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OAA held its annual meeting Oct. 27-29, 2011, in San Antonio.


Hundreds of members took part in a slate of events that included coun- cil and chapter functions, speeches from distinguished guests, award ceremonies, and a career fair.


Annual meeting During MOAA’s annual meeting of the membership, Chair of MOAA’s Board of Directors Adm. Steve Abbot, USN-Ret., and MOAA Presi- dent Vice Adm. Norbert R. Ryan Jr., USN-Ret., addressed the country’s struggles in the past year, including a near government shutdown in April and Congress’ failure to deal with the debt ceiling in August. “These circumstances mean


MOAA and its mission will be even more important in the months ahead,” Abbot said. “We need to redouble our effort to carry our mes- sage that service to country is unlike any other job. ... We need to continu-


ON THE WEB To read more about annual meeting events and watch a video recap, visit www.moaa.org/sanantoniorecap.


ously remind the leadership that it doesn’t work to change the equation to fix a structural problem that has been self-induced.” Ryan highlighted the importance


of keeping in mind MOAA’s vision, including advocating for a strong national defense. To do that, MOAA needs the powerful voice on the Hill of its nearly 377,000 members. MOAA is striving to grow its num- ber of paid members and is emphasiz-


ing the need for those with annual memberships to convert to life mem- bership. Currently, 54 percent of asso- ciation members are Life Members. Ryan emphasized MOAA is po- sitioned to ride out the economic cycle and reiterated the association’s strength. “Nobody has a better team than we do,” Ryan concluded. “And nobody has a more important mis- sion than we do.”


Community Heroes During its first Community Heroes Appreciation Night Oct. 28, 2011, MOAA recognized caregivers from the San Antonio area during a night out at Knibbe Ranch in Spring Branch, Texas. “This is a first. This is the first time


that MOAA has recognized those who are providing services and care for our warriors and our veterans,” Abbot said. “This is a milestone night.” Read more about the awards and recipients at www.moaa.org/hero.


Keynote speakers Other distinguished guests joined the association to deliver important mes- sages to its membership and speak about legislative priorities. Among those in attendance were Lt. Gen. Guy Swan III, USA, then-commanding general, U.S. Army North (5th Army), and several Texas members of the U.S. House of Representatives.


Career fair participants met with more than 30 potential employers (right). U.S. Rep. Charles Gonzalez spoke at the Chairman’s Luncheon (above). Attendees were greeted by live armadillos (top) at the Commu- nity Heroes Appreciation Night.


*read more: Find coverage of the Levels of Excellence Awards in Chapters in Action, page 44. 24 MILITARY OFFICER FEBRUARY 2012


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