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April Newsletter Online

The latest Chapter newsletter is now online. Some of the highlights of this month's newsletter are:

  • Committee reports
  • The Moving Wall will be in Carlisle this month. Check the CALENDAR.
  • Our AED (Automatic External Defibrillator)
  • PA Wounded Warrior Golf Tournament - 17 June at Sunset Golf Course Middletown.
  • Golf Committee - we needs golfers. Let's make this a success.
  • We have close to 900 LIKES on Facebook! Warren posts there frequently.
  • Again - check for tweaks in changes to starting times of some of our upcoming meeetings
  • And more ... Read and enjoy!
    Last Updated ( Friday, 06 May 2016 09:32 )
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    VVA Golf 2016 ThumbnailVVA 542 2016 Golf Tournament

    Save the date for our 15th Annual 2016 Golf Tournament!

    This years Golf Tournament will be held Friday 27 May at the Blue Mountain Golf Course - (717) 865-4401. The tournament will be a shotgun start and begin at 8:30am. Cost is $65/person and includes carts, prizes, gifts, refreshments, and after-tournament buffet. If you are not a golfer join us for the buffet for only $15.

    Sign up to be a golf hole sponsor! Choose from four levels of sponsorship.

    Sponsorship details and registration forms are included in the 2016 brochure.

    Click this link to open and download the brochure.

    Last Updated ( Wednesday, 20 April 2016 21:22 )
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    Who Is Michael Novosel?

    Last Updated ( Thursday, 14 April 2016 11:59 )
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    Last Updated ( Wednesday, 20 April 2016 21:43 )
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    Our Name . . .

    On April 2, 2006, the nation lost one of its true heroes when CWO4 (Ret.) Michael J. Novosel passed away at age 83. Mike served in the Army and Air Force for a total of 43 years before being forced to retire on his 62nd birthday. He flew bombers as a Lt.Col. in World War II, and helicopters as a CWO in Vietnam. The main street at Ft. Rucker, AL, is named after him.

    Born and raised in Etna, PA, he caddied for Art Rooney Sr. as a boy, and was at Forbes Field when Babe Ruth hit his last homerun. Enlisting just before Pearl Harbor, he was technically too short to be an aviator, but a thoughtful medical officer “gave” him an eighth of an inch – to make him 5’4” – allowing him to go to flight school.

    In Vietnam, where he flew “DUSTOFF” (medevac) he was awarded the Medal of Honor for a mission where he made 15 separate passes into heavy fire to save 29 trapped soldiers and was wounded in the action. In Vietnam he flew 2,543 missions rescuing 5,589 wounded. He logged 2,038 hours of combat flight time. At one point he served with his son, Mike Jr., who was also a pilot, and they ironically got to rescue one another within the same week after each was shot down. Both served in the 82nd Med Det with our chapter President, John Travers, and through that friendship, Mike became very friendly with our chapter, often visiting and supporting our efforts. He loved central PA and Harrisburg in particular.After his passing, and with the assent of his family, our Chapter adopted his name as part of our own. We carry it with the utmost pride. By doing so his inspirational leadership, unflinching bravery, devotion to family and country, as well as his quiet determination become constant reminders of what we hope to emulate in our activities.

    We thank the Novosel family for the trust they have placed in us, and we resolve to never discredit the name and memory of Mike Novosel.

    Last Updated ( Tuesday, 24 August 2010 17:40 )
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    Our Chapter ...

    Over the last several years  our chapter has sponsored the arrival and ceremony honoring America's Huey 091, the Vietnam era UH-1 helicopter which now resides in the Smithsonian's American History Museum in Washington D.C.  A ceremony hosted by the Mayor Of Harrisburg Stephen Reed, and attended by the Governor and both Pennsylvania U.S. Senators, as well as many members of the Pennsylvania State Senate and House, greeted the arrival of the chopper.

    We also hosted the Pennsylvania premier of the critically acclaimed made for TV documentary "In The Shadow Of The Blade" at the beautiful Whitaker Center in Harrisburg Pa. The event, for which a UH-1 Huey helicopter was placed on the street in front of the theater - thanks to the help of the Adjutant General of the Pennsylvania National Guard, Maj General Jessica Wright — drew hundreds that night.

    It was our honor to provide the Grand Marshals for the largest Memorial Day Parade in Pennsylvania, the Annville Parade.  Every year our chapter participates in this event and will continue to work with this fine group.  In recent years we have created a new tradition of passing out thousands of small American flags along the way, in advance of the parade itself, something that the marchers have told us makes for a very inspiring sight as they pass by.

    Last Updated ( Friday, 28 December 2012 12:36 )
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