Information for Mass. Army & Air National Guard Veterans
(Last Updated - 1 December 2021)
(Last Updated - 1 December 2021)
*** A Season for Continued Service ***
As veterans and leaders in our communities service is in our DNA. Most of us signed up and raised our right hands while we were still teenagers. Now that we have a bit more gray hair (or little hair at all) we find that the habit of service is a hard to shake.
The holidays offer many opportunities to reach out to those in need with our time or resources. As Dickens puts it, "It is a time of all others when want is keenly felt and abundance rejoices."
Two of our fellow veterans have gone above and beyond to support veterans. Thank you to SSG (ret) Peter Hill who has raised more than $3000 for the vets at the VA Hospital in West Roxbury. And Thank You to CSM (ret) Carlos Ramos for his efforts to raise $2205 for Operation New Hope's many important initiatives to support military families
Please note the many events and giving opportunities below for ways that we can continue to serve, and in particular reach out to our fellow veterans who need a helping hand.
...and finally, Happy Holidays to you and your loved ones!
*** CONGRATULATIONS! ***
Congratulations to the following members of the Mass, Organized Militia (MAOM) who were recently promoted:
BG (MA) Chuck Cody - Army
BG (MA)John Rodolico - Army
Lt. Col. (MA) Mary Newton - Air
SGM (MA) Joseph Smith - Army
SGM (MA) Paul Hartz - Army
SGM (MA) Daniel Patterson - Army
MSG (MA) Angelo Rodriguez - Army
MSG (MA) Daniel Garrett - Army
Thank you for your continued service to the nation and the Commonwealth.
*** REACH OUT, GIVE BACK, & CONTINUE TO SERVE ***
Christmas Stockings for Veterans -
Starting on Veterans Day, November 11, 2021, and running until December 11, 2021, Christmas Stockings will be collected at all Battle Grounds Coffee Company locations and will be distributed to local veterans. Christmas stockings can include but are not limited to, thank you cards, hygiene products (male and female), gift cards, puzzle books, candy, and more. Those who would like to donate a Christmas stuffing can drop them off at any of the 3 Battle Grounds locations. Battle Grounds Coffee shops are located in:
164th Transportation Battalion Virtual Toy Ruck to Boston Children's Hospital
For many years the 164th Transportation Battalion has spearheaded a ruck march bearing toys for the kids at Children's Hospital. Because of COVID restrictions this year's ruck march is virtual, but contributions may be made to the event before 10 December 2021. Here's the link:
Battlegrounds Coffee Company Weekly Veterans Social - Every Tuesday
Drop into Battlegrounds Coffee Company any Tuesday between 0700 and 0900 hrs. for a good cup of coffee and good conversation with fellow veterans. Battlegrounds Coffee is located at 33 Pleasant St., Newburyport, MA.
*** 3 DECEMBER 2021 - Trees for Soldiers, 1100 - 1500 hrs., Devens RFTA
Operation Service and the VFW will distribute free Christmas trees to members of the military and veterans. Tree lighting ceremony at 1600 hrs. Sign up at this link:
*** 4 DECEMBER 2021 - 211th Military Police Battalion Dining-In, TBD, Hanscom AFB
*** 10 DECEMBER 2021 - Toy Ruck, Dorchester, MA, (See information above.)
*** 13 DECEMBER - MA National Guard Birthday Celebration, Salem, MA, TBD
*** 13 DECEMBER 2021 - MA National Guard Museum Opening, TBD, Peabody & Essex Museum, Salem, MA
*** 13 DECEMBER 2021 - Army War College Reunion, 1700 hrs., Hawthorne Hotel, Salem, MA
A gathering for all Army War College and fellowship graduates and those currently enrolled.
For more information, contact email@example.com
*** 16 DECEMBER 2021 - JFHQ Holiday Party, JFHQ, Hanscom AFB, MA, TBD
*** 18 DECEMBER 2021 - Wreaths Across America, various times and locations
Visit the organization's website at
for Massachusetts locations, times, and ways to participate.
*** 23 DECEMBER 2021 - Veterans Christmas Party, 1200 hrs., AMVETS Post 147 / VFW Post 29, 567 Primrose St., Haverhilll, MA
Free event, contact Don Jarvis for more info. at 978-308-9186.
*** 29 JANUARY 2022 - Blue Cord Ball, Gillette Stadium, Foxboro, MA, 1800 hrs.
*** 9 APRIL 2022 - Salem Muster, Salem Common, Salem, MA
*** 1 MAY 2022 - Rededication Ceremony - Shaw 54th Massachusetts Regiment Memorial, 1000 hrs., Boston Common
*** Resources for Veterans ****
*** CALLING ALL RETIRED MASS. NATIONAL GUARDSMEN ***
The Mass. National Guard is continuing to build capacity to provide surge capability to respond to emergency operations. If you haven't already signed up, please complete your registration for the State Retired List. To become a member on the State Retired List you must have retired after 20 or more years from the Massachusetts Army or Air National Guard, have an Honorable Discharge, and your last five (5) years of service must have been in service to the Massachusetts National Guard.
*** Now more than ever we're seeking new members for the State Retired List.
If you're interested in joining, send an e-mail to:
BG (MA) Tom Stewart at
CSM (ret) Tom Ardita at
* The Military Guide - financial information for veterans
* Massachusetts Military Support Foundation
*Military Friends Foundation
CSM (ret) Jim Kelly and the volunteers at Military Friends help National Guard soldiers & families by providing over $300,000 in grants each year.
*101st Airborne Division Association, New England Chapter
*Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company
*Home Base Program
*Mass. Dept. of Veterans' Services
*Mass. National Guard - The Nation's First
*Military Family Facebook Page - SGM (ret) Tom Ardita posts events and information for Mass. veterans
*National Guard Association of Massachusetts (NGAMA)
*Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing -
*Project New Hope
*Veterans Association of the First Corps of Cadets
*Yankee Division Veterans' Association (YDVA)
This site is hosted by Brigadier General (retired) Paul "Greg" Smith. It is an unofficial communication site to provide information for veterans of the Massachusetts National Guard