View from the Bridge Wing – These are interesting times on the world stage. The war in Afghanistan has been in progress since October 2001. At nearly 16 years, that is by far the longest military conflict in U.S. history. ISIS is losing territory, and it looks like they are about to be pushed out of Mosul, Iraq. ISIS is in decline after reaching their high water mark in 2014 when they controlled over a third of both Iraq and Syria. The anguish that is Syria continues. North Korea is up to their usual mischief, belligerently testing a variety of missiles that are expanding their reach. China is expanding both its military capabilities and its claims on disputed territory. Russia appears to be trying to throw western democracies off-balance with cyber attacks and disinformation. The fight against terrorism doesn’t look like it will end anytime soon.
Unsettling? Sure. But as uncertain as the news can make things seem, the reality is that the world is increasingly at greater peace. A new report from the Human Security Report Project reveals that there has been a steady decline in the number of international conflicts around the world. It also reveals that the wars that are being fought today are less lethal then before. More people are living at peace now. According to The Guardian, a noted British newspaper, “after millennia of near-universal poverty and despotism, a steadily growing proportion of humankind is surviving infancy and childbirth, going to school, voting in democracies, living free of disease, enjoying the necessities of modern life and surviving to old age.”
While this is good news for the world at large, that is little comfort to the poor souls who are caught up in the conflicts that are still going on. And we know how quickly and easily a misjudgment or miscommunication between nations can start a conflict that snowballs into something truly dangerous. The United States must continue to keep our military strong so that we can help sustain this period of relative peace and continue to enjoy the blessing of our freedoms.
New 2nd Vice President, Programs – LTC Jeff Collins, USA (Ret) recently was elected Vice President Programs. In that role he is supported by LTC Tom Roberson.
Columbus Zoo Military Family Free Days – From Saturday, July 1 to Friday, July 7, the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium are honoring active or retired military personnel and up to four members of their immediate family with free admission. This is the zoo’s Military Family Free Days to thank service members and veterans for the sacrifices the families have made for our country. On July 1 various veterans groups will man booths and free lunches will be available for veterans and family. Persons using the free admissions must show military ID and veterans must show proof of service for free entry to the Zoo. Immediate family is defined as active or non-active military personnel, their spouse and any kids living in the household. A $10 parking fee will still be applicable.
Council of Chapters Conference – The biennial Ohio Council of Chapters Convention will be held September 22–24, 2017 at the Youngstown Air Reserve Center, a small military base about 10 miles north of downtown Youngstown. Speakers are in the process of being invited and confirmed.
All chapters are encouraged to have our members attend this convention. It’s a bit of a drive and involves overnight accommodations, so we should consider carpooling when the time nears. Information on the convention can be found on the landing page for the Ohio Council website: http://www.ohiomoaa.org/.
What’s on Your Mind – Please let me know what’s on your mind. If you have any concerns about our Chapter or suggestions to improve what we do, get in touch and I’ll make certain we consider your suggestions and try to correct any problem. Call me at cell phone 614-783-2315 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Upcoming Events – All are Welcome
Board of Directors meeting at noon on Wednesday, July 5 at DSCC (Building 11, Section 9, Room TBD).
Monthly Luncheon and Business Meeting at noon on Friday, July 14 at the Berwick Manor Restaurant, 3250 Refugee Rd, Columbus, Ohio.
Quarterly MOAA Ohio Council meeting at 10:00 on Saturday, July 22 at DSCC (Building 11, Section 9, Rooms 921/922).
Speaker Lineup – The speakers currently scheduled for our monthly luncheons are:
• July 14: Ashley Lester, senior project manager for the Columbus Downtown Development Corporation & Capitol South (CDDC) team will give an update on the National Veterans Memorial & Museum’s exhibits, building and grounds, including new renderings and concepts.
• August 11 – CAPT Tate will give a presentation on the Korean Demilitarized Zone
September 8 (tentatively) – CDR Dustin Martin, USN (Ret), Senior Naval Science Instructor at Grove City High School will talk about JROTC programs.