Throughout the career of Col. Matt Clark, USA, high dose naloxone auto injectors and freeze-dried plasma have moved from clever ideas to tangible products troops can take to the field for lifesaving procedures.
In June 2020, when the world needed a COVID-19 vaccine, the Army called Clark to tap into his knowledge on medical research and development.
“You’re affecting public health and tackling a very, very difficult enemy in a way that allows us to face it head-on assertively and in an action-oriented way,” Clark said. “So getting a product that matters, that’s relevant, that has an impact … that’s the most meaningful part.”
Read the story: https://www.moaa.org/content/publications-and-media/news-articles/2021-news-articles/moaa-member-assisting-with-vaccine-efforts/
Maj. Richard Star, USAR, an Iraq and Afghanistan war veteran who spent his final months fighting for servicemember benefits while also fighting stage 4 lung cancer, has died.
Star, a combat engineer, passed away early Saturday morning with his loving wife Tonya and his therapy dog Otis at his side.
Medically retired before reaching 20 years, Star was a vocal advocate for legislation to approve concurrent receipt.
He was a “Chapter 61 retiree,” a servicemember who is forced to medically retire from injury on duty. These retirees are not authorized for concurrent receipt, which means receiving retirement pay from DoD for their service, while also receiving disability pay from the VA to compensate for injury.
Read the story: https://www.moaa.org/content/publications-and-media/news-articles/2021-news-articles/advocacy/maj.-richard-star,-a-voice-for-disabled-veterans,-loses-battle-to-cancer/
The Coast Guard is ramping up efforts to recruit more women, people of color, and minorities to serve as officers, a move designed to better reflect the population of the country
The service’s Officer Recruiting Corps is dedicated to reaching out to underrepresented talent pools. Bringing qualified people from these groups into leadership positions signals opportunities are open to everyone, leaders said.
“It reminds us that serving in the military and the Coast Guard, there is opportunity there to succeed,” said Cmdr. Andrea Smith, executive officer for Coast Guard Recruiting Command. She and Capt. Richter Tipton, commanding officer for the recruiting command, are responsible for standing up the new corps.
Read the story: https://www.moaa.org/content/publications-and-media/news-articles/2021-news-articles/new-coast-guard-officer-recruiting-corps-seeks-diverse-talent-pool/
Maryland MOAA members are working vigorously to pass exemptions on the taxation of military retirement pay in their state.
Senate Bill 574 and accompanying House Bill 734, both introduced Jan. 26, would grant a partial state tax exemption for military retirement in the 2021 tax year -- either $15,000 or 50% of the military retirement income, whichever is greater. For the 2022 tax year and beyond, the exemption would extend to all military retirement income received.
Read the story here: https://www.moaa.org/content/publications-and-media/news-articles/2021-news-articles/state-tax-update-news-from-5-states-on-efforts-to-exempt-military-retired-pay/
Military officers from North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) are expecting a visit from a special aviator.
The combined military command will work with Canadian partners to monitor Santa’s journey across the globe on Christmas Eve – just like it’s done for the past 65 years. Every other day of the year, NORAD uses satellites and sensors to monitor threats against North America.
Capt. Jim Carman, USN (Ret), MOAA’s Vice President for Council/Chapter and Member Support and a retired Navy reconnaissance pilot, spoke with Col. John Krellner, USAF, a stealth fighter jet pilot, about supporting NORAD’s Santa-tracking mission from Alaska.
Read the story here: https://www.moaa.org/content/publications-and-media/news-articles/2020-news-articles/video-norad-aviator-outlines-santa-tracking-mission/
Floral designer and military spouse Kassie Peterson has created dazzling centerpieces for dozens of events. This year, she used her skills to help deck the halls of the White House.
Decorating the White House for Christmas has been a tradition of the first lady since Jackie Kennedy hung ornaments on a tree in the Blue Room in 1961.
“It’s the first lady’s initiative,” Peterson said. “It’s neat to see their style come out, but also how it’s maintained traditional throughout the years too.”
Read the story: https://www.moaa.org/content/publications-and-media/news-articles/2020-news-articles/meet-the-army-spouse-who-helped-decorate-the-white-house-for-christmas/
Col. Paul Arcari, USAF (Ret), the galvanizing voice who helped move the military from the draft to the all-volunteer force while crusading for proper pay raises and health care after service, died Dec. 1. He was 88.
Arcari, a relentless force for troops on Capitol Hill, was genuinely modest and equally respected by those who agreed with and opposed him, friends said. He devoted his life to serving others through the Air Force and The Retired Officers Association (TROA), which became MOAA after a 2003 name change.
“He was the champion of doing the right thing by military people – even when it wasn’t the popular thing to do, even when there were budget constraints,” said Col. Steve Strobridge, USAF (Ret), a friend and former colleague of Arcari who took over as director of government relations for TROA when Arcari retired in 2001, fighting for troops, officer and enlisted, across every branch of the uniformed services. “Paul – in both his professional and private life – devoted himself to others.”
Read the story here: https://www.moaa.org/content/publications-and-media/news-articles/2020-news-articles/col.-paul-arcari,-usaf,-remembered-by-moaa-as-champion-for-all-who-served/
Preparing to work in a new office — or even setting up for video meetings with co-workers — can pose a challenge after spending years donning the same camouflage uniform. But don’t worry: Military Officer spoke with fashion experts to help you nail your job interview, set a stunning first impression, or raise your wardrobe game.
“If you can serve in the military, you can get your fashion right,” said fashion consultant Tim Gunn, former co-host of Project Runway. “This will be a piece of cake compared to everything else that you’ve been through.”
Read the story here: https://www.moaa.org/content/publications-and-media/news-articles/2020-news-articles/moaas-2021-transition-guide-suited-for-success/
As he prepared for the role of Navy pilot-turned-astronaut Alan Shepard, actor Jake McDorman studied military culture and visited Cape Canaveral to get a feel for the power of rocket launches.
But nothing prepared him quite like a spin in NASA’s “Gimbal Rig” – a circular cage that simulates tumble maneuvers an astronaut could feel in spaceflight.
“Nobody ate much that day,” McDorman said in an interview with Military Officer.
McDorman spoke about his role as the first American in space in The Right Stuff, which comes about five years after his role as a Navy SEAL in American Sniper. Shepard, who graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1944 and retired from the Navy as a rear admiral in 1974, was a complex man who remained true to himself, making him an interesting man to portray on screen, McDorman said.
Read the story here: https://www.moaa.org/content/publications-and-media/news-articles/2020-news-articles/moaa-interview-the-right-stuff-actor-on-portraying-alan-shepard/