Tri-C’s Veterans Upward Bound Director Wardsey Gates Dies

Wardsy GatesDear Student Veterans, Friends & Colleagues:
It is with a very heavy heart that I inform all you of the untimely passing of Tri-C’s Veterans Upward Bound Director, Wardsey Gates, this past Saturday night from a heart attack.  An Army veteran, Wardsey served both his country and the College with distinction.  Under his leadership over the past seven years, the Tri-C Veterans Bound Program rose to the top as a national model program within the VUB – TRIO Community.  In fact, Tri-C’s Veterans Upward Bound Program is the oldest of its kind in the nation coming into existence in 1972.
Information about funeral services will be forthcoming.  I ask that all keep Wardsey and his family in your prayers.
Rick DeChant
Executive Director, Veterans Initiative
Cuyahoga Community College
Metropolitan Campus  MSS 501-B
2900 Community College Ave.
Cleveland, OH 44115-3193
PH: 216-987-3193
Tri-C® Where futures begin SM

Three Senior Naval Officers Punished

US Navy Rear Adm Terry Kraft

WASHINGTON (NNS) — Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus has issued Secretarial Letters of Censure to three senior officers following a thorough review into their interactions with Glenn Defense Marine Asia (GDMA) in the 2006-2007 timeframe. GDMA is the subject of a federal fraud and bribery investigation which was initiated by the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS).

Mabus directed the appointment of a Consolidated Disposition Authority in March 2014 to act as an independent authority to review GDMA cases forwarded by the Department of Justice to the Navy for administrative action. The purpose of the CDA, in this case headed by Admiral John Richardson, is to ensure that individuals are held appropriately accountable when less than criminal allegations are substantiated.

“All Navy officers, particularly our senior leadership in positions of unique trust and responsibility, must uphold and be held to the highest standards of personal and professional behavior. After reviewing the findings and recommendations of the CDA, I decided that these three officers, whose actions were revealed during the GDMA investigation demonstrated poor judgment and a failure of leadership in prior tours,” said Mabus.

To document their leadership failure, Mabus issued Secretarial Letters of Censure to:

US Navy Rear Adm Michael Miller

US Navy Rear Adm Michael Miller

o Rear Adm. Michael Miller, then-Commander, Carrier Strike Group 7 embarked on USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76). Miller is currently serving as a special assistant to the Superintendent of the U.S. Naval Academy.

o Rear Adm. Terry Kraft, then-Commanding Officer, USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76). Kraft is currently serving as Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Japan and Commander, Navy Region Japan.

o Rear Adm. David Pimpo, then-supply officer of USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76). Pimpo is currently serving as Commander, Naval Supply Systems Command (NAVSUP) Weapon Systems Support.

Kraft and Pimpo have since submitted requests to retire. The Navy will now process these two retirement requests and the previously submitted retirement request from Miller.

“Censure was both necessary and appropriate,” said Mabus. “I have now received the retirement requests of all three officers, and we will process them appropriately.”

These three officers were found to have improperly accepted gifts from a prohibited source, two were found to have improperly endorsed a commercial business, and one engaged in solicitation of gifts and services from a prohibited source, when they were deployed to the Seventh Fleet area of responsibility during the 2006-2007 timeframe.

The review concluded that these officers violated the Standards of Ethical Conduct, U.S. Navy Regulations, and/or the Joint Ethics Regulation, demonstrating poor judgment and a failure of leadership. More specifically, the review concluded that the solicitation and acceptance of these gifts as well as the inappropriately familiar relationship with Mr. Leonard Glenn Francis, President and Chief Executive Officer of GDMA, cultivated an unacceptable ethical climate within the respective commands.

US Navy Rear Adm David Pimpo

US Navy Rear Adm David Pimpo

Kraft will be replaced by Rear Adm. Matthew J. Carter and Pimpo will be replaced by Rear Adm. Paul J. Verrastro.

The GDMA investigation continues by NCIS and the Defense Criminal Investigative Service (DCIS). The United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of California in San Diego and the Department of Justice Criminal Division in Washington, D.C. are leading the prosecution. It is anticipated that they will refer additional cases to the Navy for review and disposition. The Navy will review these matters and take appropriate action. The time of completion is unknown, but it is expected that this process will continue for some time.

It’s Not Too Late…

Lakewood HospitalSave Lakewood Hospital!

Please stop by Lakewood City Hall on Wed., February 11, 2015 at 7:00 p.m., 12065 Detroit Avenue, Lakewood, Ohio and tell them “Not to tear down Lakewood Hospital” further tell them, “To actively negotiate with MetroHealth to keep Lakewood Hospital Open”.

The Cleveland Clinic has cut staff, moved departments and physicians to Avon medical facilities and Fairview Hospital.The “Clinic Deal” will force the city of Lakewood to cut fire, police, park maintenance, street maintenance, and services to the elderly.

The “Clinic Deal” will mean higher taxes and fewer jobs in Lakewood. The “Clinic Deal” will create a new organization that will spend Lakewood Hospital’s liquidated assets and the tax payers’ money without any representation. Tell them, “No” To The Cleveland Clinic Deal!

If you can’t make it to this meeting, please contact your elected representative:

Michael P. Summers, Mayor




Mary Louise Madigan, Council Pres., Ward 4          Ryan Nowlin, Council Vice President

216-228-9579 or 216-529-6053                                  216-712-7582 or 216-529-6053



David W. Anderson, Council – Ward 1                       Sam O’Leary, Council – Ward 2

216-789-6463 or 216-529-6053                                    216-200-8002 or 216-543-0629

Email:                      Email:


Shawn Juris, Council – Ward 3                                 Thomas Bullock, Council – At Large

216-906-8432 or 216-529-6053                                    216-337-1318 or 216-529-6053

Email:                             Email:


Cindy Marx, Council – At Large

216-521-1848 or 216-534-1772


Mail city officials:

City of Lakewood

12650 Detroit Avenue

Please Stand Up For Lakewood Hospital!

SurgeonsJanuary 27, 2015

Dear Friends of Lakewood Hospital,

We’re blessed to have the VA Hospital in University Circle and the clinic on Brookpark Road. Fact is, lots of veterans don’t use VA health care facilities because the need is not there. With hospitalization costs shared by employees and employers, doctors and hospital care is often local.

Now comes the Cleveland Clinic, the insatiable, international, hospital giant, intent on stamping out Lakewood Hospital. It won’t be the first time, as patients and staff at Huron Road Hospital found out.

Cleveland Clinic, unable to control its lust for money and power, is going to slam shut the doors at Lakewood Hospital, turning doctors, nurses, and staff into the street. And leave citizens and neighbors without a hospital.

Cleveland Clinic non-profit? Don’t insult our intelligence.

Lakewood politicians and power brokers have approved Cleveland Clinic’s desertion of Lakewood. If the pols haven’t stepped up to care for Lakewood citizens, then they have approved the desertion.

It grows more difficult to determine the thieves from the alleged do-gooders.

The time has come to let our elected officials know that Lakewood Hospital is an asset that is critical to the City of Lakewood. On Wednesday, January 28, 2015, at 7:00 p.m. at Beck Center, 17801 Detroit Avenue, the Mayor of Lakewood, Lakewood City Council, the Cleveland Clinic, and the Lakewood Hospital Board trustees will hold an open forum to discuss their plans for Lakewood Hospital.

They have negotiated a written a “non-binding” letter of intent with Cleveland Clinic to close the hospital and reopen a new family health center. The following will happen:

  • The city of Lakewood’s Lakewood Hospital, at 457,000 square feet, will be torn down, and the 263 beds will be lost.
  • The city of Lakewood’s $1,000,000 in annual rent from the Cleveland Clinic will be lost. The Cleveland Clinic’s current lease goes through 2026.
  • 1,100 jobs will be transferred or lost to the Cleveland Clinic’s new hospital in Avon, Ohio.
  • Lakewood Hospital’s annual payroll taxes of $500,000 will be lost. These financial losses mean critical services such as police and fire will need to be reduced. Maintenance of parks, city streets, sidewalks, and other services will need to be decreased or taxes will need to be raised.
  • The Cleveland Clinic is buying the office building on Columbia Road and I 90 for 8.2 million. That purchase will help maintain city services in the short term.
  • The Cleveland Clinic is buying the office building on Columbia Road and I 90 for 8.2 million. That purchase will help maintain city services in the short term.
  • According to the County Auditor, the building on Columbia Road and I 90 is worth about 13 million. The Cleveland Clinic is getting quite a deal!
  • Doctors who maintain offices in surrounding buildings will close and move their offices out of the city of Lakewood. This will mean additional jobs from office workers, nurses, and professional staff will be lost.
  • Restaurants and service providers located in Lakewood will see a significant loss of business. Businesses will close along Detroit Avenue.
  • Property values of buildings and homes throughout Lakewood will depreciate.
  • The Cleveland Clinic will not allow another hospital to operate on the current property.
  • The Cleveland Clinic will spend 34 million to build a sleek new 64,000 square foot family health center on Detroit Avenue and operate a 24-7-365 emergency room.
  • The Cleveland Clinic will maintain a smaller staffed emergency room. It will no longer be a Level 2 emergency room since the hospital will be gone.
  • The current emergency room will close when the new building is built.
  • The emergency room was rebuilt from millions of dollars from Lakewood residents and was dedicated in 2000. Those gifts will be dismissed as foolish investments.
  • On Thursday, January 15, 2015, Cleveland Clinic’s Dr. Toby Cosgrove, Lakewood’s Mayor Michael Summers, and Lakewood Hospital’s trustee, Ken Haber held a press conference at Lakewood City Hall announcing this new agreement.
  • Cosgrove said, “Look at the Huron Community Health Center and what it has done for that community.” Cosgrove was talking about the health center that replaced the Huron Road Hospital that the Cleveland Clinic closed in East Cleveland.
  • After East Cleveland filed a lawsuit, the Cleveland Clinic reached a deal with East Cleveland to provide 20 million dollars to replace lost payroll and money to tear down the Huron Road Hospital. Many jobs and payroll taxes were lost and now the city of East Cleveland is nearly bankrupt.

Will Lakewood be the next city to go bankrupt?

  • The Cleveland Clinic will be able to abandon the Family Health Center at any time and for any reason. The city of Lakewood will be allowed to buy the Family Health Center at a fair market value.
  • The Cleveland Clinic will make payments totaling 24.4 million to a new tax-exempt not-for-profit community based foundation. The 7.6 million will come from Lakewood Hospital assets bringing the total assets for the new foundation to 32 million. The Cleveland Clinic will be afforded naming rights for the new nonprofit foundation, any building(s), and will have two voting board members on the foundation.
  • No other health system provider will operate on the same property.
  • Lakewood will release the Cleveland Clinic from any liability for the violation of their current lease with the city.
  • The city of Lakewood will include the Cleveland Clinic health benefits as a Tier 1 and/or “Preferred Provider” access for city employees.
  • The formal agreement must be executed within 90 days.
  • The negotiations for this agreement have been done in secret, without any citizen input, and possibly in violation of the State of Ohio’s Sunshine Law, Ohio Revised Code Sections 109.43 and 149.43 (E) (1).
  • In 1931, Lakewood City leaders had the foresight to save Lakewood Hospital during the Great Depression. In 2015, will our current city leaders have the same insight to save Lakewood Hospital?

Please come to the January 28, 2015 meeting at Beck Center.

If you’re unable to attend the public forum or wish to contact your elected officials directly, please see their contact information below.

Michael P. Summers, Mayor



Mary Louise Madigan, Council Pres., Ward 4          Ryan Nowlin, Council Vice Pres., At Large

216-228-9579 or 216-529-6053                                      216-712-7582 or 216-529-6053

Email:                             Email:

David W. Anderson, Council – Ward 1                             Sam O’Leary, Council – Ward 2

216-789-6463 or 216-529-6053                                          216-200-8002 or 216-543-0629

Email:                             Email:

Shawn Juris, Council – Ward 3                                           Thomas Bullock, Council – At Large

216-906-8432 or 216-529-6053                                            216-337-1318 or 216-529-6053

Email:                                     Email:

Cindy Marx, Council – At Large

216-521-1848 or 216-534-1772



Mail city officials:

City of Lakewood

12650 Detroit Avenue

Lakewood, OH 44107

A Modest Hero: Arch Milani

SSgt. N. Arch Milani, 8th Air Force

by JC Sullivan

On a Saturday afternoon, my friend Staff Sergeant Arch Milani and I had the pleasure of spending a few hours together. The last time we did this I had written about the highly-decorated veteran. Up to that time he had never worn his World War Two decorations. “My Dad would ask me time and again to put on my uniform and wear my medals to the Memorial Day Parade,” Milani said.

When I wrote the original story, Milani had told me, “One of these days maybe I’ll put things in a proper perspective and grant my father his one last wish, that I wear my medals and be proud of what I did in defense of our country. Maybe one of these Memorial Days I’ll put them on and appear in the parade.”  Milani never felt inclined to do that. “I was just so happy to get away from it all.”

Getting away from it all meant putting his wartime experience and combat missions behind him. As one of a ten-man B-17 bomber crew in the 305th Bomber Group, they flew out of Chelveston, England on bombing runs over targets in familiar-sounding cities such as Berlin, Cologne, Koblenz, Hamburg and Munich, Germany. On these runs his station was in the nose of the aircraft. He was the toggelier, the crewman who released the bombs.

Milani is a member of an exclusive and distinguished group, the “Caterpillar Club.” He qualifies because he was forced to bail out (hit the silk) of a disabled warplane. After hitting the ground in Nancy, France, a French farmer, armed with a pitchfork, confronted him and shouted, “Italiano!” mistaking Milani for an Axis flyer from Italy.

Enemy forces wearing American uniforms had sometimes parachuted behind Allied lines. Milani looked the part. He was, after all, first-generation Italian-American. To make matters worse, he had no identification to prove he was American – it all went down with the aircraft.

Taken to U.S. Army Intelligence, an officer ascertained Milani was from the Akron/Cleveland area. One of the questions he asked him was, “What’s the best way to get downtown from Shaker Heights?” When Milani replied, “On the Shaker Rapid,” he proved his citizenship. It turned out the Intelligence Officer was from Shaker Heights.

On his 28th bombing run over the Rhine River at Remagen, a serious leg wound took him out of the war. His Army Air Corps service with the 8th Air Force earned him numerous decorations, including the Air Medal with four oak leaf clusters and the Purple Heart.

Why did Milani not wear his decorations for all those years? “I still have ambivalent feelings trying to identify the real winners of each of our past major conflicts,” he said. “Bombing railroad yards in Munich, knowing we were killing men, women and children, was something really disdainful. But it was part of what we were ordered to do.”  For years he witnessed the local Memorial Day parade. He even attended the service afterwards at the Northfield-Macedonia Cemetery. He was always with a camera but never in uniform.

Since my original story, however, something caused him to have a change of heart. “I began to see the age of the veterans was getting older and older each year,” Milani recalled. “They were also dying off, with fewer to carry the torch. Somebody has to remind people war is hell and no one ever wins a war.” Milani now believes that by appearing with his decorations he might help Americans to relate to World War II and other war eras and perhaps, in the process, personalize history.

“I think today is a good example. I have children and grandchildren who can link to World War II when they see me in a uniform. They might think, ‘Why was he there? For what reason was he there?’  By virtue of our presence, we veterans perpetuate this link and carry it to another generation. Hopefully we can learn from past mistakes. This is the best link we can have – one generation learning what actually happened and what the consequences of war are and always will be.”

In spite of his personal wartime misgivings, Milani is convinced the United States must remain in a position of strength as far as our own defenses are concerned. “We don’t ever want bombs falling in our country; never want our women violated by an aggressive nation. There’s only one way avoid that – to keep confrontations from American shores by keeping our national defense in a state of readiness.”

A lifelong resident and past-Mayor of Northfield Village, Milani and his wife Alice are parents of Pam Vercek, Monica Milani, son Victor Milani, past-Mayor of Northfield Village, and the late Kim Masseria of Walton Hills. They have been blessed to live to see their children’s children.



Editor’s Note – The official website of the 8th Air Force can be found at

An Army Nurse Remembers WWII Wounded

By Glen Miller

Mary Ellen Jones was among thousands of women who contributed by enlisting in the Army Nursing Corps to care for the thousands of World War II wounded men returning from Pacific and European battles.
Rather than choosing to work in a better paying civilian medical job, she and three classmates enlisted in the Nursing Corps in January 1945 after graduating from a Dayton nursing school and passing their state nursing tests.


“We never gave it a second thought. We thought it was our duty and we were prepared to go overseas if necessary,” said Jones, 91, of Bainbridge Township near Chagrin Falls.

Jones and her friends were told they would serve the duration of the war, plus six months. She had no idea the war against Germany would be over in five months and the Japanese would surrender in August.
After a quick six weeks of basic training at Ft. Knox, Ky., she was assigned to Crile General Hospital in Parma, a large military hospital that would eventually become a veterans’ hospital and the forerunner of the Louis Stokes VA Medical Center in University Circle.
“It was very large, sprawling with barracks and took up several acres,” said Mary Ellen, who lived with fellow nurses on the hospital grounds.
Now Cuyahoga Community College’s Western Campus, the hospital had nearly 2,000 beds, seven corridors and a staff of 1,000.
Although Mary Ellen never treated them, the hospital also cared for 250 wounded German POWS, who were among the hospital’s first patients when it opened in December 1944.
“They were kept in a special section way, but I never thought they were a threat to anyone,” she said. “I would see some working in the yard when we went to and from our quarters, but nothing else.”
Mary Ellen worked in a rehabilitation unit, or what she said was then referred to as “reconstruction” unit where wounded soldiers received prosthetic legs or arms, and underwent skin grafts.
“I was just a general duty nurse – gave medications, took temperatures and the like – nothing surgical,” she said. “Our days were 12 hours on 12 off, although sometimes our working hours were split, with us working in the morning or day and then back again at night. We didn’t have much free time.
“Most of our patients were just happy to be alive and on the road to recovery,” she added.
When she wasn’t on duty, she chose to read, go to a hospital campus movie, the PX, or in the summer, to an occasional Cleveland Indians game – although being from Southwestern Ohio; she was a Cincinnati Reds fan.
It was during a Sunday evangelical outing that she met Charles Jones, a discharged Army Air Force veteran who would become her husband.
“We started by sharing a song book and things went from there, and we started seeing each other,” she said.
Mary Ellen continued to serve at Crile General Hospital following the surrender of Japan that August, but opted to be discharged in March 1946, five months before she married Jones in September.
She recalled her service as an Army nurse in “One Mission,” a documentary film interviewing veterans of many wars produced in 2010 by Chagrin Falls resident Todd Lyle.

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