Local MSVC chapter hosts convention

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Neighbors | Submitted .Pictured are officers of The Mahoning and Shenango Valleys Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America at the Ohio Council of Chapters Biennial Convention at the Consolidated Activities Center of the Youngstown Air Reserve Station in Vienna, (front) LTC Gary Williams, LT Florence Hosler, Lt. Gen. Dana Atkins, CPT Dennis Gartland, Janet Oglesby, LT Bruce Bille; (middle) LTC Samuel Axtell, MAJ Sandra Lasure, LTC Michael Wisniewski, CPT Joseph Zentis, Col. James Basista, Lt. Col. Ralph Minton, MAJ Mark Andrews, Col. Will Stamp; (back) LTC Donald Rasile, CAPT Joshua Palmer, MAJ Jack Russell, CDR David DiTallo, LTC Roderick Hosler, Lt. Col. Robert Milich, former Judge of Mahoning County, CAPT James Hosack and LT Albert Lind. Approximately 40 MSVC members attended the two day convention and banquet.

The Mahoning and Shenango Valleys Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America (MSVC-MOAA) recently hosted, for the first time ever in the Mahoning Valley, the Ohio Council of Chapters Biennial Convention at the Consolidated Activities Center of the Youngstown Air Reserve Station (YARS) in Vienna. Approximately 120 attendees representing seven chapters from all over the state of Ohio met for two days to hear presentations from a number of guest speakers. These included Capt. Nicholas Bartolotta of the 9th U.S. Coast Guard, RADM Margaret Kitt, Assistant General Surgeon representing the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), Col. William Meade, Commander of Camp Ravenna, Ohio National Guard, Robert Edwards, director of Defense Finance and Accounting Center in Cleveland, Col. Terry Coles, MOAA Senior Director of Chapter Affairs, and Lt. Col. John Boccieri, representing the 910th Air Lift Wing at the YARS. Main speaker at the banquet was Lt. Gen. Dana Atkins, President and CEO of MOAA, headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia and former Air Force Thunderbirds pilot. General Atkins presented the Mahoning and Shenango Valleys Chapter with the prestigious Five-Star Level of Excellence Award, the highest rated performance award achieved by fewer than 20% of more than 450 Chapters across the United States.

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