Colonel Nagy presents the Certificate of Appreciation and MOAA Challenge Coin to CW2 Robert Asbell.

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

The Catalina Mountains Satellite Chapter (CMSC) of the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) held its most recent meeting on Oct. 16. 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.

Speaking to the group during this meeting was CW2 Robert Asbell, a retired Vietnam Army veteran. He described his Vietnam War experience while piloting Huey helicopters, including Vietnam maps and many dramatic photographs of the action. Bob received 23 air medals, a Bronze Star with “V” Device, and a Purple Heart for his active-duty service from 1965 to 1968. Subsequently, Bob became a Bell helicopter test pilot for four years.

The next CMSC meeting will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 20, in the east dining room of the Bistro restaurant, located at the MountainView Clubhouse in SaddleBrooke. The dining room has a 30-person limit, so please respond promptly to the November meeting notice email.

Our presenter will be Chief Master Sergeant Randy Wright, U.S. Air Force (Retired). CMSgt Wright will make an unclassified presentation of the Air Force’s Unmanned Aerial Vehicles Systems (aka drones), particularly the Reaper MQ-9 UAV. Randy will also discuss the importance of unmanned aerial vehicles in his current position as an aviation enforcement agent with Customs and Border Protection for the Department of Homeland Security.

Potential members interested in attending, contact Membership Chair Lt. (J.G.) David Bull by email at [email protected] or by telephone at 520-825-0604.

The Catalina Mountains Satellite Chapter is part of the 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 our website at

The Military Officers Association of America is a non-profit veterans’ association dedicated to maintaining a strong national defense and to preserving the earned entitlements of members of the uniformed services and their families and survivors.