Words from the Commander:|
Greetings, Companions! Can you believe that we are already into the second month of 2016? Hopefully, those who
made resolutions are still adhering to them and I wish you continued success. Also, remember this is a Leap Year.
Do you personally know anyone who has a birthday on 29 February?
2016 MOWW Convention
|year of serving
America and its communities with even more vigor. We look forward to every MOWW chapter being represented!
Note: The 2016 Convention Agenda, Tour Schedule and Registration Form are in planning.|
As a reminder, non-Perpetual members, please do not forget to pay your annual dues so that our chapter will be in good standing.
This month our meeting will be held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel beginning with our usual social gathering at 1830 hours followed by dinner and a short business meeting. Companion Bullard has arranged for a delightful program to prime us for Valentine's Day. The Women of Heartsong will grace us with beautiful melodies. So make plans to come out for a fun and enjoyable evening. Bring your friends and neighbors.
Finally, I will be asking for volunteers to assist in the presentation of JROTC/ROTC awards during the April/May time frame. Please let me know your availability as the schedules are announced.
Let's keep the Austin MOWW Chapter VIABLE!
---Colonel (R) Leon Holland, USA
Open carry is now the law of the land in the Lone Star State, but the federal government is reminding Texan veterans that guns still are not allowed on VA property.
The Department of Veterans Affairs is scaling up an IT system to help benefits administrators reduce a backlog of veteran claims. But the VA's top watchdog in the House of Representatives is worried that the system is over budget, behind schedule and not working as advertised. The agency's own internal watchdog thinks that VA could be manipulating data to make their performance seem better on paper than it is in fact.
By Chaplain Ernie Dean
Then the one who sits on the throne said, "And now I make all things new!" He also said to me, "Write this, because these words are true and can be trusted." (Rev. 21:5) We have on our minds a great deal that has to do with newness. It is this way always this time of the year because we are looking both backward and forward.
We ponder the past and deal with a lot of "what ifs." What if I had been better at living up to the resolutions and promises for 2015 that were made, no doubt, in all honesty and good intention. But we have to let go of the past. It is over! Gone! What is, is! Yet, we may or may not be the "new me" we had hoped to be.
However, as we move forward into 2016, we run head long into "what if's" again. What if I do this or do not do that? What will the consequences be? We can become bound to the "what if's" and become frozen in place.
God wants to be our Divine Healer and go with us into the mysteries of 2016. God has said over and over in a variety of ways that we are never alone. Take a look at all of Revelation 21 and feel the power of God's Holy Presence:
Now God's home is with his people
Yes, we can become new in every way and we can trust God to be our friend along the way. It is up to us, however, to do the right thing, that is to offer our whole being to God in obedience, gratitude, love, and trust.
There is no doubt God awaits our passage from the old to the new. Are we ready? Can we let go of the past what if's, the doubts or fears or any other negatives, even though they may now be familiar and comfortable? Are we ready for the adventure, and blessing, of newness? Are we truly ready?
May 2016 be the blessing for which we have been searching oh so long.
USS William D. Porter/
(DD-579), a Fletcher-class destroyer, was a ship of the United States Navy named for Commodore
William D. Porter (1808-1864). From November 1943, until her demise in June 1945, the American destroyer 'William Porter'
was often hailed - whenever she entered port or joined other Naval ships - with the greetings: 'Don't shoot, we're Republicans!'
For a half a century, the US Navy kept a lid on the details of the incident that prompted this salutation.
A Miami news reporter made the first public disclosure in 1958 after he stumbled upon the truth while covering
a reunion of the destroyer's crew. The Pentagon reluctantly and tersely confirmed his story, but only a mattering
of newspapers took notice. Fifty years ago, the Willie D as the Porter was nicknamed, accidentally fired a live
torpedo at the battleship Iowa during a practice exercise. As if this weren't bad enough, the Iowa was carrying
President Franklin D. Roosevelt at the time, along with Secretary of State, Cordell Hull, and all of the
country's W.W.II military brass. They were headed for the Big Three Conference in Tehran, where Roosevelt
was to meet Stalin and Churchill. Had the Porter's torpedo struck the Iowa at the aiming point, the last 50 years
of world history might have been quite different. The full story:
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Action of 1 August 1801
As part of Commodore Richard Dale's Mediterranean Squadron, Enterprise had been deployed with the American force blockading the Vilayet of Tripoli. Enterprise, under the command of Lieutenant Andrew Sterett, had been sent by Commodore Dale to gather supplies at Malta. While cruising towards Malta, Enterprise engaged Tripoli, commanded by Admiral Rais Mahomet Rous. Tripoli put up a stubborn fight, and the engagement lasted for three hours before the polacca was finally captured by the Americans.
Although the Americans had taken the vessel, Sterett had no orders to take prizes and so was obliged to release her. Enterprise completed her journey to Malta, and received honor and praise from the squadron's Commodore on her return to the fleet. The success of the battle boosted morale in the United States, since it was that country's first victory in the war against the Tripolitans. The opposite occurred in Tripoli, where morale sank heavily upon learning of Tripoli's defeat. Despite Enterprise's triumph, the war continued indecisively for another four years.
Background Following the recognition of the independence of the United States (US) in 1783, the new country's early administrations had elected to make tribute payments to the Vilayet of Tripoli to protect American commercial shipping interests in the Mediterranean Sea. Tripoli, nominally a subject of the Ottoman Empire, was practically autonomous in conducting her foreign affairs, and would declare war on non-Muslim states whose ships sailed in the Mediterranean in order to extract tribute from them. In 1801, the payments demanded by Tripoli from the United States were significantly increased. The newly elected administration of Thomas Jefferson, an opponent of the tribute payments from their inception, refused to pay. As a result, Tripoli declared war on the United States, and its navy began to seize American ships and crews in an attempt to coerce the Jefferson administration into acceding to their demands. When word of these attacks on American merchantmen reached Washington, D.C., the Jefferson administration gave the United States Navy the authority to conduct limited operations against Tripoli. As part of the American strategy, a squadron under Commodore Richard Dale was dispatched to blockade Tripoli.
By July 1801, Dale's force had begun to run low on water. In order to replenish his supplies, Dale dispatched the schooner USS Enterprise, commanded by Lieutenant Andrew Sterett, to provision at the British naval base on Malta, while the commodore himself remained off Tripoli with the frigate USS President to maintain the blockade. Soon after leaving the blockade, Enterprise came upon what appeared to be a Tripolitan cruiser sailing near her. Flying British colors as a ruse, Enterprise approached the Tripolitan vessel and hailed her. The Tripolitan answered that she was seeking American vessels. At this Enterprise struck the British colors, raised the American flag, and prepared for action.
The Tripolitan vessel, Tripoli, and Enterprise were quite evenly matched. Enterprise, with a complement of 90, was a 12-gun, 135-ton schooner built in 1799 that had seen action in the Quasi-War. In contrast, Tripoli, a lateen-rigged polacca with two masts, was crewed by 80 men under Admiral Rais Mahomet Rous and armed with 14 guns. Although the Tripolitans held a slight advantage in firepower, Enterprise had to its advantage the larger crew and the element of surprise. The Americans were also significantly more experienced in gunnery action than the Tripolitans, who preferred to attack by boarding and taking over their opponents' ships.
Severely damaged, Tripoli struck her colors to indicate surrender. As Enterprise moved towards the vessel to accept its surrender, the Tripolitans hoisted their flag and fired upon Enterprise. The Tripolitans again attempted to board the American schooner, but were repelled by Enterprise's broadsides and musketry. After another exchange of fire, the Tripolitans struck their colors a second time. Sterett once more ceased firing and moved closer to Tripoli. In response, Rous again raised his colors and attempted to board Enterprise. Enterprise's accurate gunnery once more forced Tripoli to veer off. As the action continued, Rous perfidiously feigned a third surrender in an attempt to draw the American schooner within grappling range. This time, Sterett kept his distance, and ordered Enterprise's guns to be lowered to aim at the polacca's waterline, a tactic that threatened to sink the enemy ship. The next American broadsides struck their target, causing massive damage, dismasting her mizzen-mast, and reducing her to a sinking condition. With most of his crew dead or wounded, the injured Admiral Rous finally threw the Tripolitan flag into the sea to convince Sterett to end the action
After Enterprise left, Tripoli began its journey back to the port of Tripoli. On the way it ran into USS President and asked for assistance; Rous falsely claimed that his vessel was Tunisian and that it had been damaged in an engagement with a French 22-gun vessel. Dale suspected the vessel's true identity and merely provided Rous with a compass so he could find his way back to port. When he finally arrived at Tripoli, Rous was severely chastised by Yusuf Karamanli, the Pasha (ruler) of Tripoli. Stripped of his command, he was paraded through the streets draped in sheep's entrails while seated backwards on a jackass before suffering 500 bastinadoes.
Enterprise's victory over Tripoli had very different consequences for the two nations involved. In Tripoli, the defeat, combined with severity of the Rous' punishment, severely hurt morale throughout the city, and led to significant reductions in recruitment for ships' crews. In the United States, the exact opposite occurred, with wild publicity surrounding the arrival of news that the Americans had won their first victory over the Tripolitans. The American government gave a month's pay as a bonus to each of Enterprise's crew members, and honored Sterett by granting him a sword and calling for his promotion. Fanciful plays were written about the victorious Americans, and morale and enthusiasm about the war reached a high point. The victory did not have any long-term consequences in the conduct of the war, however. Dale's blockade of Tripoli was ineffective in preventing ships from entering and leaving the port, and was equally ineffective in altering the Pasha's diplomatic stance toward the Americans. Dale's squadron was relieved in 1802 by another under Richard Morris, and the war continued until 1805.