Monthly Archives: December 2016

The 44th President of the United States

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The Presidency of Barack Obama


The presidency of Barack Obama began at noon EST on January 20, 2009, when Obama became the 44th President of the United States. Obama, a Democrat, was a United States Senator from Illinois at the time of his victory over Republican Senator John McCain of Arizona in the 2008 presidential election. Obama is the first African American president, the first non-white president, and the first to have been born in Hawaii. His running mate, Senator Joe Biden of Delaware, took office as Vice President on the same day.

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Lodge Members Part of Historic Recovery Effort

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2297 Members Participate In Past Noteworthy Achievement
A cold and dangerous place that is.... D-59

Members of Local Lodge 2297 and other depot employees pictured above  were part of a team of artisans and engineers, supervised by a depot management representative “Cannonball” Barker, who traveled to the bottom of the globe to attempt the recovery of a LC130 “Ski Bird” that had been buried in snow for approximately 16 years after a crash occurred as a result of an explosion shortly after takeoff.

Eventhough the events described in this post happened almost 40 years ago it should show those who believe the federal workforce is not important to this nation how over and over again our members volunteer to go wherever they are needed in the face of danger to support our American leadership in the world.

A field repair team left from the Naval Aviation Depot at Cherry Point on Nov.14, 1987, set up their base camp, known as “D-59,” on Dec. 1 and immediately started work on the aircraft. By the time the crew left D-59, they had replaced all four of the aircraft’s engines, two main landing gear systems, struts and small components.

The LC-130 was flown from the crash site Jan. 10, 1988, by a five-member Navy crew headed by Cmdr. Jack Rector, commanding officer of the Navy’s Antarctic Development Squadron, to McMurdo Station. Rector likened the recovery of the plane to the rising phoenix of Egyptian mythology. “I think that’s what we’re going to name the airplane,” he said.

Once the salvaged aircraft was in the air, it was escorted by another LC-130 back to McMurdo, with both aircraft flying low to maintain visual contact. On arrival at McMurdo, Rector said of the salvaged plane, “she flies great.”  

From McMurdo the aircraft was flown to a repair facility in Christchurch, New Zealand, where it is undergoing additional work before being put back into service in Antarctica.

The History

VX-6’s LC-130 aircraft first made it to the ice and to Pole in the 1960-61 season. Juliet Delta 321 was the first of these to arrive.

On 4 December 1971, the LC-130 aircraft Juliet Delta 321, piloted by LCDR Ed Gabriel, was damaged during takeoff from this site (“D59”) 125 miles south of the French station Dumont D’Urville and about 850 miles from McMurdo Station. It had just completed the second of five supply flights to the French Carrefour traverse party, part of a U.S./French glaciology project. The traverse was on its way to the Soviet station Vostok from Dumont D’Urville. After an uneventful open field landing and resupply, during the takeoff at an altitude of about 50 feet, two JATO bottles (165-pound solid-fuel rocket bottles used for “jet assisted take off” from soft open-field landing sites) broke loose from their attachment points on the left rear fuselage. One went up the tailpipe of the #2 (inboard left side) engine; the other struck the #2 propeller. The propeller went to pieces, and some of the flying debris took out the #1 engine and propeller, with several large pieces entering the cargo compartment.

Since they had just gotten airborne, the sudden loss of power from engines 1 and 2 with 3 and 4 still at maximum power caused the plane to yaw hard left with the right wing coming up rapidly. Ed rolled the aileron full right wing down, applied full right rudder, and closed the throttles. He managed to get the plane straight and level just prior to the impact (which collapsed the nose ski).

He resisted any urge to power the plane out of the problem, otherwise they would have struck the snow in an extremely left wing down attitude and the aircraft would have cartwheeled itself to pieces, with loss of life.

The pilot was awarded an Air Medal for his amazing presence of mind. Besides pilot LCDR Gabriel, some of the others in the 8-man Navy crew were LTJG Bob Schmucke (copilot), LT Billy Bounds (1st navigator), ENS Brian Paul (2nd navigator), AE1 Virgil Harris (flight engineer), AT3 Tom Gregg (flight avionics tech), and ABH1 Glenn Schellenberger (loadmaster). There also were two passengers on board. Although no one had been injured, the 10 men had to live in survival shelters for more than 3 days until the weather improved.

Eventually conditions improved enough to allow a rescue plane to land. The Navy personnel who arrived to inspect the aircraft and investigate the accident determined that salvaging it would be too dangerous and costly; the salvage crew was given only an hour to cut loose the most valuable instruments and the aircraft was left to get buried.

The accident investigation revealed that painters at Aero Corp, the company that did the last overhaul, had completely painted over the slider mechanisms on the latches. This could cause binding and jam the release mechanism. This was the first year Aero was doing overhauls, prior to that Lockheed did all the reworks and no paint was applied to these parts. One result of the investigation was a modification to the JATO mounts so that the bottles could no longer be jettisoned in the air.

Here is the Antarctic Journal article about the crash, history/321crash but it is rather brief compared to the above detailed description from Jim Landy who was around for the accident investigation. Jim was aboard the last JATO mission on 321 before the crash, and they had problems with the JATO latches on the left side, two of the bottles failed to release.

In 1977-78 VXE-6 mounted an assessment/survey mission to evaluate the feasibility of recovering 321. The four engineers recommended recovery, which was originally planned for the 1979-80 or 1980-81 austral summers, but budget restrictions cancelled the project.

….An Interesting Fact: The LC-130 is a variant of Lockheed’s C-130 turboprop transport plane that has been a workhorse of many of the world’s air forces ever since 1952. Lockheed still manufactures the plane but the LC-130 variant, with its polar modifications, was never built in large numbers. Only 10 of the planes remain in flying condition; six are used by the Navy to support the science foundation’s Antarctic programs.

They had a Replacement Cost of $40 Million.

The crash site was directly south of Dumont D’Urville on an annual traverse route, so the aircraft location was a landmark on these trips.

In 1982-83 Mike Savage accompanied one of these traverses as part of the NSF automated weather station (AWS) project. He was probably the first American to visit 321 since 1977-78.

In 1987-88 the team returned to complete the project. Unfortunately, before the recovery could be completed, another LC-130 (131) crashed at the recovery site on 9 December 1987, with two deaths and a total loss of the aircraft. Killed were LCDR Bruce Bailey and AK2 Donald M. Beatty.


…..At about 0900 local time at the site of the recovery effort for the LC-130 that had crashed in 1971, another VXE-6 aircraft (XD-03, or 159131) crashed while bringing in additional supplies and personnel. Of the eleven on board, two men died: LCDR Bruce Bailey, the squadron maintenance officer, and AK2 Donald M. Beatty, a supply petty officer. The most seriously injured survivor was LCDR Einer “Ernie” Corelli who suffered a serious leg injury; he and 3 other injured crew members were medivacked to Christchurch after they had been flown to McMurdo. This was the first fatal VXE-6 disaster since 1969.

Navy corpsman HM2 Barney Card was the only medical person on site at the time…he responded quickly, rushed to the crash site a mile away from the camp, helped rescue people, and later deputized other folks to watch over the injured on a one-on-one basis until the first rescue aircraft could arrive from McMurdo…eight hours after the crash, delayed by bad weather.

The aircraft was the only one that had been modified with camera equipment for polar mapping…as a result, the USGS mapping program for the season had to be cancelled (and no more USGS maps of Antarctica were ever produced). Also, the aircraft was to have been used to take a photo update of the 1983 USGS photo map of Pole.

The crash site was about 860 miles northeast of McMurdo and about 125 miles from the Adelie Coast in east Antarctica, directly south of the French station Dumont D’Urville…..

Nevertheless, the project continued to completion, and 321 flew back to McMurdo on 10 January 1988. Then it went to Christchurch for further rehab, it returned to VXE-6 service a couple of years later.  This is the Antarctic Journal article about this historic flight.

More about LC130-131 and the unexpected crash

2 in Navy Killed as U.S. Research Plane Crashes in Antarctica By MALCOLM W. BROWNE

Article taken from The New York Times…. Published: December 10, 1987

A United States polar exploration airplane crashed and burned in Antarctica yesterday, killing two Navy crew members and injuring nine others.

According to the National Science Foundation, which administers and finances American research programs in Antarctica, the airplane, a Lockheed LC-130 Hercules, crashed during landing at 9 A.M. yesterday. The ski-equipped plane was flying to a remote ice airstrip to aid in repair work being done to a similar plane that crashed in the same location 16 years ago.

The airstrip is situated about 860 miles northeast of McMurdo Station, the main American base in Antarctica and about 100 miles inland from Adelie Coast in eastern Antarctica.

”The plane caught fire when it hit,” Guy Guthridge, a spokesman for the science foundation, said yesterday. ”But luckily, the crew working on the old LC-130 crash was on hand to extinguish the fire and pull out the victims.”




An Important Tradition Continues….

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Pictured above are officers and members of Local 2297 along with the Commanding Officer, Vincent E. Clark of the FRC East and the local marine “Toy for Tots” coordinator, SSGT Rykhus as the Lodge President Wilbert Woods delivers a $500.00 donation in December of 2016. Along with President Woods are Vice President, Rory Brown and Chief Steward, Paul Spinner.

In 1995, the Secretary of Defense approved Toys for Tots as an official activity of the U. S. Marine Corps and an official mission of the Marine Corps Reserve.

In 1996, the Commander, Marine Forces Reserve expanded Toys for Tots to cover all 50 states by authorizing selected Marine Corps League Detachments and selected local community organizations (generally veteran Marine), located in communities without a Marine Reserve Center, to conduct toy collection and distribution campaigns in their communities as part of the U. S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program.

In 1999, the Commander, Marine Forces Reserve delegated authority to the President, Marine Toys for Tots Foundation to approve and manage local Toys for Tots campaigns conducted in communities without a Reserve Unit. 2001: Despite the trauma the nation experienced as a result of the September 11th attacks in New York City, Washington, DC and Pennsylvania, the economic downturn and the anthrax scare, the 2001 U. S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Campaign was the second best in the previous 54 year history of the program. Local campaigns were conducted in 388 communities covering all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. This was the most extensive coverage to date.

The Marine Toys for Tots Foundation celebrated its 10th anniversary as the fundraising and support organization for Toys for Tots in 2001. The highlights of the year were that the Foundation had its most successful campaign to date plus was ranked #289 in the 2001 “Philanthropy 400”. This was the first time the Foundation earned a ranking in the “Philanthropy 400”.

In 2002, Charity Navigator awarded the Foundation a 4-star rating and the Chronicle of Philanthropy ranked the Foundation #267 in the “Philanthropy 400”.

In 2003, the DMA Nonprofit Federation named the Foundation the “Outstanding Nonprofit Organization of the Year” for 2003. The Chronicle of Philanthropy ranked the Foundation #341 in the “Philanthropy 400”. Starburst ranked the Foundation website #9 of the “Top 100 Toy Websites”. Reader’s Digest, in the November 2003 edition, named Marine Toys for Tots Foundation “America’s Best Children’s Charity”. In December 2003 edition, Forbes included Marine Toys for Tots Foundation in its “Gold Star List” of charities.

In 2005, the Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance reported that Marine Toys for Tots Foundation had met all 20 of its standards and had been designated as an accredited charity.


From 2006 to the present the Foundation has continued to receive, on an annual basis, the accolades noted above. Over its life span, the Marine Toys for Tots Program distributed over 494 million toys to over 230 million less fortunate children.

Participation in this effort whether through financial donations of toy contribution has become a tradition in the local lodge and this is an annual presentation. The only exception was one year when the Executive Board adopted a plan to purchase new bicycles to donate instead.


IAM Salutes Retiring NFFE National President

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William “Bill” Dougan, National President of the National Federation of Federal Employees (NFFE-IAM) retires. His last day on the job was December 15, 2016. We. the members of Local Lodge 2297 along with others throughout the IAM who had the opportunity to work with him wish him well. Enjoy Brother! Dougan founded and was elected chairman of the Federal Workers Alliance, a collective effort of 22 unions representing more than 300,000 federal employees. As a member of the National Council on Federal Labor-Management Relations, Dougan worked with top administration and agency officials to build strong labor-management forums…

See Full Imail story  Bill Dougan Retirers


IAM President Bob Martinez administers the oath of office to newly elected NFFE top Officers

“I am humbled and grateful for the opportunity to serve as national president of the National Federation of Federal Employees, America’s first federal employee Union,” Erwin stated.  “NFFE is in its 100th year representing our nation’s dedicated and exemplary federal workforce. Through war and other uncertainty, the members of this Union have continually protected, preserved and inspired the foundation from which the greatest democracy on Earth flourishes. We are proud of our history and we are committed to continuing that legacy for centuries to come.”




Happy Holidays!!!

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Obama Speaks “One Last Time” to America’s Federal Workforce

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The Commander and Chief acknowledges the importance of federal employees in this nation and takes a few moments to express his gratitude before leaving office… The Impact of Obama’s Presidency on the federal workforce was sometimes good and sometimes not so good.

As President Obama’s administration winds its way to a January finale, the federal workforce can reflect on eight years of dizzying highs and daunting lows. A brief summary can be found in this article of the federaltimes… How the Obama administration shaped the federal workforce



Union Members “R” Dancing in the Street

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We’re not sad to announce the unexpected but greatly appreciated death of the…TPP

Labor Union for the 21st Century –  Hundreds of union members rallied in Washington, D.C. to celebrate the legislative death of the TPP, also known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership. But Senator Bernie Sanders says Congress has a long way to go as millions of Americans toil and tumble ….read more here




A True Act of Terror

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DECEMBER 7, 1941
“A Date Which Will Live In Infamy”

Battleship USS West Virginia sunk and burning at Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941. In background is the battleship USS Tennessee.

On December 7, 1941, Japanese planes attacked the United States Naval Base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii Territory, killing more than 2,300 Americans. The U.S.S. Arizona was completely destroyed and the U.S.S. Oklahoma capsized.  A total of twelve ships sank or were beached in the attack and nine additional vessels were damaged. More than 160 aircraft were destroyed and more than 150 others damaged.

A hurried dispatch from the ranking United States naval officer in Pearl Harbor, Commander in Chief Pacific, to all major navy commands and fleet units provided the first official word of the attack at the ill-prepared Pearl Harbor base. It said simply: AIR RAID ON PEARL HARBOR X THIS IS NOT DRILL.

The 7 December 1941 Japanese raid on Pearl Harbor was one of the great defining moments in history. A single carefully-planned and well-executed stroke removed the United States Navy’s battleship force as a possible threat to the Japanese Empire’s southward expansion. America, unprepared and now considerably weakened, was abruptly brought into the Second World War as a full combatant.

Eighteen months earlier, President Franklin D. Roosevelt had transferred the United States Fleet to Pearl Harbor as a presumed deterrent to Japanese aggression. The Japanese military, deeply engaged in the seemingly endless war it had started against China in mid-1937, badly needed oil and other raw materials. Commercial access to these was gradually curtailed as the conquests continued. In July 1941 the Western powers effectively halted trade with Japan. From then on, as the desperate Japanese schemed to seize the oil and mineral-rich East Indies and Southeast Asia, a Pacific war was virtually inevitable.

By late November 1941, with peace negotiations clearly approaching an end, informed U.S. officials (and they were well-informed, they believed, through an ability to read Japan’s diplomatic codes) fully expected a Japanese attack into the Indies, Malaya and probably the Philippines. Completely unanticipated was the prospect that Japan would attack east, as well.

The U.S. Fleet’s Pearl Harbor base was reachable by an aircraft carrier force, and the Japanese Navy secretly sent one across the Pacific with greater aerial striking power than had ever been seen on the World’s oceans. Its planes hit just before 8AM on 7 December. Within a short time five of eight battleships at Pearl Harbor were sunk or sinking, with the rest damaged. Several other ships and most Hawaii-based combat planes were also knocked out and over 2400 Americans were dead. Soon after, Japanese planes eliminated much of the American air force in the Philippines, and a Japanese Army was ashore in Malaya.

These great Japanese successes, achieved without prior diplomatic formalities, shocked and enraged the previously divided American people into a level of purposeful unity hardly seen before or since. For the next five months, until the Battle of the Coral Sea in early May, Japan’s far-reaching offensives proceeded untroubled by fruitful opposition. American and Allied morale suffered accordingly. Under normal political circumstances, an accommodation might have been considered.

However, the memory of the “sneak attack” on Pearl Harbor fueled a determination to fight on. Once the Battle of Midway in early June 1942 had eliminated much of Japan’s striking power, that same memory stoked a relentless war to reverse her conquests and remove her, and her German and Italian allies, as future threats to World peace.

Sequence of Events

Saturday, December 6 – Washington D.C. – U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt makes a final appeal to the Emperor of Japan for peace. There is no reply. Late this same day, the U.S. code-breaking service begins intercepting a 14-part Japanese message and deciphers the first 13 parts, passing them on to the President and Secretary of State. The Americans believe a Japanese attack is imminent, most likely somewhere in Southeast Asia.

Sunday, December 7 – Washington D.C. – The last part of the Japanese message, stating that diplomatic relations with the U.S. are to be broken off, reaches Washington in the morning and is decoded at approximately 9 a.m. About an hour later, another Japanese message is intercepted. It instructs the Japanese embassy to deliver the main message to the Americans at 1 p.m. The Americans realize this time corresponds with early morning time in Pearl Harbor, which is several hours behind. The U.S. War Department then sends out an alert but uses a commercial telegraph because radio contact with Hawaii is temporarily broken. Delays prevent the alert from arriving at headquarters in Oahu until noontime (Hawaii time) four hours after the attack has already begun.

Sunday, December 7 – Islands of Hawaii, near Oahu – The Japanese attack force under the command of Admiral Nagumo, consisting of six carriers with 423 planes, is about to attack. At 6 a.m., the first attack wave of 183 Japanese planes takes off from the carriers located 230 miles north of Oahu and heads for the U.S. Pacific Fleet at Pearl Harbor.

Pearl Harbor – At 7:02 a.m., two Army operators at Oahu’s northern shore radar station detect the Japanese air attack approaching and contact a junior officer who disregards their reports, thinking they are American B-17 planes which are expected in from the U.S. west coast.

Near Oahu – At 7:15 a.m., a second attack wave of 167 planes takes off from the Japanese carriers and heads for Pearl Harbor.

Pearl Harbor is not on a state on high alert. Senior commanders have concluded, based on available intelligence, there is no reason to believe an attack is imminent. Aircraft are therefore left parked wingtip to wingtip on airfields, anti-aircraft guns are unmanned with many ammunition boxes kept locked in accordance with peacetime regulations. There are also no torpedo nets protecting the fleet anchorage. And since it is Sunday morning, many officers and crewmen are leisurely ashore.

At 7:53 a.m., the first Japanese assault wave, with 51 ‘Val’ dive bombers, 40 ‘Kate’ torpedo bombers, 50 high level bombers and 43 ‘Zero’ fighters, commences the attack with flight commander, Mitsuo Fuchida, sounding the battle cry: “Tora! Tora! Tora!” (Tiger! Tiger! Tiger!).

The Americans are taken completely by surprise. The first attack wave targets airfields and battleships. The second wave targets other ships and shipyard facilities. The air raid lasts until 9:45 a.m. Eight battleships are damaged, with five sunk. Three light cruisers, three destroyers and three smaller vessels are lost along with 188 aircraft. The Japanese lose 27 planes and five midget submarines which attempted to penetrate the inner harbor and launch torpedoes.

Escaping damage from the attack are the prime targets, the three U.S. Pacific Fleet aircraft carriers, Lexington, Enterprise and Saratoga, which were not in the port. Also escaping damage are the base fuel tanks.

The casualty list includes 2,335 servicemen and 68 civilians killed, with 1,178 wounded. Included are 1,104 men aboard the Battleship USS Arizona killed after a 1,760-pound air bomb penetrated into the forward magazine causing catastrophic explosions.

In Washington, various delays prevent the Japanese diplomats from presenting their war message to Secretary of State, Cordell Hull, until 2:30 p.m. (Washington time) just as the first reports of the air raid at Pearl Harbor are being read by Hull.

News of the “sneak attack” is broadcast to the American public via radio bulletins, with many popular Sunday afternoon entertainment programs being interrupted. The news sends a shockwave across the nation and results in a tremendous influx of young volunteers into the U.S. armed forces. The attack also unites the nation behind the President and effectively ends isolationist sentiment in the country.

Monday, December 8 – The United States and Britain declare war on Japan with President Roosevelt calling December 7, “a date which will live in infamy…”

Thursday, December 11 – Germany and Italy declare war on the United States. The European and Southeast Asian wars have now become a global conflict with the Axis powers; Japan, Germany and Italy, united against America, Britain, France, and their Allies.

Wednesday, December 17 – Admiral Chester W. Nimitz becomes the new commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet.

Both senior commanders at Pearl Harbor; Navy Admiral Husband E. Kimmel, and Army Lt. General Walter C. Short, were relieved of their duties following the attack. Subsequent investigations will fault the men for failing to adopt adequate defense measures.

President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s 
"message to the American people"

President Franklin D. Roosevelt: Yesterday, December 7, 1941—a date which will live in infamy—the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan.

The United States was at peace with that nation, and, at the solicitation of Japan, was still in conversation with its government and its emperor looking toward the maintenance of peace in the Pacific. Indeed, one hour after Japanese air squadrons had commenced bombing in the American island of Oahu, the Japanese ambassador to the United States and his colleague delivered to our secretary of state a formal reply to a recent American message. While this reply stated that it seemed useless to continue the existing diplomatic negotiations, it contained no threat or hint of war or armed attack.

It will be recorded that the distance of Hawaii from Japan makes it obvious that the attack was deliberately planned many days or even weeks ago. During the intervening time the Japanese government has deliberately sought to deceive the United States by false statements and expressions of hope for continued peace.

The attack yesterday on the Hawaiian Islands has caused severe damage to American naval and military forces. I regret to tell you that very many American lives have been lost. In addition, American ships have been reported torpedoed on the high seas between San Francisco and Honolulu.

Yesterday the Japanese government also launched as attack against Malaya.

Last night Japanese forces attacked Hong Kong.

Last night Japanese forces attacked Guam.

Last night Japanese forces attacked the Philippine Islands.

Last night Japanese forces attacked Wake Island.

And this morning the Japanese attacked Midway Island.

Japan has, therefore, undertaken a surprise offensive extending throughout the Pacific area. The facts of yesterday and today speak for themselves. The people of the United States have already formed their opinions and well understand the implications to the very life and safety of our nation.

As commander in chief of the Army and Navy I have directed that all measures be taken for our defense. But always will our whole nation remember the character of the onslaught against us. . .





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