President's Letter

          Happy Fall Teammates! Hard to believe that the summer is in our rearview mirror and we are gearing up for Halloween! It was great to see all the folks in our August luncheon. If you remember we had quite a bit of rain so it was a pleasant surprise to see so many people brave the weather and turn out. We had a superb rundown from the El Paso Community Foundation who will be overseeing our scholarship for us in the future. It is going to be an excellent partnership and I want to thank both Kathrin Berg and Eric Summerford for their outstanding presentation as well as the time they spent with us. Great job Eric and Kathrin welcome to the MOAA family! 

Now I know there were/are some gripes about the length of our last Lunch. That was all on me as I lost track of time. Next time I promise to have the official portion done NLT 1300 and if folks want to stay ater, they can. Speaking of the next lunch sign up now for the October lunch. I am tracking 9 October 1130 at Underwood Golf Course. Guest speaker will be our own David Thackston and Ms. Connie Sullivan is going to wow us with some Spanish dancing. Come on out and join the fun.

I wanted all our members to know that we nominated our own Dave Garcia (CW Retired) to be named El Paso County Veteran of the Year. Dave does selfless work as our Legislative Director and I have never met a guy more well versed on upcoming legislative efforts that affect our community. Dave we are pulling for ya!

Although I really sound like a broken record now, we are still looking for a few good women and men to assist both the foundation and chapter operations. Every little bit helps and to be brutally honest I am growing concerned about the ability of the chapter and foundation to maintain future operations if we do not have some people who are willing to step up and catch hold and lift. We have excellent volunteers but it seems like the weight of the operations land on the same shoulders. We have some excellent initiatives to get the MOAA name on the street but as always it takes great folks like you to make it happen. Right now we have vacancies in the secretary position, marketing, recruiting, advertising. And if you just want to assist, I guarantee we can find some work that is suitable to your needs. If you are interested please give me a shout at If you do not want to talk to me feel free to contact any of the BOD members and we will get you on the management team.

Sign up for the lunch in October and I look forward to seeing all of ya! As always proud to serve and I will 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 www.moaa.organd 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  
  “Professional Leaders belong to Professional Organizations.” Become part of the solution.  Join MOAA.  
“Never Stop Serving"

Michael Hester
Colonel, United States Army, Retired
President - 2021

2020 Communications Award