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Each year, as part of its community service activities, the Carolina Chapter donates to a children’s hospital. This year the chapter also decided to support the Ronald McDonald House charities. The chapter rotates between charities in North Carolina and South Carolina. This year it was North Carolina’s turn. William Swift, president of the Carolina Chapter, and his wife Sheila, presented checks to Nicole Burnette, Special Events Coordinator at UNC Healthcare Children’s hospital and to Elizabeth Hollander, Director of Ronald McDonald House of Chapel Hill.

UNC Healthcare Children's is a top-tier academic medical center that upholds a four-tiered mission to "CARE," aligning clinical care, advocacy, research, and education to deliver world-class family-centered care—always regardless of a family's ability to pay.

Ronald McDonald House Chapel Hill cares for families in life-altering moments, days and months that children spend in area hospitals. The House offers physical comfort and emotional support through programs dedicated to the well-being of the whole family.

 


On Friday, February 12, 2018, George and Mary Johnson, Coney and Jean Huhn met with Tom Fearrington at Applebees's in North Columbia for lunch. It was a wonderful time for all of us.

Tom is one of the oldest members of the Carolina Chapter. He is ninety-five years old. Tom is a World War II veteran who served with the 101st Airborne Division. He was assigned to E Company, 2nd Battalion, 327th Glider Regiment during the Battle of Bastogne in 1944. What a story Tom has to tell about his experiences during the war!

Tom has had some health problems the last year, but his memory is good and he is a delight to be with.

On to other news. The spring meeting of the Carolina Chapter will be March 25th at 2:00pm at the Shoney's in Florence, SC. The address is 2101 W Lucas St, Florence, SC.

See you in Florence!


To all Screaming Eagles:

Here we are at the beginning of a new year. For me last year was not so bad. To be truthful, it was very good. I hope all of you are doing fine.

Now it is time for us to pay our 2018 membership dues. They are $15.00 a year as they have been for many years. Please send in your dues as soon as possible to the address below. Your dues and donations help support our Chapter expenses and our out-reach programs.

Thanks to all of you for supporting our Chapter with your dues and donations. I hope every one of you will have a wonderful new year.

Happy New Year!


Once again the Carolina Chapter held their fall meeting and fellowship gathering from September 21 - 24. What a wonderful weekend we had. We met in Fort Bragg, N.C. Our president arranged for us to stay on base at the Moon Hall Hotel. The room rate was low and they furnished us with a large meeting room at no extra cast. Our president, Bill Swift and wife Sheila, did an outstanding job planning and putting the meeting together.

The retired special forces veterans did the grilling for us and also helped with the set-up. We had plenty of good food and all types of refreshments. Thanks to these vets for their hospitality.

Our first, full day activity was a riding tour of Fort Bragg, which is a mid-size city. Fort Bragg is one of the largest bases in the U.S. and an exciting place to visit. They are still building new training sites and soldier's quarters.

One of the sites we visited was the Jumpmasters School. The instructors demonstrated the equipment used when getting paratroopers ready to jump from the aircraft and all the safety checks that must be made. We also visited the large PX and other facilities on post.

The other highlights of our stay on Fort Bragg was the 555 Airborne Infantry Battalion annual fundraising dinner which was held in downtown Fayetteville, N.C. The Triple Nickel, is a famous unit from WWII. Their headquarters is located in the Fort Bragg area. The fund raising dinner is held each year to raise money for an African American student scholarship program to attend college. We were greeted by the officer of the 555 and introduced to the guest attending the banquet.

At our fall meeting, we had the largest group in attendance we have ever had at a meeting. Those attending the fall meeting this year were:

Sunday after breakfast and fellowship we all headed home, thankful for the good weather we had for the weekend.

Our spring 2018 meeting will be held in March at the Fort Jackson Officer's Club. Date and time TBA. We hope to see everyone there.

Airborne Assault, All the Way! God bless each and everyone.


Greetings, from the Carolina Chapter of the 101st Airborne Division Association. Some of our members are still talking about the wonderful time we had in Norfolk, Virginia, during the 71st Annual Reunion last August. We had a good turn-out from our Chapter

One of the highlights of the Reunion was the dinner cruise on the Chesapeake Bay. The food was delicious and the music and dancing will stay in our memory for a long time.

Our next gathering was at the Ft. Jackson, SC Training Center's Officer's Club on March 19th of this year. This was our Spring Chapter meeting. The Brunch and fellowship we enjoyed before the meeting was wonderful. Once again, we had a very good turn-out.

Our next meeting will be held at Ft. Bragg, NC, September 21-24. We will be staying at Moon Hall/Hardy Hall on base. The reservation number to call is 910-396-7700. When you call to make your reservations, tell them you are a member of the Carolina Chapter of the 101 st Airborne Association. The rate per night is $69.00 plus tax. Our President says breakfast is free.

The last time we had our fall meeting in North Carolina, we stayed at this hotel. We really enjoyed our stay. The food was very good and we enjoyed all the activities that was planned for that week-end.
Ft. Bragg is called the "Home of the Airborne," it is a wonderful base to visit. Looking forward to see everyone there.

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