The Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) is a nonprofit veterans’ association dedicated to maintaining a strong national defense and to preserving the earned entitlements of members of the uniformed services and their families and survivors. MOAA is the nation’s largest and most influential association of military officers. It is an independent, nonprofit, politically nonpartisan organization. MOAA was originally founded as the Retired Officers Association in February 1929. The name was officially changed to the Military Officers Association of America in January 2003.
Ohio Council of Chapters
The MOAA Ohio Council of Chapters (OCC) is an affiliate of the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) and is comprised of six regional chapters. The OCC was chartered May 1976 and is one of the 35 state councils. CLICK HERE to read a brief summary of the OCC’s history.
The Council’s goals are to:
- Promote the purposes and objectives of MOAA as stated in the Preamble to the bylaws of the Association.
- Assist MOAA in its efforts for legislative action to improve the quality of life for active, reserve, National Guard, retired and surviving spouses of those serving in or retired from military service to the United States of America,
- Foster fraternal relations among retired, active, National Guard or reserve components and former officers of the uniformed services,
- Protect the rights and interests of personnel of the uniformed services, their dependents, and survivors,
- Serve the community and the nation,
- Protect the rights and interests of personnel of the uniformed services, their dependents, and survivors in matters of state legislation, and
- Provide the assistance necessary to member chapters to enable them to effectively serve their members, their communities, and the nation.
The council is an independent, self-governing, and self-supporting organization that voluntary choose to affiliate with MOAA for the purpose of cooperation and mutual support. The council does not participate in the organizational or managerial affairs of the chapters. It represents a consensus of the member chapters’ beliefs. The council plays an important role in supporting its chapters and leading the way on state legislative issues and MOAA legislative goals. Participation by chapters in the council provides a forum for the exchange of ideas to strengthen and become a more effective chapter.
Change of Command
LTC(R) William Radcliffe is sworn in as 2023 Council President by Outgoing President MG(R) Dan Hahn.
The Ohio Council of Chapters has again received MOAA’s 5-star Level of Excellence recognition. the OCC was 1 of 162 MOAA councils and chapters who didn’t just maintain satisfactory performance, but persevered and excelled during the pandemic, earning five-star awards. These councils and chapters, their volunteer leaders, and their members found new and innovative ways to serve their communities and help veterans, excelled in grassroots advocacy by nurturing relationships and educating elected officials (often virtually) and grew our shared membership even without in-person meetings.
Here are some pictures of OCC members from the 2022 Levels of Excellence Awards Dinner held in Kansas City, Mo. on Oct. 28, 2022. Click on the pictures to zoom.
Chapter membership is open to those who hold or have ever held a warrant or commission in any component of the Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, Public Health Service, or NOAA and their surviving spouses. Chapters are independent, self-supporting and self-governing organizations that voluntarily choose to affiliate with the Military Officers Association of America for the purpose of cooperation and mutual support.