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USS Concord (AFS-5) Veterans Association's homeport on the web! This site was created for the purpose of giving Concord Veterans a place to share their stories, reconnect with long lost shipmates, and facilitate an information source for planning a reunions!  If you're a Concord sailor, please consider joining the AssociationThis includes any member of an embarked air detachment.  Click the ship's seal to go to the Join CVA page!  If your'e a visitor, we welcome you to the site honoring the finest Combat Stores Ship in the Fleet! 

Our Mission

The Association is a fraternal organization for current or former U.S.Navy members who served aboard the USS/USNS Concord. The primary purpose of the Association is for shipmates who share a common background of service aboard USS Concord to enjoy the camaraderie and to provide the opportunity for members to actively participate in reunions and other Association activities.  Please consider lending your support for the site and the Association by joining us! 

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Attention Concord Veterans! - Still undecided about joining? Then you're encourged to visit our Ship's Office and fill out our "members registration form". Your personal information will be safeguarded and available to "active Concord members" only. To muster on the CVA members roster, please visit the Quarterdeck-Ship's Office Access page or click the "Register Now" button below.     

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OOur shipmate, Keith Church (SKC 82-85) has departed on Eternal Deployment. Chief Church was an active member of USS Concord Veterans Association and most recently reunited with fellow shipmates at the 2010 Concord reunion. Please remember his family in prayer and his obituary is posted at our Eternal Deployment web-page.

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Keith Church, one of my dearest shipmates and friend, passed away on 17 July 2015.

Our families were bound together by Keith and I serving together in USS Concord (83-85).  Many other families and shipmates have also remained close from this assignment.  My wife Mary, and daughters Jackie and Heather, attended the viewing Sunday.  Transiting the miles between Richmond and Virginia Beach, the car was filled with recollections of life events that included my family (the Kruse’s) and Keith’s (the Churches).  There was the barbeques, Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners, the birthday parties, weddings, births, the hunkering down at 405 Grenfel for a hurricane, and the events that occurred when we were at sea.  Each one of us, girls included, shared stories filling most of the 4 hours.

In addition to being my friend, Keith was my mentor and partner in making Concord Supply top notch.  

Thinking about his other assignments.  

Pre-commissioning Abe Lincoln?  Keith was there to organize and run Stock Control.  I’m sure that supply operations on Yellowstone and Simon Lake were also significantly enhanced by Keith being engaged in their supply operation.  

But most importantly, I’m confident that there are many young box-kickers who became masters of their ship’s accounting or inventory management systems through Keith’s mentoring.

Sitting here with tears in my eyes and a lump in my throat, I say so long, Senior Chief.  Thank you for being my friend, shipmate and mentor for all these years.  

 

Dan Kruse, SKCS, USN-Retired

 

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 "Twenty years from now you will be more disppointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover." - Mark Twain

The USS Concord AFS/TAFS 5 Association is a not-for profit and tax free organization IAW 501(c) 19. Dues \ donations however are non tax deductible.
All of our membership dues and other contributions directly fund the association functions, events, and necessary expenditures associated with maintaining our organization.

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