Family of Families Division
Matt grew up an Army Brat. One of seven children. His family was stationed throughout the country including Hawaii and Japan. He received his BS in Architecture with a minor in Cartography from Southern Illinois University. Immediately after graduation he joined the Air Force and became a T-38 Instructor Pilot and then a Flight Test Pilot at Vance AFB, Enid OK. He was transferred to Tinker AFB where he was an Aircraft Commander and Instructor Pilot in the E-3 Sentry aircraft. He flew combat missions in Desert Storm and was involved in numerous operations such as "Just Cause", "Provide Comfort", "Southern Watch". He retired from the Air Force and is now an Architect at Tinker AFB heavily involved with LEED initiatives (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) and the former GM plant. Matt has two boys attending OU and a wife, Anita, who teaches Government at Del City HS.
What is Family of Families?
It is a simple idea, really. We want to find ways for us to take care of one another on many different levels. We already do that for our immediate family...and then to a lesser degree, our extended family. Many of us also belong to churches that have various levels of outreach to its members and the community.
We certainly don't intend or desire to replace this existing network. What we would like to do is get an idea of what our resources are and where they are located. An example would be one of our group members who does well pump work for a living. We get the word out within the group and those with wells try and use this individual whenever we need work done. This will increase the chances that this particular 912er survives an economic recession.
On another level, if things get much worse economically and some of our members begin to lose jobs or take severe pay cuts, how do we help? If we have a database of individuals showing their location and the various skill sets they possess, we can direct the person in need to the individuals who can help, or vice versa.
This is not a plan with all of the answers. It is just a logical idea that needs a great deal of fleshing out. I think that the first stage for implementing this will be at the Working group level. We have started this in our Choctaw-Midwest City area group by getting to know one another's talents and capabilities and loading that information into a database.