President & Founder
Vicky Mohler has a 36 year career working for The Boeing Company, currently with EO&T Finance. Vicky has dedicated many years managing and promoting Support America's Armed Forces program and volunteering time to various community service efforts. Vicky is married to Dan Mohler, recording and session bassist, celebrating 35 years. She is very proud of her children. Her daughter Melissa served in the U.S. Army as a Soldier Medic and her son Aaron served two tours of duty in the U.S. Marine Corps. She has four grandchildren Grace, Ashton, Kaylynn and Austin and a few adopted around the neighborhood. In 2008, Vicky was recognized by the community by receiving the Business Examiner’s “Woman of Influence” award. In addition, 2010, Vicky was inducted into the Joint Base Lewis-McChord’s Civilian Hall of Fame.
Vicky's involvement began in the fall of 2004, when her son of the USMC 9th Communication Battalion from Camp Pendleton California deployed to Iraq. During their deployment, Vicky kicked off Operation Santa in which she adopted her son's battalion sending over 900 Christmas stockings and over 3,000 lbs of goods to the Marines and co-located military troops in Iraq for the holidays Vicky continued her support to the Marines with holiday theme type projects such as Operation Heart to Heart - Valentine's Day, and Operation Marine Morale - Memorial Day, while enlisting the help of volunteers and supporters. What began as a holiday project for 700 Marines has now evolved into a full scale non-profit program, sending to thousands of military servicemen and women of all branches. Vicky says she can't begin to express her appreciation and gratitude to each of the community members and SAAF committee members for all their volunteer time, efforts and support to our military. Vicky has found her work volunteering and supporting the Armed Forces support to be one of the most rewarding experiences of her life. Together we are all making a difference!
VP Public Affairs
Carlene Joseph began her employment with McChord Credit Union, now Harborstone Credit Union, in 1980. Throughout the years she held several leadership positions and eventually became the Vice President of Community Development and Military Relations. Carlene is well-known in the civilian and military communities for her work in encouraging civilians and businesses to embrace the military population. In 2009, Carlene was recognized by the community by receiving the Business Examiner’s “Woman of Influence” award. In addition, 2012, Carlene was inducted into the Joint Base Lewis-McChord’s Civilian Hall of Fame.
Carlene’s work was recognized by the McChord Field, Joint Base Lewis-McChord 62nd Airlift Wing leadership when she was given the Bryce Lily Award (McChord Volunteer of the Year) twice. She was also recognized by the leadership of the 446th Airlift Wing (Reserve Unit) when she received the Spouse of the Year award in 2006. In addition, Carlene was given the Air Force Sergeants Association’s Volunteer of the Year Award, and through her leadership, Harborstone Credit Union received the Department of Defense’s Air Force Credit Union of the Year in 2007 and again in 2010. Carlene was also the first honorary commander for the Western Air Defense Sector and she served as an honorary commander for the 62nd Airlift Wing for several years. Today, she holds the coveted title of the “Honorary Command Chief” of the 62nd Airlift Wing and the 446th Airlift Wing.
Carlene’s work in supporting the military continued when she revived a failing non-profit organization called Pierce Military and Business Alliance (PMBA). Today, PMBA has twenty six business partners and the group infuses $132,000 into welfare and professional activities on Joint Base Lewis-McChord and Camp Murray. Finally, Carlene serves as the Vice President for Support America’s Armed Forces (SAAF), an organization under the PMBA non-profit organization. SAAF raises funds to support military family morale activities.
Carlene further extends her support to the Air Force Association by serving as the Treasurer for a regional position and the First Vice President for the McChord Field Chapter. Carlene’s primary focus in the Air Force Association is to plan events that support morale and welfare activities for Air Force families. Last year, Carlene received AFA National’s Chairman Citation award for her work with the military community.
Carlene’s work extends to supporting the United States Army. Today, Carlene is the President of the Association of the United States Army’s (AUSA), Captain Meriwether Lewis Chapter (previously the Fort Lewis Chapter). As the Captain Meriwether Lewis President, Carlene accepted a role with the Army Seattle Recruiting Battalion as the Vice President of the Southwest Region for the Washington Army Advisory Board. Her responsibilities include working with local recruiters to introduce them to community leaders and school administrators, and she encourages recruiter involvement in community events. During the past four years, Carlene led a group of recruiters in creating and planning Operation RED (Recruit Enlisted Dinner). During the dinner, with 800-1,000 people in attendance, 250 senior high school students are sworn into different branches of the military. The food is donated and the students’ parents watch as their children are inducted. The goal of the dinner was to ensure these students remained engaged with their decision to join the Armed Forces and to give their parents peace of mind. Because of her leadership and some dedicated volunteers, the Captain Meriwether Lewis Chapter won the AUSA National “Best Chapter Award” in 2011 and again in 2014. In 2014, Carlene received AUSA’s Major General Anthony J. Drexel Biddle Medal for her continued support to AUSA’s mission.
Carlene’s most successful accomplishments are her long-term marriage with her high school sweetheart, Andy Joseph, and the raising of her two children, Eric Joseph, a United States Marine, and Jennifer DeLay, a soon to be school teacher. Carlene also has five granddaughters, Madison, Samantha, Lexie, Jordyn, and Drew. Her husband, Andy, is a retired Senior Master Sergeant from the Air Force Reserve and long-term Boeing Company Manager. Both Carlene and Andy met as military brats when their fathers were stationed at Okinawa, Japan. Her father retired on McChord Air Force Base in 1972 and her father-in-law retired on Fort Lewis during the same year. Carlene has a Bachelor’s Degree in Organizational Leadership from Chapman University and a MBA from the University of Phoenix.
CSM (R) Herb Schmeling entered the U.S. Army in February 1971. He completed Basic Training at Fort Lewis, WA and AIT at Fort Belvoir, VA. He served as Command Sergeant Major of the 168th Engineer Battalion, 3rd Brigade, 2nd nfantry Division at Fort Lewis, and with the 29th Engineer Battalion, Fort Shafter, HI. His CONUS and overseas assignments include: Two tours with the 30th Engineer Battalion (Topographic), Fort Belvoir, VA; 1st Battalion, 81st Field Artillery, Neu Ulm, Germany; U.S. Army Recruiting Command with duty at Charlotte, NC; 649th Engineer Battalion (Topographic), Schwetzingen, Germany; Defense Mapping Agency, Defense Mapping School, Fort Belvoir, VA. His education includes: Engineer BNOC; Advanced Geodetic Survey Course; ANOC; USASMA; and the CSM Course. He graduated from Portland State University. His awards include the Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal; Meritorious Service Medal (with two OLC); Army Commendation Medal (with one OLC); Army Achievement Medal (with one OLC); National Defense Medal (with Star); Good Conduct Medal (10th Award); Professional Development Ribbon (with numeral 4 device); Army Service Ribbon; Overseas Service ribbon (with numeral 3 device); and the Recruiter's Badge.Following military retirement, Herb worked in the private sector in the financial service industry and as a military training assistance contractor. Herb currently volunteers for a multitude of local/national civic/military service support organizations which includes Support America's Armed Forces, United Service Organization, Lakewood and Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber of Commerce Military Affairs Committees, the Fort Lewis Retiree Council, Association of the United States Army, The Fort Lewis Fisher House, The Sergeants Major Association of Fort Lewis, and Keep Lakewood Beautiful.Herb's volunteer efforts have received both local and regional recognition. He received two I Corps Commander's Certificates for his devoted volunteer efforts with local organizations in service to soldiers, retirees, veterans, and their families, selected as a 2007 Fort Lewis Volunteer of Merit, and the 2007 Sixth Region AUSA William G. Bainbridge Award for Excellence for continued service to soldiers, retirees, and their families.