FREEDOM THROUGH VIGILANCE ASSOCIATION
P.O. Box 691616
San Antonio, Texas 78269-1616
1. FEBRUARY 20, 2009 BOARD OF DIRECTORS’ MEETING: President Chris Cook called the meeting to order at 1400 hours in the SSFCU Board Room.
|Chris Cook – President||Sue Douglas — Vice President|
|Bob Cope — Treasurer||Loren “Phred” Sevening — Secretary|
|Dennis “Rass” Rassmussen||Ken Williams|
|Bob Baert||Ron Haygood|
|Jim McLendon||Wayne Amann — AFISRA/PA|
|Grover Jackson||Bob Crabtree|
|Joe Hurst||Lee Anthony|
|Doug Holden||MSgt Perez — AFISRA/SO|
|TSgt Mark Richardson — Chief, AFISRA SENSOR OLYMPICS|
2. MINUTES: The Minutes of the January 2009 meeting were read and approved with minor modifications.
3. TREASURER’S REPORT: Treasurer’s report presented, and filed for audit.
a. Motion was made, seconded, and approved to provide $4000 for the Air Force ISR Agency SENSOR OLYMPICS competition.
b. Motion was made, seconded, and approved to provide $1200 for the Air Force ISR Agency Ambassador Program.
4. OLD BUSINESS
a. NEW BASE ENTRY PROCEDURES. MSgt Perez from Air Force ISR Agency SO briefed the new base entry procedures, which may very well complicate access for the next Reunion in September this year. The new procedures are a result of a recent Presidential Order to decrease potential for terrorist attacks on federal installations. In a nutshell, the new procedures require the visitor to provide full name, phone number, drivers license number, and date of birth at least five duty days in advance of the intended visit. This information will be used by Security Forces to conduct a cursory background check on the visitor. With the large number of visitors we are expecting for the reunion events, we are setting a suspense of August 28th for the information so we can compile and forward to base Security Forces. The new procedures will be explained in the next FTVA Newsletter, and will also be available online at the FTVA website. There will also be a 100% ID check after normal duty hours, so everything planned for Saturday (Hall of Honor induction and the Banquet) are affected. More to follow as this issue progresses. Update will be discussed at the March FTVA BOD meeting.
b. SPRING SOCIAL UPDATE. The event is scheduled for April 4th at the Kelly Field Club.
(1) The new Air Force ISR Agency Commander, Maj Gen Heithold, has been invited to be the guest speaker. Too soon to tell if his schedule will allow for this.
(2) Kenny O’Neal will provide a list of Agency Heroes who have recently returned from deployment.
(3) Need somebody to lead the group in the Pledge of Allegiance. Perhaps one of the returning heroes might be a good candidate for this activity.
(4) President Chris Cook will contact the Air Force ISR Agency Chaplain, Col Knudson, to lead the Benediction for the event.
c. GENERAL KOZIOL’S DEPARTURE. General Koziol was very pleased with all the activities associated with his departure. It was a high-class act, covered by local media.
5. NEW BUSINESS.
a. 2009 REUNION PLANNING ACTIONS. Items that need to be accomplished in time to accompany the June FTVA Newsletter include:
(1) President’s Letter: President Chris Cook
(2) Schedule of Events: Bob Baert
(3) Security: Vice President Sue Douglas
(4) Election Ballots: Dennis “Rass” Rassmussen.
(5) Golf Tournament Letter: Joe Hurst
(6) Banquet Program: Ken Williams.
Updates will be presented at the March FTVA BOD meeting.
b. STATUS OF FTVA OFFICER ELECTION NOMINATING COMMITTEE. Committee Chair, Dennis “Rass” Rassmussen, briefed that a nomination committee has been formed, consisting of five active and former members of the FTVA Board of Directors. Officers to be elected at the 2009 General Membership Meeting are President and Vice President. More to follow in the next Newsletter, and an update at the March meeting.
c. UPDATING BYLAWS AND CONSTITUTION. The bylaws and Constitution were last updated mid-2008 shortly after Air Intelligence Agency changed to become the Air Force Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) Agency. Joe Hurst will provide copies of the Constitution and Bylaws to everyone, and once they have undergone review they will be posted on the FTVA Website. Another item discussed was the need to create a continuity book for each position on the FTVA Board of Directors, so all the corporate knowledge and history can be captured, preserved, and passed on to successors for each position as needed. This issue will be revisited at the March meeting.
a. Vice President Sue Douglas has received a good number of sincere thank-you letters for the hats she has mailed out.
b. Mr Glen Mueller from PA wrote to express thanks for the newsletter.
c. Mr Rich Santulli, the Chairman of the Intrepid Fallen Heroes wrote a thank-you for the recent donation made by the FTVA in General Koziol’s name as a departure gift.
7. AROUND THE ROOM.
a. Paul Sheehan recently passed away, details will be in the next Newsletter.
b. Bob Baert contracted to get all the FTVA graphics done using new software. The final product will be a much higher resolution, which should make the Newsletter and Website better.
c. Bill Ballard is back home after a recent hospitalization.
d. A neighbor of Vice President Sue Douglas attended the funeral for CMSgt Keaton, and commented about the superb job the Air Force did to honor the Chief.
e. TSgt Mark Richardson, the new Chief of SENSOR OLYMPICS introduced himself and expressed sincere appreciation for all the support provided by FTVA. He is exploring the possibility of attaching General Larson’s name to the program to give it more clout and credibility.
f. The March FTVA Newsletter is out. Need somebody to step up and assist Rass with the Fallen Eagles section. Dan “Dap” D’Apolito is the current lead for this project. Vice President Sue Douglas will help out until a permanent selection can be found. Rass will make appropriate comments in the next newsletter asking all members to help out in this role, and of course Kirk Carpenter and others have been very active and helpful in keeping this section current.
8. There being no further business, motion was made, seconded, and approved to adjourn at 1550. Next meeting will be March 20, 2009 in the SSFCU Board Room, starting at 1330.
LOREN R. “PHRED” SEVENING