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Northwest Florida MOA, Inc.

Address PO Box 310
City, State, Zip Fort Walton Beach, FL 32549-0310
Meeting Time 1st Wednesday 07:15
Meeting Place The Meridian at Westwood, 1001 Mar Walt Dr, Fort Walton Beach, FL
Council Website http://www.moaafl.org/

President Scott W Berry
Rank Col
Service USAF
Component USAF
Retirement Status RET
Phone Number (850) 582-0839
Email Address swberry@cox.net
Membership Ch Richard H Prater
Rank Col
Service USAF
Component USAF
Retirement Status RET
Phone Number (850) 613-6080
Email Address rhprater@cox.net
 
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Mission

Mission – The mission of NWFMOA is to benefit the members of the uniformed services, their families and survivors and to advocate a strong national defense, while providing needed support to the community and its members.
 

About Our Chapter

About Our Chapter – The Northwest Florida Military Officers' Association, Inc. (NWFMOA) was chartered in 1959 as an independent association and has been affiliated with Military Officers’ Association Of America (MOAA) since 1964. It serves the Panhandle of Florida, primarily Okaloosa, Walton, and Santa Rosa counties and Eglin Air Force Base (AFB), Hurlburt Field AFB and Duke Field AFB military communities. Monthly Breakfast/General Membership meetings are held at the Eglin AFB Officer's Club at 0715 hours. The chapter also publishes a monthly newsletter, The Defender. The chapter currently has approx. 500 members made up of active, former, and retired officers and their spouses from all seven branches of the uniformed services.

Information on Joining the Chapter

Information on Joining the Chapter – Membership in NWFMOA is open to anyone who holds or has ever held a commission or warrant in any component of the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, Coast Guard, Public Health Service or National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and their surviving spouses. Membership applications may be obtained from W. D. “Bill” Van Hoesen at bvanhoesen@cox.net or from NWFMOA, Box 310, Fort Walton Beach, FL 32549.

 

Chapter Activities

Chapter Activities – NWFMOA holds 12 meetings a years featuring guest speakers on topics relevant to its members. Our annual Military Ball/Christmas Dance to benefit our Scholarship Fund is held each December. In addition, the chapter's Scholarship Fund awards three college scholarships to local JROTC members who will be participating in an active ROTC program and the annual Veterans’ Day observance. The chapter also participates in a project to assist in the re-location of the Seventh Army Special Forces Group from Fort Bragg, NC to Eglin AFB to and Air Force personnel involved in the new F-35 training mission also at Eglin AFB. NWFMOA is also very involved in Operation Homecoming welcoming our locally assigned heroes home from overseas deployments. Other projects are supported as their needs are made known.

 

Legislative Issues

Legislative Issues – NWFMOA supports the MOAA national legislative agenda and we annually invite our Congressional Representative and Senators to speak to the chapter. The chapter is also active in supporting the state council in various state veterans' issues.

 

General Information

General Information – NWFMOA meetings are breakfast meetings held on the first Wednesday of each month beginning at 07:15 hours at the Eglin Air Force Base Officers’ Club. You may try us before joining by asking for an email copy of The Defender from our editor, Charlie Heifner at cheifner@cox.net and/or attending one of our meetings. Reservations are required to attend the breakfast meetings and may be made by contacting Bill Van Hoesen at (850) 225-2957 or bvanhoesen@cox.net. Please contact us if assistance will be needed to proceed through security at the entrance gates. To obtain a reply to a specific question, please send your query to: nwfmoainbox@cox.net. Additional information pertaining to Military Officers’ Association Of America (MOAA) may be obtained at www.moaa.org and at the state level, www.moaafl.org.