Monday, October 24, 2011

Seattle Times article on Frank Warnke

The Seattle Times has published a feature-length obituary on past Commanding General Frank Warnke, who died Sept. 28 at the age of 78. You can read the article in the paper's Oct. 23 edition or online.

The family's paid obituary notice can also be read online.

A memorial service for General Warnke is set for 11:30 a.m. Nov. 10 in the rotunda of the Legislative Building in Olympia. A reception will follow downstairs in the Columbia Room.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Generals to donate $1,000 toward vet memorial in Snoqualmie

The Association of Washington Generals will donate $1,000 toward the Snoqualmie Valley Veterans Memorial being built in Snoqualmie by the The Snoqualmie Valley Historical Museum in conjunction with the local Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Renton-Pickering American Legion.

The memorial will honor Snoqualmie Valley veterans who lost their lives in U.S. wars and conflicts back to the Civil War, and include names of fallen soldiers dating to World War I.  The memorial is scheduled for completion by Veteran's Day (Nov. 11) of this year.

General Mike Flood made the proposal at the AWG's Oct. 11 board meeting. The organization's donation will be recognized by a plaque at the site.


Memorial service for General Frank Warnke is Nov. 10

A memorial service for past Commanding General Frank Warnke is set for 11:30 a.m. Nov. 10 in the rotunda of the Legislative Building in Olympia. A reception will follow downstairs in the Columbia Room. Warnke died Sept. 23 after a long illness.

The Generals opened their Oct. 11 board meeting with a minute of silence in honor of General Warnke and former Gov. Albert D. Rosellini, who died Oct. 10 at age 101.

Lt. Governor Brad Owen has agreed to serve as emcee for General Warnke's public service.

Lt. Governor Owen off to Spain

Lt. Governor Brad Owen departed Oct. 17  for a busy 10-day trade and cultural mission to Spain, where he will engage in a series of meetings with high-level officials and business leaders, tour a successful tunnel project built by the same company that will construct Seattle’s deep-bore tunnel, and lecture at two of Spain’ leading universities – in Spanish.

The mission is not at taxpayer expense, and is expected to benefit the state of Washington by continuing the lieutenant governor’s work from earlier missions as well as leverage a visit to Spain by Governor Chris Gregoire in June.

The lieutenant governor is an ex-officio member of the AWG, and his office is tied to the organization by state statute. You may read more about the Lt. Governor's mission on a news release issued by his office.

Famous Dave's BBQ receives recognition for donation of food at AWG event

Jim Perkins, proprietor of Famous Dave's BBQ, receives a
certificate of appreciation from Commanding General Bill Sperry
at the AWG's Oct. 11 board meeting.

Jim Perkins, proprietor of Famous Dave's BBQ of Washington, receives a certificate of appreciation from the Associaton of Washington Generals at the AWG's Oct. 11 board meeting. Perkins donated the food for more than 100 people at the AWG's recent Washingtonian of the Year event at the Virginia Mason Athletic Center in Renton. Perkins told the Generals he would be happy to do it again next year.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Nikolai project site not in a flood plain, Sperry reports

The Department of Homeland Security has determined that the site of the AWG's Nikolai project is not in a floodplain, Commanding General William Sperry reports.

The determination clears the way for a building permit to be issued for the project, he said. Homeland Security had jurisdiction over the issue as it is the parent agency over the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

The Nikolai project, which pays tribute to the crew of Russian vessel s.v. Nikolai which grounded off the Washington coast in 1808, is expected to be completed by next summer. 

Alfie Alvarado newest member of AWG

Alfie Alvarado receives her AWG commissioning certificate
from Commanding General Bill Sperry at the AWG's Oct. 11
board meeting. Alvarado is deputy director of the state's Department
of Veterans Affairs

Lourdes (Alfie) Alvarado-Ramos, deputy director of the Department of Veterans Affairs, has a new title to add to her long resume: Washington General.

She was sworn in as a General at the organization's Oct. 11 Board meeting at the state Capitol in Olympia and will also serve as an AWG board member.

"It's exciting to be able to join the board," Alvarado said. "You've always had access to the department. Now you have access to someone right on the board to address issues of veterans, and I am more than happy to help."

Alvarado said the department strives to get as many veterans as possible become eligible for the benefits to which they are entitled. There are an estimated 670,000 veterans who reside in Washington, and only around 20 percent of those are fully accessing their benefits, she added.

As a preamble to her swearing in, General Ralph Ibarra read portions of a letter from the late Lt. Governor John Cherberg on what the organization is about.

Here is her nomination to the organization:

Alfie Alvarado serves as the Deputy Director of the Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs. She is responsible for the day to day agency operations.  She is the department’s health officer and represents the agency locally and nationally in all matters related to veterans’ health.  

Alvarado was born in Puerto Rico and served 22 years on active duty retiring in
August 1993 having served as Command Sergeant Major and Troop Command Sergeant Major of Madigan Army Medical Center in Fort Lewis, Washington.  During her military career, she was the recipient of numerous awards and decorations to include the Legion of Merit, Order of Military Medical Merit, Expert Field Medical Badge and Meritorious Service Medals.

Her experience and education center in the management of medical service
delivery and human resources.  She attended the Harvard University Executives in Government Program, holds a Masters Degree in Health Care Administration and is a licensed Nursing Home Administrator.

Alfie Alvarado is the Chair of the Governor’s Affirmative Action Policy Committee. She serves on the boards of directors of the Madigan Foundation and Hire America’s Heroes Foundation. 
In addition, she is a member of the Resident Councils of Washington Advisory Board, Hispanic Women’s Network, and the National Association of Female Executives.

She has received local, state and national awards including the Governor’s Distinguished Management Leadership Award and the Lifetime Achievement Award for women in the military from the Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA). 

Alvarado resides in Olympia, Washington.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

State's 'Hometown Heroes' raffle supports vets

Proceeds from a state lottery game in play through Nov. 11 will benefit state veterans' programs, the Associaton of Washington Generals learned at the organization's Oct. 12 board meeting.

Hometown Heroes Raffle Tickets are on sale now at all Washington Lottery retailers.

Proceeds from the Raffle help Washington State Veterans who are facing financial challenges because of their deployments.   Players can win one of over 3,200 cash prizes ranging from$50,000 to $50.
Here’s how you can help:

• Buy your Hometown Heroes Raffle tickets at one of over 3,900 Lottery retailers for $10. (You could win one of over 3,200 prizes!)  Tickets are on sale through November 10, the drawing will be held on November 11.

• Tell your friends, neighbors, co-workers and anyone you meet about the Hometown Heroes Raffle and how they can support Washington’s Veterans by getting their ticket today.
• Visit and tell us why you support the cause. You'll find an easy to use Facebook app where you can show support, submit stories, and even add video and images.

• Learn about how the Veterans Innovations Program helps Washington’s returning veterans
• Click here to learn more about the Raffle and hear stories from veterans helped by the Veterans Innovations Program.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Photos of Olympic Peninsula woman on display in Office of Lt. Governor

By day Linda Barnfather is a legislative assistant to a Washington state representative, answering phones and working on constituent issues. But almost any other time you will find the Sequim resident in the fields and forests of the Olympic Peninsula, or in distant lands around the world with camera in hand.
Linda Barnfather
Linda Barnfather in her legislative office in Olympia.

A collection of Barnfather’s photography, both from overseas and from within Washington state, will be on display in the Office of Lt. Governor Brad Owen through December. Included are scenes from Seattle’s Pike Place market, the Palouse, the Olympic Peninsula, Mexico and India.

Generals, be sure to check this out if you come by our office. The full news release (along with a panoramic view of her work in the OLG lobby) can be read on the Lt. Governor's web site.

Vietnam vet photos sought for national memorial project

Photos of 571 of the 1049 Washingtonians who lost their lives in the Vietnam War are being sought by the Department of Veteran Affairs for a national memorial project, according to a story in the Olympian. The photos will be scanned and sent to the Education Center at The Wall in Washington, D.C.

An event at the state Capitol on Friday featuring First Gentlemen Mike Gregoire is being held to collect and scan the images.  More details are in the story.

The Association of Washington Generals has been involved in a number of Veterans projects.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

AWG Board meeting Oct. 11

Commanding General Bill Sperry has announced that the next board meeting of the Association of Washington Generals is set for 11 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 11, in the Senate Rules Room in the state Legislative Building in Olympia.

Topics of discussion will include a recap of the 2011 Washingtonian of the Year event, the Russian ship project and more. A detailed agenda will be posted in this space if it is made available prior to the meeting.