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All-American Week: May 24-29, 2004
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82D ABN DIV and 504 PIR Association Convention
August 18-22, 2004 - Reno, Nevada

For 504 information, contact Ron Rath: 910-822-4555
For 82d information, contact Ken Holmes: 608-643-4173

Hotels are Circus-Circus and Reno-Tahoe.
For reservations, call 866-447-7728 and mention "IAIRBRN"

James Megellas' new book "All The Way To Berlin"
will be published on March 4, 2003.

In mid-1943 James Megellas, known as "Maggie" to his fellow paratroopers, joined the 82d Airborne Division, his new "home" for the duration. His first taste of combat was in the rugged mountains outside Naples...

Read more and pre-order "All The Way To Berlin" at
Barnes & Noble.com

Tom McCarthy11/11/02:

It is with deep regrets that we announce the Final Jump of Tom McCarthy A/504

10/21/02: The "Iron Mike" keychain and Christmas ornament is now available.
Pictures from the 25th Annual Devil Dinner
(August 2002)
4/11/02: The Commemorative Dietz Sketch Has Arrived!
President's Proclamation for National Airborne Day, Aug. 16
(August 2001)
Excerpt from the United States Department of Defense News Release
No. 221-01, May 22 2001

Army Col. Leo A. Brooks, Jr., has been nominated for appointment to the grade of brigadier general. Brooks is currently serving as the Commander, 1st Brigade, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, N.C.

CONGRATULATIONS, COLONEL BROOKS!

Read the full News Release for more announced nominations
Army's Beret Decision Draws White House Scrutiny (March 2001)
12/21/00

N E W S R E L E A S E
OFFICE OF THE ASSISTANT SECRETARY OF DEFENSE
(PUBLIC AFFAIRS)
WASHINGTON, D.C. 20301
PLEASE NOTE DATE
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No. 761-00
(703) 695-0192 (media)
IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 21, 2000
(703) 697-5737 (public/industry)
SERVICEMEMBERS TO RECEIVE ONE OF THE LARGEST INCREASES IN HOUSING ALLOWANCE RATES EVER

The Department of Defense announced today the 2001 Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) rates, giving servicemembers one of the largest increases ever. The new rates are part of the DoD initiative to eliminate servicemembers' out-of-pocket expenses by 2005 and incorporate a number of major changes to the BAH program. In total, the planned increase in housing allowance funds for fiscal 2001 above the fiscal 2000 amount is more than $700 million.

"These changes in the BAH process, resulting in one of the largest increases ever, represent our commitment to the preservation of a compensation and benefit structure. They will provide members with a suitable and secure standard of living, one that will sustain a trained, experienced, and ready force in the future," said Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness Bernard Rostker.

Two components of the improved program are geographic rate protection and a change in the survey process. Geographic rate protection maintains BAH rates at last year's level while the planned buydown in out-of-pocket expense is phased in. Newly arrived members to an area will see BAH rates equal to those of current members' rates.

An important part of this year's BAH process was an improvement in the measurement of local housing costs. DoD asked the Services and local military housing offices to actively participate in the data collection process to ensure our personnel can live in quality neighborhoods. Additionally, improvements were made in how utility costs are estimated.

An integral part of the BAH program is the provision of individual rate protection to all members. No matter what happens to measured housing costs, a servicemember will never see his BAH rate decrease as long as he stays in the geographic area. This policy assures that member's who have made long-term commitments in the form of a lease or contract will not be penalized if the area's housing costs decrease.

Average increases in the BAH range from 12 to 17 percent by grade with the typical increase in the range of 14.5 percent. A typical married E-5's BAH will increase $100 per month. (This same E-5 received a $35 increase in 2000). A typical married E-8's pay will increase $125.

Out-of-pocket expense, the portion of the typical member's housing cost that the member is not compensated for, has been reduced from 18.8 percent last year to no more than 15 percent this year. The 2001 rates represent the first in a series of steps to bring the average member's out-of-pocket expense to zero by 2005 as Secretary of Defense William S. Cohen announced last January. Out-of-pocket expenses are to be reduced to 11.3 percent next year. BAH is not taxed, so every dollar of BAH goes directly into the servicemember's pocket.

Fiscal 2001 BAH rates can be found at http://www.dtic.mil/perdiem/bahform.html

"Thank You Mister Gore", Bunker Talk message (November 2000)
Message from our 504 PIR Association President! (July 2000)
The True Story of Taps
3/7/00 - Chappie's Window:
The 82nd Airborne Division Memorial Fund Association has been formed to aid the chapels and chapel communities of the 82nd Airborne Division to raise and manage funds acquired from private donations to promote and enhance the spiritual and moral wellbeing of the paratroopers and families of the 82nd Airborne Division. The Association will manage gifts to the division chapels for the purpose of memorializing significant events, paratroopers and other persons in the life of the 82nd Airborne Division.

The first project of the Association is to raise funds for a "Chappie's Window." This stained glass window depicting an Airborne chaplain, much like a shepherd, conducting a small worship service in the field, will be installed in the George B. Wood Memorial Chapel, formerly the Division South Chapel, to honor all Airborne chaplains. The cost of the window is approximately $55,000. All donations to the project are tax deductible. Those making a donation of $82 or more will receive a certificate from the Memorial Association.

Donations may be sent to: 82nd Airborne Division Memorial Association, P.O. Box 43359, Fayetteville, North Carolina, 28309-3359.

Message from our 504 PIR Association President! (Feb 2000)

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