709th Maint Bn.

 &

 99th CSB Assoc.

Here is the current Association Officer list and application form to join the Association.

Also inlcuded is the first Association President's Letter, written by Frank Szustak, first CO of C Company, 709th Mtce Bn, following the first reunion in 2005.

If you could not open them you can read or print them from here.

 

In 2005, 22 fellow soldiers and their wives participated in our first reunion and all had a good time.  You can view the photos and comments on the web site at www.alwaysable.org and click 2005 reunion photos.  ENJOY.

At the reunion we established the Association in an effort to create a framework for veterans of the 709th and 99th to share experiences and memories related to their service in lives after Vietnam.  We elected officers and set the following priorities:

     Increase membership

     Keep annual dues low

     Hold an association reunion annually

     Maintain a website to facilitate interaction among our "brothers" and to provide information about and a record of 709th and 99th activities during the Vietnam War Era.         

    

CURRENT OFFICERS

President

Mike Palmari

10 Palmeri Lane

McHenry, MS 39561

601-928-5608

mpbdfn2@hotmail.com  

 Secretary

Roy Francis

1936 Chota Rd

La Habra, CA 90631

562-697-0944

Royfrancis73@yahoo.com 

Membership Chairman

John Blanchette

83 Herbert Dr

East Harford, CT 06118

Jblanch174@comcast.net  

Active Duty Troop Officer

David Sennick

8049 SE 140th Cir Lot 25

Inglis, Fl 34449

H-570-780-7998

C-570-780-7997

Fishin0npa@yahoo.com

     Technical Support Officer             

        Steve Fetty

  868 Green Farms RD

  Falls of Rough, KY 40119

  C-270-570-3086

  sgfetty@aol.com

Reunion Coordinator

Dean Ayres

14605 Old York Rd.  PO Box 96

Phoenix, MD 21131

H- 410-527-1204

C- 443-250-7642

deanayres@comcast.net  

Vice President

Chuck Gallinger

3325 Vinland St

Oshkosh, WI 54901

920-231-3485

glngr@yahoo.com

Treasurer

John (Jack ) Delong

2325 Huntingdon Rd

Huntingdon Valley, PA 19006

215-657-4418

Jndvette350@verizon.net  

Web Master

Dean Ayres

14605 Old York Rd.  PO Box 96

Phoenix, MD 21131

H- 410-527-1204

C- 443-250-7642

deanayres@comcast.net  

VA Service Officer 

             Steve Fetty

             868 Green Farm Rd

              Falls Of The Rough, KY 40119

              270-570-3086

              sgfetty@aol.com 

  Pubic Relations Officer

Ken Foss

7320 Woodsman Circel

Holland, OH 43528

H-419-867-9006

Ordnance6@aol.com

 

 

 

 

 

 We need you. Lets all pull together and make this work!!! ALWAYS ABLE

 

 

 

Message From The First Association President

 

Dear Vietnam Veteran,

 

As the newly elected president of the 709th Maintenance Battalion and 99th Combat Support Battalion Association, I want first to extend a greeting of "Hello" and a heartfelt "Thank You" for your honorable service in Vietnam.  You are an Army soldier who is a part of our country's national treasure - the U.S. Military.  You rightfully deserve to be proud of your military service.

 

The Association consisting of members who served in Vietnam have banded together to form a group in which we can share our special memories of that time so long ago.  At our first reunion this past summer, we exchanged stories of fear, anxiety, loneliness, and friendship all of which are imbedded in our memories.  It was heartwarming to be together again with our special brothers.  The events at the first reunion were hosted by our good friend, Dean Ayres who organized many activities including hayride, trap shooting, horseshoes, fireworks and enough food and beverages to feed an army.  It was simply a great occasion and so much fun.

 

In order to maintain our initial momentum, we need your support.  I would like you to please consider participating in our next reunion and  become a member of our Association;  The reunion for 2006 will be the last weekend of July and it again will take place in the Baltimore, Maryland area.  We are preparing an agenda, which will include a special trip to the Vietnam Memorial in D.C. as well as a number of other great activities. Please mark your calendar now and plan to bring your spouse (the wives had a wonderful time and I'm sure they are looking forward to our next reunion).  Although we have not firmed up the membership fee, it will be nominal, probably around $15.00 per year.  These monies will be used to defray administrative costs such as mailings, printings, etc.  All the effort in keeping our Association viable is done on a voluntary basis and we sincerely appreciate the effort of our current members.

 

In closing and in behalf of our Association, we wish you well and we hope that you will join our group.

 

Sincerely,

 

Frank G. Szustak

Col. U.S.A. (Ret)

 

 

 

MEMBERSHIP APPLICATION

 

Name:______________________________Nickname:_________________

 

Spouse’s Name:________________________

 

Address:________________________________________________________________

 

City:__________________________________State:_______________Zip:___________

 

Phone (Home)________________________Phone (Office)________________________

 

E Mail (Home)_______________________E Mail (Office)________________________

 

What Company and Platoon were you in:______________________________________

 

What Base Camp did you call home:__________________________________________

 

What Dates were you in the 709th or 99th:______________________________________

 

Dues:______ Annual - $ 20.00   ______ 3 year - $ 50.00   Donations: _______________

 

Please make all checks payable to; 709th Maint. Bn. & 99th CSB Association and Mail to

 

John F. Delong   2325 Huntingdon Rd. Huntingdon Valley, PA. 19006

 

Please refer to the web site at  www.alwaysable.org for more Info.

 

 

 

To Join the Assoc click on this link to print a Membership App.

Page started 10/18/2005

Page updated 2/5/2015

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