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Last Update: Jul 2017

BREAKING NEWS:

 

New Legislative Update posted (22 Jul 2017)

 

Join the Annapolis Chapter for their annual Baysox game withh the USNA plebes, class of 2021. See below for full details. (30 Jun 2017)

 

Save the Date. On Wednesday, 13 Sep 2017, we will hold our 7th Annual Maryland MOAA Congressional Luncheon in Washington DC. See below for more details. (25 Jul 2017)

 

The Council presented the Maryland National Guard Unit of the Year Award to the 175th Cyberspace Operations Group on 3 June. See details below. (4 Jun 2017)

 

We’ve added a list of Points of Contact for the Maryland Congressional delegation. (5 Mar 2017)

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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 2015 (as of August 2016).

 

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, as of 7 Apr 2017)

·         * * * * * General Smallwood

·         * * * * * Montgomery CountyChapter Site at MOAA

·         Prince Georges County

·         * * * * * Southern MarylandChapter Web Site

·         SusquehannaChapter Site at MOAAChapter Web Site (Winner of 4 Star Col Marvin J Harris Communications Award for 2016, as of 7 Apr 2017)

·         Upper Eastern Shore

·         * * * * * Upper PotomacChapter Site at MOAA

 

COL Teri Coles, Senior Director, Council and Chapter Affairs, attended the June meeting of the Maryland Council of Chapters Board. She presented the 2016 Col Marvin J Harris Communications Awards to the Council Webmaster, and representatives from the Star Spangled Banned and Susquehanna Chapters:

 

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COL Coles, Webmaster Maj Jim Shiffrin, Council President COL Kaplan

 

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Col Coles, Susquehanna rep Lt Col Brock, COL Kaplan

 

 

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COL Coles, Star Spangled President COL Seybold, COL Kaplan

 

 

7th Annual Congressional Luncheon

 

Council leaders have begun planning for the 7th Annual Congressional Luncheon.  The luncheon will be held in the Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2060. A key variable in the planning is the number of MD MOAA members who RSVP to attend.  As in previous years, National HQ will augment our attendance allowing us to reach our goal of 70. Each chapter is guaranteed 6 seats, but we anticipate not all chapters will fill their quota. If you have more than 6 RSVP’s please include them. We will advise if anyone is not able to attend due to space limitations.

 

Chapter members will receive further messages from their leadership indicating where and when to make your payments. The cost this year has gone up to $38.50, but some chapters are subsidizing the amount.

 

MOAA members who do not belong to a chapter and are interested in attending, please provide the follwing information to LTC Bryon Hartzog, bkhartzog@gmail.com, NLT 15 August 2017: Last Name, First Name, Rank, Service, MOAA #, MD District #, Email, and Phone Number.   Please identify non-military guests as spouse or surviving spouse.

 

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.

 

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 5, 2016 - Minutes

Jun 4, 2016 - Minutes

Sep 10, 2016 - Minutes

Jan 21, 2017 - Minutes

Mar 4, 2017 - Minutes

June 10, 2017

Sep 2017

Jan 2018

 

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

 

Attached are recent newsletters from the Spouse and Surviving Spouse Liasion Officer, Mrs Naomi Kaplan. (5 Jan 2017)

 

-          May 2016

-          Sep 2016

-          Oct 2016

-          Dec 2016

-          Feb 2017

-          Apr 2017

-          Jun 2017

 

Annapolis Chapter Baysox Game

Please join us for our annual MOAA Annapolis Chapter baseball event on Tuesday, 8 August 2017, as the Bowie Baysox take on the Harrisburg Senators.  There will be a ‘Tailgate Tuesday’ Happy Hour ($2 Draft Beers) with live music outside the Gate from 5pm until Game Start at 7:05pm.  The U.S. Naval Academy Band will also perform pre-game patriotic music starting at 5:45 p.m.  Stadium gates will open at 6:00pm and the game starts at 7:05pm.  Tickets are $30 for adults, $20 for kids 6-13, and free for kids 5 and under.

This year we will be located in the Chesapeake Room which provides an excellent air-conditioned vantage point to watch the game as well as traditional outside box seating. We will have a buffet dinner (BBQ chicken, hot dogs, etc.) served in the suite from 6:30 - 8:30pm hours with unlimited iced tea, lemonade, and water throughout the game.  Beer can be purchased separately.  As always there will be a great fireworks show immediately following the game.  

The August 8th game is also the annual Navy Night at the Bowie Baysox (sponsored by the Navy Credit Union).  This event will also be the first public outing for the new Navy Plebe Class of 2021.  Prince George's Stadium is an old-fashioned family friendly baseball park venue with a carousel and kid-friendly activities and contests both on and off-field.  Parking is free.

 So Batter up” and RSVP to get in the lineup for a great event. See attached flyer for more info (including map of PG Stadium) and the RSVP form.

 

RSVP POC:  CDR Dave Myers, JAGC, USN, Ret.  
Tel.  410-267-9022 (evenings)
                 443-799-1858 (working hours)
E-Mail:
DHMLaw607@aol.com 

 

Please make your advance check payable to “MOAA-Annapolis Chapter,”

Send reservation and check to the address below:

MOAA-Annapolis
Post Office Box 3439
Annapolis, Md. 21403

 

 

Maryland National Guard Unit of the Year

 

The Council presented this year’s Maryland Council of Chapters National Guard Unit of the Year award to the Maryland Air National Guard's 175th Cyberspace Operations Group at 1300 hours on Saturday, June 3, 2017.  The ceremony took place in the Auditorium of the Operations Building on Warfield Air National Guard Base (adjacent to Martin State Airport).  MG Singh, USA (TAG Maryland); BG Staudenraus, USAF (Cdr MDANG) and over 150 members of the unit were in attendance.  The unit was very proud and appreciative for being selected (Maryland TAG does the selection) as this year’s winner of the award – the award is definitely achieving its goals. COL Fallon, USA (Ret), LTC Hartzog, USA (Ret), MAJ Dittbrenner, USA (former) and BG Walsh, USAF (Ret) represented the Council. 

Kudos and thanks to LTC Bryon Hartzog, 1st VP, for working and organizing all the details of the award process for this year. More photos are available at the 75th Wing Facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/pg/175wing/photos/?tab=album&album_id=10155443077009214 . (4 Jun 2017)

MAJ Dittbrenner, Col Robinson (new 175th Wing Commander), Col Bratton (outgoing 175th Wing Commander), LTC Hartzog, COL Fallon, MG Singh.

 

Storming of the Hill 2017

 

Leaders from the Maryland Council of Chapters participated in the Storming of the Hill on 5 April. Here is a summary of the day from Council President, COL Harvey Kaplan, USA (Ret):

 

 

Our Storming Teams from Maryland had some great results from our meetings yesterday.  In addition to our 4 Council Members who "stormed" [Naomi and me, Bryon Hartzog, and Annie Brock], we were augmented by National Board members Mike Rogers and VADM Michael L. Cowan, MD.  Admiral Cowan is a retired Surgeon General of the Navy.  AMSUS, the professional organization of Federal surgeons and other medical specialists he heads, is located near Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Maryland.  Most of our ten Congressional visits were in teams of three, but all six of us had the pleasure of meeting at some length with Senator Chris Van Hollen, our new Junior Senator from Maryland, in his office.


Other members of the Maryland Delegation we met with in person were Representatives Delaney, Raskin, Ruppersberger, and Harris.  In most cases we met with staff members of our elected officials as well.  In general, we found all in support of both MOAA objectives this season (i.e., [1] to end Sequestration now, and [2] to end the "Widow's Tax" that is created by the SBP-DIC offset).  See moaa.org for all the details (and some photographs) about storming.  I expect that we'll revisit these issues (and perhaps one more on reasonable and proportionate TRICARE cost increases to participants) as we plan for our 7th Annual Maryland MOAA Congressional Luncheon on Wednesday, September 13th.
(7 Apr 2017)

 

 

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!

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

Here is the latest information from our Legislative Liaison as of 17 Jul 2017

In preparation for the 2018 session, I thought it would be useful to review the testimony given by the First Responders for SB 322 and HB 388, Income Tax Subtraction Modification - Law Enforcement, Fire, Rescue, and Emergency Services Personnel (Hometown Heroes Act) in the 2017 session. These bills were introduced into their respective houses by the leadership at the request of Governor Hogan. I also reviewed testimony given on SB 597 and HB 100, Income Tax Subtraction Modification - Retirement Income of Law Enforcement, Fire, Rescue, and Emergency Services Personnel. The video of testimony given at the Senate Committee on Budget and Taxation showed SB 597 was heard first, with SB 322 immediately following. You can watch the testimony by clicking on this link. Similarly, you can view the testimony given at the House Ways & Means Committee on HB 100 can be watched by clicking on this link. The fiscal note showed a cost to the state of $8M in 2019, rising to $12.3M in 2022.

 

What I learned:

 

 

 

 

 

In case you’ve missed it, Governor Hogan said recently, "I ran for Governor promising we were going to do everything in our power to turn our economy around – and we have. We have experienced one of the greatest economic turnarounds of any state in that nation. In just two years, Maryland's overall economic performance has grown to the top-10 states in the United States of America." This dents our claim that Maryland needs the skills of uniformed service retirees in its economy.

 

Last point of information for this email: In 2016, Maryland was rated as the 29th best state for military retirees; in 2017, Maryland is ranked #38. You can view the article here.

 

We will continue this effort. Each of you CAN make a difference.

 

 

Enthusiastically!

Annie 

Annie S. Brock

Legislative Liaison

Maryland Council of Chapters, MOAA

 

 

 

 

·         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, 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)

·         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 2016 – 2017 (as of 6 Mar 2017):

 

President

Harvey

Kaplan

COL

USA

htkaplan@verizon.net

1st Vice Pres

Bryon

Hartzog

LTC

USA

bkhartzog@gmail.com

2nd Vice Pres

Norton

Bob

COL

USA

rfcknorton@verizon.net

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

Andrew

Fallon

Col

USA

fallonajf@aol.com

Transition Officer

Jim

Dittbrenner

Maj

USA

jimditt@verizon.net

Legis Liaison

Annie

Brock

CPT

USA

president@susquehannamoaa.org

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

Bryon

Hartzog

LTC

USA

bkhartzog@gmail.com

Southern MD

Philip

Campbell

CDR

USN

pncbiz@me.com

Gen Smallwood

Daniel

Donohue

COL

USMC

dadonohue@hotmail.com      

Prince Georges

Vacanr

 

 

 

 

Susquehanna

Annie

Brock

CPT

USA

president@susquehannamoaa.org

Upper Eastern Shore

Jim

Adkins

MG

USN

jamesa.adkins@comcast.net

Upper Potomac

Hugh

McIlroy

LTC

USMC

germac03@gmail.com

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 Newsletter

 

The Council publishes newsletters aperiodically:

 

Aug 2014

Jun 2014

 

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)

 

Here is another site with military discounts and deals: https://dealhack.com/blog/military-discounts-guide (Again, the inclusionn of this link does not impmy and endorsement by MOAA or the Maryland Council of Chapters.) (5 Jun 2107)

 

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.