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MetaVR News Volume XVII, Issue 1 May 27, 2013  


MetaVR creates 3D real–time environments that provide the fidelity of geospecific simulation with game quality graphics and performance.

In this Memorial Day issue:
38.A – MetaVR Sponsors 61 Veterans for Honor Flight New England
38.B – MetaVR Sponsors TACP Association Run Challenge and Reunion

  Honor Flight 38.A

MetaVR Sponsors 61 Veterans for
Honor Flight New England

On Sunday May 19, 2013, MetaVR sponsored a group of 61 veterans from Honor Flight New England on their Honor Flight to visit the World War II Memorial and other memorials in Washington, D.C. For the 61 veterans, it was the first time they had ever traveled to Washington D.C. to see the memorials. An Iwo Jima survivor and a Purple Heart recipient were among the World War II veterans. Accompanying each veteran was a volunteer, or guardian (family member or program volunteer), who traveled at his or her own expense and offered assistance to the veteran throughout the trip. In addition to visiting the World War II Memorial, the veterans observed the changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery, and visited the Lincoln Memorial, the Korean War Memorial, and the Vietnam Memorial Wall.

Honor Flight New England (HFNE) is part of the national organization Honor Flight Network and is a non-profit organization created solely to honor America's veterans for all of their sacrifices. Through generous donations veterans have the opportunity to travel to Washington, D.C., to visit and reflect at their memorials at no personal expense. Top priority is given to the senior veterans – World War II survivors, along with those other veterans who may be terminally ill. The program is recognized as a concrete way of expressing gratitude for the service and sacrifice of US military men and women. Since 2009 HFNE has given over 800 veterans the opportunity to visit their memorials in the nation's capital.

This event was the second Honor Flight New England visit to Washington D.C. that MetaVR has sponsored; we also sponsored the Honor Flight New England visit to Washington D.C. in May 2011.

On this Memorial Day, MetaVR appreciates the opportunity to support the efforts of Honor Flight New England, and we encourage readers to contact their local Honor Flight chapters and support this important program.

  TACP Assoc 38.B

MetaVR Sponsors TACP Association Run Challenge and Reunion

MetaVR was one of several sponsors of the US Air Force Tactical Air Control Party (TACP) Association's recent 2nd Annual 24 Hour Run Challenge. The purpose of the challenge, which was held on March 28-29, 2013, and completed by TACP units around the world, was to raise money for the TACP Association and the TACP community. MetaVR sponsored three teams: Team Hood, Team Lewis-McChord, and Team Peoria.

The USAF TACP is a small community of airmen — joint terminal attack controllers (JTACs) and radio operator-maintainer-and- drivers (ROMADs) — who align with ground forces to call in close air support. The mission of TACP Association is to "Remember the fallen, honor the living, and aid members of the TACP community and their families in need."

A total of 1700 participants from various units in the US and other locations around the world took part in the run challenge, which raised over $50,000 for the TACP community. The winning team was the one with the most accumulated mileage after 24 hours. Team Peoria ran for a total of 161.75 miles in the 24-hour period, placing second in the challenge; the team also raised nearly $9,000, winning the award for the highest dollar amount of donations.

An example of the type of assistance the TACP Association provides was when it obtained a seeing-eye dog for Senior Airman (SrA.) Mike Malarsie, the ROMAD who worked with JTAC SrA. Bradley Smith, who was killed in action on January 3, 2010, in Afghanistan. From that fire fight, SrA. Mike Malarsie took excessive fragmentation to the face which rendered him legally blind. The TACP Association assisted SrA. Mike Malarsie with his hospital bills and covered the expense for his seeing eye dog.

MetaVR will serve as one of the sponsors for the forthcoming 5th Annual TACP Memorial & Reunion. The event, which includes a memorial, a barbeque, and a 5K run, will be held June 5-7, 2013, in the Hurlburt Field / Fort Walton Beach area. This year, the TACP Association will honor Major W. David Gray who was killed in action in Afghanistan on August 8, 2012, by adding him to the TACP Memorial at Hurlburt Field. This will be MetaVR's second year as a sponsor for the barbeque portion of this reunion event. reunion-5-7-june/

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