CANDOER Retirement Group

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Communicators AND Others Enjoying Retirement

December 07, 2016 - Present

Saturday, February 18, 2017 - 9:40 a.m.

1. I have made some major changes to the web site over the past two weekends. After the move from an old server to a new server at GoDaddy everyones bio was exposed for anyone to see. This was brought to my attention by Dave Borter. During the rewrite I had a several coding errors that did not allow users to search for a name by the first letter in the bio listings. This was discovered by Rob Robinson. I have corrected both problems. Believe me when I say I really appreciate it when someone finds a problem and brings it to my attention. A BIG THANK YOU to both Dave and Rob!

2. Tuesday should be my last day for radiation treatments for prostate cancer. On Monday I will have a Cat Scan and a MRI which will let me know if I will need further treatments or not.

3. A picture of Joe Hazewski and his first Hawg of 2017 has been posted. Joe had to have a knee replacement in October but it has not slowed down his passion for fishing.

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Saturday, February 11, 2017 - 12:35 p.m.

Death of William Carter Brown, Sr.

William Carter Brown, Sr, 75, of Woodbridge, Virginia, died February 7, 2017 at home.

He was retired from the Department of State, as a communication officer and was also a service disabled veteran.

Carter was preceded in death by his parents, Edward and Lillian Mae Brown and brother, Andrew E. Brown.

He is survived by his wife, Rolanna M. Brown, daughter, Janine M. Brown , sons, William C. Brown, Jr and wife Judy, Charles S. Brown and wife Diana, Kenneth D. Brown and wife Cindy, grandchildren, William C. Brown III, Kara L. Brown, Kendra L. Brown, David J. Brown, Abigail L. Brown, Justin King, Acey Frazier and great grandchild, Theodore E. Brown.

The family will receive friends Saturday, February 11, 2017 from 4:00 - 6:00 pm with service at 6:00 pm at Miller Funeral Home, 3200 Golansky Blvd., Woodbridge,VA 22192.

For those of you who did not know "Carter" he was a CEO back in the 70's and 80's (don't know exact dates). He passed away at home on the 7 Feb. after a long bout of Alzheimer's and several strokes.

Thanks to Bob White for furnishing the above information!

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Saturday, February 11, 2017 - 12:25 p.m.

Death of Dorothy Loines

It is with sadness and deep regret that I inform you of the death of Dorothy Loines wife of long-time OC/T employee and CANDOER retiree George Loines.

I received the following from George: My wife passed on February 3. She had been sick for over a month. Viewing will be on Monday, February 13, at Peoples Congregational Church, 4704 13th Street, N.W., Walshington, D.C. beginning at 10 a.m. with the and funeral service to start at 11 a.m.

Those wishing to send condolences to George and his family the following is furnished:

George Loines
606 Nicholson Street, NE
Washington, DC 20011-6226
Tel: (202) 526-4539

For those who do not know, George was a long time employee of DC and OC. At the time of his retirement he was a Deputy Chief of OC/T.

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Saturday, January 28, 2017 - 11:40 a.m.

We have new members, Bob and June Blankenship! Welcome aboard!

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Saturday, January 21, 2017 - 3:40 p.m.

A picture of Gary Bobbitt and Archie McLaughlin out enjoying some target practice on a beautiful day in NC has been added to the picture gallery.

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Saturday, January 14 2017 - 10:40 a.m.

As most, or at least some of you know, Carter Brown was struck down with Alzheimer's disease a few years ago and now to add insult to injury, he has had a stroke and is in hospital. Roe, his wife, called this afternoon and said that he is doing O.K., but. . . Anyway, he is in Sentra Nortyhern Virginia Medicat Center in Woodbridge in Room 218. If you want to call his room telephone number is 703 - 523-0218. I'm sure that he and his family will be very happy to hear from any of his friends. Let's all pray for him.

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Saturday, January 07, 2017 - 6:00 p.m.

For those who are not on Facebook and have not heard about my health issue, be advised up-dates to the web site will only be performed on weekends for the next two months. I spend Sunday evening through Friday evening in Baltimore at the Johns Hopkins Comprehensive Cancer Center receiving radiation treatments for Prostate Cancer. I have so far received 10 treatments out of 40 that I will be given. If treatments go as scheduled, I will be there through the 22nd of February. I was lucky in that the cancer was caught in Stage I. So far, everything is going great. Just do not expect instant responses to questions and up-dates as I will only have my IPhone with me during this period.

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Saturday, January 07, 2017 - 5:25 p.m.

Death of Ken Alms

Ken Alms

Kenneth Richard Alms, 55, passed away on Wednesday, December 28th at 7:13 am at Bayview Medical Center in Baltimore, Maryland. He was born on April 30th 1961 to Richard and Eileen Alms.

Ken grew up in Ellicott City, Maryland. He graduated from Mt. Hebron High School in Ellicott City, Maryland. After high school, he attended college at UMBC in Catonsville, Maryland where he received a bachelor's degree in computer science in 1984. He worked for the US government as a computer specialist.

Ken married Linda Alms in 1986. They were happily married for 31 years. Ken was a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church.

Ken is survived by his spouse Linda Alms of Fulton, Maryland; his twin daughters: Christina and Cynthia Alms; his mother: Eileen Alms; and his two brothers: Steve and Bill Alms.

He was preceded in death by his father: Richard Alms.

A memorial service was held at St. Paul's Lutheran Church at 4:00 pm on Monday, January 2nd.

The following was posted to his Facebook page by his wife:

With a heavy heart, I am sad to announce that my soulmate, the loving father to my children, and a friend to everyone, has lost his battle with brain cancer this morning. Ken was a wonderful man and I will miss him dearly.

I received the above information from Susan Musser who received it from Sid Nance.The following contact information is furnished for those who wish to send condolences to his wife, Linda, and family:

Linda Alms
12404 Penelope CT,
Fulton, MD 20759
(301) 604-4237

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Saturday, Janujary 07, 2017 - 5:05 p.m.

Death of John Varner

John Varner

John Hopkins Varner, Jr., age 60, beloved son, brother, and friend, passed away peacefully on December 27, 2016. Born and raised in Farmville, Virginia, Johnny always considered Farmville "home" even though he worked and lived all over the world.

Johnny had a distinguished career of over 30 years with the U.S. Department of State, where he held a top-secret clearance. He served as a Foreign Service Officer in Information Technology and Management with postings in Switzerland, Morocco, Zaire (Congo), Singapore, Venezuela, and Washington, DC. In addition, over the span of just a few years, Johnny traveled to 54 countries working as a cryptographic auditor and consultant. During the last three years of his career, he helped to manage video conferencing for the Department of State, embassies, and consulates worldwide. Upon Johnny's retirement, he was honored with The Secretary of State's Career Achievement Award for his extraordinary professionalism and outstanding contributions. Prior to his State Department career, he served in the United States Army in the Intelligence and Security Command. He attended the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, California and was stationed in Augsburg, Germany, where he developed his love of travel and diverse cultures.

Johnny was a gifted writer and he shared his travel logs with family and friends, who had the unique opportunity to see the world through his adventures. With his caring nature and quick wit, he made friends easily wherever he lived, and these friends became his extended family. Johnny followed in his father's footsteps and attended Virginia Tech, graduating with a concentration in mechanical engineering and languages. He had a beautiful singing voice and was a member of a Norwegian choir in Washington, DC. Although he didn't speak any Norwegian, Johnny possessed language skills in German, Spanish, Italian, Czech, and French.

Despite Johnny's professional accomplishments, he will best be remembered as a kind, generous, humble, and gentle soul. He lives on in the stories that his family and friends - near and far - share about how he touched their lives.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Anne Tapscott Varner, and his father, John Hopkins Varner, Sr.

He is survived by his sister, Janet V. Conboy and husband Rick of Matthews, NC, and his sister, Patricia L. Varner and husband Rusty Breeden of Glen Allen, VA.

The family wishes to thank the compassionate staff members at The Woodland, Inc. and Centra Hospice and loved ones who have lifted us up with their kindness and prayers. Memorial contributions may be made to the Farmville United Methodist Church (P. O. Box 64) or Farmville Area Habitat for Humanity (P.O. Box 816).

A celebration of Johnny's life will be held on Saturday, January 14, 2017 at 12:30 p.m. at the Farmville United Methodist Church, with visitation and reception to follow at The Woodland (2003 Cobb Street).

Puckett Funeral Home is serving the family.

I received the above information from Susan Musser who received it from Sid Nance.The only contact information I have is from his bio. I do not know if anyone will be monitoring his e-mails, but his address should be good if you wish to send condolences:

John Varner
307 First Avenue
Farmville, VA 23901
Tel: (434) 390-3996

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Saturday, January 07, 2017 - 11:11 a.m.

The "Dedication" page has been up-dated to show the members we lost in 2016. RIP!

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Saturday, January 07, 2017 - 10:20 a.m.

1. We have new members, Leslie and Jane Probst! Welcome aboard!
2. We have a new member, Barton Hoskins! Welcome aboard!
3. Jerry Helmick furnished an up-date to his bio. Thanks Jerry for helping me keep my database up to date!

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Monday, January 02, 2017 - 9:20 a.m.

We have new members, Kirk and Karen Ingvoldstad! Welcome aboard!

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Tuesday, December 20, 2016 - 10:30 a.m.

I received the below from Stu Branch who received it from Tom Gaither:

Hi all,

I thought anyone back in the DC area during this period might be interested in this presentation. Looks like tickets will be sold out soon. Tom Gaither

PS: Vint Hill Farms is a beautiful country trip south of Manassas off of Rt. 29. It used to be an Army based intercept site for communications intercept. Large antenna farm area...shut down a few years back.

The Cold War Museum asked if we could pass along the information on this presentation they are holding on 22 Jan 2017. I understand at this point there are only a few seats left:

On 22 Jan Chuck Wilson will give a presentation on Flying the U-2. Chuck was a U-2 Flight Instructor and U-2 Squadron Commander, and he's going to use his briefing slides from when he was telling high USAF officers about what the aircraft can do, including why it's one of the most difficult planes in world to fly.

The presentation will again be at the Vint Hill Winery (but this time with a new portable PA system for better sound), and tickets include the presentation, a glass of pretty good wine, and a special tour of the museum afterwards, which is right next door. There's more info on our posting on Eventbrite (

WOULD YOU LIKE TO ASK A REAL U-2 PILOT WHAT IT'S LIKE? The Cold War Museum, in cooperation with the Vint Hill Craft Winery, invites you to attend a presentation by noted U-2 pilot and U-2 Squadron Commander Chuck Wilson on flying the U-2 . Chuck will present using the briefing slides he used many times with top Air Force officials on the U-2 and its capabilities, then take questions from the audience. The U-2 is one of the most difficult aircraft in the world to fly, and Chuck will explain why this is so. Built for the CIA, the U-2 is still used for surveillance, such as of the islands in the South China Sea that the Chinese are fortifying despite disputed ownership of those islands. This is the second in a series of presentations sponsored by the Museum and Winery featuring expert eyewitnesses to significant Cold War events and activities. Presentations occur at the Winery, followed by special access to the museum!

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Sunday, December 18, 2016 - 11:30 a.m.

The winter issue of the CANDOER News has been posted to the web site two weeks early for your reading enjoyment.

Issue 110 in Web Format
Issue 110 in Microsoft Word Format
Issue 110 in Adobe Acrobat (PDF) Format

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Thursday, November 15, 2016 - 8:55 p.m.

Death of James Vandivier

Jim Vandivier

James R. Vandivier, 91, died December 10. A long-time resident of Franklin, IN, he was born Aug 5, 1925, in Franklin, IN.

Mr. Vandivier was a graduate of Franklin High School and Franklin College, where he was a member of SAE. He also attended Indiana University. He was in the Marine Corps during WWII and served in the Pacific Theatre.

Following college, he joined the Foreign Service of the Department of State as a Diplomatic Courier. In that capacity he travelled to more than 100 countries. Promoted to Foreign Service Officer, he served at Embassy and Consular posts in Oslo, Norway, Moscow, USSR , and Frankfurt, Germany. While assigned to Washington, DC, he held the title of Chief of Couriers. He retired from the Foreign Service in 1985 after 34 years' service.

His parents were Oris A. And Ruth (Mullendore) Vandivier. He was married to Maryellen (Evans) Vandivier. Survivors include a son, Stephen Evans Vandivier and daughter-in law Christine Fearon, of Clifton and Dianne Vandivier of Arlington VA, grandson James Vaughan Dietterle, and 2 granddaughters Allie Evans Vandivier and Abigail Forsyth Vandivier.

Rev. Evie Stuard will conduct a celebration of Jim's life on Friday, December 16th at 11:00 a.m. at Tabernacle Christian Church, 198 North Water Street, Franklin, Indiana 46131. Friends may call on Thursday, December 15th from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Flinn and Maguire Funeral Home, 2898 North Morton Street, (U.S. 31 North) in Franklin and on Friday from 10:00 a.m. to time of service at the church. Burial will be at Greenlawn Cemetery where military honors will be conducted.

Memorial contributions may be made to Franklin College, 101 Branigin Blvd., Franklin, Indiana 46131; Interchurch Food Pantry of Johnson County, 211 Commerce Drive, Franklin, Indiana 46131 and/or to Habitat for Humanity of Johnson County, 401 Mooreland Drive, Whiteland, Indiana 46184.

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Thursday, December 15, 2016 - 8:35 p.m.



Originate a reply direct to the link provided below at Boeing:

Network Operations Center Engineer 1

The Boeing Company
Job ID 1600017255
Date posted 10/11/2016
Location Herndon Virginia United States

Job Description

As a member of the Boeing Network Operations Center (BNOC) operations staff, the individual will assist in providing 24 hour continuous support for mission critical services to ensure uninterrupted flow of mission data. Other responsibilities include, but not limited to,

Proactively monitor and resolve application, system and network incidents.
Perform tasks using various standard tools, internal ticketing systems and monitoring consoles.
Troubleshoot and improve existing systems and processes with an eye to automate routine tasks.
Strong verbal and written communication skills to support interfacing directly with the customer.

Proactively monitor and support the stability of data networks, network appliances, and NOC servers to ensure 24x7 operations
Respond to alerts/alarms according to the BNOC Standard Operating Procedures (SOP)
Manage trouble-ticketing system ensuring accurate and up-to-date information
Work with internal and external teams during field installations and/or maintenance
Collaborate with internal and external teams to help identify and resolve issues affecting BNOC services
Develop and maintain BNOC policies, procedures and tools
Assist engineering staff as required
Develop scripts in C, C++, JAVA, etc. to support the automation of routine tasks
Develop enhancements to the network operations center (NOC) graphical user interface (GUI)
Develop device code to support retrieving status of health (SOH) data from remotely deployed assets
Support the development of device drivers capable of supporting remotely deployed assets configuration parameter updates.

This contract requires the ability to obtain interim/or Final Clearance Post Start.

Division: Networks & Space Systems

Relocation Assistance Available: No. Relocation assistance is not a negotiable benefit.

Basic knowledge/understanding of local and wide area IP networks.
Familiarity with Cisco hardware.
Basic knowledge/understanding of satellite communications

Educational Requirements: Bachelor, Master or Doctorate of Science degree from an accredited course of study, in engineering, computer science, mathematics, physics or chemistry. ABET is the preferred, although not required, accreditation standard.

This position requires an active (or ability to obtain) U.S. Security Clearance, for which the U.S. Government requires U.S. citizenship.

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Sunday, November 11, 2016 - 1:55 p.m.

Death of James Vandivier

With deep regret I inform you that I received word from Stu Branch, who received word from Steve Vandivier, that his Father, Jim Vandivier died yesterday, December 10, 2016, of complications from COPD. As soon as funeral arrangements are completed I will post them to the web site. Anyone wishing to send condolences to the family may do so at:

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Wednesday, December 07 2016 - 10:05 p.m.

I have posted a new picture - CANDOERs at a Trump Rally

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Wednesday, December 07 2016 - 10:00 p.m.

The following was received from Ellen Langston, wife of Ray Langston in reference to John Varner. John is in hospice care and needs our prayers. An address is included below to send him prayers:

Hi Bob - - - My name is Ellen Langston. I am married to retired IMO Ray Langston. Ray isn't much of a joiner nor a socializer but I occasionally look at the CANDOER site and get him to view specific photos of people he worked with in his 30 plus career and another 8 years of WAE. I worked with Joyce in DC and saw her in Singapore where I am posted a few months ago when she transited. She suggested you might be able to help get the word out about John Varner.

I've only met John a few times but his friend retired OMS Joan Douma is a good friend of mine. I don't know a lot about John's career other than he was the Systems MGR in Singapore in late 90s and left FS a few years back. He had been working 3 days a week for a long time in Dept but hasn't recently as not doing well.

John is only 61. Around July he wrote to Joan "they say I have lung cancer, they say it is in my liver, brain and bones, I have completed 10 radiation treatments on my brain and lungs and had 1 chemo treatment." About eight weeks ago he had a stroke and now he is paralyzed on one side totally, is in the same care home his dad was in, can only speak a couple of words at a time. I heard that he was laughing last night with his sister.

His sisters are both taking turns helping him. He is in hospice care.

I'm sure he would appreciate hearing from anyone who knows him at below:

John Varner
c/o Patti Varner
11501 Birchill Lane
Glen Allen, VA 23059-5127

Thank you for your time and for keeping the "cranky" old IMers in contact.

Ellen Langston

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