IN MEMORIAM LTC (Ret) Edward R. Thomas, II, US Army (Sep 15, 1943 – Feb 4, 2020)


LTC (Ret) Edward R. Thomas, II, US Army (Sep 15, 1943 – Feb 4, 2020)

It is with deep regret that we announce that Edward R. Thomas, II, one of our regular members passed away on 4 February 2020.

Ed was a loyal and active member of our chapter for many years, serving as Treasurer from Jan 2001 to August 2015. He loved his job and performed it with enthusiasm and excellence. For this he was awarded the coveted Robert F. DeMeter Chapter Service Award in 2008, the most prestigious award the chapter bestows upon a member, and a MOAA Leadership Award in 2016.

Ed’s sustained outstanding service to the chapter was extraordinary and exemplary; his loss will be keenly felt by all of us. Our heartfelt condolences are extended to his wife Lynda and the entire Thomas family during their bereavement.

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The general membership voted on 16 November 2019 to maintain the dues structure at $20 for regular members/$10 for surviving spouses for the coming year. Accordingly, the Membership Renewal Campaign for 2020 is underway with the goal of achieving 100% retention.

We are asking our members to submit their renewals NLT 31 December 2019 if possible. Remit by USPS mail using renewal form at download below together with check payable to “CFC MOAA” and mail to “CFC MOAA, P.O. Box 53621, Fayetteville, NC 28305”; or, online using a charge card by going to and following the prompts.

There are still a significant number of chapter members (31%) who have not renewed for 2019. If you fall in this category, please bring your account up to date by remitting for both 2019/2020; call Secretary Sara Ballard at (256) 426-7487 if not certain.

One of the criteria for earning a 5-Star Chapter award is to achieve 95% or better retention, you can contribute to clearing that hurdle by renewing your membership now.

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by Tammy Beshlin

This year’s golf tournament played at Baywood Golf Club on 14 September was a big success. Our heartfelt thanks to all our commercial sponsors for their continued loyalty and support, to the players who made the day special, and to our chapter members for a commendable outpouring of support.

The following is a list of all sponsors and donors; those indicated by an asterisk (*) contributed in multiple ways.

Prime Sponsor

Mr. Steve LaHam, President & CEO*

Anfinsen Plastic Molding & Assembly

Major Material Sponsors


Healy Wholesale*

Rogers & Breece, Inc.


Hole Sponsors

A+ Home Health Care Services*

Anstead’s Tobacco Company

CW2 (Ret) & Mrs. Fleming L. Asbury, Jr.

Chap (LTC)(Ret) & Mrs.Timothy Atkinson*

COL (Ret) & Mrs. David L. Baggett*

COL (Ret) & Mrs. Eli Ballard*

Baywood Golf & Community Association

LTC (Ret) & Mrs. David Beshlin*

COL (Ret) & Mrs. George Blanc*

Bob Maier’s Automotive Services*

MAJ (Ret) George Bond*

Brown & Associates Investment Services*

Bryant’s Restaurants, Inc./Wendy’s

Buie, Norman & Company, P.A.

Cape Fear Eye Associates, P.A.*

Cape Fear Cardiology*

Cape Fear HS Navy JROTC

Mrs. Zobeida Carrion

Caviness & Cates Building Development*

COL (Ret) & Mrs. Juan I. Chavez*

Mrs. Maria Corey

COL (Ret) & Mrs. Tad D. Davis*

LTC (Ret) & Mrs. Thomas Donnelly

COL & Mrs. John P. Dunigan*

Edward Jones Financial*

LTC (Ret) & Mrs. Clark Ecklund*

COL (Ret) & Mrs. Ronald Elrod

First Command Financial

Fort Bragg Federal Credit Union

COL (Ret) & Mrs. Ronnie Foxx

LTC (Ret) Dennis Franken*

LTC (Ret) & Mrs. Robert T. Garman*

LTC (Ret) & Mrs. George W. Glann*

Lisa Gushion, D.D.S.*

LTC (Ret) & Mrs. John W. Hazlett*

Hinkamp Jeweler’s*

LTC (Ret) & Mrs. Ralph Hinrichs*

Horne Brothers Construction, Inc.*

David & Sandi Hubbard

Hubbard Kitchen & Bath Showroom*

LTC (Ret) George Hutnan*

Mrs. Lois Ives

Jimmy John’s Sandwiches

Ladies of MOAA*

LaFayette Ford-Lincoln

COL (Ret) & Mrs. Hank Larsen*

Mash House Brew Company*

Mr. & Mrs. Arthur W. Maxwell, Jr.*

John & Mary Beth Parker/McDonald’s*

GEN (Ret) & Mrs. Dan K. McNeill*

Carl Meinhardt*

Erika Meinhardt*

LTC (Ret) & Mrs. Hans Meinhardt*

Lise Meinhardt*

Military Order of the Purple Heart

COL (Ret) & Mrs. David L. Miller

Morty Pride Meats

BG (Ret) Joseph L. Nagel*

MAJ (Ret) Warren R. O’Brien*

Col (Ret) & Mrs. Chester G. Oehme, Jr.*

Paper, Pens, Etc. Inc.

LTC (Ret) Charles Pimble*

Powers-Swain Chevrolet, Inc.

Public Storage of Fayetteville, Inc.

COL (Ret) & Mrs. Deogracia Quinones*

QwikMed Pharmacy & Clinic*

Mrs. Barbara Raizen

Rhudy’s, Inc.

COL (Ret) & Mrs. Arturo Rodriguez*

SANCO Construction Company, Inc.*

Sandhills Oral & Implant Surgery

Savvy Cleaning Company

Dr. & Mrs. Richard H. Shereff*

MAJ (Ret) Henry L. Simpson

Superior Bakery

Terry Sanford HS AFJROTC

LTC (Ret) & Mrs. Edward R. Thomas, II*

TLC Express Carwash*

COL (Ret) & Mrs. Richard A. Underwood*

COL (Ret) & Mrs. James A. Volkmann*

Mr. & Mrs. Joseph J. Vonnegut*

CPT (Ret) & Mrs. David S. Vroom*

Tom & Claudie Wallen*

Watson Family Dentistry

Mrs. Sara White*

LTC (Ret) & Mrs. Jim Wilde*

LTC (Ret) & Mrs. Martin C. Williams*

MAJ (Ret) & Mrs. Ira M. Watkins*

Soldier Sponsors

Mrs. Helen Beshlin

LTC (Ret) Kenneth W. Chelf

MAJ (Ret) Gerald Croll*

Mrs. Mary Eidman*

CW3 (Ret) & Mrs. James Fleming

Foust Heating and Air Conditioning

MAJ (Ret) & Mrs. Hubert L. Gibson

COL (Ret) & Mrs. John R. Hermann

Hutchen’s Law Firm

CW4 (Ret) & Mrs. Joseph A. Jasienowski

Lt Col (Ret) Geraldine B. McGowan

Erika Meinhardt & John Parks Families*

CW2 (Ret) & Mrs. Carl Mitchell

Evelyn & Steve Petker

Mr. Mark Rohrig*

Simon Funeral Home

Chris Spring

LTC (Ret) & Mrs. Walter M. Swing

MAJ (Ret) & Mrs. Robert Tiffany

Mr. Pete Tilton*

LTC (Ret) John R. (Bob) White

COL (Ret) & Mrs. Willie Wright

Cash Donors

Carolina Specialties International

COL (Ret) & Mrs. Stanley D. Dodson

LTC (Ret) & Mrs. Doneal Gersh

Prize & Giveaways Donors

Anderson Creek Golf & Country Club

ASOM Gift Shop

Baywood Golf Club

Bayonet Golf Club

Black’s Tire and Auto Service

Carolina Lakes Golf Club

Cypress Lakes Golf Club

Defy Fay & Bone Fish Grill Left

Edward Jones Investments

Firestone Fort Bragg

Fresh Market

Gates Four Golf & Country Club

Kings Grant Golf Course

Legacy Golf Links

Logan’s Roadhouse

Luigi’s Italian Restaurant

Mash House Brew Company*

Lise Meinhardt*

Ryder Golf Course

Stryker Golf Course

316 Oyster Bar

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CFC REPEATS AS A 5-STAR CHAPTER 2018 MOAA Levels of Excellence Awards


2018 MOAA Levels of Excellence Awards

For the fifth consecutive year, the Cape Fear Chapter was awarded a MOAA 5-Star Levels of Excellence Award. This is an extraordinary streak of achievement for the chapter.

Chapter President Ira Watkins will pin the 5-Star medallion on the Chapter colors awards streamer during the annual general membership meeting on 15 November 2019.

Congratulations to all!

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If you are a Korean War Veteran or ever served in Korea and would like to revisit Korea on a vacation compliments of the Korean Government you need to read this and take advantage of this amazing opportunity. Dependents of Korea vets are also eligible.

The Korea Veterans Association (Seoul), started the program in 1975 which is now hosted

by the Ministry of Patriots and Veterans Affairs, by providing Korean War Veterans and

their families free hotel accommodations, bus tours of Seoul, Inchon and the DMZ, and all

meals in Korea. The Land of Morning Calm remembers and sincerely appreciates all veterans

who fought, protected and sacrificed in securing freedom and democracy for the Republic of Korea.

The Korean government is continuing to subsidize the veterans & family members/companion airfare for the 65th Anniversaries, in addition to already paying for hotel, meals and touring in Korea and will end the program in 2020 so don’t delay.

Please download information brochure and application form below.

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We recently lost some of our long-serving USO volunteers due to age and/or medical limitations and we need young and enthusiastic folks to replace them. If you are tired of your sedentary life style, and wish to get out of the house and do something physical, worthwhile, self-fulfilling and fun please consider signing up as a USO volunteer – WE NEED YOU!

Getting more of our chapter members actively involved in service projects in support of our military and their families here at Fort Bragg helps promote chapter cohesion, esprit de corps, and a sense of purpose.

USO volunteerism is by no means new to our chapter, since the USO center at the Fayetteville Regional Airport opened in November 2011 a small number of our chapter members (11 to 14) have volunteered their services as USO stewards at the airport lounge. The number has remained relatively constant, with only 12 currently serving. Our goal is to get that number up to around 20 or 24 to embellish this chapter-sponsored endeavor.

The Fayetteville Airport USO Center is behind security on the second floor of the airport. The center is 100% operated by volunteers who have gone through the badging process and are dedicated to keeping the center open, available and a comfortable center for our traveling military and their families. At this time, the USO needs dependable volunteers who are willing to commit to at least two 4-hour periods per month serving in the center; you make your own schedule. There is also a dire need for volunteers to work at the Fort Bragg USO Center located in the Soldier Support Center at Fort Bragg.

If you are interested, please complete the initial steps at " and then, email Brian Knight at Send e-mail to get your application process moving forward. Please let Brian know that you are a member of the Cape Fear Chapter, MOAA.

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by Ira Watkins

Congratulations to us for repeating as MOAA communication awards winners in 2018. Our chapter was awarded a 5-Star COL Marvin Harris Communication Award for its website “”, and a 5-Star Award for its eNewsletter “Gram of Info” for 2018. This is the sixth consecutive year we have received this distinction for our communications platforms. All of us may be justifiably proud.

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