We had a nice turnout at the last meeting. The SOQ program went very well thanks to Sel Ramsay, George Del Gaudio and Chaplain Bill Thompson. The sailors were introduced by CMDCM(AW) Jeff Reeder, Command Master Chief, Naval Weapons Station Seal Beach. Jeff is well known to us who attend meetings regularly. Besides being an excellent sailor, NCO, manager, mentor and boss, he is a fine singer. He serenaded us at the last celebration of the Navy Birthday by singing all three verses of Anchors Away! Jeff is moving on to NAS Whidbey Island this month to take over a squadron of P-8’s. We wish Jeff all of the luck in the world and thank him for the wonderful job he has done relative to the SOQ program and supporting Gramps.
Last month’s speaker was superb. A very enjoyable presentation. Colonel Cliff Tatum (USAF Ret) filled the presentation with interesting and sometimes funny anecdotes from his flying days with the Air Force and later, the Navy. Yes, Cliff flew carrier jets and actually got a few traps in the three years that he was assigned as an exchange pilot with the Navy. Thank you Cindy Macha for arranging for Cliff to brief us on his career highlights.
As long as I am mentioning our speaker, it is appropriate to mention the participation of Bruce Guberman in our last meeting. Usually, Dick Fields handles the audio visual chores but he could not attend the last meeting. Cindy Macha prevailed upon Bruce to come and try to “sub” for Dick. I just want to say that Bruce did a great job and to thank him on behalf of Gramps for a job well-done under trying circumstances. Also in line for a Thank You is Bob Cashman. Remember how I am always reminding the membership of the need for more volunteers? Well Dick’s absence highlights our need for additional people to help out. Besides the A/V responsibilities, Dick also writes the article reviewing the speaker’s brief for the OpPlan. In Dick’s absence, Bob Cashman stepped forward and volunteered to write the review. His work should appear somewhere in this issue. Thank you Bob for helping out.
I am still in tax preparation mode so I have run out of gas. Thank you all for attending our meetings and supporting Gramps. Your participation allows us to support the SOQ awards program for the Sailors at NWSSB. Keep up the good work and send money when you feel the need.