Start the All Military Service Branch Medley
The setup begins –
Shaping Up !
1730 Doors Open – No Host Social – Silent Auction
The Retro Radio Dolls provided the evening’s entertainment
Retro Radio Dolls is an all singing, all dancing female close harmony trio showcasing a delightful mix of classic hits from the bygone years and popular modern songs with a unique twist. A mix of the Andrew Sisters and Post Modern Jukebox, Retro Radio Dolls put their own spin on hits from Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy to All about that Bass. Beautiful girls in matching costumes take you from 1940 to 2016 and everywhere in between.
Record Donations for our Silent Auction – Thank YOU
Photo station is open for business- Ready to say “Cheeze “
Smiles from our Guests who generously support VVA 989 !!
VVA 989 Members looking sharp for the Camera- SMILE !
Time to Enjoy the Camaraderie of the Gala
1840 Pipe Evening Meal & Mess Call
President’s Welcome– On behalf of the Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA) – Sierra Nevada Chapter 989, we welcome you to our 2022 Scholarship Gala, “From CAMOS to Classrooms.” Since VVA’s founding in 1978, its members and supporters have conducted the mission of camaraderie, compassion, and integrity with the charitable support of proud Americans who care about veterans and believe in the importance of VVA’s work. We are happy to take time this evening to recognize our veterans who are pursuing their studies at the University of Nevada Reno, Truckee Meadows Community College and (new this year), Western Nevada College. These outstanding scholarship recipients are the future of our nation and are the faces of today’s veteran community. We have no doubt that their efforts in the classroom today will make a positive deference in our communities of tomorrow and we welcome you this evening as we salute them! This evening is also an opportunity to thank many of our Chapter’s friends and supporters for their faith in us and our efforts to serve the veteran community here in Northern Nevada over the past year. Thank you to our friends, sponsors and donors who made this evening possible in your support for our Chapter and our scholarship funding of, “From CAMOS to Classrooms” now and in the future.
Sincerely, J. R. Stafford, President VVA Chapter 989
VFW Post 8071, Virginia City Nevada
Presentation of Colors by The Nevada Veterans Coalition
Nevada Veterans Coalition– Mission- We create Honor In Perpetuity by providing the best interment experience for our Veterans and their families. – NVC, PO BOX 415, FERNLEY, NEVADA 89408
VVA 989’s own, Kimberley Dickson with our National Anthem
Madam Vice President and VVA 989 Chaplain Susan Malone gives the Invocation
Chaplain Jerome Washington of the DAV Reno Chapter! reads the POW/MIA Table of Honor
Devil Pups Introduced
Our Guest Speaker was, Colonel Ronald Storer, USMC, Commanding Officer of the US Marine Corps Mountain Warfare Training Center, Bridgeport, CA.
Standing in for the Nevada Adjutantgent General, Major General Ondra Berry, was the Chief of Staff for the Nevada Army National Guard, Colonel John Krueger. The Colonel helped award some of the scholarships during the evening.
Colonel Ronald Storer, USMC receives his “Speaker’s Gift” from VVA Chapter 989 President J. R. Stafford
Joining us at the Gala was Capt. Shane Tanner, Commanding Officer of Naval Air Station Fallon, NV. Capt. Shane Tanner, a 24-year military veteran, became Naval Air Station Fallon’s 34th commander during a change of command ceremony 23MAR22.
UNR’s Veterans Coordinator Ms. Chai Glenn-Cook receives her 989 “Behind the Scenes Award” from J. R. Stafford
VVA 989 2022 Scholarships Awarded
Roger Gahan, US Army Veteran – University of Nevada, Reno Master’s Degree in Social Work
Blake Jensen, US Air Force Veteran -Truckee Meadows Community College Radiologic Technology Program
Aaron Altamirano, US Army Veteran -Western Nevada College Career as a Physical Therapist
Silent Auction and Raffle Prizes Delivered
Ever the party animal, Brigitte Stafford, AVVA State Vice President, and VVA Chapter 989 Event Coordinator enjoys a moment between “coordinating” the many facets of the Scholarship Gala.
Representatives stood while their service song it was played during the All US Military Branch Medley was heard. Please, A big round of applause for all Future, Active and Veterans in the United States Military Forces. Bravo Zulu
US Army Veterans and supporters stand during the “The Caissons Go Rolling Along.”
A few old sailors jumped up when “Anchors Aweigh” started. “Anchors Aweigh” is the fight song of the United States Naval Academy and song of the United States Navy.
The “Marines’ Hymn” is the official hymn of the US Marine Corps, introduced by the first director of the USMC Band.
Chapter Chairman of the Board, John Ostrander and Chapter 989 Event Coordinator, Brigitte Stafford, are two of the few who stood for “Semper Paratus“ the Coast Guard Song during the Service Medley.
Air Force Veterans and supporters, Time to Stand !”The U.S. Air Force” is the official song of the United States Air Force, adopted in the late 1940s, and is often referred to as “Wild Blue Yonder“.
Bill Pearce Courtesy Honda – Builders Association Charity – Stafford Family Trust
All Hours Air – Dustin & Marisa Somers – The Glass Menagerie – The Grey & Bohannon Family Trusts – The Ostrander Family – DAV Reno Post #1 – Veterans Guest House – Nevadans4Vets – VFW Post 8071, Virginia City, NV – Nevada Veterans Memorial Plaza Sparks, NV
Q & D Construction – Washoe Wealth Advisors – Moana Nursery – Goodin Family Trust – Cummins Properties – James & Judy Harrop
FRIENDS OF VVA CHAPTER 989
Allegra Printing & Marketing, Reno – Alpha Beta Kappa, Sorority
The Devil Pups Youth Program – The Flag Store in Sparks
The Home Depot – Carson City and Reno
The Katie Grace Foundation – Candice & Jeff Kiel
Dan Mason, KKOH Radio – The Nevada Veterans Coalition
The Nevada Woodchucks of Reno – The Patriot Guard Riders
Lt Col. Steve Ranson, US Army Ret., Nevada Appeal
The Reno Aces Baseball Club – The Reno Elks Lodge 597
Signs by Tomorrow, Reno
Thank you to our previous & Continuous Sponsors
Special thanks to the Associates of Vietnam Veterans of America (AVVA) – Chapter 989 who made this evening possible. VVA 989’s Event Coordinator, Brigitte Stafford, and AVVA members are responsible for the planning and execution of all you see here tonight. As with other tasks they perform throughout the year, the results speak for themselves. VVA Chapter 989 is grateful for their partnership and perpetual support in all our efforts throughout the year.