October 31, 2012
Alexandria, Va. (Oct. 31, 2012) — Retired Army Gen. John H. Tilelli Jr., of Alexandria Va., was elected as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA), on October 30, 2012, at MOAA’s annual meeting in Arlington, Va. Tilelli will serve for two years as head of the Association’s 36-member Board.
MOAA is the nation’s largest and most influential association of active duty, National Guard, Reserve, retired, former military officers and their families and survivors. The Association promotes a strong national defense by advocating equitable treatment of those who serve and have served their country in uniform. Founded in Los Angeles on Feb. 23, 1929, MOAA has more than 370,000 members.
Prior to his election, Tilelli served for four years on MOAA’s Board on the Investment Committee and as Chairman of the Finance and Audit Committee.
“I am honored to continue to serve MOAA, an organization that does so much to ensure that those who serve and have served, and their families, are cared for,” Tilelli said. “Service to our service members and their families is a passion of the heart,” he concluded.
Tilelli graduated from Pennsylvania Military College, now Widener University, with a degree in economics and was commissioned as an Armor Officer. He earned a master's degree in administration from Lehigh University and graduated from the Army War College. He was awarded honorary doctoral degrees by Widener University and the University of Maryland.
He served two combat tours in Vietnam, commanded the 1st Cavalry Division during Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm, and served four times in Germany. He served as the Vice Chief of Staff of the Army, and concluded his active duty career as Commander in Chief of the United Nations Command, Republic of Korea / U.S. Combined Forces / U.S. Forces Korea.
Tilelli was then appointed as President and CEO of the USO Worldwide Operations and currently is Chairman and CEO of Cypress International, Inc.