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LtCol Ronald D. R. Sortino, USMC (Ret) – update

Ron’s daughter Ronda has advised us that there will be a visitation for Ron on 02MAY from 4pm to 7pm at St. Anne’s Episcopal Church at 711 Henderson Road, Jacksonville, NC.  If you need any additional information she asks that you contact her at 252-531-2156.  They have also started a meal train to support her mother and dependent brother at

Ron’s Obituary is available for download at:


Memorial Services for Chuck Warren

Memorial Service for NP Chuck Warren will be held Sunday, May 19 at 10 a.m. at the Salt Lake Masonic Temple, 650 E. South Temple Street, Salt Lake City, UT

SSgt Charles Earl Warren, Sr., 33°

NP #87 (2023-24):  SSgt Charles Earl Warren, Sr., 33°

Personal:  Charles E. Warren, Sr. was born 24 November 1939 in Marietta, Ohio, to Audrey Frances and James Henry Warren, Sr.  He graduated from Marietta High School in 1957. He later attended Syracuse University, New York, majoring in Russian Language and Area Studies, completing the program in December 1958.  He attended New Mexico State University and the University of New Mexico in the 1960s, majoring in pre-medical studies. He received a B.S. degree in Technical Management in 1990, and an M.S. degree in Management in 1992, both from Regis University in Denver. He was married to Merrill-Lee (Edison) Warren.  He held technical management positions with several aerospace contractors from 1965 to 2001, including Motorola (prototype testing of the Sidewinder radar seeking missile), Land-Air (Medical research and impact studies at Holloman AFB, NM), EG&G (Electro-Magnetic Pulse research studies at Kirtland AFB, NM) , Teledyne Ryan Aeronautical (unmanned aircraft development and flight test at Holloman AFB, NM; Edwards AFB, CA; Hill AFB/Dugway Proving Grounds, UT); General Dynamics (Tomahawk Cruise Missile prototype test and development at San Clemente Island and Pt. Mugu NAS, CA); Martin-Marietta (various Star Wars test programs), and retired from Lockheed-Martin in 2001 after working with development and test of the MX (Peacekeeper ICBM) at Denver, CO, and Vandenberg AFB, NM and communications satellite manufacturing/test/launch operations in Sunnyvale, CA.

Uniformed Service:  SSgt Charles E. Warren, Sr., served in the USAF from 3 October 1957 through 2 October 1965. Following Basic Military Training at Lackland AFB, Texas, he was assigned to Det. 1, USAFIT at Syracuse University for Russian Language and area studies.  Upon graduation and promotion to A2C in December 1958, he was assigned to 6933rd Radio Group Mobile in Karamürsel, Turkey, as a Voice Intercept Processing Specialist. He was promoted to A1C and designated a supervisor within the unit. In 1962, he was chosen for retraining in Flight Test Instrumentation at Lowry AFB, CO. Upon graduation, he transferred to Holloman AFB, NM, where he was assigned to the Air Force Missile Development Center rocket sled test facility and later was tasked as a Flight Test Instrumentation Technician and promoted to SSgt.  He was the  aircrew member testing missile guidance system survivability in C-119, and C-130 testbed aircraft until completion of his tour of duty in 1965.

Masonic History:  Brother Charles E. Warren, Sr. was raised a Master Mason in 1974 in Gateway Lodge #29, Clearfield, UT, where he served as Worshipful Master in 2006 and 2007. He received the Utah Mason of the Year Award 2009.  He was Past Secretary of Camp Floyd Historic Lodge #205 and received Hiram Award in 2012. In Grand Lodge, he served as Grand Sword Bearer and Grand Chaplain for multiple terms in the period 2007-12. In Scottish Rite (A.A.S.R.-SMJ), he served as Wise Master of the Rose Croix Chapter and Master of Kadosh in Consistory.  He was  invested a K.C.C.H. in 2005 and coroneted a 33° I.G.H. in 2011.  In York Rite, he served as Grand Secretary-Recorder of Grand York Rite of UT.  He was Grand Royal Arch Captain of Grand R.A.M.; Deputy Grand Master of R&SM; and Grand Commander of Knights Templar, all of Utah.  For York Rite honors, he received the Royal Arch Mason Distinguished Service Medal (silver) and Knight Commander of the Temple.  As presiding officer of his Lodge, Chapter, Council, and Commandery, he was elected to K.Y.C.H. and served as Treasurer of Utah Priory #47. In other York Rite-related Bodies, he was Past Sovereign Master of Behle-Simons Council #544 and Jezreel Council # 570, Allied Masonic Degrees.  He was Viceroy of Bonneville Conclave Red Cross of Constantine and Past Governor-Camp Floyd York Rite Sovereign College of North America #190.  He was a member of Petra Tabernacle LXI Holy Royal Arch Knight Templar Priests; Intermountain Chapel No.26 St. Thomas of Acon; Order of Athelstan; Knight Masons; and Anointed High Priests, Thrice Illustrious Masters, and Past Commanders Associations. In Shrine (A.A.O.N.M.S.), he was Chaplain of El Kalah Shrine (multiple terms).  In Order of Eastern Star (O.E.S.), he was Past Worthy Patron of Beth Arabah Chapter #24 (multiple terms) and Past Worthy Grand Patron of Grand Chapter of Utah 2021-22l.

National Sojourners: Bro. SSgt Charles E. Warren, Sr., 33°, was initiated into Salt Lake Chapter #114 on 14 December 2004 and made a Hero in Great Salt Lake Camp, Heroes of ’76, on 23 March 2005. He soon served as President of Salt Lake Chapter #114 and Commander of Great Salt Lake Camp.  After leading both Orders, he served as Secretary of Salt Lake Chapter #114 and Adjutant of Great Salt Lake Camp Heroes of ’76 (2005-09) and (2010-21). At the national level, he was appointed Regional Representative for Utah (2015-18) and Treasurer of NASOCOCO (2018-19).  He was elected to the Committee of 33 (2016-19).  He was a member of Royal Order of Barrow Wheelers and appointed an Honorary Marine Third Lieutenant.  He was an MMIP of 20+ Chapters.

Brother SSgt Charles E. Warren, Sr., 33°, laid down his working tools on 31 March 2024, while serving as National President.

CWO4 James A. Baker, USN (Ret)

National President #80 (2016-2017)

Personal:  James A. Baker was born in Dallas, Texas, on 12 February 1944 to Frank P. and Kathrine Dromgoole.  His father passed away on 28 March 1950, and his mother moved the family to Austin, Texas. In 1952, his mother married Eugene S. Baker, who adopted the two brothers, changing their name to Baker.  Jim attended grade and high school in Austin and enlisted in the Navy in November 1962.  He received his GED in 1963, an Associate Degree in Data Processing from Northern Virginia Community College in 1976, a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from American University in 1987, a Master of Business Administration Degree from American University in 1991, and a Doctor of Philosophy Degree from The University of Texas at Austin in 1996.  He was a member of Who’s Who in American Community Colleges (1975) and Phi-Kappa-Phi Honor Society (1987).  He married Kay Louise (nee Menhennett) Baker on 17 May 1991.  He has two children from a previous marriage, Eugene S. Baker III and Phyllis A. Baker (Mottern); two grandsons, and one great-grandson.  After his Navy career, Brother CWO4 Baker was a Registered Massage Therapist and Healing Touch Practitioner (1996-2003) and an Adult Probation Officer for Williamson County Texas (2003-15). In 2019, he published the book, Eternal Optimist: How to Make Things Happen, an Amazon Best Seller.  In addition, he created an audio book and continues to spread optimism as a keynote speaker.  He was a member of Sons of the American Revolution in Georgetown, Texas beginning in 2022.  

Uniformed Service:  James A. Baker initially served as a BSN on a sea-going tugboat at Mayport Naval Base, Florida (1962-64).  He was a student for basic and advanced training at Corry Station, Florida (1964-66), advancing to PO3.  He became a Watch Supervisor at Naval Base Guantanamo Bay, Cuba (1966-68), advancing to PO2.  From August to October 1968, PO2 Baker was a student at the Advanced Non-Morse Signals Analysis School at Fort Devens, Massachusetts. After training, PO1 Baker was assigned to Naval Communications Station, Guam as a senior analyst (1968-70).  PO1 Baker was Watch Supervisor for USN and USAF specialized signals analysis at Naval Security Group Detachment San Antonio, Texas (1970) and at Bremerhaven, West Germany (1970-72). PO1 Baker was assigned at the National Security Agency at Fort Meade, Maryland as a Signals Analyst (1972-74).  He attended Northern Virginia Community College, earning an Associate Degree in the Associate Degree Completion Program, graduating Summa Cum Laude and being selected to Who’s Who in American Junior Colleges (1974-76).  Upon graduation, PO1 Baker was assigned to Adak, Alaska as Division Chief in the Naval Security Group (1976-77) and later to Edzell, Scotland in the Naval Security Group (1977-80), where he was promoted to CPO (1980).  He was assigned to Headquarters Naval Security Group Command in Washington, D.C., as a Signals Analyst and Vulnerability Assessment Officer (1980-86), where he produced the Navy Communications Security film, “A Piece of the Puzzle.”  He was Commissioned to the Rank of CWO2 (1983) and CWO3 (1986).  After attending night classes for several years, he attended the American University, Washington, D.C., earning a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (1987), graduating Magna Cum Laude and being selected to Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society.  CWO3 Baker then served as Branch Head for sailors and civilians conducting highly specialized signals analysis at the Naval Intelligence Support Activity in Suitland, Maryland (1987-88). CWO3 Baker was selected as Operations Officer of the Naval Security Group Detachment, Sinop, Turkey (1988) supervising 75 Navy Signals Analysts. CWO3 Baker returned to Headquarters Naval Security Group Command as a Vulnerability Assessment Officer (1989-93), where he was immediately promoted to CWO4 and where he assessed the vulnerability of various Navy systems, including the SPY-1 Radar and Tomahawk Missile and the Phalanx Close-In Weapons Systems. During this tour he received his MBA before retiring on 1 February 1993. 

Masonic History: Brother James A. Baker was raised a Master Mason in North Esk Marinus Lodge #1676 in Laurencekirk, Scotland in 1978, where he was a Life Member. In the York Rite, he became a 32° Knights Templar in Scotland in 1980.  He affiliated as an Endowed Member with Liberty Hill Lodge #432 in Texas in 1994, was Master in 2001-02, and served as DDGM in 2005. In the Scottish Rite, he became a Master of the Royal Secret in Alexandria Valley in Virginia in 1992, affiliated as an Endowed Member with the Austin Valley in 1994, became a 32° K.C.C.H. in 2005, and was coronated 33° I.G.H. in 2021. He served the bodies as Almoner.

National Sojourners:  Brother CWO4 Baker joined Anson Jones Chapter #507 in October 2002 and became a Hero in January 2003. He was Chapter President in 2008-09, Chapter Secretary in 2012-18, and Commander of MAJ Samuel H. Parsons Camp in 2009-10. He attended his first National Convention in 2008, served as Regional Representative in South-Central South Area in 2009-11, and served as Deputy Area Representative in 2011-12. He hosted the 94th and 97th National Conventions and the 91st Mid-Winter Meeting, all in Austin.  For the 97th National Convention, he was National President, Host Chapter Secretary, NASOCOCO Treasurer, and Editor of the Annual Souvenir Book.  As his Chapter’s Essay Contest Chairman in 2012-Present, he coordinated Essay evaluations, forwarded Chapter winners to the National HQ, and had two Chapter winners who received 1st Place in 2012 and 3rd Place in 2018 for National Scholarships.  He helped write the final line in our Closing Prayer, “and Oh, Lord, please guide and protect our uniformed forces wherever dispersed.”  Brother CWO4 Baker became a National Officer on the Committee of 33 in 2010 and was selected to serve as National Sentinel, Heroes of ’76.  The following year, he was promoted to Jr. Lt. and selected to the Royal Order of Barrow Wheelers.  At the 92nd National Convention in 2012, CWO4 Baker was elected as N3VP, requiring him to resign his position in the Heroes of ’76 progressive line, the Committee of 33, and Area Representative.  Following his election, he established the First Timers Committee, which continues to provide information to those attending their first annual meeting.  As National President he re-wrote many of National Sojourners’ documents, as Active Membership was opened to All Ranks. During his term as National President, Brother James A. Baker re-activated two Chapters:  Fort Stewart #396 and Garden State #438.  In 2017, he was elected as a National Trustee and was subsequently selected to serve as the Chairman of NASOCOCO as well as the Investment Committee.  In 2021, he was elected to his 2nd term as National Trustee and to the Honor Awards Committee.  

Brother James A. Baker, 33° laid down his working tools on 25 February 2024.   He is survived by Lady and Grande Dame Kay Baker, who lives in the country near Liberty Hill, Texas.