WELCOME TO ALL-AMERICAN HAWKINS-REEVE POST 7916

Warriors Still Serving
As yesterday's defenders of freedom, we want to welcome today's military service members into our ranks to become part of our elite group.  Our common bond is the battlefield, whether it is service in the Persian Gulf, Korea, Kosovo, the war on terrorism or peace-keeping expeditionary campaigns. Your courage and sacrifice have made a difference in preserving and defending world peace.


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POST 7916 IS OPEN FROM 11 AM (NOON ON WEEKENDS) TO 9 PM

The Canteen phone number is 703-491-1884 


CLICK HERE FOR THE POST’S NEW CANTEEN MENU  


MASTER CHEF JIMMY B's  LOW CARB MEALS (click here) 


 ***CLICKHERE FOR THIS WEEKS CANTEEN SPECIALS**

 


SEPTEMBER 25-26:  Occoquan Days


 SAVE THE DATE

6:30 PM OCTOBER 5th:  Post General Membership Meeting in the Post Second Flood Meeting Room

 


ALL- AMERICAN HAWKINS-REEVE POST 7916 SALUTES OUR MEMBERS WHO HAVE SELFLESSLY SERVED IN COMBAT ZONES AROUND THE GLOBE!!!

 

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For the News Article on the 75thAnniversary-CLICK HERE

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 Occoquan Military Tribute Banners 
This successful and popular program is a partnership between the Town and VFW Post 7916 is SOLD OUT.  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 2022, visit www.militarytributebanners.org and select Virginia/Occoquan under the Current Programs menu; or, stop by the Town Hall or the Post for more information.

                                                                                                                                                                                    

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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. 

 


 

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Post 7916 On National TV 
 
 This one has Joe and George raising the flag and Big Jim walking his dog on the boardwalk in Occoquan.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1uvnbrPliCw 

This one includes Mary Ellen on  USNS Comfort in NYC &

JP's face masks at INOVA Fairfax. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v3UJpl8zkQI

Walter, Lisa, Wes, Lindy & Joe 

 

 VFW 2020 Year In Review

 

 

 

 

 2021 WWI Memorial

 

IN FRONT OF THE U.S. CAPITOL


Comrades~

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:

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08W7GB93Q/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0

 ~Skip

 

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

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                   September 11th Commeration 

 (Click For Post Life Member Skip Powers Poignant Remarks)

  Remembering 9/11

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. 

(Click Here for the Story)

  


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

 

Click here for more:  Memorial Day History

 

 

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.  

 

 

2021 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 -- Robert Hill

2nd Year Trustee - Mike LaBrash

3rd Year Trustee -- AL Short 


 REST IN PEACE

Aviation Legend    96 Years Old          Life Member VFW Post 7916 

Gene Deatrick

"Oh to be 90 again"

    

               Life Members Charles "Charlie" Richard Krear                 Vincent John "Vince Ciccone                                                   August 18, 1930 - September 16, 2020                         April 4, 1934January 12, 2021

 

 Since June 27, 1946 All-American Hawkins-Reeve Post 7916 "Warriors Still Serving"

"honor our dead by helping the living."

 

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Dr Joe 

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!!
 2021 Virginia Scout of the Year
 

 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.

CONGRATULATIONS James!!

 

HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY!  Saturday July 4th, we celebrate America’s 244th 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 244 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.” 
– Ronald Reagan

 LEARN ABOUT THE DEPARTMENT OF VETERAN AFFAIRS NEW Telehealth Program for Hi-Tech connection for you with your VA care teams and specialists including:

  • Real-time, interactive video visits.
  • In-home and mobile health remote monitoring.
  • Technologies that transmit health data or images to VA providers.
no matter the distance at: https://telehealth.va.gov/what-telehealth 

HAWKINS-REEVE POST 7916 HAS EARNED ALL-AMERICAN STATUS FOR THE THIRD 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  
All American Post 7916 and the Town of Occoquan proudly announce the second annual Military Tribute Banner Program is SOLD OUT.   For everything you need to know to have a a banner to honor the veteran you love hung along Mill Street after Memorial Day 2020 under "current programs" scroll down to Occoquan after you open:   www.militarytributebanners.org
  

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, 1898
 
Raising 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 

U.S. NAVY OCTOBER 13, 1775
Non Sibi Sed Patriae
 

 


 



 



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VFW Post 7916 Celebrates Silver Anniversary

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FLAG DAY: Monday June 14, 2021

The Day to Honor Our American Flag

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VFW Announces Kick-Off of Annual Scholarship Competitions

District Commander Robert Adamczyk of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. Virginia District 10 announced the kick-off of this year’s VFW’s Voice of Democracy and Patriot’s Pen Scholarship competition. Local high school and middle school students can compete for thousands of dollars in scholarships.

DATA and NOVA Veterans Win Federal Grant to Help Senior or Disabled Veterans Get to Vaccination Sites

Reston, VA – MAY 5, 2021 – The Dulles Area Transportation Association (DATA) and the Northern Virginia Veterans Association (NOVA Veterans) have been awarded federal funding for a joint project to provide veterans who are disabled or over 65 with transportation to COVID-19 vaccination appointments. While vaccination availability has increased, an escalating critical transportation crisis is preventing our most vulnerable veterans from getting vaccinated. This is particularly problematic for those veterans who receive their medical care from distant Veterans Administration medical facilities and are without reliable transportation.

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A Mission Like No Other: Bringing Our Missing Home

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Nearly $6,000 for community service and Post home improvements all funded by Powerhouse Gaming.

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"We Honor Our Fallen By Caring For Our Living"   That the purpose of this Corporation shall be fraternal, patriotic, historical, charitable, and educational: to preserve and strengthen comradeship among its members; to assist worthy comrades; to perpetuate the memory and history of our dead; and to assist their widows and orphans; to maintain true allegiance to the Government of the United States of America, and fidelity to its Constitution and laws; to foster true patriotism; to maintain and extend the institutions of American freedom, and to preserve and defend the United States from all her enemies.
 
 

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