September 26, 2005

Members of the Martinsburg Composite Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol recently recognized the superb support and assistance of one of the members of the 167th Airlift Wing of the West Virginia Air National Guard.

Tech. Sgt. Robert E. Hall, one of the Air National Guard recruiters from Martinsburg, W.Va. was presented a CAP Appreciation Plaque denoting his outstanding support of the Civil Air Patrol cadet program. Hall has been very supportive of the CAP cadet program and has spoken often to the squadron cadets, encouraging them to advance leadership skills and expanding their knowledge of aerospace education.

During the past year, Hall set up incentive flights for the Martinsburg Squadron on the Air Guard's C-130 aircraft. A few months later, he made arrangements for the Air Guard to fly members of the Martinsburg and Morgantown, W.Va., squadrons to the U.S. Air Force Museum at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio. Most recently, helped to coordinate some of the training classes conducted during the WV Wing Summer Encampment, especially the outstanding land and water survival training at this year's encampment.


Hall was presented the plaque by CAP Lt. Col. Dennis D. Barron and members of the Martinsburg Squadron.

The Associated Builders and Contractors Inc., Cumberland Valley Chapter held its September dinner on Sept. 15 at the Four Points, Hagerstown.

The speaker for the event was A. Samuel Cook, who spoke on his book "Freedom in the Workplace". A renowned labor relations attorney, Cook revealed the untold story of a half-century war between his client the "merit shop,"ABC, and the AFL-CIO Building and construction trades union in his compelling "must read" book. Cook describes the physical, political, legal and moral collision between two distant philosophies: free enterprise versus compulsory union membership; and provides readers with war stories and how terrorism erupted in America's construction workplace. More than 100 members and guests attended this informational education event.

ABC is a national trade association with more than 24,000 firms across the nation. Locally, more than 200 employers are members of the Cumberland Valley Chapter.

ABC has been providing construction industry-related services to its members for over 50 years. Membership services include business contacts and referrals, apprenticeship, management education, craft training, safety hotline, lobbying, employee benefits, and legal hotline.

To register to the upcoming meeting or to obtain additional information about membership, please contact Joan Warner, ABC president, at 301-739-1190.

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