing our Post’s history of involvement

-          Post member Shawn Watson is the current Department JVC and projected to be our next SVC

-          Post member Keith Michael is the Department Americanism Chairman, assisted ably by Billy Quintero

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Post 10216 supports all District III events; shown here at the District Memorial Day Ceremony and Larry Lyons representing the Post at the Yongsan Veterans Day Ceremony

Five Post 10216 members hold District III office, to include Commander, JVC, Chaplain, Advocate and Adjutant

 

-          Our Post was superbly represented at all District and Department Meetings, Conventions and Councils of Administration – total dedication to the cause.

-          Provided inputs for every Department “Around the Pacific” published this past VFW year.

-          Post members Larry Lyons and Patrick Higgins attended the VFW National Convention

-          Members extensively involved in the MOC Grand of Pacific with three members holding Grand elected or appointed positions.

-          Provided strong support to all District and Department initiatives and programs.

o   Utilizes the VFW’s Adopt-A-Unit Program extremely effectively with two units representing the US Air force (303rd Intelligence Squadron) and US Army (35th Air Defense Artillery Brigade).  Hosted six major MAP events throughout the year.

o   Effectively use the VFW’s MAP initiative to support military functions at Osan Air Base.

 

Youth Activities: 

-          Extensive participation in Youth Activities and participated in events with Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts, Junior ROTC and Girl Scouts.

-          New for 2012:  Sponsorship of the Osan Civil Air Patrol

o   Osan has an active CAP program and we partnered with them to provide financial and adult leadership for CAP Cadets

o   Purchased rifles and other items for their CAP Honor Guard

o   CAP marched in the VFW Parade for the first time this year

o   Post members attend every CAP meeting

o   JVC Lee oversaw their Annual Awards Banquet and presented the Cadets with their awards

 

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Post 10216 sponsors CAP activities and purchased their rifles for the Honor Guard;

JVC Lee and Surgeon Colwell participate in CAP Awards Ceremony

 

-          Sponsored the VFW’s Voice of Democracy, Teachers Awards and Patriot Pen at Osan’s local schools.

-          Strong sponsorship with the Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts, Girl Scouts and Brownies

o   Concluded our 28th anniversary year of charting the local Boy Scouts

o   Scout Master Terralus Lowe is an active member of the Post and our Boy Scout Committee Chairman

o   The Post is pursuing the “stand up” of a new BSA Venturing Crew 86 at Osan AB.  “Venturing” is a dynamic program with the BSA that is designed for youth (14-20) and young adults that emphasizes leadership, ethics and moral character. 

o   Ten VFW members are active scout leaders and the Post paid for all of the adult sponsors fees

o   Paid charter fees, attended awards banquets and provided monetary support for awards program

o   Donated $350.00 for their annual “Blue and Gold Banquet” , their largest social event of the year

o   The Post paid for all

o   Assisted in Scout Merit Badge Program by assisting in three merit badge awards

o   The Scouts were active participants in major VFW events such as the Hill 180 Ceremony, Armed Forces Day Parade and all of our Buddy Poppy events.

o   The Girl Scouts and Brownies attended every major VFW event this year, to include every Buddy Poppy, Armed Forces Day Parade and the Hill 180 Ceremony; every participating Girl Scout received their Buddy Poppy Volunteer Pin!

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Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Civil and Civil Air Patrol participating in Post events: 

Buddy Poppy, Hill 180 Ceremony and the VFW Parade

 

-          Forged our closest relationship to date with Osan High School’s Junior ROTC

o   Junior ROTC participated in all major Post events of the year, to include Hill 180 Ceremony, Armed Forces Day Parade, Buddy Poppy and POW/MIA Day

o   Donated $300.00 for the Junior ROTC summer event

-          Continued support to the Osan Youth Center by teaching classes and instruction on computers and ITT. 

o   Post members donated over 100 hours of volunteer time to the Youth Center

o   Post member Ed Jankowski was instrumental in the Youth Center winning a $10,000.00 grant from Disney Corporation for the purchase of new computer and graphics equipment for the Youth Center

o   Check was awarded at a special ceremony with the 51st Wing Commander

 

Special Functions:

-          Hill 180 Ceremony:  Hosted the most successful Hill 180 Ceremony to date.

o   Worked closely with the U.S. Army’s Battlefield Coordination Detachment on this solemn ceremony that commemorates the Battle that occurred at Osan on 7 February, 1951.

o   One of the major events for Osan Air Base for the Year

o   Represented the VFW at the ceremony with wreath laying

o   Over 300 active duty participants

o   Post member Shawn Watson was the Master-of-Ceremonies and District Commander Pat Higgins laid a wreath on behalf of the VFW

o   The 8th US Army Commander Major General Johnson was the guest speaker

 

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Hill 180 Ceremony is one of Osan AB largest events and is hosted by Post 10216.  Commander Higgins lays a wreath at the Monument and Shawn Watson was the Master of Ceremonies

 

-          Armed Forces Day Parade 2012:  The largest parade in its 20 year history with over 800 participants from 40 organizations and including 3 marching bands!

o   The largest VFW event in all of the Department of Pacific Areas with over 800 military, civilian and VFW participants

o   Receives extensive media coverage through AFKN, local newspapers and Stars and Stripes.  This parade generates extensive favorable coverage for the VFW.

 

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VFW Armed Forces Day was the biggest ever with 3 marching bands and 800 participants!

 

-          POW/MIA Ceremony:  Hosted Osan’s POW/MIA Ceremony on POW/MIA Day with in excess of 200 members and active duty military participating.

o   The VFW was an integral part of this year’s events; our Post assisted in planning, paid for the cake and refreshments and brought the ceremony wreath.

o   Post member Shawn Watson was the Guest Speaker.

 

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Post 10216 are key participants in Osan’s annual POW/MIA Recognition Day

 

-          The Post sponsored huge and delicious Thanksgiving and Christmas Day feasts for members and active duty, hosting over 200 people at each event.  Made these feasts the “home-away-from-home” for our military veterans.

-          Hosted a hugely successful “Super Bowl Breakfast Bash” for our members

-          Held special social events every Friday night with free food for members and visitors.  This drew many active duty members to visit our Post and many became members.

-          Held a solemn ceremony at the Post Home to commemorate 9/11, presided over by our Chaplain Billy Quintero with 50 Post members attending

-          The Post is a strong supporter of the Clark Cemetery and voted this year to include a $100.00 donation “in perpetuity” during our annual visits to Angeles City. 

 

Military Community Relations:

-          Established the strongest bond ever between Osan Air Base military leadership and the VFW

-          Post leadership is known on a first name basis with Commanders; “whatever you need, just let us know”

-          Formalized Base support with approval of a memorandum that sanctions VFW activities on Osan Air Base.

-          Established strong ties with military organizations such as 1st Sergeants, Top 3, Air Force Sergeants Association and Chief’s Group and Air Force Association.  Many of these groups became VFW members due to their direct contact with our Post recruiters.

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Post leadership has excellent relationships with the military, shown here with the 8th Army BCD Commander at Hill 180 Ceremony; JVC Ernie with USFK CINC at Veterans Day Ceremony and Shawn Watson with 51st Wing Commander at the POW/MIA Ceremony

 

-          New in 2012, the Post began a partnership with the Osan United Services Organization (USO) with great success

o   The Post hosts a “Dine for a Dime” dinner program with the USO and pays for a free meal to our veterans once a quarter.

o   Obtained approval from the USO to display VFW  informational and recruiting material at the USO

o   Began a new initiative to pay respects to veterans departing Korea on the Osan “Freedom Bird” where Korea veterans are returning to the USA.  This provides a great opportunity for the VFW and USO to say “thank you for your service”.

-          Superbly uses the VFWs Adopt-a-Unit Program to host two large military units from each of our services at Osan AB – 303rd Intel Squadron and 35th ADA Brigade

o   Provides plaques for their Soldier and Airmen of the Quarter Award Program, which is personally presented by the Post Commander

o   Made donations for each of these units major spring picnic event

o   Host professional military development seminars at the Post Home for military groups and present instruction on veteran’s groups and history of the Korean War

o   Expanded our adopt-a-unit with the adoption of the 6th Intelligence Squadron; this resulted in over 20 new members from this unit alone!

-          The Post partnered with USFK (Bob Henault) of Post 8180 to conduct DMZ tours for our adopted units; extremely popular with our young troops.

-          Official approval from AAFES to allow VFW activities in their facilities and obtained numerous contributions such as American Flags for our Parade.

-          Supported Osan’s Red Cross Association with donations.

-          The VFW provides free non-alcoholic drinks to Town Patrol Security Forces to when they visit our Post Home.

-          Actively participate with Osan’s Retiree Affairs Office (Jack Terweil) to improve support to our retired community and their spouses.  Jack is Chairman of our Post Retiree Affairs Committee and Service Officer for 2010-2011.

-          Continued the program supporting Osan’s MWR Outdoor Recreation’s with their fishing trips

o   Provided free gear and bait for active duty members.

o   8 VFW volunteers provided their time to assist MWR with over 15 very successful trips.

-          Participated in Osan Air Bases “Airpower Day” with a VFW booth; 25 VFW volunteers and resulted in recruitment of new members and profits for the Post

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Post 10216 participated in Osan AB Airpower Day

Korean Community Involvement:

-          Also new in 2012, our Post began a partnership with the Songtan Civic Center by donating funds for their operation and attending their opening ceremonies.

-          Post leadership met with the Pyongtaek City Mayor, who lauded the VFW’s support to his community

 

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Post 10216 member attending the opening of the Songtan Civic Center.

We’re traditional members of the annual Korean-American Friendship Festival.

 

-          The Post was a key participant in the 2011 Korean-American Friendship Festival and hosted a “Southern BBQ Ribs” booth; this was extremely popular with the Koreans and garnered over $4,000.00 in profit for the Post.

-          Our connections with the Korean community paid off with their entry of the ROK Marine Band and Rifle Drill Team in this year’s VFW Armed Forces Day Parade

-          Established excellent relationships and rapport with local businesses, hotels, restaurants, and garnering VFW member discounts at many facilities

o   Received monetary donations from businesses to support Post events.

-          Task Force Smith:  Members represented the VFW at this year’s Task Force Ceremony at Osan City, commemorating the first engagement of the US ground forces in the Korean War on 5 July, 1950

 

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JVC Lee, Chaplain Quintero and District III Commander  Pat Higgins attended the Task Force Smith Ceremony on 16 July to commemorate the Korean War event of the first engagement between American Forces and north Korean forces on 5 July, 1950.

Relief Efforts:

-          Post 10216 has one of the most effective and utilized Relief Fund efforts in the Pacific, raising over $6,000.00 in donations and donating over $4,000 to needy veterans.

-          Provided another $1,500.00 in grants to active duty and retired members from our Relief Fund to assist them in their times of need.

-          The Post made a donation of $500.00 to financially assist the family of a Post member who was hospitalized in Korea; the member subsequently passed away, but the family was very grateful for the VFW assistance. 

-          Conducted two major and very successful Buddy Poppy events for Veteran’s Day and Memorial Day, raising over $6,000.00 for our Relief Fund.

o   Created new banners that effectively convey the Buddy Poppy message and improved donations.

o   Involved the Junior ROTC, CAP Cadets, Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts in our events.

-          Made a direct $200.00 donation to the VFW National Home, in addition to any contribution made individually by our members.

-          Established a new “Relief Fund Chairman” in the post hierarchy to oversee the best use and monitoring of our Relief Funds

 

VFW Membership and Member Activities:

-          Post 10216 recruited the most new and reinstated members in the entire Department of Pacific Areas with 175 new members!

-          Held twelve successful membership drive events throughout the year.

-          Energized Post membership to support Post activities and functions; made it “fun” to come to the VFW again.

-          Ensured that the Canteens Friday Social events were well planned and occurred every week.  Free food was provided to Post members and guests on a weekly basis.  Friday’s became major Post events with increased patronage resulting in increased profit for the Canteen.

-          Sponsored two dart teams and two pool teams in Songtan’s league play.  This ensured at least four profitable nights for the Canteen and was a major source of recruitment for the Post.

 

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Christmas and Thanksgiving Day feasts at the Post Home

The Post hosts dart and pool teams for its members

 

-          Held free social events throughout the year, which included Christmas Day Dinner, Thanksgiving Day and Super Bowl breakfast.  Members donated all food and material.

 

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Post 10216 sponsors fishing trips for military members and their families, providing all the gear and assistance

Installation of new officers for 2012-2012 as Ernie Lee takes the helm as Post Commander

 

POST 10216 HISTORIES – 2010-2011

Post Awards 2010-2011

Department of Pacific Areas Outstanding VFW Post for 2010-2011

Department of Pacific Areas Outstanding Post Commander:  Patrick “Doc” Higgins

Outstanding Post Service Officer for the Department of Pacific Areas:  Jack Terwiel

Post Officers:

Post Commander/Patrick Higgins

Sr. V. Commander/Alan Hammerstrom

Jr. V. Commander/Ron Tichota

Quartermaster/Ron Davis

Assistant Quartermaster/Shawn Watson

Surgeon/Thomas Dillingham

Chaplain/Billy Quintero

Advocate/Greg Papke

Adjutant/Keith Michael

Service Officer/Jack Terwiel

Trustee 1 Yr/Matthew Pierce

Trustee 2 Yr/Shawn Watson

Trustee 3 Yr/Dennis Huggler

HRC Chairman/Damian Cone

 

Post Performance:

-          Post 10216 has developed one of the strongest relationships with their host community than any Post in Pacific Areas.  It hosts over 10 major functions with Osan Air Base each year, leading the community in such major events as Loyalty Day Parade, POW/MIA Ceremonies and our famous Hill 180 Commemoration Ceremony.

-          Post officers are known on a personal basis by base leadership and routinely consulted on community events.

-          Submitted all reports and audits on a timely manner with perfect detail.

-          Meetings were run extremely efficiently and effectively in accordance with the VFW’s highest standards.

-          Continue with a highly successful formal induction ceremonies for all new members that include the oath, Cross of Malta ceremony and presentation of the VFW pin and coin. 

-          Easily passed all District and Department Inspections by ensuring our records and requirements exceeded standards.

-          Published meticulous Post Meeting Minutes that also included a Post Newsletter.  Established a wide distribution e-mail list to “get the word” to our members.  Praised by Department Commander Jim Oden for their high quality and frequent inputs.

-          Provided these inputs to Department and District for our VFW History.

-          Maintain one of the best websites in all of the VFW at www.vfw10216.com and keep it current by posting all Post events and documentation.  Our website is continually updated with Post reports and boasts an extensive photographic gallery of events.

-          Worked close with base leadership to support military personnel with donations, relief funds support and community involvement.

-          Achieved excellent rapport with community organizations such as the Songtan Chamber of Commerce, Chief’s Group, NCO Association and 1st Sergeants Group, which improved our outreach to the community.  Our Post Officer’s personally met with these groups to expound on VFW goals and mission.

-          Assisted the newly established “MIG Alley Chapter” of the Air Force Association by providing our Post Home for their membership meetings, providing guidance on chapter operation, inclusion in our base activities and assisting in their recruiting.  This mutual cooperative effort has greatly benefited both the AFA and the VFW.

-          Superbly worked with and supported the Military Order of the Cooties Pup Tent #8.  All Post leadership are members of the MOC – a superb marriage.

-          Our House Rules Committee and Leadership provided outstanding oversight of Canteen operations and the Canteen can brag that they made a profit each and every month of the past year.  Canteen profits go directly to our General Fund to support our numerous VFW activities.

-          Post 10216 operates the only formal VFW Motorcycle Riders in the entire Pacific Areas.  This group is sponsored by the Post with the goal of improving comradeship and enjoying the great sport of riding.  In 2011, the Group complied with all Department and National By-Laws and procedures for the registration and operation of the Motorcycle Riders.  The group now boasts over 25 members.

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-          Post 10216 was an active participant in Departments Special Programs (EMT/Law Enforcement/Fire Fighter).

-          Membership recruitment has been an extremely difficult task in Korea for this VFW Year and all Korea Posts experienced this “dry spell”.  Regardless, Post 10216 recruited 116 new or reinstated members, representing 27% of all new members recruited in Korea.

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Post 10216 hosts the largest VFW event in the Department of Pacific Areas – their annual Loyalty Day Parade.  Post members plan all aspects of the parade; over 600 people participated in the 2010 parade and 2011 will prove to be even bigger!

 

Leadership in the VFW:

 

-          Post members support the VFW at all levels and four 10216 members hold elected or appointed positions in District 3 Korea, including the key positions of District Commander, Senior Vice Commander, Chaplain and Adjutant.  The most representation of any Post in Korea.

-          Patrick Higgins is projected as the incoming District 3 Commander.

-          Our Post was superbly represented at all District and Department Meetings, Conventions and Councils of Administration – total dedication to the cause.

-          Provided inputs for every Department “Around the Pacific” published this past VFW year.  The entertaining and thoughtful inputs garnered praise from VFW members throughout the Pacific.  The Post worked closely with Typhoon & ATP Editor Jim Malott and he lauded the post for their contributions.

-          Members extensively involved in the MOC Grand of Pacific with three members holding Grand elected or appointed positions.

-          Provided strong support to all District and Department initiatives and programs.

o   Utilizes the VFW’s Adopt-A-Unit Program extremely effectively with two units representing the US Air force (303rd Intelligence Squadron) and US Army (35th Air Defense Artillery Brigade).  Hosted six major MAP events throughout the year.

o   Effectively use the VFW’s MAP initiative to support military functions at Osan Air Base.

o   Working with Osan’s First Sergeants to understand and maximize the “Unmet Needs” program.

o   Post 10216 hosted a very successful visit to the Post Home by CINC Richard L. Eubank

§  Provided briefings and tours of Osan Air Base and the Post Home

§  Excellent social event at the Post with maximum Post participation

§  Assisted District 3 Commander Watson in all aspects of the CINC’s Osan visit

 

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Post Commander Doc Higgins with VFW CINC Richard Eubank

 

            -  Post 10216 ran a very successful “Penny Board” project to help raise funds for the Department of Pacific’s Hospitality Room at the upcoming National Convention, donating $750.00 towards this great cause; may be the most donated by any single post!

 

Youth Activities: 

-          Extensive participation in Youth Activities and participated in events with Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts, Junior ROTC and Girl Scouts.

-          Sponsored the VFW’s Voice of Democracy, Teachers Awards and Patriot Pen at Osan’s local schools.

-          Strong sponsorship with the Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts

o   Concluded our 27th anniversary year of charting the local Boy Scouts

o   Scout Master James McCallen is an active member of the Post and our Boy Scout Committee Chairman

o   Eight members are active scout leaders

o   Paid charter fees, attended awards banquets and provided monetary support for awards program

o   Arranged and provided all gear for fishing trips to support the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts.  Brought over 50 military members on fishing trips to educate our youth in the practice the American sport of fishing – all at VFW and member expense!

o   Assisted in Scout Merit Badge Program by assisting in three merit badge awards

o   The Scouts were active participants in major VFW events such as the Hill 180 Ceremony, Armed Forces Day Parade and all of our Buddy Poppy events.

 

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Post 10216 is active with the Boy Scouts as their chartering organization, as well as Girl Scouts, Brownies and Cub Scouts in such activities as Buddy Poppy, Loyalty Day Parade and Hill 180 Ceremony.  Scout Master Terralus Lowe is a Life Member of Post 10216

 

-          Forged our closest relationship to date with Osan High School’s Junior ROTC

o   Junior ROTC Commander is an active member of the Post

o   Junior ROTC participated in all major Post events of the year, to include Hill 180 Ceremony, Armed Forces Day Parade, Buddy Poppy and POW/MIA Day

o   Provided instruction and guidance for flag burning ceremony

-          Post members perform considerable volunteer work with our Osan Youth Center by teaching classes and instruction on computers and ITT.  Over 80 hours of volunteer work was contributed over the year on this project.

-          The Post donated $250.00 for the purchase of new “practice jerseys” for the Osan High School Baseball team.  They now proudly wear a VFW logo during practice!

 

Special Functions:

-          Hill 180 Ceremony:  Hosted the most successful Hill 180 Ceremony to date.

o   Worked closely with the U.S. Army’s Battlefield Coordination Detachment on this solemn ceremony that commemorates the Battle that occurred at Osan on 7 February, 1951.

o   One of the major events for Osan Air Base for the Year

o   Represented the VFW at the ceremony with wreath laying

o   Over 300 active duty participants

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Hill 180 Ceremony is one of Osan AB largest events and is hosted by Post 10216.  Commander Higgins lays a wreath at the Monument and Shawn Watson was the Master of Ceremonies

 

-          Armed Forces Day Parade 2011:  All plans are set for the 19th Annual VFW Parade at Osan AB.  The VFW knows this as our “Loyalty Day Parade”, but at 51st Fighter Wing Commander request, we are holding as the “Armed Forces Day Parade”

o   By the time of this award selection, the parade will have been completed and the event publicized in our Around-the-Pacific.  Over 30 base squadrons and organizations have signed up so far this year.

o   The largest VFW event in all of the Department of Pacific Areas with over 700 military, civilian and VFW participants

o   Receives extensive media coverage through AFKN, local newspapers and Stars and Stripes.  This parade generates extensive favorable coverage for the VFW.

-          POW/MIA Ceremony:  Hosted Osan’s POW/MIA Ceremony on POW/MIA Day with in excess of 150 members and active duty military participating.

o   The VFW was an integral part of this year’s events; our Post assisted in planning, paid for the cake and refreshments and brought the ceremony wreath.

o   Osan Air Base expanded the POW/MIA Monument with a special “ring of stones” representing all 50 US states and our territories.  Post 10216 and it’s members sponsored 12 of these stones at $100.00 cost each.

o   A special “stone dedication” commemorating the completion of the monument will be held on 21 May 2011.  PDC Larry Lyons will be the guest speaker for the event and Post 10216 is contributing funds to pay for this event.

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-          The Post sponsored huge and delicious Thanksgiving and Christmas Day feasts for members and active duty, hosting over 200 people at each event.  Made these feasts the “home-away-from-home” for our military veterans

-          Held special social events every Friday night with free food for members and visitors.  This drew many active duty members to visit our Post and many became members.

-          Held a solemn ceremony at the Post Home to commemorate 9/11, presided over by our Chaplain Billy Quintero with 50 Post members attending

-          Post 10216 honors those who departed us during the past year and held formal “Draping of the Charter” Ceremony for four departed comrades.  These events were well attended by the VFW, family and community

-          The Post paid special tribute to fallen comrade Curley Knepp, our Korean War Veteran who passed away on 5 August 2010.  and a “Draping of the Charter Ceremony” was held at our Post Home.  Our Service Officer also assisted his widow in receiving VA benefits and help get her life back in order.

 

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Post members were the pall bearers at his cremation ceremony.

 

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VFW Post 10126 held the official VFW “Draping of the Charter Ceremony” at their Post Home on 10 August 2010.  Family, friends and Comrades gather to honor Curley Knepp

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The VFW, Osan’s 51st Fighter Wing and the US Army’s Battlefield Coordination Detachment honored Major Curley Knepp in a special retreat ceremony held on 27 August at Osan’s Hill 180 Memorial Park.

In a most poignant statement that sums it all up, Curley wrote in a message to his wife as the last entry of his Last Will and Testament:  “Trust the VFW; they will take care of you”.

- The Post is a strong supporter of the Clark Cemetery and voted this year to include a $100.00 donation “in perpetuity” during our annual visits to Angeles City.  In addition, Commander Higgins personally researched all past Post 10216 members who are interned at the cemetery and began a tradition of visiting their graves during each of our visits to the Philippines.

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The Post donates annually from their budget to the Clark Cemetery and visits grave sites during our trip to the Philippines

Military Community Relations:

-          Established the strongest bond ever between Osan Air Base military leadership and the VFW

-          Post leadership is known on a first name basis with Commanders; “whatever you need, just let us know”

-          Formalized Base support with approval of a memorandum that sanctions VFW activities on Osan Air Base.

-          Established strong ties with military organizations such as 1st Sergeants, Top 3, Air Force Sergeants Association and Chief’s Group and Air Force Association.  Many of these groups became VFW members due to their direct contact with our Post recruiters.

-          Superbly uses the VFWs Adopt-a-Unit Program to host two large military units from each of our services at Osan AB – 303rd Intel Squadron and 35th ADA Brigade

o   Provides plaques for their Soldier and Airmen of the Quarter Award Program, which is personally presented by the Post Commander

o   Made donations for each of these units major spring picnic event

o   Host professional military development seminars at the Post Home for military groups and present instruction on veteran’s groups and history of the Korean War

o   The 35th ADA held a very successful “Soldier of the Year Selection Board” at our Post home with refreshments furnished by the VFW.

-          Effectively uses the VFW MAP Program to support military units.

o   Most recent event will be the 303rd Summer Picnic & Awards Ceremony.  Our Post worked with Department MAP Chairman Ken Swierzewski to procure $600.00 for purchase of a roast pig for the picnic.  In addition, Commander Higgins will be a guest speaker and present Quarterly Award Winners with a VFW Plaque.

o   The Post presented the 303rd Intelligence Squadron with a check for $750.00 to support their squadron 60th Anniversary Dining Out that was held on 20 November.  They effectively used VFW National HQ MAP Program to support our troops.  Commander Higgins attended on behalf of the VFW. 

-          The Post hosted a very successful “video gaming completion” at our Post Home with the US Army’s BOSS Program.  Over 50 young Army troops participating, with food and beverages donated by the VFW.

-          Official approval from AAFES to allow VFW activities in their facilities and obtained numerous contributions such as American Flags for our Parade.

-          Hosted unit events at our Post Home, such as the 51st Medical Support Squadron Commander’s Call and offered our facilities and monetary donations. Commander Higgins forged a strong relationship with the 51st Medical Group, arranged for the Hospital Commander to brief at a Post meeting and was appointed by the Commander as a representative of the VFW for veteran’s issues.  Doc Higgins was given special authority to brief a program called “S.I.C.K.” (Self Initiated Care Kit), which now allows veterans to receive over-the-counter medicine from the Base Hospital.

-          The Post worked closely with 51st Medical Group in a blood drive to procure a rare blood type for retiree Jack Terwiel.  The Commander of the Hospital Support Squadron Greg Papke was able to locate and procure the blood – not coincidentally, Greg is a Life Member of Post 10216!

-          Supported Osan’s Red Cross Association with donations.

-          The VFW provides free non-alcoholic drinks to Town Patrol Security Forces to when they visit our Post Home.

-          Actively participate with Osan’s Retiree Affairs Office (Jack Terweil) to improve support to our retired community and their spouses.  Jack is Chairman of our Post Retiree Affairs Committee and Service Officer for 2010-2011.

-          Continued the program supporting Osan’s  Outdoor Recreation’s with their fishing trips

o   Provided free gear and bait for active duty members.

o   10 VFW volunteers provided their time to assist MWR with over 25 very successful trips.

o   Resulted in a major source of membership recruitment.

o   Brought over 50 military members on fishing trips to help them witness the beauty of Korea and practice the American sport of fishing – all at VFW and member expense!

 

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VFW Fishing Trips for the troops!

 

-          Participated with Osan Air Bases “Airpower Day” with a VFW booth; supported by 20 VFW volunteers and resulted in recruitment of new members and profits for the Post

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Post 10216 participated in Osan AB Airpower Day

Korean Community Involvement:

-          Established excellent relationships and rapport with local businesses, hotels, restaurants, and garnering VFW member discounts at many facilities

o   Received monetary donations from businesses to support Post events.

-          Worked closely with the Songtan Chamber of Commerce and received a special invitation for participation in their American-Korean Friendship Festival

-          Task Force Smith:  Members represented the VFW at this year’s Task Force Ceremony at Osan City, commemorating the first engagement of the US ground forces in the Korean War on 5 July, 1950

 

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Commander Higgins and Chaplain Quintero attended the Task Force Smith Ceremony on 16 July to commemorate the Korean War event of the first engagement between American Forces and north Korean forces on 5 July, 1950.  This event is sponsored annually by Osan City and is attended by Osan City Mayor, Kyongi-Do Province Governor and US & ROK military leadership.  They were accompanied by John Okonski, the 51st Fighter Wing Historian and also a VFW member.  The trio laid flowers on the monument.

Relief Efforts:

-          Post 10216 has one of the most effective and utilized Relief Fund efforts in the Pacific, raising over $5,000.00 in donations and donating over $3,000 to needy veterans.

-          Provided another $2,000.00 in grants to active duty and retired members from our Relief Fund to assist them in their times of need.

-          The Post had supported a young active duty airman from the 5th Recon Squadron who needed assistance to support a family emergency.  We worked with the squadron 1st Sergeant to provide a $700.00 grant to the young airman.  Another example of the VFW assisting our veteran’s in time of need.

-          The Post made a donation of $500.00 to a Post member to assist him during a family emergency; his brother was involved in a motor cycle accident in the US and he and his wife were returning to assist the family.  The recipient later wrote:  “To my VFW Comrades and friends from Post 10216:  I cannot put into words the gratitude and appreciation that I feel for the donation that was provided from our Post in my family’s emergency situation.  I was astounded and surprised to say the least.  A sincere and heartfelt “thank you” is owed to each and every one in our Post.” 

-          Conducted a major and very successful Buddy Poppy events for Veteran’s Day and a similar event is scheduled for Memorial Day.

o   Created new banners that effectively convey the Buddy Poppy message and improved donations.

o   Involved the Junior ROTC, Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts in our events.

-          Made a direct $200.00 donation to the VFW National Home, in addition to any contribution made individually by our members.

-          Participated in Amazon.com “Wish List” for the VFW National Home with donations totaling $1100.00, buying dinnerware, plates and glasses for our Children’s Home.

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VFW Membership and Member Activities:

-          Held ten successful membership drive events throughout the year.

-          Energized Post membership to support Post activities and functions; made it “fun” to come to the VFW again.

-          Ensured that the Canteens Friday Social events were well planned and occurred every week.  Free food was provided to Post members and guests on a weekly basis.  Friday’s became major Post events with increased patronage resulting in increased profit for the Canteen.

-          Sponsored two dart teams and two pool teams in Songtan’s league play.  This ensured at least four profitable nights for the Canteen and was a major source of recruitment for the Post.

-          Held free social events throughout the year, which included Christmas Day Dinner, Thanksgiving Day, Super Bowl breakfast and 10 separate free BBQ events.  Members donated all food and material.

 

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Post functions for members and active duty troops include Thanksgiving, Christmas, Super Bowl and Friday night socials; Thanksgiving Feast and Super Bowl breakfast are shown here.

- Post 10216 recognizes the achievements of its members!  The Post nominated Life Member Colonel Keith Andrews for the VFW National Life Saving Award for Keith’s heroic efforts in saving the lives of two girls from drowning.  The article was published in the Around-The-Pacific.

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Colonel Keith Andrews being presented the VFW National Life Saving Award by CINC Eubanks

 

POST 10216 HISTORIES – 2009-2010

Post Officers:

Post Commander/Shawn Watson

Sr. V. Commander/Alan Hammerstrom

Jr. V. Commander/Patrick “Doc” Higgins

Quartermaster/Ron Davis

Surgeon/Thomas Dillingham

Chaplain/Billy Quintero

Advocate/Keith Michael

Service Officer/Dennis Huggler

Trustee 1 Yr/Jerry Ross

Trustee 2 Yr/Damian Cone

Trustee 3 Yr/Ron Tichota

HRC Chairman/Harold VanHazel

Post Awards 2009-2010

All American Post, VFW National HQ

All State Post, Department of Pacific Areas

Department of Pacific Areas Outstanding VFW Post for 2009-2010

Department of Pacific Areas Outstanding VFW Post Commander:  Shawn Watson

Department of Pacific Areas Outstanding VFW Post Member:  MSgt (USAF) Shane Price

Department of Pacific Areas Outstanding VFW Post Membership Chairman:  Alan Hammerstrom

Department of Pacific Areas Outstanding VFW Post Adjutant:  Keith Michael

 

Department of Pacific Areas Outstanding VFW Post Quartermaster:  Ron Davis

 

Department of Pacific Areas Outstanding VFW Outside Contributor - Organization:  JJ’s Cantina

 

Department of Pacific Areas Outstanding VFW Outside Contributor - Individual

Mr. Yong Ho Kim (VFW Lawyer)

 

Post Performance:

-          One of the most successful membership years in the Posts history, achieving 105% membership with a staggering 170 new members recruited.  The Post quickly recovered from the previous 2008-2009 year’s failure to meet recruiting quotas and not obtain All American.  Recruiting was the top priority for Post leadership.

-          Awarded All State Commander and All State Quartermaster.

-          Exceed all requirements for All American.

-          The highest Post membership activity and participation by its members of any Post, with upwards of 100 members supporting Post events.

-          Highest morale of any Post, as witnessed in their frequent Around-the-Pacific articles.

-          Submitted all reports and audits on a timely manner with perfect detail.

-          Meetings were run extremely efficiently and effectively in accordance with the VFW’s highest standards.

-          Initiated formal induction ceremonies for all new members that include the oath, Cross of Malta ceremony and presentation of the VFW pin and coin.  District 3 Commander Darin Combs participated in such an event and said “this is the best I’ve seen”.

-          Developed a close and productive relationship with Osan Air Base military leadership; they all know and trust our Post leadership.  This resulted in the approval of all Post activities at Osan.

-          Easily passed all District and Department Inspections by ensuring our records and requirements exceeded standards.

-          Published meticulous Post Meeting Minutes that also included a Post Newsletter.  Established a wide distribution e-mail list to “get the word” to our members.  Praised by Department Commander Jim Malott for their high quality and frequent inputs.

-          Provided these inputs to Department and District for our VFW History.

-          Maintain one of the best websites in all of the VFW at www.vfw10216.com and keep it current by posting all Post events and documentation.  This website was nominated for the VFW National Website Award Program.

-          Worked close with base leadership to support military personnel with donations, relief funds support and community involvement.

-          Achieved excellent rapport with community organizations such as the Songtan Chamber of Commerce, Chief’s Group, NCO Association and 1st Sergeants Group, which improved our outreach to the community.  Our Post Officer’s personally met with these groups to expound on VFW goals and mission.

-          Superbly worked with and supported the Military Order of the Cooties Pup Tent #8.  All Post leadership are members of the MOC – a superb marriage.

-          Our House Rules Committee and Leadership provided outstanding oversight of Canteen operations and the Canteen can brag that they made a profit each and every month of the past year.  Canteen profits go directly to our General Fund to support our numerous VFW activities.

-          Honored the American hero Colonel Lewis Millett with a renaming of the Post name to “Colonel Lewis Millett Hill 180 Memorial Post 10216”; worked closely with the Millett family and Department of Pacific Areas to initiate this important change.

-          Post 10216 inaugurated the first formal VFW Motorcycle Riders in the entire Pacific Areas.  This group is sponsored by the Post with the goal of improving comradeship and enjoying the great sport of riding.

-          Post 10216 was an active participant in Departments Special Programs (EMT/Law Enforcement/Fire Fighter).  We were proud to hear that two of our nominations were selected by Department of Pacific Areas and received recognition at the National level.  Law Enforcement Officer of the Year MSGT Richard A. Brunet, 51st Security Forces Squadron and Emergency Medical Technician of the Year SrA Nicholas S. Cardin, 51st Medical Operations Squadron.

-          Junior Vice Commander Higgins implemented a new health support effort with Suwon Hospital to conduct complete physical examinations for VFW members at a cost of only 300,000 Korean won ($250.00).  This examination includes the full battery of blood tests, scans, etc and is a very thorough examination.  A great improvement for our member’s health care!

Leadership in the VFW:

 

-          Post members support the VFW at all levels and eight 10216 members hold elected or appointed positions in District 3 Korea, including the key positions of Senior Vice Commander, Junior Vice Commander, Trustee and Adjutant.  The most representation of any Post in Korea.

-          Shawn Watson was recently elected as the incoming District 3 Commander.

-          Our Post was superbly represented at all District and Department Meetings, Conventions and Councils of Administration – total dedication to the cause.

-          Provided inputs for every Department “Around the Pacific” published this past VFW year.  The entertaining and thoughtful inputs garnered praise from VFW members throughout the Pacific.

-          Members hold key Department Positions such as Inspector.

-          Members extensively involved in the MOC Grand of Pacific with three members holding Grand elected or appointed positions.

-          Provided strong support to all District and Department initiatives and programs.

o   Utilizes the VFW’s Adopt-A-Unit Program extremely effectively with two units representing the US Air force (303rd Intelligence Squadron) and US Army (35th Air Defense Artillery Brigade).

o   Effectively use the VFW’s MAP initiative to support military functions at Osan Air Base.

o   Working with Osan’s First Sergeants to understand and maximize the “Unmet Needs” program, as recently espoused by our VFW CINC Tommy Tradewell.

-          Post 10216 hosted the most successful District 3 Conventions to date and were attended by the VFW Commander-in-Chief Tommy Tradewell.

o   Set in an excellent decorum of the Officer’s Club

o   Excellent preparation with all required documentation and resources readily available to District leadership.

o   Convention results were tastefully reported in the Department’s Around The Pacific Newsletter.

-          Post 10216 hosted a very successful visit to the Post Home by CINC Tradewell

o   Provided briefings and tours of Osan Air Base and the Post Home

o   Excellent social event at the Post with maximum Post participation

o   Assisted District 3 Commander Combs in all aspects of the CINC’s Osan visit

 

Youth Activities: 

-          Extensive participation in Youth Activities and participated in events with Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts, Junior ROTC and Girl Scouts.

-          Sponsored the VFW’s Voice of Democracy, Teachers Awards and Patriot Pen at Osan’s local schools.

-          Strong sponsorship with the Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts

o   Concluded our 26th anniversary year of charting the local Boy Scouts

o   Scout Master Terralus Lowe is an active member of the Post and our Boy Scout Committee Chairman

o   Six members are active scout leaders

o   Paid charter fees, attended awards banquets and provided monetary support for awards program

o   Arranged and provided all gear for fishing trips to support the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts.  Brought over 30 military members on fishing trips to educate our youth in the practice the American sport of fishing – all at VFW and member expense!

o   Assisted in Scout Merit Badge Program by assisting in three merit badge awards

o   The Scouts were active participants in major VFW events such as the Hill 180 Ceremony, Loyalty Day Parade and our recent Buddy Poppy event on Memorial Day.

-          Forged our closest relationship to date with Osan High School’s Junior ROTC

o   Junior ROTC Commander is an active member of the Post

o   Junior ROTC participated in all major Post events of the year, to include Hill 180 Ceremony, Loyalty Day Parade, Buddy Poppy and POW/MIA Day

o   Provided instruction and guidance for flag burning ceremony

o   Gave $150.00 in donations to the Jr ROTC for a very successful “Dining Out” event

-          Post members perform considerable volunteer work with our Osan Youth Center by teaching classes and instruction on computers and ITT

 

Special Functions:

-          Hill 180 Ceremony:  Hosted the most successful Hill 180 Ceremony to date.

o   Worked closely with the U.S. Army’s Battlefield Coordination Detachment on this solemn ceremony that commemorates the Battle that occurred at Osan on 7 February, 1951.

o   One of the major events for Osan Air Base for the Year

o   Represented the VFW at the ceremony with wreath laying

o   Over 300 active duty participants

-          Loyalty Day Parade 2010:  Hosted the 18th Annual Loyalty Day  Parade at Osan AB

o   Most successful parade to date, with 32 organizations and over 750 troops participating

o   The largest VFW event in all of the Department of Pacific Areas

o   Attended by VFW CINC Tradewell with the 51st Fighter Wing Commander as the reviewing officer

o   Received extensive media coverage through AFKN, local newspapers and Stars and Stripes.  Generated extensive favorable coverage for the VFW.

-          POW/MIA Ceremony:  Hosted Osan’s POW/MIA Ceremony with in excess of 150 members and active duty military participating.

o   Ceremony included the dedication of a beautiful granite POW/MIA Monument; this site will be used for all future events

o   The VFW was an integral part of this year’s events; our Post assisted in planning, paid for the cake and refreshments and brought the ceremony wreath. 

o   PDC Larry Lyons was also the guest speaker for the event 

-          Tuskegee Airmen Dedication:  Post 10216 is working closely with Osan’s Chief’s Group (E-9) for the naming of the new NCO Club as the ‘MSgt James Price NCO Club” in honor of Tuskegee Airman Jim Price, who was also a founding member of Post 10216.

-          Task Force Smith:  Members represented the VFW at this year’s Task Force Ceremony at Osan City, commemorating the first engagement of the US ground forces in the Korean War on 5 July, 1950

-          The Post sponsored huge and delicious Thanksgiving and Christmas Day feasts for members and active duty, hosting over 200 people at each event.  Made these feasts the “home-away-from-home” for our military veterans

-          Held special social events every Friday night with free food for members and visitors.  This drew many active duty members to visit our Post and many became members.

-          Held a solemn ceremony at the Post Home to commemorate 9/11, presided over by PDC Frank Sass with 30 Post members attending

-          Post 10216 honors those who departed us during the past year and held formal “Draping of the Charter” Ceremony for four departed comrades.  These events were well attended by the VFW, family and community

 

Military Community Relations:

-          Established the strongest bond ever between Osan Air Base military leadership and the VFW

-          Post leadership is known on a first name basis with Commanders; “whatever you need, just let us know”

-          Formalized Base support with approval of a memorandum that sanctions VFW activities on Osan Air Base.

-          Established strong ties with military organizations such as 1st Sergeants, Top 3, Air Force Sergeants Association and Chief’s Group.  Many of these groups became VFW members due to their direct contact with our Post recruiters.

-          Superbly uses the VFWs Adopt-a-Unit Program to host two large military units from each of our services at Osan AB – 303rd Intel Squadron and 35th ADA Brigade

o   Provides plaques for their Soldier and Airmen of the Quarter Award Program, which is personally presented by the Post Commander

o   Made donations for each of these units major spring picnic event

o   Host professional military development seminars at the Post Home for military groups and present instruction on veteran’s groups and history of the Korean War

-          Effectively uses the VFW MAP Program to support military units.

-          Official approval from AAFES to allow VFW activities in their facilities and obtained numerous contributions such as American Flags for our Parade.

-          Hosted unit events at our Post Home, such as 5th RS Catwalks and unit going-away parties; offered our facilities and monetary donations.

-          Supported Osan’s Red Cross Association with donations.

-          The VFW provides free non-alcoholic drinks to Town Patrol Security Forces to when they visit our Post Home.

-          Actively participate with Osan’s Retiree Affairs Office (Jack Terweil) to improve support to our retired community and their spouses.  Jack is Chairman of our Post Retiree Affairs Committee and our incoming Service Officer for 2010-2011.

-          Continued the program supporting Osan’s MWR Outdoor Recreation’s with their fishing trips

o   Provided free gear and bait for active duty members.

o   12 VFW volunteers provided their time to assist MWR with over 25 very successful trips.

o   Hosted BBQ’s at the Post following each fishing trip.

o   Resulted in a major source of membership recruitment.

o   Brought over 50 military members on fishing trips to help them witness the beauty of Korea and practice the American sport of fishing – all at VFW and member expense!

-          The Post donated $300.00 towards the retirement, medical care and adoption of Osan’s  K-9 working dog “Bony”, that precluded euthanasia .

-          Post Junior Vice Commander Doc Higgins forged a strong relationship with the 51st Medical Group, arranged for the Hospital Commander to brief at a Post meeting and was appointed by the Commander as a representative of the VFW for veteran’s issues.  Doc Higgins was given special authority to brief a program called “S.I.C.K.” (Self Initiated Care Kit), which now allows veterans to receive over-the-counter medicine from the Base Hospital.

-          Participated with Osan Air Bases “Airpower Day” with a VFW booth; supported by 15 VFW volunteers and resulted in recruitment of new members and profits for the Post

-          Osan Air Base and VFW Post 10216 held a solemn Retreat Ceremony on 14 December to honor Medal of Honor recipient Lewis L. Millett.  This event was dedicated to Col. Lewis Millett, an Army veteran of three wars who received the Medal of Honor for leading a bayonet charge up at Hill 180 located here at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea. The Battle of Bayonet Hill is the namesake for VFW Post 10216 “Hill 180 Memorial Post”.

-          Post 10216 strongly supports our host military unit the 51st Fighter Wing and made a $300.00 donation for their Annual Awards Banquet.  The donation goes directly to the banquet which recognizes Osan’s 2009 outstanding performers from Airman, NCO, SNCO and Civilian category.

 

Korean Community Involvement:

-          Supported the Pyongtaek Handicapped Home with over 10 visits

-          Donations of food, fuel oil and clothing totaling over $500.00.

-          Established excellent relationships and rapport with local businesses, hotels, restaurants, and garnering VFW member discounts at many facilities

o   Received monetary donations from businesses to support Post events.

-          Worked closely with the Songtan Chamber of Commerce and received a special invitation for participation in their American-Korean Friendship Festival 2010

-          Worked with local business to collect over $500.00 in contributions for a fund raiser support veteran Scotty Cornett in his time of need.

-          Post 10216 worked with the Suwon Foundation to host a formal visit and tour of Suwon historical sites.  This was a huge effort that had 30 active duty members visit Suwon City, attended a giant banquet hosted by the Suwon Mayor, an overnight stay at a Korean hotel and visits to all of the cities historical sites.  A major community event that was a great success!

 

Relief Efforts:

-          Post 10216 has one of the most effective and utilized Relief Fund efforts in the Pacific, raising over $8,000.00 in donations and donating over $6,000 to needy veterans.

-          Conducted a special fund raising drive to raise money for veteran Scotty Cornett, a local veteran who sustained a tragic injury and was medically evacuated to a VA hospital in the US.

o   Raised $2000.00 that was donated to the Cornett family and allowed the reuniting of Scotty with his son and family, after 15 years of being apart.

o   Worked with local businesses to obtain $556.00 in local donations

o   $500.00 donated directly from Post Relief Funds

o   The remainders were donations from Post 10216 members!

o   Worked closely with Department Commander Jim Malott on this cause

o   Continue to provide material and spiritual support to Scotty and his family

-          Provided another $4000.00 in grants to active duty and retired members from our Relief Fund to assist them in their times of need.

o   In a major Relief effort for the year, Post 10216 responded quickly to a tragic fire of an Osan Airman that lost everything.  Post 10216 was the first organization to respond to a “call for help” from Osan’s Chief’s Group, with a donation of $500.00 within 33 minutes of the call being made!

o   An active duty military member of the VFW had a tragic loss in his family that included his sister and four of his nieces and nephews.  Post 10216 donated $500.00 to our member from the Relief Fund to assist him in defraying costs related to his return to the US.  In another effort to assist his family, the Songtan Dart League held a special Dart Tournament and raised over $1000.00 for a special trust set up for the children.  Donations were made through the VFW. 

o   A VFW Life Member received $500.00 financial assistance from our Relief Fund to assist in defraying costs for an MRI procedure that is being required by their doctor. 

o   Another VFW Life Member received $2000.00 financial assistance from our Relief Fund to assist in defraying costs for a required operation following a previous illness.   

o   The 303rd IS had a tragic family event with the passing away of a young Airman’s father.  The military paid for return to the US at the first port of entry, but the Air Force does not pay for travel costs to the actual home of record.  This young veteran paid $194.00 out-of-pocket expenses.  Post 10216 donated $300.00 to help defray incidental costs. 

-          Conducted two major and very successful Buddy Poppy events for Veteran’s Day and Memorial Day.

o   The recent Memorial Day Buddy Poppy resulted in our highest contribution total in our history of over $3400.00 with 25 volunteers.

o   Created new banners that effectively convey the Buddy Poppy message and improved donations.

o   Involved the Junior ROTC, Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts in our events.

-          Made a direct $200.00 donation to the VFW National Home, in addition to any contribution made individually by our members.

-          A VFW Post in New Hampshire requested our assistance in getting a US flag flown over Korea, to be presented as a special 80th birthday present for a local Korean War Veteran – Private Billy Burton.  Of note, Billy is also a Purple Heart Recipient and lost a leg in battle during the Korean War.  Post members went ‘above and beyond” with the request and had a US flag flown on an operational U-2 mission over Korea.  The flag was accompanied by a special certificate signed by the 5th Reconnaissance Squadron Commander Lt Col Spencer Thomas.  We subsequently received e-mails from the daughter thanking the VFW for their efforts.

 

VFW Membership and Member Activities:

-          Completed an extremely successful membership recruiting year with near 105% membership.

-          Held twelve successful membership drive events throughout the year.

-          Energized Post membership to support Post activities and functions; made it “fun” to come to the VFW again.

-          Ensured that the Canteens Friday Social events were well planned and occurred every week.  Free food was provided to Post members and guests on a weekly basis.  Friday’s became major Post events with increased patronage resulting in increased profit for the Canteen.

-          Sponsored two dart teams and two pool teams in Songtan’s league play.  This ensured at least four profitable nights for the Canteen and was a major source of recruitment for the Post.

-          Hosted a very successful District Meeting on 8 May

-          Held free social events throughout the year, which included Christmas Day Dinner, Thanksgiving Day, Super Bowl breakfast and 10 separate free BBQ events.  Members donated all food and material.