Military News

Friday, April 04, 2008

Marlo, Bollinger and Winston

Editor's Note: One of the authors is prior military.

April 4, 2008 (San Dimas, CA) is a website that lists state and local
police officers who have written books. The website added three police officers from California law enforcement agencies.

John Marlo was a San Jose Police Department (California) police officer from 1955 to 1961. In in1961, he became the City Attorney for the City of Capitola (California). In 1973, he became a Superior Court Judge and was the Presiding Judge of the Santa Cruz County Superior Court four times during his judicial career. John Marlo is the co-author of The Police Officer and Criminal Justice.

Pete Bollinger first became interested in law enforcement while serving in the United States Air Force, where he attained the rank of Sergeant. While in the military, he obtained AA Degrees in Industrial Security from the College of the Air Force and Criminal Justice from Devils Lake College in North Dakota. After honorable discharge, Mr. Bollinger continued his education, obtaining a BS Degree in Public Administration from the University of La Verne and a Masters Degree in Management from the University of Phoenix.

Pete Bollinger has been a police officer with the Santa Ana Police Department since 1988 and has worked a variety of assignments throughout his career. First and foremost, he is proud that the majority of his work history has been on patrol. He has served in an undercover capacity, both purchasing and selling narcotics, in vice programs with prostitutes, transvestites and other dregs of society. Pete Bollinger was fortunate enough to earn an assignment in Personnel, specifically in the background unit. He attained the rank of Sergeant and now supervises a team of Officers. Pete Bollinger is the author of 45 Days of Perfection; And God Made Eve; First, Kill the Lawyers; Man Landers; and, Rx for Justice.

Steve Winston was hired in law enforcement in 1981 and has worked in several assignments. For the last nine years he has been a background investigator with the Santa Ana Police Department and involved in the hiring of over 1,000 employees, including both police and firefighters. Steve Winston and Pete Bollinger are the co-authors of How to Get Hired in Law Enforcement & Fire. now hosts 927
police officers (representing 391 police departments) and their 1941 police books in 33 categories, there are also listings of United States federal law enforcement employees turned authors, international police officers who have written books and civilian police personnel who have written books.

Last Colorado Air Guard MIA Laid to Rest in Arlington Cemetery

By Tech. Sgt. Mike R. Smith, USAF
Special to American Forces Press Service

April 4, 2008 - The remains of Colorado Air National Guard Maj. Perry H. Jefferson, who vanished during an observation flight 39 years ago over the jungles of South Vietnam, were at last laid to rest yesterday at Arlington National Cemetery. Three days of events here were a high-profile attempt to put closure to a missing-in-action mystery, but what exactly happened to the intelligence officer and his
Army Reserve pilot, then-1st Lt. Arthur Ecklund, during their fateful observation flight may never be known.

A closed-casket viewing was held at a funeral home here April 1. Families, fellow servicemembers, veterans and friends to both men attended full-honors funerals April 2 and 3, which started at the Old Post Chapel on Fort Myer, Va., followed by platoon, band and caisson escorts to their gravesites on the nation's most sacred property.

Ecklund was interred at Arlington on April 2; he was previously interred in Knoxville, Ill., by his family in 2004. The Reservist attended
Arizona State University and was drafted in 1966. He attended helicopter and fixed-wing aircraft training prior to his combat deployment.

More than 150 people attended Jefferson's services here, including nearly 100 from Colorado who watched the state's reported last Guard Vietnam MIA put to rest.

Jefferson was an intelligence officer at Colorado's 120th Tactical Fighter Squadron, which flew the F-100C Super Saber. He received his bachelor's degree from Southern Methodist College and worked for Aramco in the Middle East before joining the Air Guard. His wife, Sylvia, died in 1992.

Jefferson and 375 other Colorado Air Guard members deployed to Phan Rang, Vietnam, in April 1968. They were the first Air Guard fighter squadron assigned to active duty in Vietnam.

For retired Col. Don Neary, an F-100 pilot who served with Jefferson, thinking of his friend still brought up a mix of tears and happy memories of home at Buckley
Air Force Base, Colo., and deployed to Vietnam.

Neary said Jefferson didn't need to fly on visual reconnaissance missions from Phan Rang.

"I think what his motivation was he probably wanted to be a pilot, ... but also the aircraft was our forward air control airplane," Neary said. "I think it gave him an appreciation for us, and he went out to get that experience for when he would come in and brief us in the morning."

On April 3, 1969, 37-year-old Jefferson was flying aboard an O-1 Bird Dog observation aircraft piloted by 24-year-old Ecklund. They never returned to their base.

Defense officials said a three-day search found no evidence of a crash, and hostile forces in the area prevented other searches. Both men were listed as MIA.

"We were within a month of coming home," said Maj. Gen. John L. France in "Colorado Pride," a Colorado Air Guard history book.

France was the unit's operations officer in Vietnam and later served as Colorado's adjutant general. In the book, he shares the moments leading up to Jefferson's disappearance.

"Clyde Seiler and Don Neary were on (an F-100) mission together; Clyde got shot down and went into the jungle, ... (and with) no parachute, he didn't get out. ... Then, we lost Perry Jefferson a few days after Clyde. It was a rough time," France said.

The unit returned home in April 1969, and the Air Guard members who served at Phan Rang were immortalized later in the National Guard Heritage Series painting "Scramble at Phan Rang."

Across the nation, 22,745
Army and Air Guardsmen mobilized during the Vietnam War. More than 9,000 deployed to Vietnam.

Jefferson's and Ecklund's case remained unsolved, and there were even rumors of them being seen after the fateful flight.

After defense officials received human remains in 1984 from a suspected
military crash, eyewitnesses were interviewed. One witness said the aircraft crashed on a mountainside, and that the pilots died and were buried there. An excavation led by the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command uncovered the aircraft's wreckage, but no human remains were found at the crash site.

In 2000, the remains turned over in 1984 were identified as Ecklund's.

Defense officials said Jefferson's remains were not identified until 2007, after a Vietnamese national living in California turned them in.

The day before Jefferson's interment ceremony, visiting Colorado Guard members walked among blossoming cherry trees to the Vietnam War Memorial to lay a wreath. They also located Jefferson's name on the dark granite and took a rubbing for their military museum.

"Perry was everybody's friend. ... He took off on a normal observation run and never returned. He just vanished," France said.

The Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office's Web site states "efforts continue to recover nearly 1,800 Americans who remain unaccounted for from Vietnam."

Air Force Tech. Sgt. Mike R. Smith serves at the National Guard Bureau.)

America Supports You: Walter Reed Troops Get Some Comic Relief

By Samantha L. Quigley
American Forces Press Service

April 4, 2008 - It was all a big joke for servicemembers and their families at Walter Reed
Army Medical Center's Fisher House yesterday when comedian Kathy Griffin came to visit. With camera crew in tow, Griffin, star of Bravo cable network's "Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D List," spent the morning touring the installation's two Fisher House facilities and joking with the residents.

"I had to get a pass to come out here so I could see Kathy Griffin," said
Army Cpl. Nicholas Joseph McCauley. "I heard about her; she seemed cool, and my buddy ... who lost his leg in September kind of figured he'd show me around, make me smile, cheer me up a little bit."

McCauley is recovering from a head injury suffered March 23 in Iraq. Getting out of the hospital, where he'd been for two days, and verbally sparring with Griffin about his tattoos, a salty take on an Irish phrase, seemed to give McCauley the boost he needed.

"(She's) the first person I've ever met that's famous," he said. "It's pretty cool. I get to be on TV, I guess. It's not cool being on TV in a wheelchair, but I'm alive."

Army Spc. Michael Brown, a below-the-knee amputee who's living at Fisher House with his wife and 14-month-old daughter, agreed.

"It's definitely a cool thing to tell your friends about when you go home," he said. "It's definitely a morale booster for everybody that's here.

"You get so run down with appointments every day and the daily grind," Brown continued. "Something like this is good to have, a break ... (to) find out what's actually going on elsewhere."

Amanda Poppenhouse, whose husband,
Army Cpl. Adam Poppenhouse, is recovering from a recent leg amputation, said celebrity visits aren't uncommon, and most of the visitors take a real interest in the families.

"We had a wrestler come (from World Wrestling Entertainment), Mankind, I think is his name," she said. "We met him like two or three times, and he recognizes us, calls us by name. He's really cool."

She said visits by stars can offer an outlet for servicemembers and their spouses to talk and tell their stories.

Servicemembers and their families soon will have a huge audience to listen to their stories thanks to Griffin, who is planning to turn her visit into an episode for her show. She discovered just how many people are interested in troops' stories when an episode of her show featured her tour to entertain troops overseas.

"Doing our silly little reality show, we got the most response we've ever gotten from the episode where I went and performed in Iraq," Griffin said. "I got lots and lots of e-mails, 'How are the guys doing?' That was an interesting insight to something.

"So often you hear about these men and women and they're just numbers ... on the news, and it's a news story that's 90 seconds and then it's on to what starlet was drunk and flashing," she quipped.

Griffin said the combination of her audience's reaction to her episode from Iraq and some stories last year about conditions at Walter Reed made her want to show her audience a bigger picture. She wants to make sure her viewers understand the facility and the people there, and Bravo agreed.

"I felt really passionately about doing an episode here," Griffin said. "What I think is important about today, what's so great about Fisher House and coming here, is it really humanizes the numbers we see on the news."

Griffin was working to carry out a secondary mission as well: to make the servicemembers and their families laugh.

"That's all I know how to do," she said. "I think everybody needs a laugh and especially at a time like this.

"I just really, really hope I can provide them a good chuckle," she said before leaving to spend her afternoon with patients in the hospital and her evening performing a stand-up comedy show.

The episode of her show featuring Walter Reed is expected to air in late summer.

The Fisher House Foundation is a supporter of America Supports You, a Defense Department program connecting citizens and companies with servicemembers and their families serving at home and abroad.

Technology Solutions, Inc., Columbia, Md., is being awarded a $69,454,718 modification to a previously awarded indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, cost-plus-fixed-fee performance based contract (N65236-02-D-7839) for engineering support in Certification and Accreditation (C&A) testing and support, information assurance support, communications security support, Navy Marine Corps Internet C&A and protected distribution system, cross domain solutions, and specialized information technology support services. The cumulative value of this contract, including this modification, is $133,754,718. Work will be performed in world-wide locations (65 percent); Charleston, S.C., (25 percent); Columbia, Md., (10 percent), and is expected to be completed by Mar. 2009. Contract funding will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was competitively procured, with one proposal solicited and one offer received. The Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center, Charleston, S.C., is the contracting activity.

McDonnell Douglas Corp., a wholly owned subsidiary of The Boeing Co., St. Louis, Mo., is being awarded a $19,000,000 modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract (N00019-04-C-0014) for final economic price adjustment labor adjustment to support the F/A-18 E/F and E/A-18G aircraft programs. Work will be performed in St. Louis, Mo., and is expected to be completed in Sep. 2008. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity.

New Balance Apparel,
Huntington Station, N.Y., is being awarded a $14,000,000 modification to previously awarded contract (M67854-07-C-3053) for additional quantities of the Marine Corps Running Suit. Work will be performed in El Paso, Texas (88 percent) and Salem, Ore., (12 percent), and work is expected to be completed in Jun. 2009. Contract funds in the amount of $14,000,000 will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Marine Corps Systems Command (M67854), Quantico, Va., is the contracting facility.


Carter Industries, Inc., Olive Hill, Ky.*, is being awarded a maximum $5,995,840.00 firm fixed price contract for combat vehicle crewman's tan coveralls. There are no other locations of performance. Using service is
Marine Corps. There were 3 proposals originally solicited with 2 responses. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. Date of performance completion is November 30, 2008. The contracting activity is Defense Supply Center Philadelphia (DSCP), Philadelphia, Pa. (SPM1C1-08-C-0021).

Hunt refining Co., Tuscaloosa, Ala., is being awarded a maximum $65,420,548.60 fixed price with economic price adjustment contract for aviation fuel. Other location of performance is in Tuscaloosa, Ala. Using service is Defense Energy Support Center. There were 48 proposals originally solicited with 23 responses. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. Date of performance completion is Apr. 30, 2009. The contracting activity is Defense Energy Support Center, Fort Belvoir, Va., (SP0600-08-D-0468).


Main/Mass A, SDVOSB Joint Venture, LLC, Pueblo, Colo., was awarded on Mar. 31, 2008, a $6,240,000 firm-fixed price contract for the design and construction of a headquarters band training facility. Work will be performed at Fort Carson, Colo. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. Work is expected to be completed by Jul. 31, 2009. Web bids were solicited on Jan. 10, 2008, and six bids were received. U.S.
Army Corps of Engineers, Omaha District is the contracting agency (W9128F-08-C-0004).

BAE Systems Survivability Systems LLC,
Fairfield, Ohio, was awarded on Apr. 1, 2008, a $12,055,569 firm-fixed price contract for cab field kits for M915 vehicles with add-on armor. Work will be performed in Fairfield, Ohio. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. Work is expected to be completed by Jan. 31, 2009. One bid was solicited on Feb. 27, 2008. TACOM LCMC, Warren, Mich. Is the contracting agency (W56HZV-08-C-350).


Booz Allen Hamilton, Inc., of Herndon, Va., is being awarded a cost plus fixed fee contract for $17,514,399. The National Agency Technical Homeland Defense and
Homeland Security Geospatial Information Systems, technical collection and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance/incident awareness and assessment, and intelligence analysis for North American Aerospace Defense Command and United States Northern Command (NORAD and USNORTHCOM). At this time $174,000 has been obligated Offutt AFB, Neb., is the contracting activity (SP0700-03-D-1380, Delivery Order: 0249).


Softsol Technologies Inc., is being awarded a Firm Fixed Price contract for $10,969,599.00. This requirement acquired service to transform the business application software currently being used by the Defense Security Assistance Management System from Sun Microsystems Unified Development Server environment, formerly known as Forte, and using Transactional Object-Oriented Language, to a new environment and language called .NET. At this time, all funds have been obligated. For more information please call (703) 604-6566. Defense
Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA), Defense Contracting, DBO-CON, 201 12th Street South, Ste. 203, Arlington VA 22202 is the contracting activity (HQ0013-08-C-0002).