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April 30, 2024 Detachment Meeting


VFW Post 5154

2561 Hobbs Rd, Louisville, TN 37777

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 17:30 – 18:15 Social Hour

18:15 - 18:30 Joint Auxiliary Meeting, Presentations, Guest Speakers

18:30 – 19:30 Meeting

Meeting $ Draw now at $60. No cost, must be present to win.

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Calendar Summary - click here for detail


08 - Officer Meeting (Starts 1700)

10 - Honor Air Flight 34**

20 - Pistol Match - see flyer below

30 - Monthly Detachment Meeting


13 - Officer Meeting (Starts 1700)

26 - Rose Program

27 - Stout Memorial

28- Monthly Detachment Meeting


10 - Officer Meeting (Starts 1700)

25- Monthly Detachment Meeting

See event details by clicking on the Calendar tab above

**Honor Air Flight 34

Flight 34 is scheduled to leave Knoxville on April 10th, 2024 with 130+ East Tennessee veterans to visit the memorials built to honor their service and sacrifice.

Flight 34 will depart from Knoxville at 9:00am with a scheduled return into Knoxville at 7:40pm. Arrive early to the Welcome Home Celebration to get a spot. You can follow the trip on the official HA Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter feeds.

The Lt. Alexander Bonnyman Scholarship Program is OPEN
Click HERE 
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2024 Detachment Officers
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Left to right: Anthony Alvo (Special Projects and Outreach); Robert Ballesteros (Judge Advocate / Adjutant); Keith Kregel (Sr. Vice Commandant); Susie Schmidt (Commandant); Bob Willis (Pay Master); Ron Naugle (Chaplain); Jim Toussaint (Jr. Vice Commandant); Jerry Wernli (Quartermaster); Chris Alberding (Web Sergeant / Sergeant-at-Arms)

Presentation at the March 2024 Detachment Meeting

Commandant Susie Schmidt presented a check from  an anonymous detachment member to Doug Burt for a local Boy Scout Troop.

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Welcome to the

Lt. Alexander Bonnyman Detachment

March 25, 2024 Detachment Meeting

Tim Sarver, USMC

James Russell, USMC

Marines Ditch 100-Year-Old Marksmanship Standards

Click Here

The detachment website is going through a metamorphosis. 

 Chris Alberding (pictured above and in the INFO/Detachment Officers tab) is taking over the detachment website from Tim Shea. Chris's design will modernize the look and feel of the website and make it accessible from any type of device. The new design will be operable on mobile phones. There will be new features and a revised content presentation. Chris has set up a SAMPLE website that will give you a flavor. It is early days and will take some time to finalize. In the meantime, keep checking this website and the link below. This will be constantly evolving and will be the link until we migrate from the old site to the new site. so, check it often. Click here to go to the new site ==>


If you want to contact Chris about the new site, contact Chris.

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Veterans Breakfasts

Recurring Schedule 

Knoxville area

Click here for schedules

Updated February 2024 (Thanks Bob Brown)

 Drawing at the Detachment meeting 
At the March26th detachment meeting, James Coogan was the winner of the $50 drawing.  But, he was not present. The pot for the April 30 meeting is now $60. It will grow by $10 until it is awarded then will start over at $50. You have to be present to win. Come to the monthly meeting; you may go home with a fatter wallet. 

Adding to the Knoxville area list:

Anderson County Community Veterans Appreciation Breakfast is held the second Saturday of each month. Location is at the Clinton Community Center, 101 S. Hicks Street, Clinton. The "chow line" opens at 8:30 a.m. and a brief program is at 9 a.m. The Veterans Breakfast, sponsored each month by individuals and local businesses, is free for Veterans and their families.

Mud Run 2024 flyer and sponsor form.

Click on documents below for a printable version 

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Shown receiving Quilt of Valor from Marsha Reep: Dan Adams, Kathy Winters, Robert Adams, Keith Kregel, Ray Hallock, Larry Dennis, Larry George, Jeff Tegzes, Ron Naugle Greg Buckles, Victor Dillard. 


Click on the large photo, then use the arrows on the left and right to navigate.  


If you would like a Quilt of Valor, contact Carlos Reyes at / 865-888-1613

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Click on the flyer above. Please join us. Even if you THINK you can not win, come for the camaraderie. If you don't have a .45 1911 or a centerfire pistol, we will try to arrange for a loaner. All you need to do is get a box of bullets.  Contact Tim Shea or text (865-440-5219) or Jay Holmes 

Legal Advice for Veterans - 2nd Wednesday of the month CLICK HERE

Veteran discounts available

year round CLICK HERE

The list of Veteran and military discounts are good all year round and will be updated as we learn of more. These discounts are being shared so that Veterans, military members, their families, caregivers and survivors are aware of all resources available to them. 


The VIC is a portable and secure alternative to a DD-214 that can be used to obtain discounts on promotional goods and services offered to veterans. Individual’s that do not have a Veterans Health Identification Card (VHIC) or retirement card issued by the Department of Defense will be able to apply for a VIC online at this link

Member Historical Photos

If you have not done so, send me a boot camp/OCS photo and/or active duty photo. Also, If you have event photos you would to share, send them with an explanation. Click here to send me an email. Click here to view Photo Albums

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Marine Barbara Chagnon is in the Boot Camp photo album.

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Slides into MCL Blazer pocket. 


Marine Corps League Crest features the League Crest and two plates (up to three lines of personalization on each plate).

Click here for information

TN Department of Veterans
Services - Cemeteries

Protocol for scheduling and burials 

This is very informative. Take the time to read the document.  Click HERE

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From Knox County Veterans Services Office
Visit Aunt Bertha
Search for free or reduced cost services like medical care, food, job training, and more.

Visit Aunt Bertha
Info courtesy of the Red Cross

This site needs your input
Your content suggestions, photos, announcements, etc. are encouraged. Please contact me with any and all questions, comments and input that you want to share. Tim Shea, Web Sgt.

Thanks to those who have shared articles.
Click email address below to send me email.

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The Detachment Honor Guard/Firing Detail is looking for new members to provide honors and salutes at memorial events and funerals. Members must be able to handle the M1 Rifle (9.5 pounds) and will need the League undress uniform (white SS shirt and Dress Blue trousers). The “U.S. Marines” Red Satin jacket is also worn in cold weather. Expert training will be provided and no experience (other than Boot Camp) is necessary. Contact Marine Larry George for details - (865) 789-6535


Marine Corps League uniform 2 button red blazers are available at

Prices range from $69.95 to $79.95, depending on size. Red blazers are also available at J.C. as the “Stafford Hopsack Mens Blazer.” Official MCL buttons can be purchased through the Detachment Quartermaster and installed by you or your tailor. 

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Send your photos to me for inclusion in the photo albums. Boot camp and active duty, MCL functions, etc. See the Photo Album section of this web site [CLICK HERE to view]
Click here to send me an email with your photos as attachments.
Web Sgt Tim Shea

Here are more options for men's and women's blazers obtained from the MCL National website. Click 

HEREHEREHERE, HERE and HERE. Source for women's blazer HERE

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