Col. Bill Nagy presents the Certificate of Appreciation and MOAA Challenge coin to CMS Randy Wright.

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 Nov. 20. 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.

Chief Master Sergeant Randy Wright, US Air Force (Retired), made a very interesting, unclassified presentation, informing the attendees about the Air Force’s Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) Systems, aka drones, particularly the Reaper MQ-9 UAV. Randy further discussed the importance of UAVs in his current position as an aviation enforcement agent with Customs and Border Protection for the Department of Homeland Security, a topic of great interest to Arizona residents.

The next CMSC meeting will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 17, instead of our normal Saturday meeting date. The meeting is currently planned to be held in the east dining room of the Bistro Restaurant, located at the MountainView Clubhouse, 38759 S. MountainView Blvd., SaddleBrooke, AZ 85739. The dining room has a 30-person limit, so please respond promptly to the November meeting notice email. If there is a change in location, we will advise members and potential members of this change in our email meeting notices.

Our presenter at the next meeting will be Katie Ares, the executive director of Soldier’s Best Friend, an Arizona-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. The organization helps those suffering from combat related post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injuries. The affected veteran is paired with a service or therapeutic companion dog.

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

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