COL Tom Roberson USA (Ret); 2017 Board Member, 2018-2019 Board President
Roberson retired from the U.S. Army in 1999 after serving 26 years on active duty. He spent the next 15 years as a contractor with various companies working in both the Army Secretariat and Army Staff and fully retired in 2015. COL(ret) Roberson was commissioned as a 2LT into the Quartermaster Corps thru the University of Alabama ROTC Program. He served in multiple troop leading positions and such varied assignments as Recruiting Command, Senior Logistics Advisor to the Saudi Arabian National Guard, Senior Logistics Advisor to the NATO Military Committee, and his last assignment was as a Logistics Instructor at the U.S. Army War College. Awards include the Southwest Asia Service Medal with 2 Bronze Service Stars, Kuwait/Saudi Arabia Liberation Medal, the Kuwait Liberation Medal, Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal (6th Award), Joint Meritorious Unit Award, Parachutist Badge, and the Joint Chiefs of Staff Identification Badge. COL(ret) Roberson holds an MBA from the University of Alabama and an MS in National Resource Strategy from the National Defense University. COL(ret) Roberson was a member of the Mount Vernon Chapter of MOAA while residing in Washington D.C., and upon moving to Grove City, OH in 2016, joined the Central Ohio Chapter of MOAA. He served as a Board Member at Large in 2017.
CAPT Bill Tate, USNR ( Ret.); 2014-15 Board Members, 2016-2017 Board President, Immediate Past President
Tate retired in 2008 after 32 years of service, first as an Army medic from 1969–1971 and later as a Navy Surface Warfare Officer following completion of Officer Candidate School in 1978. After active duty he served in a variety of Navy Reserve assignments, the last ten years of which included deployment to Bosnia, specialized training on a ballistic missile defense decision system, and support to Naval Forces Japan and U.S. Forces Japan. He was a project manager at Battelle from 2000–2013 when he retired. He was awarded the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, and Joint Service Commendation Medal. He has been a national MOAA member for 20 years and a Central Ohio Chapter member for three years, most recently leading Programs. He is also Senior Vice Commander of VFW Post 7883, Westerville.
Lt. Col. Jeffrey Collins, USAR (Ret.), Vice President, Director of Programs Collins retired in 2002 from the U.S. Army following 28 years of service in the Active Army, the U.S. Army Reserves, and the National Guard. He was commissioned through the Army ROTC program at Norwich University in Northfield, Vermont. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Government from Norwich and his Master in Human Resource Management from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Hartford, Connecticut. Lt. Col. Collins served four years of active duty at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Following active duty, Lt. Col. Collins served sixteen years in the U.S. Army Reserves with the 76th Division (Tng) and in the J-1 Office of the Iceland Defense Force. After a business transfer to Ohio, he served in the G-1 Office of the Ohio Army National Guard for eight years. He is recipient of the Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal and two Army Commendation Medals, and the Army Achievement Medal. Lt. Col. Collins holds four Life memberships: MOAA; Association of the United States Army; National Guard Association; and the Ohio National Guard Association. He retired from Broadridge Financial Solutions in 2016 following a career in Safety, Health, Environmental, and Security Management
LCDR Nancy Rey, USN (Ret.), Vice President Membership
Rey, retired medically in 1991 after 16 years of service, received a direct commission and started her career as a Registered Nurse. In 1979, she was sent to school in California where she became a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, serving her military time on both coasts. She is recipient of the Meritorious Unit Commendation, the Navy Achievement Medal, and the National Defense Service Medal. She is a Life member of DAV, a member of the American Legion, the Navy Nurse Corps Association, and is involved in church and charitable organizations. Rey, a MOAA Life member, has been active in the Chapter for 19 years. She was the Chapter’s 1st Webmaster and currently continues to maintain the Chapter membership database, compiles reports, and supports numerous other administrative functions.
CDR Walter Rey, USN (Ret), Past President, Chapter Treasurer, Webmaster, Electronic Communications Officer
Rey retired in 1998 after 31 years of service. Starting his career as an active duty Navy Hospital Corpsman, he received a Direct Commission in 1975 and served the next 23 years on active duty at various medical and educational commands on the east and west coasts. He is a recipient of Meritorious Service, Navy Good Conduct and National Defense Service Medals and Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation. He has an MBA and is a Life Member of DAV and MOAA and member of American Legion. Rey has been a Chapter member for 19 years and has served on the board as President, Treasurer and Webmaster.
Lt. Col. Joseph Machado, USA (Ret.); Past President
Machado retired in 1988 after 23 years of service. He served in Vietnam, Korea, and in CONUS. He works closely with Honor Flight. Machado was commissioned through ROTC, and obtained a master’s degree. He was awarded the Bronze Star, Legion of Merit, and National Defense Service Medal. He has been a 15-year MOAA Life member and has been a Chapter member for 8 years.
CAPT George Williams, USNR (Ret.), 2016-2017 Board Member & Past President
Williams retired in 1993 after 27 years of service. Williams was commissioned through Naval OCS. He holds a master’s degree. He serves on Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, is a member of the American Legion, and Reserve Officers Association. Williams, a MOAA Life member and a Chapter member for 11 years, is involved in the Chapter Stand Down activity.
CPT, John McCoy, USA; 2014-2017 Board Member
McCoy served eight years on active duty after earning his commission from the United States Military Academy. He holds a Master’s degree from United States Military Academy (West Point) in engineering. He completed both Airborne and Ranger training. McCoy has served as a Platoon Leader, Company Commander, Aide-de-Camp, and Operations Officer. He owns his own investment business and volunteers as a referee in local sporting events. As a Board member, McCoy leads the JROTC and ROTC awards programs.
Colonel Alexander Bettinger, USAF (Ret.); 2016 Board Member, Secretary 2018-2019
Bettinger retired in 1992 after 25 years of service, most recently serving at Headquarters, Air Combat Command, Langley AFB, Virginia. His service has included Vietnam, United Kingdom, Korea and the United States. Bettinger earned his commission through ROTC while obtaining a Bachelor’s degree in Microbiology through The Ohio State University. He has a Master’s Degree from the University of Arkansas. Bettinger is a Command Pilot with over 3300 hours in T41C, T-37, T-38, O1E, and F-111E aircraft. He has been awarded the Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medals, and Distinguished Flying Cross. He is a member of the Air Force Association,
Lt. Col. Pryor Timmons, USAF (Ret.); 2016 – Member-at-Large
Timmons retired in 1993 after 25 years of active service in in aircraft maintenance, personnel, and operations as a C-141 pilot. His most recent assignment was at Rickenbacker ANGB and Wright-Patterson AFB, as Advisor to the Air Force Reserve. Previous assignments were in South Carolina, Illinois, California, Turkey, New Jersey, Arizona, and Oklahoma. Following retirement, he flew for 16 more years for Net Jets Aviation, Inc., in Columbus. Timmons earned his commission through ROTC while studying International Studies at The Ohio State University. He also earned a Master’s degree in Management from Troy State University and is a graduate of Air War College. He was awarded four Meritorious Service Medals, Air Medal, two Air Force Commendation Medals, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Southwest Asia Service Medal, and the Kuwait Liberation Medal. He is a Life member of both MOAA and the Order of Daedalians.
CWO4 Craig Harris, USAR (Ret.), Assistant Treasurer
Harris, who retired from military service in 2002, received a direct commission, and served 39 years. After studying business in college, Harris retired as Vice-President with Huntington National Bank after an extensive career with major financial institutions. His military service included capacities with the 7th Engineer Brigade in Germany, Paymaster for the 758th Maintenance Company, and Food Service Advisor to the 643d Support Group. He is recipient of the Good Conduct Medal and three Army Commendation Medals. Harris is a Life member of the Military Officers Association of America.