Colonel Nagy presents Certificate of Appreciation and Challenge Coin to Colonel May.

Colonel Nagy presents Certificate of Appreciation and Challenge Coin to Colonel May.

G. William Myers (Lt., CEC, USN Former)

The Catalina Mountain Satellite Chapter (CMSC) of the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) held its November meeting on Nov. 21. The meeting began with a short business session, presided over by Col. Bill Nagy, president, during which members were updated on the chapter’s current and future activities.

The meeting’s presentation was made by Lt. Col. Doug May, USAF (Retired). Colonel May is a member of both the Tucson Chapter and the CMSC of MOAA. He first discussed the history of Vietnam leading up to the beginning of the United States’ involvement in the Vietnam War. His presentation graphics included the Vietnam War timeline along with the timeline of his military career, which showed many parallels.

He then focused on the air war as he saw it during his two tours in the F-4 Phantom Jet Fighter. His first tour was flying in the back seat of the F-4 based in Cam Ranh Bay, Republic of Vietnam, and his second tour was flying in the front seat of the F-4 based in Ubon, Thailand. His presentation featured maps of Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam showing the Ho Chi Minh Trail through these countries, which was the main enemy supply route from the north to the south. He also showed several interesting in-flight photographs, including one of an F-4 flying inverted in formation.

The January meeting will be held at 1400 hours (2 p.m.) on Saturday, Jan. 16, 2021, at the current venue of the patio at the SaddleBrooke One Tennis Center. This location provides an open-air venue, which meets current COVID-19 safety guidelines. With the availability of sun screening and overhead fans, the patio is a perfect place to meet for the attendees. Masks and social distancing guidelines are to be followed. 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.

All members and non-members interested in attending the January meeting need to 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 their attendance.

The Catalina Mountains Satellite Chapter is part of Tucson Chapter of MOAA, and encompasses Northwest Tucson including 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 the website at 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.