MG Vavala sent this out on the Delaware National Guard news list and we are printing it in its entirety.
MG Vavala sent this out the the Delaware National Guard community so I am sharing it in its entirety- Kat Lehman
To my Delaware National Guard family,
It is with a great deal of sorrow that I join all members of the Delaware National Guard in expressing our condolences and sincere sympathy on the passing of one of our beloved leaders, an architect of our modern Delaware National Guard, a mentor, advisor, colleague, friend, and former Adjutant General, MG (Ret) George K. Hastings.
He lived his life dedicated to our organization and to the principles on which our National Guard was founded. He will be remembered for his institutional knowledge and modernization of our force structure.
MG Hastings was a patriotic American Soldier and leader who served his country, state, and community willingly and without reservation. His death is a loss to all of us in the Delaware National Guard, and our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Rose Ann, his daughters Joanna and Jaime, and the rest of his family.
Francis D. Vavala
The Adjutant General, Delaware
Funeral services are as follows:
Visitation: Friday, November 1, 12-2 p.m.
Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home
700 West Street
Funeral service: Friday, November 1, 2 p.m.
Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home
Odd Fellows Cemetery
You may send condolences to Mrs. Hastings at 32616 Hastings Drive, Laurel,
Please plan to attend a special dedication ceremony of Delaware’s World War II memorial on November 9th, twelve o’clock noon at Legislative Hall, Dover DE.
If you are a WWII veteran and would like to attend, please RSVP at (302) 739-2792 for special seating.
If you know someone who is a WWII veteran, please pass this information on to them.
Delaware 2013 Veterans Stand Down will be held Friday, 4 October 2013 from 9:00am-3:00pm at the Walter L Fox Post # 2, American Legion Post, 835 Bay Road, Dover, DE 19901.
Veterans’ Stand Down is an event to showcase community & VA services for ALL veterans. This includes housing, medical, dental, flu shots, behavioral health, VA eligibility & benefits, haircuts, legal service, hot lunch & warm clothing. Transportation provided at key pick up locations.
For more information contact Liz Byers-Jiron: (302) 349-4898 or email@example.com.
The Association of the U.S. Army Director of Family Programs recently distributed an update on their family activities.
Here are a few items that you might find helpful:
1. Blue Star Families 2013 Lifestyle Survey on what military families say is most important to them: http://bluestarfam.s3.amazonaws.com/42/6b/b/1583/OnePager2013.pdf
2. Upcoming locations of Hiring our Heroes Job Fairs: http://www.uschamber.com/hiringourheroes/events Note: there are three pages that run all the way through March of 2014 so don’t forget to scroll through all of them
3. Military Family Research Institute provided the newest information on what research is showing us about military children: See http://blog.militaryfamily.org/2013/06/26/how-are-military-families-doing-what-researchers-are-discovering/
4. AUSA is launching a Spouse membership initiative. It is scheduled for a soft launch in late September/ early October! How will it work?
a. Spouses will click on to a spouse membership link that will take them to a page explaining the new membership category
b. Spouses will be asked if their spouse is currently an AUSA member
i. If “yes”, spouse will type in their spouses email for verification and then will be taken to a page that allows them to join at the $14.oo rate (sans magazine)
ii. If “no” spouses will be able to join at the rate equivalent to their husbands rank or DA civilian position
c. FIRST 100 spouses to receive FREE Ann Hand AUSA membership pin (see photo)
5. The AUSA Family Programs Directorate represented the association in the following meetings since the last Update (Links to the events have been included:
a. OSD-Military Family Research Institute Launch of “How to Help Military & Veteran Families” materials: (FREE for download: https://www.mfri.purdue.edu/publications/how-to-help.aspx )
b. “Celebration of Our Military Kids’ Star Power” http://www.ourmilitarykids.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/Star-Power-Press-Release-2013.pdf
c. Military Family Readiness Council (NMFA is a sitting council member- their report here: http://www.militaryfamily.org/feature-articles/military-family-readiness.html )
d. Presented at AWAG in Germany: http://www.awagonline.org/Seminar-Speakers.html
e. Blue Star Families Lifestyle Survey launch
f. Exhibited at TAPS National Military Survivor Seminarhttp://www.taps.org/
g. United through Reading Senior Spouse Roundtable: http://www.unitedthroughreading.org/
h. Military Families Research Institute Symposium: https://www.mfri.purdue.edu/newsroom/view-news.aspx?newsitemid=95
i. National Child Traumatic Stress Network Advisory Council Meeting (I represent not only AUSA but I am the military family rep) http://www.nctsn.org/
Save the date! September 16th is the Delaware National Guard Golf Tournament. This event will be held at the Deerfield Golf Club and has a shotgun start at 9:00 AM. The event is open to all current and retired Delaware Army and Air National Guard members, their families or friends of the Delaware National Guard. For more details check out the attached flyer.
In July, the Senate Armed Services Committee rejected a Pentagon proposal to increase Tricare fees and perscription co-payments. The Committee did not include the Pentagon proposal in its version of the 2014 Defense Authorization bill (Senate 1197). Therefore, increases to Tricare Prime enrollment fees and pharmacy co-pays are restricted to no more than 1.7%, the 2013 federal cost-of-living adjustment (COLA). According to Military Times, since the 2013 COLA increase would not boost pharmacy co-pays by more than a dollar, the co-pays would most likely remain at their same amount.
Let me summarize the recent Legislative Update from AUSA. The ongoing budget uncertainty and sequestration is wreaking havoc on the Defense Department at a time when the world is not getting any safer. The news this weekend was stark: Officials ordered the temporary closure of over two dozen U.S. diplomatic posts, issued a global travel warning to Americans because of a terrorist threat, and are evacuating the U.S. Embassy in Yemen
As sequestration continues the Strategic Choices and Management Review presented Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel with two approaches to reduce force structure and force modernization. The first approach would trade away size for high-end capability. This would further shrink the active Army to between 380,000 to 450,000 troops, reduce the number of carrier strike groups from 11 to 8, draw down the Marine Corps from 182,000 to between 150,000 and 175,000, and retire older Air Force bombers. This choice would result in a force that would be technologically superior, but would be much smaller and less robust, especially if threats occurred in different regions of the world.
The second approach would trade away high-end capability for size. Limited cuts would be made to ground forces, ships, and aircraft, but modernization programs would be curtailed, cyber enhancements would be slowed, and special operations forces would be reduced. Either approach would stifle our ability to provide and sustain modern equipment to troops all over the world and damage the viability of America’s private-sector industrial base.
AUSA President Gen. Gordon R. Sullivan, USA, Ret., is shocked that Congress continues to leave sequestration in place. In a letter to House and Senate leadership last week he said that, “The effects of continuing to impose the costs of sequestration on the Department of Defense will cause the Army to loose effectiveness at all levels. The sad legacy of the sequestration cuts will be a, “hollow Army” with furloughed civilians, tiered levels of unit readiness, reduced flying hours, deferred battle loss replacement, and cancelled Soldier training; all that lower professional leader development and unit readiness.”
Worse, President Obama told congressional Democrats that the Pentagon should get no more attention than many other areas of the budget with respect to sequestration. Even the Washington Post was alarmed by his message; stating in an editorial that the President “cannot act as though the Defense Department’s sequester cuts are equivalent in consequence to every other item in the budget. The country’s defense is a core responsibility of the federal government, and its armed forces are critical to the nation’s ability to exert leadership, maintain alliances, and preserve the nation’s safety.”
Please join us and contact your members of Congress to urge them to pass legislation that will end sequestration. Visit the Legislative Agenda page on AUSA’s website http://www.ausa.org. Click on the “Contact Congress” link and then on the prepared letter “Stop Sequestration Now” to let your Representative and Senators know that it is time to act.
We are now on Twitter and you can follow us @AUSADelaware there or join us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/AUSADelawareChapter Let’s get social!