In this issue:
May 19th, Bi-monthly Meeting, Guest Speaker, Dr. Ray Bloomer
May 18th, Our member, LCOL Bill Powley and F.L.I.G.H.T Celebration
Our Chapter involvement with JR ROTC and ROTC AT ETSU & UVA
Jun 12th, 5PM, Ladies Luncheon at J. Frank in Bristol.  Please invite guests; they open just for us!
July 14th, Family Picnic, Wing Deere Park, JC, 12-3PM
October 20th – 3rd Annual Run For The Dogs 5K

From National MOAA

Key Takeaways from the 2018 Council Presidents’ Seminar
How You Can Become a Millionaire After Leaving the Military
Your SBP Payments Will Soon Be Deducted from Combat Related Special Compensation

May 19th Meeting, Guest Speaker, Dr. Ray Bloomer 
Dr. Bloomer was commissioned as a 2nd LT in the Air Force from the Citadel.  His first tour was at the Air Force Weapons Laboratory in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  He spent another 15 years teaching physics at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado. For the past four years he has served as an Admissions Liaison Officer for the Air Force Academy, counseling high school students who want to serve the nation as military leaders and assisting them in preparing for and winning an appointment to the Academy.  He will be sharing all of this background history with us.  So, please:  INVITE ANY YOUNG PERSON THAT YOU KNOW WHO MAY WANT TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE AIR FORCE ACADEMY!  This meeting will be at 11:30, at the Johnson City Country Club; we will order from the menu and dessert will be included.  Please RSVP by Wednesday, May 16th to Tom Shafer,, or call 423-426-1416.

On that day, at 9:30 AM, they will celebrate flying their 10,000 student at the Greeneville City Airport.  Come share the event with LCOL (Ret.) Bill Powley, who has been teaching AF JR ROTC, and making flying part of the curriculum.  From the first flight in May of 1992, they have excited and inspired thousands of high school students to the joy of aviation.  I would be willing to carpool with others from the Johnson City area to attends the events.  Check F.L.I.G.H.T online if you would like to know more about this program.

JR ROTC and ROTC Updates:
Ed Champion and Jim DeBose present certificates to young cadets at 13 area high schools, during their annual banquets.  We also award a $500 scholarship to one cadet at ETSU or UVA who is an upcoming senior.  These award recipients are determined by teachers, professors, and others who work directly with the cadets. Part of our mission here is to support our youth, and future leaders, in the military!

JUL 14th, Family Picnic and Social, Wing Deere Park Pavilion, Noon.
The club supplies the meat and we ask everyone to bring a dish to share, dessert, salad, or whatever.  If you’d like to bring outdoor games, that would be great!

This is a fundraiser in support of a military veteran and a dog.  This 5K will be on the campus at ETSU.  It will start at 10AM.  Last year we were able to donate $2200 to Puppies Behind Bars; they are a very reputable organization with a high success rate for the dogs they train and support for their veterans.  We are looking for sponsors, runners, walkers, and volunteers.  It is a huge group effort, and so appreciated by those who benefit!

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