Southwest FL – As planned, our November luncheon successfully concluded our Annual Business Meeting with the unanimous “ayes” electing our 2014 chapter officers and directors. And, as expected, our distinguished guest speaker, Dr. Curtis L. Gilroy, escorting his dynamic wife, Grace, enhanced our appreciation and knowledge of the U.S. All-Volunteer Military Force with, what one member appropriately praised as “one of the best professional presentations we have (ever) had.”
Dr. Gilroy, a retired senior executive of the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD), who served six Defense Secretaries and had responsibility, at the highest levels of Government, for the advocacy and recruitment of men and women for our military, presented an articulate, informative, enlightening and sobering profile of our All-Volunteer Force. He elaborated on the challenges that we face in recruiting, maintaining and supporting that Force, on which military families depend for survival and our Nation depends for defense.
He shared with us recruiting facts that dispel political fiction, revealing the issues of
parents, drugs, health and education that threaten recruiting for military service, so that we can effectively add our voices, from a more informed perspective, to the demand for accountability and improvement in Congressional and Presidential leadership (confidence rating: 10% and 37%, respectively) to a level of confidence comparable to Military Leadership (76%).
Dr. Gilroy also shared with affection the revelation that his long-time friend, Melvin Laird, founder of the All-Volunteer Force in 1973 as President Nixon’s Secretary of Defense, now age 91, is also our southwest Florida neighbor, residing in Fort Myers, enjoying good health and pleased to hear of the Gilroy-MOAS get together. For Dr. Gilroy’s personable and articulate briefing and his
shared insights, we are most grateful.
MOAS is the Sarasota Chapter of Military Officers Association of America.
MOAA is the nation’s largest and most influential association of military officers with 370,000 members. It is an independent, nonprofit, politically nonpartisan organization. For more information visit, www.sarasotamoaa.com