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FROM THE CHAIRMAN Gen. John J. Sheehan, USMC (Ret)


and a polarized Congress. These “interesting times” find us facing complexities across many fronts: legislative advocacy, recruiting a new gen- eration of officers, and maintaining a focus of ser- vice to those who’ve served and who are currently serving. But I like our odds. For the 11th year in a row, MOAA’s advocacy


eff orts were recognized by The Hill newspaper. We are the only veteran or military organization accorded this honor. To help MOAA remain cred- ible and eff ective, please keep your membership profi le up-to-date so we can reach you quickly when we need action on critical matters. Getting new members remains a challenge. The men and women who serve in uniform today see the world diff erently than previous genera- tions do. If MOAA is to attract the current gener- ation of offi cers, we must meet them where they are. The good news is that MOAA’s story and what we stand for transcend generational diff erences. Our obstacle is communicating eff ectively with younger prospects. Be assured MOAA is moving forward to implement new strategies and engage all offi cers more eff ectively. MOAA’s membership is not of one mind. MOAA


President and CEO Lt. Gen. Dana T. Atkins, USAF (Ret), reminds us, “Our members hold a wide range of views on many of the social and political issues of the day.” When it’s appropriate to engage, we must stay true to the enduring principles of offi cer- ship and professionalism, treating everyone with dignity and respect. This approach might result in a diff erent point of view, but it will never be wrong. Our eff orts in the days ahead will remain focused on protecting regular military compen-


66 | MILITARY OFFICER | January 2018


Your Voice Since 1929 W


e have much to be thankful for this New Year. MOAA has successfully navigated the challenges of a new administration


MOAA continues to speak out for a strong national defense and the people who serve in uniform.


sation and DoD and VA health care and repeal- ing the Survivor Benefi t Plan/Dependency and Indemnity Compensation widows tax. This year we also will focus on Chapter 61 retirees — people who were medically retired with disabilities who do not receive their pay concurrently because their injuries precluded a full career. You have two signifi cant opportunities this


year to shape and inform the direction of your association: the call for nominations of new board members (see page 68) and the invitation to provide input to our biennial review of MOAA’s resolutions (see page 72). I am honored to serve as MOAA’s chair. The


board and I look forward to sustaining this tradi- tion of service, but we can’t do it alone. More than ever, we need your support and help.


‘MOAA’s story and what we stand for transcend generational diff erences.’


PHOTO: MIKE MORONES


NEVER STOP SERVING


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