9/15/17 Fox29 Salutes the Military Day, Phila, PA

AHW has been asked by our friends at Fox29 to be a part of this year’s Fox29 Salute the Military Day.
Our response was…”YOU BET WE WILL!!!”

Fox29 has been a strong supporter of our military AND of A Hero’s Welcome missions!! THEY’RE excited…and WE’RE excited! We’d love to have all AHW members and supporters attend as Fox29 broadcasts their morning show from outside their tv studio on Market Street. What a great opportunity to honor the members and Veterans of the United States of America military!
AHW stands proud to do it!!

We will not have a rally point. We will meet at the destination…outside the Fox29 tv studio.
Since this mission lasts the length of their broadcast – which is 7am – 10am – feel free to join us when and as you can. Stay for any amount of time.

It’ll be an early morning…

Rally Time: 5:30 am

Location: Fox29 TV Studio
4th and Market Streets
Philadelphia, PA

Time: Please arrive by 6:00 am or earlier if you can help us set up.

Please post on this forum if you plan on attending.

Any questions contact Brenda@aheros-welcome.org or maria@aheros-welcome.org

9/10/17 Mug n Hug for Cpl Andrew Haacke, USMC Perkasie, PA

Warriors Watch Riders have invitied us to join them in Perkasie for a Mug n Hug for Cpl. Andrew Haacke, USMC.

Andrew will be back in the area for dinner with his mother Elaine and friends and it will be a perfect location to say Thank you and Welcome Home!

Short bio: Andrew is 21 and with Marine Corps Security Company. His mother Elaine Dillinger was a big part on the Vietnam Traveling Wall coming to Penndel last month. The family and friends will be at the restaurant.

Date: 9/10/17
Rally: Hanums Harley-Davidson 
3255 State Rd, Sellersville, PA 18960
Rally Time 4:30 pm 
KSU 4:45 pm
WWR RC: Hogrider

9/18/17 Honor Flight Philadelphia, Flourtown, PA

SUPER TURN OUT for the Greatest Generation!  Hats off to the Hostess Robin Fitapaldi!  She really outdid herself and the Heroes were so pleased and proud to see the turnout.

Pictures by Jeff Story/ Bikerider:  https://photos.app.goo.gl/3RChzcyjSNTHrGxk1   Thank you Jeff!

 

COME OUT TO SAY WELCOME HOME TO THE WWII AND KOREAN WAR VETS who will be returning from their special day with HONOR FLIGHT PHILA !

They will returning to Flourtown Country Club 150 McCloskey Rd, Flourtown, PA 19031

On September 18, 2017, under the guidance and assistance of Honor Flight Philadelphia, numerous Montgomery County World War II and Korean War Veterans will be boarding chartered buses to travel to Washington, D.C. to see their respective memorials.

We will gather at Flourtown Country Club 5:30 pm / ETA of busses 6:15 pm as our HEROES arrive home to family and friends!

YOU DON’T WANT TO MISS THIS ONE!

Date: 9/17/17
Time: 5:30pm
Location: Flourtown Country Club 150 McCloskey Rd, Flourtown, PA 19031

for more info on Honor Flight http://honorflightphiladelphia.org

8/26/17 Welcome Home Sgt. Judah Strange, USMC Oaks to Royersford, PA

We had a wonderful turnout to say Welcome Home to Sgt. Strange, USMC.  It had been 5 long years since he was home and what a homecoming it was!  family and friends joined at his parents home for a big celebration!

https://goo.gl/photos/onDBBfkb9bFW2pGx5  

photos by Jeff Bikerider, thanks Jeff!

https://goo.gl/photos/9vqyPbFFJJDkYGWc8

 

We have been invited to join Warriors’ Watch as they Welcome Home SGT. Judah Strange, USMC.

“We can’t say no to this Mission since Judah hasn’t been home in 5 years!!! Although he was not deployed in harms’ way, Sgt. Strange served 2 tours in Japan, and a tour in Hawaii. Our Hero has been transferred back Stateside, and will enjoy a very much deserved Leave. He will be driving up from Baltimore MD, with a stop in OAKS Pa, where we will meet Him at the Rally point, then escort Him and his family to His Welcome Home Party at his Sister Colleens house in Linfield Pa. (Royersford )
There we will be welcomed by the local Fire Dept, Family and friends. Let’s give SGT Strange our famous Rock Star treatment, and make this escort one that He and His Family won’t soon forget.

Also, Sgt. Stranges’ father, cousin, and 2 other family members are all veterans, so we will honor them all!!

RALLY TIME: 10:30 AM.
LOCATION: TARGET PARKING LOT
200 Mill Rd, Oaks, PA 19456
just off EGYPT RD., OAKS PA.

WWR RC: DennyJ

8/6/17 NJ Welcome Home HERO!!! US Air Force Newark Airport to Hasbrouck Heights, NJ

SUPER JOB BY ALL TO BRING THIS AIRMAN HOME TO THE ARMS OF HIS LOVING FAMILY!!!!!

 The Star of our show!!! Airman First Class JT Rinke with AHW NNJ Chapter Director Rose Pagan!

Join us on Facebook!

https://www.facebook.com/A-Heros-Welcome-North-Jersey-522069854470419/

https://www.tapinto.net/towns/hasbrouck-heights-slash-wood-ridge-slash-teterboro/articles/hasbrouck-heights-j-dot-t-rinke-receives-motorcycle

 

 

and we had the honor of presenting an MSAWI Star to a Vietnam Veteran too!

What: Welcome Home for Airman First Class XXX (name will be blocked on social media to keep this a surprise)
When: Sunday Aug. 6, 2017
Rally: Cell Phone parking Lot Newark Airport (map in post below) 4:00 pm
Where: Newark Airport to Hasbrouck Heights VFW

From Rose: Hi everyone!

Thank you so very much for volunteering to be part of this WONDERFUL experience!!! Our local hero, XXX, USAF Airman First Class (name held due to his access to social media)  will be returning home (for at least a short time) on Sunday, Aug 6th. His flight is due to land at 5pm at Newark Airport.
For those of you that are part of the airport committee (J. Kelly, D. Hackett, S. DeJessa), I will be emailing you separately with details.
For the majority of you that will be welcoming our at the destination, below are the details. Please be aware that this young man is traveling halfway across the country, so flight details are tentative until he boards his plane!!! I will be emailing updates from now on, so everyone in thie email group is aware of the situation.
Welcome Home Committee Details:
Please gather at the Hasbrouck Heights VFW at approximately 6:30pm (this is subject to change) on Sunday, August 6th. Please bring your families and friends with lots of American flags, banners and whatever you want to bring that is appropriate for a United States soldier’s return home.
Please remain in the parking lot at the VFW until you hear from me and our approximate time of arrival. Our Hero and his family will be arriving with a motorcycle escort from Warriors’ Watch Riders.
Please be respectful of the welcome, the soldier, the family, the various organizations, the neighbors as well as the VFW and each other! This is an AWESOME event for this family and for all of us involved.
Thanking you all from the bottom of my heart,
Rose Pagan
AHW-NJ

 

 

7/24/17 Escort for Cpl Dan Baldassare, USMC, killed in KC-130 crash Dover, DE to Freehold, NJ

7/24/17  
 
Monday July 24, 2017 A Hero’s Welcome members and fellow Patriots are invited to stand in honor of United States Marine Corps Corporal Dan Baldassare of Colts Neck, NJ.  
 
Cpl Baldassare was killed in the tragic explosion and crash of a KC-130 on July 10 in Mississippi.  
 
A  motorcycle escort will lead the hearse bringing Cpl Baldassare back to his hometown.  They will be leaving Dover AFB, Delaware at 10am being escorted by Colts Neck PD car with a small Detachment of Strength & Honor MC riders.
 
Please feel free to meet at the first rest stop north bound on the New Jersey turnpike Fenwick rest area at 10am with KSU 11:15 or earlier, or stand along the route of travel north bound on the New Jersey Turnpike to exit 1 to 7A.
 
They will then take 195 east to Route 9 North to Howell, NJ Rt9N to Rt 524 east to Clayton-McGirr Funeral Home Freehold,NJ
 
NOTE: This ride will take approx. 1 1/2 hours, with New Jersey State Police leading the escort. 
Once the hearse gets to Fenwick rest area the escort will be leaving within a ten minute window. 
 
Please post on our forum or facebook page if you’d like to coordinate with other members planning on participating. 
 
Please bring your American Flag and be prepaired to wait, times are not exact. The total escort time from Dover to the destination is approx 1.5 Hrs and there is no way to communicate with the riders.
Plan on being in place on the Northbound side of the NJ Turnpike  exit 1 up to Exit 7A  no later 11:15 am.  
PLEASE REMEMBER SAFETY FIRST.. STAY OFF THE ROAD!!!

7/16 Welcome Home Tech Sgt. John M. Matecki Jr.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WE HAVE BEEN ASKED BY WARRIORS’ WATCH RIDERS TO JOIN THEM AND THE FAMILY OF TECH SGT JOHN M. MATECKI JR. FOR A WELCOME HOME/ ESCORT BACK TO HIS FAMILY’S HOME IN THE FISHTOWN SECTION OF PHILADELPHIA.

JOHN’S ARRIVAL TIME IS SCHEDULED FOR SUNDAY MORNING 7/16 AT APPROXIMATELY 8:30 AM. OF COURSE, WE CAN’T SAY NO, SO WE WILL GIVE HIM THE ROCK STAR TREATMENT THAT HE TRULY DESERVES.

JOHN HAS SERVED IN THE US AIR FORCE FOR 20 YEARS, RIGHT OUT OF ROMAN CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL. AFTER BASIC TRAINING, JOHN GOT MARRIED AND WAS SENT OUT FOR A SIX MONTH STINT IN SAUDI ARABIA. THEN IT WAS BACK ON U.S. SOIL TO CHARLESTON S.C. FOR 6 YEARS, DURING WHICH HE A SERVED 6 MONTH TOUR IN QATAR, AND (2) 6 MONTH TOURS IN IRAQ. JOHN WAS THEN TRANSFERRED TO MAGUIRE A.F.B. IN NEW JERSEY, AND THEN OFF TO EDWARDS A.F.B. IN CALIFORNIA, WHERE HIS RETIREMENT CEREMONY WILL BE HELD ON AUGUST 18th. AFTER HIS RETIREMENT, JOHN AND HIS FAMILY WILL THEN MOVE TO DAYTON OHIO, WHERE HE WILL WORK AT WRIGHT-PATTERSON A.F.B. AS A CIVILIAN.

RALLY TIME: 7:30 AM
LOCATION: FB 69
KSU: 8:00 AM

What a great way to start the day!

Please post on this forum if you plan on attending.

Any questions contact Brenda@aheros-welcome.org or elin@aheros-welcome.org

7/8/17 SHORT NOTICE WELCOME HOME FOR LTC SHAWN SHUTTS, ABE Airport Allentown, PA

WOW! What a fabulous Welcome Home mission for Lt. Col. Shawn Shutts, U.S. Army! Great teamwork!! Thank you to our AHW members who turned out- your support means the world to us!…Thank you to the American Legion Riders – Hellertown and Palm Post Riders you were 18 strong and we were honored you joined us! Looking forward to seeing you all again!…Thank you to State Representative Ryan Mackenzie who through Bill Royer sent wishes our Hero’s way…Thank you to the Board of Directors (and Renea) of Lower Macungie for the Proclamation for our Hero…Thank you to ABE Airport police and South Whitehall police for your tremendous help! You had our backs today!…Thank you to WFMZ Channel 69 for supporting our mission in such a beautiful way – your support of the work of A Hero’s Welcome and our military is greatly appreciated!…Thank you to Family friend, Maureen for reaching out to us and for our Hero’s family for honoring AHW by inviting us into this personal moment…and thank you to the 80-100 friends, family and supporters who joined in this mission today!! Flags, Signs, Banners, Balloons, Cheers, Tears, Smiles and Hugs for a returning Hero. What more could we ask for?!? 🇺🇸❤️

photos by Maureen Brophy…thank you Maureen!  …more pictures to follow

 

 

 

 

Here are some additional pictures taken by Shutts’ family friend and one of our newest members, Maureen Brophy,
Thank you Maureen!

https://www.snapfish.com/photo-gift/share?via=link&token=8NiZoZmA4NYgxQIC1KC8lA/AUS/27945705736070/SNAPFISH

photos by Brenda and Maria: 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

EXTREME SHORT NOTICE – WELCOME HOME

 

A Hero’s Welcome has been requested by a very proud and excited Lehigh Valley family to Welcome Home a Hero!!

This Hero, Lt. Col. Shawn Shutts, U.S. Army, returns from a year’s deployment. In his 18 years of service to our country, Lt. Col. Shutts has done 3 prior deployments including 2 tours in Operation Iraqi Freedom and 1 tour in Operation Enduring Freedom. This humble soldier’s love of country and his work as a logistician, in field artillery and in public affairs, in support of his country, is deep in his heart.

From Eagle Scout (where he earned the God & Country Award) to rank of Lt. Col., our Hero’s love of service is evident to all. He enjoys reading and running but above all – he loves spending time with his family – who anxiously await his return! His wife and daughters can’t wait to wrap their arms around their husband/father.

Among his awards and accomplishments are:
2 Bronze Stars
4 Meritorious Service Awards
2 Army Commendation Medals
1 Army Achievement Medal
1 Iraqi Campaign Medal
3 Overseas Service Ribbons

TO EVERYONE…PLEASE join A Hero’s Welcome, his friends and family as we Welcome Home Lt. Col. Shawn Shutts!!

Rally location: Lehigh Valley Airport (ABE)
3311 Airport Road
Allentown, PA 18109

[At airport entrance take road split to upper level parking/Departures area. Continue past main terminal (on right) and (glass) bus station, pull towards signs for commercial parking area.]

Rally time: 11:30 am

The plans for this extreme short notice Welcome Home mission are still being finalized.

For updates please check our website: http://www.aheros-welcome.org
and our forum: www.aheros-welcome.org/forum

CHECK OUR HOTLINE FOR UPDATES AND CHANGES!
484-679-1717

Any questions please contact Brenda: brenda@aheros-welcome.org or
Elin: elin@aheros-welcome.org

7/2/17 Mug n Hug for SSGT Carl W. Williams, US Army Philadelphia, PA

We have been invited by the Warriors’ Watch Riders to join them in honoring a US Army Soldier and American HERO!!!

Warriors’ Watch received a call from the family of Staff Sgt. Carl W. Williams requesting an old fashioned Warriors’ Watch Mug & Hug for their dedicated Hero / they said YES… and asked AHW come along for the fun.

Staff Sergeant Carl Woodrow Williams has been a faithful and dedicated soldier, serving 23 years and 7 months with the United States Army. He has served in Germany and Korea. He has been deployed five times throughout his career, fighting hard for the rights and freedoms of others. He spent his life fighting to protect his fellow Americans.

Date: July 2, 2017

Rally Time: 1530 (3:30PM)

Rally location: Save A Lot (Parking lot)
2801 Dauphin St.
Philadelphia, Pa.

We will be leaving the Save A Lot parking lot at 3:55PM and proceeding to Fairmount Park at 33rd & Dauphin to MUG & HUG Staff Sgt. Carl W. Williams and his wonderful family.