B-17 bomber crashes
The Nine-0-Nine – a U.S. Army B-17G Flying Fortress bomber that was built in 1944 and had visited the Chesterfield airport several times – crashed Oct. 2 at Bradley International Airport near Hartford, Conn. The aircraft was destroyed by fire, with only a portion of a wing and the tail remaining.... Read more
Defense Supply Center Richmond has new commander, HQ
Things are somewhat new at Defense Supply Center Richmond. The Defense Logistics Agency’s Aviation unit at the military base recently got a new commander and opened a new five-floor 252,000-square-foot headquarters building. Air Force Brig. Gen. David Sanford, 47, started as the base commander on July 9. The Atlanta... Read more
Remembering 9-11
Defense Logistics Agency christens new building
Officials prepare to cut the ribbon for the opening of the Defense Logistics Agency Aviation Operations Center on June 25. From left, David Gibson, site director; Cathy Contreras, acquisition executive, DLA Aviation; Charlotte Hurd, military liaison for Sen. Mark Warner; Gordon Hackett, director, DLA Installation Management; Air Force Brig.... Read more
Soldier who suffered loss finds purpose in his children
Carlos Rivadeneira Jr. grew up in the Bronx, a borough of New York. In October 1979, when he was in eleventh grade, he left school to join the military, shipping out to Fort Sill in Oklahoma. “Growing up in the Bronx is kind of difficult,” the 57-year-old said. “I... Read more
Fort Lee Army Band to go  inactive
It was 91 degrees, and visitors to the Chester Village Green on June 6 were treated to some hot jazz from Fort Lee’s “First Class Jazz Band.” The seven-member group performed at the 17th annual event sponsored by the Chester Kiwanis Club and the Village News. However, it might... Read more
Navy veteran gets assistance dog
Chester resident Kathy Tilbury, U.S. Navy retired, recently received an assistance dog from Canine Companions for Independence. Tilbury was matched with Koa II, a 3-year-old lab/golden retriever cross who was trained to respond to over 40 commands. Koa can turn light switches on and off, open and close doors... Read more
Retired Army nurse facilitates PTSD group for veterans
Tonia Golden loves helping people. That’s why she became a nurse. Even though she’s retired, Golden continues to serve by facilitating a post-traumatic stress disorder group at Chester’s Disabled American Veterans chapter. The group, which meets at 11 a.m. Thursdays at 6221 Newbys Bridge Road, averages about 12 members... Read more
100th anniversary of Armistice adds to annual commemoration
Chesterfield County elementary school students made 450 clay poppies that were planted in the lawn of the old Chesterfield Courthouse for a special ceremony Sunday, Nov. 11, symbolizing the significance of this Veterans Day. One hundred years ago, on Nov. 11, 1918, the Armistice was signed to mark the... Read more
Perkins receives lifetime honor
ABOVE: DLA Aviation Commander Air Force Brig. Gen. Linda Hurry presents Benjamin ‘Gil’ Perkins the Hall of Fame medal and award for his selection as DLA Aviation’s 2018 Hall of Fame member at Defense Supply Center Richmond. For his dedicated service and contributions to Defense Logistics Agency Aviation, Benjamin “Gil”... Read more