Biographies 

  

 Mark Moots

 Patrick J. Mobley

Hank Kwiatkowski

Red Costa

Rick Williams

Jim Engels

Jim Vissers

 

 

 

Chef de Chemin de Fer (Mark Moots)

Chef de Chemin de Fer Mark Moots was born in Elmhurst, IL March 24th 1955.  He joined the Marine Corps and became a Flight Engineer (Crew Chief) on the CH-53 Sea Stallion Helicopter.  Chef Moots served on active duty for over 7 years and is authorized to wear Combat Aircrew insignia, the Navy Unit Commendation, the Meritorious Unit Commendation, the Good Conduct Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal and the Humanitarian Service Medal. In addition, he qualified Sharpshooter (Rifle) and Expert (Pistol).   

After the Marines, Chef Moots worked as an Airframe & Powerplant Licensed Technician for St Charles, MO Municipal Airport until he was hired as a Civil Service technician at Scott AFB, IL maintaining UH-1 Huey Helicopters for the Army Reserves.  He later received a promotion to the Army Aviation Command in St Louis, MO where worked for the Program Executive Office on the OH-58D Kiowa Warrior and UH-60 Black Hawk Helicopters, and Air Traffic Control for the Mobile Tower System (MOTS) Tactical Terminal Control System (TTCS) and Portable Airfield Lighting System (PALS).  He temporarily retired with 38 years of service.  After 11 months in retirement he received an offer to go back to work as a contractor for the Army on the CH-47F Chinook Helicopter.  He expects to go back into retirement within the next couple of years.

Prior to his retirement, his employment relocated to Redstone Arsenal, Huntsville AL in 1997 where he met Willa “Dean”.  They reside today in beautiful Lake Guntersville, Alabama with their spoiled, sometimes obedient child, Brutus; a Brindle Great Dane.

Chef Moots was wrecked into La Société in Huntsville, AL V 1012 and now is a member of Guntersville, AL V 1072; He has held all elected Locale Offices.  At the Grande Level he has held POW/MIA Directeur (5), Americanism Directeur, Cheminot, Conductor, Chef de Train (2) and Chef de Gare.  As Grand Chef de Gare he was honored by Grand du Minnesota with the Paul Bunyan Gavel.  He was also the 2010 President of Southland’s Dixie Promenade.  At the Nationale level, he has served as Cheminot, Americanism Sous Directeur, Membership Sous Directeur (3) and Sous Chef de Chemin de Fer.

He is a member of the Army Aviation Association of America, the American Legion and a Life Member of the VFW.  He enjoys hunting, fishing and spending time with other Voyageurs Militaire. 

 

 

 

Correspondant National (Patrick Mobley)

Born and raised in Indianapolis Indiana; upon graduating from John Marshall High School, Mobley enlisted in the U.S. Navy. During his 20-year career, he served on various ships and shore commands, deploying to the Persian Gulf during Operation Desert Shield/Storm. When not assigned to sea duty, he served as a Navy Instructor, curriculum developer, and qualified as a Navy Master Training Specialist. Chief Petty Officer Mobley is authorized to wear the Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist insignia, the Navy Commendation Medal, the Navy Achievement Medal, the Combat Action Ribbon, as well as a number of other individual and unit awards.

Since transitioning from the military he has worked as a defense contractor, in the manufacturing industry and most significantly, in human services.  His experience in workforce development ranges from direct client services; serving veterans on the local level, to state-wide program management of federal benefits for dislocated workers.  He specialized in assisting veteran job seekers with significant barriers to employment and is a certified through the National Institute of Corrections as an Offender Workforce Development Specialist (OWDS).

He is active in the veteran community serving in local leadership positions in a number of veterans’ service organizatations including the American Legion, the Veterans of Foreign Wars and Amvets.

He has been married to the former Susan Dawson of Springfield MO, since 1985, they have one adult son. In his spare time he enjoys woodworking, golf, hiking in Indiana’s State Parks and spending time with his extended family.

Member of:

  •   La Société des Quarante Hommes et Huit Chevaux  V1390
  •   American Legion Post 331 
  •   AMVETS Post 99
  •   DAV Ch. 52
  •   VFW Post 6128
  •   Fleet Reserve Association
  •   American Military Retirees Association
  •   Wounded Warrior Project

 

 

 

 

Avocat National (Hank Kwiatkowski)

Kwiatkowski served as a Captain in the United States Army/Airborne.  He worked in the aerospace and manufacturing industry as a manager and executive and later founded his own automotive business from which he is now retired.  He and his wife, Sharon, today reside in Lake Bistineau near Doyline, LA.  They have two children and three grandchildren.

A member of The Forty & Eight for 25 years, Kwiatkowski serves as Grande Correspondant (State Adjutant) for Forty & Eight’s Grande du Louisiana.  He held several national positions with the Forty & Eight prior to becoming its national commander.  Kwiatkowski is also an officer in The American Legion, Department of Louisiana (40 year member), and a member of Mensa.

 

 

 

 

 

Sous Chef de Chemin de Fer (Red Costa)

Born in Pittsburgh PA 1952.

Divorced

Joined USAF in 1972

Retired in 1992 as a TSgt

Military Awards: Bronze Star/MSM/Air Force Commendation Medal(2)/Army Commendation Medal/Army Achievement Medal/Combat Readiness Medal

40 & 8

Nationale-Directeur Voiture Activities/Sous Directeur Voiture/Sous Directeur VAVS

Grande-Chef de Gare/Cooespondant/Avocat/Cheminot

Locale-Chef de Gare/Correspondant/Avocate

American Legion

Department-Dept of France Adjutant(3 years)Dept of France Judge Avocate(8 years)Assistant Adjutant(10 years)

VFW-Life member Paris Post 1

 

 

 

 

Sous Chef de Chemin de Fer (Rick Williams)

Born as Baby Hill May 14, 1948 in Chattanooga TN. adopted and raised in Chattanooga, TN.

Graduated from Red Bank High School 1968 and entered the service with the United States Marine Corps in July of 68 to August 88, retired at the rank of Gunnery Sergeant.  Achieved a Associates  Degree in Electronics from DeVry Institute of Technologies.

Duty stations were Parris Island SC, Camp LeJeune NC, Republic of Viet Nam, Island of Okinawa, NAS New Orleans LA, Quantico VA, and 29 Palms CA. 

Field of study Heavy Equipment Operator, Heavy Equipment Mechanic and Instructor, Correctional Officer, Water Safety and Survival Instructor Trainer, Photographer, Photo Processing and Quality Control Technician, Continuous photographic processing technician, Television Cameraman, editor and director, and Photographic Chief. 

After retirement from the service  Worked for Bettie Manufacturing and Service, Coppinger Photographic Corporation, and the United States Postal Service, from where l retire in 2016

Life member in the Forty and Eight, American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Fleet Marine Association.

Offices held after induction into La Societe in 1993 at The Hillbilly Wrek,  Positions held Guard de la Porte, Chef de Train, Conducteur, Chef de Gare, Commissar Intendant, Correspondant, Drapeau, Cheminot, Commie Voiture, Color Guard, Directeur of Nurses Training, Caravel Star, Boxcar, Child Welfare, Special Awards, and membership. 

Grand Chef de Gare, Grand Guard de la Porte, Grand Correspondant, Grand Commie Voiture, Grande Cheminot, Color Guard, and Directeur of Nurses Training, Caravel Star, Boxcar.  And at the Nationale level currently serving as Sous Chef de Chemin de Fer, Cheminot Nationale, and Color Guard, Sous Directeur of Boxcar, Special Awards, and Membership.  Belong to the Generals Club and  Chef de Gare Pases Club. 

Have two daughters living in Chattanooga, TN and eight grand children.  I am currently living in Cleveland, TN. Planing on maintaining residence but travel the roads after this next retirement.

 

 

 

Sous Chef de Chemin de Fer (Jim Engels)

Born in Des Moines, Iowa 02 January 1948. Raised in central Iowa and a 1966 Graduate of Eagle Grove High School. Joined the U S Navy shortly after graduation served four years, took a three-year vacation and reentered the Navy in 1974 retiring as a Senior Chief after 23 years of service.

After retirement worked for a Native American Tribe for 9 years, worked for the State of Arizona as a DVOP (Disabled Veteran Outreach Program) specialist 6 years and currently working for a federal contractor on the Yuma Marine base.

Married to Betty for thirty-five years have five children and seven grandchildren and reside in Yuma, Arizona; home of Voiture Nationale City of the Year 2001.  

Wrecked into La Societe in 1979 and has held all the Locale chairs, served in all the chairs of the Grand Voiture du Arizona being Grand Chef in 2004. Has served Voiture Nationale in the following: Americanism (Flags) 3 years, Special Awards 5 years, Youth Sports Sec/Tres 4 years, Cheminot, Alternate Cheminot and Lampiste.

Honorary life member of American Legion Post 19 and Voiture 622 Yuma County Arizona, the Territorial Voiture...

Paid for life member of the Boxcar Hobo’s, Veteran of Foreign Wars, Disabled American Veterans and National Rifle Association. When not working or involved with Voiture or Legion activities, assists with Vets Helping Vets and the Yuma Military Affairs Committee. 

 

 

 

Sous Chef de Chemin de Fer (Jim Vissers)

Sous Chef de Chemin de Fer Jim Vissers was born in Appleton, WI and grew up in Little Chute, WI.  Jim served on active duty for 7 years in the Navy.  Jim was stationed on the USS Wasp (CVS-18) stationed at the Naval Air Station, Quonset Point, RI for 4 years and 2 years at the Sub Base, Groton, CT.  Jim is authorized to wear the National Defense Medal, Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation, Navy Unit Commendation, Good Conduct Medal, and the Navy Achievement Medal.

Jim met his wife Cher prior to entering the service and was married in 1970.  She accompanied him for five years while in the service.  Jim and Cher currently has one son.

After the service, Jim spent 37 years in the paper industry, working 6 years in the hourly ranks and 31 years in management, retiring as Assistant Superintendent.  Jim was active in the Technical Association of Pulp and Paper, chairing the Packaging Committee for 3 year.

Jim is also a 43 year member of the American Legion Post 258, serving them at Assistant Finance Officer and two terms as First Vice Commander.

Jim was wrecked into La Societe in Wrightstown, WI in 1998.  He has held Locale Offices as  Aumonier, Chef de Gare, and is currently serving as Locale Correspondant and Commmissaire Intendant.  He has served Grand de Wisconsin as Aide de Camp, Box Car Directeur, Garde de la Porte, Conducteur, Chef de Train, and Chef de Gare.  He has served Nationale as Alternate Cheminot, Cheminot, Sous Box Car Directeur, Aid de Camp, and Box Car Directeur.

Jim was also the Grand and National Voyageur of the Year in 2015.

 

 

 

 

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