January 2020  Council and Chapter News

Maryland Council (MD MOAA)

 

5 Star 2016

Last Update: May 2021

BREAKING NEWS:

 

Updated Mask Guidance: This just in from the Deputy Secretary of Defense: “fully vaccinated personnel are no longer required to wear a mask indoors or outdoors at DoD facilities.” (14 May 2021)

 

USO Volunteers Wanted:  Please see the attached recruiting flyer. The Fort Meade USO is looking for a few good volunteers. The requirement is to work two four hour shifts a month (0900-1300, 1300-1700, or 1700-2100 M-F, and 1200-1600, or 1600-2000 S-S). Please contact Center Supervisor Brittany Freshwater (contact info on the flyer) if you are interested. The BWI USO is also in need of help, with four-hour shifts running from 0600-2200 seven days a week, plus a couple of overnight shifts. The BWI USO Center Supervisor is Mallory Noble, mnoble@usometro.org or 703-489-8052. (14 May 2021)

 

 

COVID-19 Shots at Fort Meade: HOT! HOT! This just in from the Fort Meade Public Affairs Office:

Vaccinations are now freely available at McGill Training Center, 8452 Zimborski St., Fort Meade, MD 20755. Vaccination clinics are held each weekday on a WALK-IN or BY APPOINTMENT basis. Every Fort Meade ID card holder-- military, civilian, dependent, retiree and contractors, 16 years and older, are eligible for a free vaccine! Check Kimbrough’s website-https://kimbrough.tricare.mil/ ”. I did verify with the Kimbrough Public Affairs Officer that USFHP members ARE eligible for these shots. (3 May 2021)

 

National Guard Award: BG Sean Casey, USA (Ret), President of the Star Spangled Banner Chapter and COL Andy Fallon, USA (Ret), President of the Annapolis Chapter presented the delayed 2019 Maryland National Guard Unit of the Year to the 175th Operations Group on 2 May 2021. See below for more details and pictures. (7 May 2021)

 

Memorial Day Special Event: Here is information from the Maryland Department of Veterans’ Affairs (MDVA) about the upcoming MDVA Special Virtual event on May 26th.  This invitation has been mentioned previously in the MDVA newsletter and has been circulated out today to other individuals and groups, so you may have received this before.  If you are planning to attend, I would recommend signing up as soon as possible, as there is a limit of 100 for the Zoom event.  You may also watch on Facebook instead of Zoom, and do not need to sign-up for viewing on Facebook:

 

 

On Wednesday May 26, MDVA will host a special event presentation in honor of Memorial Day and D Day.  The event will include briefings from MDVA, MD's Commitment to Veterans and MD Department of Labor.  It will also include a few videos, one on location at the Maryland Museum of Military History.  Please share the registration information below with your networks and encourage service members, veterans and families to register.  The zoom webinar has a capacity of 100 but it will stream live to Facebook @MDVeterans.

 

 

You are invited to a Zoom webinar. 

When: May 26, 2021 06:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada) 

Topic: MDVA Special Presentation

 

Register in advance for this webinar:

https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_t4VjqoJRR_i4O8S4koM3YA

 

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. (5 May 2021)

 

 

Maryland Veterans’ Commission: See below for notes from the 20 April Commission meeting. (27 Apr 2021)

 

Legislative Update: Following the close of the 2021 session of the Maryland General Assembly, Katie Sonntag, Executive Assistant to Maryland Secretary of Veterans’ Affairs Owings prepared an overview of legislation which was introduced during the session and may be of interest to veterans, active duty service members and members of the Maryland National Guard.

 

Yellow = passed, and signed into law by Governor

 

Grey = passed, but not signed

 

No background color = did not pass. (15 Apr 2021)

 

 

6888th Central Postal Directory Battalion: COL Edna Cummings, USA (Ret), of the Fort Meade Chapter is one of those leading an effort to have Congress award a Congressional Gold Medal to the women of the 6888th Central Postal Directory Battalion (also known as the Six Triple Eight). These ladies were the only all-female, all-Black unit deployed to the European Theater of Operations in WW II. Bills are currently pending in both the Senate and the House of Representatives. (The same bill passed the Senate unanimously in Dec 2020 but did not pass the House.) Both Maryland Senators have co-sponsored the Senate bill, but only four of our eight Representatives have done so. If your Representative is Rep Harris, Rep Hoyer, Rep Mfume, or Rep Sarbanes, please download the letter proposed by COL Cummings, edit it as necessary, and send it to your Representative. Mailing addresses for each of them area available in the roster here. If you would prefer to send an email, please send it to the Military/Veterans staffer identified in the same roster. You can read more about the Six Triple Eight at https://history.army.mil/html/topics/afam/6888thPBn/index.html. (4 Apr 2021)

 

 

Veterans’ Grab and Go Event: We received this from Delegate Mike Rogers, D-Dist 32, COL, USA (Ret):

“The Disabled Veterans National Foundation (DVNF) will be hosting a Grab and Go event on Thursday, 29 April 2021 at the Knights of Columbus, Silver Spring MD. Veterans will receivd free groceries, hygiene kits, face masks, gift cards, a hot meal, and a Veteran’s Resource Directory. Please visit https://www.dvnf.org/veterans-grab-go-event/ for more details.” (2 Apr 2021)

 

Special Forces Scholarship:  We received this email from a former Professor of Military Science, offering a scholarship in honor of a former Special Forces soldier:

My name is Lieutenant Colonel Robert Kirkland (U.S. Army, Retired).  I am a life member of MOAA.   I am reaching out to you to see if you can post to your website an annual scholarship we are sponsoring for a student who served in the U.S. Army Special Forces and is now a full time student.   The award is for $1000.

It is named in honor of Captain James Ahn who died in a tragic parachuting accident while with his unit in Washington State in 2015.   The following is the link to the website:  CPT James Ahn Memorial Scholarship.    I was James’ Army ROTC Professor of Military Science when he was a cadet at the University of California Riverside.

Thanks so much for your help with letting your members know about this scholarship.

Best,

LTC Rob Kirkland(29 Mar 2021)

 

COVID Vaccine Eligibility at VA: On 24 Mar, President Joe Biden signed a law allowing the VA to give COVID vaccinations to all veterans and their spouses. This is a major expansion of VA access to the shots. See https://www.moaa.org/content/publications-and-media/news-articles/2021-news-articles/congress-passes-sweeping-new-rule-allowing-va-to-vaccinate-all-veterans,-spouses/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=TMNsend&utm_content=NC+AFHRM+1+ERet+L+NC for the MOAA article on this. See https://www.va.gov/health-care/covid-19-vaccine/ for the VA page to sign up. That page indicates it may be a while before you may get a shot, though! (25 Mar 2021)

 

Identification Card News: There are new generation military ID cards being issued. You will receive the new when your old one expires and when you renew it. Due to COVID, if your ID card expires you have until June of 2021 to renew it.

 

Pass and ID offices are taking appointments for ID renewals. Check with your closest base. You can make an appointment using this web site https://milconnect.dmdc.osd.mil/milconnect/ Some offices allow you to make an appointment by telephone some are not allowing walk-ins. The Fort Meade ID Card office has just moved to Bldg 4550 (between the main flagpole and the Garrison Headquarters). (18 Mar 2021)

 

 

Maryland Responds: The Maryland Responds Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) is a community-based, civilian, volunteer program that helps build the public health infrastructure and response capabilities of communities in Maryland. Maryland Responds is composed of dedicated Responders who stand ready to volunteer their skills, expertise and time to support ongoing public health initiatives and to assist during emergencies. Maryland Responds, previously known as the Maryland Professional Volunteer Corps, is administered by the Maryland Department of Health (MDH) Office of Preparedness and Response (OP&R). They are looking for volunteers in both medical and non-medical professions. Please visit https://mdresponds.health.maryland.gov for more information and to register. (16 Jan 2021)

 

 

 

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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 2019 (as of August 2020).

 

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 or a separate chapter-hosted page (Stars indicate the Level of Excellence rating earned by the Chapter for 2019 – as announced in August 2020.):

 

·         Annapolis

·         Ft George G Meade

·         * * * * * Star Spangled Banner (Winner of 5 Star Col Marvin J Harris Communications Award for 2018, as of May 2019)

·         General Smallwood

·         * * * * * Montgomery County (Winner of 5 Star Col Marvin J Harris Communications Award for 2018, as of May 2019)

·         Prince Georges County

·         Southern Maryland

·         * * * * * SusquehannaChapter Site at MOAA

·         * * * * Upper Eastern Shore

·         * * * * * Upper PotomacChapter Site at MOAA

 

 

 

Council Officers

 

Here are the Council officers for 2021 – 2022 (as of 13 Jan 2021):

 

President

Norton

Bob

COL

USA

rfcknorton@verizon.net

1st Vice Pres

Gary

Palmer

Lt Col

USAF

gtdbpalmer@verizon.net

2nd Vice Pres

Cathy

Hampton

MAJ

USA

cathyhampton51@gmail.com

Secretary

Dave

Peterson

CAPT

NOAA

kmpdhp@comcast.net

Treasurer

Jim

Campbell

Capt

USAF

jim@jrcampbelljr.name

Webmaster

Jim

Shiffrin

Maj

USAF

jim.shiffrin@gmail.com

Chaplain

Jim

Campbell

Capt

USAF

jim@jrcampbelljr.name

Immediate Past Pres

Bryon

Hartzog

LTC

USA

bkhartzog@gmail.com

Legislative Director

Lynn

Nash

CAPT

USPHS

Lynn.Slepski@outlook.com

(This is the correct email)

Transition Liaison

Annie

Brock

mdmoaatransition@gmail.com

Spouse Liaison

Cheryl

Glang

glanghaus@comcast.net

Md Veterans Commissioner

Jim

Shiffrin

Maj

USAF

jim.shiffrin@gmail.com

MOAA Director – Maryland Military Coalition

Harvey

Kaplan

COL

USA

htkaplan@verizon.net

Annapolis

Andrew

Fallon

COL

USA

fallonajf@aol.com

Ft Meade

Bryon

Hartzog

LTC

USA

bkhartzog@gmail.com

Gen Smallwood

Daniel

Donohue

COL

USMC

dadonohue@hotmail.com      

Montgomery Co

Dave

Peterson

CAPT

NOAA

kmpdhp@comcast.net

Prince Georges

Steve

Regner

Col

USAF

shreg01@aol.com

Southern MD

 

 

 

 

Combined with Gen Smallwood

Star Spangled

Sean

Casey

BG

USA

caseyarmy@gmail.com

Susquehanna

Cathy

Hampton

MAJ

USA

cathyhampton51@gmail.com

Upper Eastern Shore

Mike

Johnson

CW5

USA

mjnmi1@verizon.net

Upper Potomac

Guy

Everhart

CAPT

USN

gfeverhart@gmail.com

 

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

 

Here are the Maryland Council Bylaws, updated on 12 Jan 2019. (13 Mar 2019)

 

Here are the Maryland Council of Chapters Goals for CY2019-2020, approved by the Council on 12 Jan 2019. (19 Jan 2019)

 

 

Annual Congressional Luncheon

 

The 2020 Congressional Luncheon was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. (July 2020)

 

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

 

https://youtu.be/42YD9d8WI5Q

 

 

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

 

1)      Go to the YouTube website by typing:   www.youtube.com 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)

 

Mar 10, 2018 - Minutes

Jun 9, 2018 - Minutes

Sep 8, 2018 - Minutes

Nov 1, 2018 (At National Meeting) - Minutes

Jan 12, 2019 - Minutes

Mar 30, 2019 - Minutes

Jun 22, 2019 - Minutes

Aug 24, 2019 - Minutes

Nov 2, 2019 - Minutes

Jan 11, 2020 - meeting cancelled due to MOAA-sponsored Caribbean cruise

Mar 14, 2020 (Virtual) - Minutes

Jun 13, 2020 (Virtual) - Minutes

Oct 3, 2020 (Virtual) - Minutes

Jan 16, 2021 (Virtual) - Minutes

April 3, 2021 (Virtual)

 

 

Editorial Policy

 

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

 

Spouse and Surviving Spouses Newsletter

 

Below are recent newsletters from the Spouse and Surviving Spouse Liaison Officer. (25 Feb 2021)

 

-          Jan/Feb 2019

-          Mar/Apr 2019

-          Jul/Aug 2019

-          Sep/Oct 2019

-          Nov/Dec 2019

-          Nov 2020

-          Feb 2021

 

 

Maryland National Guard Unit of the Year

 

BG Sean Casey, USA (Ret), President of the Star Spangled Banner Chapter and COL Andy Fallon, USA (Ret), President of the Annapolis Chapter presented the delayed 2019 Maryland National Guard Unit of the Year to the 175th Operations Group on 2 May 2021. Here are some pictures. The officer accepting the award was the Unit Commander, Colonel Drew E. Dougherty, Col, MDANG.  There were approximately 50- 60-unit members present.  In addition, MG Gowen, the Maryland Adjutant General, and BG Paul Johnson, Commander 175th Wing, were also in attendance.

 

 

 

BG Sean Casey, Col Drew Dougherty, COL Andy Fallon                            Closeup of the award

 

Photos courtesy of the 175th Wing Public Affairs office. (7 May 2021)

 

Stay tuned for the announcement of the National Guard Unit of the Year for 2020. (29 Jan 2021)

 

 

Highlights of recent and upcoming Chapter activities

 

Kudos to the Susquehanna Chapter: From COL Teri Coles, USA (Ret), the Sr Director of Council and Chapter Affairs at MOAA: “Kudos to Mike Early and members of the Susquehanna Chapter for their efforts promoting the COVID Relief program and for raising awareness about MOAA and the chapter.  He worked with our Development team as well on background information. We are all so thrilled with the final result and we are posting this on all of our media platforms. I thought I’d share with you for further distro throughout the council and chapters should you decide to do that.” https://www.wmar2news.com/voiceforveterans/military-organization-offers-financial-covid-relief .(18 Feb 2021)

 

 

 

Legislative Priorities

 

 

 

Property Tax Relief in Anne Arundel County: On 4 Jan 2021 the Anne Arundel County Council passed legislation establishing a real property tax credit for disabled veterans and their surviving spouses. For details, see this link. The credit will be 50% of the Property Tax if the Veteran is at least 75% disabled, and 25% for Veterans with a disability rating of 50% to 74%. (14 Jan 2021)

 

We have an updated list of members of the Maryland Senate Veterans’ Caucus.

We were unable to get a new list of the members of the Maryland House of Delegates Veterans’ Caucus updated before the 2021 session. (25 Mar 2021)

 

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) (updated 25 Feb 2021)

 

 

 

 

·         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.

·         Another 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, 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 Delegates. 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

 

Here are some of the key points from the Maryland Veterans’ Commission meeting 20 Apr 2021.

 

-          From Secretary of Veterans’; Affairs, George Owings III:

-          The Maryland Veterans Trust Fund has distributed $185,000 in grants so far in 2021 – they want to get to at least $200,000, by perhaps lowering the income limit so more can qualify.

-          The Charlotte Hall Veterans’ Home is now accepting new residents again and received a gift of $40,000 from a closed VFW Post.

-          The Governor’s Supplemental Budget for 2021 included $200,000 to buy an ambulance for the Home, so they do not have to rely on the local Fire Department.

-          A group called Baltimore Station (https://baltimoreStation.org) briefed.

-          They provide treatment for homeless vets with substance abuse, gambling, and PTSD issues.

-          Over 300 served this year.

-          They are 60% funded by the VA, 40% by private donations.

-          They are always looking for volunteers.

-          Steve Schuh of the Anne Arundel County COVID-19 Response Team gave a status briefing:

-          The World is still seeing over 600,000 new cases a day, with a total of over 141,000,000 so far.

-          India, Iran, and Turkey are seeing massive increases in the last weeks, while the US has had 2,000,000 new cases in the past month.

-          The spread across the US is not uniform – some states are being hit harder.

-          The Blue Star Families (https://bluestarfam.org) also briefed the commission:

-          Their mission is to strengthen military families by connecting with neighbors to create communities of mutual support

-          Since 2009 they have given over $109,000,000 in benefits to families in need

-          They estimate 41% of military spouses are not participating in the workforce, and 20% of the other 59% are currently unemployed.

-          They need volunteers to join the 5500 they currently have.

-          They are doing a Life Style Survey from now until 6 June 2021 (https://syracuseuniversity.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_80qpNa4pugkFs2y?RID=MLRP_9FbryvkPdBvWWIS&Q_CHL=email).

(27 Apr 2021)

 

 

Here are recent minutes from the Commission:

 

- August 2020

- October 2020

- January 2021

 

 

Job Search

 

Contact our Transition Liaison Officer, Mrs Annie Brock, at  mdmoaatransition@gmail.com for any transition-related questions. (11 Jun 2020)

 

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

 

 

Veterans’ Benefits

 

 

For further information on Veterans’ Benefits, please visit any of the following Web Sites:

 

United States Department of Veterans’ Affairs

Maryland Department of Veterans’ Affairs

Defense  Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System (DEERS)/TRICARE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

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