MAD Chapters: Tidewater, VA

Chapter President, Jack Bartell. (
Vice President, A.J. Cole (

Welcome to MAD Tidewater. This chapter was founded in 2012 by Bob Gohsler, an active duty Marine who’d attended a MAD function in North Carolina and thought “Why can’t we do this for the troops in Virginia?”. After posting his idea on Tidalfish, he went to work gathering support, team members and sponsors. In our 1st event held on August 17th 2013 the chapter hosted 21 military personnel for a day of fishing and fun.
In the second event held on August 23rd 2014 we more than doubled in size, hosting 53 military attendees and their families.

Our 4th event, MAD 2016 Tidewater was held August 29th.
Visit the MAD Albums for more photos.

The motto of Military Appreciation Day is ONE.SIMPLE.THANKS! The goal of the MAD Tidewater chapter will be to do all we can to promote that concept using this annual event to show and share our appreciation for the great men and women of our Armed Forces. May God bless and protect them, wherever they serve.


MAD Tidewater would like to recognize our sponsors, without whom this event would not be possible. These businesses and individuals recognize and appreciate the sacrifices of our troops and their families and they prove it by providing funds and/or services to insure our event is a success.

AJ Cole


Dawn West






Key Self Storage, Hampton VA


D.J. Major Dave














Wallace’s Bait & Tackle