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Maryland MOAA member on the MOAA National Board: For the information of all, our two newly-elected National Board Members from Maryland are Col Bradley S. Jewitt, USMCR (of National Harbor, MD)--already an active voting member of our Maryland Council (as a Governor-appointed member of the Maryland Veterans Commission) and Rear Adm. Thomas J. Jurkowsky, USN (Ret.)(of Annapolis, MD).  COL Matthew G. Clark, USA (currently serving on active duty in the Army) and COL Mike Rogers, USA (Ret.) just completed their six-year terms of office on the National Board with the Annual Meeting in Phoenix, AZ, last week.  Congratulations from all of us go to Matt on his recent promotion to Colonel and to Mike Rogers of our Fort Meade Chapter on his election earlier this week to Delegate from Maryland District 32 (Anne Arundel County) to the House of Delegates in Annapolis.  Our congratulations also go to Charlotte Crutchfield of our Montgomery County Chapter for her election to Delegate from Maryland District 19 (Montgomery County) to the House of Delegates in Annapolis.  Charlotte is a Surviving Spouse, and our General Assembly needs her perspective on a wide range of military and family issues.  Mike is a retired Army officer with a broad spectrum of experience across many disciplines--and the House of Delegates will value his participation in whatever Committee he works in the future.  Congratulations to all! (16 Nov 2018)


Maryland Military Coalition: Council President Harvey Kaplan, COL, USA (Ret) participated in the rollout of the Maryland Military Coalition on 9 Nov 2018. See details and photos below. (16 Nov 2018)



The website has shared with us a Veteran Care Guide “designed to help veterans and/or their surviving spouses determine their eligibility, explain how to apply for benefits and cover the various veteran care options.” Neither MOAA or the Maryland Council of Chapters endorses the site, the guide, or any links contained within it. (5 Oct 2018)       



Congressional Luncheon Coverage by MOAA – MOAA has extensive coverage of the luncheon on their web site, including excerpts of the comments from many legislators. Also see below for comments from Council President COL Harvey Kaplan, USA (Ret). (4 Oct 2018)    



DENTAL CARE: If you are currently enrolled in the Tricare Retiree Dental Plan (TRDP), you must choose a new plan before 12 Dec 2018. TRDP is being replaced by the Federal Employees Dental and Vision Plan (FEDVIP). Please visit for further details. Plan information and rates will be available in early October and the open season will run from 12 Nov to 12 Dec. MOAA will also publish more information in the Nov issue of the Military Officer magazine. (27 Sep 2018)



BELL RINGER – Maryland Gov Larry Hogan has issued a proclamation calling for bells to be tolled in Maryland on November 11, 2018 at 11:00 am in remembrance of veterans of World War I. The proclamation coincides with a call by the United States World War I Centennial Commission for all Americans to participate in a national tolling of bells. Read more below. (5 Sep 2018)



Congratulations! Col Brad Jewitt, USMCR, has been selected to participate in a very special program. Council Prosident COL Harvey Kaplan, USA (Ret), shared the following:


At today's MOAA Congressional Luncheon in the Dirksen Senate Office Building, Col Brad Jewitt, USMCR, shared with me his recent selection for this very special program.  Brad, as you know, is a member of our Maryland Council of Chapters and our Governor-appointed member of the Maryland Veterans Commission.  This new role is very exciting and I was most definitely pleased to hear the great news about Brad's upcoming one-year assignment in Washington, DC, as a selected member from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).


In this role, Col Jewitt (Chief of the Facilities Management Division of NASA) “will provide programmatic leadership of government-wide efforts to achieve the recently released Reform Plan and Reorganization Recommendations published by the Office of Management and Budget pursuant to Executive Order 13781, “Comprehensive Plan for Reorganizing the Executive Branch”.” For more information, please see the press release below:



We recently started getting periodic emails from the Howard County Office of Veterans and Military Families. Follow this link for the latest information from them. Latest update – 19 Oct 2018.



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 2017 (as of August 2018).


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 2017 – as announced in July 2018.):


·         AnnapolisChapter Web Site

·         * * * * * Ft George G Meade

·         * * * * * Star Spangled BannerChapter Web Site (Winner of 5 Star Col Marvin J Harris Communications Award for 2017, as of 7 Apr 2018)

·         * * * * * General Smallwood

·         * * * * * Montgomery CountyChapter Site at MOAA

·         Prince Georges County

·         Southern Maryland

·         * * * * * SusquehannaChapter Site at MOAAChapter Web Site (Winner of 5 Star Col Marvin J Harris Communications Award for 2017, as of 7 Apr 2018)

·         Upper Eastern Shore

·         * * * * * Upper PotomacChapter Site at MOAA



Here's a great photo of the Maryland members who accepted the seven Levels of Excellence Awards (all Five-Star) for the Maryland Council/Chapters at the Annual Meeting in Phoenix.




Front Row (left to right): Brad Jewitt for the Fort Meade Chapter, Harvey T. Kaplan for the Maryland Council of Chapters, and Naomi M. Kaplan for the Montgomery County Chapter.


Second Row (left to right): Sam De Bow for the Upper Potomac Chapter, Charles Rishell for the Star Spangled Banner Chapter, Matt Clark for the General William Smallwood Chapter, and Harry Quinn for the Susquehanna Chapter.  [Note: I carried back a few of the awards and will distribute them at our next Council Meeting.]


Please go to the following link for the full set of pictures, including each individual receiving the award from Lt. Gen. Dana T. Atkins, USAF (Ret.) and Lt. Gen. Edward Hanlon, Jr., USMC (Ret.).  For your convenience, those photographs are included from #0107 thru 0127 in the series of photographs (with some breaks for recipients from other states).


Hearty Congratulations to all!



Council Officers


Here are the Council officers for 2017 – 2018 (as of 2 Feb 2018):







1st Vice Pres





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Immed. Past Pres





Transition Officer





Legis Liaison





Spouse Liaison








Md Veterans Commissioner










Montgomery Co





Ft Meade





Southern MD





Combined with Gen Smallwood

Gen Smallwood





Prince Georges










Upper Eastern Shore





Upper Potomac





Star Spangled






The Southern Maryland Chapter is currently functioning as an affiliate of the Gen Smallwood Chapter.


Here are the Maryland Council Bylaws, last revised in 2008, and reviewed in Dec 2017. Here is a draft of an update to the Bylaws. The Council will vote on them at the Jan Council meeting.



The Council published a set of Goals in 2011 that are still relevant for 2017-2018. Here is a draft of a set of 2019 goals. The Council will also vote on them at the Jan Council meeting.



Maryland Military Coalition


Check this out, if you've not seen it already.  You may recognize some of the MOAA "players" and those from other organizations in a number of the photographs in the series.  The pictures were taken at the ceremony at Baltimore's War Memorial Building last Friday (9 November), as we "rolled out" the Maryland Military Coalition (MMC).  MOAA is one of the 13 Charter Members of the new organization.  It was our intent to do this during the weekend of the 100th Anniversary of the Armistice at the end of World War I--since the initiative unquestionably will be of meaningful benefit to our Veterans (as well as currently serving members of the Uniformed Services--and spouses/surviving spouses and family members).,-and-You-Can,-Too.aspx?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=TMNsend&utm_content=NC+AFHR+1+ERet+L+NC

(16 Nov 2018)


Annual Congressional Luncheon


Here are some comments from Council President COL Harvey Kaplan, USA (Ret) on the 2018 Congressional Luncheon:


If you've not seen this already, I'd like to share MOAA's write-up on our 8th Annual Congressional Appreciation Luncheon, held in the Dirksen Senate Office Building last Wednesday (26 September 2018).  Our attendance from the Chapters was excellent this year, and we had close to 100 people in attendance!  We appreciate all the work of Bryon Hartzog and his Planning Committee in making the event so successful.  We also appreciate the participation by Lt Gen Dana T. Atkins and members of our National MOAA Staff.


Kindly note that there is a Flickr album of photographs included at the link.  Click on the arrow in the second photo in the article to see all the great pictures, taken by MOAA's own Robert Lennox.  Thanks again, Bob.  [I truly hope you had time to enjoy a healthy sandwich during this year's event!]


Watch for the article in Military Officer (upcoming in the December 2018 issue) by Blair Drake of MOAA for a discussion of all the planning effort that goes into these luncheons, as well as the multiple benefits of making them happen every year.




The 9th Annual Congressional Appreciation Luncheon will be held in Sep 2019.  Stay tuned for details as they become available. (4 Oct 2018)

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.


There is a new “Why MOAA” video produced by the MOAA National Office. Please use the following link to access the video:



For those concerned about embedded links and cyber security, please do the following:


1)      Go to the YouTube website by typing: in your web browser

2)      Type MOAA in the search bar

3)      Click on the link to the MOAA channel

4)      Once the MOAA channel comes up, you will immediately see the “Why MOAA” video. 

5)      If you want to cut and paste the video web address for others, click on the “Videos” link, then select the “Why MOAA” Video

6)      Once the video begins playing, highlight and then copy the web address at the top of the screen.  It should exactly match the hyperlink listed in this email.



If you are a MOAA member who is not a member of a Maryland Chapter, please click here to find the chapter in your area.


Council Calendar


The Council officers and Chapter Presidents meet quarterly, on call of the President. Meetings are currently held at O’Loughlin’s Restaurant, 1258 Bay Dale Drive, Arnold MD 21012, starting at 1130. Here are the recent and upcoming dates, with links to the minutes of each, as they are available (older minutes are available here)


Jan 21, 2017 - Minutes

Mar 4, 2017 - Minutes

June 10, 2017 - Minutes

Sep 9, 2017 - Minutes

Dec 9, 2017 - Minutes

Mar 10, 2018 - Minutes

Jun 9, 2018 - Minutes

Sep 8, 2018

Nov 1, 2018 (At National Meeting) - Minutes


Editorial Policy


MOAA, the Maryland Council 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


Below are recent newsletters from the Spouse and Surviving Spouse Liasion Officer, Mrs Naomi Kaplan. (22 Aug 2018)


-          Feb 2018

-          Apr 2018

-          May/Jun 2018

-          Jul/Aug 2018

-          Sep/Oct 2018



Maryland National Guard Unit of the Year


Maj. Gen. Linda L. Singh, the adjutant general of Maryland, is pleased to announce that she has nominated the 200th Military Police Company, Maryland Army National Guard, to receive the annual Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) Maryland National Guard Unit of the Year Award for 2017 from the Maryland Council of Chapters of MOAA.


The 200th MP Company was called upon in 2017 to assist the U.S. Virgin Islands in the aftermath of the devastation left behind from Hurricane Irma. On short notice, the unit deployed and was attached to the U.S. Virgin Islands Police Force. While attached, the 200th MP Company performed more than a thousand patrols, aided in the arrest of several dangerous gang members, conducted two high-risk search warrants and improved security for more than 150,000 residents of the island territory. The Soldiers of the 200th MP Company directly contributed to the decrease in violent crime, assisted in the improvement of civil infrastructure and provided improved security to the residents of the U.S. Virgin Islands.           


The award was presented on 26 May 2018 at the Catonsville Armory.

COL Andy Fallon, MG Linda Singh, COL Jim Shelley with trophy

Council Past President COL Andy Fallon, Md Adjutant General MG Linda Singh, Star Spangled Banner Chapter representative COL Jim Shelley with trophy


 (3 Jun2018)



Highlights of recent and upcoming Chapter activities


·         Nothing at this time (30 Aug 2017)


Legislative Priorities



We now have a list of the members of the Maryland House of Delegates Veterans’ Caucus, and the Maryland Senate Veterans’ Caucus. (21 Feb 2018)


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!


Here is a list of Points of Contact for the Maryland Congressional delegation (both Senators and all eight Representatives)


There is an email address,, to reach Legislative Liaison CPT Annie Brock, USA (Former) or whoever is filling in for her if she is out of town.




·         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, 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.

·         Another method is to visit This site, run by the Maryland State Archives, allows you to enter your address (Zip+4 will do, unless district lines go through your Zip+4 area – then enter your full address), 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)

·         NEW – here is a link to a roster provided by the Legislature with office locations and phone numbers for all of the State Senators and Deelgates. Some have moved since last year. (26 Jan 2018)


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



Maryland Veterans Commission


There are no recent reports from the Maryland Veterans Commission. One will be posted here when available.


Maryland Bell Ringing


The following is from a Press Release from the Maryland Department of Veterans’ Affairs 8 Aug 2018:


Maryland Gov Larry Hogan has issued a proclamation calling for bells to be tolled in Maryland on November 11, 2018 at 11:00 am in remembrance of veterans of World War I. The proclamation coincides with a call by the United States World War I Centennial Commission for all Americans to participate in a national tolling of bells


“Over 62,000 Marylanders served honorably during World War I, making incredible sacrifices to bring justice and freedom to all people,” said Governor Larry Hogan. “Today, on the anniversary of the Hundred Days Offensive marking the beginning of the end of World War I, I am proud to issue this proclamation calling on all Marylanders to join me on November 11th at 11:00 am in participating in the bell tolling to honor our veterans who served in the Great War.”

Sunday, November 11, 2018 marks the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Armistice which ended World War I. To commemorate the occasion, in 2015 Governor Larry Hogan created the World War I Centennial Commission through an executive order to create ways for the state’s residents and its visitors to remember, commemorate, and learn about the meaning of World War I and the role of Marylanders during that time. In addition, the commission is tasked with developing activities and events to recognize the anniversary. Under the leadership of the Governor’s Office of Community Initiatives, the Commission has worked towards preserving and promoting the history of all 62,000 Marylanders who served in World War I, including 11,000 African Americans and 6,000 women.

“We thank Governor Hogan for joining states across the nation in tolling bells to honor veterans of World War I,” said David Craig, Director of the World War I Centennial Commission. “Marylanders served a significant role in the Great War with nearly 2,000 giving the ultimate sacrifice, and the Maryland World War I Centennial Commission is committed to honoring the sacrifices of our ancestors.”

“On behalf of the Maryland World War I Centennial Commission, I would like to thank Governor Hogan for his continued support of our efforts to recognize the heroes of the Great War,” said Joseph Suarez, Chair of the Maryland World War I Centennial Commission. “Since the establishment of our Commission by Executive Order in 2015, we have committed to telling the story of Marylanders who served and sacrificed both on the battlefield and on the home front during the Great War. The solemnity of the bell tolling that is taking place across the nation and in every town and community in Maryland is a reminder of that human sacrifice that helped to change the world.”

Marylanders are asked to toll the bells twenty-one times with a five-second interval between tolls beginning at 11:00 am on Sunday, November 11, 2018 in commemoration of the armistice. Organizations, towns, churches and museums across the state will also participate by listing the names of those involved in the Great War from their site.

The action of tolling the bells has historical significance as a signal indicating the end of World War I. During the War, all church bells were silenced only to ring as a warning of invasion by enemy troops.



Job Search


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


We are also now posting job search related information here:


-          The Career Transition Resources page contains links to various other resources. It will be updated infrequently.

-          The Program Announcements, Career Fair Providers,  and Scheduled Career Fairs pages contain time-sensitive announcements about programs and upcoming career fairs. They will be updated as necessary.

-          The Monthly Newsletter page contains thoughts and comments from our Transition Officer, CPT Jim Dittbrenner, USA (Former). It will be updated more or less monthly.


Veterans’ Benefits


The Howard County Office of Veterans and Military Families publishes periodic notes with links to other resources to benefit veterans and military families. They are not endorsed by that office, or by the Military Officers Association af America or the Fort Meade Chapter. With that caveat, feel free to browse the notes:


-          October 2018


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 must 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 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 The site has other student financial resources, including a searchable scholarship database at Note that inclusion of these links does not imply any endorsement by MOAA or the Maryland Council of Chapters. (10 Feb 2016)


Here are some other sites with military discounts and deals:


(Again, the inclusion of these links does not imply any endorsement by MOAA or the Maryland Council of Chapters.) (22 Jan 2108)


The website has shared with us a Veteran Care Guide “designed to help veterans and/or their surviving spouses determine their eligibility, explain how to apply for benefits and cover the various veteran care options.” Neither MOAA or the Maryland Council of Chapters endorses the site, the guide, or any links contained within it. (5 Oct 2018)


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


MOAA Pet Insurance


The fololowing is from a 19 March 2018 emaiol to all MOAA members:


March 19, 2018

We're letting
the cat out of the bag

MOAA members now have access to valuable pet health insurance plans from Pets Best, a leading U.S. agency. A wide range of plans and coverage options are available, making it easy for you to find the right protection for your cat or dog at the right price.

Choose from a variety of plans.

·  BestBenefit Accident/Illness Plans — offers the most comprehensive coverage, providing reimbursement when your cat or dog becomes sick or gets injured. This plan helps pay for care such as surgeries, exams, X-rays, emergency visits, prescriptions, cancer treatments and more.

·  Accident Only Pet Insurance Plans — provides coverage for treatment of most accidental injuries.

·  Pets Best Wellness coverage — can be added to provide benefits for routine care like annual checkups and immunizations.

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