1 Volume 18 Issue 1 Dedicated to all Combat Infantrymen January 2014. In This Issue You'll Find: Jodrey To Lead CIA. A Short Bio of new National Cdr as the Cover Story The annual listing of CIA Offi- cers and CIA unit locations. A preview of the 2014 convention site and member survey Convention photos and highlights Commander's Column and Our View How to recommend a future con- vention site Blue Badge's newest feature Looking Back Division's Doings, activities that member divisions are engaged in Taps Welcome Mat The readers write, letters to the editor Association information Brother's in-arms New membership applications Jerry Jodrey of Sunbury, OH will lead the Combat Infantrymen's Association for the next two years.
2 He is a retired US Army Master Sergeant earning his CIB in Vietnam. In addition to his CIB other personal and campaign medals (Continued on page 2). Page 2 Blue Badge/Admin Stuff January 2014. STATEMENT OF ADMINISTRATIVE. PUBLICATION GUIDELINES. The Blue Badge is the official publication of the One of the delays that causes some confusion and ag- Combat Infantrymen's Association. It is published two gravation among members is sometimes perceived as a times a year. Issue 1 covers Jan-June and will be lack of response to the member needs. The staff works published in July; issue 2 covers July-Dec and will be hard to answer your questions, act on your requests, and in published in January.
3 All official information pertaining general be responsive to your needs. One of the problems to the Association will be found here. The Blue Badge encountered is requests being sent to the wrong place. In is intended to keep you informed about the activities order to simplify the process, the following GUIDELINES. of the Association, not necessarily the entire veterans' have been established. Please use them: community. So, even though such items may be of interest to some members, you will not normally find Articles to be printed in the Blue Badge including letters articles pertaining to veterans' benefits or other veter- to the editor; poems, personal stories, etc, ans' issues in the Blue Badge.
4 Items pertaining to the annual convention Each member is encouraged to communicate with Taps notices the Blue Badge. Give us your ideas, comments, and Address changes complaints. Give us your human interest stories, Failure to receive a Blue Badge share personal memories from your days in combat Requests for additional Blue Badges and the aftermath. Tell us what your unit is doing. Be- cause of the volume of mail received, sometimes we Send to: cannot print all of the letters. But be assured that Larry Eckard every letter is read and considered. Space is also a Editor, Blue Badge consideration. The Blue Badge must be printed in PO Box 11438. multiples of four pages, i.
5 E. 8 pages, 12 pages, 16 Hickory, NC 28603. pages, etc. Sometimes we have too much for, let's FAX: 828 -256-6559 E-mail: say 20 pages, but not enough for 24 pages, some When corresponding, please give your name, CIA #, ad- things may have to wait. dress, phone number, and e-mail address. The Blue Badge is not a political tool. Articles por- This type of information should only be sent via e-mail, fax, traying a political position or negative or demeaning to or thru US Postal Service, not via telephone . another member will not be printed. We do not accept Items sent by e-mail will be given preference. any type of advertising (except for Gold Support <DO NOT SEND THE BLUE BADGE MATERIALS.)
6 Members), and we will not promote commercial prod- ucts, including member written books. Finally, articles, YOU WANT RETURNED>. poems, etc which are not the original work of the _____. sender, must be accompanied by the author's permis- sion before it can be published in the Blue Badge. This includes newspaper articles. They will not used without editor's permission. Remember there New Commander is a cutoff date for items to be published. (Continued from page 1). other awards include the Bronze Star and two Purple Hearts. Blue Badge Deadline Jerry brings a strong leadership background to the As- sociation. He is a retired deputy sheriff in Franklin County, All items for publication in the Blue Badge must be OH and current Commander of VFW Post 8736 in Sunbury, received on or before the 15th of the month before the OH.
7 He is the founder of Ohio Fallen Heroes, the Official publication month. Beginning in January 2014 Blue Ohio Memorial for deceased military (all branches) from the Badge will be published two times a year in January War on Terrorism. and July. This means your items must arrive at the Jerry tells you more about himself in his first Com- Blue Badge on or before the 15th of December or mander's Column June. Items received after those dates will be held _____. until the next issue is published. ALL ITEMS IN- TENDED FOR PUBLICATON IN BB SHOULD BE Words of Wisdom: SENT DIRECTLY TO THE EDITOR NOT TO YOUR If it is better to give than to receive, why do we have so LOCAL OR DIVISION COMMANDER.
8 DO NOT many people on welfare? (Anonymous). SEND ITEMS YOU WISH TO HAVE RETURNED!! Page 3 Blue Badge/Command Structure January 2014. 9) 5 YEAR TRUSTEE 10/10/-10/15 MEDICAL OFFICER. National CIA J. L. Rhodes Dr Ed Zebrowski 860-793-0728. 580-332-8477. Command _____. Structure & 10) COL RALPH L. SMITH-CHAPLAIN. 972-255-4537. Staff CIA Units AS OF 15 December 2013 11) IMMEDIATE PAST NATIONAL CO. National Headquarters is histori- Bill Cross Nationwide 708-209-6193. cally located in Asheville, North Division 1 WA HQ 1 1. Carolina. Administrative HQ is lo- (no other sub-unit). cated at the National Commander's (NOTE-ALL ELEVEN ABOVE COM- (AK, ID, MT, ND, SD, OR, WA, WY).
9 Residence. Members should take PRISE THE VOTING EXECUTIVE. note of the states within each divi- BOARD) Div CDR: Jacob W. Jake Robin- sion. ~~~~~~~~~ son 1) National Commander NON-VOTING STAFF MEMBERS 253-565-3329. JERRY Jodrey PO Box 912 SUPPORT GROUP CDR Meetings are held in Bldg 4201, Sunbury, OH 43074 Chris Lewis JBLM, WA on the 3rd Saturday of 614-753-6904 330-793-6460 the month from 1100 1300. or ~~~~~~~~~~. Division 2 CA. COMMUNICATIONS OFFICER-OPEN (one sub-unit). 2) DEP CO JAMES BOURGEOIS (CA, AZ,UT,NV). 253-224-0817 NATIONAL MONUMENT OFFICER. Ray Dunn Div CDR: Lorenzo Ortega 239-936-3349 562-943-9941. 3) FINANCE OFFICER ROLLIE DELONG. 740-816-0077 NATIONAL LEGISLATIVE OFFICER Div 2 CA H 2 1.
10 James Dingeman CDR Vance Marsh 703-780-0330 San Pedro, CA. 4) CHIEF OF STAFF 310-547-4785. NICK HUBBELL NATIONAL HISTORIAN. 916-723-4523 Meetings are held the 4th Saturday 5) LARRY ECKARD-BLUE of the month at VFW Post 9148 lo- BADGE EDITOR-DATA BASE cated at 13932 Valley View, La MANAGER-828-256-6008 NATIONAL SERVICE OFFICER Miranda, CA. Dave Ulmer Pot Luck lunch is served. 336-357-2158 ~~~~~~~~~. 6) VINCENT ARFUSO Div 4 TX HQ 2 1. MEMBERSHIP OFFICER (no other sub-unit). NATIONAL WEBMASTER (NM, TX, LA). PROFESSIONAL VENDOR. 7) PHILIP BRADLEY-JUDGE CONCACT NATIONAL CO Div CDR: Tony Martinez ADVOCATE-614-239-1389 512-228-7045. TWO YEAR TRUSTEE 10/13-10/15 Dave Ulmer (meeting information not provided).