Left Below: Chapter President Lt Col Steve Ford and Guest Speaker Lt Hayley Weir at our March 2018 meeting. Lt Weir is a recent graduate of the Air Force Academy and current grad student at Clemson Univ. She told us about her research at Clemson Univ for a very lightweight material to replace Kevlar. Fascinating science made understandable by Lt Weir. Right Below: our other guest speaker for the evening, the soon to graduate senior at Clemson Univ AFROTC Cadet Jordan Motlong. He was the 2017 year recipient of the Chapter's MOAA Medal and Certificate and at the meeting spoke to us about his dreams and ambitions as he prepares to enter military service.
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Left Below : UPSTATE SC JR ROTC DRILL COMPETITION at the Anderson City Civic Center. This event was founded in 2014 by Colonel David A. Rearick (USAF, Ret), instructor of the Pendleton High School AFJROTC program. He and Anderson Lights of Hope (a non profit charitable organization) organize the Drill Comp each year. The event has many Anderson area sponsors, including our chapter. The Chapter receives financial assistance from USAA and MOAA Headquarters to help in this sponsorship. At right - Our Chapter helps sponsor the Veterans Day Parade in Anderson. Lt Col Sam Anderson and his wife Carol are prepared to line-up for the Parade and display the Chapter Banner.
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Left to Right Below : Congressman Jeff Duncan, our South Carolina Third District Representative, has been our guest speaker on two occasions over the last several years. Dr. Evans Whitaker, President of Anderson University, was a guest speaker at a chapter dinner meeting in 2017, which was held at Tucker's Restaurant.
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Left Below: At our dinner meeting in November 2013 the Chapter celebrated its 50 Year Anniversary with a celebratory cutting of the cake using a military ceremonial sword. At Right: Spartanburg, SC Military Stand Down logo. The Chapter has supported this EVENT by advertising it in our area and providing transportation for homeless veterans in Anderson to Spartanburg and return. Stand Down is a part of the Veterans Welcome Home Program which in the UPSTATE operates a seven (7) room transition home for homeless veterans along with the annual Upstate Stand Down EVENT. That EVENT provides one-stop assistance of food, clothing, immunizations, haircuts, etc.for homeless veterans. It is modeled after the Stand Down concept used during the Vietnam War to provide a safe retreat for units returning from combat.
Left Below : The Chapter provides the MOAA Medal and Certificate at our 7 HS JROTC Awards programs and our 2 Clemson University ROTC Awards programs. At these programs the Chapter provides a "presenting" officer to recognize a rising senior selected for exceptional leadership and academic achievement. Past President Lt Col Howard Stammerjohn presenting MOAA award to outstanding JR ROTC cadet at his school award ceremonies. At Right: Our Chapter-Sponsored Missing in Action Table was part of a Memorial Day Program held at the Anderson County Veterans Monument in Anderson. The Monument is in the park next to the Civic Center.