G. William Myers (LT, CEC, USN Former)
The Catalina Mountain Satellite Chapter (CMSC) of the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) has 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 next meeting will be held at 1400 hours (2 p.m.) on Saturday, Dec. 19, at its current venue, the patio of the SaddleBrooke One Tennis Center.
This location provides an open-air venue, which meets current COVID-19 safety measures. With the availability of sun screening and overhead fans, the patio is a perfect place to meet for the attendees. 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.
There will be a short business meeting presided over by Col. Bill Nagy, President, where the members will be updated on the chapter’s current and future activities.
The speaker at our December meeting will be Lt. Col. Mark R. Schwartz, United States Air Force (Retired). Lt. Col. Schwartz received his Bachelor’s Degree from the Ohio State University and his Commission through Air Force ROTC. His service on active duty and in the reserves spanned 1973 to 1998, having spent more than 1,500 hours in the rear seat of the F-4 Phantom II as navigator and weapons systems officer (WSO). For us non-pilot types, the F-4 Phantom II GIB (guy in back) also had the ability to fly the aircraft as a copilot.
Following his military service, our speaker worked in the aerospace industry for the next 34 years including stints with Northrop Aircraft, Lockheed-Martin Corporation, Logica Carnegie Group, and SRS Technologies. Mark will discuss the topics of defense spending, the cost of weapons systems, and whether taxpayers can sustain these burdens. Is there a silver bullet?
All members and non-members interested in attending the December meeting need to contact COL Kurt McMillan at [email protected] or by phone 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.