I want to thank the many volunteers for the efforts thus far, and ask for their continued support. We have a fairly exciting year coming up. Although there was some success with concurrent receipt this past year, more work is needed to expand the coverage. At the same time, eliminating the SBP social security offset at age 65 will be a priority at the national level. In the State, there are several pieces of legislation aimed at helping veterans, such as raising the real estate property tax exemption from $100 to $500, providing property tax credits for disabled veterans with less than a 100% disability, and renewing drivers licenses at no charge for National Guard members on active duty. We also have to consider whether the Chapter’s name should be changed to coincide with the National organization or simply changed.
As the new president, I look forward to working with the Board of Directors, the other officers, members of the Chapter, as well as all of the volunteers who make this organization a success. I hope everyone has a safe and happy holiday season, and look forward to seeing you at the luncheon at the Holiday Inn in Concord on February 1, 2003.
Employer Support of the Guard
I was privileged to represent the New Hampshire Chapter-TROA on the recent Bosslift to Fort Bragg, North Carolina. This trip was arranged by the New Hampshire Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR).
We departed Pease ANG Base October 30, 2002, on a KC-135 enroute to Pope AFB, with an in-flight refueling. We arrived at Pope AFB about 12:00 and proceeded to the John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School for a briefing on the role of guard and reserve personnel in Special Warfare. We also toured the Special Warfare Museum which displays the history of the Special Warfare actions. After dinner we attended the Army Soldier Show at the Crown Coliseum in Fayetteville.
The next morning traveled to the XVIII Airborne Corps Headquarters for a briefing on the Capabilities of the Corps. Following that we were briefed on the integration of Guard and Reserve mobilization into the mission of the XVIII Airborne Corps. .
After lunch we went to the 82nd Airborne Division engagement skills center, where we had the opportunity to try our hand at the rifle and javelin simulators. We later attended the awards dinner which was held at the Ft. Bragg Officers Club.
Friday morning had a riding tour of Pope AFB and then went to the 82nd Airborne Museum which displays the history of the 82nd since it was organized in World War I. At the Basic Refresher Course area we watched student paratroopers jump from the training tower, and were given on outline of the training required to become jump qualified. We returned to Pease ANG Base at about 1530 on November 1, 2002.
I would like to express my appreciation and that of the New Hampshire Chapter-TROA to Col. Michael Horne (NHANG) and Maj. Ernest Loomis for the opportunity to participate in this outstanding program in support of Guard and Reserve personnel.
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