Monthly Archives: May 2014

AKIMA / LOGMET Contract Update


AKIMA LOGMET Contract Negotiation Team attended negotiation preperations training at the IAM&AW's Training Facility the Wimpingsinger Center: (L-R) Eugene Jemison,Joe Gould, Mark Mishler, Derek Blackburn and Vince Coston

AKIMA LOGMET Contract Negotiation Team attended negotiation preparations training at the IAM&AW’s Training Facility the Wimpingsinger Center: (L-R) Eugene Jemison, Joe Gould, Derek Blackburn, Mark Mishler, and Vince Coston

The Joint Base Andrews, IAM&AW Local 24, AKIMA / LOGMET contract negotiation committee has started meeting once a week in May 2014. We are currently reviewing our current AKIMA and LOGMET contracts to make sure we are getting our fair share of benefits. Contract negotiations should start with AKIMA July 7, 2014, and LOGMET negotiations will start a couple of weeks later.
Local 24 members provide the supplies for the military and the fuel for the jets on Joint Base Andrews.

Mark Mishler is the committee chairperson. The committee welcomes input from the membership.



Maryland Dept of Veterans Affairs

Did you know that Maryland has it’s own Department of Veterans Affairs?


The Veterans Service Program is concerned with veteran benefits. These include education, home loans, insurance, pensions, and compensation for service-related disabilities, as well as benefits for health care, burial, and surviving family members. Through the Program, the Department’s service centers advises, assists, and represents Maryland veterans, their dependents, and survivors seeking federal, State and local veteran benefits. It helps them develop, prepare, submit, and approve claims for these benefits enumerated by federal, State and local law. To achieve these purposes, veterans service centers operate throughout the State

Trained in veteran laws and regulations, Veterans Service officers present and prosecute claims before the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. They represent claimants by power-of-attorney through the adjudication and appellate processes.

If you live in Maryland and have questions about your VA benefits you may contact the;

Clayton Smith, Veterans Service Officer (301) 248-0463
Harriet Hunter Building, 6420 Allentown Road, Camp Springs, MD 20748

Memorial Day



Presidential Proclamation — Prayer for Peace, Memorial Day, 2014


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Constant in the American narrative is the story of men and women who loved our country so deeply they were willing to give their all to keep it safe and free. When a revolution needed to be won and our Union needed to be preserved, brave patriots stepped forward. When our harbor was bombed and our country was attacked on a clear September morning, courageous warriors raised their hands and said, “send me.” On the last Monday of each May, our Nation comes together to honor the selfless heroes who have defended the land we love and in so doing gave their last full measure of devotion.

Today, we pause to remember our fallen troops, to mourn their loss, and to pray for their loved ones. Though our hearts ache, we find a measure of solace in knowing their legacy lives on in the families our heroes left behind — the proud parents who instilled in their sons and daughters the values that led them to serve; the remarkable spouses who gave our Nation the person they cherished most in the world; and the beautiful children who will grow up with the knowledge that their mother or father embodied the true meaning of patriotism. To those we lost, we owe a profound debt that can never be fully repaid. But we can honor the fallen by caring for their loved ones and keeping faith with our veterans and their fellow brothers and sisters in arms.

The security that lets us live in peace, the prosperity that allows us to pursue our dreams, the freedom that we cherish — these were earned by the blood and the sacrifices of patriots who went before. This Memorial Day, as we near the end of more than a decade of war, let us never forget their service and always be worthy of the sacrifices made in our name. And today and every day, let us pray for and hold close the families of the fallen.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim Memorial Day, May 26, 2014, as a day of prayer for permanent peace, and I designate the hour beginning in each locality at 11:00 a.m. of that day as a time to unite in prayer. I also ask all Americans to observe the National Moment of Remembrance beginning at 3:00 p.m. local time on Memorial Day.

I request the Governors of the United States and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, officials of the other territories subject to the jurisdiction of the United States, and appropriate officials of all units of government, to direct that the flag be flown at half-staff until noon on this Memorial Day on all buildings, grounds, and naval vessels throughout the United States and in all areas under its jurisdiction and control. I also request the people of the United States to display the flag at half-staff from their homes for the customary forenoon period.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this twenty-third day of May, in the year of our Lord two thousand fourteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-eighth.