The Granite Slate
NH Counties

August 2002
Published peroidically for the information of NH Chapter of TROA members
P.O. Box 712, Dover, NH 03820
Volume 23, No. 4

Military Retiree Activities Day
The Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, in cooperation with Hanscom Air Force Base, Brunswick Naval Air Station, Fort Drum, and the National Guards and Army Retiree Councils from Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont, is sponsoring the Fifth Annual Northern New England Military Retiree Activities Day on August 24, 2002 at the Shipyard.

The program begins with registration between 8:00 and 9:00 am, followed by an opening ceremony from 9:00 to 9:45.  All stations and displays will be open from 9:45 to 2:00 pm.  There will be information available regarding: Legal Assistance, Health Care, Survivor Benefits, Recreational Facilities, Commissaries, Exchanges, Veterans Administration, Veteran’s Cemeteries, Veteran’s Homes, DEERS/ID Card Renewals, and more.  Additionally, the Portsmouth Commissary and Navy Exchange will be open for business and will be offering Specials-of-the-Day.  The Shipyard Museum will be open.  A low-cost lunch under a tent will be offered.  For more information, please contact:  MG Homer Johnson, USAR (ret) at (603) 964-5943 ~ email:

Directions to the Shipyard:  Take Exit 2 off Route 95 North in Kittery, Maine, and follow Route 236 South to the Shipyard.

As I reported in the last newsletter, COL Bill Gillis plans to step down as our Chapter’s Chaplain In January 2003.  Thanks to our Past President, Pete Burdett, we have a “volunteer” to relieve Chaplain Gillis.  CDR John Brown, USN (Ret), lives in Keene and attended the seminary after retiring.  Thanks to Chaplain Gillis for the spiritual guidance that he has provided for the Chapter in the past, and thanks to John Brown for his willingness to serve the Chapter in this capacity.

Russell Youngs, our Chapter’s committee chairman for awards recently reported that awards have been given to four ROTC and twelve JROTC Cadets this past academic year.  Presentations were made to the outstanding senior and junior in each program by Chapter members in conjunction with an awards ceremony conducted at each ROTC/JROTC location.  The outstanding senior received a plaque with the TROA crest and the outstanding junior received a TROA certificate and ROTC medal and ribbon.  Participating in this program are: UNH, Dartmouth College, Fall Mountain High School, Spaulding High School, West High School, Pinkerton Academy, White Mountain Regional High School, Winnacunnet High School, and the Air National Guard.

Chapter Officers

President Col R. Bancroft McKittrick, USMC (Ret) (603) 432-1164
Vice President LCDR Paul L. Bernard, USN (Ret) (603) 229-1334
Secretary MAJ Patricia A. Graham, USA (Ret) (603) 472-4637
Treasurer LT Arnold C. Sayer, USAF (Ret) (603) 763-2057

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