FEATURED VET: JOHN GORDY  cOMBAT RE-SUPPLY NCOIC

I grew up on a dairy farm in Rupert, Vermont and attended 1 semester of college before enlisting in the USAF in 1969. Assigned Pease AFB, NH, I volunteered for Vietnam service, and was sent to a B-52 base at U-Tapao, Thailand 1972-1974. From there to a mobile radar flight, 38 Air Force with thousands of Army troops in Bad Kreuznach, West Germany, then a northern tier radar station in Montana(150 miles from a McDonalds).

I spent 3 1/2 years with NORAD/Aerospace Defense Command HQ in Cheyenne Mountain, Colorado Springs, CO and 5 years with DCS/Logitics, HQ Tactical Air Command, Langley AFB, VA. After that I was assigned to Plattsburgh AFB, NY in Supply and as unit First Sgt. My last duty location was RAF Greenham Common, England as Combat Re-Supply NCOIC for nuclear ground launch cruise missile base.

Retired, used all my GI Bill for a bachelors degree and 2 masters degrees. Worked with my church denomination in Ministry To The Military in Germany, England and as director/pastor of a Christian Servicemen's Center at Sigonella NAS, Sicily, Italy.

Then, Public Service Police Officer and Chaplain with Cleveland City Police Department, Cleveland, TN. USAF Auxiliary Civil Air Patrol (CAP) Chaplain and as CAP Tennessee Wing Chaplain.

My American wife of 22 years passed away of cancer and I raised our 2 adopted Filipino children through high school. My daughter was in U.S. Navy 2008-2012, serving with Marine Corp, and my son is currently in Marine Corp boot camp, Camp Pendleton, CA.

I met my Filipina wife, Menchie, attorney for a ministry to children I had worked with here. Mabalacat became my new home in 2010. We are both active with Mabalacat Baptist Church, where I work with the pastor and leadership of the church.

I am a VFW life member, and became aware of VVA887 through Wily Ng, a close friend and owner of the location we hold meetings. I joined in 2013 and will change that to Life Member this year.