By: CWO Christian M. Westerdahl, CWOA President
Greetings Fellow Chief Warrant Officers
We are in full swing of fall out here in Northern Virginia and the colors along Skyline Drive in the Shenandoah National Park have been a sight to see but it has also brought thousands of folks from the DC area out to witness this amazing show of colors. This means it takes twice as long to get somewhere with all the traffic. Not quite DC level traffic but traffic none the less. It also means I have commenced my annual rodeo of leaf rustling. If any of you are interested in learning this highly sought after skill hit me up and I will help you make the dream a reality. Okay onto business.
Our next quarterly meeting is scheduled to take place on December 18th at 1300 in beautiful San Juan, Puerto Rico. The link to register for this meeting is up on the website, so please register so you can attend virtually. The San Juan Chapter is our newest one and we are excited to be able to have our brothers and sisters from San Juan be part of the Association. The Chapter President CWO Gilbert Correa has done an amazing job getting them up and running.
Our committees are getting together and making things happen in preparation for our Annual Meeting which will take place in Seattle, WA in May. I hope many of you can make it out to this one. They are always a good time with a lot of great discussion and information being presented. This will also be my last Annual Meeting as President. I know, dry your eyes shipmate. I am happy to report we have received several nominations for our upcoming national office vacancies. This is a great thing to see as only a few short years ago we struggled to get any. This is a reflection on all of you and your dedication to make the Association stronger and relevant moving into the future. I thank you for that.
In closing, I want to wish each one of you a wonderful upcoming holiday season with family and friends. Take some time to reach out to those you have lost contact with over the years and check in on them. Let them know you are thinking of them. That small gesture can mean a great deal to someone, especially during this time of year. As always take care of each other and God Bless.
Yours in service,
CWO Christian M. Westerdahl
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