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VAW-VRC Merit Scholarships: Now Accepting 2013 Applications


The 2013 Memorial and Merit Scholarships are now open for application. For details on eligibility and to download a copy of the application, click “Apply for a Merit Scholarship” at the bottom of this page.

Deadline for entry is April 30, 2013.

There will be one $7000 Captain Ed Caffrey Memorial Merit Scholarship and several $3000 Merit Scholarships awarded this year.

Captain Ed Caffrey Memorial Merit Scholarship

Captain Ed Caffrey was an outstanding Commodore of the E2/C2 community from 1992-1994. His vision and dedication led to the creation of the VAW/VRC Memorial Scholarship Fund.
Captain Caffrey was a man of great courage and integrity who showed unlimited commitment to service. In honor of his memory, a Merit Scholarship of $7000 the largest given by the Association, will be awarded to an applicant who has demonstrated academic excellence, personal integrity and a commitment to community service. It is our hope that this scholarship will forever ensure Captain Caffrey’s legacy within our community by nurturing those same qualities in the recipient of the award.

Merit Scholarships:
Any spouse or college-age child of current and former members of the VAW/VRC community is eligible to apply. Recipients are chosen solely based on merit. All applications go to judges free of name and rank. Winners receive their awards late-spring, early-summer.

Want to apply? The 2013 applications are now available here – remember, the deadline is April 30, 2013



Cooking With The Troops – Update & Final Push

Folks – the “official” fundraiser finishes tomorrow, but don’t let that artificial calendar mark stop you from adding CWtT to your holiday contribution list.  Attached below is one more reason to for pitching in to this worthy cause:

Thanks to all of you for the multitude of posts about Cooking with the Troops.  As a final push we have some good news to throw out there.  Cooking with the Troops has been tapped for a great honor:

I imagine that few who read this will not know the name Richard D. “Dick” Winters. While the movie Band of Brothers made him famous, he was already well known within the military community for his outstanding leadership. His accomplishments make him an excellent exemplar for all the outstanding leadership shown on D-Day and beyond by those who led men in combat, which is the basis for the Richard D. Winters Leadership Project of the WWII Foundation.

As part of this effort, a statue of Dick Winters is being dedicated on 6 June 2012 in Sainte-Marie-du-Mont, Normandy, with a reception afterwards at the Utah Beach Museum. It is an honor and a pleasure to tell you that Cooking with the Troops will be providing the refreshments at the reception. Our goal is not just to provide tasty and appropriate food and drink to those attending, but to involve as many veterans-to-chefs and troops/vets interested in culinary/hospitality careers as possible.

So let’s use this to push for a great finish to this worthwhile project.
Again, thanks to you all – you’ve been more than generous with your blogs and your time.  We can’t tell you how much your participation has meant or how appreciative we are for it.
CwtT thanks you and wishes you and your loved one a wonderful and fulfilling Thanksgiving.
Best wishes to all for a blessed Thanksgiving and let’s remember that giving thanks, at all times and in all places is something we should regularly practice.

PMC For Now

Well, something broke, unsolicited of course and so now I get to roll up my sleeves and delve (once again) into the dark art of php.   In the meantime, I at least got a partial mission capable (PMC) bird back up and on the line (any one with more than a passing acquaintance with Naval Aviation Maintenance will appreciate what that means).  Hang on — we’re working it…all the while repeating, code is poetry, code is poetry, code is poetry (NOT).

UPDATE: Well, something was seriously busted and buried in the old theme code – so trying another.  Still a work in progress but looking for comments/critiques along the way…

SITREP: 17/2137L Nov 2011


Catching Up

Much has been going within and outside the household these past several weeks – and that explains a lot of the paucity of posts of late. Foremost amongst these was the passing of my wife’s father, a Korean War vet, railroad worker and longtime sufferer of Alzheimer’s. Word to the wise — if you haven’t had “the talk” with your parents and, depending on your relationship, your in-laws about living wills, advanced directives, hospice, and other end of life decisions, you are only denying the inevitable and setting yourself up for an even more difficult scenario at the very time when you need clear thinking. I add in-laws because like as not, you will be the go to person when faced with that scenario. Have that discussion, plan out the branches and sequels and write it down so you are ready at the drop of a hat — because even if you are dealing with a disease (or collection thereof) which have been grinding slowly, inexorably on for years, decades even, the end may come suddenly, in days or even hours and these days time is not on your side for research and deliberation. While you are at it, add a wifi/3G enabled iPad/tablet to your list. My iPad was invaluable during the course of the past week with quick access to a variety of needed sites and online forms, especially where the VA was concerned. Do this and while it won’t make the hurt and loss any less, it will significantly reduce the stress and anxiety levels for ALCON, and that in the long run will pay dividends. Above all, keep and call upon your faith – remember Isaiah 40:31

A week(plus) ago we kicked off the annual fund raising drive for Valour-IT, the program that through Soldier’s Angels provides IT solutions for our wounded service members who are otherwise unable to avail themselves of conventional methods of accessing computers and other IT devices you and I take for granted on a daily basis.   Folks – I know times are beastly hard,but the measure of a society is how it cares for and supports those who face physical and mental challenges in the course of their daily lives. Doubly so for those who have made the sacrifice in service to that society. There are an abundance of charities out there covering almost every cause (most worthy, others maybe less so) – heaven knows, you only need pick up the annual Combined Federal Campaign book listing them to see. Project Valour-IT is one of those rare charities where 100% of what you donate goes to helping the wounded vet and not providing overstuffed furniture in some palatial headquarters office or a six-figure salary for a charity CEO. It is why this is the one charity I will support (outside of our church and tithing) monetarily (others we provide our time). Look over to the top right side and you’ll find two widgets — one to learn more and another to donate. Yes, we have a “friendly” competition going on between Service related teams, but in the end the money all goes into the same pot and all we get is bragging rights (which at the moment, ahem, it appears Team Army is running away with). We’re entering the home stretch and there is a long ways to go to meet this year’s goal of $25K for Team Navy. How about pitching in?

Sometimes I get notes offline (and you can write to me here if so moved) asking about why I hadn’t addressed a certain event or topic, or if I had, why I was late to the game. One of the self-imposed restrictions I set on myself was to swing to the cautious side in certain topics that may relate to my real world job. It is altogether too easy to allow what in the vernacular is called “spillage” if you get on a roll and unintentionally reveal that which shouldn’t surface in this arena. The figleaf of blogger anonymity only goes so far if you stretch beyond hit-rates that exceed single digits on a weekly basis (which we have occasion to do here). On more than one occasion I’ve spiked my own draft based on that degree of conservative approach only to see it substantially posted elsewhere. Selah – my conscience is clear and the wolves of unemployment remain stayed at the outer gates. Still, I’ll continue to find some way to bring a perspective to certain topics that is lacking in the broader blogsphere that are sourced from daily experience – like a recent trip that included getting into the guts of surface-to-air and ballistic missiles that cemented concepts and engineering principles studied from afar while illustrating the problems of proliferation (like my up close and personal look at an application of pyrolytic-reinforced graphite).

Finally – there are several articles in the bullpen or warming up – many dealing with the ongoing observation of the Naval Aviation Centenary (including a look at operations in the Alaskan theater of operations). As the saying goes – more to follow…

w/r, SJS

P.S.  Oh and standby — more coming down the pike re. the Naval Institute and it doesn’t look good for the home team.

The Fukushima Daiishi Incident

As explained by an industry leader:

The Fukushima Daiishi Incident

h/t: “a nuke” (self-described…)

Proposal Hell

Welcome to another weekend/week of my life…and why things have been a little quiet around these parts the last few…