Austin, Texas Chapter

 The Association for all Military Officers            Companion Bulletin-December 2015
Words from the Commander:

As we come to the end of another year, Peggy and I wish all of you a very Happy Holiday Season! My heartfelt gratitude and thanks go to all of you for supporting our chapter and the mission and Preamble of the Military Order of the World Wars. We understand that many of you faithfuls are not able to attend meetings on a regular basis, but provide positive feedback regarding the information seen in our newsletters. We value your interest and support very much.

Last month we had a small turn out for our lunch meeting at Mimi's, but it was an enjoyable and memorable occasion. First, it was nice to see in attendance Companions Bob Hefford, who is recovering from recent health issues; and Wes Lokken, who was able to break away from his work in Johnson City to spend time with us. In addition, Companion McVeigh unveiled our recently framed Chapter Charter for all of us to admire. A picture of same will be posted on our web site. Thank you, Andrew! The food and service were great capped off with interesting conversation and stories.

As usual this month we will not meet. However, do not forget the Gala Christmas Party hosted by the Austin Chapter of Military Officers Association of America. This year, the celebration will be held at the historic downtown Austin Club on 2 December 2015 beginning at 1830 hours. This year there will be a special tribute to the legendary band leader, LaFalco (Corky) Robinson. It should be a very special night, so plan to attend, if you can. AMOAA members should contact their respective service representative for details, Non MOAA members wishing to attend, you may contact me or Companion Howard for details.

Our next meeting will be held in January and details will be provided in the January Companion Bulletin. We hope to see as many of you there as possible.

As I have written before, let us remember our companions and friends who are not able to attend meetings on a regular basis. I am sure all will enjoy a phone call sometime during the holiday season. Of particular note, let's acknowledge Tom Anderson, Gabe Nossov, the Eagans, the Pattersons, and Flo Kerr by wishing them all Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah (6-14 December 2015).

Let us all remember that we want to preserve the legacy and viability of our chapter and commit to doing whatever we can to continue to promote its support and growth. We are looking forward to doing more in support of the ROTC programs in the south Texas region formerly administered by the Corpus Christi chapter.

Finally, join me in committing do whatever we can to make 2016 another great year.
Happy Holidays!

---Colonel (R) Leon Holland, USA

Next Meeting:  2 December 2015
Location:Austin Club
110 E. 9th St. & Cogress Ave.
Dance to the Keynoters

"If you're going through hell, keep going. But please stop screaming. It's not good for morale." -- Winston Churchill

Happy Thanksgiving

Merry Christmas



Chapter Officers
CommanderCol Leon Holland512 335-1224
Treasurer Col Andrew McVeigh512 261-6272
AdjutantLt Col J R Howard512 993 4532
ChaplinLtCol Ernest S. Dean        512 477-5390
Youth Leadership Conference    LtCol J R Howard512 255-2206
ROTC AwardsCol Leon Holland512 335-1224
Newsletter & Web SiteLtCol J R Howard512 255-2206

The popular greeting card abbreviation XMAS derives from the Greek word for Christ: Xristos.
Source: Weird and Wonderful Christmas by Joey Green
The World Health Organization says adults should limit sugar intake to about six teaspoons total each day (one can of soda can have about ten teaspoons),

Soap and water is better than hand sanitizers. Since hot water can dry out your hands, cold water is just as good for washing. - Experts from the CDC say Source: Readers Digest

A study of first graders who spent an extra 40 minutes outside had 23 percent less nearsightedness - Journal of the American Medical Association
After my niece returned from her second tour in Iraq, I remarked how beautiful her completion looked. "What do you use on your face to keep it so smooth?" I asked.
"Nothing", she said. "I've been sandblasted."... Wanda Kaltreider from Wrightville, Pennsylvania (Reader's Digest)

December 2015 by Chaplain Ernie Dean

When Being Lowly is the Higher Position

Mary said, “My heart praises the Lord; my soul is glad because of God my Savior, for he has remembered me, his lowly servant! From now on all people will call me happy, because of the great things the Mighty God has done for me.” (Luke 1:46-49)

Indeed God works in mysterious ways! God is a God of surprises. We study God, pray to God, offer praise, thanksgiving and adoration, for these are the correct acts to celebrate the holy relationship that blesses our lives. Like Mary, often we do not understand what happens, yet we believe—and give thanks.
But notice, there is nothing haughty, high-handed, arrogant, or self-serving here. The Gospels have circumstances after circumstances where we are told the first shall be last and the last shall be first. Our Lord refers to himself as a “servant leader,” and calls us to this role. The stories we have in the Bible tell us of the high and mighty going from one sad situation to another, and the lowly receiving one blessing after another. Mary was a young peasant girl with little in the ways of the world to recommend her, yet she was chosen to become a “lowly servant" (verse. 48). This brought her happiness (verse. 48). Now is a good time for us to bring our hearts together in a song of celebration of new life as we build our lives on a philosophy of “servant leader.” We will find ourselves entering into a radically new and purposeful life built on newer, higher, more acceptable levels of decision making. We will find happiness in transferring an inward focus on self to an outward focus on others. There we will meet the Power face to face that gives our lives ultimate meaning and hope.





Aegean Sea Anti-Piracy Operations

began in 1825 when the United States government dispatched a squadron of ships to suppress Aegean Greek pirates. Due to the Greek civil wars and the decline of the Greek Navy, the Aegean quickly became a haven for pirates who sometimes doubled as privateers. American merchant vessels were attacked, so the Mediterranean Squadron began escort and patrol duties. The operation was declared a success in 1828.

Operations: In the wake of the Greek Navy's defeat in the 1823 Battle of Bodrum, the Greek Navy turned to privateering. With the breakdown of law and order in the Aegean, piracy became widespread. Several American merchant ships were plundered by 1825, so that year President James Monroe sent Commodore John Rodgers to protect American commerce. From 1825 to 1828, seven American warships were assigned to the Mediterranean Squadron, including the flagship USS North Carolina, the frigate USS Constitution, the sloops USS Fairfield, USS Lexington and USS Ontario, and the schooners USS Porpoise and USS Warren. The sloops and schooners were the main vessels deployed against the pirates because the larger men-of-war were too large to be effective. Many of the Greek pirates used small, three-masted vessels called mistikos and were usually armed with one bow gun.

Commodore Rodgers' first squadron in the Aegean occupied its time by convoying merchant ships and did not fight any engagements. In 1826 the squadron was withdrawn, but another was sent in 1827 after a new escalation in piracy. Again the naval force was under John Rodgers' command. USS Warren would be the first to fight the brigands in a battle; she was newly constructed and sailed from Boston in February 1827. In September, the Warren ceased escort duty, and under the command of Lieutenant Lawrence Kearny, she captured a sixteen-gun brig on October 4 while patrolling around Cape Matapan and the port of Carabusa. One boat and fifteen pirates were also taken.

USS North Carolina: While sailing in convoy on October 16, Lieutenant Louis M. Goldsborough of the Porpoise liberated the British brig Comet after watching it get captured by 250 pirates in five vessels. In the ensuing battle, around ninety brigands were killed or wounded while the Americans suffered no casualties. Three brigs left the convoy at that point and two of them were later attacked. The first brig was captured off Chios and the second was abandoned by her crew before it was captured. On October 23, one American sailor from the Porpoise was wounded in a skirmish near Andros. USS Warren chased a ten-gun pirate brig on October 25 and it grounded off Argentiere before sinking; the pirates escaped to shore. Warren recovered the American ship Cherub and the Austrian vessel Silence off Syros on October 28, and two days later the Americans captured a pirate tratta propelled by forty oars and landed sailors and marines on Mykonos to recover stolen property from the Cherub, Silence and the Rob Roy. One pirate boat was burned during the landing and the town shelled.

On November 7, a boat expedition from the Warren under the command of Lieutenant William L. Hudson destroyed one pirate boat and captured another off Andros. The Warren also landed men on Argentiere and Milos in December, and convoyed eight American merchant vessels from Milos to Smyrna. In just over two months, the Warren captured or destroyed seven pirate vessels, rescued three merchant ships, recovered stolen property, escorted two convoys, and patrolled hundreds of miles in the Mediterranean. By the end of 1827, the United Kingdom, Russia and France had deployed their own fleets to the Aegean for suppression of piracy and to support Greek independence from the Ottoman Empire.

In January 1828 a combined fleet of British and French warships attacked Carabusa, which was a major center of piracy. Following its destruction, reports of pirate attacks began to cease, and by the end of 1828, Secretary of the Navy Samuel L. Southard declared that because of the convoy system enforced by the United States Navy and the arrival of powerful fleets in the Aegean, the threat of piracy was eliminated.