Speaker: Matthew McCoy
Topic: The Butte County Veteran Service Office & Veteran Benefits
Matthew grew up in Chico and graduated from Pleasant Valley High School in 1992. He joined the US Army while a senior in High School, and left for Basic training within a month of his graduation. Matthew trained as a Power Generation Specialist at Fort Belvoir, Virginia, before heading to Fort Drum, home of the 10th Mountain Infantry. After two years at Fort Drum, he deployed to Somalia in 1993 in support of Operation Restore Hope. Matthew then transferred to the California Army National Guard in 1995, serving in the Guard for an additional five years to complete his 8-year obligation to the military.
Matthew used the GI Bill to get a BA in Anthropology from Chico State University in 2003. While at CSU, he participated in a VA Work-Study Program, working part time for the VA - first at the Chico VA Outpatient Clinic and then later at the Veteran Office at Chico State. After 10 years employment with a local business, and at the same time finding his service to fellow veterans in the previous Work-Study Program to be the most rewarding, he applied for an open position at the Butte County Veteran Service Office. Having served there now for 2 ½ years, it has been and continues to be his honor to assist fellow veterans and residents of Butte County.
Speaker: Catherine Skillin, RN
Topic: Hospice Nurse Care through Enloe Hospital
Catherine Skillin was born and raised in Chico. She is married to Wesley, her
husband of 32 years and has three sons. Catherine was stationed with her husband as he served in the USAF in Goldsboro, NC, where she attended college and received her degree in nursing. After graduating from college, Catherine and husband relocated to Durham, California. She worked as an RN for Enloe Hospital for 15 years; 3 years as an Oncology nurse, then 12 years as a Hospice nurse. Her accomplishments include national certification as an oncology nurse, completed training in remote pediatric nursing, and advanced palliative care and hospice care training. She took 11years off from nursing to be a stay at home mother and home school her three sons. She returned to work in 2011, returning to her love as hospice nurse at Enloe Hospital. Her husband Wesley is the Commander for Butte County Composite SQ 95. Catherine serves as Deputy Commander for Cadets as well as Health Services Officer. Her hobbies include playing guitar, reading and camping. Catherine boasts that her greatest joy and accomplishment is that of being a wife and mother.
Speaker: Douglas Hubbard
Topic: Service in Vietnam as a NIS Special Agent
Douglass Hubbard began his professional life as a Special Agent, NIS the Federal agency today known as NCIS (Naval Criminal Investigative Service). Hired at Washington Navy Yard in March 1968, he completed basic agent training at the agency Arlington headquarters during which he was mentored by an agent recently returned from a tour of duty in Vietnam. Hubbard volunteered to serve at the DaNang Vietnam office, was reassigned to nearby Marine Corps Base Quantico to complete his probationary service and just a year after coming aboard, arrived in DaNang to join a group of eight other civilian Special Agents. He was 23 years old – the youngest agent to serve in Vietnam.
The Office of Naval Intelligence, precursor to the Naval Investigative Service, had been deploying civilian special agents for several decades before the Vietnam War. In 1970, all were classified as Civil Service GS1811, in-line with other Federal agencies such as FBI and US Secret Service. Most agents worked in counterintelligence roles, but the war in Vietnam steeply ramped up the incidence of criminal activity.
NIS was the only Federal law enforcement agency represented in Vietnam. When Hubbard arrived, there were perhaps 20 agents in-country, eight of whom were assigned to DaNang where agents shared a dilapidated French hotel with their Navy enlisted support staff headed by a reserve Navy Lieutenant, typically an intelligence officer. We worked investigative leads sent to us by the FBI, IRS, Customs and US Postal Inspectors, but the majority of the work related to serious violent crime: murder (especially fraggings), alleged war crimes, sabotage, espionage and larceny.
Hubbard was assigned to man the single-agent post at Quang Tri Combat Base in later 1969 in support of the 3rd Marine Division on the DMZ. He was frequently forwarded deployed with Marine rifle battalions. He was later assigned to Cam Ranh Bay, Saigon and the Mekong Delta – serving a total of 36 months in Vietnam.
Doug Hubbard is today a Chico-based consultant to the minerals industry in Africa. He has authored two books, Special Agent, Vietnam (Potomac Press, 2006) and Bound for Africa, Cold War Fight Along the Zambezi (Naval Institute Press, 2008) – which recounts his experience as a Training Officer in the British South Africa Police.
Speakers: Chico Police Officers Brandon Joseph, Derrick Ament, & Rick Hartman
Topic: Overview and demonstration on the use of police dogs
Speakers: Craig & Arwyn Rodriguera
Topic: Update on Salvation Army Activities
Lieutenants Craig & Arwyn Rodriguera are the Corps Officers (Pastors/Administrators) of The Salvation Army Chico Church Community Center & Social Service Office located in Chapmantown. They were appointed to Chico on July 4th, 2014. Before committing their lives as Salvation Army Officers, Craig received his B.A. in History & a Masters in Education (Secondary Education) at Hawaii Pacific University in Honolulu, HI; and was planning on pursuing a career teaching overseas. Arwyn received her B.A. in Cross-Cultural Ministries with a minor in Bible & Theology from Simpson University in Redding, CA. Arwyn was pursuing international refugee work and missions overseas. Arwyn was also the session president of her class (2012-2014) in The Salvation Army's seminary school called "College for Officer's Training at Crestmont", located in Rancho Palos Verdes, CA. Craig & Arwyn first met each other at a bible study in Hawaii and later got married at Craig's birth place, Honolulu, HI. They have been married for over 4 years and are planning for a family. Both have recently become Rotarians in Chico (Craig - Noon Rotary & Arwyn - Sunrise Rotary). They are both convicted by their calling from God to serve others and meet needs. They have a dedicated passion to restoring lives in their ministry and have committed their lives to serving wherever God leads them.