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Web Reader Note - This Letter Is In Reference To The Candidate's Memo Announcement To Members Of His Intent To Run For National Commmander

 

From:  Daniel SanKoff – Past National Membership Officer – 2001-2007

                                         Current Adjutant  CO”A” 2001- to present

 To: All CIA Members

Subj: CIB A SPECIAL REQUEST TO ALL CIA MEMBERS

MEMBERS OF THE COMBAT  INFANTRYMEN’S ASSOCIATION. This is an ELECTION year for  A NEW NATIONAL COMMANDER OF THE CIA.  Since 2005 I have asked the majority  of you for your support in Electing our candidates to this position AND you have given your support to them. Our CO”A” here in Fort Myers, Florida in the past years. Has provided three (3) members who have served as National Commanders in the past years. Today I want to introduce you to our 4th Candidate from CO”A” SW/FLA  who would like to serve as our NATIONAL COMMANDER of the CIA. Most of you are cquainted with or have seen his name under NATIONAL STAFF OFFICERS these past few years, it is NICK HUBBELL who is presently the Chief of Staff.

We just cannot let this other person who wants to be the Commander of this  Elite Organization get elected. ‘ IF “ THAT HAPPENS, THE CIA DAYS WILL BE NUMBERED/ There are many of us who have worked to hard thru the years to let that happened.

PLEASE VOTE WHEN YOUR BALLOT ARRIVES. I ask you  AGAIN, for your SUPPORT FOR NICK HUBBELL

Below is a condensed resume for our NICK HUBBELL, a full depth report by Nick  will appear in the next issue of the Blue Badge. Re-capping, we need a well versed, knowledgeable person with skills and leadership to lead the CIA forward. This will happen with your vote for Nick Hubbell.

A reminder that in order to be able to VOTE your Membership Dues must be paid up do date. ANNUAL DUES ARE NOW DUE JAN-MAR.   THE FUTURE OF THE CIA will continue, only  with Nick Hubbell as the National Commander.

NICK HUBBEL CANDIDACY MEMO:

The purpose of this memorandum is to officially announce my candidacy for National Commander of the Combat Infantryman Association. I believe that my many years in the Army and in the highest levels of federal civil service give me unique skills to support the members of this association and to lead it for 2015 to 2017.

I am 67 years old and retired from the US Army Reserve and federal civil service. For the last two and a half years, I served this association as the National Chief of Staff for both the previous/current National Commanders. I am a member of A/1/1 FL, located in Ft Myers, Florida. I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management from the University of Maryland and, in 2014, completed a six-month course of instruction on the Microsoft Office suite. I am a graduate of the Army Command and General Staff College and many other senior level school/courses. I am also a qualified Inspector General, a Public Affairs Officer and a certified police officer in the state of New York.

I served in the active Army from 1966 to 1970. I enlisted in 1966 and graduated from OCS in 1967. I served two tours in Viet Nam as a platoon leader, first with the 101st and second with the 173d. After Viet Nam, I served in Special Forces (SF) at Ft Bragg, NC. I left active duty in 1970 to attend college. I joined the USAR and served 27 years eventually retiring as a colonel of Special Forces. I have commanded at the company, SF detachment and battalion level. I also commanded a brigade in the 78th Division. My last assignment was as the reserve component DCSOPS for the Army Special Operations Command. My awards include: the CIB, Master Parachutist Badge, Pathfinder Badge, Air Assault Badge, Special Forces Tab, and Canadian Parachutist Badge.

My Federal Civil Service spans from: 1971 to 2008. I have served as an Army Reserve Technician, Public Affairs Officer for the Army Recruiting Command, and Inspector General at various Army test agencies. My last assignment was as the Director of Operations for the Army Evaluation Center as a GS-15. I also worked as the Vice-President for Homeland Defense and National Security for BCP International, a defense contractor in the Washington DC area. I supported the Army G3/5/7 at HQDA and HQ USMC.

If elected, my priorities will be to conduct an independent audit of all national funds. I will initiate a top down review of national activities to ensure all actions support the divisions and are in concert with the established bylaws. I will ensure National HQ is re-instated as a 501 ( c ) 19. During the period 2011,2012, 2013, required IRS forms were not forwarded and, as a result, the IRS rescinded HQ’s tax-exempt status. I will use the chain of command and work directly with the division commanders. National HQ will become the “umbrella organization” for the association and will be “value added” for the CIA. I will increase the use of computers to lessen the administrative load on all elements of the association. We will conduct periodic video teleconferencing (VTC) between national and the divisions. We will make use of all social media to get the message out to younger holders of the CIB. I will leverage my membership in various veterans groups to get our message out and to find out what works in their organizations. Together, we will make the CIA relevant for all our members.

To recap, I believe that I am a viable candidate for the position of National Commander. I have the experience gained through years of military service, combat time and higher level staff actions in both the Army and federal civil service. I am well versed in the use of computers and will help us move forward into the 21st century. I am able to present my ideas verbally and in writing. I can do so with a minimum of grammatical and spelling errors. You will have no trouble understanding when and where I want to lead us. I can only do that if I have your support and cooperation. I am requesting your vote. Working together, we can make the association even better. Please look at my more in-depth biography and plans in the next issue of the Blue Badge.

NICK HUBBELL

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Web Reader Note - This Letter Is In Reference To The Candidate's Biography Letter To
All Members & Replicated In The January 2015 Blue Badge

From: "Earl Kennedy"


I am requesting that my letter to this candidate be placed on the website. I have not received an answer to any of these questions and it has been two months since I requested an answer-Sincerely-Earl Kennedy-Past National Commander and present 5 year Trustee.


Dear Jim; I salute your service to our nation. Now let us look at your momentous political agenda and examine the ability to succeed within a short two year period:

(1) By law changes would be needed for several of your proposals, these alone can take a year or longer to complete.

(2) Stating that you will add all of these volunteer positions is easy however in reality finding the right people who will work is not easy.Presently there are several open positions in the association not being filled.

(3)Each DMZ has already been given the right to form a scholarship committee are you going to force them?

4)You are lucky to get a quorum for 11 voting exec board members at a meeting. If you go to 15 you will not be able to conduct business.

(5) Trustees when working provide this service why build more government?

(6) I agree that better flag an equipment management is needed when Commanders cannot keep up with this task.

(7)A scholarship officer would do what and how since the DMZs are in control and do not need National oversite. Just another needle in your large haystack .

(8) A CIA calendar is overkill when veterans already receive dozens of calendars in the mail and the younger ones now use their Ipods. The cost of the calendar and the good estimated profit would need to be evaluated not just guessed at?

(9) You are stating that you will cut a units dues share in order to publish and mail the BB four times per year. We have lost thousands of dollars on this concept in the past and now we are electronic. You are going backward in an electronic society and you have not even considered that address change alone is a huge problem in mailing the BB. We were losing $10,000 per year on Blue Badges laying in post offices when I took over the bankrupt organization in 2009.All modern organizations are going electronic to save dollars.

(10)Selecting a convention site is a professional necessity not a political agenda being made by those who do not understand the financing etc.member input is considered at every convention during the business meeting

(11)Members of the executive board already furnish this information if it is not typed in that is another admin failure.

(12)Approval of new bylaw changes do not require 30 days only an electronic vote by the executive board and the subsequent change to the bylaws while maintaining all emails and records backing up such vote. This is already in the bylaws Jim. Perhaps you should read and understand them before bringing it up as something new that you will do.

(13)Electing executive board members would require a bylaw change and further complicate your haystack with lost needles. Why change something that works presently just because you are writing a political agenda for a two year position. You will leave the future COS a nightmare when they are presently already overwhelmed with administrative duties.As a matter of fact one has even admitted he is overwhelmed and has gone back to work full time.(14)These are already appointed so why write about it?

(15)You are losing DMZs so explain how you will increase them in detail not just politically.Also explain how you will secure the funds and meet the IRS requirements. You need more than another committee to get this right.

(16)You only have a budget to work with but ironically you have not even mentioned as to how you will manage this important issue? Now lets ask some non-political questions about you determination to run.

(1) Will age and health be a negative factor

(2)Explain your past lawsuit against the association in detail

(3)Explain what action you took in Washington State while you were the local CO which caused the unit to become negative toward you and you yourself to stop attending meetings.

(4)Explain what causes you to simply stop communicating with people for weeks at a time when you do not get your way. Is this what a good CO does?

(5)Please give your business background and successes since leaving the confines of the army environment

(6) What is your educational level?

(7)How will you handle the numerous members and entire divisions who will leave the organization if you become commander?

(8)Please explain your most recent support for a known stolen valor member of this association whom everyone else was in favor of removing but not you?-

Finally- you were and still are an excellent recruiter but this is also clouded by your past admissions written on the record.You resigned shortly before completing your last tour a few days prior to the end date of the tour by an email to the present CO. Will you request the exec board to overturn this bylaw requirement so you can legally run?

Earl Kennedy-Past National Commander /Finance Officer and present 5 year trustee.


Original Letter Published in Blue Badge Biography – Former Deputy Commander James Bourgeois

 

Subject: MESSAGE TO ANOUNCE MY  DECISION TO BE CONSIDERED FOR NATIONAL COMMANDER 

 

I have evaluated my decision and I believe it is time for me  to ASK THE MEMBERS of our ASSOCIATION  to let me step up to the next level of leadership in our great ORGANIZATION as the NATIONAL COMMANDER. I have completed five years as the NATIONAL DEPUTY COMMANDER..I believe that the decision to select me as the next NATIONAL COMMANDER is up to you the VOTING member of our ASSOCIATION. There are several items  you     may need to know about me to consider electing me as the next NATIONAL COMMANDER.

I have been married to me wife for 57 years.We have a son(a veteran) who is a POLICE LT.Our daughter is the ADMINISTRATION SUPERVISOR of the I CORPS COMMANDER.(her husband is a veteran) Grandson is an ARMY CAPTAIN..I was a career NON COMMISION OFFICER.I retired from UNITED ARMY as a INFANTRY  COMMAND SERGEANT MAJOR.I have served in COMBAT as a INFANTRY SQUAD LEADER,INFANTRY PLATOON SERGEANT,INFANTRY FIRST SERGEANT and INFANTRY COMMAND SERGEANT MAJOR.All my duties on ACTIVE MILITARY DUTIES  were in the INFANTRY.I served in COMBAT in the KOREAN WAR and VIETNAM.I am a member of the following MILITARY ASSOCIATIONS,FIRST USMC DIVISION ASSOCIATION,THIRD INFANTRY DIVISION ASSOCIATION,ABN ASSOCIATION,INFANTRY ASSOCIATION,32 INFANTRY  REGT ASSOCIATION,7th INFANTRY REGIMENT ASSOCIATION,25th INFANTRY DIVISION  ASSOCIATION,10th MOUNTAIN DIVISION ASSOCIATION,AMVETS,DAV,PURPLE HEART ASSOCIATION,AMERICAN LEGION,NORTH WEST CHAPTER(OP 63)OF THIRD INFANTRY DIVISION  VIET NAM VETERAN of AMERICA.24th INFANTRY DIVISION ASSOIATION,AMERICAL DIVISIOIN ASSOICIATION,29 DIVISION ASSOCIATION,7th INFANTRY DIVISION ASSOCIATION,83rd DIVISION ASSOCIATION,NATIONAL  SERGEANT MAJOR ASSOCIATION.You need to look at my ACCONPLISHMENT  as the COMBAT INFANTRYMEN'S NATIONAL DEPUTY COMMANDER .During the time as the NATIONAL DEPUTY COMMANDER I have found over 400 new members.IN FIVE YEARS I HAVE SENT TO NATIONAL OVER $80,000 IN DUES.Should you decide to selected me as the NATIONAL COMMANDER,you can expect me to work on the following

1.FORM A SCHOLARSHIP FUND PROGRAM.EACH DMZ WOULD SELECT A  PERSON TO RECEIVE A SCHOLARSHIP FUND.A COMMITTEE WOULD BE APPOINTED TO ORGANIZATION THE SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM.NATIONAL WOULD ONLY PROVIDE THE FUNDS TO THE DMZ FOR AWARD OF THE SCHOLARSHIP FUND IN EACH DMZ. 

 I BELIEVE THE EXECUTIVE BOARD SHOULD BE INCREASE TO 15 MEMBERS.THE NEW POSITION ARE AS FOLLOWS

 A.ADMINISTRATION INSPECTER,WHO WOULD  BE THE INSPECTOR GENERAL OF  

    THE ASSOCIATION(EYES AND EARS OF THE ASSOCIATION)

 B.SERGEANT AT ARMS. WOULD  BE IN CHARGE OF THE FLAGS OF THE

   NATIONAL ASSOCIATION AND KEEP AND MAINTAIN ALL THE NATIONAL

   FLAGS AND EQUIPMENT AND BE IN CHARGE TO INSURE ONLY QUALIFIED MEMBERS ARE AUTHORIZE TO BE AT THE GENERAL MEETING AT THE GENERAL CONVENTION.

 C. SCHOLARSHIP  OFFICER,WOULD  BE THE CHAIRPERSON OF THE SCHOLASHIP

    PROGRAM

 D. RECRUITMENT/RENEWAL   OFFICER WOULD  PUT TOGETHER THE PROGRAM TO LOOK  FOR NEW

    MEMBERS AT OR NEAR  ALL MILITARY POST.HE WOULD ALSO BE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE NATIONAL RENEWAL PROGRAM.

3.FORM A COMMITTEE TO CREATE AN ANNUAL  CIA CALENDER.THE SAME

  COMMITTEE WILL WORK TO CREATE A CIA NATIONAL ROSTER.THE DROP BOX ROSTER IS ALREADY FORM.EACH DMZ WOULD PROVIDE A PICTURE FOR THE CALENDER

IT IS MY EVALUATION AND BELIEVE STRONGLY  THE BLUE BADGE IS THE KEY TO KEEPING IN CONTACT WITH OUR MEMBERS.TO ACCOMPLISHE THE PUBLISHING OF THE BLUE BADGE QUARTERLY DUES OF NEW MEMBERS,DUES OF RENEWAL AND DONATIONS  IS THE KEY FOR FUNDS FOR PUBLISHING THE BLUE BADGE . I BELIEVE WE SHOULD CONSIDER TO  PUBLISH THE BLUE BADGE QUARTERLY.TO PUBLISH THE BLUE BADGE QUARTERLY I BELIEVE WE SHOULD CONSIDER  TO ADJUST THE DUES THAT LOCAL UNITS RECEIVE TO 40%.ADVERTISEMENT SHOULD  PROVIDE SOME OF THOSE DUES NECESSARY, DURING THE PAST FIVE YEARS I HAVE BEEN THE DRIVING FORCE IN THE DESIGN OF ADVERTIZEMENT IN SEVERAL SMALL NEWS PAPERS THRU OUT THE WORLD.WE SHOULD ADVERTIZE IN THE NATIONAL NEWS LETER OF AUSA ETC. WE NOW HAVE SEVERAL MEMBERS IN BELIGUM,CANADA,HOLLAND FRANCE AND ENGLAND

I BELIEVE THE MEMBERS AT THE NATIONAL GENERAL CONVENTION SHOULD SELECT THE LOCATION OF FUTURE CONVENTION SITES.

I BELIEVE THAT ALL MEMBERS OF THE EXECUTIVE BOARD WILL BE REQUIRED TO FURNISH TO A POSTAL ADDRESS,PHONE NUMBER AND E-MAIL FOR CONTACT BY THE MEMBERS

I WANT TO ASSURE ALL MEMBERS I AM A STRONG BELIEVER OF THE NATIONAL BY-LAWS,CONSTITUTION  AND THE EXECUTIVE BOARD.ALL DECISIOIN I WILL MAKE WILL BE AS IS STATED IN THE NATIONAL BY-LAWS.AND CONSTITUTION.ANY DECISION I WOULD BE REQUIRED TO MAKE NOT IN THE BY-LAWS WILL BE APPROVE BY THE NATIONAL  EXECUTIVE BOARD WITH IN 30 DAYS AND THE GENERAL MEMBERSHIP AT THE NEXT GENERAL MEETING FOR APPROVAL .I BELIEVE ALL MEMBERS OF THE EXECUTIVE BOARD SHOULD  RECEIVE SPECIFIC DUTIES.I AM A STRONG BELIEVER THAT  THE NATIONAL COMMANDER IS OF THE MEMBERS,BY THE MEMBERS AND FOR THE MEMBERS

I BELIEVE ALL MEMBERS OF THE EXECUTIVE BOARD SHOULD BE ELECTED BY MEMBERS.I BELIEVE THE MEMBERS OF THE EXECUTIVE SHOULD BE DIVIDED IN A GROUP OF OD AND EVEN YEARS.THE ONLY APPOINTED MEMBERS BY THE NATIONAL COMMANDER  OF THE EXECUTIVE BOARD SHOULD  BE IF THERE ARE NO VOLUNTEERS FOR THE POSITION.

I BELIEVE THE BLUE BADGE EDITOR, THE DATA BASE COMMANDER, THE NATIONAL FINANCE OFFICER  THE WEB-SITE MANAGER   AND THE NATIONAL MEMBERSHIP OFFICER SHOULD  BE AN APPOINTED POSITION DUE TO THE TECHNICAL REQUIREMENT OF THE POSITIONS

I BELIEVE WE SHOULD CONSIDER TO INCREASE THE DMZ (DIVISION MEMBERSHIP ZONE) TO SIXTEEN.TO ACCOMPLISH THIS A COMMITTEE NEEDS TO BE APPOINTED TO TO DO THE RESEARCH ON HOW TO ACCOMPLISH THIS REQUIREMENT

IT IS MY STRONG BELIEVE THAT THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION SHOULD CONSIDER GETTING  THE OFFICIAL  STREAMERS OF THE UNITED STATES ARMY.THE COST IS ABOUT $2000 WE  CAN LOOK FOR A DONATION THAT WILL BE IN PLACE IN A SPECIAL ACCOUNT (UNITED STATES ARMY STREAMERS)

IN CONCLUSION I WILL HONOR AND SUPPORT ANY OF OUR MEMBERS WHO IS SELECTER TO BE THE NATIONAL COMMANDER. I WANT TO LEAVE IN THE MIND OF ALL MEMBER WHO WILL VOTE,I BELIEVE THE FOLLOWING IS THE MISSION OF ALL MEMBER AND THE NATIONAL COMMANDER

 1,SUPPORT THE PUBLISHING OF THE BLUE BADGE QUARTERLY

 2,SUPPORT A STRONG  ADVERTISEMENT PROGRAM

 3.LOOK FOR NEW MEMBER AND THE RENEWAL OF MEMBERS

 4.SUPPORT  A  DMZ SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

 5.REORGANIZE  A CIA COIN FOR ACTIVE MEMBERS

I LEAVE THE VOTING TO YOU THE MEMBERS OF THE COMBAT INFANTRYMEN'S ASSOCIATION INC,

 

 

COMMAND SERGEANT MAJOR (RETIRED) JAMES A.BOURGEOIS PHONE 253 224 0817

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