Lord Fairfax Silver Chapter won the 1999 USAWOA Community Affairs Award.
The community service award for the Chapter with the best community sustaining program for the USAWOA award year July 1, 1998 through June 30, 1999 was based on the Chapter's support of the Soldier's and Sailor's Home, support of Retiree Days, and the Fairfax County Parkway 'Adopt-a-Highway. programs. The award was accepted by CW3 Dee Robinson, Chapter Treasurer and delegate, at the Awards Banquet on October 29th which closed the 1999 Annual Meeting of the Members in the General Patton Hotel, Garmisch, Germany. Other Chapter members in attendance at the Annual Meeting and Banquet included CW5 (Ret) Ray Bell, CW4 (Ret) Don Hess, CW5 (Ret) Dave Welsh (chapter Webmaster), CW4 Chuck Sowles, CW2 Deb Hahnenkamp (Chapter Secretary), CW5 Jim Morgan, and CW5 Matt Wojdak.
Lord Fairfax Silver received the 2001 Community Affairs Award for Sustaining Chapter Programs
for the best sustaining community programs.
Most notable was the continuing work with the Soldiers' and Sailors' Home, support of Retiree Activities Day at Fort Belvoir, Virginia, and Adopt-A-Highway programs at the Awards Banquet which concluded the Annual Meeting of the Members in Las Vegas, NV on
October 23, 1997. This was third consecutive year that the Chapter has won a Community Affairs Award. (Pictured L-R are USAWOA President Frank Meeks, Northeast Region Director Gary Nisker, Chapter Secretary CW2 Cevilla Mosby and USAWOA Vice President Jim White - picture by Ray Bell)
In December 2001
the Chapter participated in the Fort Belvoir and Fort Myer, VA, Adopt-a-Family for Christmas Programs
- Each family received several bags of non-perishable food items, a $75.00 gift certificate from Safeway for them to buy perishables items of their holiday meals, and a $75.00 AAFES gift certificate to purchase size and style specific items. Additionally the Chapter provided gifts from the Chapter members ranging from bicycles, to dolls, stuffed animals, games, puzzles, clothing items, pampers, and other wished-for items. We think both families had a very blessed holiday.
2002 the Chapter donated
to the Fort Belvoir Elementary School (VA).
Pictured (l to R) are Chapter President CW5 (Ret) Rick Ford, Principal Mrs. Jan Wilson, and Chapter Treasurer Dick Markle.
(Photo courtesy Wayne V. Hall, Belvoir EAGLE)
In December 2002,
the Chapter participated in the Adopt-a-Family for Christmas programs at both Fort Belvoir and Fort Myer.
The Chapter started off with one family at each post however the donations from Chapter members and friends were so plentiful that before the drive was over the Chapter ended up Adopting three families, 1 large family at Fort Belvoir and 2 families at Fort Meyer. Among the items donated were 6 bicycles, a Sony Play station II for a family of six, gift certificates at AAFES and the Commissary and many, many other gifts for the family members.
the Chapter again participated in the Alexandria, VA
Christmas in April Program. Members and friends repaired and/or refurbished three homes of needy older residents in Alexandria, VA.
Pictured are CW2 (Ret) Tom Cronin, COL (Ret) Gerry Braun, COL Chris Young, CW5 (Ret) Willie Brown, Nicole Lina, Theresa Johnson, Janice Yi, CW3 (Ret) Larry Woodmansee, CW5 (Ret) Dick Markle, CW5 (Ret) Ron McLendon, CW2 Cevilla Mosby and CW3 Keith Anderson. Participants not in the picture were CW5 Craig Sincock and CW5 (Ret) Rick Ford.
(Picture by Rick Ford)
On August 2, 2003, we were blessed with a mostly overcast, but dry day for a car wash at the Fort Belvoir South Post Mini-Mart. Donations of over $440 dollars were received in the little more than 4 1/2 hours. Ron McLendon and Dick Markle extend thanks to Willie Brown, Larry Woodmansee, Cevilla Mosby, Maria Valdovino, Larry Kelly, Tom Cronin, Lisa Henderson, Ron Whalen (from Pottsville, PA), Rick Ford, Kimberly and Samantha Markle, and newly arrived WO1 Patrick Morris, for their much appreciated help.
On October 24, 2003,
the Lord Fairfax Silver Chapter was the proud recipient of a 30-Year flag streamer recognizing the Chapter for continuous service to USAWOA and it's members since 1973. The presentation was made at the USAWOA Annual Awards Banquet and Ball, at the Holiday Inn-Battlefield, Gettysburg, PA. Lord Fairfax Silver Chapter President
Cevilla Mosby accepted the award on behalf of the Chapter and it's members.) Pictured left to right are
USAWOA National President Frank Meeks, Chapter President Mosby, and USAWOA National Vice President Roy Valiant.
(Picture by Dave Welsh)
On December 18, 2003,
the Chapter held it's annual holiday get-together at the Kingstowne Library and On behalf of our Lord Fairfax Silver Chapter president, CW2 Cevilla Mosby, to all of you that provided either a gift or a monetary donation to our Adopt-a-Family program again this year, our heartfelt thanks. Your generous contribution will go a long way toward providing a brighter holiday season for our adopted families at both Ft Myer and Ft Belvoir. The presents and gift certificates were delivered to the respective ACS offices at both locations on December 19th.
In December 2004
- Lord Fairfax Silver Chapter Adopt-a-Family 2004 - The Chapter had a tremendous response to the 2004 Adopt-A-Family program. We received gifts for all members of both of our adopted families and cash donations of $725, which went for Commissary gift certificates and AAFES gift cards for both families. The gifts and certificates were delivered to the Ft Belvoir ACS office on Thursday, 16 December, and to the Fort Myer ACS office on Friday, 17 December. Many thanks to the following individuals for their gifts and or cash donations:
Larry Kelly, Linda Johnson, Sam Rheem, Charlie Parker, Eddie & Betty Mallard, Willie and Frankie Brown, Ron McLendon, Gary Novis and family, Maria Valdovino, Ron Whalen, Jerry Dillard, Terry Todd, Frank Holub, Leonard Crain, Tom & Maggie Cronin, Dennis Phillips, Faye Brown, Rick Ford, Patrick Morris, Frank and Jean Dyer, and Valerie Lubin.
On June 4, 2005
- CW5 Mallard supports USO Care Package Program On Saturday, June 4, 2005, from 0800-1630 hrs, about 65 volunteers joined the USO at their warehouse on Jackson Loop, Fort Belvoir, VA to stuff care packages with phone calling cards, gum, candy canes and other items in plastic bags that will be delivered to U.S. troops deployed to Iraq, Afghanistan and other countries in the Middle East. CW5 Eddie Mallard, VP Lord Fairfax Silver Chapter (with Eagle Rising on his ball cap & tee shirt) tapes a box containing 25 individual bags for shipment (each pallet contained 20 boxes with 25 individual bags per box). At the conclusion, the volunteers had stuffed 10,000 bags.
On Friday, 16 December, 2005,
presents and gift certificates were delivered to the Ft Myer and Ft Belvoir ACS Adopt-A-Family coordinators for pickup by the Chapter adopted families. A hearty thank you to the following helpers for their support of the Adopt-A-Family program
for 2005. Monetary contributions totaled $630 and/or presents for the several children in the two adopted families guaranteed that the families had a much merrier holiday season. Thanks goes out to
Ron McLendon, Larry Kelly, Eddie & Betty Mallard, Sam & Kathleen Rhem, Frank & Jean Dyer, Xiomara Rivera, Rick Ford, Maria Valdovino, Leonard Crain, Ron Whalen, Frank Holub, Jerry Dillard, Terry Todd, Ed Clayton, Larry Woodmansee, and Patrick Morris.
A Thank you to you!
Dec 28, 2005
Dear Lord Fairfax Silver Chapter, US Army Warrant Officer Association
The Army Community Service Family, as well as the family you donated to, would like to thank you for your support of Military Families and your generosity.
The family wanted you to know that your contributions to their Christmas made a difference. The kindness you showed made this holiday special.
Thank you again and have a wonderful New Year.
Ms. Sandy L. Sullivan
Ms. Gwendolyn Smallwood
Fort Myer Military Community
Army Community Service Center
On 29 July 2006, the Lord Fairfax Silver Chapter, USAWOA members and guests participated as volunteers for “Casino Night” at the Armed Forces Retirement Home in Washington, DC.
Pictured from left to right is Historian, CW5(R) Ron McLendon, President, CW2 Patrick Morris, MSG Danita Austin, Vice-President, CW5 Eddie Mallard, and Treasurer, CW5(R) Dick Markle. See
more pictures and story.
Lord Fairfax Silver Chapter On-The-Move pictures and stories.
Fairfax Silver Chapter Stays Busy
Adopt-a-Highway Project -
Pictured left, In November 2006, CW2 Patrick Morris, President, Lord Fairfax ‘Silver’ Chapter, USAWOA with volunteers
Romell and Caroline Mallard participates in the quarterly clear-up of the Fairfax County Parkway between Route 1 and I-95 during the chapter’s Adopt-A-Highway Program in November 2006.
by CW5 Eddie Mallard, Chapter VP)
Christmas Adopt-a-Family Projects
- In December 2006, thanks to Chapter Members and friends many presents, $735 in cash donations, and commissary and PX gift certificates were donated for two junior enlisted families in the Fort Belvoir and Fort Myer military communities. The presents and gift certificates were delivered by CW5 (Ret) Dick Markle to Ft Myer for that adopted family, and to the Ft Belvoir ACS office by CW5 Markle and Chapter President CW2 Patrick Morris for the adopted family from the Ft Belvoir community. These two families had a much brighter holiday season this year due to the generosity and kindness of the Chapter. Many thanks to Sam & Kathy Rhem, CW3 Xiomara Rivera, CW5 Eddie Mallard and his wife Betty, Tom & Maggie Cronin, Betty Mayes, Larry Kelly, Frank Dyer, Ron McLendon, Charlie Parker, CW4 Russ Gaines, Sam Hrncir,
Terry Todd, CW5 Ed Clayton, Frank Holub, Bruce Gardner, Patrick Morris, Rick
Ford, and Matt Schmitt for their generous contributions to this annual
project. Pictured right, the gifts are for some of our Adopt-a-Family
attendees at the Chapter's Holiday Social where all the presents were
collected (l to r) are CW5(Ret) Ron McLendon, CW5(Ret) Rick Ford, CW2 Matt
Schmitt, CW5(Ret) Dick Markle, CW5 Eddie Mallard, CW5 (Ret) Frank Dyer, and
Frank Holub (LTC, USAF Ret).
CHAPTER DONATES TO
- Warrant Officers of the Lord Fairfax “Silver” Chapter at Fort Belvoir, VA presented a donation of Christmas gifts to the Fort Belvoir Army Community Service (ACS) on
18 December 2006 in support of Operation Sugarplum (Adopt-a-Family Holiday Program). The Adopt-a-Family Holiday Program helps support the families of the Fort Belvoir and surrounding communities.
Pictured (l to r): CW2 Patrick Morris, Chapter President, Ms. Faithleen Henderson, ACS Program Coordinator, CW5 (Ret) Richard “Dick” Markle, Chapter Treasurer. Article and photo submitted by CW2 Patrick Morris, Lord Fairfax “Silver” Chapter President
Chapter President Patrick Morris attended the 35th USAWOA AMM in San Antonio
and came home the USAWOA 2007 Community Affairs Award for Sustaining Programs and the
PFCU $100 Raffle Prize. See 35th AMM page and
(Pictured l to r:
Chapter President CW3 Patrick Morris attaches the 2007 Community Affairs for
Sustaining Programs Streamer to the Chapter Flag while Secretary CW5 (Ret) Rick
Ford and Treasurer CW5 (Ret) Dick Markle look on)
December 2007, Lord Fairfax “Silver”
to Operation Sugarplum. Chapter members donated Christmas gifts to the Fort
Belvoir and Fort Myer Army Community Services (ACS) on 14 December 2007 in
support of Operation Sugarplum (Adopt-a-Family Holiday Program). The
Adopt-a-Family Holiday Program helps support the less fortunate families
within the Fort Belvoir and Fort Myer communities.
Pictured (l to r):
Frank Holub, LTC, USAF Ret, CW5 (Ret) Dick Markle, Chapter Treasurer, CW2
(Ret) Edith Belso, CW2 Stephen Francis, CW3 Patrick Morris, Chapter President,
CW5 Eddie Mallard, Chapter Vice-President.
Lord Fairfax “Silver” Chapter
Meets 35th Annual Meeting of the Members $250.00 Donation
Challenge - Receives Warrant
Officer Heritage Supporter Streamer
(Pictured - On July 13, 2008, a "WO
HERITAGE SUPPORTER" flag streamer was presented to Lord Fairfax
“Silver” Chapter President CW3 Patrick G. Morris (left) and
Vice-President CW5 Eddie Mallard (middle) by Warrant Officer
Heritage Foundation Board Chairman and CEO CW5 (Ret) Richard
“Dick” Markle (right).
In December 2008, Lord
Fairfax "Silver" Chapter adopted military families at Fort Myer
and Fort Belvoir for Christmas.
Pictured right, Chapter Treasurer, CW5 (Ret)
Dick Markle delivered the presents and gift certificates to the
Fort Myer Army Community Services representative for the 2008
On January 16, 2009,
the Lord Fairfax
Silver Chapter received a memo
from Robin G. Johnson, the Ft Belvoir ACS Chief
thanking the chapter for supporting their 2008 Operation
Sugarplum in December. Also enclosed was a thank you card from
Taylor, Travon, and Troy of Family #71. The comments in the
card were: “My family and I would like to thank you for the
joy you brought us on Christmas. God Bless you and your
family. Sincerely, Family #71”. Good deeds do get
recognized, even if it’s anonymous.
2009 the Lord Fairfax Silver Chapter once again participated in
Operation Sugar Plum at Fort Belvoir, VA. Pictured is
Chapter Treasurer CW5 (Ret) Dick Markle (left) presenting Toys R
Us gift cards and DECA gift certificates to Tammye Braddy, of
the Ft Belvoir ACS office, for two families in their 2009
Operation Sugarplum program. The Chapter first supported
Operation Sugar Plum in 2001 and has continued its support every
July 30, 2010, the Lord Fairfax Chapter members volunteered
their time to deal cards at the Armed Forces Retirement Home's
annual casino night in Washington DC. The Chapter also
donated $250 to the retirement home for cash prizes for the
event. Pictured (l-r) CW5 (Ret) Dick Markle and CW4 (Ret)
Cevilla (Mosby) Randle were volunteer dealers at the Casino
December 13, 2010, Chapter President,
CW2 Meisha Atkinson,
presented Army and Air Force Exchange gift certificates,
Commissary vouchers, and other presents to
of the USO Metro D.C. office on Monday, December 13, 2010, for
their Adopt-a-Military Child / Family program.
February 17, 2011, Warrant Officers Heritage Foundation Board
Chairman CW5 (Ret) Richard Markle presented a "WO
HERITAGE SUPPORTER" Flag Streamer to the Lord Fairfax Silver
Chapter. This is the second streamer presented to the Chapter
for donations supporting the Foundation's efforts to preserve
the history and heritage of the Army Warrant Officer.
Pictured from l to r:
President, CW2 Meisha Atkinson, Foundation Chairman
Markle, and Chapter Vice-President,
CW5 (Ret) Eddie Mallard.
SUPPORTS ARMED FORCES RETIREMENT HOME
Trish Balbalian (left side)
Shaun Edwards (center)
On July 27, 2012, members of the Lord
Fairfax Silver Chapter gathered at
the annual Casino Night event for residents of the Armed Forces
Retirement Home in Washington DC. In addition to a $250
donation that was used for some event prizes, we had some
chapter members participating as dealers or hostesses for the
residents that evening.
On August 19, 2012,
members of the Lord Fairfax Silver Chapter got together to
refinish the Bar Top at the Fort Belvoir, VA Golf Course -
see slide show.