President's Letter

November and December each year mark periods of transition, opportunities to give thanks, and allow us to approach the New Year with some perspective.  This year is no different.
In January your El Paso Chapter of MOAA will celebrate its 63d Anniversary.  It’s a great time to recall that while the composition of the Chapter is largely made up of officers, the Chapter serves all veterans, active duty service members and their families of all grades, across all services.  It is also worth noting that this year, for the 11thyear in a row, MOAA remains among the Top 50 of all Washington Lobbyist organizations, lobbying for your benefits and services.  
December marks transition for the MOAA Board of Directors, each year, as we seek to elect leaders of key positions.  We hope you will attend the luncheon and help us elect our leaders.  Your Chapter has been a 5 Star Award winner annually for more than a decade now.  We have a great team, in a great Military community, and we continue to pursue opportunities to serve the active and retired servicemembers in this great community.
The November /December window also signals another key transition.  Colonel Maureen Lofberg announced in November that she would be reducing her participation in key roles in a number of key organizations within the community.  While Colonel Lofberg served on our board as a member of the Outreach program, she has served as the inspiration and key cog on so many other organizations locally. Maureen was inducted into the El Paso Commission for Women Hall of Fame in 2015.  She has been a key member of the El Paso Chapter Military Order of the World Wars leading the charge on numerous programs and initiatives, to include the annual support for the Girls Scouts of the Desert Southwest.  She has played key roles in the annual Massing of the Colors, the Homeless Veterans Standdown, the Junior Enlisted Food Bank, Wreaths Across America, Gift of Caring, the White Cane project, and the annual Retiree Appreciation Day and the weekend RAD dinner and symposium.  Her energy and commitment have been inspiring, and essential to the successful support provided to so many veterans and their families on behalf of many local veteran’s service organization.  We will miss Maureen’s superior example of volunteering and her commitment to veterans and their families.
The members of the Board were able to take a short pause in late October and host an evening dinner at Ruth’s Chris for our own Lieutenant Colonel Bill Moore to thank him for the many contributions he has made to the MOAA Chapter.  Bill has been awarded the MOAA National Communications award annually. He manages the MOAA website, and has led numerous initiatives.  Most recently Bill has been the inspiration to provide computer support station to the Veteran’s Transition Living Center.  This will be unveiled during the 10 November Red Ribbon cutting ceremony at 818 Myrtle Ave.  Thanks Bill, for what you do everyday for the Chapter.
On a final note, I want to extend a personal thanks to Lieutenant Colonel Dave Powell for his efforts organizing and leading the MOAA Veteran’s Appreciation Barbeque at Biggs Park on 13 October.  All attendees had a great time, and Dave led the Football themed event with an awesome team competition.  Really a great time – and another great example of the great team we have on this board. 
Come join us for our luncheons, or at one of the many events we support locally. 
What more can you do?

A.  Stay Informed.  Track MOAA’s Top Ten Goals and track MOAA’s continuous efforts to support all veterans of all grades, across all services, and their family members.
B.  Get involved:  
(1) Communicate directly with your political representatives; and
(2) Become a MOAA Member and speak with one voice.  Join now by visiting  
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“Never Stop Serving"

Forrest Smith
Colonel, United States Army, Retired
President - 2018

2017 Communications Award