Retired Activities Office
Subic Bay, Philppines
RAO Subic Bay is an Independent Retired Activities Coordination Office which provides vital services to U.S. military retirees living in this area, remote from any Military installation.
Authorization & Support
The RAO is authorized by SECNAVINST 5420.169J and OPNAVINST 1720.3F to tailor its services to the needs of the local retired community, and bears full responsibility for financing its operation and maintenance costs. The RAO receives the same DoD support offered to any retiree or patriotic organization.
Corrections, Additions & Deletions
This informal and unofficial information was prepared by members of the RAO who are also members of the VFW, FRA and American Legion. If you note any errors, want to contribute, or would like to see something revised, added or deleted, please pass your comments to RAO Voice or call/email the RAO Director at the address listed below.
HOURS OF DIRECTOR
|0900 to 1500 Monday through Friday|
|Closed on US and Philippine Holidays|
|Jack Walker||OR: PSC 517 Box 5000R|
|USMC (Ret.)||FPO AP 96517|
|Director||Phone: [+63] 47-222-2314|
|P.O. Box 075||Fax: [+63] 47-222-2899|
|Olongapo City, 2200 Philippines||Email: firstname.lastname@example.org|
|New Year's||U.S./PHL||Fri, Jan. 1|
|M. L. King Jr.||U.S.||Mon, Jan. 18|
|Chinese New Year||PHL||Fri, Feb. 12|
|Presidents Day||U.S.||Mon, Feb. 15|
|EDSA People Power Revolution||PHL||Thu, Feb. 25|
|Maundy Thurs||PHL||Thu, Apr. 1|
|Good Friday||PHL||Fri, Apr. 2|
|Bataan & Corregidor||PHL||Fri, Apr. 9|
|Phil. Labor Day||PHL||Sat, May. 1|
|Eid-ul-Fitr||PHL||Wed, May. 12|
|U.S. Memorial Day||U.S.||Mon, May. 31|
|Philippine Independence Day||PHL||Sat, Jun. 12|
|U.S. Independence Day||U.S.||Sun, Jul. 4|
|Ninoy Aquino||PHL||Sat, Aug. 21|
|Heroes Day||PHL||Mon, Aug. 30|
|U.S. Labor Day||U.S.||Mon, Sep. 6|
|Columbus Day||U.S.||Mon, Oct. 11|
|All Saints||PHL||Mon, Nov. 1|
|Veterans Day||U.S.||Thu, Nov. 11|
|Thanksgiving||U.S.||Thu, Nov. 25|
|Bonifacio Day||PHL||Tue, Nov. 30|
|Christmas||U.S./PHL||Sat, Dec. 25|
|Rizal Day||PHL||Thu, Dec. 30|
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- June 12, 2021 (Saturday) - Philippine Independence Day (PH)
- July 4, 2021 (Sunday) - U.S. Independence Day (U.S.)
Celebration of Life and Memories for Marine Steve Piechocky
A celebration of life for Marine Steve is scheduled on Wednesday 16 June at 12 PM at the Arizona Resort, located in Barrio Baretto. Friends and Brothers will be invited to share their memories. A huge Thank you to Wayne Beir, for providing the venue and snacks.
Correction to Post Regarding Taxes
In a previous post I inadvertently stated for those who have not yet done their 2021 taxes..." This was an obvious typo, and should have stated tax year 2020, but apparently I missed it in my proof reading. I'm strongly repentant for not doing my due diligence and I am sincerely sorry to those who are easily confused in these times of confusing media in our world today. I will strive to check my posts more stringently in the future. Fortunately I didn't get arrested and placed in Facebook jail, haha.
RAO Subic Bay Office Sanitizing
RAO Subic Bay will be closed tomorrow, June 11, 2021 (Saturday) for sanitizing. Sorry for the late notice.
Marine Steve Piechocky Update
As previously reported we lost Marine Steve Piechocky this week. There is no word from the family yet reharding a ceremony and if there is the participation will be limited by Clark Veterans Cemetery. Yjere is considereation of a short ceremony for this coming June 16, 2021 (Wednesday) at the Arizona to celebrate his life and for friends and Brothers to share their memories. If you have interest in this, please contact Jack, thank you.
In case you have been procrastinating on getting your 2021 taxes done, next friday is the last scheduled day at the RAO for Ken Kimura. If this applies to you, you should let us know you are coming, thanks.
Passing of a Brother
Today we received the news that one of our most beloved “Brothers” had received his final orders to MCB Heaven. Steve Piechocky has reported to the Ultimate Commander in Chief.
The loss of a Brother always hits hard, but this one is particularly hard to accept. Steve was a one of a kind. Always ready with his quick wit to make you laugh, or words of wisdom or guidance to help you find your way. He dedicated his life to his fellow veterans and to the Philippines kids. There was never any doubt that when you were in his presence, you were talking to a Marines Marine. Never has a man shown more pride in his earning the title MARINE, which he did repeatedly on active duty and his life thereafter. We should feel sorry for those Marines in heaven who may not be completely squared way, as they are in for a bunch hell, when he gets settled in.
Reminiscing about Steve and what he meant to all of us, 2 passages come to mind. First from Teddy Kennedy’s eulogy to his brother Robert, and then a quote from President Ronald Reagan.
“My brother need not be idealized, or enlarged in death beyond what he was in life; to be remembered simply as a good and decent man, who saw wrong and tried to right it, saw suffering and tried to heal it, saw war and tried to stop it,” he said. “Those of us who loved him and who take him to his rest today, pray that what he was to us and what he wished for others will some day come to pass for all the world. As he said many times, in many parts of this nation, to those he touched and who sought to touch him.”
He paused, regaining his composure to quote Bobby a final time: “Some men see things as they are and say why. I dream things that never were and say why not.”
“Some people spend an entire lifetime wondering if they made a difference in the world. But, the Marines don't have that problem.” It seems he had Steve in mind when he made that quote, as Steve never had that problem.
Steve will be sorely missed, but his legacy will live on in all of us. To his family and brothers we offer our love and condolences for this great loss, and ask God to comfort all.
We encourage all of his brothers to wear the EGA today in recognition of his life.
Some Clarity to IATF Resolution 119
The Bureau of Immigration (BI) announced that aliens holding the Special Resident Retiree’s Visa (SRRV) issued by the Philippine Retirement Authority (PRA) are now allowed to enter the country.
In an advisory, BI Commissioner Jaime Morente said that following the most recent Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-MEID), upon recommendation of the Department of Tourism (DOT), those holding SRRVs are now allowed to enter the country without an entry exemption document.
Date: 06/05/2021 IATF Resolution 119
Opens inbound restrictions for persons who have been fully vaccinated in the Philippines (please read that sentence again, fully vaccinated in the Philippines.) Upon the recommendation of the Department of Tourism, foreign nationals holding Special Resident Retiree’s Visa shall be allowed to enter the country without need of an entry exemption document. For this purpose, Paragraph C of IATF Resolution No. 100 issued on February 18, 2021, is amended to reenter.
General Community Quarantine
Metro Manila and four nearby provinces will remain under General Community Quarantine for the entire June, President Rodrigo Duterte announced late Monday night.
Some of our members are running into problems getting meds now that VA is closed down. A member has forwarded the below info regarding a Dr friend of his who is interested in helping our vets. The member has known him for years and vouches for him enthusiastically!
The RAO does not know him and can't endorse but if you need help give him a try and see.
DANIEL SALVADOR L. REDOÑA, MD
Clinic Address: JH ORIENTAL MEDICAL CLINIC Blk 48 Lot 10 Friendship Highway Bgy Cutcut, Angeles City 2009 Pampanga
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