Veterans Club Meeting December 14th 7PM in the Delaware Room

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Melissa Clipper is our featured speaker for the December 14th meeting.  She has been the President of the Southern Nevada chapter of the Blue Star Mothers since 2015.  Blue Star Mothers of America, Inc. was organized in 1942, as an all-volunteer, Veterans Service Organization of Military Moms of someone currently serving in the US Armed Forces and honorably or medically discharged from the US Military.  Melissa has held several National positions as well as volunteering at the local VA Women’s Health Center and the Nevada State Veterans Home.

Her US Military family legacy starts at WWI and continued with her grandfather and mentor, who served as Lt Col in the Army during WWII and her father who served as a Marine in Korea.  She's a Proud Military Mom of an Army daughter, an Air Force daughter and an Air Force son.  As a 3 Star Blue Star Mother, Melissa says she gave birth to her heroes.  

The Blue Star Mothers work alongside many other Veteran Service Organizations to further their mission to Honor, Remember and Support U.S. Military men and women. They are involved year-round marching in parades; welcoming home our Returning Heroes and Honor Flights for our older Veterans; volunteering at Fisher House and VA Southern Nevada Medical Center; and hosting events at Nevada State Veterans Home. They have four annual events to ship care packages worldwide with "From Our Hearts To Yours" "Easter Treats 4 Troops" "Packages 4 Our Patriots" and "Stockings 4 Our Troops".  With the support and the generosity of the Southern Nevada community, businesses, churches, organizations, clubs like SCA Veterans Club and many more, they will collect enough supplies to ship care packages and holiday cheer for these brave heroes. 

The Veterans Club has supported their Stockings 4 Our Troops project for many years.   The 2021 “stocking stuffer” event will take place:  Monday, November 29, Tuesday, November 30, Wednesday, December 1, and Thursday, December  2.  By our December 14th meeting, the stockings will be stuffed and on their way to our troops overseas.  Melissa will report on the success of the 2021 campaign and will also introduce us further to the mission and activities of our local Blue Star Mothers.

 

 

January 11, 2022 Meeting, General Novotny

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The featured speaker for the Veterans Club January 11th, 2022, meeting is Brigadier General Robert G. Novotny.  He has a distinguished 28-year career in the United States Air Force, achieving numerous high-level positions covering operations and logistics, operational test and emerging technologies, and development and acquisition.  He served as the 57th Wing Commander, Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada where he was responsible for 38 squadrons at 13 installations constituting the Air Force's most diverse flying wing. General Novotny was responsible for four groups: 57th Adversary Tactics Group, 57th Operations Group, 57th Maintenance Group and the U.S. Air Force Weapons School. In addition, he oversaw the 561st Joint Tactics Squadron; U.S. Air Force Advanced Maintenance and Munitions Operations School; U.S. Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron, the Thunderbirds; and the Red Flag and Green Flag exercises.

Brigadier General Novotny was commissioned in 1992 upon graduating from the U.S. Air Force Academy and earned his wings at Laughlin AFB, Texas. He completed five operational F-15 assignments with extensive test and combat experience, in addition to serving as an action officer at a major command, a fighter squadron commander, and a test and evaluation group commander. He is also a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Weapons School, the Naval Command & Staff College, the School of Advanced Air & Space Studies, and the National War College. Brigadier General Novotny is a command pilot with more than 2,500 flight hours in 12 different aircraft, primarily in the F-15C/D/E, and more than 540 combat hours.  His many assignments took him to such diverse places as Hickam, Sheppard and Langley Air Force Bases, Kadena Air Base in Japan, Kabul, Afghanistan, RAF Lakenheath, United Kingdom and lastly, Nellis AFB.

After retiring from the Air Force in 2020 he co-founded the DARE Venture Group providing  in-depth consultations and advisory services to federal contracting firms bidding to provide the United States Air Force with the communications equipment, defense, and warfare machinery they require.

2021 Veterans Club Board of Directors

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Art Lindberg Frank Bianca Phil Citron James Klimesh
Steve Ehrmann Debbie Glazier Marty Greenblatt Sydney Ingram
Jerry Jones Paul MacDowell George Price Phil Schlager
Phil Simmons      

Veterans Club Color Guard

The SCAVC Color Guard was organized in 1999 and marches  at club events throughout the year.  

Phil Citron USMC (Color Guard Commander) Arnie Malinger USA; George Price USN; Jerry Jones USAF; Sydney Ingram USN; Steve Ehrmann USAF, Ray Atkisson USN