Cape Fear Chapter Mission Statement

• Promote the policies and objectives of the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA).

• Support ROTC through a scholarships and leadership awards program.

• Provide useful services for military members and their dependents and survivors.

• Serve the local military community through support of charitable and other service programs.

• Protect the rights and interests of active duty, retired, veterans and reserve component personnel of the uniformed services and their dependents and survivors.

• Foster fraternal relations among retired, active and former officers of the uniformed services and their reserve components.

• Influence and support state legislation favorable to active military, reserve components, veterans and their families and survivors within the State of North Carolina.

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Board Meetings

The Chapter Executive Board meets on the first Tuesday of each month at the Fort Bragg Iron Mike Conference Center. Members are welcome to attend these meetings to offer contributions or suggestions.

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General Membership Meetings/Socials

The chapter holds general membership meetings on a bi-monthly basis starting in January. The general membership meeting is normally combined with a luncheon or dinner held in a local or post restaurant/club. The event program normally includes a guest speaker and/or entertainment. Other activities include an annual trip to Myrtle Beach by motor coach in December to enjoy a Christmas show followed by dinner.

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Annual Fund Raising Golf Tournament

An annual golf tournament usually held in the fall and played on one of the local golf courses is the main fund raising event for the ROTC Scholarships and Awards Program. Donations are made by chapter members and local commercial enterprises in form of hole sponsorships. Chapter members who cannot play for whatever reason, may sponsor an active duty service member to play in their stead by paying their entry fee. This is a very popular feature with our chapter members as they can treat active duty service members to a fun day of golf, all they can eat and drink, and great camaraderie -- all for a great cause.

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ROTC Scholarships

The Cape Fear Chapter scholarship program is an important part of our commitment to the future of our military. Our goal is to give deserving ROTC cadets the opportunity to work toward a military career as a commissioned officer. Funds are raised primarily by an annual golf tournament, plus donations from chapter members and commercial sponsors.

The chapter awards an average of seven $1,000 scholarships each year. Four scholarships are normally allocated to senior ROTC applicants and three to junior ROTC applicants. Changes to the number and amounts of scholarships to be awarded may be made based on number of applicants and funds available from year to year.

Applicants from the senior ROTC units must be enrolled in ROTC programs of the universities the chapter supports. An exception to this is that children and/or grandchildren of chapter members in good standing enrolled in a senior ROTC program in any accredited college or university in the United States are also eligible to apply. For more information, see CFC Policy Memo 15-1 in the Documents tab of this website.

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ROTC Leadership Awards

The Cape Fear Chapter supports 25 junior ROTC and 5 senior ROTC units (see lists at download below).

Each spring the Military Officers Association of America awards leadership medals to a cadet at each of our 25 junior ROTC units, and when requested by the PMS to senior ROTC cadets.

The award recipient from each unit is selected by the senior military instructor at each high school and the PMS at the universities. The criteria is spelled out in CFC Policy Memo 15-2 at download below.

The cadets receive a medal to be worn above their left breast pocket and a certificate recognizing their accomplishment.

Formal presentation of these awards are made by an officer or representative of the Cape Fear Chapter whenever possible.


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The Robert F. DeMeter Chapter Service Award was established in 1998 in memory of the late LTC (Ret) Robert F. DeMeter, USMC, a former Chapter President (1989), to annually recognize a chapter member for outstanding service to the chapter. The award is the most prestigious award the Chapter can bestow upon one of its members.

Outstanding service is defined as: A significant and extraordinary achievement in support of the chapter during the calendar year for which considered, or (2) Sustained meritorious and extraordinary service to the chapter over a period of time.

The award consists of a certificate and a rotating trophy, which the recipient retains for a period of one year. Nominations for the award are solicited from the general membership in January of each year, a selection committee determines the winner, and the award is presented to the selected recipient during the March general membership meeting.

A list of all previous award recipients is at download below.

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Chapter Newsletter

The chapter publishes the "Infogram", our monthly newsletter, to keep the membership informed on current events to include information on monthly board meetings, social events, ongoing legislation, and other items of interest to the membership. The newsletter is available in digital format only and distributed monthly via email. The Infogram can also be downloaded for printing or viewing by clicking on link below.

Link: Infogram

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Other Community Outreach Programs

CHARITIES: The chapter donates to local charitable organizations/causes that support our military and local communities such as the: USO, American Red Cross, Fisher House, National Sojourners Spirit of America Youth Leadership Conference Valley Forge Freedom Foundation, Fort Bragg Army Soldier & Family Assistance Center, and the Military Order of the Purple Heart's "Wounded Warrior Home for Christmas Project."

HONOR GUARD: The Cape Fear Chapter Honor Guard was established in 1998 to pay respects and provide support to the families of deceased chapter members upon request. The Honor Guard provides sentries at the casket or urn during the visitation, and serves as honorary pall bearers at the funeral service.

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Any active duty, retired, veteran, or reserve component commissioned or warrant officer of any of the seven uniformed services, or their widows, is eligible to join the Cape Fear Chapter. It is desired that applicants be members of National MOAA or willing to join.

Local MOAA chapter membership offers added value to members. Chapter members are important to the grass roots support for MOAA's national and state legislative efforts.

Our chapter actively supports 26 high school JROTC, and 5 university SROTC programs, and other outreach programs within our military and civilian communities.

We provide assistance to members with benefit questions and provide access to MOAA's world class information resources. We share common experiences from our military service.

To join our chapter you can download an application form below, fill it out and mail it to address indicated on the bottom of the form.

If you prefer to join online and pay by credit card, just click on link below and follow the prompts.

Link: Join Online

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Robert F. DeMeter Chapter Service Award Recipients

2019 - LTC (Ret) Martin C. Williams

2018 - Mrs. Carol Ivey

2017 - COL (Ret) George J. Blanc, USA

2016 - LTC (Ret) Ralph W. Hinrichs, USA

2015 - Mrs. Tammy Beshlin

2014 - LTC (Ret) Doneal G. Gersh, USA

2013 - LTC (Ret) William J. Dadek, USA

2012 - LTC (Ret) Arlie R. Smith, USA

2011 - COL (Ret) Harry P. Meinhardt, USA

2010 - MAJ (Ret) Robert P. Ives, USA

2009 - COL (Ret) Harry P. Meinhardt, USA

2008 - LTC (Ret) Edward R. Thomas, II, USA

2007 - COL (Ret) Juan I. Chavez, USA

2006 - COL (Ret) Arturo Rodriguez, USA

2005 - LTC (Ret) Robert T. Garman, USA

2004 - LTC (Ret) John W. Hazlett, USA

2003 - COL (Ret) Ralph R. Smoot, USA

2002 - MAJ (Ret) Henry T. Avants, USA

2001 - COL (Ret) Louis A. Waple, USA

2000 - COL (Ret) Ted Jakubowski, USAF

1999 - COL (Ret) Robert P. Fuqua, USAF

1998 - LTC (Ret) Jerry E. Holstad, USA

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Former Cape Fear Chapter Presidents

2019-Pres : MAJ (Ret) Ira M. Watkins, USA

2013-2018: COL (Ret) Juan I. Chavez, USA

2009-2012: LTC (Ret) Arlie R. Smith, USA

2007-2008: LTC (Ret) Robert T. Garman, USA*

2005-2006: COL (Ret) Arturo Rodriguez, USA

2003-2004: COL (Ret) Thomas F. Ellzey, USA

2002-2002: LTC (Ret) Robert T. Garman, USA*

2001-2001: COL (Ret) Arturo Rodriguez, USA

1999-2000: LTC (Ret) Robert T. Garman, USA*

1998-1998: COL (Ret) Ted Jakubowski, USAF

1996-1997: COL (Ret) Ralph R. Smoot, USA

1993-1995: MG (Ret) Claude T. Ivey, USA

1992-1992: COL (Ret) Robert P. Fuqua, USAF*

1991-1991: LTC (Ret) Richard Suehr, USAF

1990-1990: MAJ (Ret) Art Brindle, USA

1989-1989: LTC (Ret) Robert DeMeter, USMC

1988-1988: MAJ (Ret) John W. Surprise, USAF

1986-1987: COL (Ret) Chester R. Oehme, Jr., USAF

1985 (Oct-Dec): LTC (Ret) James L. Louden, USAF

1985 (Jan-Sep): LTC (Ret) James M. VanStrein, USA

1983-1984: COL (Ret) Robert P. Fuqua, USAF*

1981-1982: COL (Ret) Carlyle P. Woelfer, USA

1980-1980: COL (Ret) Charles L. Brindel, USA

1978-1979: COL (Ret) William S. Hinton, USA*

1977-1977: LTC (Ret) Standfor Touchstone, USA

1975-1976: COL (Ret) Robert Kendrick, USA

1974-1974: COL (Ret) Paul A. Shields, USA

1973-1973: COL (Ret) Meritt P. Harrison, USA

1972-1972: MAJ (Ret) Robert B. Vanaman, USA

1971-1971: LTC (Ret) Richard Suehr, USAF

1970-1970: COL (Ret) James D.C. Breckenridge, USA

1968-1969: LTC (Ret) W.T. Johnson, USA

1967-1967: LTC (Ret) A.F. Warnecke, USA

1966-1966: 1LT (Ret) Mike Cook, USMC

1965-1965 : LTC (Ret) Edward J. DeGutis, USA

1964-1964 : LTC (Ret) Ben W. Hill, USA

1963-1963 : LTC (Ret) Edward J. DeGutis, USA

1962-1962 : COL (Ret) Foster August, USA

1961-1961 : COL (Ret) Sumnet "Pappy" Smith, USA

*Also former presidents of NC State Council of Chapters

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