Celebrating Black History Month


General of the Armies John J. “Black Jack” Pershing

The Military Order of World War’s founding resulted from General of the Armies John J. Pershing’s request his officers continue serving  after their military service. While many argue we have never stopped having world wars, our ranks are now full of officers from numerous campaigns, military actions and interventions not defined specifically as a world war. We now have Vietnam, Gulf War and special operations veterans supporting our charter. “Black Jack” Pershing?  Pershing was assigned to the Tenth Cavalry on the U.S. Western frontier.  The Tenth was an all black regiment.  The Native Americans referred to them as Buffalo Soldiers.  When the Spanish American War broke out he was reassigned from West Point to command the Tenth Cavalry.  He lead these men in Cuba in the Battle of San Juan Hill. Pershing frequently praised these black soldiers to others. His respect was unusual at that time. MOWW now has all races and ethnic groups represented in its membership.  Col. Brad Beasley USA Ret. is the VCINC is highly respected as commander of MOWW’s South Eastern Region.  His father served honorably in WWII with the famous Red Ball Express.

Last Sept., 2015, Col. Brad Beasley presented East Tennessee State’s Army ROTC’s “Blue Brigade” the Silver Patrick Henry medal for its efforts assisting MOWW National Convention in Tampa Bay, Florida. Their Pershing Rifle’s color guard presented at our main speaker event, which honored Major General James L. Williams USMC Ret.
Maj Gen James L. Williams (center) USMC Ret. with Capt Owen Haddock (FMR) (right) and Col. James T. Roberts (left) USA Ret, National Security Chair

Knoxville Chapter Military Order of the World Wars Honors Capt. Willie S. Posey, USAF Air National Guard and He Honors our Members by Speaking in Recognition of Black History Month, February 2017.

Captain Willie S. Posey
Combat Plans Division Chief, Tennessee Air National Guard

Captain Posey was commissioned in 2008 as a graduate of the Academy of Military Science at McGhee Tyson Air National Guard Base, Tennessee. Upon graduating, he returned to the 119th Command and Control Squadron, Tennessee Air National Guard, serving in a variety of assignments including Space Operations Specialist, Operations Telecommunication Manager, and Information Technology Supervisor, and Cyber Combat Plans Division Chief. He assumed his current position in April 2013.

1998 Madisonville Community College, Associates of Art, Kentucky
1999 Madisonville Community College, Associates of Science, Kentucky
2003 Community College of the Air Force, Associates of Science, Information Technology Systems
2003 Bellevue University, Bachelor of Science, HealthCare Management, Bellevue, Nebraska
2006 Oklahoma University, Master of Science, Human Resources, Norman, Oklahoma

1. May 2001- November 2006 MILSTAR Terminal Operator, 55th Mobile Command and Control Squadron, Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska
2. November 2006 – April 2007, Training NCO MILSTAR Operations, 55th Strategic Communication Squadron, Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska
3. April 2007 – April 2013, Deputy Flight Commander MILSTAR, 119th Command and Control Squadron, McGhee Tyson ANGB, TN.
4. April 2013- Present, Combat Plans Division Chief (Full-Time), 119th Cyber Operations Squadron, McGhee Tyson ANGB, TN

Joint Service Commendation Medal (2), Air Force Commendation Medal
Joint Service Achievement Medal, Air Force Achievement Medal
Joint Meritorious Unit Award, Meritorious Unit Award (2)
AF Outstanding Unit Award (8), National Defense Service Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Nuclear Deterrence Operations Service Medal (2)
Air Force Longevity Service Ribbon, USAF NCO PME Graduate Ribbon
Basic Military Training Honor Graduate
Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon, Air Force Training Ribbon

The Knoxville Chapter Military Order of World Wars meets every second Wednesday of each month. We have an 11 AM social followed by a 12 PM lunch and speaker. Rothschild is at 8807 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN 37919. Unless notified our meetings are informal soup and sandwich gatherings. (Google: Rothschild Knoxville Tn). It is a former officer’s meeting but many other guests are welcome.

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