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NCOA President and National Commander Testifies before Joint Committee on Veterans Affairs

Vince Patton Testifies

March 9, 2017 – Washington DC

Today NCOA President and National Commander MCPOCG Vince Patton, III testified before a joint committee on Veterans Affairs.  MCPOCG Patton highlighted NCOA priorities and thanked the committee for all of the hard work they have done for our veterans.  You can read NCOA’s written testimony here.  Other Veterans Service Organizations that presented at today’s hearing included the Association of the United States Navy, American Veterans, Gold Star Wives, Non Commissioned Officers Association, National Association of State Directors of Veterans Affairs, National Guard Association of the United States, Paralyzed Veterans of America, Wounded Warrior Project, and Vietnam Veterans of America.



Washington, D.C., May 5 — The Non Commissioned Officers Association (NCOA), the voice of enlisted personnel in the Armed Forces, Active Duty, National Guard, Reserves, and Veterans (separated and retired), is extremely pleased that the House Armed Services Committee’s Personnel Subcommittee has inserted language into the Fiscal Year 2017 National Defense Authorization Act (H.R. 4909) that, in the future, will guarantee enlisted representation on boards, councils and committees making recommendations on Military Personnel Issues.  The specific language is included in Section 592 – assuring nearly 83% of the military, over 18 million former and present service men and women, will now be represented in decisions that directly impact their families and their lives. Section 592 reads as follows:  

Section 592 – Representation from Members of the Armed Forces on Boards, Councils, and Committees Making Recommendations Relating to Military Personnel Issues. This section would require that enlisted or retired enlisted members of the Armed Forces be represented on all boards, panels, commissions, or task forces established under chapter 7 of title 10, United States Code, to render a recommendation on any aspect of personnel policy directly affecting enlisted personnel.



Read more here - NCOA Press release.

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Four States Liberty Chapter

Four States Liberty Chapter

The NCOA Four States Liberty Chapter #1661 Chairman Ed Daly (left) and Vice Chairman Mike Burrell (right) present a check for $2,000 and a Certificate of Appreciation to the Perry Point Maryland Veterans Administration Program Manager – Voluntary Services Officer Susan A. Kern.  The  donation will be distributed between the center’s All Purpose and Social Work accounts that were established to assist veterans in numerous program from substance abuse rehabilitation to supplementary housing.

The  funds were raised during the NCOA Chapter – Military and Community Non-Profit Organization Appreciation Day.



Youth Friendship Fun Day

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NCOA Volunteers take a moment for a photo before the FUN of the 11th annual Youth Friendship Fun Day begins.

More than 150 participants  enjoyed a beautiful day of Fun and Team Building at the 11th Annual  Youth Friendship Fun Day on Saturday, September 19.

The Yongsan BOSS, Area II SAMC and NCOA Dragon Hill Chapter teamed up to host this event.  Volunteers from numerous  areas in Korea came together at the  Yongsan Garrison Family Fun Park and Commiskkeys Activities Center to make this event a success.

The Youth Friendship Fun Day is primarily a fun day full of events for children living both on and off Base.  Activities included: Mini Golf, Face Painting, Musical Chairs, Balloon Magic, Trampoline Fitness, Clay Pot Piñata, etc.  Lunch was catered by the Yongsan Lanes.

Supporters and Partners of the event included:  PDOT, NIKE Korea, Neo Fitness Int. Kan Marketing, SPFCO,  DJ PPI , ASK Ajumma, Coca Cola Korea, Oriental Press, SUBWAY, and Good Neighbors.


not just for kids

Looks like the fun and friendship wasn’t just for kids!


Convention 2015 – Hope To See You There!

Golden Nugget Hotel & CasinoYou are invited to join us for NCOA’s 51st Convention

The Golden Nugget Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas will once again be the host hotel for NCOA’s 2015 Convention scheduled for July 14-17, 2015.  Additional information is available below.

Convention 2015 Registration Form
Convention 2015 Fact Sheet
Convention 2015 Agenda
2015 Proxy Ballot
2015 Auxiliary Proxy Ballot

Central Valley Chapter Presents WWII Legacy Medallions

WWII Sonora CA

Pictured from left are CMSgt (Ret) Jim Sullivan, Bill Bryant, J.R. Raymond, Wayne Bolitho, Jerry Redfern, Bill Steel and CMSgt (Ret) Jim Kearns.

The Central Valley Chapter presented the NCOA Patriot Medallion of Honor and Remembrance to five World War II veterans in Sonora, California on November 6, 2014. Chapter Chairman Chief Jim Sullivan and Chapter Treasurer Chief Jim Kearns recognized the five members of the Greatest Generation during the Sons in Retirement Twain Harte Chapter luncheon. Over 200 guests attended the event to honor our World War II heroes. Each of the recipients provided some thoughts on their service almost 70 years after the war ended. This was a fitting tribute as we prepared for Veterans Day.


Magnum Force Chapter Recognizes MG Adolph McQueen

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Pictured L to R – BG Micheal Stone Asst TAG for the Michigan Army National Guard, MG Adolph McQueen and Army Reserve Ambassador Paul DeSander, CSM (Ret)


Recently the Magnum Force Chapter and the Bridgeport Historical Society teamed up for a post Retirement Ceremony and Dedication of artifacts and the uniform of Major General Adolph McQueen.

MG McQueen, a long time supporter of the enlisted forces as well as the NCOA Magnum Force Chapter, was also presented an honorary NCOA membership.

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MG Adolph McQueen’s artifacts and mementos that were presented to the Bridgeport Historical Society.



Magnum Force Chapter Secretary Paul Desander,  who serves as an Army Reserve Ambassador, was surprised when he was presented the prestigious Military Police Order of the Marechaussee Award for which MG McQueen had nominated him.


Magnum Force Chapter Out in Force

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Magnum Force Chapter members Carolyn Desander and Charles Schoenmeyer work the gate at the chapter’s recent fundraiser.

The NCOA Magnum Force Chapter in the Saginaw, MI area recently wrapped up their fund raising efforts in conjunction with a 3-day Texas Hold ‘em Tournament run by Rounder that benefits various non-profit organizations..  The chapter members ran the gate, collected money, and handed out chips.

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Hot and heavy tournament action

This 3-day event requires a lot of manpower and the members of the Magnum Force Chapter rose to the challenge as nearly a dozen chapter officials and members were on hand to ensure the event was a success. 

According to chapter secretary and trustee Paul Desander “this event helped raise funds for the various programs the chapter supports, such as the chapter’s local Scholarship Program, Special Olympics, VA activities, Family Services for our soldiers’ families, and of course Snow Ball Express.”


NCOA Birthplace Chapter Helps Wipe Out Graffiti

Team NCOA Birthplace Chapter and San Antonio Public Library Staff

Team NCOA Birthplace Chapter and San Antonio Public Library Staff

NCOA Birthplace Chapter Trustee SSgt Robert Widdoss brokered a partnership between the chapter and the Staff of the San Antonio Public Library to beautify Narmoyle Park during the city of San Antonio’s 10th Annual Graffiti Wipeout on October 19. The team wiped out graffiti on park benches and tables, revitalized the skate park with fresh paint, and mulched numerous trees around the complex.

SSgt Gonzales

SSgt Gary Gonzales puts a fresh coat of paint on the skate park railing.

SrA Berry

SrA Corey Berry got more paint on himself than he managed to put on the skate park railing.

SrA Taylor

SrA Brandon Taylor, Birthplace Chapter Chairman, delivers more mulch.

NCOA Journal Vol 2 2013


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