THE PEGASUS REPORT
AFA Chapter 407 Newsletter
P.O. Box 98, Harned, KY 40144
Phone: (502) 445-7524
Volume 4 Issue 4 November 2011
Inside This Issue:
President’s Message 1
www.bungalow-joes.com Legislative Update 2
Next Chapter meeting is November 19. See map location on ‘About Us’ page at Veterans Update 2
Please join us Saturday, November 19 for our next Chapter meeting.
Chapter Activity 3
Membership Communiqué 8
President’s Message Membership Form 9
Where has the year gone?
Fall is upon us. We are in the beginning of a new fiscal year for the
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government. Congress is still wrangling on a permanent budget. In the
quest for the ever diminishing dollar in the VA and budgets for DoD - in
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particular, our services.
Louisville, KY 40291
As we enter this new fiscal year we need to be ever diligent of these
struggles. One of our primary missions is a national strong defense and Websites:
a strong Air Force. It would behoove us to be aware of legislation that www.afakentucky.org
affects these goals. www.afa.org
Our chapters and the state are going through changes as well. As older facebook.com – Air Force
Association of Kentucky
members slip off into retirement, we have positions that need to be
filled. If we ever needed members to step up, it is now. And we need President:
some new blood. We need to constantly recruit new members with an Jack Giralico
eye towards leadership positions. firstname.lastname@example.org
The Christmas season is upon us. We will be joining the Air National
Guard here in Louisville by assisting with their annual festivities for the
families and children of our Air Guard family. As we do so, I would ask
you to keep the members of the Guard and of the other services who If we maintain our faith in
are spending Christmas away from their families in your thoughts and God, love of freedom, and
prayers. Too many – in harms way. superior global air power,
the future of the US looks
Please be safe as we enter into the winter season. Weather and harried
schedules can lead to perilous outcomes. Remember – We all have
families to return to at the end of the day.
~ General Curtis Lemay
President Air Force Association
AFA Chapter 407
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Legislative Committee Update
Bobbie Smith, Secretary/Treasurer and Gene McManaway, VP Membership/AE,
attended the Oct 5 JECVO Meeting held at American Legion Post 113 in
JECVO has a list of legislative priorities they will be working on during the
upcoming General Assembly Session. They selected the following top five legislative priorities at the
1. Full Funding of KDVA – JECVO wants KDVA to have a full operational budget. They need enough
money to operate their programs
2. Charitable Gaming – Pull Tabs Dispensing Machines and use of electronic video gaming devised for
VSO posts, if approved by legislature for use at race tracks or other venues
3. Veteran ID – Some method of veteran identification to be annotated on KY state driver’s license to
identify those who have served
4. State Property Tax Reduction for VSO property –Support of pre-filed bill (BR-8) relating to setting of
a reduced tax rate for VSOs real and tangible personal property by modifying the VSO 501c19
taxation rules to incorporate proposed reductions
5. Special Gold Star Sibling License Plate – Support pre-filed bill (BR135) for siblings of those who
were KIA in combat to have a special license plate. Also in this bill is a provision to issue the
veteran’s disability license plate at no charge to the veterans rated 50%by the VA.
The next JECVO Meeting will be held in Frankfort on December 7.
JECVO will also sponsor an Annual Legislative Dinner for Legislator and Veterans. Contact us if you want
to attend; it should be around the first of February.
Veteran Awareness Update
The AARP Driver Safety Program Salutes Our Veterans!
Special Offer to all Kentucky Veterans in the Month of November
To recognize and thank Kentucky veterans for their honorable service and dedication to our country, the
AARP Driver Safety Program is proud to offer a FREE classroom course (a $14 value) to ALL veterans—
regardless of age—from November 1 through November 30, 2011. All military personnel—active duty,
retired, guard, or reserve—are eligible to receive this nationwide promotion.*
The AARP Driver Safety Program is the nation’s first and largest course for drivers age 50 and older. When
you take the course, you’ll learn valuable defensive driving skills and get a refresher on the rules of the
road. Plus, once you complete our classroom course, you could even save money on your car insurance.**
Don’t miss this special offer! Sign up for a classroom course today.
To locate a classroom course near you, visit www.aarp.org/veterans or call 1-888-227-7669 (AARP
* Veterans include those individuals who have served in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, National Guard/Reserves, or Coast
Guard. To receive the free classroom course, veterans and/or veterans’ spouses must provide some form of military identification,
including but not limited to: Military ID, discharge papers (DD Form 214), American Legion card, Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW)
card, dependent ID card, etc., to the host organization and/or Instructor. This offer is only valid for classroom courses that occur
entirely in November. The offer is not valid for the online course.
**Upon completion of the course, you may qualify for an automobile insurance discount given by your insurance company. Contact
your insurance agent for more details.
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The 63rd annual Air Force Association National Conference was
held September 19 & 20 at the Gaylord National Resort and
Convention Center in National Harbor, MD.
The event was well organized and the facilities were outstanding.
And, as always, Washington, DC was awe inspiring.
Gene McManaway, VP Membership, attended as
the official AFA Kentucky delegate. The primary
purpose of the conference is to conduct the
annual AFA business meeting and to recognize
individual State AFA Chapters for their
exceptional performance during the reporting
There was also time for connecting with the other
AFA delegates during session breaks and some
exchange-of-ideas time during the Celebration
One of the highlights of any AFA National Conferences is the announcement of the Award winning
Chapters. The following were recognized as the Best-of-the-Best at this year’s conference.
The AFA 2011 Unit Award Winners
Outstanding State Organization
Florida – President James B. Connors
AFA Unit of the Year (Donald W. Steele Sr. Memorial Award)
Lance P. Sijan, CO – President Kevin Estrem
Small - Leigh Wade, VA – President Gary Metzinger
Large - Paul Revere, MA – President Joseph Magnone
Extra Large - Claude Farinha Gold Rush, CA – President Paul Bonnier
Exceptional Service Awards (ESA’s)
Best Single Program – Hurlburt (398), FL – President Dann Mattiza
Communications - Central Florida, FL – President William Yucuis
Community Partners - Meridian Chapter, MS – President Wilburt Easom
Community Relations – Eglin (365), FL – President Howard Oakes
Overall Programming - Hurlburt Chapter, FL – President Dann Mattiza
Veterans Affairs - LTC BD “Buzz” Wagner, PA – President William Burns
Aerospace Education Excellence Awards
Small Chapter - Fort Dodge, IA – President Luke Ascherl
Medium Chapter - Lincoln, NE – President Mary McGahan
Large - Cheyenne Cowboy, WY – President Irene Johnigan
Extra Large - Central Florida, FL – President William Yucuis
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The official conference business for the AFA State Delegates included electing the 2012 National Officers.
The following were elected or reelected as National Officers:
. AFA 2012 National Officers
S. Sanford “Sandy” Schlitt (FL) – 2nd term Chairman of the Board
Justin Faiferlick (IA) – 2nd term Vice Chairman of the Board, Field Operations
George Muellner (CA) – 2nd term Vice Chairman of the Board, Aerospace Education
Len Vernamonti (MS) – 2nd term AFA Treasurer
Ed Garland (TX) – 1st term, AFA Secretary
National Directors are elected for three-year terms.
Rick W. Hartle (UT) – At-Large
Donald E. “Don” Taylor (TX) – At-Large
Donald R. “Don” Michels (GA) – Southeast Geographic Region
Newly Elected Region Presidents:
Central East – Scott VanCleef (VA)
Florida – Mike Emig (FL)
New England – Bob Wilkinson (MA)
North Central – Ron Garcia (ND)
Rocky Mountain – Gayle White (CA)
Southwest – Bob Hale (NV)
Texoma – Bob Slaughter (TX)
Continuing Region Presidents:
Great Lakes – Bill Grider (IN)
Midwest – Mike Cook (NE)
Northeast – Eric Taylor (PA)
Northwest – Rick Sine (WA)
Southeast – Dave Klinkicht (NC)
South Central – Tom Gwaltney (AL)
New Foreign Regional:
Maria "Vicky" Leos (South Korea)
Mike Nishimuta (Europe)
Gene McManaway passed on greetings from AFA - Kentucky to the AFA
Chairman of the Board, Sandy Schlitt and congratulations on his re-election
as the Chairman of the Board for 2012. Not only is Sandy an effective AFA
Leader, he also demonstrated his dancing skills on the Saturday evening
Celebration Dinner Cruise.
I think he’s ready for “Dancing with the Stars”.
Mike Dunn, AFA President and CEO, announced at the AFA National
Conference that he was stepping down at the end of his term. Gene
wished him the best of luck in his next endeavor from AFA - Kentucky.
Mike does an outstanding job of communicating to AFA Members,
Congressional staff members, civic leaders, and DOCA members via his
Note from AFA President e-mails.
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Gene McManaway congratulated Hurlburt Chapter 398 President
Dann Mattiza on receiving the AFA Exceptional Service Awards
(ESA) for Best Single Program and Overall Programming at the
63rd AFA National Conference.
The Hurlburt Chapter is no stranger to winning AFA awards. They
were the AFA Unit of the Year in 1999 and 2003. They also
received the AFA Large Size Chapter of the Year Award in 2004,
2005, 2007, and 2008.
Ft Knox Retiree Appreciation Days Oct 28-29 2011
Jack Giralico and Gene McManaway volunteered to staff the
AFA/AFSA booth at the annual Ft Knox Retiree event. Jolene
Culpepper, Chief Retirement Service Branch, reported 1400 had
registered for the two day event held at the Patton Museum.
The booth had numerous AF family members stopping by to share a
moment, including retired MSgt James Shepherd and the Stark family,
MSgt (retired) Brooks Stark, his wife Vivian (veteran AF SSgt) and
their two lovely children. The visitors also included several proud AF Moms coming by the display to talk
about their sons and daughters currently serving in the USAF. Jack and Gene enjoyed visiting with the AF
family members and sharing information about the Chapter.
Don’t Forget To Bring Your Books
Our Chapter is collecting paperback books to be sent to our troops to help them through
tough times and let them know their service is appreciated. Soldiers serving the U.S.
military often lack access to books, which they need for leisure reading, developmental
goals, recovering from emotional trauma, and enduring separation from loved ones.
Your donated books will be used to:
Let U.S. troops know that people appreciate their service and sacrifice
Help U.S. troops stay mentally active with literature
Help U.S. troops stay connected to their children via web cam book reading
Ensure that our troops have reading material that may help get them through tough times
Clear books you’ve read from you home
We are collecting all genres of books (mysteries, westerns, etc), but please NO ROMANCE NOVELS!!! Our
troops do NOT read them, and they are very disheartened when they receive them.
So get caught-up on reading that stack of books you’ve accumulated and bring them with you to our next
meeting on November 19 at Bungalow Joe’s.
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Aerospace Education Update
Jack Giralico, President Chapter 407, appointed Gene McManaway Vice President of
Aerospace Education (AE). The Chapter AE team mission is to focus on enhancing
the relationship with the high schools, especially those with AFJROTC units, and the
Kentucky CAP units within the Chapter area.
The Chapter AE message will reiterate that AFA promotes the study of Science,
Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) to develop the skills for young Americans that will lead
the next generation of aerospace advances. And emphasize AFA activities and educator grants that
promote STEM education at the elementary and secondary school level with:
AFJROTC Instructor Grants enable AFJROTC instructors to expand the aerospace and civics
experiences in this educational program.
Educator Grants provide up to $250 per academic year in support to elementary and secondary
classrooms for aerospace education programs, opportunities, and activities.
Also our USA Today partnership program, Visions of Exploration, provides educators with resources
designed to enhance student understanding of STEM and aerospace education.
And encourage high schools to participate in the AFA CyberPatriot program, a national cyber
defense competition created to inspire high school students toward careers in cyber security or
other STEM disciplines critical to our nation’s future.
AE Volunteers Needed
We’re seeking volunteers to join the Chapter 407 Aerospace Education team to
fulfill the Aerospace Education mission.
If you can spare a few hours to assist with developing the plan and/or implementing
it, please contact Gene at: email@example.com or 502.314.3818.
The following table lists the High Schools in the Chapter 407 area that have AFJROTC Programs:
Appollo High School Moore High School
Owensboro, KY Louisville, KY
Henry County High School Nelson County High School
New Castle, KY Bardstown, KY
Hopkins County High School Christian County High School
Madisonville, KY Hopkinsville, KY
Warren East High School
Bowling Green, KY
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Other Volunteer Opportunities
Chapter 407 Needs Additional Leadership
The General Russell E Dougherty Chapter 407 has an immediate need for
additional volunteers to become Chapter Leaders. The Responsibilities include:
1. Serve as a member of the Executive Council.
2. Complete and submit reports as required to the President.
3. Serve as Program Chairman for any program sponsored by Chapter in area of responsibility of the
5. Maintain liaison with President and Executive Council on all programs in area of responsibility of
Please contact one of the Chapter Officers listed below to join the team. If you don’t have time for the extra
duties included with the Leadership responsibilities, but can spare some time to work on a Chapter project,
also let them know.
123 Air Wing / KY Air National Guard Kids Christmas Party
In December the KYANG Family Support Group will sponsor a Christmas Party for the
families of deployed Air Guard. We, in conjunction with the AFSA 482, support this event. Our
volunteers assist the Family Support team with the necessary tasks to ensure a successful
and joyous celebration.
Do You Want to Make A Difference?
Then join us. If you’re a member and just get your magazine every month, please
think about what else you can do. We need you and your ideas, and especially your
dedication, in helping Chapter 407 and the Air Force to succeed.
To volunteer, please send your contact and availability information to:
firstname.lastname@example.org or contact any of the following Chapter Officers:
Jack Giralico: email@example.com - Bobbie Smith: firstname.lastname@example.org -
Gene McManaway: email@example.com or 502.314.3818.
Come to a meeting and contribute your skills and talents. The more actively involved members we have will
help achieve our Chapter goals. Let’s make Chapter 407 greater!
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Fellow AFA Members,
I know it’s hard to believe, but the holiday season is upon us again. So let me start off by wishing you, and
yours, a very early joyous Holiday Season along with a very prosperous and Happy New Year.
As you saw from the Chapter Activity report, I attended the 63rd Annual AFA National Conference held in
Washington DC. It was an honored to serve as the Head Delegate for AFA – Kentucky. It gave me the
opportunity to meet our national leaders and discuss some of the national AFA programs. I also had the
opportunity to meet numerous other chapter leaders. The chapter leaders that I spoke with were very willing
to share their chapter experiences with me.
The Annual Conference had more people attending this year than last year. Hopefully, this is a positive sign
of a greater AFA member participation that will spread throughout the AFA Chapters.
Speaking of a Happy New Year and greater member participation, you can ensure a Happy New Year for
Chapter 407 by attending at least one of our scheduled quarterly meetings. And, on the subject of the New
Year, please make one of your resolutions to be a Chapter volunteer in 2012 either as a Chapter Leader or
by working on a project team. Our quarterly meeting dates for 2012 are:
Please review the scheduled dates and mark your calendar to attend at least one Chapter meeting.
And while you’re at it, take action to play an active role in your Chapter by volunteering a few hours of your
time. We need the dedicated efforts of those who have a passion for our Air Force to meet the Chapter 407
and AFA goals. With those people (you?) working together, we can make a difference.
One last item, the November meeting will again be held at Bungalow Joe’s, 7813 Beulah Church Rd,
Louisville, KY 40228. You can get a map location at our web site: www.afakentucky.org on the “About Us”
page. The member price for the lunch meeting is $5.00, paid to the Chapter Treasurer.
Vice President of Membership
PS: I’ll see you Nov 19 at Bungalow Joe’s. If possible, let me know if you
plan on attending and the names of any guests you plan on bringing.
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If you know people who share our interests in helping Air Force members, families, and veterans,
invite them to join AFA and participate in our work. Remember, anyone can join - they don’t need
to be in the military or a military retiree. They can join on-line at www.afakentucky.org by clicking
on the “Join AFA” tab, or you can give them the abbreviated membership application below.
firstname.lastname@example.org Reminder: Don’t forget to renew your AFA membership
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