Placing Wreaths at Arlington National Cemetery

Oct 09 2014


Each wreath placed at a veterans headstone for the holidays is a gift from one appreciative American family to another, who knows what it means to serve and sacrifice for the freedoms we enjoy each and every day.

In this video, WAA Chairman Wayne Hanson shares the challenge Wreaths Across America is facing – to honor all veterans at Arlington National Cemetery this December, the 150th anniversary of those hallowed grounds becoming our Nation’s veterans cemetery.

MOAA honored Morrill Worcester, president of Worcester Wreath Co. (Wreaths Across America) with the MOAA Distinguished Service Award in 2008!

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Goldman Sachs 2015 Veterans Integration Program

Oct 07 2014

Published by under Transition

Launched in 2012, the eight-week Goldman Sachs Veterans Integration Program (VIP) provides service men and women exiting the military with an opportunity to develop their professional skills, strengthen their understanding of financial services and prepare for future careers in the industry.

The program enables Goldman Sachs to recruit talented troops who are transitioning from the military to the civilian workforce. We encourage participants who have served with the United States Air Force, Army, Navy and Marines, as well as the British and European Armed Forces.

The deadline to apply to the April 6 – May 29, 2015 program is midnight, December 14, 2014. Visit to submit an application. For more information, please email the Goldman Sachs VIP managers at

GoldmanSachsFlyer2015Click on the thumbnail image to view the full size informational flyer from Goldman Sachs.









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Mil Tech — ARES Robotic VTOL Delivery System

Oct 06 2014

Published by under Technology,Uncategorized

Difficult terrain and threats, such as ambushes and IEDs, can make ground-based transportation to and from the front line a dangerous challenge.

To negate those obstacles for the U.S. military, Lockheed Martin’s Skunk Works ® is leading a team with Piasecki Aircraft to develop the next generation of compact, high-speed vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) delivery systems under the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s (DARPA’s) Aerial Reconfigurable Embedded System (ARES) program.

An artist concept shows the ARES vertical takeoff and landing delivery systems being developed by Lockheed Martin for DARPA.

An artist concept shows the ARES vertical takeoff and landing delivery systems being developed by Lockheed Martin for DARPA.

The ARES VTOL flight module is designed to operate as an unmanned platform capable of transporting a variety of payloads. The flight module has its own power system, fuel, digital flight controls, and remote command-and-control interfaces. Twin tilting ducted fans would provide efficient hovering and landing capabilities in a compact configuration, with rapid conversion to high-speed cruise flight.

Module missions could include cargo resupply, casualty evacuation, and intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR).

Ashish Bagai, DARPA program manager, says, “Many missions require dedicated vertical takeoff and landing assets, but most ground units don’t have their own helicopters. ARES would make organic and versatile VTOL capability available to many more individual units.”

He notes the program’s goal is to provide flexible, terrain-independent transportation that avoids ground based threats, thus supporting expedited and cost-effective operations and improving the likelihood of mission success.

The program envisions an ARES flight module would travel between its home base and field operations to deliver and retrieve different types of detachable modules, each designed for a specific purpose, including cargo pickup and delivery, casualty extraction, or airborne ISR capabilities.

DARPA expects the flight module to have a useful load capability of up to 3,000 pounds, more than 40 percent of the takeoff gross weight of the aircraft.

Ground units would direct flight modules using apps on ruggedized tablets or mobile phones. Unmanned flights are planned initially, but ARES plans a future path toward semi-autonomous flight systems and user interfaces for optionally manned/controlled flight.

About the author: Alan M. Petrillo is a Tucson, Ariz., journalist who writes for national and regional magazines and newspapers. He’s also the author of the mystery, Full Moon, books on historical military small arms, and the nonfiction work, Ice Hockey in the Desert.

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George Washington’s Yorktown: a Two-Day Event

Oct 03 2014

Published by under Events


Image by National Park Service Digital Image Archives [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

If you’re planning to attend MOAA’s 2014 Annual Meeting of the Membership, you might want to add this to your itinerary of events if you have the extra cash and want to come to town a few days early:

Join the Mount Vernon Library on October 24-25 for George Washington’s Yorktown: From Mount Vernon to Victory, a two-day excursion program that will provide participants the opportunity to observe, study and emulate principles of leadership demonstrated by George Washington and others in the penultimate campaign of the Revolutionary War.

Led by noted historian and military expert, Dr. Ricardo Herrera, and paired with unique experiences at the new Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington, participants will acquire an intimate familiarity with the characters, strategic background and events leading up to the siege of Yorktown.

Events will begin at the Fred W. Smith National Library in Mount Vernon, VA, with travel to Colonial Williamsburg mid-day. Day Two will include travel from Colonial Williamsburg to the Yorktown Battlefield, returning to the Mount Vernon Estate by late-afternoon.

Program Includes:

  • Lecture, discussion, and battlefield tour from a leading military scholar on the American Revolution
  • Lunch on both days
  • Travel to and around Colonial Williamsburg and Yorktown
  • Accommodations at the Woodlands Hotel and Suites, right in the heart of Colonial Williamsburg

Program Cost: $550/person

Learn more about the event, or register online!

And for more information on MOAA’s annual meeting, visit for event details and registration!


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Share Your Story, Help Save Lives

Oct 02 2014

Published by under Health & Living

CigmegotOver the past few years, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) had more than 25 people share their real stories on what smoking has done to them through the Tips From Former Smokers campaign.

Those stories have inspired hundreds of thousands of people to quit smoking for good. This is your chance to join them and keep what’s happened to you from happening to others.

If you are a former smoker who is serving or has served in the military and has been diagnosed with a serious health condition due to smoking, please respond to the CDC no later than October 30, 2014*.

Comments on this blog post are for discussion only and not sent to the CDC.

*Must have quit using tobacco for at least 6 months, be able to pass a Background Check, and be willing to have your doctor sign a legal statement verifying that smoking either caused, or contributed to your health condition. Compensation of $2,500 is awarded if selected. For more information please visit, email, or call 844–274–9816.


Image “Cigmegot” by Coco.championOwn work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

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