2019/21 WMMOA Season

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“Across the Sahara in 1941 With Pan Am” True Story of American civilians supporting the RAF before Pearl Harbor.

Our November Luncheon was a wonderful history lesson from one of our newer WMMOA members.  LTC Tom Culbert USAF Ret gave a great presentation on the little known story of PAN AM and American contractors supporting the British in WW II BEFORE Pearl Harbor!  Tom is the coauthor of  the book of the same name and gave of the history of how Pan AM developed the southern route from the US to South America, across the Atlantic and through central Africa to Egypt to support and supply the British in the Mediterranean.  With the Fall of France and the advance of the Germans and Italians in Africa Britain was in jeopardy of loosing the Suez Canal and the ability to supply their forces in Africa and Southern Asia.  Pan Am and American contractors created and operated  airfields along the African route that became the critical supply lined needed and allowed to support their Army in Africa, but also opened a route to India that supported their forces fighting the Japanese as well.  An amazing story that none of the audience were aware of.  A great presentation and a wonderful history lesson from someone who knew and flew the route personally.

Wreaths Across America Sponsorship

https://www.wreathsacrossamerica.org/pages/16584/Overview/?relatedId=0&modSw=donate

Fort Missoula Post Cemetery , Missoula, MT 59804

Each wreath is $15. We need to raise $20K to insure that no headstone is left uncovered this year. 30 November is our cutoff date for fundraising. You can sponsor a wreath via our website, or by check.  COL Vanessa Berry will collect the checks and send them to WAA to make sure our cemetery is credited with the funds.

If you have questions or need additional info please contact COL Vanessa Berry USA Ret at  (berry_vanessa@ymail.com) or  COL Steve Berry USA Ret at (steven.l.berry52@gmail.com)  or call 923-240-1796

Help Needed

On Saturday December 19 there will be a Wreath Laying Ceremony at the Veterans Cemetery  in Missoula.  Volunteer Representatives of  each service, Army, Navy Air Force and Marines are need for the short formal event before the laying of  wreaths on graves.  If you are interested in serving, please contact Lynn Sainsbury of the Civil Air Patrol  at  (sylvansainsbury@gmail.com)

2019/21 WMMOA Season Handshake

We are glad to announce that we are back for a new season beginning in September.  Our Social Hour events will be each 2nd Friday of each month at Westside Lanes in Missoula from 6-8 with Presentations  and drinks and light dinner for $10.
Our WMMOA Luncheon meetings resume on Friday Sept 18th at 1130 at the DoubleTree Hotel in Missoula.  We will have formal presentations with a full lunch for $18.  Please note reservations are required as there is limited seating (50 max).
Please Note:  Western Montana Military Officers Assoc. is open to all Active Duty, Reserve, Retired and Former members of the United States Military Services.  If you have questions or wish to make a reservation please contact  Cindy Babon (babcinjac@msn.com) or CAPT Mike Schauf (mschauf@att.net).

2020/21 Calendar

December 11th Social Hour:  CPT Steve Rossiter USA “The History of the Beaver (not what you’re thinking)”  A great military/civilian utility aircraft.

December 18th Luncheon:   CDR Gary Stubblefield USN Ret “Preventing Loss of Radioactive Materials”, the US Governments effort to prevent theft and sabotage internationally.