Northwest Arkansas MOAA Chapter

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The NWA Chapter of MOAA was established to benefit members of the uniformed services, their families and survivors and to advocate for a strong national defense, while providing needed support to the community and its members.

Information on Joining the Chapter

Membership in the NWA Chapter of MOAA is open to anyone who holds or has ever held a commission or warrant in any component of the Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, Public Health Service or National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and their surviving spouses. Specific membership information can be obtained from the Chapter Membership Chairman, CDR Sam Sansom, USN (Ret), 479-761-3772, or

Chapter Activities

Our chapter conducts six dinner meetings during the year, featuring guest speakers with topics relevant to our members; a special semi-formal Christmas Party held each December celebrates the season and members wear their uniforms as feasible. Our Chapter also administers the Gold Bar Program to the cadets of the Army and Air Force ROTC Programs at the University of Arkansas and to Arkansas National Guard OCS Program graduates as well. We also support and coordinate a flag etiquette training for local area 5th graders. Members of our Chapter support the Fayetteville VA Hospital with hospital volunteers and annually raising nearly 100 flags for the VA Commanders Conference. Chapter members contribute to an annual fund raising event to support expansion of the Fayetteville National Cemetery and provide volunteer services to the Regional National Cemetery Improvement Corporation (RNCIC). The Chapter also has a robust Veterans Scholarship Program for veterans attending the U of A.

Legislative Issues

The NWA Chapter of MOAA supports the MOAA national legislative agenda and we occasionally invite our Congressional Representatives and Senators to speak to the Chapter. The chapter is also active in supporting the state council in various state veterans' issues. Another member is on his fourth term as a State House of Representative member.

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About Our Chapter

The Northwest Arkansas (NWA) MOAA Chapter had its beginning when the organization received its Charter as an Affiliate of The Retired Officers Association (TROA) on 23 April 1956. Twenty-four officers made up the initial membership. Our organization has remained active since that time, and on April 23, 2006, received a 50-year certificate from the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA). The NWA Chapter of MOAA has dinner meetings on the 3rd Friday of every even numbered month. The dinners are usually held at the Butterfield Trail Village ("The Lodge"), Fayetteville, Arkansas, with a social at 6:30PM followed by dinner at 7:00PM. We also have our annual "Dinner Under The Stars" dinner meeting for some variety. The Chapter's newsletter keeps all members apprised on upcoming activities and meetings times and agenda. Subscription to the NWA newsletters can be obtained by contacting the Chapter's Newsletter Editor, CDR Richard "Sam" Sansom, USN (Ret) at