Jerome B. Milburn, Commander of AMVETS Post #3 at Fort Meade, recently announced that a resolution has been passed allowing National Guard and Reserves to become members of the national veterans service organization.
The action, voted on by delegates to AMVETS 46th National Convention in Atlanta, extends membership to Guard and Reserve members who "entered after May 8, 1975 and who served six continuous months active duty training," providing they are honorably discharged or are presently serving.
Milburn said that the perils and hardships are not being faced by active personnel alone.
"We must recognize the one-force concept that has volunteer Reservists and volunteer Guardsmen serving side-by-side with a leaner, volunteer active duty force, whenever trouble erupts. They were called up when we went to Grenada, they were called up when we went to Panama, and now they've been called in great numbers to support our presence in Saudi Arabia and the Persian Gulf. We must support them while they're serving and we must be here for them when they return," said Milburn.
AMVETS (American Veterans of World War II, Korea and Vietnam) is dedicated to promoting world peace, preserving the American way of life, and helping veterans help themselves. AMVETS is the only major veterans service organization open to all who have served or are serving in the post-Vietnam era. Information: 551-9622 or 254-8588.
BIRTHDAY WISHES FOR NAVY AND ACADEMY The US Naval Academy will celebrate its 145th birthday on Oct. 10.
The US Navy celebrates its 215th birthday on Oct. 13.
NOMINATED BY SON, BROWN TAKES POST At the recent National Convention of the American Veterans of World War II, Korea and Vietnam (AMVETS) in Atlanta, a delegate from Fort Meade AMVETS Post #3 nominated his father for the office of National Commander.
Vaughn L. Brown Jr. of Hanover, received a rousing ovation for the heartfelt tribute to his father, which brought tears to the eyes of many delegates. It was the first time a father had been nominated by his son, and several of the perennial convention-goers said it was the best nomination speech they had ever heard. The father, Vaughn L. Brown of Lancaster, Pa., was unanimously elected on the final day of the week-long convention.
This was the elder Brown's second bid for the top position in the national organization. He narrowly lost in a heated race at the 1985 AMVETS National Convention in Baltimore. Maryland AMVETS are presently lobbying to return the convention to Baltimore in 1994 for the fiftieth anniversary of the congressionally chartered veterans service organization.
CHINESE PERFORMING ARTS AT ACADEMY The Chinese Youth Goodwill Mission will present a program of Chinese dance, opera, kung-fu and folk arts from 4 to 6 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 12, in Mitscher Hall on the Naval Academy grounds. The performance is free and open to the public.
On its 17th annual tour, the Goodwill Mission is one of three teams of students from Taiwan's colleges and universities which tour the United States as well as African and Middle Eastern countries.
PARADE SERIES BEGINS WITH EDNEY TRIBUTE Admiral Leon A. Edney, NATO's supreme allied commander, Atlantic, and commander in chief, U.S. Atlantic Command, is scheduled to review a US Naval Academy Brigade of Midshipmen dress parade at 3:45 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 10 at Worden Field. The public is invited to attend.
The fall series of dress parades will continue on Wednesday, Oct. 17, with Admiral Frank B. Kelso II, chief of naval operations, reviewing; and Friday, Oct. 26, with retired Vice Admiral Robert B. Baldwin, president of the Naval Academy Alumni Association, as the reviewer.
Parades are free and open to the public, and plenty of seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis.
SGT. STEIN AWARDED GOOD CONDUCT MEDAL Army Sergeant Christopher A. Stein, a heavy anti-armor squadron leader, has been awared the Good Conduct Medal at Fort Wainright, Alaska.
The award was presented for exemplary conduct while in the active service of the United States.
Stein is the son of Francis J. Stein of Arnold.
DEMISON RECEIVES MEDAL FOR CONDUCT Marine Corporal Anthony T. Demison, grandson of John D. and Ida Waldron of Edgewater, was awarded the Good Conduct Medal.
The medal signifies honest and faithful service during a three year period. To earn it, Demison achieved and maintained a satisfactory level of performance and an unblemished conduct record for the entire period.
He is currently serving at Marine Corps Combat Development Command, Marine Corps Base, Quantico, Va.
He is a 1984 graduate of South River High School.
SAILORS RETURN FROM MID-EAST DETAIL The following area servicemen recently returned from deployment in the Mediterranean Sea and participating in Operation Desert Shield: * Navy Petty Officer First Class Kenneth W. Stigile, whose wife, Maria is the daughter of Narciso Gonzales of Deale, served aboard the guided missile cruiser USS Ticonderoga, homeported in Norfolk, Va.
* Navy Petty Officer Third Class Daniel C. Arnold, son of Charles A. and Jean L. Arnold of Crofton, served aboard the guided missile cruiser USS Ticonderoga, homeported in Norfolk, Va.
* Navy Lieutenant Andrew G. Small, son of Robert H. and Ruth K. Small of Annapolis, served aboard the aircraft carrier USS Eisenhower, homeported in Norfolk, Va. He is a 1983 graduate of the US Naval Academy and a graduate of Boston University with a Master of Arts degree.
* Navy Airman Apprentice Todd D. Holmes, a 1989 graduate of Hammond High School of Jessup, served aboard the aircraft carrier USS Eisenhower, homeported in Norfolk, Va.
* Navy Petty Officer Third Class Robert M. Turner, a 1985 graduate of Annapolis Senior High School, served aboard the guided missile cruiser USS Ticonderoga, homeported in Norfolk, Va.
Navy Petty Officer Third Class Peter L. Bullock, whose wife, Audrey is the daughter of Howard and Alisia Maerson of Laurel, is currently deployed to the Middle East in support of Operation Desert Shield while serving aboard the guided missile frigate USS Vandergrift, homeported in Long Beach, Ca. He is a 1985 graduate of Atholton High School, Columbia.
Operation Desert Shield is the largest deployment of US military forces since Vietnam. The operation is in response to Iraq's invasion of Kuwait and threat to Saudi Arabia.