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Steven Simpson

Steven Simpson
Address
12175 Reed Simpson Road
Northport, Alabama 35475
United States
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Phone
(757) 272-8449
Date
07/10/2017
Ministry Report
After retiring from active duty in 2013 at Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD., I moved back home to a small farm near Tuscaloosa, Alabama, where I currently live. I have a son finishing up college at UA in engineering and a daughter who lives in Nashville TN. God has been so good to me and my family. We are blessed. I have stayed busy around the farm with hobbies, teaching part time at a junior college, and some travel. My years in the Army and the Chaplaincy were some of the best years of my life. I hope all of you are well and continue in God’s Grace.

Please feel free to contact me, I would love to hear from some of you I served by/with (1988-2013) Fort Rucker, Friedberg, GE, Fort Sill, Fort Benning, Bagdad, Iraq, Kosovo, Fort Eustis, APG, Family Life Training, and others !!

Best Regards, Steven

CH (COL) Clayton Hoffman

CH (COL) Clayton Hoffman
Address
2001 Two Deer Trail
Amarillo, Texas 79124
United States
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Email
claymaryhoff@att.net
Phone
(806) 352-6883
Date
06/14/2017
Ministry Report
When DOD released the information that only 2-3 military personnel would be sent to military funerals, I was disappointed. Therefore in 2004, CPO Eloy Heras, USN, Retired and I started Volleys for Veterans. We enlisted other veterans to assist in providing what the family wanted for their veteran’s funeral. In addition to the folding of the flag and taps, Volleys for Veterans can provide full military honors to include three volleys, bagpipes, bells, patriot guard escorts of family and placing of 50-75 flags at the cemetery. I have five coordinators. Each week a coordinator takes calls from funeral homes and enlist the number of veterans needed for his detail. We have over 100 veterans on the roster who are willing to assist.

Last year volleys for veterans participated in 257 funerals in a twenty-five-mile radius of Amarillo, Texas. From January – May 2017 we have rendered 89 military funerals.

Rev. Dr. Paul H. Easley SR.

Rev. Dr. Paul H. Easley SR.
Address
265 Camelot DR. Fayetteville, Ga 30214
Fayetteville, Georgia 30214 30214
United States
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Email
pheasleysr@hotmail.com
Phone
(770) 460-6695
Date
06/04/2017
Ministry Report
I retired in 1980 at Presidio, SF. Later became campus minister at Clark College/Clark Atlanta University in 1980 -2001(Ret.). The pastor at Ben Hill United Methodist Church, Heck Chapel, Griffin Ga., Active supply at several Methodist Churches in the Georgia Conference. Still a member of the West Virginia Conference of the United Methodist Church and attend annual conferences there in Buchannon, West Virginia. My family and grandchildren are scattered in Corte Madera, CA, Orlando, FL. and Bristol England.
I will be 87 my birthday this year. Still active retired now back at Ben Hill United Methodist with a 7:30 and 10:45 service which I am active along with senior group and visitation.
I along with Billy Lord with several other chaplains were few of the first chaplains to organize our Chaplains Association, group. I am a life member and still try to support our outstanding Association. I had a conflict in attending Chaplain Gunhus’s service at Arlington. My wife is buried in Chapel Hill in Arlington. Love to have my chaplains to contact me at any time. God bless.

Ronald Johnson

Ronald Johnson
Address
320 Dudley Creek Rd
Hardy, Virginia 24101
United States
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Email
fr.ronjohnson@gmail.com
Phone
(540) 719-2316
Date
06/03/2017
Ministry Report
Retired from the Army in January 1999. Served as a regional vice president with an Episcopal Church-related behavioral care foundation until taking a parish in the Florida Keys in 2001, I retired from the Episcopal Church in 2008 and moved back to Virginia. I now circuit ride for the Diocese helping to provide pastoral coverage of parishes in transition and rural parishes with little to no hope of calling a priest – a tasking which keeps me occupied most Sundays.

My wife, Johnnie, and I celebrate our 50th anniversary in August 2017. We have returned to Europe numerous times, and just finished a visit to Central Europe. We are planning a trip to Israel next year. Otherwise, we spend our time visiting our children and grandchildren, doing yard work and making wine.

Steven Utter

Steven Utter
Address
2961 W. Corte Madelena
Tucson, Arizona 85741-2987
United States
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Email
sjutter@comcast.net
Phone
(520) 297-7632
Date
06/03/2017
Ministry Report
Retired US Army 31 Dec 1993, SFC. Retired 10 March 2010 from Arizona Department of Corrections as Correctional Officer IV in charge of Programs at the Minors Unit, Arizona State Prison Complex Tucson. Joined the Arizona Rangers, (http://www.azrangers.us/about.html) in 2013. Currently serving as the Public Relations Sergeant and working Courtroom Security at the South Tucson City Court. (http://southtucson.org/government/city-court.html)

Arizona Chapter

 

 

“The Arizona Chapter has had two great lunch meetings this winter and is looking forward to a third on April 7th, at Ft. Huachuca.  The first lunch was held at the Thunder Canyon Brewery, in downtown Tucson, on February 9th.  Attendees included Donna Weddle, Steve Utter, Roy Ludlow, Eugene Friesen, John Stieve and daughter Sarah, Dave Lundell, Ken and Ann Kolenbrander, Tom Day, and Bob Bendick.  The picture is again hampered by all of our bright Arizona sunshine. 

 

The second lunch, organized for the Phoenix/Scottsdale/Glendale crowd, was held at Mimi’s Café in Scottsdale on March 1st, with the Al and Sue DeLossa, Marion and Carol Pember with daughter Kim, John and Martha  Schumacher, Bob and Sandy  Flaherty, and Ken Bucy present.  Thanks so much to Al DeLossa for organizing this lunch. 

 

Our next lunch will be on April 7th at Ft. Huachuca.  Thanks so much to Fred Robinson, Ken Kolenbrander, and Tom Day for leading this event.  Please contact Donna Weddle at dcweddle@cox.net for more information.”

 

Please edit as needed, Dan.

 

God’s peace,

Donna

 

 

 

East Alabama Chapter of USACCRA

We didn’t take a picture this time, but here is the summary of our last meeting.

The East Alabama Chapter of USACCRA met Tuesday, March 28, at the Golden Corral in Oxford, Alabama.

The guest speaker was LTC David Wood, Professor of Military Science at Jacksonville State University. Those attending were apprised of numerous changes in ROTC recruiting and training, as well as new issues relevant to all commanders, given new personnel policies currently in place.  

Attending were George Gray with his sons David Gray and Larry Gray, Jim Holiday, Jim Wilson, Mickey and Sandra Morton, Troy and Dianne Douthit, Hugh and Dorothy Kelso, and Tom and Carolyn Smith.

The next meeting will be on June 27 at 11:30 again at the Golden Corral in Oxford. Any and all chaplaincy family members are invited.

Thank you for including this article in the next newsletter.

Tom

DC-area US Army Chaplain Corps Regimental Association Luncheon

 

Thank you, Eric Wester, for providing the photo and the following write-up:

On Tuesday, 16 May, we gathered as currently serving and retired chaplains, chaplain assistants, and DREs.  We met at the Fort Belvoir Officers’ Club overlooking the scenic Potomac River.  This time there were no reported sightings of bald eagles, but routinely visitors to the area spot them either flying or perched in all their glory.

We welcome all attending:  Eric Wester, Gary and Susan Dahl, Donna Weddle, Dave and Janice Hicks, Demetrius Walton, Carleton Birch, Timothy Mallard, Wayne and Connie Ice with son, Wayne, Jane Heaton, Sherry and Jerry Reynolds, Bill Jokela and Randall Bowen.

Due to travel or moves, we extended greetings and prayers for some not with us who sent word:  Wayne Lehrer, Ben and Betty Nass, Rick Cantrell, Jeff and Monika Young (in Germany), Ivan Ives (in Oregon), Dennis Madtes (attending his youngest son’s college graduation in SC) Paula Wester (working at Walter Reed) and Ron Crews (relocated to Gainesville, GA).

Chaplain Timothy Mallard, the garrison chaplain, welcomed our group and offered our invocation and prayer of gratitude for the meal.  We enjoyed a bountiful buffet and got some updates.  First, Donna Weddle, shared her grateful words for the enormous support and turn-out for the committal service to bury beloved Army Chief of Chaplains (MG) G.T. Gunhus on Friday, 28 April at Arlington National Cemetery.   Also, Donna is a member of the National USACCRA Board, so she provided information about the hotel search for the planned Fall 2018 national USACCRA gathering.  The 2018 USACCRA meeting is planned for the national capital region.  Details about the gathering and our preparation and support will follow.
Chaplain Mallard updated the group on ministry activities at Fort Belvoir and emphasized the robust and diverse military mission and vibrant chaplaincy activities, including 10 different regular worship services, religious education, and other ministries.

Finally, we noted the upcoming 242nd anniversary of the Chaplain Corps and planned observances.  Additional information received on the day of the meeting announced a morning memorial service at Fort Myer, Arlington, VA, along with ceremonies at Chaplains Hill and the Tomb of the Unknowns.  All of these activities will be Friday, 28 July 2017.  Practicing and retired chaplaincy personnel will be welcomed at this event planned by the Military District of Washington.

Next Event:  Fort Myer, Friday, 28 July 2017 to commemorate the 242nd Anniversary of the Chaplain Corps!  Watch for further details.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ivan Chubb

Ivan Chubb
Address
14091 ne 49 ln
Williston, Florida 32696
United States
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Email
ivanchubb@centurylink.net
Phone
(352) 318-5498
Date
02/23/2017
Ministry Report
Put some ads in trade papers. “I will find you a church of your choice” ” I can perford Weddings, Memorials, Funerals and I will bless your house.”Since I left the VA as Chaplain and went to several county nursing homes seeking the Vets and those others that are in need of God’s word.Some of the Nursing home Vets are not getting much visitations. I urge you all to take the time to bring sunshine in their faces.i bought some flags on a stick from American Flag. they were .20 a flag. those are great to give to the residents.those of us that belong to military Chaplains assoc are also ministers.i am right at 80 years old.It is heart warming for me to know that i am peaceful knowing that God is with me in my travels and here at home.i suggest that you look into you funeral details while you are young enough to set them to your ways.get with your veteran service officer. local honor guards, minister or chaplain, military burial cemetary, now the paperwork can be done ahead . put a good copy of your dd214 handy for your family.most of veterans family have not been in the military, so if you have it ready, it can be smooth for them.God told Moses that it was about his time.Moses had worked closely with God. and look at us, some times doctors can tell us when are going to die. the people that have accidents and just die with no warning often are not prepared.so many will say, just because i dont go to church dont beleive that i am not a christian.norman rockwell was a great artist, painer, for the news gazzette. norman had illustrated the entrance to a great cathederal, he had babies, crosses all drew on the wall, cars going down the street, and people with thier heads fixed to the concrete. the church marque had written “lift up thine eyes” the earth is here for all to see and enjoy.so many things that we have missed really looking at.i beleive in heaven and hell. i pleasure going to heaven. i fear being with the devil, lucifer. i have lifted up my eyes and i ask you to join so many of us that have

Scott Davies

Scott Davies
Address
50 Circle T Lane
Absarokee, Montana 59001
United States
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Email
daviesranch@montana.net
Phone
(406) 321-1092
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After retiring in 2004 my wife and I moved to small ranch in very rural south-central Montana. I started a small Pastoral Counseling office and became a hospital Chaplain in Billings. Both of these ministries have been a great blessing. In 2013 I became a Reserve Deputy Sheriff for our county. About 10 months after becoming a part-time Deputy, I was diagnosed with Lung Cancer. This same lung cancer killed both my mother and my only sibling–its hard to outrun your own DNA. In August 2014, in spite of surgery, chemo and radiation, the cancer had progressed and I was made stage IV. I have been on oral chemo pills everyday since then. I still mange to keep up with being a Hospital Chaplain, a rancher and part-time deputy Sheriff, but at a much decreased level of activity and have just now applied for disability.

I have done what I can in preparing my wife to be on her own and am so very thankful to the Lord for the time he has granted me thus far. While there is a fair amount of suffering, His mercy and Grace have been overwhelming. I am also so thankful to my adult children, sons-in-laws and grandkids who help out with stuff.

FWIW, my email inexplicitly occasionally bounces things back. Just try again if this happens.