Chairman of Joint Chiefs visits Kansas City

The Fifteenth Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Richard B. Myers, attended a luncheon in Kansas City, Mo. The event was sponsored by the Greater Kansas City Chapter, Association of the United States Army (AUSA) and Business Executives for National Security (BENS), while Pioneer Services Representatives handled the invitations and luncheon arrangements.

General Myers became the 15th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff on Oct. 1, 2001. In this capacity he serves as the principal military advisor to the President of the United States, the Secretary of Defense, and the National Security Council. Prior to becoming Chairman,he served as Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff for 19 months. General Myers assumed the post of Chairman at a time of diverse challenges for our Nation and Armed Forces, ranging from executing military operations against terrorists, to preserving and enhancing military readiness, to modernizing and transforming our forces to maintain military superiority in the 21st century.

During lunch, Holcom spoke with Gen. Myers about the role of Angel Flight America and how it can help service members receive free air travel for compassionate and medical reasons. They also talked about the pride shown by those serving in Iraq, their resolve to get the job done, and the creation of a local Agro-Bio Terrorism task force that will unite universities, government agencies and local businesses.

"It was an honor to meet General Myers," says Holcom. "I had the opportunity to tell him how Pioneer Services Representatives help military families, especially with Angel Flight. Our new Operation Iraqi Freedom Charitable Flight Fund, which provides $10,000 to help fly service members and their families for medical, bereavement, or humanitarian reasons, is one example of what we do every day to help the military community."

Myers, who was born in Kansas City, and graduated from Kansas State University in 1965, addressed the crowd after lunch, focusing on the new threat facing America – fear and intimidation – and how the military and local communities can respond. While discussing the war in Iraq, he spoke about the men and women who were committed to getting the job done. "Its a tough job," said Myers, "but the soldiers are performing magnificently."

"Supporting the troops is the number one priority of every Pioneer Services Representative," says Holcom, "and the luncheon was a great way to share that with him. Through initiatives like our Financial Fitness program, our sponsorship of Angel Flight, and free video e-mail so families can send their loved ones a message, we are all dedicated to supporting our troops."