4/27/14 Welcome Home Capt. Jerry Reitano, U.S. Army Havertown, PA


A Hero’s Welcome…
It’s that time again to show our hero’s we have their backs here at home with a MUG & HUG!

We’ve been contacted by the proud parents of Cpt. Jerry Reitano asking if we could do a little something…

” My son has just returned from Afghanistan where he served for 1 year with the Army. He arrived home last Monday, March 31st to his wife and baby daughter who is 18 months. He is currently completing his post deployment at Ft Hood, Texas and then is returning to our home where he grew up in Havertown, Pa. We plan on having an welcome home open house for him on Sunday April 27th and was wondering if it would be possible for your organization to drive to our location and make this celebration special by acknowledging his service. I understand you must get many requests and can’t honor them all. After all you are doing this on your own time. I know this is on short notice and I am only sending this because he will be leaving shortly for his next assignment, luckily in the states. Appreciate all that you do and thanks for listening.”
BIO: Captain Jerry Reitano has just returned from 12 months of serving his country in Afghanistan for the U.S. Army. He was company commander and pilot in command during his tour. He was last stationed at Ft. Hood in Killeen Texas and prior to that Ft. Huachuca in Tucson, Arizona, Ft. Wainwright in Fairbanks, Alaska and Ft. Rucker in Enterprise, Alabama. He entered the service through the college ROTC program at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University in 2002 and was commissioned in 2005 and assigned to the US Army Aviation branch. He has piloted both Chinook Helicopters and Fix Wing planes and has spent time overseas in Pakistan and South Korea. He has a wife of 7 years and a 18 month old baby daughter.

Thank you Howard for stepping up!
Rallye Point:
Manoa Shopping Center (around the back)
1305 West Chester Pike
Havertown, Pa
Rallye Time: 4:15PM (16:15)
KSU: 4:50PM (16:50)

April 17, 2014 – GATHERING OF HEROES – MEDAL OF HONOR Recipients Visit CHERRY HILL, NJ to Philadelphia


April 17, 2014 – GATHERING OF HEROES – MEDAL OF HONOR Recipients Visit  

TIMES RUNNING OUT to sign up for the Bus Trip to the GATHERING OF HEROES – MEDAL OF HONOR Recipients visit. If you want to come along on the bus, you need to RSVP no later than Monday!!! Details below;


The American Legion Post 372 of Cherry Hill, NJ is providing a bus shuttle to this event. There will be two bus departure times – 5pm and 6:30pm from Cherry Hill, NJ to the Irish Pub. There will be two departure times from the Irish Pub back to the Legion, 1st departure 7:30pm and 2nd departure time approx. 9:15pm. The bus is free of charge. If you are interested in coming over on the bus, contact Sue at 856-495-7270, squinn9807@aol.com . Reservations for the bus MUST be made in advance.


If you are interested in attending this event, but do NOT want to go over on the bus, proceed directly to the Irish Pub, 20th & Walnuts Sts., Philadelphia, PA. See below for details of event



Date: Thursday, April 17th, 2014
Place: Irish Pub, 20th & Walnut Sts., Philadelphia, PA
Time: 5pm – 9:30pm
Entrance Fee – $20
Medal of Honor Recipients to arrive at 6pm.

The Gathering of Heroes is a night of camaraderie, good food and cheer and an opportunity to meet and spend time with America’s heroes. In addition to local dignitaries and celebrities, four Medal of Honor recipients will be in attendance. Marine recipient Barney Barnum, Army recipient Brian Thacker and Navy Seal recipients Tommy Norris and Mike Thornton will be on hand for the entire evening. In addition to speaking one on one with these heroes, attendees can purchase autographed books, have their pictures taken with them and bid on unique auction items. More info http://www.mclefphila.org



4/227/14 Welcome Home Captain Jerry Reitano, U.S. Army Havertown, PA


We have been asked by the proud parents of Cpt. Jerry Reitano to surprise him at a small party they are having.

BIO: Cpt Jerry Reitano who was commissioned in ’05 and assigned to the U.S Army Aviation Branch just returned “home” after serving 12 loooonng months in Afghanistan.
The Capt. served as a Company Commander, Pilot in Command and also has served in the states at Ft. Hood, Ft. Huachuca, Ft. Wainwright and Ft Rucker.

The Capt. has piloted both Chinooks as well as fixed wing planes as he spent time in Pakistan and South Korea.

Awaiting his arrival home besides his parent and friends are his supportive wife of 7 years and his 18 month old daughter.

Now this visit from the captain may be bittersweet as he will be leaving shortly for his next assignment, possibly in the states though.

Who: Capt. Jerry Reitano
What: M & H
When: April 27th 2014 (TIME TBD)
Where: Havertown area

7/4/14 WELCOME HOME Chief MSgt. Kristine Jones, USAF Cinnaminson, NJ


NJ 7/4 W/H M&H Chief MSgt Kristine Jones

We have been ask by the proud family of Chief MSgt. Kristine Jones to come by and Welcome The Chief MSgt Home from her 1 year deployment from Korea, and that’s just what we will do!


Rally point TBD

Rally time 1320

Ksu 1355

Kristine joined the Airforce at nineteen years old.. and she has never ….for seventeen years…. be stationed close to home..Korea, Iraq and Germany and Hawaii to name a few. 
She has three years to go and now when she leaves Korea she’ll be coming home….. to the east coast ….Maryland ……….Her family is in Colorado Springs…so she has alot to do 
when she leaves Korea second week of June…Her tour was one year 
We have not seen her or her husband and my grandchildren for a year and a half. 

Hero’s Name: Kristine Lynn Jones

Branch of Service: Air Force
Service Time 17 years 
Rank: Chief Master Sergeant 
Where did they grow up: Cinnaminson NJ
High School: Cinnaminson High Schoo
College: has a BA working on Masters
Are they Returning from a Deployment/Overseas and Where: Korea
How Long have they been gone: 1 year

Parents Names:  Guido and Patricia Cavacini
Brothers Nick Cavacini, Antonio Cavacini and Walter Brennan
Sister: Ada Krager
Hobbies: .. what does our hero enjoy in their spare time: Shopping


3/?/14 Welcome Home Sergeant Michael Rinehart, U.S. ARMY, Traverse City, Michigan


A Hero’s Welcome, we are currently planning a welcome home for  Sergeant Michael Rinehart, U.S. ARMY.

Sergeant Michael Rinehart, will be returning from a deployment in Afghanistan and is also an Iraq War Veteran.

I will have more info on Michael as the plans develop.  He is due home in March and would be flying into Traverse City, Michigan.  IF YOU LIVE IN THE TRAVERSE CITY AREA AND WOULD LIKE TO ASSIST IN THE PLANNING OF THIS WELCOME HOME, PLEASE REPLY BELOW.


“Mike is one of those guys, that is always giving. It’s about time that his Country gives back to him, big time! He would absolutely LOVE this surprise; I don’t know anyone more patriotic.”
Thank you for your time and consideration.
LT Heather E. Golightly

Looking for ways to help AHW? I’ve got some ideas!


Summer is over and things are going to get busy with the holidays coming up.. this also means the troops will be coming home more frequently to see family and friends.

I’d like to put together “Welcome Home Teams” to cover periods of time (creating a schedule)  and to cover areas of PA and NJ where the welcomes would take place.  I’m hoping this will make more efficient use of everyone’s time and resources. (Ideas are welcome)

Please contact me if you’d like to be a part of a “team’ where you live.   If there is a welcome home close to you, you would present the certificate and be a part of the planning for that particular welcome.  Similar to the Ride Captain for our sister group, the Warriors’ Watch Riders.  It’s very exciting to know YOU put the welcome home together, very rewarding to see the family and our HERO be reunited!

Please think about it…  and thank you for your continued support!

For the Troops,

Maria Hyland

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Look what we have so far!

PR: Jane Perkins and Dan O’Kane

Bucks County Team:  Paul and Clare Wexler

Phila Airport Team:  Dan O’Kane

Montgomery County Team:  Maria and Bob Kerr

Needed: Website Moderators and Email support

Warriors’ Watch Rider Harry Rombold featured on Harley Davidson Visa Commercial!


Our very own Harry Rombold entered his story and the story of the Warriors’ Watch Riders mission to a recent Harley Davidson Visa commercial contest.. and well, we all know Harry is a winner.. but this time.. so did Harley Davidson!! Please sit back and enjoy this video clip.. and just think.. we all can say “we knew Harry …when”

Thank you Harry for being the perfect representative from WWR !


(password is hdv if needed)

4/18/14 Honor Mission for Richard J. Miller, US Army Air Corps Broomall, PA

On Good Friday 2014 , A Hero’s Welcome and Warriors’ Watch Riders stood a flag line and escort for a fallen Hero ,Richard J. Miller ,93 , US Army Air Corps WWII.

Formerly of Glenolden , Pa. ,Richard passed away on April 11, 2014.

Warriors Watch Riders escorted our World War 2 Veteran to his final resting place at Glenwood Memorial Gardens in Broomall , Pa.

Rest In Peace Mr. Miller .

Respectfully , Captain Dan

2nd Update!! N 4/18/14 Welcome Home E3 Jude Powals, U.S. Navy Philadelphia, PA 19115


SEPA 4/18 W/H Jude Powals of the U.S. Navy
Our hero is in a rush to get home! He has already left Norfolk and we need to change our times!

new rally time: 6:15  pm

Rally Location: 1900 Block of Nester Ave.  Philadelphia, PA 19115

SEPA 4/18 W/H Jude Powals of the U.S. Navy
Our hero is in a rush to get home! He has already left Norfolk and we need to change our times!

We got a special request from an excited Victoria Ventimiglia to welcome home her very best friend, Jude Powals, who will be coming home Friday, April 18th.

Victoria writes:
My friend’s name is Jude Powals, he is an E3 and a GSM. He has been enlisted for approximately two years (since right after high school), and this was his first deployment. His job is a gas turbine systems mechanic. He has gotten a letter of appreciation for his work, as well as an ESWS pin, which states he knows all the jobs and systems on board. In his spare time, Jude loves reading and is a huge Ernest Hemmingway fan. He also enjoys spending time with his parents, his best friend Louis, and has a younger brother and sister.

His parents are going to pick him up from Norfolk, VA.  The Warriors’ Watch Riders will escort our Hero home to Northeast Philadelphia where A Hero’s Welcome will be waiting for his arrival!!!! 
Let’s get out there and show Jude how much we appreciate him.

Rally Location: 1900 Block of Nester Ave.  Philadelphia, PA 19115
Rally Time: 7:00 6:15 PM
Our Hero’s Expected Arrival is 7:30 PM  6:30 PM
RC: Keith Ventimiglia (1st time RC) & Scouter Thank you boys for stepping up!

4/19/14 Welcome Home Dominic Tamburro, U.S. Navy Philadelphia, PA

IMG_0513Please join the Warriors’ Watch Riders in welcoming home Dominic Tamburro, US Navy.

Details: Pete Tamburro contacted WWR to give his son one heck of a WELCOME HOME and ESCORT to THANK HIM FOR HIS SERVICE!
Dominic Tamburro, of the United States Navy has been deployed for 2 years. Dominic is an Aviation Boatswain’s mate on the USS Harry S. Truman. He is coming home Saturday, April 19, 2014. Pete Tamburro (Dominic’s Dad) is filled with so much joy, he could hardly hold back tears.

Dominic is the 2nd son of 4 children, he has an older brother & younger twin sisters. His Mom and Dad could not be prouder of him. Dominic loves his Hockey games, a true Philadelphia Flyers Fan!

Dominic’s Grandfather (Anthony Tamburro) was also a veteran. He fought in WWII and the Korean War.
Heroes run in the Tamburro Family blood line.

RALLY LOCATION: 2000 Woodhaven Rd. Philadelphia Pa 19116. (where the dead end is at the west end of Woodhaven rd right before the Byberry rd exit.) In the lot of Jim’s Pretzels.

RALLY TIME: 12:30 pm KSU, 1300 or when our hero arrives. 
We will have a flag line waiting for our hero.

Thank you for stepping up!

UPDATED!!! 4/12/14 U.S. Army Pvt. 1st Class Jake Selwood, PHL to Riverside, NJ

Pictures by Brenda!

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UPDATED 4/12 @ 0718 the flight has been over booked


KSU 4:40 PM


Changes will be announced on 484-679-1717 AHW Hotline

We have been asked by the Proud Parents of U.S. Army Pvt. 1st Class Jake Selwood to Welcome him Home WWR STYLE!!! So that is just what we are going to do…

Jacob “Jake” Selwood is a 20yr old Graduate of Riverside High School, who upon Graduation stepped up and enlisted into he U.S. Army to help Defend the FREEDOMS that we all enjoy

Our Hero completed 4yrs in ROTC and is a Combat Medic returning from a 9 month Afghanistan Deployment

Growing up in Riverside New Jersey Jake enjoys Hunting and going 4 wheeling when he does get spare free time

Parents Tammy and Randy along with his Brother Josh are anxiously waiting for Jake’s return

RALLY TIME-1050 (10:50am)
KSU———1135 (11:35am)
RC———–GAVEL–Thanks for stepping up Brother

Secondary Rally point—lz168 Staples Parking lot across from Barbs Harley Davidson
RALLY TIME————–1020 (10:20am)
KSU—————————-1035 (10:35am)

4/13/14 Welcome Home Matt Horning, US Army Conshohocken, PA

Our friend Chief Stephen Phipps of the Conshohcken Fire Dept. has requested A Hero’s Welcome and Warriors’ Watch to provide an escort for one of their own.

Matt Horning is a member of the 10th Mountain Division and also a member of the Conshohocken Fire Co. No. 2

Our Hero is due to come home on Sunday April 13.

We will rally at the Washington Firehouse 36 West Elm St. Conshohocken Pa. 19428

and then provide an escort to his home along with the FD.

We are waiting on Matt’s  Bio to learn more about his service.

Rally Time 2:30 PM
KSU : approx. 3:PM 
Rally Place: Conshohocken FD (address to be posted soon)

RC: Hooker Thank you Brother for stepping up!


4/10/14 New Jersey Mission of Honor for Cremains of American Veterans

NJMOH Members:

New Jersey Mission of Honor for Cremains of American Veterans will have our eighteenth ceremony on Thursday, April 10, 2014 to honor 21 Veterans (Army, Navy, Air Force and US Coast Guard) who honorably served during World War I, World War II, Korea, Vietnam and during Peacetime. These veterans are from Dignity Memorial Funeral Providers of New Jersey, specifically through the cooperation of funeral directors from the Anderson & Campbell Funeral Home and Quinn Hopping Funeral Home both located in Toms River.

The ceremony will begin at the Anderson & Campbell Funeral Home, Main Street, Toms River and then proceed to BG William C Doyle Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Wrightstown, NJ for the committal service.

10:00am Ceremony begins at Anderson & Campbell Funeral Home, 703 Main Street, Toms River
11:30 am Motorcade (motorcycles and all vehicles) escorted, departs for BG William C Doyle Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Wrightstown 

12:30 pm Arrive at Rear Entrance (Jacobstown/Arneytown Road) BG William C Doyle Veterans Memorial Cemetery 

1:00 pm Committal Service 

All those attending the ceremony at Anderson & Campbell Funeral Home in Toms River, be sure to arrive on time as the ceremony will start promptly at 10:00 am and end in sufficient time for the 11:30 am departure.

The Patriot Guard Riders (provide flag line for the ceremony) and Warriors Watch Riders, along with veterans organizations and state/county/local dignitaries are invited to attend.

All are welcome, please arrive at Anderson & Campbell Funeral Home or the rear entrance to the cemetery at the designated times listed above. Anyone at the rear entrance, remember to show respect to those already in the cemetery either visiting a gravesite and/or attending a committal, refrain from loud and/or excessive noise while awaiting the NJMOH committal service. All those attending shall remain at the rear entrance until being escorted by cemetery personnel to the committal service.