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5th Annual HOME Golf Tournament - Saturday, April 26, 2014

The 5th Annual HOME Golf Tournament had perfect weather along with a perfect group of folks that came out to play and support our military.

It was great to see many 'ol friends that I worked with in the aerospace industry.

The 147th Reconnaissance Wing Team from Ellington was at the tournament in all their glory to defend their 1st place title for the third year in a row.

The jROTC from Pearland High School presented the colors in perfect unison followed by our pledge of allegiance.

Colonel Kurt Leslie from the 147th presented me with a very heartfelt gift called a challenge coin from the 147th. According to the story, challenge coins originated during World War I. In one squadron, a wealthy lieutenant ordered medallions struck in solid bronze and presented them to his unit. One young pilot placed the medallion in a small leather pouch that he wore about his neck. Shortly after acquiring the medallion, the pilot's aircraft was severely damaged by ground fire. He was forced to land behind enemy lines and was immediately captured by a German patrol. In order to discourage his escape, the Germans took all of his personal identification except for a pouch that held his coin. In the meantime, he was taken to a small French town near the front. Taking advantage of a bombardment that night, he escaped. However, he was without personal identification. He succeeded in avoiding German patrols by donning civilian attire. Eventually, he stumbled onto a French outpost. Not recognizing the young pilot the French thought him to be a saboteur and made ready to execute him. He had no identification to prove his allegiance, but he did have his medallion. He showed the medallion to his would-be executioners and one of his French captors recognized the squadron insignia on the medallion. Instead of shooting him they gave him a bottle of wine.

HOME is honored to have been giving such a thoughtful gift from a group that works every day to defend our country.

After a long day on the greens and lots of good food and drink, lots of laughter and mulligans all teams made it back to the clubhouse safely in anticipation of the winning ticket for not only the 1st, 2nd or 3rd place team, but also the closest to the pin or longest drive. Or even the winning raffle ticket for the $500.00 in cash or the wireless entertainment system.

As it went, Colonel Leslie and his daughter Laura are quite a winning team on the golf course. Colonel Leslie won the longest drive and Laura won the closest to the pin. I hear she came within just a few inches of a hole in one. That hole in one would have netted her $5000.00. I'm sure it would have gone towards her college fund. (or a new car).

The winning teams are as follow but first:
The $500.00 was won by Tom Pace and the wireless system by Brian Manning.

The 2014 5th HOME Golf Tournament 3rd place team is:
Karen Barnes
Eric Perry
Stephen Hockett
Clay Tomlinson

The 2014 5th HOME Golf Tournament 2rd place team is:
LZ Technology Team
Chase Cook
Glen Cook
Terry Rank
Justin Rank

The 2014 5th HOME Golf Tournament 1st place team defending their title for the third year in a row is:
The 147th Reconnaissance Wing
Colonel Kurt Leslie and Daughter
MSgt Jim Rice
Chief Mike Cornitius

HOME thanks each and every one of you for your continued support in Helping Our Military Endure. We have many events coming up for the remainder of the year and hope you all continue to show your support with your donations as we continue to support all our troops serving in far off countries.

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