G. William Myers, LT, CEC, USN, Inactive
The Catalina Mountain Satellite Chapter (CMSC) of the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) resumed its regular, monthly meetings after having suspended them in the spring because of the COVID-19 virus and after CMSC’s normal summer hiatus. The meeting was held on Oct. 17 at a new venue, the patio of the SaddleBrooke One Tennis Center. This new location provided an open-air venue meeting current COVID-19 safety measures. With the availability of sun screening and overhead fans, the patio was a perfect place to meet for the attendees. COL Bill Nagy, president, presided over the meeting.
After a short business meeting where the members were updated on the chapter’s current and future activities, CMSC Member COL Marty Lenzini, USMC (retired), made a presentation to the chapter. Although COL Lenzini could have spoken about his combat experiences as a recipient of the Distinguished Flying Cross and other military decorations during the Vietnam War, he instead spoke eloquently about the heroism and suffering of some of our living prisoners of war (POWs). COL Lenzini recounted the experiences of five POWs. One from the Gulf Wars, three from the Vietnam War, and one from WWII.
Our next meeting will be held on Saturday, Nov. 21, at 1400 hours (2 p.m.) on the patio of the SaddleBrooke One Tennis Center. Current COVID-19 guidelines will continue to be followed including masks and social distancing. No food or drink will be available, although participants may bring their own water bottle or cup to use with the ice and water available at the Tennis Center.
The speaker at our next meeting will be CMSC and Tucson Chapter MOAA Member LTC Doug May, USAF (retired). LTC May will discuss the history of the Vietnam War. He will particularly focus on the air war as he saw it during his two tours in the F-4. His first tour was flying out of Cam Ranh Bay, RVN, and the second was based in Ubon, Thailand.
All members and non-members interested in attending the meeting should contact COL Kurt McMillan at [email protected] or at 520-270-5856, or COL Bill Nagy at [email protected] or at 520-355-5064. Wives are always welcome. Seating is limited to the first 40 members and guests who confirm with COL McMillan.
The Catalina Mountains Satellite Chapter is part of Tucson Chapter of MOAA, and encompasses Northwest Tucson to include Catalina, Oracle, parts of Oro Valley and Marana, SaddleBrooke, SaddleBrooke Ranch, and Sun City. For additional MOAA information contact COL Bill Nagy at [email protected] or visit our website at www.tucsonmoaa.com. The Military Officers Association of America is a non-profit veteran’s association dedicated to maintaining a strong national defense and to preserve the earned entitlements of members of the uniformed services and their families and survivors.