Grand Strand Chapter

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Posted 8/4/2022 

2021 Levels of Excellence Announcement


I appreciate all the hard work.





I'm pleased to announce the winners of the 2021 Levels of Excellence.  All of the chapters below were awarded the 5 star award, there were no 4 star South Carolina awards.  

MOAA national will be sending out formal notifications to each council and chapter in the coming days in conjunction with an invitation to join them in Kansas City on October 27-28 for the LOE recognition ceremony.  Many more details to follow. 

Again, congratulations to the winning chapters! 



Michael Akey,

President, South Carolina Council of Chapters


MOAA is pleased to announce the winners of the annual Council and Chapter Levels of Excellence (LOE) Awards for performance in 2021.


Out of just over 400 MOAA affiliates, 161 councils and chapters nominated themselves for LOE award recognition this year.  Despite a difficult year of transition from the COVID-19 pandemic, these councils and chapters adapted and improvised when necessary to support and foster programs that directly support the MOAA mission and their communities.


All LOE nomination packages were independently evaluated by two members of the Council and Chapter Affairs Committee of the MOAA Board of Directors.  Throughout the grading process, it was very clear that our councils and chapters didn’t just maintain satisfactory performance but rather, excelled in their mission and determination.


Please join us in congratulating and thanking our selfless volunteers who work tirelessly within our affiliate network on behalf of this association. 


Five-Star Affiliate

South Carolina

South Carolina Council of Chapters

Aiken Chapter

Columbia Chapter

Grand Strand Chapter

Hilton Head Chapter

Piedmont Chapter

Star Fort Chapter

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Posted 7/1/2022 

From Tony Prince:  This is very interesting information and a great snapshot.

Military and Veterans Impact in SC From Dan Beatty, Chairman SC Base Task Force

(Click on below Link for larger view)

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Posted 5/14/2022

May 2022 Chapter JROTC Scholarship and Instructor Recognition Dinner


Posting of Colors by the "All Female," St James HS, JROTC Color Guard. Prayers by Chptr Chaplain Bernie Calaway

With our Chptr President, Tony Prince on the left.  


Chptr JROTC Coordinator, Dean Brown, CAPT, USN (Ret) opening comments



Left to right, JROTC Award recipients:    



Juan Silva, Lt Col USAF              Tim Houser, COL, USA (Ret) and James               Marc Warren, LCDR USCG (ret), N. Myrtle 

(Ret) Socastee HS, AFJROTC     Sypher, CSM USA, (Ret), Green Sea Floyds,        Beach NJROTC Instructor

                                                        HS AJROTC



   Dave Kaiser, CDR, USN (Ret)        GUEST SPEAKER:  Kevin Boyle, CAPT,          James (JD) Davis, LTC, USA (Ret), and Mrs 

    & Mrs Kaiser, Georgetown            USN (Ret),    Davis, Horry County, JROTC Coordinator



               CAPT Boyle as Guest Speaker:  Excellent Job!!!        President Tony Prince presenting Chapter

                      Coin to our Guest Speaker, CAPT Boyle

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Posted 5/13/2022

HIP  HIP,  HOORAY!!!   (As of May 13, 2022)

Recent status update message from the President, SC Council of Chapters, MOAA, Maj Gen (Ret) Akey:  

(See latest under News - Legislative Affairs - State)

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Posted 5/3/2022

Message from (AIA) State Council Team Leader (Maj Gen Akey), Posted By Request of GSMOAA Chapter President, Tony Prince for member review and or action: 

---------- Forwarded message ---------
From: Mike Akey <>
Date: Sun, May 1, 2022 at 9:00 AM
Subject: AIA and reminder for May 14th Council Meeting


A quick reminder - Council meeting May 14th, 1030-1230 at Ft Jackson.  Agenda to follow.

I'd ask your assistance prior the meeting in sending out the message below to members in your Chapter via an email blast.  Your AIA Council team leaders (Akey, Lobb and Robillard) have already met or will soon meet with members of the Congressional Delegation (CODEL) in person or by Zoom.  We need Chapter & member support by following the link below which adds to our efforts with an email letter campaign.

The new email program allows the ability to gauge the analytics behind our efforts.  As of today, we have had 200 messages sent to the CODEL by our members.  Although not a small number, with 8000+ MOAA members in the state we can do better.

In closing, the South Carolina budget will be resolved and passed by May 12th.  Attached to the budget bill, is an amendment that will allow full exemption of Military retired pay, not the incremental phased in program over 5 years. MOAA SC and the SC Veterans Coalition has worked tirelessly to advocate for this as well as other legislation.  As soon as we know either Tom, Linda or I will send out a message.  The other legislation we have advocated for as a coalition is a stipend for VSOs performing funeral duty, Advanced School enrollment for military children and licensing compacts for spouses.  More to follow!

Thanks for your leadership and support.



"Never Stop Serving"

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Posted 4/18/2022

April 2022 Dinner Meeting (CCU ROTC Graduation Awards)

Greg Youngman (left) and President Tony Prince (right) pose

with the CCU ROTC and soon to be new second lieutenants.

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Posted 4/16/2022

Message From Tony Prince:

The National Law Enforcement  Officers Memorial Ceremony

Below is a message from MOAA member, Joe McGarry..  If any of you are interested in attending or participating, please contact:

Joe McGarry at 401.743.0530 or

Alex Fogel at 678.558.0337

The National Law Enforcement  Officers Memorial is having a ceremony on May 15 at the "Myrtle Beach Boardwalk at the Pavillion": where all the flags are. 

They are going to lower the flags and raise them at 6:30 in the morning on May 15 and they're looking for somebody from each branch of service to raise and lower their flag.  My wife and I are going to do it for the Army.

My son was a Myrtle Beach police officer who was killed in the line of duty in 2002, so I am a member of that organization also.

I'm at 401-743-0530 my name is Joe McGarry thanks…

This event is in association with the National Law Enforcement Memorial Day and National Police Week.   See below card for added national details:

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Posted 3/26/2022

March 2022 Dinner Meeting 



  Posting of the Colors by Carolina Forest               Invocation presented by Bernie                      Guest speaker: Tom Herron, 

  HS Army JROTC Unit, introduced by                       Calaway,  CAPT, USN, (Ret), Chaplain              Founder, Up With America 

  Dean Brown, CAPT, USN (Ret)


  Chapter President, Tony Prince presenting  our Chapter "Coin"       David Townsend announces our ROTC Scholarship       

 to our guest speaker, Tom Herron, Up With America   raffle ticket winner for the evening. 


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Posted 2/17/2022

Watch Grand Strand MOAA member Lieutenant General Michael S. Davison, Jr., USA (retired) provide "Military Memoirs" interviews about his service during the Cold war and Vietnam War with Coastal Carolina University's Center for Military and Veterans Studies.  Click the links below to watch each half hour long interview. 

[Note: you will need a mp4 player to view and hear these interviews.  Most likely you have one already loaded on your computer or embedded in your web browser.  However, if you can't open and view/hear the interviews you may need to download a mp4 player.  One that is free and works well is VLC Media Player.  It is available at:   




To check out all our latest news, please click on the different links under the tabs above such as "Events", "Meetings", "JROTC/ROTC", "Newsletter", etc. 

Or, for a quick snapshot of our latest news, scroll down this page as well as click on the latest "Newsletter" link provided below.

Newsletter - NOV_DEC 2021.pdf

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Posted 2/15/2022

Monthly Chapter Dinner

(Feb 8, 2022)

President, Tony Prince provides opening remarks at

our Feb 8, 2022 Chapter Dinner Meeting, Pine Lakes

Country Club


1st VP, Kelly Sharbel provides          "City Chamber" Rep, Jerry Terwilliger             2nd VP & Committee Outreach Chair, Truman Parmele

an update on our chapter              provides updates on coming events to             provides updates on veteran assistance & training

Newsletter.                                        include Military appreciation month




Guest speaker, Scott Dulebohn, Dir. Scott Dulebohn receives our Chapter coin         ROTC Scholarship Chairman, Hans Deur

Vet Welcome Home & Resource Center           from Chapter President, Tony Prince.                  receives a special certificate for excep-

(VWHRC) talks about City of MB, Tiny      tional service for over 15 years as "Chair."

Home Village, planning project.

(*** Updates also provided by our Secretary (Tracey Miller), Treasurer (Gale  Fellowes), and Website Administrator (Rufus Manning; pics not available)


Hats off to our extraordinary  Honor Guard

Team (along the rail), led by Senior Instructors (LTC Roberts & MSG Wurzbach) from Aynor HS Army JROTC, for  

posting of the US Flag

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Posted 1/21/2022

President's  Address

I am humbled and honored to be your President of the Grand Strand Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America.  Leslie and I joined this organization shortly after arriving in Myrtle Beach back in 2012 to meet friends with similar interests and backgrounds.  Little did we know that our participation would one day lead to this.

The years volunteering with MOAA have been both enjoyable and rewarding.  I remember our first Myrtle Beach Veterans’ Standdown championed by AARP and our contributions to the grand opening of the Hutton House at the Veterans’ Welcome Home and Resource Center in Little River, SC.

Although our efforts in supporting veterans and their families may seem meager, Grand Strand MOAA is making a difference across the region with our commitment to their health, safety, and welfare.  Our deeds may go unnoticed by many, but you and I know Grand Strand MOAA touches the lives of military families at risk every day.  And for this, I am grateful to you for your caring and concern.

Thanks to the dedication, vision, and leadership of our past Presidents (and I have now volunteered alongside five), Grand Strand MOAA has emerged as a recognized, respected, and positive contributor across the Grand Strand.

Our support of 17 area high school JROTC programs and the ROTC program at Coastal Carolina University allows all of us to support and nurture the next great generation of young men and women.

We all should be proud of what our small band of brothers and sisters have accomplished over the past 60 years. With your support and continued interest, we have much more to do.

Tony Prince


“Never Stop Serving!”

Posted 10/4/2021

Annual Grand Strand Stand Down

Please see the attached email document notice for more detailed information regarding subject event.  This is the first of several Stands Downs within the Grand Strand area scheduled for this Fall.  See the below  document for specific guidance on location, time and procedures for the Waccamaw Tribe Stand Down.  A follow up announcement/request for

GSMOAA volunteers will follow from President Jim Albert.

Waccamaw Tribe Stand Down 2021.docx

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Posted 9/17/2021

The Annual Welcome Home Golf Tournament

Please see the attached flyer for information regarding the subject event, which includes a golf tournament that is free for all veterans.  Registration is being coordinated by the Veterans Welcome Home and Resource Center.  Registration deadline is September 30th.

Any questions should be directed to the Veterans Welcome Home & Resource Center, as noted in the below flyer.

TAWH Flyer (5).pdf

    Posted 6/22/2021

MOAA Appreciation Luncheon

Chptr President, Jim Albert officiates our appreciation luncheon by presenting our longstanding supporters a certificate of appreciation for their on going support and partnership with our organization. 

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                                                                                          "Member of The Year!"

Truman Parmele, Col, USAF (ret)

Chapter 1st VP & Outreach


Posted 6/15/2021

City of Myrtle Beach 2021 Military Appreciation Month Parade 

 SChaRoger Pilcher, Major, USMC (Ret'd) & Past MOAA Chptr President is driving a 1951 Army jeep, (restored) while leading the Veteran parade, on Memorial Day, down Ocean Blvd.  The passenger is Jack Pratt, 93 yr old AF vet. who initially started the city parade years ago.


1951 Army Jeep

Rolling Thunder Escort for Roger Pilcher and Jack Pratt.

Posted 6/1/2021

Myrtle Beach, SC; Military Appreciation, Month of May 2021 Parade, w/JROTC 

Award Winners, MOAA Chapter Float, plus Memorial Monument Re-dedication