Council Presidents' Seminar

Date: Apr 3, 2017 to Apr 6, 2017

Crowne Plaza Old Town Alexandria

901 Fairfax St

Alexandria, VA 22314

2017 Storming Group

2017 Event Recap

Council and chapter representatives from across the country gathered in Alexandria, Va, April 3-6, 2017 for the Military Officers Association of America’s (MOAA) annual Storming the Hill and Council Presidents’ Seminar.  

MOAA, the nation's largest association for active duty, National Guard, Reserve, former and retired military officers and their families, with more than 355,000 members, hosted these leaders for four days conducting briefings on key legislative issues and meetings on chapter activities.  

On April 5, more than 150 MOAA members, including state council and chapter leaders and national MOAA board members and headquarters staff, visited nearly all 435 congressional representatives and senators to ask for their support to eliminate sequestration as well as the survivor benefit plan-dependence and indemnity compensation offset or “widow’s tax.”  

“Councils and chapters are essential to our grassroots efforts. While it’s only one day of our year-long legislative strategy, storming mobilizes significant numbers of constituents to get appointments and make MOAA’s case face-to-face with legislators and staffers on priority topics,” said retired Air Force Lt. Gen. Dana T. Atkins, MOAA president and CEO. “MOAA’s council and chapter leaders have a relationship with their congressional delegations that opens doors in ways our national staff can’t easily replicate.”  

On Tuesday evening, April 4, MOAA hosted a reception on Capitol Hill to recognize distinguished leaders who have been strong supporters of national defense and the uniformed services community.   

The Col. Arthur T. Marix Congressional Leadership Award was presented to Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.) for his consistently strong support of national defense and the uniformed services community. Marix founded MOAA in 1929 and served as the association’s first president until 1944.  

The Elizabeth Dole Foundation and Werner Enterprises Inc. each received MOAA’s Distinguished Service Award, which honors individuals or organizations that are not members of Congress but have been consistently strong supporters of national defense and the uniformed services community.  

Jeanette James, a professional staff member for the House Armed Services Committee, was recognized with MOAA’s Col. Paul W. Arcari Meritorious Service Award for her initiative and strong advocacy to sustain fair compensation and benefits for the uniformed services community. Arcari was MOAA’s director of Government Relations for 14 years, retiring in 2001.  

(Rep. Mike Coffman (R-Colo.), chair of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Personnel, was the keynote speaker at the Council Presidents’ Dinner on Wednesday evening, April 5.  On Thursday, Gen. Atkins presented the Col. Marvin J. Harris Communications Awards to MOAA to state representatives for communications excellence in at least one of the following categories: print newsletter, e-newsletter, website and best legislative coverage.   

The week culminated with a seminar for council and chapter leaders where best practices and ideas were shared and key members of national MOAA provided updates about ongoing and new initiatives.

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