Steuben County Council on Aging • 317 S. Wayne St., Suite 1 B • Angola, IN 46703
C.O.A. Office (260)-665-8191 STAR Transportation (260)-665-9856
The Steuben County Council on Aging is a community leader in advocacy and services, including transportation, for older adults and others to empower independence and enhance well-being.
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Welcome to the Steuben County Council on Aging Community Center!!!
The Steuben County Council on Aging is staffed with dedicated people who are committed to assisting older
adults and persons with disabilities so that they are able to remain independent in the home of their choice
with dignity, thus preventing premature institutionalization.
The SCCOA is an independent, not-for-profit agency funded by: Title IIB Older Americans Act, Medicaid,
Trustees/County Commissioners, City of Angola, Churches and Civic Groups,
Steuben County United Way, Foundations & Grants, Private Donations and Fundraising.
The SCCOA acknowledges and supports the rights of all individuals and is actively involved in
serving older adults & persons with disabilities, as well as low-income families without any discrimination.
We believe all persons have the right to know what is available to help them care for themselves.
The Council on Aging staff can help provide this information to you.
We provide a wide range of information from all over Steuben County and the region.
If we can be of help, let us know — we are here to serve you!
The COA is already planning the next "DANCING TO THE STARS & STRIPES"
Saturday, November 11, 2017 – Veterans Day at Potawatomi Inn
We are having a year-long tribute to the
Veterans of Steuben County
We are inviting everyone to share a story/picture
of a veteran you know.
Each month all year, one veteran will be recognized in our monthly newsletter, on our Facebook page and our Website.
Call 665-8191, Email: Ktreadwell@steubencoa.org or stop in the office at 317 S. Wayne Street Suite 1-B for more information.
The willingness of America's veterans to sacrifice for our country has earned them our lasting gratitude.
Many, many thanks.
HONORING OUR VETERANS
Chaplain/Lt. Col. Martin A. McEntarfer USAF Ret.
This gentleman was nominated by Northern Lakes Nursing & Rehab for his services in the
United States Air Force. Lieutenant McEntarfer decided at the age of 37 years old to enlist
in the United States Air Force after serving 2 years in the Air National Guard in Michigan.
I asked him why he decided to enlist at the age of 37, he said he “wanted to serve,
he was too young for WWII, and had an older brother who was enlisted in the Navy.
He is the youngest of 4 children. Lt. McEntarfer had already been married and had 2
children prior to his enlistment. He served in the war zone during the Vietnam War.
As I listened to his amazing and interesting stories, this man was very proud and gracious
to serve his country. He told me of places he was stationed, which included U-Tapao
Royal Thai Navy Airfield, which was a front line base of the US Air Force in the
Vietnam War, he was there during the Christmas Bombings of Hanoi, Plattsburgh Air
Force Base (a former Strategic Air Command ((SAC)) Base), Reese Air Force Base, in
Lubbock Texas, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, east of Dayton Ohio, March Air Force
Base in Riverside County California, Travis Air Force Base in Solano County California, Iraklion Air Station east of Iraklion onthe Greek Island of Crete as well as many Aircraft Control and Warning radar stations (AC&W) stations
throughout Alaska. He spent time at Sparrevohn Air Force Station which was a General Surveillance Radar Station
in a very remote location southwest of Fairbanks Alaska. He had told me of a flight he was to take into Sparrevohn, where the landing strip was gravel and surrounded by mountains, which made landing very difficult and quite dangerous, on this day, he missed the flight in, where all 4 Air Force Personnel perished in the crash. On New Year’s Eve in 1970, he was traveling 7 miles up the side of a mountain in white out conditions to a camp where the wind
chill was 75 below zero on a tram containing 2 drivers, the Air Force Commander, 2 civilians and 1 administrative personnel and himself when the tram went over a 45 degree drop and slid down the mountain 3 miles. They spent the night, in over 4 feet of snow, upon their coming to a rest, the Commander said “Chaplain, this might be a good time for prayer”. Although they had to “claw their way back up the side of the mountain” no lives were lost that night. Lt. McEntarfer’s position in the Air Force was a Chaplain, where he seen much loss and devastation. He was on duty day and night, missed 4 Christmases with his family, he was called to bombed planes, bombing briefings,
to accompany the remains of the fallen, to notify families, as well as to boost moral of the troops, counsel, teach, minister and pray. His job was to serve everyone. Lt. McEntarfer has a Methodist Background, he obtained his Master of Divinity (MDiv) as well as a Masters Degree in Family and Marriage Counseling all while serving our Country. Chaplain Lieutenant Colonel Martin A. McEntarfer, USAF, Retired in 1988 with the Meritorious Service Medal (MSM), an award that is presented to members of the United States Armed Forces who distinguished themselves by outstanding meritorious achievement or service to the United States subsequent to 1969. He
resides in Angola, where he is near his Son and lovely daughter in law, Attorney James & Lois McEntarfer.
THANK YOU SIR, FOR YOUR YEARS OF SERVICE AND DEDICATION TO THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA!