Catalina Mountain Satellite Chapter of MOAA Update

G. William Myers (Lt., CEC, USN Former)

The Catalina Mountain Satellite Chapter (CMSC) of the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) held its most recent meeting on Saturday, Nov. 20. The meeting began with a short business session presided over by Col. Bill Nagy, president, during which members were updated on the chapter’s current and future activities.

Chief Master Sergeant Randy Wright, U.S. Air Force (Retired) made a very interesting, unclassified presentation informing the attendees about the Air Force’s Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) Systems, aka drones, particularly the Reaper MQ-9 UAV. Randy further discussed the importance of UAVs in his current position as an Aviation Enforcement Agent with Customs and Border Protection for the Department of Homeland Security, a topic of great interest to Arizona residents.

The next CMSC meeting was held on Friday, Dec. 17, 2021, instead of our normal Saturday meeting date. Our presenter was Katie Ares, the executive director of Soldier’s Best Friend, an Arizona based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. The organization helps those who have combat-related post-traumatic stress disorders and traumatic brain injuries. The affected veteran is paired with a service or therapeutic companion dog.

MOAA is a nonprofit veterans’ association dedicated to maintaining a strong national defense and preserving the earned entitlements of members of the uniformed services and their families and survivors.

The Catalina Mountains Satellite Chapter is part of Tucson Chapter of MOAA, and encompasses Northwest Tucson including Catalina, Oracle, parts of Oro Valley and Marana, SaddleBrooke, SaddleBrooke Ranch, and Sun City. For additional MOAA information, contact Col. Bill Nagy at [email protected] or visit our website at