Veterans Day Event Salute to LTC Kettels Medal of Honor Awardee

A Veterans Day event will take place in the Ann Arbor area on November 11, 2016, which will include a special speaking presentations to LTC Charles Kettels a recent Medal of Honor awardee for his service in Viet Nam. LTC Kettels lives locally in Ypsilanti. Any members who might be able to attend this event can help represent the Michigan Chapter VHPA.


The above flyer for the event which runs from 0900 to 2100 hours on 11 November. There will be three times that folks who know LTC Kettles may especially appreciate:
· 0900 in the gym, there will be a meet and greet which Kettles will attend.
· 1030 in the chapel, there will be a ceremony where a US flag that was flown over the US Capitol building on 4 July 2016 will be dedicated to LTC Kettles and Michigan Veterans. That flag will be presented to LTC Kettles then as well.
· 1100 in the Black Box, there will be a free meal for Veterans (and one guest if they register in advance – see the flyer) at which LTC Kettles will be a featured speaker.
There will be other activities throughout the day, and LTC Kettles will be present until at least 1700. If you members are unable to attend any of these three events, they will still have a chance to link up with Kettles at these other activities.

Thank you for passing this information forward.
Jon Luker

Spring meeting: Saturday, 05/14/16

To All Michigan Chapter VHPA Members and Interested Parties,

The spring meeting of the Michigan Chapter will be on Saturday, May 14, 2016 at noon / 12:00 pm / both clock hands straight up, etc.

It will be held in the Back Room of the Log Jam Restaurant, 110 W. Jefferson, Grand Ledge, MI. The Log Jam has an extensive menu which includes adult beverages.

Besides lunch, this is a great opportunity to share war stories (embellished or otherwise) and perhaps meet someone you served with across the pond or at least shared the same airspace.

There will be a short business meeting with agenda items including discussion on events for our chapter participation this year. Locked in is the Operation LZ Michigan being held in Oscoda July 8-10. If anyone knows of other events that might fit our style, please share that information.

There will also be an election of officers. Nominations and draftees will be accepted up to and including at the meeting. We’ve survived with just a president and vice president up to now so looking for a secretary and treasurer to spread the load.

I anticipate we will also have a guest speaker or story-teller – more on that later.

Please bring your spouses, significant others, and anyone you think appropriate.

I’ll send out reminders and more details periodically. Just to emphasize – the meeting is on MAY 14, not March.

Rich Deer
Member and President

Spring Meeting 2015

The next general meeting will be held on Saturday May 2nd 2015, 12:00 pm, at The Log Jam Restaurant, 110 W. Jefferson, Grand Ledge, Mi.

To All Michigan Chapter VHPA Members, Spouses & Interested Parties,

The next meeting of our chapter will be on Saturday, May 2nd starting at noon at the Log Jam Restaurant, 110 W. Jefferson, Grand Ledge.  That’s 1200 hours, 12:00 pm, or Mickey’s big and small hands are both on 12.
We will be in their Back Room and can order off their extensive menu.  They do have adult beverages as well.
Besides the meal and swapping embellished war stories we will have a short business meeting with the primary topic of choosing an event to invade to show our banner as we did last year at the Moving Wall in Hamburg.  Please come with ideas.
We also may have a guest speaker – more on that later.
Last year we had about 10 participants in this spring meeting.  Let’s see if we can bump that up.
Rich Deer
Member and President
Michigan Chapter Vietnam Helicopter Pilots Association