Twenty Percent Soldiers – Book

Twenty Percent Soldiers:
Our Secret Life in the National Guard

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The National Guard and Reserves is comprised of remarkable men and women who work behind the scenes as our nation’s supplemental fighting force. It’s a part-time job with a full-time commitment that
involves the entire family. They wear the same uniforms and train to the same standards as America’s full-time military. And when called to service, they fight right alongside the active duty. Nobody knows the difference. Yet they are very different.

Twenty Percent Soldiers is the true account of one couple’s life in the National Guard through eighteen years of part-time warfare. With humor and humility, Kevin and Susan Dellicker portray what it’s like to jump back and forth between having a “normal” civilian life in small-town Pennsylvania and conducting special operations missions in Southwest Asia. A tribute to all the part-time soldiers, airmen, and their families who have been fighting the Global War on Terrorism since 9-11, this story is also a call-to-action for politicians and military leaders to fix a broken family support system that is
failing the part-time force.

Twenty Percent Soldiers reinforces a truth that all Americans can embrace: With perseverance, love and faith, ordinary people can accomplish extraordinary things.


• An unusual military memoir focussing on family support issues, spousal perspective, and joint spousal perspective.
• Strong Christian testimonials that will appeal to faith-based crowds.
• There is a policy component to this book. It contains a call to action for creating a new family support system for the Guard and Reserve.
• Susan and Kevin will donate a portion of the profits to military charities.
• The reserve component consists of 1.1 million people.


• The authors plan to partner with military advocacy organizations.
• The authors have social networking accounts to promote the book.
• The authors plan to attend events and conferences to market the book including generating coverage in newspapers and online journals


Susan is a military wife of twenty years and mother to three teenage boys. She studied in Europe as a Fulbright Scholar, earned a master’s degree from the University of Cincinnati and taught English at a Gymnasium in the former East Germany. She worked as a public relations professional and cofounded a business with her husband before devoting herself full-time to her children as a stay-at-home mom. Today, she is a high-school German teacher.

Kevin is married to Susan and father to the same three boys. He has degrees in history, environmental management, public administration and military science, and is working on a master of divinity in global studies. Kevin is the owner of a successful technology company and former policy advisor to
the governor of Pennsylvania. He is a veteran of the National Guard with twenty-four years of parttime service as an Army infantry soldier and Air Force intelligence officer. He has deployed four times for the Global War on Terrorism with the 193rd Special Operations Wing.

2020 Annual Meeting Notice

An Important and Special Message to all our Members,

 In light of current events and restrictions to access the facilities we use for our annual and board meetings; the board of directors has decided to postpone our annual meeting, which was scheduled for 4 April 2020. Unfortunately for now we do not have a date to publish for our annual meeting. We are also canceling our monthly board meeting for April in order to comply with recommendations from Wing leadership, the Governor and President to avoid meeting in groups.

One important item for our annual meeting is voting for the board of directors open positions. If you have received our newsletter please use the absentee ballot to cast your vote. Instructions are included for mailing. We will save these for the annual meeting and count them at that time. This will ensure your votes are cast and counted in case you may be unable to make it in person. You can visit our web site to view and or download the current newsletter.

In these times we can call upon the training and knowledge we have gained from our years of service to help our families, friends, commonwealth and nation get through this. We will survive and thrive after all this has passed as long as we listen to and follow the direction of our leadership. Who would have thought all those times of “hurry up and wait” and “coloring inside the lines” would pay off…

We hope this message finds all our members and your families safe, healthy and free of any virus that may be floating around. Please rest assured we will publish a date for our meetings as soon as we can.

Please check our online sites to get more information about what we are doing, when our meeting will be and how you can help.

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SMSgt David Hawkins, retired,   President, 193rd SOW Association

Augustus H. Beck, Jr. of Powell Obituary

Sorry this got posted too late to attend.

Augustus H. Beck, Jr., 90, of  Powell, TN and formerly of Hershey, passed away on January 19, 2020 at home with family. He was born April 10, 1929 in Cleona, a son of the late Augustus H. Beck, Sr. and Joycie R. (Wilt) Beck.

Augustus was a 1947 graduate of Hershey High School and was an Air Force Veteran with 30 years of service, much of it with the Pennsylvania Air National Guard 193rd. He also worked for many years in Civil Service, and retired from the Mechanicsburg Naval Depot.

Surviving are his children, daughters Michelle B. Blakley of Knoxville, TN,  Marcia L. Slade (Michael) of Lebanon and  Melodi L. Goff (David) of Powell, TN and son, Mark L. Beck of Dubois; 9 grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren; and older brother, Edwin H. Beck of Colorado Springs, CO.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Eunice Clemens Beck and his sister, Amanda Snyder.

Funeral services will be held on Monday, January 27, 2020 at Noon in the Hoover Funeral Home & Crematory, Inc., Hershey. Visitation will begin at 11:00am. Interment with honors will be in the Indiantown Gap National Cemetery at 1:30pm.

The family encourages memorial contributions be made to the charity of your choice.

Enlisted Councils brochure for Wreaths Across America

Click here for the 2019 193rd WAA Sponsor Form

REMEMBER – HONOR – TEACH We honor and appreciate our veterans all year long and strive to teach our children about this great nation and the value and cost of freedom and liberty. Each December we also do our best to make sure all our departed veterans are never forgotten either. We join together to remember them because we believe our commitment to our veterans doesn’t end with their passing. To keep up with news about Wreaths Across America at Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, Wreaths Across America – Indiantown Gap National Cemetery Veterans Memorial at Everyone is invited to witness the ceremony in the PA noon and assist in placing the sponsored wreaths on graves starting at 1:00 p.m.: Saturday, December 14, 2019 12:00 noon Indiantown Gap National Cemetery Indiantown Gap Road Annville, PA 17003 Due to the limited parking on the cemetery, parking will be nearby (follow event parking signs) and buses will Arrive early and dress warmly. shuttle guests to and from the Ceremony continuously. All activities are outdoors and, barring extreme weather, will be held rain or shine. There will be special transportation (golf carts and handicap access van) available. For more information please contact [email protected] Youth Group Leaders: Youth groups are encouraged to participate and assist. Register before Nov 5th and you will receive patches and certificates of appreciation for community service. For more information contact Daisy at [email protected] There will be a Toys-for-Tots collection point at the ceremony, please consider bringing a new, unwrapped toy to donate.

Credit Card Sponsors If you prefer to use a credit card, you must visit the 193rd SOW Enlisted Council page of the Wreaths Across America website: Select the Sponsor Wreaths button. Choose the quantity you wish to sponsor. Select the Review My Sponsorship. Verify the order is credited to PA0350 and PAIGNA then make your payment. All donations go to Indiantown Gap National Cemetery. Grave-Specific Requests for specific information on Grave See the section on the reverse side of the brochure -Specific requests. If you don’t know the exact location of your friend or loved-one in the cemetery, please visit the grave locator website: Deadline for Donations Wreath sponsorships must be submitted by All sponsorships received after Nov 28th will be Nov 28th to be included in this year’s ceremony. included in the next year’s ceremony. Questions or requests for more information: Contact the Wreaths Across America committee of the IGNC Memorial Council at [email protected] or Wreaths Across America headquarters at 1-877-385-9504