Southwest FL – Our October luncheon was a true multi media event. With at least one other service organization attending (thanks Air Force Association), we had MOAS Allied member Bohdan Hryniewicz conduct a book signing of his recently published, My
Boyhood War, describing his youth and participation in the Warsaw Uprising of 1944, followed by a dynamic presentation by our guest speaker, Captain Eileen Roemer, USN (Ret).
Captain Roemer has a pretty incredible story. She successfully pursued two careers, one in the Navy and one in the FBI, retiring as a US Navy Captain and Special Agent in Charge respectively. Following her second retirement, she signed on as a
counterterrorism specialist at the National Counterterrorism Center’s (NCTC) Directorate of Strategic Operational Planning (DSOP) in Virginia and later, as a Counterintelligence Senior Advisor, providing liaison between U.S. Central Command and the FBI Tampa Division.
As she described her careers, she was just a lucky lady at the right time and place. She also would not take no for an answer when applying for positions. Her father had a successful career in the FBI. When she graduated from the FBI Academy, her father gave her his badge, number and credentials. She was fortunate to have had the opportunity for many firsts for women in both the Navy and the FBI. So much has changed, and mostly for the better.
Captain Roemer also serves on the Board of Directors for the Women’s Resource Center of Sarasota County and is the Chair of their Scholarship Committee. As she described the purpose of, and her experience with the Center, she spoke of women veterans and the unique challenges they face. After a short video about the great work and support the Center provides to all women in need (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C0Ge8_MdQnw), she encouraged the membership to get involved individually and/or financially with this effort.
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 Are you a former military officer? Please come and join us at our monthly luncheon.