|By robert w busby (Unregistered Guest) on Tuesday, July 22, 2014 - 12:07 pm: Edit|
Remembering Reid Chave – One day while working the day shift at the 42nd Military Police (MP) Gp Customs unit in Stuttgart Germany, decided to sign up for a law enforcement (LE) course with Central Texas College (CTC) Europe. Contacted CTC folks who had representatives at Robinson Barracks (RB), was advised a class was starting that night and was being taught at the lower housing area of RB at the education center. Signed up, got the course information, stopped by the RB Post Exchange book store and purchased the book being used for the LE course.
Class was from 7:00 P.M. till 9:00 P.M. on Tuesday nights for six weeks of fun and excitement learning about the exciting world of Forensics. That night was amazed the class was full, about twenty folks in the class with various military backgrounds. Yes, we had mostly LE folks in the class, so I knew this was going to be an interesting class for sure. The Instructor arrived a little late, we were all making comments about leaving if he failed to show in the next five minutes. Then the instructor showed up, he was tall and distinguished looking, apparently he had worked late, but did manage to get away to be with us for two hours of forensics 101.
Our instructor was Mr. Reid Chave who was assigned to the Stuttgart District U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command (USACID) for his day job and working with us after hours for his evening fun. Mr. Chave or Chief as we called him was very excited about forensics and explained we would be learning from the class book as well as from other sources, would be talking real investigative uses of forensics by Army police. Mr. Chave covered what we were to read and be able to discuss by our next meeting and discussed the world of forensics till the two hours ended.
This was going to be a fantastic course on forensics based on what was in the book and on how the instructor Chief Chave seemed to know the material and explain forensics so we all were able to understand the material. The instruction and presentation of material to the class the first hour was informative, concise and seemed to be completed way too fast. We had a fifteen minute brake before the second hour and of course we were all bothering Chief Chave with questions and comments we were not able to ask or make during the first hour.
Chief Chave mentioned half the class was made up of CID Special Agents trying to get hours needed to complete their Associates in Applied Science (AAS) http://www.ctcd.edu/academics/programs-of-study/associate-of-applied-science-degrees-certificates/ in Criminology due to a new directive just out by the CID Commanding General (CG) stating all CID Warrant Officers (WO) would be required to have at least an AAS in order to continue to be WOs. This was news to me, I had always thought Army CID Agents were all WOs and appointed by the Powers-That-Be (PTB), well that is what most of us in the Army MPs were taught, smiles and frowns.
Talked with Chief Chave about how MPs might get into Army CID and he provided me with an ear full on CID recruitment, something I had never considered, MP life was the life I chose and had never even thought about changing my direction. After the break, the information covered was mostly about what was to be taught, how it was going to be taught, and discussion on the current state of the use of forensics in the Army.
The two hours were over so quickly, none of us could believe two hours had passed and that we all seemed to have enjoyed learning about and talking about forensics. The ease and pace of this class on forensics was all due to the ability of the instructor Chief Chave to make us all feel like we had a stake in learning and using forensics in our day-to-day jobs.
Two days after the class Chief Chave dropped by the MP Customs office located on the second floor of RB apparently to register some weapons information but ask about me. My section sergeant told me later that day an Army CID SA was in the office asking questions about me, was not sure what that was all about, but hey if the Forensics instructor was that interested in folks in his class, this class was bound to be fun.
The second week of Forensics class at CTC was even better than the first week, we were all learning much more than we thought we could and having fun doing it. Chief Chave was a dynamic speaker or so it seemed, he managed to keep our attention and inspire us to read and learn more about Forensics so we could use Forensics in our every day work in military LE. When class was over that night, Chief Chave pulled me aside and mentioned he would like me to look into becoming a CID SA. Chief Chave mentioned CID had a special program being offered to get folks into CID as WOs and if I applied for CID as a WO there was a good chance I would be selected for CID and upon graduation from CID basic be appointed a WO. This was a lot to take in, but took the information provided, read it over and decided to apply for CID and see what happened.
The next four weeks flew by in the CTC Forensics course and we were finished way too soon, but we all had a good time, learned a lot and it was all due to the efforts of Mr. Reid Chave who had this ability to make each and every person he met feel special and at the same time gain that persons confidence and in our case help us help our selves to get more education.
We all passed the Forensics course at CTC because of the knowledge and ability of our instructor to keep us interested in a subject that is not all that exciting at times. Many of us went on to get the two LE certificates and AAS in criminology offered by CTCE because Chief Chave got us excited about learning.
Five months later CID accepted me as an applicant, assigned me to the Stuttgart CID office where I prepared for CID School, attended CID school and graduated to find out the special program for direct appointment was no longer available! Life is like that at times, returned to Stuttgart CID as a Specialist Sixth Class (SP6) working as an apprentice CID SA.
This memory came to me as I was reading about the death of U.S. Army CID SA Mr. Reid Wilkin Chave, 78, of Mount Pleasant who died at his home on December 5, 2013 after a bout with cancer.
|By Myron Pickering (Unregistered Guest) on Tuesday, March 18, 2014 - 06:18 pm: Edit|
I was with Reid in Stuttgart in 1973 - 1976 along with the late Jim Pace and Earl Burdette. I was aware of Reid's health issues but asked not to share his condition with others. He visited Honolulu a few years back and we got together for dinner at the Hale Koa. I will charish that memory always. I have communicated my sorrow and prayers to Jacintha . Reid was a human "template", a role model for all to emulate. He was a leader, a friend and he will be remembered and missed by all who new him.
|By Peter L. Comras (Peter_comras) on Sunday, December 15, 2013 - 12:58 am: Edit|
Great agent and a great guy!
R.I.P. Reid--you earned it!
|By Richard B. Greaves (Dick_greaves) on Tuesday, December 10, 2013 - 07:47 pm: Edit|
We are so saddeed to hear of Reid's passing. It was always such a pleasure to see he and Jacintha at the many CIDAA gatherings we attended, and especially appreciated the ones in Charleston he helped sponsor. Reid and I first met as students at a WOIC at Ft. Gordon in spring 1972. What a true professional and leader he was and provided great mentorship to those moving up. May he rest in peace, and peace be with Jacintha and the family. Sincerely, Dick and Mary Ann
|By John R. Mays (John_mays) on Tuesday, December 10, 2013 - 03:34 pm: Edit|
Reid was a great person and did a lot for the CID, CIDAA and the US Army. He was a great friend and will be missed dearly. We have lost so many Great people here of late. It is with a heavy heart that I send my prayers out to Mrs. Chave and the Family. RIP old friend. See you on the other side. John Mays
|By Carl Craig - Forum Moderator (Ccraig) on Sunday, December 08, 2013 - 06:23 pm: Edit|
Obituary Of Reid W. Chave:
Mr. Reid Wilkin Chave, 78, of Mount Pleasant, died December 5, 2013 at home in the care of his wife and family. Born in Coshocton, OH, he was the son of the late William and Mary Wilkin Chave and husband of fifty years to Jacintha Chave. Reid graduated from Brilliant Memorial High School, received a BA in English from the University of Maryland and Master's Degrees in education from both Boston University and Central Michigan University. He served his country for twenty one years in the United States Army and United State Air Force, retiring as a Chief Warrant Officer. During his military career he served in Vietnam and Korea. Mr. Chave was a lifelong member of the Presbyterian Church, a Mason and Shriner. He is survived by his wife, Jacintha Frost Chave of Mt. Pleasant; three children, Glenn Chave and wife Julie, Leigh Anne Sabine and husband Andrew and Carl Chave and wife Racinda, all of Mt. Pleasant; two brothers, Austin Chave of California and Greg Chave of Ohio; five grandchildren, Lauren, Reid, Aidan, Cole and Bailey. Mr. Chave was predeceased by his parents and brother, William Chave. Memorial service will be held Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. at Sunrise Presbyterian Church, 3222 Middle Street, Sullivan's Island, SC 29482. The family will receive friends following the service at their home. Interment will be held at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The Medical University of Charleston Children's Hospital,
169 Ashley Avenue, Charleston, SC 29425,843-792-1414.
|By Carl A. Bandy (Carl_bandy) on Sunday, December 08, 2013 - 12:11 pm: Edit|
I can only repeat what Pat Garland stated and add my condolences to Jacintha and the Chave family.
|By Henry Kuhn (Hkuhn) on Saturday, December 07, 2013 - 09:21 pm: Edit|
Our sincere condolences to Jacintha and the Chave
family. Reid was indeed a very personable individual and will be missed.
|By Patrick V. Garland (Pgarland6) on Saturday, December 07, 2013 - 05:17 pm: Edit|
This is a tremendous loss for all who knew Reid and Jacintha. I do not believe either of them ever knew a stranger, they being so friendly and warm. May he rest in Peace and the Lord be with all the family!!
|By Julius A. Brain (Jabrain) on Saturday, December 07, 2013 - 03:54 pm: Edit|
Reid was the ultimate gentleman and will be sorely missed. He served CIDAA very well and had a deep concern for CID.
|By Kenneth W. Minton (Ken_minton) on Saturday, December 07, 2013 - 01:46 pm: Edit|
That is extremely sad news. Reid was always a gentleman and friend to all in the CID. He was very active in the association, as well as our Florida group. My prayers go out to Mrs Chave and the rest of Reid's family.
|By Carl Craig - Forum Moderator (Ccraig) on Saturday, December 07, 2013 - 12:59 pm: Edit|
It is with heavy heart that I report the death of a dear friend, Past CIDAA President Reid W. Chave,78, who succumbed to a long bout with cancer, on 5 December 2013 at Mt. Pleasant, SC.
A Memorial Service will be held on 11 December 2013 at the Sunrise Presbyterian Church, 3222 Middle St, Sullivan's Island, SC. No obituary has been posted. McAllister-Smith Funeral Home, 1520 Rifle Range Road, Mt Pleasant, SC is in charge. According to the mortuary he will be interned in the Arlington National Cemetery
at a later date.
Additional information and his complete obituary will be posted here when it becomes available.
Rest In Peace my friend.
Condolences may be sent to Mrs. Jacintha Chave and family at the address on page 15 of the 2013 Gold Book.
Carl Craig - Forum Moderator