January 2020  Council and Chapter News

Maryland Council (MD MOAA)


5 Star 2016

Last Update: Jun 2021



Maryland Military Coalition 2021 Legislative Wrap-up: COL Bob Norton, the Maryland Council of Chapters President and Maryland Military Coalition President just released a wrap-up of the 2021 Maryland Legislative session. See this file for details. (1 Jun 2021)


Advocacy Request: From our Spouse/Surviving Spouse Liaison, Mrs. Cheryl Glang:

“I'd like you to please read the following links with information regarding the Military Survivor Comfort Act. Please forward to your individual club memberships and ask them to write your Senators and Representative to express your support of the Military Survivor Comfort Act S. 1669 / H.R. 2214. (Note that S. 1669 is the Senate version of the bill and HR 2214 is the House version.)

As we saw last session, your advocacy makes a difference! "Democracy is not a spectator sport!" Here is a TMC letter of support directed to the Senators that discusses the bill and you can also read the related press release here:



Here is more information directly from MOAA:



Thank you for your support!” [The MOAA article includes a link where you can send a message to your Senators and Representative.] (24 May 2021)



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)



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)



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)






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 2020 (as of May 2021).


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 2020, as of May 2021 – newsletter and website)

·         General Smallwood

·         * * * * * Montgomery County (Winner of 5 Star Col Marvin J Harris Communications Award for 2020, as of May 2021 – newsletter)

·         Prince Georges County

·         Southern Maryland

·         * * * * * SusquehannaChapter Site at MOAA (Winner of 5 Star Col Marvin J Harris Communications Award for 2020, as of May 2021 – newsletter and website)

·         * * * * Upper Eastern Shore

·         * * * * * Upper PotomacChapter Site at MOAA




Council Officers


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








1st Vice Pres



Lt Col



2nd Vice Pres






























Immediate Past Pres






Legislative Director






(This is the correct email)

Transition Liaison




Spouse Liaison




Md Veterans Commissioner






MOAA Director – Maryland Military Coalition












Ft Meade






Gen Smallwood






Montgomery Co






Prince Georges






Southern MD





Combined with Gen Smallwood

Star Spangled












Upper Eastern Shore






Upper Potomac







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 2021 Congressional Luncheon was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. (Jun 2021)


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:





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)


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)

July 10, 2021 (Virtual or In-Person)

October 2, 2021 (Virtual or In-Person)

January 15, 2022 Virtual or In-Person)



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


Maryland Military Coalition 2021 Legislative Wrap-up: COL Bob Norton, the Maryland Council of Chapters President and Maryland Military Coalition President just released a wrap-up of the 2021 Maryland Legislative session. See this file for details. (1 Jun 2021)


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 22 Apr 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

- April 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








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