The Military Officers Association of America
Albuquerque, New Mexico
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Our Vision:

To be recognized as the leading Military Service Organization in central New Mexico, supporting and giving a voice to military retirees, surviving spouse, and veterans of all services.

Our Mission:

  1. To Provide Aid and Support to members of the uniformed services, their dependents, and surviving family members by growing our Chapter.
  2. To Represent the interests of and provide a voice for Retired, former, Active Duty, National Guard, and Reserve service members at all political levels (Municipal, County, State, and Nation).
  3. To Provide Veterans and Retirees help with receiving their earned entitlements (e.g. VA, Tricare, Prescription Drugs, and on-base services)
  4. To Provide deserving Military, ROTC, and Veterans Service Organizations with financial and non-financial aid.
  5. To Educate our members and the community at large on important developments in National Security.
  6. To Support New Mexico Veterans Memorials and Monuments.
  7. To Provide chapter members the opportunity to travel and ski at a reasonable cost.

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Why Join the Albuquerque Chapter of MOAA?

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To all Active Duty, Guard, Reserve, Retirees, Surviving Spouses, Ex-Officers – All Services

These are just some of the many reason for being a member of the Albuquerque Chapter of MOAA:

(1) You will receive every issue of the award winning chapter Albumoaa newsletter, so you can stay abreast of what is happening locally.

(2) You will feel the pride in your local 501(c)(3) Chapter’s Charitable Giving Program, which includes giving ROTC Awards and contributing to the Blue Star Mothers, Gold Star Mothers, VA Hospital, High School JROTC programs, Honor Flight and more.

(3) You will be supporting the Chapter’s Legislative lobbying efforts for New Mexico income tax relief for military retiree pensions and more.

(4) If you chose, you can be placed on an E-mail list to receive the latest National Legislative activity news effecting you and your family – with information of what action you can take to help.

(5) You will be able to participate in our Breakfast, Tours and Ski Club activities.

(6) You will join in the fun when the Chapter has its annual Membership Appreciation Party.

(7) You will meet and enjoy some of the finest and friendliest people in the country and have the comradeship of associating with people with interests like yours.

We want all veterans, not just retired officers, and patriots who are interested in our programs to become active in our chapter. For an ABQ Chapter, MOAA Membership Application, click Join (at the top) & Submit or click on this link: Join ABQ Chapter and mail in your application today. The current year’s Membership is FREE for Regular & Surviving Spouses, if you check the box expressing your willingness to receive the newsletter only electronically.

ABQ Chapter, MOAA’s College Scholarship for H.S. Seniors



Who is eligible for the scholarship?
• Children, grandchildren and great grandchildren – natural and adopted, of current dues-paying members, Regular and Auxiliary – who have belonged to our Chapter for at least two (2) years.
• US Citizen
• Enrolled in senior (graduating) year of high school

What are the considerations for selection?
• Outside activities
• Community service
• Leadership roles
• Writing ability
• Good representative of the military community
• Acceptance of an offer to attend an accredited college or university

Who determines the winner?
Scholarship Committee evaluates applicants and provide recommendation the Chapter Board
Final approval rests with the Chapter Board of Directors

Applications Due – 1 May
Evaluation – 1 June
Board approval – June Board meeting
Announcement – following Board approval

Click on College Scholarship (left-hand column) for application. You must be logged in as a Chapter Member (bottom, left-hand column) to have access to this information.

Summary of Personal Invome Tax (PIT) Proposal

Proposed Exemption of Personal Income Tax (PIT) for Certain Veterans, Military Retirees, and Widows of Retirees—Economic Boon for New Mexico

Several years ago, Congress enacted the “Post 9-11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act,” which provides financial assistance to those the tens of thousands who leave the military services and seek college educations on their road to future success. This generous program offers qualifying veterans up to 36 months of almost fully paid college tuition, housing allowances, book, and fees—a total of $52,000 per veteran. New Mexico needs to provide incentives to encourage many former service men and women to come to our state for their education, bringing with them the Federal funded stipends that will be spent in New Mexico, producing badly needed economic development and increased tax revenues. An income tax exemption should be granted to recently separated military men and women who are enrolled in our colleges and universities.

Similarly, New Mexico could attract many more of the total 60,000 military people who retire each year by granting income tax exemptions to entice them to come to New Mexico to begin a second career. They are mature, patriotic, and law-abiding citizens who bring talent and a tradition of hard work to our state. Retirees in particular bring Federal funded retired pay to enhance economic development and add to tax revenues. Many start new businesses. Additionally, they impose no burdens on any state benefits programs, since they have health services as a part of their retirement benefits. Retirees’ widows or widowers should likewise be encouraged to stay in New Mexico by extending such exemptions to their Survival Benefit Program and other Federal earnings.

Contact your State legislators to urge them to support personal income tax exemptions for veterans enrolled in colleges, military retirees, and widows of retired military personnel. Use this link to find your legislator:

To All Albuquerque Chapter Members – Volunteers Needed!


Your MOAA Chapter has supported the New Mexico Veterans Memorial in many ways over the years. One of the volunteer services that members have performed is to act as Greeters, staffing the front desk at the Memorial on the first Monday of each month and the fifth Thursday of each month that has five Thursdays. The times are from 9am until noon, and noon until 3pm.

Please contact Clint Whisonant at Home 505-299-4836 and Cell 505- 410-1417 or email:

Upcoming Events
3:00 pm The Ten Tenors @ Popejoy Hall
The Ten Tenors @ Popejoy Hall
Feb 25 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
The Ten Tenors @ Popejoy Hall | Albuquerque | New Mexico | United States
* February 25, 2018 (Sunday), 3:00 p.m., Popejoy Hall – THE TEN TENORS: “Australia’s “vocal wonder from down under” will take you on a feel-good journey through some of the world’s greatest hits of all

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7:30 am MOAA Breakfast @ Weck's
MOAA Breakfast @ Weck's
Feb 27 @ 7:30 am – 9:00 am
MOAA Breakfast Club Speaker: February 27 – Shelly L. Fritz, DDS. February is National Dental Month: Her topic is: “Dental Health after 65.” The Breakfast Club meets at 0730 (and ends at 0900) on the

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4:00 pm Purgatory Ski Trip @ Meet motorcoach at Tanoan Country Club NLT 4:00 p.m.
Purgatory Ski Trip @ Meet motorcoach at Tanoan Country Club NLT 4:00 p.m.
Mar 2 @ 4:00 pm – Mar 4 @ 9:00 pm
Coach departs at 4:30 p.m., January 6 (Friday) from Tanoan Country Club & returns approx. 10:00 p.m., January 8 (Sunday), after skiing (2 nights lodging, 2 days skiing). Coach will be there at 3:45 p.m. 

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7:30 pm A Chorus Line @ Popejoy Hall
A Chorus Line @ Popejoy Hall
Mar 8 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
A Chorus Line @ Popejoy Hall | Albuquerque | New Mexico | United States
* March 8, 2018 (Thursday), 7:30 p.m., Popejoy Hall – A CHORUS LINE: “A CHORUS LINE, with its powerful true life stories, is what ‘American Idol’, ‘So You Think You Can Dance’, and ‘The Voice’,

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11:00 am Military Coalition Luncheon @ Marriott Hotel
Military Coalition Luncheon @ Marriott Hotel
Mar 17 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
You and Your Friends are Cordially Invited to the Military Coalition’s March 2018 Luncheon Sponsored by: Military Officers Assn of America, Albuquerque Chapter (host) Air Force Association, Albuquerque Chapter Association of the U.S. Army, MG

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7:30 am MOAA Breakfast @ Weck's
MOAA Breakfast @ Weck's
Mar 27 @ 7:30 am – 9:00 am
MOAA Breakfast Club Speaker: March 27 – George Richmond, board member for the League of Women Voters: He will talk about the history of the non-partisan LWV, local operations, and the Voter Guide. The Breakfast

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6:00 pm NM MOAA Convention Reception @ Albuquerque Uptown Marriott Hotel
NM MOAA Convention Reception @ Albuquerque Uptown Marriott Hotel
Apr 27 @ 6:00 pm – 9:30 pm
First Annual New Mexico MOAA State Convention It is with great pleasure that the Albuquerque Chapter of MOAA announces that it will host the First Annual New Mexico State MOAA Convention. The event is scheduled

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10:00 am NM MOAA Convention – April 28, 2018 @ Albuquerque Uptown Marriott Hotel
NM MOAA Convention – April 28, 2018 @ Albuquerque Uptown Marriott Hotel
Apr 28 @ 10:00 am – 10:00 pm
First Annual New Mexico MOAA State Convention It is with great pleasure that the Albuquerque Chapter of MOAA announces that it will host the First Annual New Mexico State MOAA Convention. The event is scheduled

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5:00 pm MOAA Tours Hors d’oeuvre Party @ NM Veterans Memorial
MOAA Tours Hors d’oeuvre Party @ NM Veterans Memorial
Jun 9 @ 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm
MOAA Tours Hors d'oeuvre Party @ NM Veterans Memorial | Albuquerque | New Mexico | United States
June 9, 2018 (Saturday) – 5:00 p.m.: MOAA TOURS’ ANNUAL HORS D’OEUVRE PARTY at the NM Veterans Memorial, (Louisiana, just north of Gibson).  Everyone please bring your favorite hors d’oeuvre to share. Beverages provided. Casual

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4:45 pm Santa Fe Opera – Madame Butterfly @ Meet at Tanoan Country Club
Santa Fe Opera – Madame Butterfly @ Meet at Tanoan Country Club
Jul 6 @ 4:45 pm – 1:00 am
Santa Fe Opera - Madame Butterfly @ Meet at Tanoan Country Club | Albuquerque | New Mexico | United States
* July 6, 2018 (Friday) – Santa Fe Opera “MADAME BUTTERFLY”: “Featuring Puccini’s longest and most passionate love duet, much of his most lyrical music, including the ‘Humming Chorus’ and ‘Flower Duet’, a justly famous soprano

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  • Deputy Secretary, Australian Prime Minister Meet at Pentagon February 23, 2018
    Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick M. Shanahan hosted Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull at the Pentagon for a meeting to discuss the robust defense relationship between the U.S. and Australia and the common strategic challenges the two nations face.
    DoD News
  • Air Force Trials for Wounded Warriors Begins in Nevada February 23, 2018
    More than 125 wounded, ill and injured servicemen and women have trained and practiced for months in their chosen sports in preparation for the Air Force Trials held at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada.
    Richard Salomon
  • Cobra Gold 18: Allied Marines Learn Jungle Survival Skills February 23, 2018
    American and South Korean Marines were taught jungle survival skills by members of Thailand’s Marines in Sattahip, Thailand, including drinking cobra blood.
    Air Force Staff Sgt. Micaiah Anthony
  • Face of Defense: Military Service Aids Softball Coach’s Leadership Development February 23, 2018
    Airman 1st Class Rachel Riley's original passion was softball, leading to coaching jobs from her hometown of Arlington, Texas, to Austria. But she still felt something was missing from her life and decided to join the Air Force Reserve where her skills as a softball coach are making a difference.
    Air Force Airman 1st Class Pedro Tenorio, 82nd Training Wing
  • Military Strikes Hit ISIS Terrorists in Syria, Iraq February 23, 2018
    U.S. and coalition military forces continued to attack the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, conducting 41 strikes consisting of 76 engagements, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported.
    DoD News
  • DoD Now on Track to Rebuild, Restore Military, Spokesperson Says February 22, 2018
    The Bipartisan Budget Act will lift the spending caps for fiscal years 2018 and 2019, allowing the Defense Department to provide necessary funding to modernize the U.S. military, Chief Pentagon Spokesperson Dana W. White said.
    Jim Garamone
  • Pacific Partnership Enhances Regional Disaster Response Cooperation February 22, 2018
    The Navy will join allied and partner-nation militaries for the 13th Pacific Partnership mission, an annual maritime operation designed to improve disaster response preparedness, resilience and capacity while enhancing partnerships with participating nations and civilian humanitarian organizations throughout the Indo-Pacific region.
    Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Micah Blechner, Logistics Group Western Pacific
  • Airmen Take Tough ‘Phoenix Raven’ Security Training February 22, 2018
    The Air Mobility Command’s Phoenix Raven program centers on the concept of specially trained security forces airmen flying with and protecting AMC aircraft around the world.
    Air Force Senior Airman Joshua Joseph Magbanua