Chapter History

The History of Chapter 9

Background
The Association of Aviation Ordnancemen was established in June 1976 in San Diego, California. The second annual convention was held here in Jacksonville, Florida the following year, in June 1977. It was at this convention that discussions were first held on the feasibility of establishing localized chapters within the Association. Based on that affirmative decision, by-laws were written, approved and accepted during the 1981 Reno, NV convention. Shortly thereafter, in late 1983, early 1984 the ORDIES in Jacksonville, FL applied for chapter status in the Association, and were approved in October 1984 as Chapter Nine.
Chapter 9 was formed in 1984 at NAS Cecil Field, Florida with a seminal membership of 47, comprised of members from NAS JAX, NAF/NS Mayport, and NAS Cecil Field. Our first president was CWO3 Dennis M. Yearty, Vice president AO2 Metcalf, Secretary  AOC Williams, Treasurer AO1 Sellers, and Board members LCDR (Ret.) Len Preston, AOCS Milam and AO1 Ross.
Current
Today we average over 30 members in attendance at our monthly meetings where professional training is conducted and host guest speakers are always invited. Beyond that an abundant supply of great sea stories are always in attendance. 
Over the years Chapter 9 has and continues to be in the forefront as it supports and supplies the National Association with outstanding leadership. Through the years Chapter 9 members have filled billets at the national level as President, on the Board of Directors, as the Newsletter Editor, on the Scholarship Foundation, serving on national committees, and inducted into the Association of Aviation Ordnancemen Hall of Fame.

Community Projects
Our quarterly Adopt-A-Highway Program, a 2 mile stretch on Blanding Road in Jacksonville, started in 2007 and continues to be one of our many community projects. Following each road clean up we hold a burger burn and invite all ORDIES in the area to join in for fun, food, beverages, and good fellowship.    
Recognizing the “Best of the Best” in the Jacksonville/Mayport area, Chapter 9 awards an AO of the Quarter award to the most outstanding AO1/AO2  deserving  of this covered award as recommended by his/her command. This award started in 1990 and continues to be active today. 
Some other worthwhile projects include:

Our Hand-Up Thanksgiving/Christmas food baskets to local AO families in the Jax/Mayport area.
Scholarship Fund donations made to the National Scholarship Foundation in memory of CDR Floyd English, USN deceased.

Taste of Home donations to help pay for “care packages” sent to encourage and support our “Tip of the Spear” ORDIES who are forward deployed.

Support of the First Coast HonorAir organization that raises funds to fly NE Florida World War II veterans to Washington DC to view/visit the World War II Memorial. Many of whom have never before had this opportunity and would not, if not for this find organization.

JROTC Programs were initiated in 2009 when the board of directors voted for the chapter to become more involved with our local high school JROTC programs. LT Jack Elrod, USN/Ret. developed a leadership award (named in honor of CDR Floyd English) to recognize the cadet who exhibits the best leadership qualities in their unit.  We award 13 per year, one to each high school with a JROTC program. We also started a nationwide JROTC Rifle shoot contest where we collect the targets; grade each and provide the winning teams with medals and certificates recognizing their efforts. 
 
Chapter Website (www.aao9.com) was started in 2005 and has developed into one of the best chapter websites within the Association.
 
Meeting Times and Location
1900 hours
3rd Thursday each month
Fleet Reserve Association, Branch 91
5391 Collins Road
Jacksonville, Florida