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New River Marathon May 6, 2017
New River Marathon

New River Marathon

May 6, 2017

* Members from the New River Chapter, MOAA braved the cold and wind on May 6th to volunteer at the annual New River Marathon, a qualifying race for bigger marathons like Boston, New York and the Marine Corps races.

* This year, we manned water and Gatorade stations at the 12 and 14 mile points along the New River race course. A total 153 runners competed in the marathon; the winning race time was 2:53:38.

* Shown (upper right) Bob Worley and Lou Burge wait for the lead runner at the 12 mile mark while Cathy Ehrhardt and Lynne Hayes (lower right) brave the wind at the 14 mile post.

* Other thumbnail pictures show Porter Hicks trying to keep water cups from being blown away by strong wind gusts, Bob and Bobbie Worley ready to pass out energy gel, and Porter and Steve Tucker watching Chuck Hayes offer a choice between water and Gatorade to marathoners.

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MOAA's 2016 Col. Marvin J. Harris Communication Awards April 6, 2017

MOAA's 2016 Col. Marvin J. Harris Communication Awards

April 6, 2017

* The New River Chapter received two 4 Star Awards for their website and e-newsletter during a presentation held as part of the 2017 "Storming the Hill" in Alexandria, VA.

* Open the News and Events page on the North Carolina Council of Chapters website with details on all the communication awards received by Council and Chapters on April 6th.

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Pre-Opening Show of Gibson Movie, "Hacksaw Ridge" at Parkway Theater in WJ November 2-3, 2016
Pre-Opening Show of Gibson Movie, "Hacksaw Ridge" at Parkway Theater in WJ

Pre-Opening Show of Gibson Movie, "Hacksaw Ridge" at Parkway Theater in WJ

November 2-3, 2016

* Over 275 Ashe County veterans and guests attended the theater showings of "Hacksaw Ridge" hosted by the New River Chapter on November 2nd and 3rd at the hometown Parkway Theater in West Jefferson, NC.

* COL Charles Knapp, MC, USA-Ret., a special consultant for the Mel Gibson film is shown (above right) posing with a publicity poster and holding Doss's Medal of Honor which the Desmond Doss Council, Calhoun, GA, owns as the official repository charged with maintaining the life, legacy and memorabilia of one of America's greatest war heros.

* Dr. Knapp is the Chairman of the Desmond Doss Council and has been involved for more than a decade in getting the movie made and working to ensure the accuracy of all aspects of the true story of what historians regard as the final, and bloodiest battle of WWII.

* CAPT Douglas Ehrhardt, MSC, USN-Ret., immediate Past President, New River Chapter, MOAA is pictured (below right) presenting the poster the New River Chapter made for publicity purposes at the special, by invitation only showing for veterans to COL Knapp.

- Media coverage as printed in the Ashe Mountain Times can be read here.

- Media coverage as printed in the Jefferson Post can be read here.

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THANK YOU SPONSORS!

THANK YOU SPONSORS!

* The New River Chapter's CAPT Doug Ehrhardt and COL Charles Knapp are pictured holding the publicity poster for "Hacksaw Ridge" with the list of sponsors from the community who provided the generous support that enabled us to host the film at no cost for Ashe County veterans.

* The New River Chapter greatly appreciates:

- GE Aviation

- AEV Emergency Vehicles

- Vannoy Construction

- Skyline/Skybest Telephone

- Blue Ridge Electric

- Walmart

- Lowes

- McDonalds of West Jefferson

Click here to link to a Photo Gallery post of Certificates of Appreciation being presented to our Platinum Sponsor.

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Commissioned Officers Association of the USPHS July 14, 2016

Commissioned Officers Association of the USPHS

July 14, 2016

On July 14, the U.S. Senate passed Senate Resolution 540 by Unanimous Consent. The Resolution was co-sponsored by Senator Christopher Coons (D-DE) and Senator Johnny Isakson (R-GA). COA Executive Director Jim Currie worked closely with staff for Senator Coons over the past year to draft the language. Resolution 540 is titled, "A resolution commending officers of the Commissioned Corps of the Public Health Service for their work in fighting Ebola." It also commended the Commissioned Corps for its Katrina, Rita, and Superstorm Sandy deployments as well as for its deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan.

The resolution, as printed in the Congressional Record, follows...

114th CONGRESS

2d Session

S. RES. 540

Commending the officers of the Commissioned Corps of the Public Health Service for their work in fighting Ebola.

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

July 14, 2016

Mr. Coons (for himself and Mr. Isakson) submitted the following resolution; which was considered and agreed to

RESOLUTION

Commending the officers of the Commissioned Corps of the Public Health Service for their work in fighting Ebola.

Whereas the Commissioned Corps of the Public Health Service (in this preamble referred to as the “Commissioned Corps”) traces its antecedents to the creation of the Marine Hospital Service in the Act entitled “An Act for the relief of sick and disabled seamen”, approved July 16, 1798;

Whereas the Commissioned Corps today consists of approximately 6,700 commissioned officers who serve in 11 specialty areas;

Whereas thousands of officers of the Commissioned Corps have deployed in the aftermath of natural disasters such as Hurricanes Katrina and Rita and Superstorm Sandy;

Whereas almost 900 officers of the Commissioned Corps deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan to support members of the Armed Forces stationed in those locations;

Whereas the officers of the Commissioned Corps constitute a rapidly-deployable force of medical professionals who serve public health in the United States and foreign countries;

Whereas more than 300 officers of the Commissioned Corps deployed to Liberia to treat Ebola patients, voluntarily accepting the risks associated with treating patients who carried this deadly disease;

Whereas hundreds of other officers of the Commissioned Corps provided support to the officers who were deployed to Liberia;

Whereas the Ebola epidemic in Liberia no longer represents a public health emergency of international concern, as determined by the World Health Organization, due in part to the intervention of officers of the Commissioned Corps; and

Whereas the United States was spared the danger of an Ebola outbreak because the disease was contained in West Africa: Now, therefore, be it

Resolved, That the Senate commends all of the officers of the Commissioned Corps of the Public Health Service who participated in the effort to prevent an Ebola outbreak in the United States.

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"Thanking Vets" in Ashe County

May 31, 2016

* Ashe County "Thank a Vet" program goes live.

* A new program honoring vets began on May 31st...go by the Ashe County Courthouse with your DD214 to enroll and get your discount card. If you have already registered your DD214 with the Register of Deeds then you won't need to bring a copy. Just have a photo taken, get your new card and start saving!

* Click here for a list of participating businesses and check back often as new ones are being added on a regular basis.

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Tyler Wadsworth Commissioned a Naval Ensign
Tyler Wadsworth Commissioned a Naval Ensign

Tyler Wadsworth Commissioned a Naval Ensign

* Tyler Wadsworth, the first recipient of the New River Chapter's MOAA leadership award reached his goal of becoming an officer when he was commissioned a Naval Ensign and will soon report to NAS Pensacola to begin flight training and become a naval aviator.

* Very proud parents Tony Thomason and Cynthia Wadsworth sent the attached photographs and reported that Tyler had a wonderful college experience at Auburn University. He was able to study in Australia one semester and also changed majors which took another year of study, but the Navy supported him and his goal.

* At graduation, Tyler stopped on stage to take a selfie (below right) with the Auburn University NROTC Commanding Officer, CAPT Paul Esposito along with fellow officer, Ensign Waddell.

The below, downloadable file is the 2010 Chapter news article (page 3) of the ACHS JROTC award ceremony.

Link: June 2010 "New River Current"

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Marathon Jam May 21, 2016
Marathon Jam

Marathon Jam

May 21, 2016

* Ashe County’s New River Chapter of the Military Officers Association of American brought the first annual acoustic music Marathon Jam to Ashe County. A community service, the Jam was held with the cooperation and support of the member veteran’s organizations of the Ashe County Veteran’s Coalition and partnership of the Ashe County Arts Council, USAA, Rooster Ridge Arts, and Marathon Jam’s founder musician John Santa.

* Pictured below right, a Marathon Jam quilt is hung at the entrance to the Ashe County Arts Council on the 21st of May.

* Mouse over the thumbnail photographs to see additional photographs from the 1st Annual Ashe County Marathon Jam.

* Below, open a downloadable file that details what a Marathon Jam is and how to participate/get involved.

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Sears Scholarship Award Presented to Brianna McCoy May 27, 2016

Sears Scholarship Award Presented to Brianna McCoy

May 27, 2016

* The photograph (right) was taken at the Ashe County High School award ceremony on May 27, 2016.

* New River Chapter Co-President, Charles Knapp, COL, USA, Ret., presented the award to Brianna who was also named East Tennessee State Roan Scholar receiving a full tuition scholarship as part of the Class of 2018.

* Congratulations Brianna!

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Sears Scholarship Award Presented to Heaven Walker May 23, 2016

Sears Scholarship Award Presented to Heaven Walker

May 23, 2016

* The photograph (right) was taken at the Wilkes Central High School award ceremony at the Stone Family Center for Performing Arts in North Wilkesboro, NC on May 23, 2016.

* New River Chapter Personal Affairs Chair, Barbara Sears, surviving spouse of RADM Scott Sears, USN, in whose honor the Scholarship Award is named presented the award.

* Congratulations Cadet Walker!

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New River Chapter MOAA Leadership Award Presentations May 14 & 17, 2016
New River Chapter MOAA Leadership Award Presentations

New River Chapter MOAA Leadership Award Presentations

May 14 & 17, 2016

* The New River Chapter presented MOAA Leadership Awards for the three Junior Reserve Officer Training Programs - 2 AF JROTC and 1 USA JROTC - in our catchment area, as follows:

* On May 14, 2016 Chapter Secretary Col Ken Lynn participated in the Wilkes Central High School AF JROTC Award Ceremony at the North Wilkesboro Presbyterian Church that consisted of a sit down dinner with families and school administrators. Following the rendering of honors and presentation of the colors, the AF JROTC program was held and awards presented. The picture (above right) is AF JROTC Cadet Logan Jones who was the MOAA Leadership award recipient, along with the Commander and Assistant Principal of Wilkes Central HS.

* On May 17, 2016 Chapter Board Member LCDR Steve Tucker participated in the North Wilkes High School AF JROTC Award Ceremony which was held at the school cafeteria. The program included a dinner buffet for families and school administrators in attendance; honors were rendered to the colors, and the AF JROTC cadets held a formal ceremony at which time awards were presented. The picture (below right) is the MOAA Leadership Award recipient, AF JROTC Cadet Rosa Munoz-Maya.

* On May 17, 2017 Chapter Co-President Lou Burge participated in the JROTC award program at Ashe County High School. The MOAA Leadership award recipient was Cadet Jacob Evans-Shepherd (thumbnail photograph, right).

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2016 Col. Marvin J. Harris Communication Awards Contest Winners

April 14, 2016

The North Carolina Council of Chapters, including the New River Chapter, earned eleven 5-Star awards and one 4-Star award in the 2016 Col. Marvin J. Harris Communication Awards contest.

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Storming the Hill North Carolina Legislative Visits

April 13, 2016

New River Chapter Past President and current President of the North Carolina Council of Chapters, CAPT Doug Ehrhardt, USN, Ret. participated in the annual MOAA Storming the Hill on April 13, 2016.

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New River Chapter Out-Going President Installed as NCCOC President January 8, 2016

New River Chapter Out-Going President Installed as NCCOC President

January 8, 2016

The North Carolina Council of Chapters Officer Installation Ceremony was held on January 8, 2016 at the Regal Ballantyne Theater in Charlotte, NC.

* Captain Douglas Ehrhardt, USN, Ret., was installed as President of the Council for 2016 and 2017. There are 16 Chapters in the North Carolina Council and Captain Ehrhardt will preside over the quarterly meetings held across the state at host chapters. Additionally, in 2017, there will be a convention of North Carolina Council members at which all state MOAA members are encouraged to attend and enjoy the camaraderie and activities of the biennial convention. In 2013, the Council had a 5 day cruise to the Bahamas, while in 2015, there was a land option that visited the historic High Hampton Inn in Cashiers, NC.

* Planning will get underway soon to plan a state convention and information will be forthcoming on this web site as soon as it is available.

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2015 MOAA Level of Excellence Awards Dnner October 31, 2015

2015 MOAA Level of Excellence Awards Dnner

October 31, 2015

* The 2015 Levels of Excellence Awards Ceremony held on October 31st at the Buena Vista Palace Hotel at Disney Springs as part of MOAA's Annual Meeting had the North Carolina Council of Chapters Presidents, or representatives from 8 of the 10 Council Chapters which earned recognition, in attendance to receive their streamers.

* Pictured (above right) is New River Chapter CAPT-Ret. Doug Ehrhardt, USN receiving the 5-star award from MOAA Chairman of the Board, GEN Tony Robertson, Jr., USAF-Ret.

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PO4 William Scarpino

November 4, 2015

* Bill Scarpino, one of the veterans recognized in our Chapter "Veteran's Recognition" program, passed away on Wednesday, November 4, 2015 at Forest Ridge.

* Bill was a WWII veteran who always had a good story to share or song to sing...he will be missed by his many friends in Ashe County.

* Rest in peace.

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Kudos from Lee and Mannon Eldreth August 10, 2015
Kudos from Lee and Mannon Eldreth

Kudos from Lee and Mannon Eldreth

August 10, 2015

"New River Current, August issue is the best and most informative newsletter yet! Thanks to all who contributed – and a special thanks to Ken Lynn for putting it altogether. Certainly deserving of another 5 star streamer!!"

Lee & Mannon Eldreth

A special note sent into the website and I couldn't agree more! Thanks, Lee for your kind words.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY, USPHS! July 16, 2015

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, USPHS!

July 16, 2015

* The Commissioned Officers Association of the U.S. Public Health Service (USPHS) sent out this flyer to congratulate the 6,700 commissioned officers serving in the USPHS, one of only two non-combatant corps of the nation's commissioned services...left click on the image to open/read the statement.

* BRAVO ZULU, USPHS!

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Ashe County High School Junior ROTC Award Ceremony June 9, 2015

Ashe County High School Junior ROTC Award Ceremony

June 9, 2015

Pictured is New River Chapter President, CAPT Doug Ehrhardt, USN-Ret. presenting the MOAA JROTC Leadership Award to Cadet Captain Lauren Nicole Testerman at the Ashe County High School Award Ceremony on June 9, 2015.

Congratulations to JROTC Cadet Captain Testerman as she completes her Junior year in the ACHS JROTC program.

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MOAA Magazine June 2015

MOAA Magazine

June 2015

The "Chapters in Action" page (p. 47) in the June edition of the Military Officer Magazine published information regarding winning entries in the 2014 Col. Marvin J. Harris Communication Awards contest.

* In paragraph three, the North Carolina Council E-Newsletter Winners were singled out as "having dominated the e-newsletter category!

* Congratulations and kudos go out to all our winners:

- CAPT Doug Ehrhardt, NC Council 1st VP for "Council Connections"

- COL Juan Chavez, Cape Fear President for "A Gram of Info"

- CDR Ron Wilsbach, Charlotte-Metrolina Chapter for "The Gouge"

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Junior ROTC Award Ceremonies April 30, 2015 and May 2, 2015
Junior ROTC Award Ceremonies

Junior ROTC Award Ceremonies

April 30, 2015 and May 2, 2015

* Officers of the New River Chapter participated in Junior Reserve Officer Training award ceremonies at the Wilkes Central HS and the North Wilkes HS on April 30 and May 2, 2015.

* Pictured (upper right) are New River Board member, MAJ Lou Burge, USAF-Ret. with Cadet Technical Sergeant Cordell Draves who was Squadron Superintendent at the Wilkes Central HS USAF JROTC program under the leadership of MAJ Brad Kitts, USAF.

* Pictured (lower right) is New River Chapter President, CAPT Doug Ehrhardt, USN-Ret. with USAF JROTC commander, Lt Col Tim Fuller, USAF, Cadet Second Lieutenant Heaven Walker and North Wilkes HS Principal Michelle Shepherd.

Congratulations to each of these JROTC leaders as they complete their Junior year in their respective USAF JROTC programs.

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RADM Scott L. Sears, USN-Ret. Award Presentation May 2, 2015

RADM Scott L. Sears, USN-Ret. Award Presentation

May 2, 2015

* New River Chapter President CAPT Doug Ehrhardt, USN-Ret. presented a $1000 Memorial Sears Scholarship to graduating senior Cadet Second Lieutenant Melisa Gonzalez at the North Wilkes HS USAF JROTC Awards Ceremony held on May 2, 2015 at the North Wilkesboro Presbyterian Church in Wilkesboro, NC.

* Picutured (right) is the North Wilkes HS USAF Commander, Lt Col Tim Fuller, USAF, CAPT Ehrhardt, Cadet Gonzalez and the North Wilkes HS Principal, Michelle Shepherd.

* CAPT Ehrhardt attended the North Wilkes HS award program as part of the school's ceremony on June 2, 2015 and once again presented Cadet Gonzalez with the award as part of the North Wilkes HS award ceremony at the Stone Center in North Wilkesboro.

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New River Marathon May 2, 2015

New River Marathon

May 2, 2015

* The New River Chapter once again participated in providing support to the annual New River Marathon by manning one of the refreshment stations along the route.

* This year, due to a new course layout, we cheered on the 1/2 marathon runners from 8:00 to 10:00 AM and the full marathon runners from 10:00 AM to 12:30 PM.

* Pictured (L to R) are Mik Mikulan, Cathy Ehrhardt, Steve Tucker, Betty Schuette, Ron Schuette, Monica Madden-Lynn and Doug Ehrhardt.

* The thumbnail shots to the right also show Doug Ehrhardt prepping a tray of endurance gel, small cups with M&M's and slices of bananas to help the runners nutritional needs near the end of the 26.2 mile route.

* The other picture is a shot of our tent with water and GatorAide on the race course...it was a BEAUTIFUL day for a race!

THANKS TO ALL THESE VOLUNTEERS for helping to support the marathon runners, but also support to our chapter as we receive a nice donation from the New River Marathon organizers for our scholarship program!

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New River President CAPT Doug Ehrhardt, USN-Ret. "In the Limelight"
New River President CAPT Doug Ehrhardt, USN-Ret.

New River President CAPT Doug Ehrhardt, USN-Ret.

"In the Limelight"

* Captain Doug Ehrhardt, USN-Ret., President of the New River Chapter was honored with an "In the Limelight" biographical sketch in the March 2015 "Affiliate," MOAA's monthly eNewletter.

* Ehrhardt commented, "I was pleased when Kris Hegle, Contributing Editor for "Military Officer" magazine and the "Affiliate" called and asked if I would share my story on membership in MOAA, as well as my Council and Chapter experiences."

* After receiving an e-mail laundry list of topical questions, Kris also held two telephone interviews with Captain Ehrhardt to finalize an article that summarized efforts of his history with MOAA since 2009.

* "I'm grateful that the piece in the eNewsletter also included the names of other Council and Chapter officers with whom I have worked that make my contributions meaningful," Ehrhardt concluded....

* Open and read the Affiliate article.

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Certificate of Appreciation Presented to the Coffee House on the Backstreet February 24, 2015

Certificate of Appreciation Presented to the Coffee House on the Backstreet

February 24, 2015

* Pictured (right) is USN Captain (Ret.) Doug Ehrhardt, president of the New River Chapter, Military Officers Association of America, who presented Coffee House owner Julie Bethel-McGunegle with a certificate of appreciation. Since its chartering in 2009, the New River Chapter has held regular membership meetings at the Coffee House on the Backstreet in West Jefferson, NC.

* In presenting the award plaque, Ehrhardt shared the information from the certificate which extended the heartfelt appreciation by the New River Chapter for Julie's more than 5 years of providing generosity, hospitality and support.

* Beginning in March, the New River Chapter will begin holding dinner meetings at the Winner's Circle Restaurant in Jefferson, NC. Link to our calendar of events below for a description of our monthly activities and a map of the new location.

Link: Click here:

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Pat Gobble, Charter Member December 15, 2014

Pat Gobble, Charter Member

December 15, 2014

* Pat Gobble, who joined the New River Chapter as a member when we were chartered in 2009, has passed away in Louisiana where she moved a few years ago to be near her daughter.

* Follow the below link to the Jefferson Post obituary.

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USMC Capt. Derek Herrera Retirement Ceremony

November 21, 2014

* U.S. Marine Capt. Derek Herrera, 1st Marine Special Operations Battalion, Marine Special Operations Regiment, U.S. Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command, speaks during his awards and retirement ceremony aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., Nov. 21. Capt. Derek Herrera was paralyzed June 14, 2012 while conducting combat operations in Helmand Province, Afghanistan.

* An inspirational ceremony by a true hero and a testament to the healing work being done for our wounded military members...the special apparatus that enables Capt. Herrera to stand and walk is truly amazing.

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MOAA Annual Meeting October 28, 2014

MOAA Annual Meeting

October 28, 2014

Unable to attend? Follow the below YouTube video of the meeting...the remarks of the outgoing Chairman, GEN John Tilelli and an analysis of the state of YOUR Association by MOAA President, VADM Norb Ryan are presented.

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"Cutting a Rug" at the Presidents' Symposium September 4, 2014

"Cutting a Rug" at the Presidents' Symposium

September 4, 2014

* Doug & Cathy on the dance floor at the Thursday, September 4th Welcome Dinner in Jacksonville, FL.

* Photo taken by Al DelGarbino, First Flight Chapter President with a cell phone camera but apparently we were swinging too fast to stay in focus!

Follow the link below to open the NCCOC website to see pictures of the meeting.

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MEMBERSHIP MATTERS MOAA Recruiting Promotion on Internet Websites

MEMBERSHIP MATTERS

MOAA Recruiting Promotion on Internet Websites

* Proudly displayed on several Internet news sites (CNN, FoxNews, and others), click on the below link to a promotional MOAA advertisement/invitation to join the ranks of MOAA's 380,000 plus members and learn why "membership matters!"

* This latest effort to boost recruitment in MOAA points out that Basic Membership is not only free, but it is essential to the ongoing fight for military benefits.

* There is also a link to "Voices for America's Troops" to inform non-commissioned veterans, or for that matter anyone who wants to support the troops, how to become members.

- All chapter members are encouraged to share this information to friends and colleagues, or anyone in our catchment area about MOAA.

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MOAA Levels of Excellence Award Competition 2014 - New River Makes It "4 in a Row"

MOAA Levels of Excellence Award Competition

2014 - New River Makes It "4 in a Row"

* MOAA recently announced it's 4- and 5-Star winners in the annual Levels of Excellence award competition that recognizes topnotch councils and chapters.

* The very best councils and chapters receive five-star awards, and above-average councils and chapters receive four-star awards.

* For the fourth year, the New River Chapter has been recognized with a 5-Star streamer.

* Follow the below link to the NC Council's webpage to see the total of eight awards that were brought home by chapters in our state council.

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MOAA Health Care Survey

MOAA Health Care Survey

MOAA conducted a survey of 12,000 members to determine the level of satisfaction with their health care and to analyze if there were any problems similar to recent issues with the VA...the survey results can be reviewed by clicking the below link

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Using RSS with Chrome Essential Add-In

Using RSS with Chrome

Essential Add-In

* New River Chapter members who use Chrome as their default web browser may be frustrated when the RSS link on the News and Events page doesn't yield the intended results.

* Click on the below link for a "fix" which our web host, Ric Kolseth has recommended to enable you to fully utilize the RSS link.

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Military Officers Association of America Annual Letter

Military Officers Association of America

Annual Letter

* As members of our local chapter - the New River Chapter - many, if not most, will have, or have already received an e-mail that is part of the News Exchange Alerts sent to the national MOAA membership roster (if you have signed up for same).

* The below link can be followed to open/read the annual letter from VADM Norb Ryan, President, MOAA which contains a wealth of information on the work done by our Association in the last year. It is a worthwhile read for all!!

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New River Chapter Awards $1000 Scholarship to Kayla Osborne May 30, 2014
New River Chapter Awards $1000 Scholarship to Kayla Osborne

New River Chapter Awards $1000 Scholarship to Kayla Osborne

May 30, 2014

* The New River Chapter President, CAPT-Ret. Doug Ehrhardt, MSC USN, attended the May 30th Ashe County High School Senior Awards Day and presented a certificate to graduating senior Cadet Captain Kayla Osborne for $1000.

* This is the second year that our Chapter has made an award to a deserving JROTC student as part of our Rear Admiral Scott L. Sears, USN Memorial Scholarship program.

* Kayla's certificate is also shown (right); she will be attending UNC Charlotte.

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High Country Chapter Memorial Day Celebration May 26, 2014

High Country Chapter Memorial Day Celebration

May 26, 2014

* The High Country Chapter, MOAA will host their 8th Memorial Day Celebration at the Boone Mall in Boone, NC on Monday, May 26th.

* Click on the below YouTube video from the local television's Good Times, Good People broadcast which featured President George Brudzinski detailing the event which begins @ 11:00, but due to overwhelming attendance, it is recommended that interested persons arrive at 10:30 which is when the Wautaga Community Band will begin playing a medley of patriotic music.

* Also on the program will be "Generation Excellent," a group of home schooled students from Ashe County who will present a redux of their wonderful performance on America...

* Don't miss this wonderful tribute to all our North Carolina veterans.

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Ashe County HS JROTC Leadership Award Ceremony May 20, 2014
Ashe County HS JROTC Leadership Award Ceremony

Ashe County HS JROTC Leadership Award Ceremony

May 20, 2014

* The New River Chapter honored Cadet Captain Joshua Goodman, the ACHS JROTC Leadership nominee, at a ceremony during the May 20th regular membership meeting at the Coffee House on the Backstreet.

* The ACHS schedule as the school year was closing did not allow for a regular underclass assembly where our Chapter has made the award in prior years. Therefore, the Officers and Board of Directors decided to invite Cadet Goodman and family to our meeting.

* In the cover photo (upper right), President Doug Ehrhardt congratulates Cadet Goodman on the honor of being the MOAA Leadership awardee for 2014.

* The photo (lower right) has Cadet Goodman flanked by President Ehrhardt, Secretary Ken Lynn and 1st VP Charles Knapp.

Scroll over the thumbnail pictures to see additional pictures from the ceremony:

- Cadet Captain Goodman is pictured with President Ehrhardt and the ACHS JROTC NCO, SFC David Smith.

- Cadet Goodman is flanked by his sister Whitney and parents Tim and Michelle Goodman who were in attendance at the award ceremony.

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Wilkes Central HS JROTC Leadership Award Ceremony May 3, 2014

Wilkes Central HS JROTC Leadership Award Ceremony

May 3, 2014

* Pictured (L to R): Wilkes Central HS AF JROTC Senior Aerospace Science Instructor and New River Chapter member LtCol Tim Fuller, USAF-Ret., MOAA Leadership awardee AF JROTC Cadet Staff Sergeant Taylor Locklear and New River Chapter Secretary Col. Ken Lynn, USAF-Ret.

* Cadet Locklear is the Charlie Flight Commander and the Public Affairs Officer for the AF JROTC unit.

* Congratulations Cadet Locklear.

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North Wilkesboro HS JROTC Leadership Award Ceremony May 8, 2014

North Wilkesboro HS JROTC Leadership Award Ceremony

May 8, 2014

* Pictured (L to R): North Wilkesboro HS AF JROTC Technical Sergeant (C/TSgt) Jared Kilby, MOAA Leadership awardee with New River Chapter Personal Affairs Chair Barbara Sears.

* MAJ Brad Kitts, Senior Aerospace Science Instructor, North Wilkesboro AF JROTC is pictured at the podium.

* Congratulations Cadet Kilby.

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MOAA Leadership Award Presented to Col.-Ret. Ken Lynn, USAF April 15, 2014
MOAA Leadership Award Presented to Col.-Ret. Ken Lynn, USAF

MOAA Leadership Award Presented to Col.-Ret. Ken Lynn, USAF

April 15, 2014

* New River's Col.-Ret. Ken Lynn, USAF, Chapter Secretary was awarded the MOAA Leadership Award by CAPT-Ret. Doug Ehrhardt, USN, President at the regular membership meeting in April.

* Ken's outstanding contributions to our chapter, as well as sustained, superior performance in producing our award winning New River Current newsletter six times/year during the four years since our chapter's chartering in 2009 were recognized with a letter from MOAA President VADM-Ret. Norb Ryan, USN and a lapel pin.

* Pictured (right) is Doug's presentation of the letter and pinning of the lapel pin to Ken's nametag...Ken remarked that had he known he was to receive an award, he would have worn something with a lapel for his evening's attire!

* Click on the below, downloadable file to open/read the commendation letter from VADM Ryan.

* CONGRATULATIONS, Col. Lynn!

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New River Chapter Receives Communications Awards...Again! April 10, 2014

New River Chapter Receives Communications Awards...Again!

April 10, 2014

* MOAA's Col Marvin J. Harrison Communication Award results were announced at the annual "Storming the Hill" event attended by state council representatives in Washington, DC.

* Along with six other NC Council awardees, the New River Chapter was recognized for excellence in three categories: print newsletter, electronic newsletter and chapter website.

* Click on the link below to open the post on the NC Council website (also recognized with an award) to learn about all the awards!

Link: Open the NC Council website by clicking here:

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They're Back!  The Navy's Blue Angels are Airborne Once Again March 22, 2014

They're Back! The Navy's Blue Angels are Airborne Once Again

March 22, 2014

Click on the below link on CNN News to read about the return of the Navy's Blue Angels precision flying team after more than a year since they were grounded due to sequestration.

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Chalk Up Another Win in the MOAA Column...

Chalk Up Another Win in the MOAA Column...

* It appears that the lobbying efforts by MOAA, supported by the 100's and 1,000's of e-mails sent in by members who receive the Legislative Alerts from MOAA, will soon be able to count the repeal of the 1% COLA hit that the Congress had proposed on the military.

* Open the below link, "Why Associations Matter", to read of other successes that MOAA has won on behalf of servicepersonnel - active, retired, former, Guard, Reserve and survivors of prior military personnel.

* THANK YOU, MOAA!

Readers are STRONGLY ENCOURAGED to log onto the MOAA website and sign up for the Legislative Alerts that get sent to registered e-mail addresses on a regular basis to make you aware of IMPORTANT TOPICS of real consequence to all military personnel.

The reversal of the COLA penalty to the military is just one more example of how your support to MOAA does make a difference!

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New River Chapter is a Back to Back to Back Levels of Excellence Award Winner! 2013

New River Chapter is a Back to Back to Back Levels of Excellence Award Winner!

2013

* MOAA National published a list of the 2013 Levels of Excellence Award Winners, and for the 3rd straight year, the New River Chapter was selected as a 5-Star Chapter.

* MOAA’s topnotch council and chapters compete annually to receive a four- or five-star Levels of Excellence Award. The very best councils and chapters receive five-star awards, and above-average councils and chapters receive four-star awards.

* Follow the link below to open/read the full award list on the MOAA webpage. The Presidents of each chapter have been invited to attend the 2013 MOAA Annual Meeting in Colorado Springs, CO in November to receive their respective streamers.

* The North Carolina Council of Chapters award winners are as follows:

North Carolina Council - 5 Star Council

High Country Chapter - 5 Star Chapter

New River Chapter - 5 Star Chapter

Cape Fear Chapter - 4 Star Chapter

Coastal Carolina Chapter - 4 Star Chapter

Sandhills Chapter - 4 Star Chapter

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MOAA Recruitment Tool National Internet News Site(s)

MOAA Recruitment Tool

National Internet News Site(s)

Joining MOAA can now be done with a simple click of the mouse on a computer when logged in to many internet news pages.

Open the below link to see how easy it is to become a MOAA member...and help spread the word by forwarding the link to eligible serving, retired or surviving spouses of military personnel.

Link: Click here:

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Cadet Madison Little Receives New River Scholarship May 31, 2013

Cadet Madison Little Receives New River Scholarship

May 31, 2013

Ashe County High School senior, Cadet 1Lt. Madison Little became the first recipient of the Rear Admiral Scott L. Sears Scholarship during the Senior Awards Day ceremony at the Ashe County High School on May 31, 2013. Sponsored by the New River Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America, the scholarship is named in honor of Navy Rear Admiral Scott L. Sears, the chapter’s senior ranking charter member who passed away on Dec 31, 2011. Little, who plans to attend Craven Community College, received a $500 award. The Sears Scholarship was established to support deserving college-bound JROTC cadets from Ashe, North Wilkes and Wilkes Central high schools.

Photo taken by Ken Lynn.

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Ashe County High School JROTC Leadership Award May 24, 2013
Ashe County High School JROTC Leadership Award

Ashe County High School JROTC Leadership Award

May 24, 2013

* The New River Chapter presented the MOAA Junior ROTC Leadership Award at the Ashe County High School's student award assembly on May 24, 2013.

Shown at right (top) is New River President CAPT-Ret. Doug Ehrhardt, USN presenting the award certificate to Cadet Captain Zachary Bryson May.

* The lower photograph shows Captain Ehrhardt pinning the MOAA Leadership medal on Cadet May.

* This is the fourth year that the New River Chapter has made the award presentation to a deserving JROTC cadet at the ACHS.

The MOAA JROTC medal recognizes an outstanding cadet who shows exceptional potential for military leadership:

The cadet is selected by the unit commander.

The candidate is in his or her next-to-last year of the JROTC program.

Is in good academic standing.

Is of high moral character.

Evinces a high order of loyalty to his unit, school and country.

Shows exceptional potential for military leadership.

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The Conscientious Objector (Award Winning Theatrical Documentary) May 21, 2013 - 6:00 - 8:00 PM @ Ashe County Arts Council
The Conscientious Objector (Award Winning Theatrical Documentary)

The Conscientious Objector (Award Winning Theatrical Documentary)

May 21, 2013 - 6:00 - 8:00 PM @ Ashe County Arts Council

* Sponsored by the New River Chapter, MOAA, the compelling and inspirational true story of the heroic actions of Private First Class Desmond Doss, an Army Infantry Company Medical Aidman who was honored with the Congressional Medal of Honor by President Harry Truman for saving the lives of at least 75 wounded men on one day during the WWII battle for the Maeda Escarpment (Hacksaw Ridge) in Okinawa. The story is told by men whose lives Doss saved on that day. It is a dramatic story of courage, honor, personal conviction, faith, fierce patriotism and heroism during one of the bloodiest battles of WWII where expected survival was only 1 chance in 10.

* Colonel Charles Knapp, US Army, Retired and Ashe resident, a Consulting Producer during the making of the documentary and Consulting Producer of Hacksaw Ridge, a theatrical movie now in preproduction by Walden Media will offer an introduction and comments.

* This is special program being offered as a belated community recognition and celebration of Armed Forces Day, which occurs on Saturday, May 18, 2013.

* Eighteen youth cast members, in full period patriotic costume, of Ashe Counties Generation eXcellence will open the program with a musical tribute to America’s flag, the National Anthem and then pay honor to America’s Armed Forces with a dramatized medley of the service hymns of each branch of the uniformed services. Veterans in the audience will be paid special recognition.

(Pictures used with permission of desmonddoss.com)

Upper right: Corporal Desmond Doss, USA

Lower right: President Harry S. Truman presenting Corporal Desmond T. Doss with the Congressional Medal of Honor

The members of the New River Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America are pleased to host the showing of this documentary, produced and directed by Terry Benedict. The theatrical length documentary has earned 23 film festival awards and been shown on national television 12 times including the world-wide Armed Forces Network. It has been subtitled in four languages besides English and distributed widely in Asia and Europe. It is available at most video outlets, from desmonddoss.com and can be leased from NetFlix. The film is in demand by youth groups, Boy/Girl Scouts and school curricula on personal conscience, courage, leadership, patriotism and leadership. According to Col. Charles Knapp, U.S. Army Retired, local Ashe resident and sponsor of the film, “This film is a quintessential story of Duty, Honor, Country. It is the dramatic real life portrayal of what can happen to an ordinary life at the intersection of Personal Faith and Committed Patriotism.”

President Truman was heard to remark when pinning the Medal of Honor on Corporal Doss’ uniform, “. . . because of what you have done for your comrades and the country, this act gives me more pleasure than being elected President of our country . . .”

Not all heros carry a weapon. Doss didn’t. Some carry faith. Doss did.

Knapp is Chairperson of the Desmond Doss Council of the Georgia Cumberland Association in Calhoun, GA which is responsible for protecting the integrity of the Doss life story, film and book copyrights, and the extensive Doss collection of memorabilia on loan and in several university archives.

“Doss was a sought after speaker to youth groups and traveled the world. He would hold an audience of middle schoolers spell bound on normally dry topics of character development, personal faith and ethics and get a standing ovation at the end,” says Knapp who had known Doss for many years. “Roads, bridges, VFW halls and American Legion posts carry his name. His likeness in bronze can be found in veteran’s parks. The most notable is his full size bronze figure in the Georgia Hall of Patriotism in Centennial Square in Atlanta, GA."

Click here to read Doss' entire Medal of Honor Citation

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Air Force Junior ROTC Award Presentations Wilkes Central and North Wilkes High Schools
Air Force Junior ROTC Award Presentations

Air Force Junior ROTC Award Presentations

Wilkes Central and North Wilkes High Schools

Representatives of the New River Chapter, MOAA attended award presentation ceremonies on May 2nd and May 3rd at two of the high schools in our catchment area for the purpose of presenting the National MOAA Leadership Award to selected AF Junior ROTC students.

Shown in the photograph to the right (top) is Cadet Technical Sergeant Andy Kempter, the North Wilkes High School First Sergeant. Following the pinning on of the MOAA Leadership Medal, Captain (Ret.) Doug Ehrhardt, USN, President, New River Chapter, presents the award certificate to Cadet Kempter. The ceremony took place at the Baptist Home Baptist Church in North Wilkesboro.

In the lower photograph, Cadet Major Jackson Bell, Cadet Commander of the Wilkes Central AF JROTC is shown receiving the award certificate from Colonel (Ret.) Ken Lynn, USAF, Secretary/Treasurer, New River Chapter. Also shown is LtCol Tim Fuller, Senior Aerospace Science Instructor (left) and Michelle Sheppard, Wilkes Central HS President. The ceremony was held at the North Wilkesboro Presbyterian Church.

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New River Chapter Awards 2012 Col. Marvin J. Harris Communications Awards Contest

New River Chapter Awards

2012 Col. Marvin J. Harris Communications Awards Contest

* The New River Chapter received two awards in the 2012 Col. Marvin J. Harris Communication Awards Contest which is held annually to recognize both MOAA Council and Chapters that do an outstanding job communicating with their members.

* The New River Chapter awards for Category V (Chapters with fewer than 120 members) were:

Electronic Newsletters - Winner

Web site - 1st Runner Up

Link: Click here to go to the award list on the MOAA website:

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GovX - New Discount Buying Program A MOAA Members Only Service

GovX - New Discount Buying Program

A MOAA Members Only Service

If you're interested in learning more about a new MOAA Members Only discount buying program - GovX - follow the below link to visit our North Carolina Council of Chapters webpage and get all the details.

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New River 1st VP Attends Oscar Night! Dr. Charles Knapp, MC, USA-Ret.

New River 1st VP Attends Oscar Night!

Dr. Charles Knapp, MC, USA-Ret.

* New River Chapter 1st Vice President, Dr. Charles Knapp of Helton, NC was in Beverly Hills, CA for the 2013 Academy Awards Gala recently.

* A retired U.S. Army colonel, Charles is consulting producer for the motion picture “Hacksaw Ridge,” which tells the true story of World War II Medal of Honor winner Desmond Doss, the first conscientious objector to be honored with America’s highest military award for valor above and beyond the call of duty in the face of enemy fire.

* COL Knapp is also chairman of the Desmond Doss Council of the Georgia Cumberland Association in Calhoun, GA, which holds the life story, intellectual property, book and film rights and memorabilia in trust for the late Desmond Doss, who died in 2006.

* Dr. Knapp has previously been involved in productions related to Desmond Doss, notably the 2004 documentary “The Conscientious Objector.”

* "Hacksaw Ridge" is currently in in preproduction by Walden Media. and is being produced by Bill Mechanic, former CEO of Fox Filmed Entertainment.

COL Knapp shared, "What a treat it was to be the guest of agent, Gabe Videla, D"Artagnan Entertainment and the producers of the movie, "Hacksaw Ridge." Mary, Charles wife, said she saw me on ABC's coverage and "would recognize my bald head anywhere . . . "

Charles added, "Hacksaw Ridge was the name GIs gave to the battle for Okinawa's Maeda Escarpment in WWII and the incredible and heroic actions of aid-man PFC Desmond Doss, for which he was decorated with the Medal of Honor. It is a story of the intersection of faith and patriotism."

Now in the eleventh year towards getting Doss' story told, COL Knapp works with a few other patient but zealous compatriots on the Desmond Doss Council of the Georgia Cumberland Association.

Link: Click here to read the March 14, 2013 Jefferson Post article:

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North Carolina Council of Chapters "Convention at Sea" February 13-18, 2013

North Carolina Council of Chapters "Convention at Sea"

February 13-18, 2013

* The North Carolina Council of Chapters Convention at Sea returned to the Port of Charleston after an enjoyable 5-day cruise to the Bahamas.

* Readers are invited to visit the Councils website, below, to read and see pictures detailing the cruise.

* New River Chapter President, Doug Ehrhardt was among the 40+ NC Council participants on the Carnival Fantasy cruise and commented, "It was a lot of work for us all, but somebody from the New River Chapter had to do it!"

Link: Click here to visit the North Carolina Council website.

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New River Chapter is on Facebook! Social networking site is key for sharing Chapter news.

New River Chapter is on Facebook!

Social networking site is key for sharing Chapter news.

Members, and guests to our web site, are encouraged to also visit the New River Chapter's page on Facebook and help to expand our social network by "friending" us, or poking your own personal contacts to tell them about MOAA and the New River Chapter.

Our Facebook link is www.facebook.com/newrivermoaa.

You can also go our Home Page and check us out by clicking the Facebook Logo found right next to our Chapter name...

Link: Click to open Facebook.

^top   Contact   General News   Permalink   Posted: 02/16/11

Jefferson Post Article Features New River Chapter Member

Barbara Sears

* New River Chapter member, and Personal Affairs Chair, Barbara Sears' travel to South Africa was featured in an article in the local Jefferson Post.

* Click on the below link to the calendar post about Barbara's presentation at our March meeting and follow the link to read the Jefferson Post article.

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VADM Ryan vs. the Washington Post

January 15, 2013

* VADM Norb Ryan, MOAA's President, didn't mince any words in his rebuttal to the Washington Post editorializing by Walter Pincus regarding military retirements.

* The only thing left to say is "Bravo Zulu, Admiral Ryan!"

Link: Open VADM Ryan's letter...

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MOAA New Chapter Member Recruitment Program 2013

MOAA New Chapter Member Recruitment Program

2013

* The Military Officers Association of America has implemented a new program that is intended to support Chapters with increasing their membership numbers.

* The Give Me 10 (GMT) efforts of the past several years has been discontinued effective January 2013. Although the GMT program was successful in raising the total number of MOAA members, it still did not address the lack of growth at the chapter level...this new effort is a means to reach out to the over 300K MOAA members who do not have a chapter affiliation.

Open and read the attached documents from MOAA that deal with the planning and implementation of the new Chapter Recruitment effort.

In addition to more fully describing the programs goals and means to reward increasing chapter membership (2013 Membership Program), there is also a description of the new membership levels and benefits (2013 New Membership Model).

Link: Click here to read about the program on MOAA's website:

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MOAA Annual Meeting October 29, 2012

MOAA Annual Meeting

October 29, 2012

Pictured (right) is ADM Steve Abott, USN-Ret., Class of 2012 and MOAA's Board of Director's outgoing Chair, along with Chapter President Doug Ehrhardt, USN-Ret., displaying the New River Chapter's 5-Star Streamer presented during the Levels of Excellence Award Dinner at the Annual Meeting that was held - in spite of Hurricane Sandy - on October 29th at the Sheraton National Hotel in Washington, DC.

Mouse over the thumbnail photographs (right) to see other pictures from the Levels of Excellence Dinner.

Pictured (left to right):

Cathy Ehrhardt, Nancy Garman (spouse of North Carolina Council President Robert Garman) and Marie Senzig, Coastal Carolina Chapter President.

North Carolina Council Award Recipients - President Arlie Smith receiving a 4-Star Streamer for the Cape Fear Chapter; President Marie Senzig receiving a 4-Star Streamer for the Coastal Carolina Chapter; President Doug Ehrhardt; and North Carolina Council President Robert Garman receiving the 5-Star Streamer for the Council. (This is the first year that MOAA Councils were eligible to receive Levels of Excellence Streamers.)

VADM Norb Ryan, USN-Ret., MOAA's President presiding over the presentation of 65 Levels of Excellence Award Streamers to Council and Chapters present at the October 29th awards dinner.

The Sand Hills Chapter was also the recipient of a 4-Star Streamer, but was unable to attend the dinner.

Link: Click here to view details of the Annual Meeting on MOAA's web page.

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Wounded Warrior Project briefed at New River Chapter Regular Meeting July 17, 2012

Wounded Warrior Project briefed at New River Chapter Regular Meeting

July 17, 2012

* The members of the New River Chapter were host to the Wounded Warrior Project Outreach Coordinator, Jason Pratscher from Fayetteville, NC at the July 17, 2012 regular membership meeting.

* Pratscher - pictured here with 1st Vice President Charles Knapp, President Doug Ehrhardt and Secretary Treasurer Ken Lynn - spent almost two hours describing in detail the mission and purpose of the Wounded Warrior Project using both slides and a video presentation that chronicled four areas, e.g., mind, body, economic empowerment and engagement, that are stressed in order to raise awareness and enlist the public's aid for the needs of injured service members; to help injured servicemen and women aid and assist each other; and to provide unique, direct programs and services to meet the on-going needs of this group of America's heroes.

* Founded by veterans and friends moved by the stories of the first wounded service members returning from Afghanistan and Iraq, the Wounded Warrior Project provides comfort items and offers a complete range of rehabilitative programs to assist warriors as they recover and transition back to civilian life.

* Follow the below link to read the July 26, 2012 Jefferson Post article on Jason's visit to the New River Chapter's regular monthly membership meeting.

To learn more about the Wounded Warrior Project and how to get involved, with time or donations, go to www.woundedwarriorproject.org.

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North Carolina National Guard Association Annual Meeting April 19, 2012

North Carolina National Guard Association Annual Meeting

April 19, 2012

* Representatives from the North Carolina Council of Chapters (NC COC) were in Myrtle Beach, SC on April 19 and 20, 2012 to seek out, and add, new members to MOAA National's 370,000 - and counting - rolls that make up the Association's "ONE POWERFUL VOICE!"

* Pictured are Doug Ehrhardt, CAPT, USN-Ret. (President, New River Chapter and 3rd Vice President, NC COC) and Chris Canipe, LTC, USANG-Ret. (Senior Advisor, NC COC).

* In addition to meeting old friends and sharing the benefits that MOAA National brings to ALL service personnel - active, retired, guard and reserve - the two days of effort were rewarded with 11 new members of the NC NGA.

* WELCOME ABOARD!

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2011 Marvin J. Harris Communications Award MOAA National's Awards Announced

2011 Marvin J. Harris Communications Award

MOAA National's Awards Announced

* The New River Chapter's web site (which you are currently logged on to) and the Chapter's newsletter, the New River Current each brought home an award from the 2011 Marvin J. Harris Communications Award competition which recognizes those councils and chapters that do an outstanding job communicating with their members.

* The web page won 1st place honors in Category V, Chapters with fewer than 120 members.

* The newsletter won 1st runner up (it took home a 1st place in 2010) in Category V.

* Kudos all around to the Chapter officers, Board of Directors and members for their support and interest in our Chapter that makes this all possible.

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DISCOUNTS, DISCOUNTS, DISCOUNTS! Military.com link to "ALL KINDS" of discounts

DISCOUNTS, DISCOUNTS, DISCOUNTS!

Military.com link to "ALL KINDS" of discounts

* As most active and retired military are aware, large outlet retailers like Lowe's and Home Depot give a percentage discount to servicemembers when presenting a valid ID.

* Depending upon where you shop, however, retail offerings of discount goods or services may be far more extensive than many realize.

* By following the below link, you can surf literally "hundreds" of stores that have discount offerings for the military.

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^top   Contact   General News   Permalink   Posted: 02/09/12

"Fly Navy" by Alvin Townley Bestselling author of "Legacy of Honor"

"Fly Navy" by Alvin Townley

Bestselling author of "Legacy of Honor"

* Alvin Townley has received high praise for this work that gives his readers a revealing insight into the world of U.S. naval aviators.

* Chapter members are heartily encouraged to get and read Townley's newest work, not only to enjoy discovering the extraordinary people and enduring spirit of naval aviation but also to read more about the son of chapter member, CAPT Jim Need, MSC, USN (Ret.), whose heroic efforts as rescue swimmer on the HS-5 Nightdippers team are chronicled in Chapter 7, "Rescuers.

Click the below link to reread the release by USS Eisenhower's PAO on the daring rescue that is so much more fully detailed in Townley's book...

Bravo zulu again AW2 Kyle Need, USN.

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MESOTHELIOMA

Information regarding the Mesothelioma Center, a Veteran's resource for individuals needing assistance dealing with applying for benefits has been added to the Documents section.

Link: Click here to link to Documents/Benefits:

^top   Contact   General News   Permalink   Posted: 07/22/10

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Flag Stand displayed by craftsman Lee Eldreth Lee displays his workmanship at the June membership meeting

Flag Stand displayed by craftsman Lee Eldreth

Lee displays his workmanship at the June membership meeting

The flags of the New River Chapter are proudly displayed in a stand built by Chapter member Lee Eldreth, MAJ USA (Ret.) from a piece of wormy chestnut that he harvested from his tree farm in West Jefferson, NC.

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