Friday, April 24, 2015

3rd Red Cross Sip & Sign Event

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AMC Cancels Rodeo

Today, the 62nd AW shared with community leaders, civic leaders, honorary commanders and congressional delegates, the disappointment of cancellation of AMC Rodeo for 2015 at Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

Today was the actual official release.  Col. Kumashiro says an event of this magnitude could not be successfully completed without the strong relationships built together with McChord's  community partners and businesses that support Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

He said, "We value and appreciate our continued partnerships and very much look forward to the day when we can bring this event back to JBLM and our surrounding communities."

Attached is the official press release for your information.

Monday, April 20, 2015

SMS Scott Dellinger 34th Citizen-Servicemember

Photo: SMS Dellinger reflects after receiving Scott Citizen-Airman Award. Courtesy Flavia Hulsey, WRMC.

The Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber’s Military Affairs Committee (MAC) joins Tuesday with the Kiwanis Club of Tacoma in presenting the 34th Howard O. Scott Citizen-Servicemember of the Year Award.

ACU (America’s Credit Union) is sponsoring the annual award for the Chamber’s Military Affairs Committee selection of an outstanding individual who is a member of the National Guard or a Reserve unit; a person who is an exemplary volunteer in the community.  Additionally, the recipient must be professional in civilian and military occupations and a resident of Tacoma-Pierce County.

This is the 34th Anniversary presentation of the Howard O. Scott Citizen-Servicemember of the Year Award – this year to a Citizen-Airman: Marshall “Scott” Dellinger II.

Senior Master Sergeant “Scott” Dellinger, assigned to the 446th Airlift Wing, serves as examiner loadmaster in the Standardization and Evaluation Office and superintendent of the 728th Airlift Squadron loadmaster section.

He was loadmaster superintendent for Operation DEEP FREEZE for the past eight years.  He has 5,500 flying hours including 340 combat hours.  He averages 120 days annually training other airmen and supporting operational missions around the world.

Senior Master Sergeant Dellinger is a 17-year resident of Lakewood, and has served with the Kent Fire Department for 17 years. He’s been a captain since 2010. As a firefighter he has earned the GEICO Military Service Award.

For his community, he has volunteered for the Puget Sound Pipes and Drums (formerly the Pierce County Pipes and Drums) as a bagpiper for two years, performing for many special or solemn occasions in the community.

Scott Dellinger has been a member of the organizing committee for the Daffodil Festival for two years, as float director since 2014 and committee member since 2009, working coordinating float entrants, support for VIP guests and ensuring 400 military personnel and 74 parade units were included.. And he and his wife Susan also help chaperon the Festival Royalty.

With all of his activities and tireless devotion to making his community a better place for children and adults alike, Marshall Dellinger’s compassion, commitment and community impact as a Captain in the Kent Fire Department, dedicated service in the Air Force Reserve and a volunteer makes him deserving of the Citizen-Airman of the Year Award!

Firefighter and Senior Master Sergeant Dellinger, from all of us, thank you for your service and your service to your nation and your support to your community and your nation.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

SBA Renews Funding for Pacific Northwest Veteran Business Outreach Center

The SBA announced funding in the total grant amount of $3.8 million for 14 Veteran Business Outreach Centers (VBOCs), including the continuation of the VBOC in Seattle, which covers Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Alaska.

The extended funding will enable the VBOC to counsel, train, and provide assistance, comprehensive business assessment and mentoring to veteran and service-disabled veteran entrepreneurs, in addition to Reserve Component, National Guard and transitioning service members interested in starting or expanding a  small business.

A key responsibility of the VBOCs is to support transitioning service members as they embark on post-military service careers that often include small business ownership and other forms of self-employment.

During 2014 alone, the VBOC in Seattle served 831 clients, assisted with 185 business startups, and helped create or maintain 309 jobs.

A portion of the funding will be used to cover costs associated with coordinating, delivering, and conducting outreach to increase participation in the entrepreneurship track of the Department of Defense’s (DOD’s) Transition Assistance Program (TAP), known as Boots to Business, on military installations in the continental United States and its territories. VBOCs are directed by the Small Business Act to participate in the DOD’s Transition Assistance Program.

Each year the SBA helps more than 200,000 veterans, service-disabled veterans and reservists start and grow their small businesses.

To learn more about additional opportunities for veterans available through the SBA, visit HERE.

To connect with the local VBOC, click HERE, call (206) 324-4330 x122 or e-mail HERE.

Boots2Work Comes Back

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Noteworthy With a Local Link

Navy Capt. Stephen F. Williamson has been nominated for appointment to the rank of rear admiral (lower half). Williamson is currently serving as commander, Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Bremerton, Washington.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Australia Buys More C-17s

The Commonwealth Government has decided to acquire two additional Boeing C-17A Globemaster III aircraft to bolster the Royal Australian Air Force’s existing fleet of six strategic lift aircraft.

The acquisition of the two additional C-17s – and associated equipment and facilities – represents an investment of $1 billion in Australia’s security and the ability of the Australian Defence Force (ADF) to respond to a range of contingencies.

This project will also provide significant work opportunities for local industry.

$300 million of the investment will be spent on upgraded facilities at RAAF Base Amberley in Queensland, including a dedicated maintenance hangar and increased apron and taxi-way space to cater for heavy aircraft including the KC-30 Aerial Re-Fuelling Tankers as well as the C-17 fleet.

The two additional C-17s will provide vital heavy airlift support to a range of regional and global coalition operations and greatly increase Australia’s capacity to provide rapid and effective disaster rescue and relief and humanitarian aid.

Since they were first acquired at the initiative of the Howard Government, C-17 aircraft have transformed the ADF’s capacity to transport large loads over long distances and to deploy its vehicles, helicopters and heavy equipment within Australia and overseas.

C-17s have been integral to recent ADF operations, including:
delivery of equipment, personnel and more than 175 pallets of aid as part of Operation Pacific Assist in Vanuatu;
the provision of much-needed humanitarian aid and materiel in Iraq;
the recovery of MH17 victims from Eastern Ukraine; and
relief assistance to those affected by the Japanese tsunami, the Christchurch earthquake and the Queensland floods.

Australia has worked closely with the United States Air Force to acquire the first aircraft within six months of the initial order and the second aircraft within ten months of the delivery of the first. This will mean that the ADF will gain additional operating capability within a short time-frame.

The Coalition Government is committed to building a strong, capable and sustainable Australian Defense Force.

Friday, April 10, 2015

Citizen-Servicemember Award's Featured Speaker

Citizen-Servicemember of 2015
34th anniversary presentation

The Chamber’s Military Affairs Committee (MAC) will join with the Kiwanis Club of Tacoma in presenting the 34th annual Howard O. Scott Citizen-Servicemember.

The Scott Citizen-Servicemember of the Year is a premier MAC event recognizing the civic contributions of our Citizen-Servicemembers (Soldiers, Airmen, Sailors, Marines and Coast Guardsmen of the National Guard and Reserve). 

          Award Sponsor: 

Please come and help us with this celebration and this recognition.


CAPT James A. Thralls, Medical Service Corps, U.S. Navy, Chief Operating Officer, Puget Sound Military Health System

In his current assignment as the Chief Operating Officer, Puget Sound Military Health System, his office coordinates the healthcare collaboration across the Puget Sound Federal Healthcare Partners.    

Previously he served as the Director, Aurora Operations, TRICARE Regional Office – West in Aurora, Colorado in support of the West Region Managed Care Support Contract from 2010-2012

Host:  Kiwanis Club of Tacoma
Date & Time:  Tuesday, April 21, 11:45 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.
Place:  La Quinta Inn, 1425 E. 27th St., Tacoma 98421
EntrĂ©e  --  $18.00
Payment to be made at the door.
Register to insure adequate seating.

RSVP:  DUE 12 noon, April 17. (Friday)
Please help acknowledge our thanks to our citizen-soldiers by attending this event. 

Howard O. Scott

Each year, the Citizen-Servicemember Award memorializes Howard Scott who grew up in Tacoma and served the nation when called upon during World War II- as part of America's Greatest Generation. He returned to succeed as a banker in Tacoma - giving of his time to community service organizations, believing and enjoying this in his belief that doing so is one's responsibility. 

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Chamber Spotlighted for Military Support

The Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber was spotlighted in the Association of Defense Communities 2014 Annual Report/2015 Strategic Plan.

Specific mention was made of the Servicemember for Life Transition Fair, which the Chamber c-sponsored and the several traffic and transportation projects completed or underway now that serve JBLM and ease the congestion of other users along the I-5 Corridor.