Dear Legion Family:
As always, our Legion Family sends out our good thoughts & prayers to our fellow members & their families: Chris Clarke (husband of Ann Marie Clarke), Lou Clapper, Brad Cole, Bard Conroe, Maria Colon (wife of Willie Colon), Jed Dove, Mark Hess, Dick Pitman, Lee Overstrom, Duke Snyder, Mary Snyder (Duke's daughter), Gerry Vile, Betty Walowsky (Karen Walter's Mom) and Arlie Howell-right shoulder replacement surgery coming in February. Any concerns, please contact Ann Cole @ 315-415-3803 or by e-mail - firstname.lastname@example.org.
From the Commander:
New member night coming; We will be sponsoring a new member meet and greet on Feb 2nd. The Legion along with the SONS and Auxiliary will be sponsoring some drinks and snacks. We are trying to say thank you for joining our legion and also get the word out to those prospective members that don't know what a great Legion we have. Less than one percent of the American population that serves the country we enjoy deserves to have a place to meet and share their military experiences. Please get the word out to anyone you know that could benefit from our great legion.
On a Personal note; My golf partners and I will be traveling to Florida early next month to enjoy some warmer weather and golf. This is my first time traveling with the sole reason of playing golf. Have I played golf in other states and countries? Absolutely. The difference is; the Air Force always paid for my travels. In fact they paid mileage, hotels, meals etc. Alas, those days are gone. I'm going to pay for all of those things this time. Our travel arrangements are being arranged by our very own Coast Guard rep Mr. Kolbe. It turns out he has great skills in trip planning. Flights are arranged, rental car, golf tee times and courses, accommodations, etc. Normally the Air Force did all these things for me so I've been pretty spoiled. Fun will be had by our group.
Now here's the small problem; we lost our fourth and need another. Anyone that has time from 3 Feb -9 Feb that thinks they can spend 5/6 days with our "Rescue Swimmer" Mr. Blair. Please let me know. We've tried all the likely suspects but with recent surgeries, recently returned from trips, or can't get a kitchen pass, we still need a fourth. Please let us know if you'd like to accompany us. Yes you will have to pay for your share. I tried to get Mr Blair to pay for you but it was a no go.
1991 – The Persian Gulf War began as Coalition planes struck targets in Iraq and Kuwait. The first Iraqi Scud missile attacks on Israel were launched. There were reports of death and injury, and possibly even chemical weapons being used. For a few tense hours, it looked as though Israel would retaliate against Iraq, causing the allied coalition to break up. Six months of preparation and diplomacy might be undone by a few poorly aimed, 1950s-vintage ballistic missiles. Later that evening, U.S. Patriot surface-to-air missiles were launched against the incoming Scuds, and for the first time in history, a ballistic missile was shot down by another missile. The use of Patriot missiles in Israel’s defense helped to keep that country out of the Gulf War, thereby safeguarding the integrity of the American-European-Arab coalition. Jeffrey Zahn became the 1st US pilot shot down. Lt. Cmdr. Michael Scott Speicher (33) was shot down over western Iraq. The ruins of his plane were found in 1993.
1991 – Iraq starts firing Scud missiles at Israeli cities
1991 – Round-the-clock bombing of Iraqi targets continued in Operation Desert Storm.
1991 – USS Nicholas attacks and captures Iraqi offshore oil platforms.
And the 174th Fighter Wing was there.
"For GOD and Country"
"One Team One Fight"
Mark R. Shearer
Commander Post 239
Queen of Hearts:
Sunday, January 15th the name drawn for the Queen of Hearts Raffle was Karen Walters uncovering the Ace of Clubs paying $20. Jackpot is standing at $500.