Association of the US Army

CB/CV Chapter

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 The Army Heritage Center Foundation is pleased to
announce that the U.S. Army Heritage and Education
Center will host a free public program on Saturday,
April 25, 2015 beginning at 2:00 p.m. that features
Rory Kennedy’s 2015 Academy Award nominated
documentary “Last Days in Vietnam” and a panel
of experts to provide perspective. The program is
a partnership among the Army Heritage Center
Foundation, the U.S. Army Heritage and Education
Center, the U.S. Army War College, and WITF Public
Television and Radio. Register for the screening at 
Rory Kennedy’s documentary, “Last Days in
Vietnam” focuses on the chaotic final days
of the American involvement in the Vietnam
War, as the North Vietnamese Army closed in on
Saigon.  As nearby cities and villages fell to the
North, U.S. diplomats and military officials in the
country contemplated withdrawal. With the lives
of thousands of South Vietnamese hanging in the
balance, those in control faced an impossible
decision—which Vietnamese citizens would go
and which would be left behind to face brutality,
imprisonment, or death. At the risk of their careers
and possible court-martial, a handful of individuals
took matters into their own hands. Engaging in
unsanctioned and often makeshift operations,
they waged a desperate effort to evacuate as
many South Vietnamese as possible. 
After the film, WITF’s Scott LaMar will moderate
a talk back session with panel experts to provide
perspective.  The panel includes Dr. Lewis (Bob)
Sorley whose book, A Better War: The
Unexamined Victories and Final Tragedy of A
merica's Last Years in Vietnam, was nominated
for a Pulitzer Prize; Tom Glenn who was a senior
National Security Agency officer in Vietnam at
the end of the war, and COL (R) John Martin
who, as an Army Lieutenant, supported the care
and processing of Vietnamese refugees evacuated
from Saigon to Guam as part of Operation New Life.  
WITF TV will broadcast the PBS documentary
on Tuesday, April 28, 2015,  at 9:00 p.m.
Scheduled in conjunction with the 40th
anniversary of the fall of Saigon, the broadcast
will contain additional footage not seen during
the film’s theatrical release. The broadcast is
supported locally on WITF TV by the Lebanon
VA Medical Center and the Army War College.  
The U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center
(USAHEC), a component of the U.S. Army War
College, is a museum, research center, and
educational complex dedicated to honoring s
oldiers and their families; preserving and making
publically available their artifacts and archival
materials; and educating and inspiring visitors
through programs and exhibits that promote a
greater understanding of the Army's and its s
oldiers' contributions.  The museum and research
center is free and open to the public. Learn more
about USAHEC at  
The Military Heritage Foundation, doing business
as the Army Heritage Center Foundation, is a
not-for-profit 501(c)(3) that, through donated
support, is funding the construction of the public
components of the U.S. Army Heritage and
Education Center—the Visitor and Education
Center (VEC) and the Army Heritage Center.
The Foundation also provides “margin of
excellence support” to meet the needs of
educational programs and other activities
at USAHEC where federal funds are inadequate
or unavailable.  Learn more about the
Foundation at 
WITF is a valued source of educational,
inspiring, and creative content for adults
and children in every community in Central
Pennsylvania. WITF’s programs and services
reach nearly two million citizens in 19
counties throughout the region. WITF is
comprised of public broadcasting stations
WITF TV, WITF 89.5 & 93.3,, and
he Patriot-News in association with WITF). 
The organization also includes the news
networks RadioPA and Pennsylvania Public
Radio, as well as Media Solutions and Top
Flight Media. Learn more about WITF at
The Chapter Provides Support for
Dickinson Military Ball
The CB/CV Chapter of the AUSA provided a $1,000 donation
to support the Dickinson College ROTC Department's Military
Ball scheduled for 10 April 2015 for the local college cadets.
The Ball will be held at the Comfort Suites in Carlisle, PA. 
Attendees include ROTC cadets from the surrounding colleges
including Dickinson College, Messiah College, Gettysburg
College, Penn State Harrisburg, Millersville University, and 
Lebanon Valley College.  We are pleased to support this
annual gala and wish these future military leaders a festive evening.


New Corporate Members 
Pheasant Field Bed & Breakfast has just signed on 
as one of the Chapter's newest corporate 
members. The business is owned by Kit and Robin 
Stauffer and is located at 150 Hickorytown Road, 
Carlisle, PA 17015.  Robin is a retired Army officer
and a Vietnam War Veteran and is very active in the
“Veterans Journey Home” project, a 501c3 organiza-
tion with locations in CA, FL, MD, PA & WI.  
We are delighted to have such a veterans oriented 
couple and business on our list of corporate mem-
bers.  You may access Robin's business website for 
additional information by clicking on the business n
ame on the Corporate Corner Tab of the chapter web-
John R. Hockensmith Masonry is the chapter’s 
newest business to join a sizeable list of old 
timers on our corporate membership roster.  
John’s father was a member of the Greatest 
Generation and a veteran of the Battle of the 
Bulge.  The business is located at 270 Mohawk 
Road, Newville, PA 17241 and is renowned for 
quality stone work that is built to last.  This out-
standing local business joins the ranks of a growing 
list of others as "true friends of the Soldier."  
John does not have a website for his business 
just yet.  
We encourage all Chapter members to patronize these 
fine establishments to enjoy great service and to 
demonstrate our appreciation for their support of our 
troops and their families. 
News from Corporate Member
The Office of the Director of the Army Heritage Center Foundation sends the following:
On June 5, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. the Army Heritage Center Foundation will host Dr. Brooke Blades for a D-Day legacy presentation at the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center, 950 Soldiers Drive, Carlisle. This presentation will use historical and modern documentation to explore elements of the D-Day history at Omaha Beach, the appearance of beach sectors immediately following the landings, and the manner in which some of those sectors have changed. This event is free and open to the public.  June 6 will signify the 70th Anniversary of D-Day where 160,000 Allied troops landed along a 50-mile stretch of heavily-fortified French coastline to fight Nazi Germany on the beaches of Normandy, France. More than 5,000 ships and 13,000 aircraft supported the D-Day invasion. By day’s end, the Allies gained a foothold in Normandy, at a cost of more than 9,000 Allied Soldiers killed or wounded The D-Day landings in Normandy, by the Allied Expeditionary Force seventy years ago, began the liberation of Europe. The airborne landing fields, the beaches named Utah and Omaha, and the cemetery behind Omaha have collectively become for Americans "a sacred spot" that offers "a chance to lay out our first principles" in the words of a former presidential speech writer.  Dr. Blades is the author of Aurignacian Lithic Economy: Ecological Perspectives from Southwestern France. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree from the College of William and Mary, Master’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania, and his Ph.D. in Anthropology from New York University. He has performed historical and archaeological research of French and Indian War, Civil War, and World War II military sites. He has provided documentary and topographical research of World War II battlefields in Normandy and the Ardennes and has worked on several archaeological excavation projects in Pennsylvania, Maryland, New York, Virginia, and France.



CB/CV Chapter's Corporate Member, Gabler Trucking

Hosts a Wounded Warrior Trout Fishing Outing

The event took place at the Gabler Family Property.  It began about 0900 on 20 April with coffee and donuts provided. The warriors fished until about noon.  Lunch was served to all in attendance and fishing resumed after lunch until about 1600. There were 8 Wounded Warriors.  As Eric Wertz, a Gabler employee and member of the chapter board, said,  the Gablers were the hosts and underwrote the costs.  Eric is to be commended for his coordination with Darv Stutz of Healing Waters.  Darv coordinated with Healing Waters to get the warriors there and provide guides.  Some local fishermen also assisted the warriors. The Commander of LEAD, Col Vic Hagen,  attended with MSG Joe Shaul. This event was spectacular.  This happened as a result of the Gabler Family, Eric, Darv and the other local companies that provided the goodie bags.  The Gablers are very gracious, generous and sincere people.  Among those in attendance were: Chip Gabler & his wife, Pam; Chuck Gabler, Tom Gabler, Ben Gabler.  Ken (Gabler operations/dispatcher) and Eric Wertz, Gabler Business Development.  Great people, running a great company who are very community minded.  We are fortunate to have them as corporate members.

A Day for Children at AHEC
The Army Heritage Center Foundation, with sponsorships from the Carlisle Barracks Spouses Club and the Carlisle Barracks and Cumberland Valley Chapter of the Association of the United States Army (AUSA), hosted a Day at the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center for the children of Carlisle Barracks military and civilian staff.  Jeff Hawks, Education Program Director for the Army Heritage Center Foundation explained that the intent of the program was to “allow the children of assigned families to gain an appreciation of the history of the Army and to see the resources of the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center.”  During the day long program, the attendees met living historians along the Army Heritage Trail who depicted Soldiers from our colonial era forward and who described their experiences as Soldiers. 
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Chapter Supports Falling Spring Fly Fishing Outing
for Wounded Warriors
On May 12, 2012, The Falling Spring Chapter of Trout Unlimited
hosted the 2012 Falling Spring Invitational Fly Fishing Outing.
Among the participants were several Wounded Warriors.  Darv
Stutz wrote our Chapter President, Ron Elliott, to express his
appreciation for the Chapter's financial support of the event.
A copy of Mr. Stutz' note and a photo of the participants
appears below.


Strategic Art Films Program


“On 10 April The Strategic Art Film Program presented “The Last Raids on Japan” featuring comments by Mr. Paul A. Miller, a WWII B-29 pilot, from Mechanicsburg, who participated in the last raid and analysis of the strategic air campaign against Japan by Col Timothy Brown, USAF and Professor Mike Marra.  Fifty six students, staff, faculty and invited guests attended the presentation which was initiated and supported by War College students who presented Mr. Miller with a War College coin.  LTC (R) Ron Elliott, President of the Carlisle Barracks and Cumberland Valley Chapter of the Association of the U.S. Army (AUSA), presented Mr. Miller with a special coin struck by the President of the AUSA’s First Region and LTG(R) Guy Swan, Vice President of the AUSA, awarded him with a certificate of appreciation for his distinguished service.”



John Sloan