U.S. 7th Fleet flagship USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19) and embarked 7th Fleet staff departed Busan, Republic of Korea Aug. 30 after conducting joint exercise Ulchi Freedom Guardian 2014 (UFG 14) with the Republic of Korea (ROK) Navy during a 17-day port visit.
Naval Hospital Bremerton wrapped up another round of Enlisted Advancement Program (EAP) training August 26-28 in helping to prepare over 150 enlisted personnel for the upcoming September 2014 advancement exams.
Warriors around the world, retirees and friends, It is awesome to have the opportunity to address you all once again. There is not a day that goes by in which I am not thankful to be an AB and part of one of the greatest organizations in the entire world! The holiday season is upon us and there is definitely a lot of cheer in the air! This is the time to reflect on the good times that we have shared with friends, family and Shipmates as well as letting them know how awesome they are and how much we appreciate them. The 2013 ABMA Working Group Symposium was a huge success and we were able to submit agenda items that are relevant to us as AB’s and they will definitely help as we continue to defend freedom and democracy around the world. I would like to thank you all for your faithful participation in the workshops and your keen insight on safety and efficiency throughout the Aviation Enterprise. I would also like to thank the vendors that continue to support us and for going above and beyond in their quest to provide the most innovative and user-friendly gear, equipment and valuable accessories. The San Diego Chapter is gearing up for an Awesome ABMA Working Group Symposium in August 2014. Let’s start planning now and work towards submitting agenda items, AB of the Year packages, Regina P. Mills Leadership Award packages, Scholarship packages as well as Posthumous and Living Legend packages. Start submitting your TAD requests now to ensure proper funding is allocated for this very important event. You all are doing a wonderful job in your many places around the world. I am very proud to be an AB and help make a positive impact at the command, throughout the Navy and even the world! Thanks and keep up the great work!
ONE TEAM…ONE FIGHT!!!
LCDR Erick Stroud ABMA President
I want to thank Mr. Yaskin and the AB’s of the Great Northwest for an awesome job they did with this years Symposium/Professional Working Group Conference at the Silverdale Inn, Silverdale WA.It takes allot of hard work and planning to host the event.Outstanding job and well done!
The Tidewater Chapter under the Leadership of ABHCS Stumm is well into planning for the 2012 Symposium/Professional Working Group Conference, which will be held at the Marriott Chesapeake, 725 Woodlake Drive. Chesapeake, Va.23320.More info to follow at a later date.
I want to encourage all the Local Chapter Presidents to keep doing the hard work that you have been doing.It does not go unnoticed and you are making a difference.Thank you. If you are doing something great or have found a creative way of impacting the Community please pass it to the others.We are only as strong as our weakest link.I plan to do a Conference call with the Chapter Presidents in the very near future.I will e-mail time and access # for the call.
This year we really need to show Honor to our Retirees for all the many sacrifices they have made for the ABMA and this grateful Nation.Without them, many of us would have traveled down the wrong road.Invite them out to lunch, take their photos and capture their stories.Whatever you do, don’t allow their voice to go silent.This information needs to get into the hands of Captain (Ret) McFarlane our AB Historian.
Lastly, we want every AB Active and Retired to “Each one Reach one”.This is a banner year for the Military and Naval Aviation.We are Celebrating 100 Years of Naval Aviation and that would not be the case if it were not for the thousands of AB’s that have gone before us paving the way.Talk to your young Sailors about our History, they will listen.They want to feel the AB Pride that we all posses.Let’s step up the Recruiting effort and get our young AB’s involved.God Bless you.
Date: FRIDAY, 02 May2014 Location: Aero Pines Golf Course (NAS Oceana) Format: Florida Best Ball Door Prizes, Lunch, Beverage Cart (no host) 0630 Check-in 0800 Shotgun Start –1300 Lunch $70.00 Entry Fee/Person (Includes; Green Fees, Golf Cart and Practice Balls, Lunch)
Registration: See below
*All fees must be paid in advance
Jim Flaherty (757) 631-2179 e-mail:
Jim Joyner (757) 470-6049 e-mail:
Rich Johnson (757) 688-4006 e-mail:
Tim Smith (757) 560-6681 e-mail: