Thursday, February 28, 2013

MAF Hosts MG Richard Thomas


Date & Time: WEDNESDAY, March 13, 7:30 – 9:00 a.m.
Place: La Quinta Inn & Suites
1425 E. 27th St., Tacoma 98421
Price:  $13.00 pre-paid by Mar. 8, noon
          $15.00 pre-paid after Mar. 11 
          $20.00 walk-ins/at the door
Information: Janice Hutchins, (253) 627.2175 X100
RSVP:  DUE 12 noon, Mar. 8 (Friday)

 Overview of the Western Regional Medical Command

Speaker: Maj. General Richard Thomas, Commanding General of the Western Regional Medical Command and Chief of the U.S. Army Medical Corps

Maj. Gen. Richard Thomas, M.D., D.D.S, FACS, is the commanding general of the Western Regional Medical Command and Chief of the U.S. Army Medical Corps. He oversees a 20-state region and has command oversight of 11 Military Treatment Facilities in the region, including Madigan Army Medical Center. The region's headquarters is located at JBLM.

Presentation Topic:  An overview of the Western Regional Medical Command and MG Thomas' command mission of overseeing the healthcare delivery process for nearly 400,000 Service members, Retirees and their Family members.

Veteran & Business Program Activities
Veterans mean  Business!!
-Greg Mowat, the Chamber’s Vet & Business Specialist will review the current Chamber activities to encourage, enable, and support Chamber member businesses seeking to provide employment for Veterans, Military spouses,  and members of the Guard & Reserve.
-Mike Tassin, Operation Good Jobs will talk about successes of this highly effective program supporting Veterans in obtaining great employment opportunities.
-Workforce Central will provide information about upcoming plans to bring employers and Veterans together to showcase opportunities for employment
NEXT MEETING: Howard O. Scott Citizen-Soldier Award
                        at the Kiwanis Club of Tacoma
                          Tuesday, April 16, 11:45 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.
                        La Quinta Inn & Suites
     Keynote Speaker: Major General Bret D. Daugherty, Adjutant General, Washington

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Thursday, February 21, 2013

CR & Sequester Force Service Cuts

As the final days get down to the sequestration deadline of March 1 and the (budget) Continuing Resolution (CR) extension until March 27, the service branches are planning for implementations to meet the mandates of the law.  Here's an Army, Air Force and Navy overview as it most directly impacts Washington state, its citizens and its economy.

It is important to remember the broad impacts on the federal budgets, but also the exemptions from the actions.  Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security as all exempt from sequestration.  Also exempted, uniformed military personnel. Of course, the proposed military pay increase has been reduced to 1%.

But civilian defense employees as well as other federal employees are subject to furloughs.  Hiring restrictions have already been applied to civilian temp workers, term workers and hiring to fill vacant positions.

By the same measure, let contracts for construction, goods and services will probably extend to the life of the contract.  The defense industrial sector and acquisitions are still being evaluated as to best alternative options.

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Friday, February 8, 2013

Military Offered Tickets to Pac-12 Tourney

Come see some of the best women's college basketball teams in the nation!

If service members and military-dependent families in your Brigade, Unit, or Wing are interested in attending the Pac-12 Women's Basketball Tournament, they can attend for free.  The tournament is scheduled for March 7-10, 2013, at Key Arena in Seattle.

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These tickets are courtesy of the Air Force Association, the Association of the United States Army, and the Navy League. Also, these tickets are valued under $20.00, so they're in compliance with the Joint Ethics Regulation.

If you're interested, please complete the attached form and return it by February 20th.   Please email the form to: Tickets then will be delivered to you.

Alternately, you may email for complimentary tickets. 

Monday, February 4, 2013

Military Forum Features JBLM & Rally Pt. 6


Date & Time: WEDNESDAY, February 13, 7:30 – 9:00 a.m.
Place: Best Western Tacoma Dome Hotel, Seahawk Ballroom
          2611 East E Street, Tacoma 98421
Price:  $13.00 pre-paid by Feb. 8, noon
          $15.00 pre-paid after Feb. 11
          $20.00 walk-ins/at the door
Information: Janice Hutchins, (253) 627.2175 X100
RSVP:  DUE 12 noon, Feb. 8 (Friday)

Col. Charles Hodges, Joint Base Commander
& Col. Valerie Hasberry, Deputy Joint Base Commander

Speaker: RALLY POINT 6: Veteran & Military Family Outreach Center

Colonel Anthony Henderson, Special Assistant to Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Office of Warrior and Family Support will join Tacomans  Anne Sprute, The Unfinished Mission & Linda Nguyen, Workforce Central and Ben Maciel, a veteran and graduate from the composite technician program.

Communities across the U.S. are grappling with veterans’ reintegration issues as local communities become the new “home base” for veterans and their families. Pierce County is no different.  JBLM is expected a normal transition of 6,000 service members out of the military each year for the next four years.  The Dept. of Veterans Affairs has projected that nationwide an estimated 13,000 veterans per year who are leaving the service have a desire to locate in Washington through 2016.  The proposed solution is a community-based coordinating entity with access to workforce and social services through community partnerships and outreach.

NEXT MEETING: MG Richard Thomas, CG, Western Region Medical Command, March 13, 7:30 a.m., La Quinta Inn & Suites