Amazon Smile is Ending

We received the notice below about Amazon Smile ending. Thank you for your past participation.

Dear charitable organization, ??In 2013, we launched AmazonSmile to make it easier for customers to support their favorite charities. We were excited about the potential for the program and the impact it could have for many charitable organizations. We want to thank you for your partnership during all these years.??After almost a decade of running AmazonSmile, we learned that with so many eligible organizations—more than 1 million globally—our ability to have an impact was often spread too thin.??Over the past few years, we’ve seen that Amazon can have a more significant and lasting impact if we invest in specific areas and focus our philanthropic efforts in the communities where our employees live and work. We’ve started to see the benefits of a more focused approach with our investments in programs like Amazon Future Engineer and our $2 billion investment in building affordable housing in our hometown communities through the Amazon Housing Equity Fund—and we will continue to pursue and invest in other areas where we’ve seen we can make meaningful change.??We are writing to let you know that we have made plans to wind down AmazonSmile by February 20, 2023. Until this date, customer purchases made via AmazonSmile will continue to accrue funds for your charity as normal. To help nonprofits like you plan ahead, we will also provide you with a one-time payment equivalent to three months of payments based on what you accrued in 2022 through this program. The timing of this final payment will be approximately 60 to 90 days after February 20, 2023. We hope that this will help minimize the impact that this decision might have.

Giving Tuesday!

Do you want to be a part of the biggest giving day of the year?

We want to share that tomorrow, Tuesday, Nov 29, is Giving Tuesday, one of the most important days of the year for the 5,000+ Combined Federal Campaign charities. Giving Tuesday marks the beginning of the holiday giving season and has become a global day of giving celebrated nationally on the first Tuesday after Thanksgiving. The CFC’s goal is to make this the biggest giving day of the campaign.

Here’s how you can help:

  1. You can now donate to the SOW Association using the CFC by using this link: Donate to a CFC charity . If you’ve already given (thank you!), consider increasing your gift or make an additional one-time donation to support this special day.
  2. Learn more about the #GivingTuesday

Thank you for your continued support of the causes that matter to you, your willingness to change the world, and your help in making tomorrow the most successful day of the 2022 CFC!

P.S. Federal retirees can give through the CFC too! You are invited to pledge through the CFC online giving system to increase our collective impact.


Wing Awards Ceremony/Dinner

  • Tickets will be on sale 1 Jan – 17 Feb 2023
  • Prices:
    • E1-4: $30   E5-6: $40   E7-9: $60
    • 01-3: $60   04+:  $80
    • Retirees: pay the price of their retired rank
    • Civilians with no military affiliation that are not attending as a guest of a military member: $60
    • *There will be no refunds


  • Grilled Portabella Napoleon
  • Grilled Beef Tenderloin
  • Roasted Stuffed Chicken Breast
  • All meals include passed appetizers, a salad and Hershey Specialty dessert choices
  • Some non-alcoholic drinks will be included, bar will be cash/card


Military or Civilian Attire can be worn

    • Military Uniform – If worn will be Mess Dress or Semi Formal Dress.
  • Civilian Attire – If worn will be Formal or Semi-Formal and must be professional

•??????? Men: suit, dress shirt, tie and dress shoes
• Women: Formal (floor length) evening gown, dressy cocktail dress or dressy separates

POC for Retirees:
(717) 948-2249

We are no longer taking RSVPs for the event on Saturday September 17th

Here is a quick timeline of events as they currently stand, please note the first item especially.

1130 – Gates Open- do not arrive before 11:30

                All RSVPs with a valid Military ID (Including Retired) may begin accessing the base.

                Vehicles will be directed to the designated parking area.

 As many of you know parking is limited please consider carpooling to the event. 

1200 – 1st Aircraft Scheduled Land

                Feel free to post up and watch the second to last flight as well!

1230 – Static display Opens

By this time the 1st Aircraft is expected to be parked and ready for you all to come walk around and see the plane up close! Please remain in the designated taxi area and away from the general flightline.

The 193rd SOW Association will be providing light refreshments during this time. There will also be a BBQ food truck located on base to purchase food.  

1300- Gates Closed

                From this point the special access will end, and Security will only be allowing members who are stationed at the base to enter. Please be sure to arrive No Later Than 1300, or you may be turned away at the gate. Be forewarned, if the designated parking area fills up early it is likely the base will cease access as well.

1400 – Fini Flight Land!

                This is what you’ve all been waiting for! The plane will taxi by the static display so we can all say goodbye and watch the crew disembark

1445 – Clear the Flightline

                At this point, the event will be ending, and we’ll be asking everyone to clear the flightline and start making their way to their vehicles.

2022 SOW Association Scholarship

The 193rd Special Operations Wing Association Scholarship is an annual program that gives a $1,000.00 award directly to a wing member or members if feels demonstrates outstanding leadership potential. This will be the seventh year for the scholarship program and the association is looking forward to receiving many qualified submissions.

The Association will be awarding at least one $1,000.00 prize. The 2022 scholarship program will be open 1 June, 2022 to 31 July 2022. The requirement for the scholarship this year will be a 300-500 word essay in your own words on the following topic:

“Due to the challenges created by COVID over the last year and a half many innovations in processes and programs have been developed. Some of these innovations may prove to be beneficial not just now but into the future, beyond COVID. Describe at least three of these innovations you have experienced and explain why you believe they may be beneficial for future generations.”

The paper should be double-spaced, grammatically correct and not to exceed 500 words. If the paper does not meet the requirements specified it will not be considered for the scholarship!

All packages need to be mailed to the 193rd SOW Association at:

193rd SOW Association  Scholarship

81 Constellation Ct #14

Middletown PA 17057

Post marked no later than 31 July, 2022 or they can be emailed to “” by the same deadline. If there are any questions please contact SMSgt Peter Mireles at

Good luck to everyone involved and we are looking forward to your submission.

SMSgt Peter Mireles, retired

Scholarship Chairman