I have been hearing and witnessing wonderful things from our Shipmates and I am very proud to be associated with some of the most professional and hardworking people in the Navy! You are the ones that are constantly improving the way we do business and positively impacting the ABMA! It takes a huge effort to operate those flight decks, hangar decks, pump rooms, arresting gear, catapults, tower, flight deck control, shore based arresting gear, airfields, air terminals, squadrons, firefighting schools, outlying fields, training sites, fuel farms, test sites, school houses, testing labs, recruiting districts, recruit training commands and the list goes on and on.
We are undergoing a few changes in our Board of Directors’ structure, so please understand that when you request information and it is not delivered according to the timeline you have become accustomed to. With that being said, you will notice that our website has received an upgrade and our Facebook page is constantly displaying relevant information. All of this belongs to us, so contact us if you see areas that we can improve upon.
The Tidewater Chapter is gearing up for an Awesome ABMA Professional Working Group from 7-11 August 2017 at the Marriott in Chesapeake, Virginia. Let’s do our part by planning now and working 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 able to 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
ARRIVE ALIVE-DON’T TEXT AND DRIVE
THE CHAPLAIN’S CORNER
Spring 2017 Letter from the ABMA Chaplain
Warriors around the World,
I greet you in the name of the Most High! If you are able to read this message, you are doing just fine. We sometimes forget that our circumstances can be a lot worse than what we are currently facing and on the other hand-they can be a lot better as well. I am starting to realize that it is okay to be content with what I have and to be thankful for the life that God blessed me with! All too often, we want to live someone else’s life that is displayed on social media. We are not privy to everything that they may encounter on a daily basis but they pick and choose what they want to share with their friends/followers. News alert—we can’t pick and choose the cards that we are dealt, we are some of the toughest people in the world as it is displayed through our work ethic and our AB mentality. Let’s continue to press forward and be the best version of ourselves!
As we defend freedom and democracy around the world, I challenge you all to continue to lift one another up in prayer and commit a special prayer for our brothers and sisters in harm’s way and currently on watch as well as comfort and peace for the loved ones that they have left behind. Do the right thing and make the right decisions and you will get the right results!!!! Feed the faith and starve the doubt!!! "Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy, to the only wise God our Savior, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and forever." (Jude 1:24-25)
LCDR Erick C. Stroud
FROM THE ABMA SECRETARY/PAO
Greetings Fellow AB’s;
I hope this Newsletter is finding you and your family in the very best of health and doing quite well!
I have attached the flyers for the up-coming ABMA Spring and Fall Jamborees. There will not be a Summer Jamboree in Millington, Tennessee this year, but they are hoping to be able to put on a Summer Jamboree next year. The Spring Jamboree will be held at the “Blue Angel Naval Recreational Area” in Pensacola, Florida, Thursday April 27, 2017 through Sunday April 30. 2017. The Fall Jamboree will held at “Grassy Pond” in Lake Park, Georgia, Thursday October 19, 2017 through Sunday October 22, 2017. The ABMA Jamborees are a lot of fun, so pack up your camper, RV, or vehicle and head on over to the ABMA Jamborees, you won’t regret it. I hope to see you there!
I know the AB’s of the Tidewater Chapter have been extremely busy getting things ready for this year’s ABMA Professional Working Group in Chesapeake, Virginia. The 2017 ABMA Professional Working Group will be August 7, 2017 to August 11, 2017 at “Chesapeake Marriot Hotel” at 725 Woodlake Drive, Chesapeake Virginia, 23320. The phone number for the hotel is (757) 523-1500. To make reservations, simply copy the link below paste it on you internet search and follow the steps to book a room. Book your group rate for ABMA at:
As an alternative, if you prefer to contact the hotel directly, 757-523-1500, you may ask for in-house reservations and reference the specific group block for “ABMA”.
I’m looking forward to seeing you in Chesapeake, Virginia!
Attached is the ABMA Proxy Vote form. If you are a current paid-up member or life member, and you will not be able to attend the ABMA Professional Working Group, you can have someone that is also a paid-up member or life member that will be attending the Professional Working Group to vote on your behalf via the Proxy Vote Form.
Also attached is the new ABMA Membership Form. I want to thank Donna Dodson for volunteering to take over the ABMA Membership Coordinator position after the death of our Treasurer and ABMA Membership Coordinator ABEC (Ret) Robert “Stoney” Burke in December. If you have not received your ABMA membership cards that you paid for thru PayPal, please contact Donna Dodson and she will get your membership taken care of. Donna Dodson’s contact information is on the new ABMA Membership Form.
If you knows of anyone in the AB community that is sick, injured, or has died, or is going through a hardship, such as a total loss from a house fire, major medical issues, extended hospital stays, etc. contact the ABMA Chaplain and he can get the word out to the AB community. The ABMA Chaplain LCDR Erick Stroud has taken over getting the word out to the ABMA and the AB community as ABEC (Ret) Stoney Burke use to do via the “Stoney Net”. Thanks LCDR Erick Stroud for taking this on!
Please get your nomination packages in for the ABMA AB of the Year, the ABMA LCDR Regina Pearl Mills Leadership Award to the respective AIRLANT or AIRPAC by April 28, 2017. Also please submit your inputs for the ABMA Posthumous Legend, ABMA Living Legend and ABMA Isabela M. Gillen Memorial Scholarship by June 1, 2017. The ABMA Posthumous Legend and the ABMA Living Legend are to be sent to me, the ABMA Secretary. The ABMA Isabela M. Gillen Memorial Scholarship is to be sent to CWO4 (Ret) Terry New. Our contact information is listed above under the ABMA BOD and ABMA Staff.
For all ABMA Chapters: Please forward me a list of all your officers and their contact information including address, phone number and email address whenever you have your elections. You can contact me at (619) 578-1523 or email firstname.lastname@example.org . Also I will need a copy of your ABMA Chapter’s By-Laws, if I do not already have them or if you make any changes to your By-Laws. If you’re not sure if I have the information on your Chapter, please feel free to contact me. Thank you!
Let’s continue to bring in the junior AB’s and get them involved. Keep your head on a swivel and stay safe! God bless each and every one of you and may God bless America!
A Fellow AB;
LIVING LEGEND NOMINATIONS FOR 2018…………..……………………………………….…JUNE 1, 2017
SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS FOR 2017…………………………….…………………..……...JUNE 1, 2017
PAX RIVER CHAPTER-PATUXENT RIVER, MARYLAND
Greetings fellow AB’s from Patuxent River, MD!
The Aviation Boatswain's Mate community continues to thrive here at PAX as we continue to support the fleet.
Air Field Services - Continue to maintain the E-28 Arresting Gear at NAS Patuxent River in support of NTWL fixed wing testing. Additionally, AFS personnel maintain FOD awareness and assist USDA personnel in Bird Aircraft Strike Hazard (BASH) program. Welcome aboard ABHC Gregory Olsen, who is coming from NAS Fort Worth. Fair winds and following seas to LT Brian Coughlin who is transferring to USS Iwo Jima (LHD-7) and ABHC Michael Waldrop who is transferring to HSM-37 at MCB Hawaii in Kaneohe Bay.
NAS Patuxent River Fuel Farm - Continue to provide JP-5, JP-8, MOGAS, #2 Heating Oil, and the Navy’s newest Bio Fuel to NRC Solomon’s Island, Webster Field, Naval Station Dahlgren, and transient aircraft in support of NAVSUP FLC Norfolk Mission.
TC-7/MK-7 Sites - Continue to maintain the catapult and arresting gear equipment at VX-23 in support of test and evaluation of fighter and trainer aircraft, weapon systems and components. Congratulations to ABE1 Ronell Day as CNO Shore Sailor of the Year recipient and EM2 Stroughn (CAT-EL) on being selected as VX-23’s Junior Sailor of the Quarter! Welcome aboard ABE3 Ashley Montgomery, who is coming from USS Enterprise (CVN-65). Fair wind and following sea to ABE1 Gary Robinson who is transferring to USS Ronald Reagan (CVN76).
V/r, CWO3 Manolito "Manny" Lubong
Air Test and Evaluation Squadron 23 TC-7 Site Officer
Greetings from Jacksonville
There are a few up-dates to pass along from the Jacksonville area, recent additions to the local area include two new LCS ships to add to the LCS squadron at Mayport, these ships have AB billets.
Mayport was selected as a home base for a new U.A.V. drone squadron. NAS JAX recently cut the ribbon on a new Commissary.
We have a tentative date for our annual Fall Jam it will be 19-22 October at Grassy Pond, the cabins that were damaged in last year’s storm are scheduled to be replaced by then, more information on that is forthcoming, so if you plan on attending I suggest reserving a spot well ahead of time.
Until next time
Commencing: Thursday 27 April 2017 thru Sunday 30 April 2017.
Reservations can be made for RV Sites, Trailers or Cabins by calling Blue Angel Naval Recreation Area 850-390-6133 or 850-453-9435. You can check out their web site at:
Blue Angel Recreation Area is located at 2011 Bronson Field Rd. Pensacola FL. (Seven miles West of Corry Station off Hwy 98)
Directions from I-10…Travel I-10 to exit 7 (Hwy-297) Pine Forest Rd. (toward NAS Pensacola) Travel 297 “South” for approximately 5 miles, turn right on Longleaf Dr. (toward NASP). While on Longleaf Dr. as You Cross over Mobile Hwy, Longleaf Dr. turns into Blue Angel Pkwy (RT 173-S). Follow Blue Angel Pkwy for approximately 10 miles to Hwy 98-W, turn right on Hwy 98-W. Follow Hwy 98-W for approximately 7 miles, turn left onto Bronson Rd. You will see the Blue Angel Rec sign on the left at the intersection of Hwy 98 & Bronson Rd. Follow Bronson Rd into Blue Angel Rec Area. Once thru the gate, follow that Rd. until it ends at the waters front. Turn right at the water front and follow it back to our usual Camp Site. “A-Camp Ground & Pavilion”
RV Sites for Active Duty and Retired $20 per night (full hookup) ($13 partial)
Cabins for Active Duty and Retired $30 per night ($25 security deposit), Prices might have gone up?
2-Bedroom Trailers w/appliances, Active Duty and Retired $70 per night, ($70 security deposit)
*** We have 12 Trailers reserved for the ABMA. *** You MUST call to make your personal reservations. Tell them you are an ABMA member and give them your credit card info to make YOUR reservation.
FIRST COME, FIRST SERVE. (850-453-9435).
“Please bring a bottle of wine or liquor to donate as part of our traditional “Booze Basket Raffle”
We will be raffling a number of nice items in addition to our traditional 50/50, so bring a few extra bucks.
Golfers ---###$$$??? Bring your Clubs if you want to swing, no formal event is planned, but AC REED at NASP is open.
Thurs. – ALL HANDS - Bring a Dish / Pot Luck
Fri. – Everyone else is asked to bring a side dish or desert. Chapter will supply Fish Fry, French Fries, Hush Puppies, Burgers & Dogs.
Sat. – Everyone else is asked to bring a side dish or desert. BBQ Boston Butt, Baked Beans, Rolls Burgers & Dogs, provided by chapter.
Beer, Soda and Water will be provided by chapter for social consumption.
For further info call Tim Knauber 850-995-9717 or email at email@example.com.
Peace & God Speed
Aviation Boatswain’s Mates Association
Authorization to vote by proxy
2017 Professional Working Group
Chesapeake, Virginia ® I, _____________________________________ ABMA Member #____________,
do hereby give my proxy vote to________________________________________,
ABMA Member #_________________, to vote on my behalf as he/she deems
beneficial to the Aviation Boatswain’s Mates Association.
___________________________________________ __________________, 2017
Received by: _________________________________________________
Date Received: _______________________________________________
A $2.00 ENTRANCE FEE IS REQUIRED UPON JOINING THE ASSOCIATION. ________________________________________________________________________ ANNUAL(NEW/REINSTATE) $20.00____ANNUAL (RENEWAL) $18.00__________
3YEAR $51.00____ 5YEAR $85.00____ ________________________________________________________________________ LIFE (45 AND BELOW) $115.00______ (4650) $105.00_____
(7175) $25.00_______ (7680)$15.00_______ (81 AND ABOVE)$5.00 ______
RECRUITED BY_______________________________ CARD #_____________ (Make check or money order payable to ‘ABMA’ & mail to: Donna Dodson, 408 E. Oakwood St, Mebane, NC 27302-2808). (Credit card payments for National Membership, can be made online at firstname.lastname@example.org).
$_____________ in payment of dues for 20 _________ by________________________________________________
The Evening Prayer
I am convinced, Our Father, that your fondest feelings are reserved for the least pretentious and most genuine of us.
I am sure that Aviation Boatswain’s Mates are some of your favorites.
Certainly Aviation Boatswain’s Mates have yet to find the virtues of humility, or soft-spokenness or gentleness…
They do lead with their jaws….
And they always seem to be more ready to fight than to switch. They can be singled out by their red eyes,
and by a grubbiness which is a mark of their trade.
But their wills match their strong backs...
And their love of each other is a wondrous thing to behold.
They are the salt of the deck…
And the saltiness is honest and open…
And they are uniquely Your sons & daughters. We are grateful for them…
As you love them specially, we mark them particularly tonight.
Bless them every one…
And forever keep them from harm and hurt…
In Christ’s name, Amen. R. W. Bedingfield, Chaplain (USN)