Grand Strand Chapter of the

     Military Officers Association of America


Congressman Russell Fry was our featured speaker for June and addressed a full room of chapter members. A long-time friend of the Congressman and a chapter member, Jerry Rovner, made the introduction. It was good to meet our area’s legislator on Capitol Hill and get his opinion on the state of our country. He made the following points:

·        Being a congressman is not that sexy. There are arduous  committee debates, media interviews, HR voting, etc., but what gives him the most satisfaction is solving problems for individual constituents. You can get something done and see the results of your effort. The bickering and the great divide between political parties is no fun.

·       Too much Congressional power assigned to this legislative body in  Art. 1 of the Constitution has been abdicated to the Executive Branch. This takes form as presidential executive orders and  bureaucratic regulations. Both political parties when occupying the White house are at fault.

·       An avid supporter of veterans’ issues. He will always honor those who serve to protect and fight for our freedom.

·       Congress has approved the latest version of the National Defense Authorization Act, and it is now up to the Senate and the President to approve. The bill authorizes nearly $900 billion for the nation’s defense. The NDAA prioritizes improving U.S. service members’ quality of life and restores focus of our military on warfighting and deterring rising global threats.

·       The greatest threat to our democracy is our national debt. Currently, our debt interest owed is approximately the same amount as we use to fund our military. Again, both parties share the blame for excess spending.


Major General Newton addressed the JROTC cadets challenging them to abide with the Army values which if followed are the key elements of successful leadership. He pointed out that values are not to be confused with opinions. Values are time tested, while opinions change with outside influences. Army values are:

  •        Loyalty – Bear true faith and allegiance to the US Constitution, the Army and your unit and fellow soldiers
  •        Duty – Fulfill your obligations
  •        Respect – Respect others
  •        Selfless Service – Put the welfare of the nation and the accomplishment of the mission ahead of individual desires
  •        Honor – An Army value
  •        Integrity – Develop by adhering to moral principles and not deceiving others
  •        Personal Courage – The ability to face fear, danger, or adversity, both physical and moral.


          Cadet Sean Bowker (St. James Army JROTC