President's Letter

         Well the world has certainly changed since my last note. I would probably be worried if I was talking to any other group but if you are reading this then you have retired or been involved with the profession of arms in some shape or form. Now folks like us might not be great at ev- erything but when the chips are down there is no one you can count on more than the men and women who wear the uniform, be they active duty or retired! As we all know in chaotic times, in the middle of the storm, there needs to be a calm hand on the tiller. We need to be the steady hand in our own orbit. Take care of your family and friends and keep them strong! For as we all know morale or lack of morale is ultimately the difference be- tween victory and defeat. Being Soldiers we all know Mr. Murphy and have been involved in Charlie Foxtrot’s both large and small. The lesson I have taken from many of my bad experi- ences is that it is never as bad as you think it is and conversely you are never doing as good as you think. The truth lies somewhere in the middle. I think that is where we are right now, some- where in the middle. I have no doubt that our nation we love so much and who you have given so much will come out the other end of this thing in good shape. That’s just the character of the American citizen. In the mean- time, we have some hard rowing in rough seas to accomplish. Let’s make sure we lead on this in your own way. Stay connected with your family and neigh- bors through digital, phone, or tin cans with string, this is no time to go through a crisis alone. If you are alone and need help do not hesitate to reach out and call. I guarantee any member who finds someone in distress will answer the call and ensure our folks get the help they need.

Break...On another front there is some great news! The El Paso MOAA Chapter won the annual 2019 Col Marv Harris Communications Award from MOAA National. For all those involved (not me) great job! We will recognize our folks who put in all the hard work to make it happen at our next lunch. Additionally, I just received an email from MOAA National and they want to come out and visit us in the fall when this crisis is over and in our rearview mirror. Sorry about canceling the April lunch, camaraderie is key when the chips are down but I think everybody understands the danger of this new virus. For my Navy Brothers out there the term “Hold Fast” comes to mind. I will leave you with a great quote from one of my heroes. Thomas Paine wrote the following in the dark days of the American Revolution that I think is appropriate today:

“These are the times to try men’s souls. The summer sol- dier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of his country. But he that stands it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman."

I look forward to seeing every- one in the summer (or sooner if possible). Please don’t hesitate to contact me or anyone on the teamifyouneedanyassistance. You can get me at

Keep your head down and powder dry and I’ll see you on the high ground soon!

What are you doing?  So what else can you do as a member of the El Paso active duty and retiree military community?    
A.  Get Informed.  Understand MOAA’s Top Ten Goals for the year, and track MOAA’s progress in fighting for your compensation and benefits.

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B.  Get involved.  
(1) Communicate directly with your political representatives.  You can send elected officials your own message of support utilizing MOAA National’s website, Legislative Action Center. You can also choose a MOAA-suggested message telling your elected leaders to support veteran focused legislation, especially important now as congressional leaders begin the debate on the NDAA.  Your message will be pushed automatically to your House and Senate leaders. Communicate directly to your elected officials and be heard.  It’s easy. Go to, and use their simple tools.  Its is easy…and it is effective.
(2) Become a MOAA Member and speak with one voice.  Your membership entitles you to access to, and use of valuable planning tools, and continuous lobbying efforts to preserve your earned military benefits.  Join now by visiting  

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“Never Stop Serving"

Michael Hester
Colonel, United States Army, Retired
President - 2020

2019 Communications Award