Pilots and crewmembers at Branson Veterans Day Parade.
2nd Quarterly Meeting VHPASMO June 15, 2018
Friday June 15 was a great day for about 30 members who went to Ft. Leonard Wood for our quarterly meeting. We toured the museum, the Digital Training Facility (great big war simulator), and the National Guard Flight Facility with their Blackhawks.
At the Museum, we saw many military scenes involving Army Engineers, MPs, and Chemical Corps soldiers.
At the Digital Training Facility, we were told how they can simulate nearly any situation that might be encountered in warfare and then shown a simulated helicopter assault.
At the National Guard Flight Facility, we were briefed on the missions and aircraft located there, and then we were allowed to climb into and on some UH-60s.
Possibly THE highlight of the day was eating in a Basic Training Mess Hall (now known as a dining facility). The food was really great! And we were privileged to be there while some recent recruits entered, ate, and left under the scrutiny of their drill sergeants. It was amusing to watch how they marched in, held their trays until told to put them down, ate, and departed and responded to every order with a loud, "Yes, Drill Sergeant!".
Actually, any one of those events would have been great, but it was really special to experience them all.
Big thanks to Dick for the idea and follow-through and to the Ft Leonard Wood public relations people for the arrangements.
4TH Quarterly Meeting, Saturday November 17 at Keeter Center, College of the Ozarks.
Luncheon speaker, Lt Governor Mike Parson
South Missouri Chapter of VHPA
Wreath-laying ceremony. L to R: Lt. Governor Mike Parson; College of the Ozarks President, Dr. Jerry Davis; South MO Chapter President, Dr. Dick Elgin; VHPA Past-President John Sorensen; and Chuck Guy, MOAA
Coast Guard Aviator
Chapters are totally separate, independent entities and are not authorized to act as an agent, or representative, of the VHPA or any or the other chapters.
At the 3rd Quarter meeting of the South Missouri Chapter VHPA held in Jefferson City on September 29, left to right: National VHPA President, John Sorensen; the speaker, Col. Grace Link, Executive Director of the Missouri Veterans Commission; outgoing Chapter President Dick Elgin and incoming President Ken Sherfey.
3rd Quarterly Meeting VHPASMO September 29, 2018
The South Missouri Chapter, VHPA, met on Saturday, September 29 at the American Legion Post in Jefferson City, MO. Twenty six members, spouses and guests attended the lunch meeting. The speaker was the Executive Director of the Missouri Veterans Commission, Grace Link. Col Link is also the Director of Staff of the Missouri Air National Guard. Grace spoke of the Veterans Commission’s mission to serve the approximately 485,000 Missouri veterans. Her agency operates the seven Missouri Veterans Homes, its five cemeteries and the state’s Veteran Service Offices, through a staff of about 1700 employees. Chapter members were encouraged, hearing of the improvements underway for the care Missouri veterans receive. A business meeting followed. Agenda items included a report by national VHPA President, John Sorensen on the May, 2019 VHPA Reunion in Kansas City. Our Chapter will provide volunteers to staff the reunion. The Chapter voted to endow a scholarship for ROTC students at the College of the Ozarks near Branson. A Change of Command ceremony concluded the meeting with Dick Elgin becoming the Immediate Past President, passing the Chapter flag to President Ken Sherfey. In addition to these men, the incoming officers will be Ron Clifton, Vice-President; Ralph McClug, Secretary; John Sorensen, Treasurer. The Chapter’s next meeting will be Saturday, November 17 at the Keeter Center at the College of the Ozarks.
SOUTH MISSOURI CHAPTER OF THE VIETNAM HELICOPTER PILOTS ASSOCIATION
4th Quarterly Meeting VHPASMO of 2017
The South Missouri Chapter, VHPA held its 4th Quarter Meeting on Veterans Day, Saturday, November 11. Chapter members walked in the Branson Chamber of Commerce Veterans Day Parade through downtown Branson. It is quite a parade with a larger turnout of veteran organizations and a huge and appreciative crowd lining the streets. The Chapter laid a wreath at the Missouri Vietnam Veterans Memorial on the campus of the College of the Ozarks. The memorial is to the 1410 from Missouri who lost their lives during the Vietnam War. The wreath was laid by Missouri Lt. Governor Mike Parson, an Army veteran himself, assisted by Chapter President Dr. Dick Elgin, VHPA Past-President John Sorensen, and, representing MOAA, Chuck Guy. The ceremony was followed by a luncheon held in the College’s Keeter Center. Lt. Governor Mike Parson was the luncheon speaker. College of the Ozarks President Dr. Jerry Davis was recognized for his leadership at the veteran-friendly College.
Air Force Aviator
South Missouri Chapter of VHPA