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Craig W.C. Brown Exhibit Unveiled

CRAIG BROWN EXHIBIT UNVEILED AT ANNUAL MEETING 2019

Mrs. Margaret Goostray, widow of curator, Craig Brown, unveils a display of Prussian military artifacts in honor of her husband’s thirty-four years of service to the Museum of the First Corps of Cadets.  Mrs. Goostray also supported Craig’s generosity in bequeathing to the Museum the proceeds of the sale of his magnificent collection of military arms and artifacts at auction. The endowment established by the Board of Directors now funds The Craig W. C. Brown Curatorship.

Michelle Abrams
Mrs. Margaret Goostray Honored

MARGARET GOOSTRAY HONORED AT ANNUAL MEETING 2019

Margaret Goostray wears the Militia Legatus Award received at the VAFCC Annual Meeting, 7 April 2019. Widow of Craig W. C. Brown, curator of the First Corps of Cadets Museum for thirty-four years, Mrs. Goostray  was instrumental in the establishment of the endowment to fund the Craig W. C. Brown Curatorship in memoriam.

VAFCC president Gus Niewenhous presents the Gold Militia Legatus Award to Margaret Goostray with treasurer Edwin Stedman, curator Michelle Abrams, and Commander, 211th M. P. Battalion (FCC), LTC Bryan Pillai looking on.

VAFCC president Gus Niewenhous presents the Gold Militia Legatus Award to Margaret Goostray with treasurer Edwin Stedman, curator Michelle Abrams, and Commander, 211th M. P. Battalion (FCC), LTC Bryan Pillai looking on.

From left to right:  First row: Michelle Abrams, Craig W. C. Brown Curator; Gus Niewenhous, President VAFCC; Honoree Margaret Goostray; LTC Bryan Pillai, Commander, 211th MP Battalion (FCC); MAJ Anthony Artega, Executive Officer, 211th MP Battalion (FCC).  Back row: VAFCC Chaplain BG Richard Erikson; BOD Members: CPT Angela Cincis, COL Brett Conaway, CW3 Edwin Stedman, Chair Finance Committee Robert Soldani, MG Joseph Carter.

From left to right:

First row: Michelle Abrams, Craig W. C. Brown Curator; Gus Niewenhous, President VAFCC; Honoree Margaret Goostray; LTC Bryan Pillai, Commander, 211th MP Battalion (FCC); MAJ Anthony Artega, Executive Officer, 211th MP Battalion (FCC).

Back row: VAFCC Chaplain BG Richard Erikson; BOD Members: CPT Angela Cincis, COL Brett Conaway, CW3 Edwin Stedman, Chair Finance Committee Robert Soldani, MG Joseph Carter.

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Veterans Recognition Dinner 2018

On Sunday evening, November 18, the Veteran Association of the First Corps of Cadets held its 17th annual Veterans Recognition Testimonial Dinner at the Granite Links Golf Club in Quincy. Today’s Veterans Recognition Testimonial began as the “Greatest Generation” event on 28 July 2002, which focused on WWII veterans. Today, the few remaining veterans of WWII as well as the veterans of Korea and Vietnam are the honorees. This event continues to be uniquely meaningful  as families and friends gather to acknowledge and to express their thankfulness for the patriotism of often unsung heroes. The military biographies of the award recipients prepared by the secretary of the VAFCC Board of Directors, COL (MA) Dean Saluti, and his business partner and wife Marjorie Kahn are included below. Mr. Dirk Burrowes, President of Vytek Industrial Laser Systems, provided the granite, engraved testimonial plaques to the awardees.

 WWII

1LT Alan Golub

Korean War

MSG Robert P. Shaw

Vietnam War

CPT Dennis Driscoll

SP4 Edward V. Carson

SP5 T.G. Glen Mclachlan

SP5 John (Jack) McLachlan

SP4 Michael C. Nee

LCPL Patrick J. Nee

SP4 James T. Duggan

June Day 2018

FCC & VAFCC Support the

Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company (AHAC)

In the June Day Parade

On 4 June, soldiers from the 211th Military Police Battalion (FCC) and members of the VAFCC marched the streets of Boston from Fanueil Hall to Boston Common for AHAC’s drumhead election and Change of Command. The drumhead election has been a tradition since 1638. Events concluded at the Old South Church where departed members of AHAC were honored . Other historical units included personnel from the U.S.S. Constitution and the Washington Light Infantry from Charleston, S.C.  The new command and staff of AHAC were celebrated at a gala black-tie dinner that evening.

LTC Cipro, Commander, 211th MP BN, addresses unit members.

LTC Cipro, Commander, 211th MP BN, addresses unit members.

Commander and Color Guard, 21th MP BN (FCC), Prepare to March

Commander and Color Guard, 21th MP BN (FCC), Prepare to March

FCC at Attention as Parade Commences

FCC at Attention as Parade Commences

Formal Table Setting With Celebratory Brochure

Formal Table Setting With Celebratory Brochure

Michelle Abrams
Memorial Day 2018

Memorial Day

At the First Corps of Cadets Monument

Mt. Auburn Cemetery

On Memorial Day, March 28, 2018, the color guard of the 211th Military Police Battalion (First Corps of Cadets) joined members of the VAFCC in honoring the fallen members of the FCC in the annual wreath-laying ceremony at the Cadet monument. 

 

The Color Guard and VAFCC members line-up for the march to the monument.

The Color Guard and VAFCC members line-up for the march to the monument.

After comments, President Niewenhous calls for the playing of taps.

After comments, President Niewenhous calls for the playing of taps.

Chief Stedman, dressed in historic FCC dress uniform, assisted VAFCC senior member, Leonard Wolf, in laying the wreath. 

Chief Stedman, dressed in historic FCC dress uniform, assisted VAFCC senior member, Leonard Wolf, in laying the wreath. 

 

Michelle Abrams
Annual Meeting

2018 ANNUAL MEETING

The VAFCC held its annual meeting on a beautiful Sunday in Boston, 22 April 2018, with 62 members and guests in attendance. Among the guests were 10 ancestors of John Hancock, who served as commander of the Independent Company of Cadets in 1772. The family presented the Museum with a walking stick fabricated from timber in Hancock’s home. The family and other guests enjoyed a tour and then dinner with the membership. Cocktails and dinner began at 1500 hours and the meeting followed at approximately 1600 hours with President DiNardo in the chair. The membership read and approved the minutes of the semi-annual meeting of 22 October 2017 and reports were delivered following the Secretary’s agenda. Links to the reports are included below.

The highlight of the meeting was the election of the slate of officers, directors, and committee members recommended by the nominating committee:

President 2018-2020:                         Mr. Gus Niewenhous

1st Vice President 2018-2020:            COL Brett Conaway

2nd Vice President 2018-2020:           COL Thomas Finn

Secretary 2018-2020:                         COL (MA) Dean Saluti

Treasurer 2018-2020:                         CW3 Edwin Stedman

 

Director 2018-2020:                           MG (MA) Joseph Carter

Director 2018-2020:                           CSM William Davidson

Director 2018-2020:                           MAJ Christopher Cunningham

Director 2018-2020:                           CPT Angela Cincis

 

Prudential Committee 2018-2023:     COL (MA) John Silva

Finance Committee2018-2021:         BG John Hammond

 

All members of the slate were elected unanimously.

 

The Secretary then presented Larry DiNardo with the traditional silver pitcher from Shreve, Crump, and Low for his successful term in office, which was highlighted by a substantial increase in the endowment due to the Craig Brown bequest and by the addition of new sources of rental revenue. New president Gus Niewenhous then received the silver gorget as an accoutrement of office, made concluding comments, and adjourned the meeting.

 

Michelle Abrams
Greatest Generation Dinner

On Sunday evening, November 12, the VAFCC held its 16th annual Veterans Recognition Testimonial Dinner at the First Corps of Cadets Castle/Smith and Wollensky Steak House in Boston. Today’s Veterans Recognition Testimonial began as the “Greatest Generation” event on 28 July 2002, which focused on WWII veterans. Today, the few remaining veterans of WWII as well as the veterans of Korea and Vietnam are the honorees. This event continues to be uniquely meaningful  as families and friends gather to acknowledge and to express their thankfulness for the patriotism of often unsung heroes. The military biographies of the award recipients prepared by the secretary of the VAFCC Board of Directors, COL (MA) Dean Saluti, and his business partner and wife Marjorie Kahn are included below. In addition to being the chief recruiter of honorees and event logistics, COL Saluti has also been the host of the Testimonial from its inception. Mr. Dirk Burrowes, President of Vytek Industrial Laser Systems, provided the granite, engraved testimonial plaques to the awardees. Also honored as the recipient of the VAFCC President’s Award for 2017 was Major Bryan Pillai.

Read the biographies of the recipients below:

Arthur Segeloff

Frank Mazzaglia

Peter Frassica

Mary Pengeroth

Robert Gurriero

Robert Pearson

John Higgins

Anthony Modica