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Maryland Council (MD MOAA)

 

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Last Update: Aug 2016

BREAKING NEWS:

 

Save the Date: The Sixth Annual Maryland Congressional Luncheon will be held on Thursday, 15 Sep, in Room B340 of the Rayburn House Office Building, from about 1200-1400. Please stand by for further details, including the cost. (15 Jul 2016)

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Congratulations to the Maryland Council and the following Chpaters for achieving the Five Star Level of Excellence for 2015: Fort Meade, Montgomery County, Southern Maryland, Star Spangled Banner, Upper Potomac. Congratulations also to the General Smallwood Chapter for achieving a Four Star Level of Excellence Award for 2015. (10 Aug 2016)

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The Maryland Council of Chapters website has been selected as a 4 Star winner of the Col Marvin J Harris Communications Award for 2016, as evidenced by the new logo displayed above. Additionally, the Star Spangled Banner Chapter has been selected as a 5 Star winner of the same award, and they will soon display a similar logo on their website. (10 May 2016)

 

 

 

Welcome to the Web Pages of the Maryland Council of Chapters, an affiliate of the Military Officers Association of America. The Maryland Council was awarded a Five Star Level of Excellence for 2014 (as of August 2015).

 

The Maryland Council is composed of ten chapters, spread geographically across the state. Here is a list of the Chapters, with links to their individual Web Pages. All Chapters have an informational page here, and some have additional pages, as shown with additional links (Stars indicate the Level of Excellence rating earned by the Chapter for 2015 – as announced in August 2016.):

 

·         AnnapolisChapter Web Site

·         * * * * * Ft Meade

·         * * * * * Star Spangled BannerChapter Web Site (Winner of 5 Star Col Marvin J Harris Communications Award for 2016)

·         * * * * General Smallwood

·         * * * * * Montgomery CountyChapter Site at MOAA

·         Prince Georges County

·         * * * * * Southern MarylandChapter Web Site

·         SusquehannaChapter Site at MOAAChapter Web Site

·         Upper Eastern Shore

·         * * * * * Upper PotomacChapter Site at MOAA

 

Who Can Join:

 

MOAA membership is open to all current, former, and retired officers of any of the seven Uniformed Services. Visit the Why Join MOAA page at the MOAA Web Site for details on the three classes of membership, and to join.

 

Editorial Policy

 

MOAA, the Maryland Counciol of Chapters and the individual chapters in Maryland are non-partisan. Information on this web site relects the position of the Maryland Council of Chapters only.

 

Spouse and Surviving Spouses Newsletter

 

Attached is the May newsletter from the Spouse and Surviving Spouse Liasion Officer, Mrs Maomi Kaplan. (6 Jun 2016)

 

Maryland National Guard Unit of the Year

 

 

The 175th Logistics Readiness Squadron, a unit of the 175th Wing of the Maryland Air National Guard, is the winner of the2015 Maryland National Guard Unit of the Year award. The photo above shows BG Guy Walsh, USAF (Ret) (holding the trophy), Maj John Whitman, USAF (Ret) (dark suit on the right), and members of the Squadron with the trophy. BG Walsh is a former commander of the 175th Wing, and is a member of both the Fort Meade and Susquehanna Chapters of MOAA. Maj Whitman is the Immediate Past President of the Maryland Council of Chapters and a member of the Fort Meade Chapter. The award is presented annually to a Army or Air National Guard unit selectted by the Maryland Adjutant General. Here is the text of the citation to accompany the award:

 

It is with great honor that the Maryland Council of Chapters of the Military Officers Association of America presents the 175th Logistics Readiness Squadron of the Maryland Air National Guard the MOAA award as the Maryland National Guard Unit of the Year.

During 2015, the 175th Logistics Readiness Squadron distinguished itself by expertly deploying in support of two significant exercises – one domestic and one foreign.    During Exercise Snowbird- Arizona the unit deployed over 66 tons of cargo by road to Davis -Monthan Air Force Base and despite severe winter weather operated 4,781 accident free miles during the exercise. In addition, during the exercise the 175th   executed over 140 refueling operations and supported achievement of over 390 flying hours.

The unit also deployed to Estonia during Exercise Sabre Strike- Estonia 2015.  Again the unit distinguished itself by executing cargo deployment and refueling operations in Estonia which supported achievement of over 450 A-10 flying hours during the three-week exercise

 The 175th Logistics Readiness Squadron also provided outstanding support to the domestic operation Baltimore Rally in response to the state of emergency in Baltimore City by rapidly and seamlessly activating and fully equipping 44 members for State Active Duty. 

The 175th has further demonstrated an outstanding level of professionalism and effectiveness on all its on-station cargo handling and refueling operations. The unit has also excelled in encouraging and supporting the professional development of its members as evidenced by many individual technical proficiency awards and completion rates for professional military education.

For this demonstrated high level of performance and achievement, and at the recommendation of the Maryland Adjutant General, the MOAA Maryland Council is proud to present this award to the 175th Logistics Readiness Squadron

 

Highlights of recent and upcoming Chapter activities

 

·         The Montgomery County Chapter has published a special Newsletter with TOPS / Transition Center information that should be of interest to all Maryland MOAA members. That newsletter is posted here, rather than on the Montgomery County page. (10 Dec 2013)

 

Legislative Priorities

 

 

Make MOAA's One Powerful Voice® heard in Maryland. It will take each MOAA member living in Maryland to make this happen. Act now to do your part!

 

·         From time to time, we will suggest messages we would like Maryland members to send to Annapolis on upcoming bills of interest to all of us. There are two web-based methods you can use to contact your State Legislators:

·         The Maryland Legislature maintains a Web Site that you can use to contact your Senator or Delegate. To use it, visit http://mgaleg.maryland.gov/webmga/frmmain.aspx?pid=legisrpage&tab=subject6, and select the legislator’s name. If the legislator accepts e-mail (I hope most of them do today), you will see a link to Contact Online. Click on that link. Enter your identifying information, and type or paste the text into the Message box.

·         The other method is to visit http://mdelect.net/. This site, run by the Maryland State Archives, allows you to enter your address (zip+4 will do), and it will tell you who your Federal and State legislators are. There are links to their web sites. Some have e-mail tools built in; others will link into Outlook, as above. (21 Jan 2013)

·         The Maryland Department of Veteran’s Affairs publishes regular updates during the legislative session showing the status of bills that may impact service members, veterans, and their families. Visit that page at http://veterans.maryland.gov/state-legislation/. (5 Mar 2016)

 

You can find information on MOAA’s national legislative priorities at the MOAA Take Action web page.

 

 

Council Officers

 

Here are the Council officers for 2015 – 2016 (as of 5 Dec 2015):

 

President

Andrew

Fallon

Col

USA

fallonajf@aol.com

1st Vice Pres

Harvey

Kaplan

Col

USA

htkaplan@verizon.net

2nd Vice Pres

Bryon

Hartzog

LTC

USA

bkhartzog@gmail.com

Treasurer

Greg

Dalke

CDR

USN

dalke@olg.com

Webmaster

James

Shiffrin

Maj

USAF

jim.shiffrin@gmail.com

Secretary

Dave

Peterson

CAPT

NOAA

kmpdhp@hotmail.com

Immed. Past Pres

John

Whitman

Maj

USAF

jwhitmanth@verizon.net

Tops Liaison

Jim

Dittbrenner

Maj

USA

jimditt@verizon.net

Legis Liaison

Jack

Fringer

LTC

USA

Jackfringer@comcast.net

Auxiliary Liaison.

Naomi

Kaplan

nomikaplan@verizon.net

Chaplain

Jim

Campbell

Capt

USAF

jim@jrcampbelljr.name

Annapolis

Andrew

Fallon

Col

USA

fallonajf@aol.com

Montgomery Co

Dave

Peterson

CAPT

NOAA

kmpdhp@hotmail.com

Ft Meade

John

Whitman

Maj

USAF

jwhitmanth@verizon.net

Southern MD

Phillip N.

Campbell

CDR

USN-active

navyphilip@me.com

Gen Smallwood

Mike

Rhoden

COL

USA

mmrhoden@aol.com

Prince Georges

Duane

DeVance

COL

USA

dcdevance@gmail.com

Susquehanna

Annie

Brock

CPT

USA

president@susquehannamoaa.org

Upper Eastern Shore

Jim

Adkins

MG

USN

Jamesa.adkins@comcast.net

Upper Potomac

Douglas

Reichard

COL

USA

dwreichard@comcast.net

Star Spangled

Tom

Seybold

COL

USA

tksseybold@hotmail.com

 

 

Here are the Maryland Council Bylaws, last revised in 2008.

 

The Council published a set of Goals in 2011 that are still relevant today.

 

 

Maryland Veterans Commission

 

Click here for the latest report from the Maryland Veterans Commission.

 

Council Calendar

 

The Council officers and Chapter Presidents meet quarterly. Here are the recent and upcoming dates, with links to the minutes of each (older minutes are available here)

 

Apr 11, 2015 – Minutes

Jul 11, 2015 – Minutes

Sep 12, 2015 – Minutes

Dec 5, 2015 – Minutes

Mar 5, 2016

Jun 4, 2016

Sep 10, 2016

Jan 21, 2017

Mar 4, 2017

 

Council Newsletter

 

The Council publishes newsletters aperiodically:

 

Aug 2014

Jun 2014

Sep 2013

May 2013

 

Job Search

 

Looking for a new job, or know someone who is? Visit the MOAA Transition and Career Center for Career Information.

 

Veterans’ Benefits

 

MAJ Jeffery Burbank, an Army Chaplain at Fort Leavenworth and the son of Fort Meade Chapter member CW5 Larry Burbank, has prepared a list of web-sites that provide information on Veterans benefits and how to file/ask for them. There are many sites that explain how to obtain books, military/medical records, information and how to appeal a denied claim with the VA. Please pass this information on to every Veteran you know. Nearly 100% of this information is free and available for all veterans, the only catch is: you have to ask for it, because they won't tell you about a specific benefit unless you ask for it. You need to know what questions to ask so the right doors open for you and then be ready to have an advocate who is willing to work with and for you, stay in the process, and press for your rights and your best interests. (Note – the Maryland Council of Chapters has nothing to do with any of the listed sites, and is not responsible if any of them are no longer active.)

 

The consumer website MoneyGeek.com has recently published a sutdent financial aid guide for military veterans, including a list of scholarships offered to vetereans and their family members and an interactive map tool to help veterans find schools that participate in the Yellow Ribbon benefit program. The guide is available at http://www.moneygeek.com/education/college/resources/financial-aid-guide-for-veterans/. The site has other student financial resources, including a searchable scholarship database at http://www.moneygeek.com/education/scholarship-search/. Note that inclusion of these links does not imply any endorsement by MOAA or the Maryland Council of Chapters. (10 Feb 2016)

 

The Council’s new Spouse/Surviving Spouse Liaison Officer, Naiomi Kaplan, has prepared a list of Pertinent Issues for Spouses and Surviving Spouses. (29 Feb 2016)

 

 

 

Click here for more information on Council activities.

 

Please send any comments and suggestions to the Webmaster using the email address shown in the listing of Council Officers above.