EVENTS

Since our inception, the St. Michael's All Airborne Chapter participated in community events that promote military service, patriotism and assistance for veterans. Our members are engaged in helping our veterans and deployed airborne units. We also work with our local High School JROTC programs to recognize deserving cadets and present them with the 82nd Airborne Division JROTC Medal and certificate. 

 

The Chapter accomplishes its mission by conducting fund raisers to generate funds to assist our veterans with much needed financial help. 

 

The St. Michael's All Airborne Chapter is always striving to support our paratrooper and veteran community. To that end we are a presence in our local events that support our veterans. 

We just completed our much anticipated Hooah Oorah All the Way 5K & 10K Road Race. The support and turnout was so tremendous it even surprised the most veteran of runners. This great event was not possible without the support from our sponsors and public and private donations. We are humbled by their generous support. 

2021 EVENTS

CHAPTER HERO

Excerpt from WSOC-TV: On November 10, 2021 Two local veterans helped save a woman’s life when her house caught fire in Burke County. When the flames broke out at the home just north of Valdese, there were explosions -- most likely from oxygen tanks inside the home. When firefighters got to the scene they could see flames shooting out of the windows. Four different fire departments worked to bring the blaze under control.

 

Neighbor Thomas Frank heard screams for help and tried to reach his neighbor near the front door of the home.

Donnie Smart, who also lives nearby, was outside raking leaves when he heard the explosion. He said he immediately ran to the home.

Frank and Smart were able to get the woman inside out and to safety.

“Anybody who has a tiny bit of compassion in their life would have done the same thing,” Frank told Channel 9. “If I didn’t do anything, I couldn’t wake up in the morning.”

The woman who was inside the home was taken to the hospital to be checked out but should be OK. The American Red Cross is helping the woman.

St. Michael's All Airborne Chapter salutes our very own, Thomas Frank. Your quick action in saving a life is a testament to your Paratrooper spirit. Hooah! Airbone All the Way!

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SUPPORT GOES A LONG WAY

We are honored to have such great support from our community. Lamar signs donated a lighted sign located on I-40 eastbound just past Exit 119 on the left traveling east to west, right at the Catawba County/Burke County line.  This has been a Chapter goal for several years.  Hopefully, this sign will attract Paratroopers in Western NC to become members of our Chapter, but more importantly, help us find Paratroopers, Veterans, and their Families who are in need of help.

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RUNNER WITH A CAUSE

Harley Barnes running 101KM in memory of his cousin Brian, to bring light to the burn pit vapor problem from which Brian contracted leukemia, and to raise funds for St Michael’s All Airborne Chapter. For his effort and support of our Chapter, Harley was made an Honorary Member of the St. Michael's All Airborne Chapter. 

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RETIRING MEMBER

Two former 82nd Airborne Division Paratroopers retired from the Catawba County Sherriff’s Department yesterday, one of them our St Michael’s Chapter Vice Chairman Eric Miller . Congratulations and job well done!

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