About MOAA Tucson

December 22nd, 2017


MOAA Tucson TRIFOLD 2017

MOAA Tucson By-Laws 2016

Shirley Phillips receives MOAA President’s Award December 2017:

Shirley Phillips receives MOAA Award 2017









Colonel James Balserak speaks at Tucson luncheon October 2017:

BGen Balserak, MD, speaks at MOAA Tucson meeting Oct 2017










Arizona Council of Chapters President, Ltc Richard Jonas, addresses Tucson Chapter October 2017:

Ltc Dick Jonas attends Tucson MOAA meeting Oct 2017








Col Pettett Leadership Award April 2017



Col Gary Pettett received MOAA Leadership Award.

Col Owens & Shirley Phillips present quilts to K. Kimmer

K. Kimmer accepts quilts






MOAA Tucson presents patriotic quilts to Veteran’s Hospital:  

When a veteran dies at the Veteran’s Administration Hospital, they are placed in body bags or covered with a sheet and pushed through the maze of halls to the mortuary. So cold and impersonal.

To honor and respect the patients that pass away while receiving care in the hospital, the VA has collected patriotic quilts and blankets for a new Veteran’s Memorial Program. The size of the quilts are a minimum of 4 feet by 6 feet. The patriotic quilts are draped over the deceased veterans during transport within the hospital. The quilts are then presented to the survivors.
MOAA Tucson Chapter has had the support of Quilters Anonymous from Eden, New York (just south of Buffalo). Charmaine Owens (sister-in-law of Col Owens) was the lead contact who had the group make seven quilts for veterans. These quilts were presented to K. Kimmer, VA Hospital representative, in a September 28 ceremony.

MOAA Tucson hosts political candidates forum September 28, 2016: 5 Democrats and 5 Republicans participated

Col Holly Lyon represents Ann Kirkpatrick; candidate for US Senate: Col Holly Lyon represents Ann Kirkpatrick




Kirsten Engel speaks at MOAA luncheon

Kristen Engel, House Candidate for LD-10:




Bill Abatecola CD-3 Candidate    Bill Abatecola, CD-3 Candidate for US House




Following the Korean Conflict, more military retirees looked at the southwest as a desirable retirement area especially because of weather and cost of living factors. Tucson enjoyed much attention because of the facilities of Davis Monthan Air Force Base: shopping, hospital (now just a clinic), and other military administrative services. The Base was extremely helpful and convenient.

Accordingly a “Club” was formed and met informally, usually at the Davis Monthan Officers Club.

It became clear that a group or an association of military retirees, the Tucson Retired Officers Association (TROA), was needed and to help both current residents and incoming retirees. Accordingly, with the help of a local address list provided by The Retired Officers Association Headquarters in Washington, word was put out and the initial meeting of 62 people was held in February 1954 at the Base Officers Club. Initial work on the constitution and bylaws was done in 1953 and 1954. The required paperwork was submitted to TROA HQ. The Chapter was finally chartered in 1957.

The Vietnam Conflict brought increased numbers of military people to the Tucson area. The Chapter grew rapidly to a high of over 900 members in the middle 1960’s. The Tucson chapter was the largest Chapter in Arizona. We sought to reach 1,000 members, but never quite made that number!

The need to encourage active duty officers to join the Associations came in 1992 and 1993, with the beginning of the Middle East Conflict. TROA Headquarters, studying the problem, provided for a special outreach to active officers, especially those on the brink of retirement. In l993, the name TROA was changed to The Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) and our Chapter followed suit. Now it’s Tucson Chapter of MOAA.

Special events of the Chapter include monthly meetings at either the Davis Monthan AFB Mirage Club or Tucson Country Club. There is always a speaker of interest and a chance to meet local politicians running for office and, of course, a Christmas Party in December.

We have a Scholarship programs where we give awards to deserving ROTC students at the University of Arizona. We give three scholarships, one each to Air Force, Army, and Navy programs. usually in May of each year. Donations are welcomed and are tax deductible (tax ID number 86-6057252).

All military officer personnel; active duty, retired and honorably separated are encouraged to join the Tucson Chapter of MOAA and take advantage of the many benefits. Membership applications are available here on our webpage or by contacting the Treasurer, Colonel P. Gary Pettett, gpettett45@gmail.com, 520-544-7730.

October 26, 2016: Col Gary Pettett receives MOAA Col Marvin Harris Communications Award for Printed Newsletter. 

Col Pettett receives MOAA Communication Award






October 24, 2016 MOAA Tucson Chapter was awarded its 10th 5-star Level of Excellence award at a ceremony in Alexandria, VA. LtCol Jerry Petersen accepted the award for the chapter. All nine Arizona chapters were also awarded for the third straight year.
MOAA LOE Washington, DC LTC Petersen







Tucson Chapter nominated Major Steve Hepner for a Distinguished Veteran Award sponsored by Congresswomen Martha McSally. Col Tom Owens represented Major Hepner at the award ceremony.

Veteran's of Distinction ceremony Oct 2015







MOAA Tucson Chapter participated in City of Tucson Veteran’s Day Parade November 11, 2014. Col Jim Wheeler and Col Tom Owens participated.








October 28, 2014 MOAA Tucson Chapter received its EIGHTH MOAA 5-Star Level of Excellence Award in Arlington, VA, All eight Arizona Chapters in fact received this award as well as the Arizona Council of Chapters.


December 14, 2013 MOAA Tucson Chapter’s Col Owens received its seventh MOAA Level of Excellence Award, 5-Star award,

December 14, 2013, Arizona Council of Chapters members attend MOAA National Convention in Colorado Springs.

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