All-American Hawkins-Reeve Post 7916 honors our dead by helping the living. We support those who have sacrificed so much for this country: U.S. Military veterans, men and women serving in our Armed Forces, as well as their families. We shape the future through community service, youth activities, and commitment to our oath of enlistment and office which never expires.
Americans coming together for Memorial Day, can be the beginning of America becoming what Americans want and need it to be.
Between the crosses, row on row, we are the dead that short days ago lived and now lie in Flanders Fields. Take up our quarrel with the foe. To you from failing hands we throw the torch to hold high. IF YE BREAK FAITH WITH US WE SHALL NOT SLEEP, though poppies grow in Flanders Fields. John McCrae 1917
Coming home doesn't mean the battle is over. With over 10 times the amount of veterans lost to suicide than to combat operations in the same time period, there has never been a more important time to TAKE A STAND and DO something to support our veterans!! If you or someone you know is suffering from PTS, we have people that have shared a similar experience and are ready to help.
WELCOME and thank you for your military service in overseas conflict that qualifies you AND your family for the select ranks of All-American Hawkins-Reeve Post 7916's WARRIORS STILL SERVING.
Norman "Skibow" Fertsch, age 89, of Stafford, Virginia passed away on Saturday, January 28, 2023. A Vietnam & Korea combat vet, he was a retired Marine Master Sergeant and life member of Post 7916 .
He is survived by his children, Pamela Fertsch of Stafford, Shirlene Upton and son in law, Daniel Upton of Stafford, and Norman E. Fertsch of Stafford; his 8 grandchildren; his 13 great grandchildren; and his 1 great great grandchild.
A Visitation for Skibow will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, 6 February 2023 at Mullins and Thompson Funeral Home, 186 Shelton Shop Rd., Stafford, VA 22554 followed by a Celebration of Life at 12 noon also at the funeral home. Interment will then follow at Dumfries City Cemetery, 17821 Mine Rd., Dumfries, VA.
Capt Dan Whitten, USMA'04, 28, KIA Zabul Afghanistan February 2, 2010 on his 6th combat deployment.
CONGRATULATIONS Post 7916 Eagle Scout Connor
Being Presented the Department of Virginia’s Patriot Pen Award and the associated $1700 stipend by Department Commander Geoff Lyster
Eagles-Chiefs6:30 PM February 12: Superbowl LVII Kick Off Phoenix AR
"Warriors are not the fastest or strongest people.
Warriors are those who choose to stand between their enemy and all that they love and hold sacred.”
JOIN US AT POST 7916 WHERE EVERYONE KNOWS YOUR NAMEOPEN FROM 11 AM (NOON ON WEEKENDS) TO 9 PM
"When We Assumed The Soldier, We Did Not Lay Aside the Citizen."
George WashingtonSAVE THE DATE
6:30 PM February 7: Post General Membership Meeting, Second Floor Meeting Room6:30 PM February 12: Eagles-Chiefs Superbowl LVII Kick Off Phoenix AR
Bob Fenlason, Mike Frank, Nick Roper, Jeff Lett,
Clancy McQuigg, Clay Winkler, Wade Meyers, & Rob Hill
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE POST FOR EXCEEDING 100% MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL BY 15 NOVEMBER, THE EARLIEST DATE EVER IN OUR 76 YEAR HISTORY.
In respect and recognition of the contributions of our veterans and their families, Mayor Porta presents Commander Lett and members of VFW Post 7916 a proclamation naming November 11, 2022, as Veterans Day,and encouraged all citizens to recognize the valor, courage, and sacrifice of our veterans.
POST 7916 BLUE WARRIORS ARE THE WOODBRIDGE LITTLE LEAGUE SPRING 2022 JUNIOR CHAMPIONS
This successful and popular program, a partnership between the Town and VFW Post 7916, is closed for 2022 and will reopen for new and renewal sponsorships in 2023. If you are a new sponsor interested in honoring your family member, ancestor, or friend for their military service, or a former sponsor wishing to renew for 2023, visit https://militarytributebanners.org/virginia/occoquan-va.html and follow instructions on the application webpage; or, stop by the Town Hall or the Post for more information.
Many Many Thanks To All Who Made Occoquan RiverFest Such a Great Success!!
THE ALL AMERICAN POST 7916 TEAM HELPS A POST LIFE MEMBER
Past Post and Past District Commander Chuck Wilson was Presented The 2022 Lifetime Achievement Award at the Annual U-2 Dragon Lady Symposium
Eagle Scout Jonathan, Post 7916 Scout of the Year and His Family
He is a 12th grade student at Charles J. Colgan senior high school. He received his eagle award as a member of Troop 964, sponsored by the First United Presbyterian Church of Dale City. His Eagle leadership project involved collecting food for the food pantries of our Lady of Angels and Sacred Heart Catholic Churches. He intends to be a history teacher for middle or high school students.
WE ARE VERY PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE
VFW Post 7916 is establishing a partnership with Warrior Canine Connection! (Click Here)
This organization trains service dogs for qualified veterans in need, and they allow veterans with PTSD to participate in training of dogs to assist in their recovery (Click Here). Currently based in Maryland, WCC, a 501 charity organization, is seeking to establish a presence in Virginia and will be using the upstairs event room at the canteen once a week beginning in May, approximately 1200-1300, to train their puppies (Click Here)
OUR HOPE FOR THE FUTURE OF AMERICA
Post 7916 Voice of America and Patriot Pen Winners, February 1, 2022
Post Life Member John Palo of Home Depot has presented the Post with $6,000 that will go to immediate use in our Post Relief Fund to help a needy Veteran.
OUR SCOUTS ARE SHAPING THE FUTURE
Many, Many Thanks To All Who Made This the Most Successful Post 7916Fund Raising and Recruiting Occoquan RiverFest EVER!!!POST COMMANDER JEFF LETT IS NOTED IN THIS MONTH'S VFW MAGAZINE FOR LEADING THE POST TO IT'S 5TH CONSECUTIVE ALL AMERICAN AWARD
At All American Post 7916 Veterans Day Ceremony, our Boy Scouts posted the colors to begin our ceremony.
Occoquan Mayor Ernie Porta said: "Thank you members, auxiliary, and leaders of the Post past and present who have done so much for the Occoquan community. We are better for your presence."
Senior Vice Commander Nick Roper read a vignette about Virginia veterans.
ALL- AMERICAN HAWKINS-REEVE POST 7916 SALUTES OUR MEMBERS WHO HAVE SELFLESSLY SERVED IN COMBAT ZONES AROUND THE GLOBE!!!
Or click the Picture Above
THANK YOU FOR THE BEAUTIFUL LEGACY BOX DONATED BY
THE VETERAN OWNED AMERICAN LEGACY GEAR COMPANY
TO VOLUNTEER TO BECOME POST 7916's
QUARTERMASTER & TO BEGIN TRAINING NOW
All-American Hawkins-Reeve Post 7916 has been especially selected to represent the Veterans of Foreign Wars nationally.
A crew from VFW Headquarters Kansas City arrived in Occoquan at sunrise Saturday July 18 to make a Public Service Announcement featuring the great work of VFW Post 7916’s "Warriors Still Serving”, one of just six Posts of the over 6000 VFW Posts worldwide selected to represent the VFW.
The film crew began the day by capturing the beauty of Historic Occoquan store fronts, water front and emphasizing Occoquan’s military tribute banners hanging throughout the town.
The crew filmed Post members raising the American Flag, delivering meals to the needy, checking on the health and welfare of veterans and community members, providing food and supplies to families in the community, as well as preparing "care packages” for deployed troops.
Thank you for your great support of Wreaths Across America for Quantico National Cemetery!!!
As a Result of Your Generosity WAA Donated $780 to the Post
Post 7916 On National TVThis one has Joe and George raising the flag and Big Jim walking his dog on the boardwalk in Occoquan.
This one includes Mary Ellen on USNS Comfort in NYC &
JP's face masks at INOVA Fairfax.
Walter, Lisa, Wes, Lindy & Joe
VFW 2020 Year In Review
IN FRONT OF THE U.S. CAPITOL
Post 7916 celebrates Col Herbert J. "Buddy” Duke (USA/Retired) on his 99th birthday in Beaufort S.C.
Buddy and his family extend their thanks to the men and women of Post 7916
for the warm well wishes, cards, and notes!
It was a day of laughs and celebration!
Recently, I helped edit and publish a book my Dad has been working on for some time. Its an interesting read and now "live" on Amazon (kindle and paperback editions).
It's an autobiography that takes him from the turret guns in Vietnam to an Undercover State Police Officer to a Maximum Security Prison cell in Maine.
He was worried about sharing the story, though I am confident it has helped, in many ways, close the chapter on a set of instances that forever changed him.
50% of all sales of the book will be donated to All-American VFW Post #7916. We would appreciate your candid reviews and support. You can purchase an e-book or paperback edition here:
WE HAVE BEEN SELECTED AS VFW POST OF THE MONTH FROM THE OVER 6000 VFW POSTS WORLD WIDE. MAYOR PORTA CALLS US A STABLIZING FORCE FOR THE GOOD OF OCCOQUN
September 11th Commeration
HOW THE ARMY 911th TECHNICAL RESCUE COMPANY GOT ITS NAME
By Paul Lara INSIDENOVA Sep 11, 2021 Updated Sep 11, 2021
VFW Post 7916 Life Member 1SG Chris Hoffman is the current First Sergeant.
A BAD DAY IN OCCOQUAN IS BETTER THAN A GREAT DAY DEPLOYED
"You must never confuse faith that you will prevail in the end -- which you can never afford to lose -- with the discipline to confront the most brutal facts of your current reality, whatever they might be.”
— James B. Stockdale, VADM USN, Pilot, POW, CMH
The National Cemetery Administration continues internment at National Cemeteries, but for now without traditional Committal Services and Military Honors. National Cemetery Administration may be reached at 1-800-535-1117. https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USVANCA/bulletins/2849dcb
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Saturday June 5 was a perfect day to bring to a conclusion the memorable 2021 Post 7916 Woodbridge Seniors season.
The Post owes a huge debt of gratitude to Post Life Member Coach Stu Davis (far right) and his coaching staff for their focus on teaching our team core values, discipline, reliability, and resilience. The unmitigated support of the player’s families was awesome.
After hosting the Prince William Little League closing ceremony in the morning, our seniors faced off in a twinight doubleheader against Dale City with the same élan and aplomb they played with all year.
Under a cloudless azure sky at 90 degrees at "Bombers” first pitch, we were grateful for the awning that was sent up for the crowd from the Post. The field was in its best condition of the season and as was "Blue’s” performance. Unbelievably… our second baseman "Mari” is now in the record books as a hit batter (HBP) for the 6th game in a row.
Our second game started at 6:30 PM. It was the team’s best game ever and a fitting end to such an unbelievable 2021 season.
"Nuke" was on the mound after having played shortstop in the first game. He faced 17 batters in the five inning game. He struck out at least two batters every inning and had a 3 run double. Several Dale City players just swung themselves out.
In the bottom of the fifth and game ending inning, a Dale City batter hit a dying quail single busting Nuke’s no hitter.
We won 10 to 0. Again, the best game I have ever seen.
2022-2023 POST OFFICERS
Commander -- Jeff Lett
Senior Vice Commander -- Nick Roper
Junior Vice Commander -- Bob Fenlason
Quartermaster -- Mike Frank
Adjutant -- Lindy Dietz
Service Officer -- Lindy Dietz
Judge Advocate General -- Jeff Springman
Chaplain -- Clancy McQuigg
Surgeon -- Ken Timborski
1st Year Trustee -- Clay Winkler l
2nd Year Trustee - Wade Myers
3rd Year Trustee -- Rob Hill
Since June 27, 1946 All-American Hawkins-Reeve Post 7916 "Warriors Still Serving"
"honor our dead by helping the living."
On May 14, Life Member and USMC Vietnam combat doctor Dr. Joe Gutierrez received the President of the Washington Medical Society’s Award for his extraordinary contributions to DC medicine. Here is Joe giving 100 year old Ken Chilstrom (Test pilot for the 10/1/42 P-59 first U.S. Jet Fighter flight) a hand in the Post 7916 Black Cat Lounge. CONGRADULATIONS JOE!!
t the State Convention in Portsmouth, our Post 7916 Boy Scout of the Year James was awarded Department of Virginia Boy Scout of the Year Award by State Commander Eric Mallet and our Junior Vice Commander. James is an Eagle Scout as well as the highest Sea Scout rank "Quartermaster”. James turned down a full Army ROTC scholarship to Virginia Tech in order to accept his appointment to West Point.
HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY! Monday July 4th, we celebrate America’s 246th birthday.
America has much to be proud of! Americans pioneered the establishment of modern democracy, experienced both domestic and global wars, and paved the way for the digital age. Throughout this period, we have been blessed with the dedication of our Armed Forces. Yes, for these 246 years, our military has worked to preserve the freedoms which were dearly valued by our Founding Fathers.
On July 2, 1776, the Continental Congress voted in favor of independence from Great Britain and its king, and two days later delegates from the 13 colonies adopted the Declaration of Independence, the birth certificate of America.
In a letter from John Adams to his wife, Abigail, dated July 3d, 1776, Adams refers to that day as "the most memorable epoch in the history of America.” He continued: "I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival. It ought to be commemorated, as the day of deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward, forevermore."
Adams concludes his letter with this stirring paragraph: "I am well aware of the toil, and blood, and treasure, that it will cost us to maintain this declaration, and support and defend these States. Yet, through all the gloom, I can see the rays of ravishing light and glory. I can see that the end is more than worth all the means, and that posterity will triumph in that day’s transaction, even although we should rue it, which I trust in God we shall not.”
This Independence Day, may we celebrate the birth of our nation proudly, resolutely determined to preserve our freedom, just as our Founding Fathers proclaimed so boldly over 244 years ago.
God Bless America!
"Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same.”
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HAWKINS-REEVE POST 7916 HAS EARNED ALL-AMERICAN STATUS FOR THE SIXTH CONSECUTIVE YEAR PLACING THE POST IN THE TOP 1% OF OVER 6300 VFW POSTS WORLDWIDE.
"But we have forgotten God. We have forgotten the gracious hand which preserves us in peace and multiplied and enriched and strengthened us, and we have vainly imagined, in the deceitfulness of our hearts, that all these blessings were produced by some superior wisdom and virtue of our own. Intoxicated with unbroken success we have become too self sufficient to feel the necessity of redeeming and preserving grace too proud to pray to the God that made us".Abraham Lincoln Proclamation - A National Day of Fasting, Humiliation and Prayer, March 30, 1863
THE VIETNAM PEACE ACCORDS WERE SIGNED JANUARY 27, 1973. U.S.TROOPS LEFT VIETNAM IN MARCH 1973. SAIGON FELL TO NORTH APRIL 30, 1975.
CLICK HERE AND " Remember the Maine" Sunk at anchor in Havana Harbor February 15, 1898Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima February 23, 1945 is the iconic photograph of six United States Marines raising the U.S. flag atop Mount Suribachi during the Battle of Iwo Jima in World War II.On March 6,1836, After a two week siege, the Battle of the Alamo came to a gruesome end, capping off a pivotal moment in the Texas Revolution. Over 1000 Mexican forces recaptured the fort, and nearly all of the roughly 200 Texan defenders were killed. On April 21, Texas won the battle of San Jacinto and independence from Mexico.Happy Birthday Green Berets
Since its inception on June 19th, 1952, U.S. Army Special Forces, or the Green Berets, have been the tip of the spear in the special operations community, being heavily relied on the last six decades for its expertise in unconventional warfare. The last 18 years U.S. Army Special Forces have been deployed to over 90 countries at any given time and has sustained over 60% of all Special Operations Forces casualties since September 11, 2001.
A Very Special Thanks. On behalf of the entire Post, I give a very special thanks to the following Post members, who despite their many other responsibilities, including their personal, and family requirements, have invested an extraordinary amount of time and energy to support those who need help during the COVID-19 unpleasantness. If I missed anyone, I meant to include you. I am proud to be a member of your Post. Jeff Lett, Commander
Mary and Steve Amato, Jimmy Bruck, Jeff Currer, Lindy Dolan, Mercedes N. Kirkland-Doyle,Mike Frank, Wes Girvin, Gianni Giordano, Renee Graham, Misty & Sean Hagerty, Lisa Renee Johnson, Pierce Lewis, Charles Mick, Sam Palmer and Amy Gregory, John Palo, Andrew Peck, Tanya & Dave Ralston, Suzanne Rogers, Logan Silicato, Lisa & Pat Sivigny, Mary Ellen Wetmore, Rick Wiegert, and Chuck Wilson.
POST 7916 MEMBERS ARE REAL "WARRIORS STILL SERVING”
Post members have been fully engaged in advancing our mission of "Honoring the Dead by Helping the Living”. We have provided and delivered hundreds of meals and Sunday Dinners to the needy including fabulous Easter Sunday Dinners amd Memorial Day Dinners to members, as well as making health and welfare checks for Post members. The Post made a donation to the Lorton Community Action Center (a local food bank) which used it to purchase 5000 pounds of food for the needy.
Post members on the Occoquan PD are making health & welfare checks for all Occoquan residents, we have provided protective masks to local medical facilities, Patriot Scuba provided scuba diving masks from a member’s dive shop for conversion to COVID-19 ventilator masks, one of our members is part of the Veterans Administration leader team to protect veterans from COVID-19, another member is on the Department of Homeland Security leader team fighting COVID-19. We are giving blood and contributing to the Occoquan "Good News Community Kitchen"run by one of our Members.
Today, a Navy Nurse Post member is onboard the USNS Comfort. This 1,000 bed floating hospital arrived on station at New York City in response to the COVID-19 pandemic currently attacking our nation. We are fortunate to have these Post Members and VFW members all over the world defending us and our families today. Bravo Zulu. Jeff Lett, Commanding
WOODBRIDGE 2022 JUNIOR SPRING CHAMPS
At 7 pm game time it was a melting, breezeless, 92 degrees, with 100% humidity and a relentless sun shining straight down the 1stbase line in the eyes of the RHBs and the catcher.
The first inning ended with our Warriors ahead 5-0, despite just one Warrior out, because of the Woodbridge Little League maximum 5 run per inning lead mercy rule.
Our Blues battled back & forth with the formidable Woodbridge Orange until the game was called because of a totally unforecast monster thunderstorm that dumped buckets of rain and serious lighting. The National Weather Service issued a last minute tornado warning as well.
As a result, the game was called in the 5th with us ahead 11-8 making us the Woodbridge Little League Spring 2022 Junior Champions.
The Blue Warriors, in gratitude for our sponsorship, presented the Post with a coveted jersey signed by the entire team.
In deference to Coach Troche and his staff’s extraordinary performance, they have been especially selected by Woodbridge Little League to coach the upcoming all star game. Several of our players will be playing.
The team will soon have lunch at the Post in case you are thinking about getting an autograph that could be worth plenty in a few years.
U.S. NAVY OCTOBER 13, 1775Non Sibi Sed Patriae
...we want to welcome today's military service members into our ranks to become part of our elite group.
WWII, Korean War, Vietnam War, Persian Gulf War, Kosovo, War in Afghanistan, War in Iraq, War on Global Terror and other Peace-Keeping Expeditionary Campaigns throughout the globe.
Patriotism consists not in waving the flag, but in striving that our country shall be righteous as well as strong.
On the battlefield, the military pledges to leave no soldier behind. As a Nation, let it be our pledge that when they return home, we leave no veteran behind.