The Tuesday, September 17 dinner social at the Hotel Tavern in West Jefferson, NC was well attended and gave our dedicated, and well dressed, members an opportunity to showcase our Chapter polo shirts!
Shown (L to R): LTC Jim Block, USA, CDR Mark Whittle, USN, LCDR Steve Tucker (USN), CDR Mik Milulan, USPHS, CAPT Doug Ehrhardt, USN, LTC Bob Worley, USA and LTC Morris Griffin, USA...all of the above should have (RET) at the end of their rank, name & service!!
At our first regular meeting for 2019, the Ashe County High School JROTC Battalion commander and lead instructor, David Hollis, LTC, USA, Retired and his wife, Melanie, a former Army UH-64 Black- hawk pilot will present our evening program. LTC Hollis and his wife are Appalachian State University graduates and were commissioned out of the universities ROTC program. After retirement, LTC Hollis returned to the Appalachian campus to teach in the Universities ROTC program and two years ago took over the battalion of nearly 100 students at ACHS. Melanie is the coordinator of in-school mentoring for a High Country NFP organization, Western Youth Network, reaching out to insure that young people can thrive regardless of their circumstances.