Thursday, July 17, 2014

Russia To Reopen Intelligence Gathering Facility in Cuba

It appears that Russia will reopen the intelligence gathering facility in Cuba. According to reports
President Putin and the Castro brothers have signed an agreement that will allow Russia to reopen the
Lourdes Signal Intelligence (SIGINT) near Havana.

It was once the largest such facility that the Soviet Union operated outside of Russia, and was
operated by more than 1,500 KGB, GRU and Cuban DGI operatives.

It was able to monitor and intercept a vast amount of commercial and government communications,
covering the southeast U.S. as well as communications between the U.S. and Europe.

Russia was able to monitor and copy commercial satellites communications as well as United
States military, merchant shipping and also NASA space programs.

It should be made clear that now the U.S. Central Command, Souther Command and Special
Forces Command are all located in Florida.

Russia closed the facility in 2001, but in recent years has been negotiating with Cuba to reopen
the facility and it now seems that the deal has been finalized.

Russian President Putin had said that the "goodwill gesture" was not appreciated by the
United States, so Russia now plans to reopen and modernize the facility.

With new and modern equipment it will take far fewer personnel to operate and will be
able to cover a wider area and receive much more information.

So, now Russia will be in the spy game very close to the U.S., and with Russia planning
to become more active in Central and South America, one has to question the reasoning
behind all this.

Putin has said he does not want to start another Cold War, but as Russia continues to
grow their military and introduce new weapons and equipment, the rest of the world
would do well to watch very closely how things progress.

---- Jerald Terwilliger Chairman American Cold War Veterans "We Remember" ---------------- "And so the greatest of American triumphs... became a peculiarly joyless victory. We had won the Cold War, but there would be no parades." -- Robert M. Gates, 1996

Saturday, June 14, 2014

2014 Cold War Medal

On June 5, 2014 Congressman Steve Israel of New York introduced a bill to authorize the Cold War
Service Medal. It if H.R. 4807 The Cold War Service Medal Act of 2014.

We all know how important this is to our Cold Warriors, as our numbers are declining due to age.
The Cold War ended 23 years ago, and we are still waiting and petitioning Congress and DoD to
authorize and issue the Cold War Service Medal.

Please contact your Representative ask them to cosponsor H.R. 4807. You can go to their website
and leave an email, get their phone number and call their office, write a regular mail letter (be advised
it may take two weeks to get delivered), ask for a visit at either their Washington office or the local office in your area.

You can also go to POPVOX here
You wil have to create an account if you do not already have one. Then you can post your comments
and it will be sent directly to your Representative.

Then contact both of your Senators ask them to introduce legislation similar to H.R. 4807.

We need a big push from everyone to get this accomplished. I have been told in the past that there
was not enough support from veterans in the past and is a possible reason the previous bills never
got through the Armed Services Committee in both the Senate and House.

Lets make this the year this medal finally becomes a reality, and all our brave men and women
finally get the recognition we have been seeking for so many years.

America: It Is Time To Say Thank You to our veterans.

---- Jerald Terwilliger Chairman American Cold War Veterans "We Remember" ---------------- "And so the greatest of American triumphs... became a peculiarly joyless victory. We had won the Cold War, but there would be no parades." -- Robert M. Gates, 1996

Friday, May 23, 2014

Cold War Veteran Honors Fellow Cold Warriors

Press of Atlantic City

By LUCIA C. DRAKE, Staff Writer
Robert Haller will spend this Memorial Day as he has for many years, remembering and honoring all members of the American military.
But there is one group of veterans in particular that the Egg Harbor Township resident thinks about especially at this time of year: those he refers to as the Cold War veterans.
A South Jersey native, Haller is himself a Cold War veteran, serving in the U.S. Navy and in the U.S. Merchant Marine from 1974 to 1992.
Haller served in Operation TAGOS, a mission to collect underwater acoustic data in support of Cold War anti-submarine warfare operations during the 1980s.
It is his belief that the Cold War with the former Soviet Union is too often overlooked in history, and the dangerous work done by those enlisted men and women in the early days of nuclear activity and the Iron Curtain has gone widely unrecognized.
Now semi-retired, he feels compelled to get more support for Cold War veterans and to show how important they were in this country's fight against terrorism.
"Those were dangerous missions, and our job was to protect the United States of America," Haller, 57, said recently from his home. "I voluntarily served because I love my country so much. I have always lived by the code of duty, honor and country."
Mostly, he said, he would like to see credit given that is justly due.
The author of two books, "Life of a Bluenose" (2006) and "Adventures of a Cold War Veteran" (2009), Haller has spent years lobbying the Department of Defense for legislation to authorize a Cold War Victory Medal for veterans.
Commemorative Cold War medals are available for sale by private vendors, and Congress did issue a certificate in 1999, but to date there is no official congressional medal, he said.
"I just feel so strongly about the work we did," said Haller, who served aboard the sub-hunter USNS Stalwart and achieved the rank of QMED, the highest unlicensed position in the Merchant Marines, before becoming an officer. "We were the first lines of defense during the height of the Cold War."
With U.S. troops still fighting terrorism, an official Cold War medal would validate the important role men and women in the armed services provided at that time, he said.
In writing of his military service, his goal was to educate readers about the sacrifices members of the military made in the fight against communism.
A member of the American Legion, AmVets, the Navy League and Knights of Columbus, as well as an associate member of several F.O.P. lodges, Haller said he knows what it's like to experience post-traumatic stress and hopes his insights can help other veterans.
An avid writer of fiction, poetry and commentary, Haller also dabbles in art work and plays classical violin. He is working on another military memoir about the Cold War, which he said might be called "Life of a Bluenose, Part II."
"There's a lot to get off my chest, a lot of things that need to be said on behalf of all Cold War vets," he explained.
When he raises his American flag this Memorial Day, as he does daily, Haller said he will offer a silent prayer for all service members who gave so much to help make possible the freedoms every American enjoys today.

---- Jerald Terwilliger Chairman American Cold War Veterans "We Remember" ---------------- "And so the greatest of American triumphs... became a peculiarly joyless victory. We had won the Cold War, but there would be no parades." -- Robert M. Gates, 1996

Monday, May 5, 2014

America It Is Time To Recognize And Honor Cold War Veteans

Cold War Veterans in the United States have been ignored, disrespected and forgotten since the
end of the Cold War.

The American Cold War Veterans have been attempting to convince Congress to authorize and direct DoD to issue a Cold War Medal, so far we have been unable to get that done.

Another of our goals is to have a Cold War Memorial built in Washington, DC to honor all those
who served during America's Longest War, even if it was undeclared. We have not yet seen that
come to fruition.

Well, it seems that we are getting beaten again, Russia is going to erect a Cold War Memorial
before we get ours out of the planning stage

memorial commemorating Soviet soldiers who died in conflicts around the world during the Cold War era will be built on Poklonnaya Hill in Moscow. 

Russian lawmaker Frantz Klintsevich told journalists on February 11 that the memorial will form an architectural ensemble around an existing monument honoring some 15,000 Soviet soldiers who died during the Soviet war in Afghanistan from 1979 to 1989.

According to Klintsevich, the names of about 10,000 Soviet soldiers who perished in conflicts in other countries will be inscribed on stone tablets along the alley leading to the memorial complex, which will be completed this summer.

The Soviet Union was involved in more than 30 conflicts in some 29 countries, including Afghanistan, Angola, Ethiopia, Yemen, and Nigeria.

So now once again we say Wake Up America. Stand up for our veterans, it is past time to
honor and recognize these brave men and women.

---- Jerald Terwilliger Chairman American Cold War Veterans "We Remember" ---------------- "And so the greatest of American triumphs... became a peculiarly joyless victory. We had won the Cold War, but there would be no parades." -- Robert M. Gates, 1996

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Military Veterans Serving In Congress Decline Again

Perhaps the biggest reason that Congress is ignoring or downplaying our military and our
veterans is the fact that each year fewer and fewer Members are veterans or still serving
in the military

The 113th Congress now is session has only 108 members or 20 percent that are veterans or
still serving in our military. That figure is 10 less than the 112th Congress.

These numbers break down to 88 veterans in the House-this includes 2 female Members and also
2 delegates. The Senate has 18 veterans of Military Service.

According to lists from GQ Roll Coll, these Members have served during WWII, Korean War, Vietnam War, Persian Gulf War, Iraq, Afghanistan, Kosovo as well as during times of peace
(read Cold War). Many have served in the Reserves and National Guard.

Eight House Members and one Senator are still serving in the Reserves, and six House Members
are still serving in the National Guard. Of special interest, Both female veterans are Combat

The diminishing numbers of veterans follow the steady decline of the number of Members who
have served in the military. In 1981-1982 the 97th Congress 64 percent were veterans, and in
1971-1972 the 92nd Congress 73 percent were veterans.

So, as the number of veterans in Congress declines, so to does the number who would look
favorably on current military and our veterans.

It also means that fewer understand the Cold War and it's meaning. The Cold War gets pushed
further into the corner of darkness, neglect, and indifference.

And, the chances for a Cold War Service Medal seem to shrink exponentially, it seems that
no one wants to remember the Cold War. No on except those veterans who placed their lives on
the line and faced danger every day in places far from home in harsh and trying times. Never
sure if "this is a drill" or if "the ballon went up."

The number of Cold War Veterans is also rapidly declining, as age creeps up on us and silently
steals away one more life, leaving one less voice to be heard that wants to tell our story.

Before the last Cold War Veteran passes away America it is time to say Thank You to these
brave men and women.

Urge Congress that this year our nation will remember and recognize these veterans. Ask your
elected officials to introduce legislation that will authorize and DIRECT DoD to issue
a Cold War Service Medal.

Yes, bills have been introduced in the past, but they either are removed during the House/Senate
Committee meetings, or even worse: lie on the desk in their respective Armed Services Committee
and never get to see the light of day; are never brought forth for a vote.

---- Jerald Terwilliger Chairman American Cold War Veterans "We Remember" ---------------- "And so the greatest of American triumphs... became a peculiarly joyless victory. We had won the Cold War, but there would be no parades." -- Robert M. Gates, 1996

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

American Cold War Veterans Convention with USS Liberty Veterans

Update: See changes made in RED

There will be a $25.00 charge for the lunch on Saturday that follows the
membership meeting. 

We have made some changes this year for our Annual Meeting and Commemoration. This 
year it will be  held June 6-8 in Washington, DC

 We will lay a wreath at the Victims of Communism Memorial in honor of all those who suffered and 
died during the long struggle under the Communist regime.

We will also be joining with the USS Liberty Veterans Association in their 
Memorial Service for those lost during the attack on the USS Liberty on June 8, 1967.

American Cold War Veterans Annual Meeting and Commemoration-06-08 June 2014
USS Liberty Veterans Association Commemoration

Business meetings, luncheon and address to be held at the Rosslyn Holiday Inn, 
1900 Fort Myer Drive, Arlington, Virginia 22209.
A special room rate of $89.00 is available to conferees. For those who wish to arrive
 early the room rate has been extended
it is now available from June 5 thru June 8 (with checkout June 9 at 12PM)

Please contact the hotel direct at (703) 807-2000 for reservations.  Mention that you 
are with the American Cold War Veterans
 If asked the block code is ACW
The hotel contact Ms. Melanie Smith may be reached by e-mail at

Friday, June 06, 2014
9:00 am-12:00 pm
12:00 pm-1:00 pm
1:30 pm-2:00 pm
3:00 pm-7:00 pm
7:00 pm-9:00 pm

Congressional Visits
Wreath-Laying: Victims of Communism Memorial
Registration and Check-In at Holiday Inn Rosslyn
Dinner (on your own)

Saturday, June 07, 2014
7:30 am to 8:00 am
8:00 am to 10:00 am
Opening of ACWV Business Meeting 
10:00 am to 10:30 am
10:30 am to 12:00 pm
ACWV Business Meeting Continues
12:00 pm to 1:30 pm
Lunch-Speaker (tentative): Marion Smith, Executive Dir.
Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation
1:30 pm to 2:00 pm
Transit to Arlington Cemetery Cold War Commemoration; 
USS Liberty Commemoration
2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Arlington Cemetery Cold War Commemoration; 
USS Liberty Commemoration
4:00 pm to 4:30 pm
Transit to Holiday Inn Rosslyn
5:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Informal Social Hour Followed by Dinner-TBD

Sunday, June 08, 2014
7:30 am to 9:30 am
Breakfast and Religious Observance
9:30 am to 10:15 am
Transit to US Navy Memorial
10:00 am to 10:30 am
11:30 am to 12:30 pm
Commemoration of the USS Liberty and Wreath-Laying-
U.S. Navy Memorial
12:30 pm to 1:30 pm
1:30 pm to 3:00 pm
Check Out-Holiday Inn Rosslyn

EVENT COORDINATOR: CH (COL) Charles H. Nalls,; 202-262-5519

We hope to see you there. If you plan to attend please advise Fr. Charles Nalls, Frank Tims, Al Lepine or myself Jerry Terwilliger

--- Jerald Terwilliger Chairman American Cold War Veterans "We Remember" ---------------- "And so the greatest of American triumphs... became a peculiarly joyless victory. We had won the Cold War, but there would be no parades." -- Robert M. Gates, 1996