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WELCOME TO A NEW YEAR 2017



The 2016 MOAA annual meeting in Arlington, Virginia, was the big KOS Chapter event for me in 2016. My registration packet had a thumb drive with three MOAA logos.  The standard MOAA logo is inserted in my column. The other two MOAA logos are located in different sections of this edition of the Sunbeams. We also added the MOAA logo to our monthly meeting poster board.


The December 10, 2016, Annual Army/Navy Tailgate luncheon was held at a “neutral” location this year. Carol and Murray Walker, an Air Force couple, hosted this party at their lovely home in Ocala. Our Veterans’ Snowflake Ball was held on December 15, 2016, and it was another great event to end our 2016 chapter activities.


The installation luncheon is set for January 5, 2017. Wayne Brown, the Mid Central Area Vice President for FCOC, will do the honors of installing our newly elected Officers for 2017. Wayne and Marty Brown became new KOS chapter members in November 2016.


I will be attending the FCOC Leadership Forum at the Rosen Hotel in Orlando, FL on January 27-28, 2017.


The January/February edition of Sunbeams has some future KOS meeting dates for the rest of the year. Please mark your calendars for our special February 5, 2017, meeting. The theme for this February meeting is “Things Remembered.” You may

get to see some family treasures or heirlooms at this February meeting. See the “Distaff Side” page in this Sunbeams for more details. This has always been a great event sponsored by our hard-working distaff members.


Next Year - Beat Navy Again !!!!!


Have a Great “New Year” in 2017.

LTC Arlo Janssen, President, KOS/MOAA

 




(Excerpts from MOAA’s email updates, Copyright © Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) or from other sources as cited. See more at http://www.moaa.org/Content/Take-Action/Top-Issues ).


WHAT’S HAPPENING ON PAY, MANPOWER, TRICARE, AND SBP?


Congressional leaders have decided to kick the can to next year on most major funding issues.


Instead of passing a year-end omnibus appropriations bill to fully fund government operations

for FY17, the new plan is to pass a continuing resolution (CR) to carry the funding only through

sometime in March.


That would give the new Administration and Congress a stronger hand in funding negotiations.


But it poses three problems.


First, an extended CR means funding is limited to the FY16 levels and programs. No new

contracts could be let, for example, which is a nightmare for those involved in procurement,

among others.


Second, it means the new Congress will have to do double duty. That is, they will have to

finalize funding for the current year (FY17) at the same time their first priority is supposed to be

building the normal appropriations bills for FY18. Tough duty for appropriations committees and leadership.


Third, and potentially the most significant for members of the military community, it raises at

least some risk the FY 2017 Defense Authorization Bill process may be curtailed in some way.


House and Senate Armed Services Committee leaders have been working for months to resolve

the differences between their respective versions of the defense bill, and are nearly ready to

complete action on what has been considered a “must-pass” bill. As this goes to press, the House

of Representatives and the Senate have reached a compromise and the President is expected to

sign a 4 month continuing resolution.


What would that mean for the military pay raise, TRICARE reform, TRICARE fees, force

levels, and survivor benefits?



ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY: CLOSURE IS

PREFERABLE TO RESTRICTING RETIREES


After the completion of two current expansion projects, Arlington National Cemetery (ANC) will reach maximum capacity around 2050.


And what’s being done to address this?


Over the last several months, the Advisory Committee on Arlington National Cemetery (ACANC), an independent federal advisory committee, has been meeting to discuss ways to extend the active life of the cemetery. The committee developed a letter for Congress discussing several options moving forward.


Over 6,800 people took MOAA’s survey.




December 7th has been designated as REMEMBRANCE DAY. Teach

your children and grandchildren the meaning of this day. So, it will

NEVER be forgotten.





The Holidays are over, the New Year has begun, a new President of the United States will soon take office and your KOS Board is hard at work planning activities and programs for 2017.

Our installation luncheon on Thursday, January 5, 2017, will feature USAF Lt Col Wayne Brown, the Mid-Central Area Vice-President for FCOC. He and his wife, Marty, have moved to Ocala from the Villages and are now members of our KOS Chapter. Come to the luncheon and shake hands with Wayne and Marty.


A group of KOS Ladies: Sharon Murry, Carol Walker, Linda Byrd, Peggy Sayat, Grace Raymond and myself met over breakfast to plan the February 5th program. We missed Bonnie Morris, a regular, who was ill and unable to join us. We tossed around some great ideas (we thought) and finally settled for the one suggested by Linda Byrd (she brought the idea that Dennis Rose had suggested to her).


Since February is usually associated with LOVE, the theme for the luncheon will be “Things Remembered.” Do you have a memento that reminds you of someone you love or loved?

Look around your dwelling. Look in the back of your dresser drawers. Look on your tables and walls. Look in your photo books. Find that item that brings back memories. Please

bring that item to the luncheon and share with us (briefly) why it reminds you of someone or place that you love or loved.


Your story may bring tears or laughter or just help us all

“Remember When…” 



MEMORY The Kingdom of the Sun Chapter, MOAA (KOS) was chartered as a corporation on 13 April 1976 by the State of Florida. In our charter, we agreed to promote the aims of MOAA, as described below, and in addition included a charge to perform services considered by our Board of Directors to be beneficial to the local community. This means we also agreed to be an independent, nonprofit, politically nonpartisan organization. Thus, our status as a tax-exempt veterans organization precludes us from intervening directly or indirectly in any political campaign on behalf of, or in opposition to, any candidate for public office. While we may advocate issues, we may not advocate the election or defeat of particular candidates or political parties.

Our members may not use KOS e-mail, mailing lists, or its gatherings to advocate political or religious positions. In addition, your board has established standards over time so that KOS chaplains follow established military standards, requiring that chapter prayers or newsletter articles avoid promoting a specific religion. We have also established publication standards to ensure a non-biased and legal content in our Sunbeams publication.

In terms of our promise to be beneficial to our local community (which I will define as Marion County), KOS does very well. We can be proud of our scholarship, ROTC, Operation Stuff the Bus, Kiwanis Camp, Veterans Park, and many other efforts. We should certainly continue in this vein. But I think of our chapter as mainly an “officer’s club.” I see us as a social and professional group that also carries out community service projects, not the reverse.

While we may tease each other about the relative merits of our particular branch of service (like during our Army/Navy game event), we must treat all branches of service equally. While we may have earned a specific rank or status during our military careers, KOS Members are equal in status, with equal voices in determining how the chapter should be run.

We have been trained in the military to recognize and respect our differences, and to be gentlemen and ladies, if only by “act of Congress”. We can joke about that phrase, but, if we do it right, KOS can be one of the few safe havens from the strife and seriousness of the “outside world” that we have.

MOAA was founded as The Retired Officers Association (TROA) in 1929 to provide assistance and advice to military officers in general. At the beginning of WWII, TROA’s leaders reorganized and expanded the organization, moving to Washington, D.C., in 1944 with a membership of 2,600.

On January, 2003, the organization changed its name to the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA). Now headquartered in Alexandria, VA, its membership is open to active duty, National Guard, Reserve, retired, and former commissioned and warrant officers of the following uniformed services: Army (USA), Marine Corps (USMC), Navy (USN), Air Force (USAF), Coast Guard (USCG), Public Health Service (PHS), and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Admininistration (NOAA). The Board of Directors may also offer Honorary Membership to officers of allied, uniformed military services.

MOAA’s purpose has grown to include career transition assistance, member products, military benefits counseling, educational assistance to children of military families, and strong involvement in military professionalism activities. It is currently the nation’s largest and most influential association of military officers. MOAA is the leading voice on compensation and benefit matters for all members of the military community. We should all be proud of the respect gained by MOAA in our nation’s capital as a voice for military personnel in general.

MOAA is an independent, nonprofit, politically nonpartisan organization. With about 370,000 members from every branch of service, it is a powerful force speaking for a strong national defense, and represents the interests of military officers at every stage of their career. While MOAA does advocate a strong national defense, it does not, as an association, become involved in matters pertaining to military strategy or weapons systems of the various services. While permitted by law to lobby, its status as a tax-exempt veterans organization precludes it from participating in political activities.