Silicon Valley Chapter (Santa Clara, CA) 

October 2009 - The Silicon Valley Chapter (SVC) helped sponsor, with a cash donation, a combined home coming and family day event for the 6045th Garrison Support Unit and two of its subordinate MP Companies and the 381st MP Det. that just returned from Iraq, at Moffett Federal Air Field, Mountain View, Calif.

Silicon Valley set up a recruiting and information booth that was manned during the day by Phil Stage, Dave Appling and Gene and Judi Rafanelli. Several hundred people were engaged during the time in the booth.

Speakers at the event included: Zoe Lofgren, member of congress; MG Rob Ostenberg, Cdr. 63d RRC - SVC member; LTC Joel Mjolsness, Cdr, 6045th - SVC member; MG Ron Markarian - in his Army Reserve Ambassador role; the mayor of Mountain View; the Veterans Administration POC for Santa Clara County and a plethora of others. Seventeen veterans’ organizations were represented from the Santa Clara County area, all with information on how they support the troops.

Resolutions and letters came from the governor, state assembly, local mayors and council members, and members of congress. Dave Appling and MG Rob Ostenberg presented AUSA awards to the unit commanders of the returning units, all part of the 63d RRC.

SVC also promoted the 5/10k race it has scheduled for the area in April of 2005.

This was an outstanding, all day event where the key commanders participating were members of SVC and recognized SVC and AUSA for their contribution.