James M. Bayne
German Pierce Culver
Thomas Alan Lacey
John Carbery Lay
Eric Anthony Messick
Joseph Alvin Rebentisch III
December Service Anniversaries
Christopher Lee Hubbard - 12yrs
Lance Michael Lyngar - 10yrs
James Mark Harbour - 6yrs
Joseph Alvin Rebentish III - 6yrs
John Hardin "Jack" Chance
Our newest dual member is John Hardin "Jack" Chance of Columbia, MO. Jack is a US Navy veteran and was Vice president A.B. Chance Company, Centralia, Missouri, 1962—1977. He is president Boone International Corporation, since 1977 and a Director, American Bank. He is a graduate of the University of Missouri and has an honorary doctorate in business.
Jack Chance was installed as Chapter President of the M. Graham Clark Chapter, Missouri SAR, at their JAN 2015 meeting. He is also President of the Friends of the Centralia Battlefield, LT Commander of the Searcy Camp of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, The Sons of Union Veterans, a member of the Society of the War of 1812, the Military Order of the Stars and Bars and the Missouri Civil War Heritage Foundation.
His wife, Linda, is a member of the DAR. His patriot ancestor is Rev. John Gano, who was a chaplain in the Continental Army, the personal chaplain to General George Washington. Jack is also a descendant Garrs, Wilhoit-Wilhites, Blankenbakers and Fishers from this area and is working with us to see if any these patriots served with the Culpeper Minutemen.
22 Nov 2015 Culpeper, VA
Today the gusty winds drove us indoors at Walmart, but we hopefully made progress by handing out over 50 license plate applications for the 1775 Culpeper Minutemen License Plate. Ben Works and Bill Schwetke worked the entrance to Walmart in Culpeper. With the vote yesterday in our chapter meeting to extend the effort and forego revenue sharing we are still working hard to put this license plate on the highways.
21 Nov 2015 Casanova, VA
Thirty-one compatriots and family members gathered at the Manor House at Poplar Springs in Casanova, VA for our chapter's 2015 Chapter Awards Meeting today. Sixteen members, one prospective, and fourteen family members watched as we inducted five new members and presented awards to members for chapter service. The first order of business was inducting five new members: MG (Ret) Greg Schumacher and his grandson, Lincoln Field; David Messick, Jr. and his son and grandson, Mickey Messick and William Messick. Additionally Greg Schumacher was given certificates, rosettes, and CMM Battle Flag pins for his son and two grandsons who live in California. Past Virginia SAR and CMM President Jim Bayne conducted the ceremony.
Our newest members:
Major General Gregory A. Schumacher retired after 37 years of service effective 1 September 2011. He is the President of The GS Group, LLC, Adjunct Staff with the RAND Corporation, and a Principal with Deep Water Point. His last assignment was Assistant Deputy Chief of Staff for Intelligence on the Army Staff at the Pentagon from 2008-2011. Major responsibilities were representing the Army’s emerging Cyber role in the 2010 Quadrennial Defense Review and related forums, providing intelligence leadership to Army and Defense Biometrics initiatives, and the Army’s co-lead for language and culture policies and training. After selection to Brigadier General in 2004, he stood up and commanded the Military Intelligence Readiness Command (MIRC), a nation-wide organization, and the first of its kind functional intelligence command in the Army Reserve. Other key assignments included Deputy Chief of Staff for Intelligence, U.S. Army Reserve Command, two brigade commands, commander of a regional, Reserve Component intelligence production and training facility, and serving in a special mission unit. He is known as a Subject Matter Expert in AC/RC integration, particularly in the intelligence community, and for creative, unconventional solutions to optimize limited resources across an enterprise. From May to August 2004, he served as the Deputy Executive Director for the Independent Panel to Review DoD Detention Operations, and recently served as Director of Analysis and then Executive Director for the National Commission on the Structure of the Air Force. Major General Schumacher is a 1974 graduate of the United States Military Academy, holds a Master of Education from Texas Tech University, and is a 1998 U.S. Army War College graduate.
Lincoln Kyle Gregory Field was born Feb 1, 2014 in Montgomery, Alabama. He is the son of MAJ Damon Gregory Field (USAF) and Sara Alyssa Schumacher Field. Lincoln has lived in three states since his birth – Alabama, Kansas, and now Virginia. He is accomplished at sorting and loves music. He sings and carries a great tune, although you sometimes can’t understand the words. He keeps busy watching and learning from his older sisters, Ella and Quinn. Lincoln loves God and America and has great respect for the Founding Fathers, the Declaration, and the Constitution…… he just doesn’t know it yet.
David Marshall Messick, Jr. was born in Warrenton, Va. July 8, 1949 - Raised in Midland and graduated from Fauquier High School 1967. Attended Northern Virginia Community College and various flight schools. Married Margie Jenkins of Culpeper and therefore have resided in Culpeper with her for 38 years. We have one Son: David IV (Mickey) and two daughters Kathryn and Laura. Each of the three have a son and a daughter giving us three grand sons and three grand daughters. Holder of an Airline Transport Pilot Certificate I was a corporate pilot for over thirty years. Retired as Chief Pilot for Omni Services (holding company of Rental Uniform Services). in 2001 when the company was sold. Flight Department consisted of four aircraft. In 1986 while employed full time as a pilot I founded Blue Ridge Coach Lines, Inc. a charter bus and tour company. I currently own and operate this company which has a stellar reputation and is the oldest company of it's type in the area. I have a great rewarding hobby of coin collecting having been encouraged by my son Mickey to get involved with him quite a few years ago. He has thus far beat me on hitting on the rarest gold coin. I have strong conservative and Christian values attending and a member of Thoroughfare Bible Church in Madison County.
David Marshall "Mickey" Messick, IV, was born and raised in Culpeper VA. Lived here all my life except a brief period where we lived in Newnan, GA from 2005-2012. Graduated from Fredericksburg Christian High School with an advanced diploma and went on to attend Bob Jones University in Greenville SC. I graduated from their Business and Commercial Aviation program with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration, and also earned all my FAA pilot certificates and ratings.
After graduating Bob Jones University I was hired at Atlantic Coast Airlines where I was a first officer from 2001-2005. When they went out of business I was hired at ExpressJet Arlines in 2005, I am currently employed at ExpressJet as a Captain on the CRJ-700/900 Series aircraft. I volunteer with the Department of Homeland Security as a Federal Flight Deck Officer.
I hold an Airline Transport Pilot certificate and am also a current Flight Instructor with Instrument and Multi-engine instructor ratings.
I most enjoy spending time with my wife of 13 years Amy and our two children Abigail (6) and William (2). Some of my hobbies include golf, fishing, hunting, shooting sports and coin collecting with my Dad. I am a member of the NRA and the Garand Collectors Association. I am also a very active Member at Family Community Church in Culpeper.
William James Messick was born in Culpeper VA and is a very active and playful 2 year old. He enjoys playing with his sister and watching Curious George on TV. His favorite thing is Tractors but he likes just about anything with wheels that make lots of noise.
MG (Ret) Schumacher served in Afghanistan and was presented the SAR War Service Medal with Afghanistan Bronze Bar for that service.
Two compatriots, Jim Lillard and Lance Lyngar, received pins for their 10 years of service to the CMM and the SAR.
Awards Chairman Lance Lyngar presented Certificates of Appreciation to Gar Schulin and Ben Works for their significant contributions to the chapter over the past year.
Four members who have served the chapter well over many years were recognized with the Roger Sherman Medal: LLarry Alexander, Jim Bayne, Len Cowherd, and Lance Lyngar,
CMM President Bill Schwetke selected Jim Lillard for this year's Chapter Distinguished Service Medal, awarded for providing exceptional support to the president during the year. Second awards of this medal are not allowed.
Secretary Jake Lay received the CMM Gold Medal to recognize his years of service to the CMM in many capacities.
After lunch the CMM conducted a business meeting, with the most important business being the election of chapter officers for 2016. The following were elected by acclamation.
CMM OFFICERS FOR 2016
PRESIDENT - BILL SCHWETKE
1ST VICE PRESIDENT - JERRY HUBBARD
2ND VICE PRESIDENT - JIM LILLARD
SECRETARY - TOM HAMILL
TREASURER - BILL MUTZIGER
REGISTRAR - BILL SCHWETKE
CHAPLAIN - LEN COWHERD
HISTORIAN - BEN WORKS
Revolutionary War Military Service Presented to Culpeper County Middle School 6th Grade History Classes
20 Nov 2015 Culpeper, VA
Today three members of the CMM talked to the 6th grade history students at Culpeper County Middle School about the three levels of military service from Virginia in the Revolutionary War: Militia, Minuteman, and Continental Army. The uniforms/clothing worn by each, some of the equipment, and the relevant flags were explained. Bill Schwetke covered the Colonial Militia, Independent Companies, and Patriot Militia; Lon Lacey talked about the minute service; and Don Jennings spoke about the soldiers of the Continental Army. Well over one hundred students and teachers attended the presentation and we have been asked back for next semester.
18 Nov 2015 Rixeyville, VA
At the Monthly Meeting of the Little Fork Volunteer Fire & Rescue Company CMM Treasurer Don Jennings, assisted by prospective member Lindsay Schaff (a former member of the Little Fork Company), presented a 1775 Culpeper Minutemen Battle Flag to the Little Fork Volunteers. These modern-day patriots are carrying on the tradition of the men of the Little Fork Community who volunteered in 1775 and served with the Culpeper Minutemen under a flag like the one we presented to them today. Presentation of these replica battle flags to deserving organizations has been a chapter initiative for the past two years.
12 Nov 2015 Warrenton, VA
At the Fauquier County Board of Supervisors meeting on Thursday evening the CMM awarded the Emergency Medical Commendation Medal to Battalion Chief Natasha Randall of the Fauquier County Department of Fire, Rescue and Emergency Management. Past President Gar Schulin represented the chapter making the award.
8 Nov 2015 Culpeper, VA
Today Don Jennings, Ben Works, and Bill Schwetke spent the afternoon in front of the Culpeper Walmart soliciting applications for the Culpeper Minutemen License Plate. Over 75 applications were passed out with a lot of favorable responses. A Culpeper Star-Exponent reporter took our picture so we anticipate press coverage. The weather was pleasant, the reception was warm, and it appears we made some headway in getting this historic license plate approved.
7 Nov 2015 Warrenton, VA
The Culpeper Minutemen Chapter SAR and the Fauquier Court House Chapter NSDAR co-hosted a Genealogy Workshop today. 27 volunteers from both chapters and 31 attendees listened to Genealogist General John Sinks talk during lunch on "Who Was a Culpeper Minuteman?" and attended eight sessions on various genealogy topics, including one on "SAR Requirements and Resources" by Virginia Society Registrar Mike Taimi.
Five door prizes were provided by Family Tree DNA and Ancestry.com. Family Tree DNA also provided all who attended a $30 discount on their most popular tests. All attendees were provided a free continental breakfast and a hot lunch. The workshop has been held on the first Saturday in November for several years by the Fauquier Court House Chapter, and this is the first year that the Culpeper Minutemen Chapter has co-hosted.
CMM participants included Larry Alexander, Don Hollar, Jerry Hubbard, Lon Lacey, Bill Mutziger, and Bill Schwetke. Prospective members Doug Graves and Charles Jameson also attended. Several attendees also picked up license plate applications.
Compatriots and Friends:
This month I will repeat a story I used over two years ago, which is appropriate for today:
In the spring of 1775 a Connecticut farmer called together his three adult sons for a father-son talk and said: “We shall have war; this country will not long endure the tyranny of England, and one of you must enlist in the service of your country. You Daniel, cannot go, for you have a sick wife and seven children dependent upon you. Nor you James, for you are subject to falling sickness fits. The lot falls upon you Asa, and your brothers must support your family while you are gone.”
Asa Lay would act upon his father’s instructions as soon as the news of the battle at Lexington and Concord was received, and remain on active service until the last day of that war. The tales of his service are extraordinary. Notably, years after the war, General George Washington met Asa’s son, who had worked on a carved set of teeth for the general. Upon hearing that he was the son of Asa Lay, General Washington asked him to “Give my love to your father; I knew him well; he was a brave man.” That was very high praise from one remarkable man to another. Of course you have discerned that Captain Asa Lay is the ancestor of our own Jake Lay.
Jake and his brothers Dominic and Francis have served the Culpeper Minutemen Chapter in a manner that would have made even Asa proud. Jake has served many years as our secretary; Dominic and Francis served in many offices, including chapter president. I hold them up as an example for what the chapter now needs. In the next few days Lance Lyngar, chairman of our nominations committee, and I, will be calling some of you to ask that you volunteer some of your time to our chapter. I hope you will be inspired by the Lay family and step forward, we need you.
There are also several tasks in the next couple months that need volunteers: the License Plate Project, and the Genealogy Workshop. If you are able, please step forward to help. You will, I hope, be pleased to find new members backing you - we inducted four in October and have nine ready for induction in November.
Bill Schwetke, President
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