FISH Helps Celebrate Army’s 239th Birthday; Supports Attendance of Wounded Soldiers and Begins Work With Army's Intellectual Center to Initiate Series of Heroes Dinners

Reported by Rich Curasi, COL, USA (Ret), FISH VP and Secretary

FISH Founder and Chairman Paul Chapa, VP/Secretary Rich Curasi, and Ambassadors Celeste Fry and James Wilson attended the Army Birthday Celebration (ABC) Saturday night, 14 June 2014, at the Westin Crown Center in Kansas City, MO. The Guest of Honor and Speaker was Lieutenant General (LTG) Robert Brown, Commander of the US Army Combined Arms Center (CAC) and Fort Leavenworth. 

This was the second year that FISH has participated organizationally in this event: sponsoring a table, supporting food and lodging for Wounded Soldiers from Ft. Riley, KC, and providing general support-in-kind. The Greater Kansas City Chapter of the Association of the US Army – of which FISH is a Corporate Member, The Henry Leavenworth Chapter and the Topeka, KS Chapter co-host the event, always deeply moving and patriotic, the largest gathering of its kind west of the Mississippi River. 

We met with LTG Brown, his deputy, Mr. Kirby Brown, and his Chief of Staff to re-energize our efforts to hold the first Army-related Heroes Dinner at Ft. Leavenworth, the Intellectual Center of the Army, and the door to all of the other schools and training centers in the Army. Our original plans to hold it last October were set aside as a result of sequestration and the overall government shutdown.  However, like the warriors we support, FISH is resilient and adaptive -- and our efforts and intent are appreciated and respected. CAC’s new commander, LTG Brown recognized the initiative immediately and invited us in with open arms. This is important.

We thank the readers and supporters in our growing community for recognizing the value of these events to the Heroes we pledge to support. Our mission is to unite the Food Industry as THE team to address our Heroes’ unmet needs – growing in number and scope each day.

It takes work and resources to achieve such a level of recognition and commitment. We have set a high standard with our efforts with the United States Marine Corps, on both coasts, and with the Army here in the Heartland. 

We must team up within our industry but also with our readers and supporters in the FISH community to establish an even stronger presence, and to identify FISH with solution sets that support to our military – active, reserve component, retired and veterans. FISH must become better known and more deeply and broadly involved. We must be as proactive and collaborative as possible. Our Board of Directors will be pleased to work with anyone in our community to identify organizations or individuals in your respective locations with whom contact would be productive.

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