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  • 15 May 2019 11:08 AM | David Kenney (Administrator)

    JOIN NOW!  and get this exclusive offer - a 6 X 15 vinyl decal that will look GREAT on the rear window of your vehicle, or where-ever you'd like to put it! 

    Don't wait until they're gone!    Join Now and we'll send you this as a FREE GIFT!

    * The decal is white with a clear base so will look best on a dark background. 

  • 20 Feb 2019 11:13 AM | Thomas Tramantano (Administrator)

    USS America Carrier Veteran’s Assoc. Inc.

    Next

    Board of Director's Meeting

    will be held on

    October 5, 2019

    10:30am

    at the

    HILTON GARDEN INN ALBANY AIRPORT

    800 Albany Shaker Road

    Albany, NY 12211

    room rate of $112 w/breakfast when using code G12


  • 27 Jan 2019 1:43 PM | Thomas Tramantano (Administrator)

    PLANKOWNER AND CREWMEMBER PLAQUES

    $25

    These Plaques are available to Plankowners and Former Crewmembers of the USS AMERICA, 

    who are members of the CVA. 

    The Plaques feature the ship name USS America CVA 66 and Plankowner or Crewmember engravings.

    The Steel is from elevator #1 of the USS America.

    To order your plaque, contact Walt Waite  the Director of Marketing

     


  • 03 Jan 2019 7:29 AM | Thomas Tramantano (Administrator)

    The USS America Carrier Veteran’s Assoc.

    is proud to announce

    REUNION 2020

    will be held in

    WARWICK, RHODE ISLAND

    September 15, - 19, 2020

    at the

    CROWNE PLAZA

    Providence - Warwick



  • 26 Oct 2018 3:10 PM | Thomas Tramantano (Administrator)


    Thank you, Eddie Colon, Peter Schmid, Eddie Bergstrom, Paul Farrugia, Anthony Cattone, Ray Diaz, John Saucier, John Stevens, Hal Vandermark, Skip Torres, Michael SpataroJoe Brill, Guy Frazier, Bob Hansen,  Walter Waite, Tom Tramantano, Carl Mottern and Ed Waite for helping keep America's spirit alive today in the

    NYC Veteran's Day Parade.


  • 28 Aug 2017 11:41 AM | David Kenney (Administrator)

    Now Hear This....

    The application for the USS AMERICA SCHOLARSHIP for the 2018-2019 school year is available NOW! Go to the Scholarship Page for more information and to download the scholarship form.

     

  • 27 Jun 2017 8:43 AM | Thomas Tramantano (Administrator)

    2019   WE HAVE A WINNER!   2019  

    The winner of this year’s CVA Scholarship is Natalie Fleshman

    Grand Daughter of  LCDR Thomas E. Duke, Sr.

    VAW 124

    1972-1973 / 1974

    Congratulations Natalie

    and best of luck


    The USS AMERICA CARRIER VETERAN’S ASSOCIATION, INC. (CVA) IS PROUD TO ANNOUNCE THAT ONCE AGAIN WE WILL BE OFFERING A $1000.00 SCHOLARSHIP TO A HIGH SCHOOL SENIOR WHO IS THE CHILD OR GRANDCHILD OF A CVA MEMBER, WHO SERVED ABOARD THE USS AMERICA.

    APPLICATIONS WILL BE AVAILABLE IN SEPTEMBER

    FOR THE 2020 - 2021

    SCHOOL YEAR

    Contact Director of Public Affairs

    Eddie Colon

    mailto:eddie.colon711@gmail.com


  • 02 Mar 2015 10:31 PM | David Kenney (Administrator)

    **From our friends at the FRA **

    There is a new bill that has been introduced that will help thousands of Vietnam Veterans in their fight for recognition to the exposure to Agent Orange.  The House bill, H.R 969  “The Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act of 2015” has been presented and is currently under review.  This bill is to clarify presumptions relating to the exposure of the “Blue Water Navy” veterans who served in the Territorial Waters of the Republic of Vietnam to Agent Orange. 

    If you wish to read the bill as introduced, go here: http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/z?d114:hr969

    History:  prior to 2002, any veteran who received the “Vietnam Service” medal was granted presumptive exposure to the 14 diseases associated with Agent Orange exposure.  In 2002, the Veterans Administration changed the rules.  It now requires the veteran to have set foot on Vietnam soil or had been on patrol on the inland waterways in order to qualify for presumptive exposure to the Agent Orange.

    We're asking that you contact your Congressman asking for their support of this very important bill.

    The process is pretty simple, just follow these steps:

    On internet explorer, you need to type in, or click:  http://www.fra.org/ this is for the Fleet Reserve Association.

    1.       Click on “Advocacy”, and then click on “Action Center”.

    2.       Scroll down until you find “Support Blue Water/Agent Orange Legislation, (H.R. 969)”.  Click on H.R. 969.

    a.        Scroll down and enter your zip code where it says “Take Action Now”.  Click on GO!

    b.      Scroll down and enter the requested information, i.e. Name and Sender Information.

    c.       Confirm the box is checked that says “Remember Me”. This will help you if you go back in at a later date for Senate bill updates.

    d.      Uncheck the box that says “Sign me up for the Action E-List.

    e.      Click Send Message.

    This bill states “Blue Water Navy Veterans", but also encompasses Marines, Army and Air Force personnel that were stationed aboard a Navy vessel in the Territorial waters of the Republic of Vietnam.

    If you have not signed up for Veteran’s email, go to http://vnvets.blogspot.com sign up for alerts on information concerning Veteran’s issues.

    That’s it! Thank you in advance for assisting our Veterans in getting this bill passed!

  • 18 Oct 2014 7:40 PM | Thomas Tramantano (Administrator)

    The 

    USS AMERICA LHA 6

    is now in Commission

    On 11 Oct 2014

    Members of the CVA were present to witness her commissioning.

     

    Afterwards several members of the CVA's Board of Directors had the honor of

    sailing with her to San Diego.

     

    We are happy to say the AMERICA's spirit is alive and well.

    The crew is a hand picked group of sailors who are all at the top of their rates.

    They all showed us a great deal of respect and allowed us free roam of the ship.

    Captain Hall made sure to do a head count of us to make sure no one stowed away.

    While it is a different Navy from when we served, it is something to very proud of.

     

     

  • 11 Jul 2014 11:35 AM | Thomas Tramantano (Administrator)

    PASCAGOULA, Miss. (NNS) -- The future amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6) departed in commission without ceremony from Ingalls Shipbuilding in Pascagoula, Miss., July 11 in transit to its homeport of San Diego.

    America is scheduled to be formally commissioned during a ceremony in San Francisco, California Oct. 11, witnessed by the friends and family of the ship's 1,100 plankowners. The Navy officially accepted delivery of the ship from Ingalls Shipbuilding during a ship custody transfer ceremony, April 10.

    America earned commission status after the crew successfully completed the light-off assessment, anti-terrorism force protection certification and crew certification. These are the three major inspections needed before a U.S. Navy warship can get underway for the first time.
                 
    "This is the beginning, but we have a long way to go," said Capt. Robert A. Hall Jr., America's commanding officer, to his crew during an all hands call. "You guys make the foundation. What we do from this point forward will dictate the kind of ship America's going to be, and I'm excited to get out there and introduce her to the fleet."

    America is scheduled to transit U.S. Southern Command's area of responsibility (AOR) throughout the next couple months. During the transit, referred to as "America Visits the Americas," the ship will engage in cooperative maritime security operations with partner nations in order to maintain access, enhance interoperability and build enduring partnerships that foster regional security in the AOR. In addition, America will embark more than 300 Marines assigned to Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force (SPMAGTF) South.

    The ship will visit Colombia, Brazil, Chile, Peru as well as Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba while also conducting engagements with other valued partners in the AOR. These nations are valued friends and partners and the visits to these ports will enhance these partnerships. During these port visits, the ship's military and civilian crew may have the opportunity to experience the rich culture of their host nation and to serve as goodwill ambassadors. Additionally many of America's Sailors and Marines will have the chance to volunteer for enhancement projects at local schools, orphanages, and other facilities.

    America is the first ship of its class, replacing the Tawara-class of amphibious assault ships. As the next generation "big-deck" amphibious ship, America is optimized for aviation, capable of supporting current and future aircraft such as the tilt-rotor MV-22 Osprey and F-35B Joint Strike Fighter.

    U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command / U.S. 4th Fleet and U.S. Marine Forces South support U.S. Southern Command's joint and combined military operations by employing maritime forces in cooperative maritime security operations in order to maintain access, enhance interoperability, and build enduring partnerships in order to enhance regional security and promote peace, stability, and prosperity in the Caribbean, Central and South American regions.

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