Joshua Chamberlain Chapter

 Maine, USA


Previous Guest Speakers



Dr. James Brown, Physician, Military Entrance Processing Station, Portland, ME


Todd D. Mitchell, Major, US Army.  He is the Commander of the Portland, Military Entrance Processing Station. 


Richard Fitzgerald, Director of the USS John F. Kennedy Museum. 


The museum is committed to obtaining the carrier for use as a stationary public museum/memorial.


Mr. Scott Kauffman, Financial Representative, Aspen Cross Financial Group.


Lieutenant Commander Darcie Cunningham, United States Coast Guard


Mr. Gary I. Laweryson. 


Biography:  Gary is a former Marine.  He is the Chairman of the Maine Veteran’s Coordinating Committee.  He will be there to explain the goings on in the committee, and the organization and activities of the Young Marines. 


Colonel Kelly Kash, United States Air Force, Retired, Chief Executive Officer of the Maine Veteran’s Home 


Biography: Colonel Kash has served as Chief Executive Officer, Maine Veterans’ Homes (MVH) since October, 2007.  Prior to coming to MVH, he concluded a 23-year career in the United States Air Force, retiring with the rank of Colonel from the Medical Service Corps. He attended Colby College graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Classical Studies and then from the Ohio State University with Masters in Hospital Administration.  During his career in the Air Force, he held command of five different units.  He was deployed twice, on the hospital ship USNS Mercy and then to Haiti. His last active duty posting was as Commander, 18th Medical Group, Kadena Air Base, Japan.   He also served as Director, Theater Patient Movement Requirements Center – Europe in support of Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom from 2002-04. He is married to the former Ann Nichols; they have two grown children, Jason and Emily, and reside in Nobleboro. He is affiliated with the American Legion and AMVETS.


Admiral Gregory G. Johnson, United States Navy, Retired  Topic:  The Changing Roles and Missions of the Military. 


Biography:  Admiral Johnson is a native of Westmanland, Maine in the County. He graduated from the University of Maine with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science.  Following aviation Officer’s Candidate School, he was commissioned in 1969 and designated a Naval Aviator in 1970.  His initial sea duty was in VA-66, flying the A-7E Corsair 11 and deploying in the USS Independence.  He had numerous other sea tours ending with Commander, Carrier Air Wing Three (USS Eisenhower).  His shore duty assignments included, Command and Staff College, Naval War College (Graduating with Highest Distinction) and numerous other assignments ending with a tour as Executive Assistant to the Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff.  Selected for Flag Rank in 1995, followed by various assignments and ending as Commander, Carrier Group Eight/USS Theodore Roosevelt.  In September 1997 he reported as the Senior Military Assistant to the Deputy Secretary of Defense.   In 1999, he assumed duties as the Senior Military Assistant to William “Bill” Cohen, then Secretary of Defense.   Awards and Decorations include:  The Distinguished Service Medal (2 Oak Leaves), Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit (2 Gold Stars) and numerous other awards and decorations.  Admiral Johnson and his wife Joy reside in Harpswell, Maine