SPEEA Veterans Committee


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About the committee

The SPEEA Veterans Committee was formed to provide an avenue for addressing the problems and issues associated with SPEEA's military employees, veterans and their families; provide information and education to increase SPEEA member's understanding of veterans' and their families issues; and works with the IFPTE Veterans' Committee to influence national positions, congressional legislation and administrative rulemaking.


Chair Jeffrey Forbes 206-544-2698
Vice-Chair Geoff Case 425-293-7904
Secretary Craig Kowald 425-717-6068

Join us

Meetings are held the 4th Thursday of odd-numbered months at the SPEEA Halls in Tukwila and Everett, Washington and Wichita, Kansas. Members unable to attend the meetings in-person may participate via phone. For the call-in number and passcode, email

Meeting time: 4 p.m. (Pacific) / 6 p.m. (Central)

Upcoming meeting dates:

  • Jan. 24, 2019
  • March 28, 2019
  • May 23, 2019
  • July 25, 2019
  • Sept. 26, 2019
  • Nov. 22, 2019


  Veterans help Guide Dog Training Center

Mark Beasley, a Boeing engineer in Huntsville, Ala., is a U.S. Air Force veteran and amputee. He met and received his service dog, Cruiser, at Southeastern Guide Dogs in Florida. Realizing the center lacked an airplane mockup to help dogs learn about boarding airplanes, Beasley solicited surplus seats from Boeing. The SPEEA Executive Board recently paid to transport two rows of seats to the training center. Now, to build an airplane set and provide other help for the center, the SPEEA Veterans Committee started a “GoFundMe” page.
Read more about Mark and the airplane seat effort in the January edition of SPEEA Spotlite.

Visit the GoFundMe page: Veterans Service Dog Training Support

In this photo: The USS Midway after colliding with the Panamanian merchant ship Cactus, July 29, 1980.

"I was on board the night this collision happened (mid 1980). In fact, if you see where the catwalk on the side of the hull is still attached and the broken piece is bent down, I was less than 10’ inside that oval hatch in the side of the hull. This happened in transit from the Philippines to the Indian Ocean.

The freighter Cactus came out of the rain and took our angle deck (and several F-4 Phantoms) right in her bridge. Glancing blow to the hulls, no openings below the waterline. The only warning we had was the “BEEP.BEEP.BEEP..…BEEP.BEEP.BEEP” of the collision alarm over the 1-MC speaker system. The only reason I heard it was because I was sitting on top of the workbench, near the overhead and right below the speaker (I was hanging out in the shop, off duty, because we didn’t have air conditioning down in the dead-end hole that was my berthing area).

Nobody else knew a thing until the ship rolled in the collision. Lost two shipmates, one right at the point of collision, crushed between the hull and other structure."

- Geoff Case,
Veterans Committee Vice-Chair