firebase116.org WELCOMES HOME SPC Dillon Ramos!

WELCOME HOME DILLON!

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE AND A JOB WELL DONE!

SPC Dillon Ramos Bio:

Dillon finished BCT/OSUT Combat Engineering in August 2009.

  • Dillon earned a sharp shooter qualification.
  • During basic training Dillon volunteered for airborne school.  Dillon completed training and graduated with basic airborne wings, and became a US Army paratrooper in September 2009.
  • Dillon was assigned to 4/25th Airborne Brigade Combat Team at Fort Richardson, Alaska, where he’s currently stationed as part of the 425 BSTB Alpha Company.
  • In November 2009 Dillon was married to Jessica Dilworth.
  • Dillon went to Armory school in January 2010 and became an armorer as his secondary duty.
  • Dillon was responsible for maintaining several million dollars of arms and equipment.
  • In March of 2011 Dillon participated in a joint military exercise with the Canadian forces and earned his Canadian airborne wings.
  • In April of 2011 Dillon was selected to attend Air Assault School in Schofield Barrack’s in Hawaii, completed the course and earned his air assault wings.
  • In August of 2011 Dillon went to Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri and to Fort Polk, Louisiana for training to prepare for the deployment to Afghanistan.
  • December 2011 Dillon deployed to Afghanistan to Forward Operating Base Salerno.
  • Dillon’s company was tasked with the mission of route recon and route clearance where they conducted counter IED operations.
  • Dillon earned his combat action badge while he was in Afghanistan and also earned his ARCOM for exemplary military service.

When Dillon returns home, he is planning to continue his military service by joining the Massachusetts National Guards.

Dillon’s Flight  Arrives in Boston, Logan Airport at 10:45 AM (as with any flight we always need to be prepared for delays or changes)

A Hero’s Welcome Hotline for last minute updates and changes is 484-679-1717, this would be good to share with everyone who may be participating in welcoming home SPC Ramos.

I’ll keep everyone updated as I get Dillon’s info. -J. Barry

Airmen Missing from Vietnam War Identified

U.S. Department of Defense
Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Public Affairs)
News Release

Welcome Home Brothers – Rest in Peace

Airmen Missing from Vietnam War Identified

           The Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office (DPMO) announced today that the remains of two servicemen, missing in action from the Vietnam War, have been identified and are being returned to their families for burial with full military honors.

           Air Force Lt. Col. Charles M. Walling of Phoenix will be buried June 15 at Arlington National Cemetery. There will be a group burial honoring Walling and fellow crew member, Maj. Aado Kommendant of Lakewood, N.J., at Arlington National Cemetery, on Aug. 8 — the 46th anniversary of the crash that took their lives.

           On Aug. 8, 1966, Walling and Kommendant were flying an F-4C aircraft that crashed while on a close air support mission over Song Be Province, Vietnam. Other Americans in the area reported seeing the aircraft crash and no parachutes were deployed. Search and rescue efforts were not successful in the days following the crash.

           In 1992, a joint United States-Socialist Republic of Vietnam (S.R.V.) team investigated the crash site and interviewed a local Vietnamese citizen who had recovered aircraft pieces from the site. In 1994, a joint U.S.-S.R.V. team excavated the site and recovered a metal identification tag, bearing Wallings name, and other military equipment. In 2010, the site was excavated again. Human remains and additional evidence were recovered.

           Scientists from the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command and the Armed Forces DNA Identification Laboratory used circumstantial and material evidence, along with forensic identification tools including mitochondrial DNA which matched Wallings living sister in the identification of the remains.

           For additional information on the Defense Departments mission to account for missing Americans, visit the DPMO website at http://www.dtic.mil/dpmo or call 703-699-1420.

VA Caregiver Support

Caregiver Services

VA offers a number of services that can provide you with the support that’s right for you. Whether you and the Veteran you care for could use some help at home or you just need someone to listen, we’re here to support you.

New Benefits for Family Caregivers of Post-9/11 Veterans

New Services for Family Caregivers of Post-9/11 Veterans

If you are the Family Caregiver of a Veteran who was injured post-9/11, you may be eligible for additional services through VA, including a stipend, comprehensive training and medical coverage through VA if you are not already covered by a plan. Follow the link to learn more about the newest services and to see if you are currently eligible.

Caregiver Support Questions?

Have questions about VA Caregiver Support Services? Contact VA’s Caregiver Support Line:

Support Line! 1-855-260-3274

(1-855-260-3274) or your local Caregiver Support Coordinator for assistance.

Boston – Bedford Veterans Expo 2012

Boston/Bedford Veterans Expo 2012

All Veterans Save the Date!

On June 20, 2012, from 1 p.m. – 8 p.m., Bedford VAMC and VA Boston Healthcare System will be hosting a one-day benefit and service conference at Bunker Hill Community College.

Veterans will learn how to locate and land jobs and sign up for VA healthcare and benefits. They can attend seminars on resume writing, financial planning, learning life skills (focused on healthy family interaction) and explore ways to achieve higher education.

So, If you are a Veteran or someone you know is a Veteran, spread the word  and come see what’s new for you at the VA!

Mark your calendars for Wednesday, June 20, from 1 p.m. – 8 p.m. at the Multi-Purpose Center, Building G, 250 New Rutherford Ave., Boston MA. for a day full of information, camaraderie and fun!

You Served Us….We Honor You

Directions: http://www.bhcc.mass.edu/inside/65 or call 857-364-5934 for more information. Free Parking and accessible by the Orange Line.

Sponsored by:

Bedford VAMC; VA Boston Healthcare System; MA. Dept. of Veteran Services; Bunker Hill C.C. in conjunction with the cities of Boston, Chelsea, Everett, and Revere

 To see who will be attending,  just click the links below:

Service Agencies

Schools

Jobs/Career Services 

Life Skill Seminars

Visit ->  The Boston – Bedford Veterans Expo 2012 <-website by clicking here or on the Title.

View the Expo Flyer here! -> Boston_Vets_Expo_2012_Flyer <– You’ll need Adobe Reader!

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Annual Chapter 116 Meeting at the Massachusetts Vietnam Veterans Memorial

Our Annual Meeting at the Massachusetts Vietnam Veterans Memorial went well.  It was good to see and hang out with our Brothers.  We walked around the Place of Names taking time to remember our Fallen Brothers, stopping to pause and to remember our friends, relatives, neighbors, classmates and Brothers.  One thing I noticed was that we all seemed to touch their names when we talked about “These Brave Few”.  I personally felt a healing effect.  I know in my heart that Their deaths will never be in vain and that They will never be forgotten.

* firebase116.org would like to thank “the nice lady with a Chihuahua” for taking the photograph of all of us at the Memorial.