May 17, 2022
The Black Hills Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) will meet Friday, June 17 at The Rushmore Hotel & Suites at 445 Mt. Rushmore road in downtown Rapid City.
Our speaker for the 11:30am luncheon will be Captain Frank Michael, USN (Ret). Captain Michael serves as Program Director for Council and Chapter Affairs at the MOAA headquarters in Arlington, Virginia, and will provide an update on MOAA activities and initiatives.
Captain Michael is a 30-year Navy veteran and aviator who has served in command tours at the squadron and major command-at-sea levels. His major assignments included a tour on the Joint Staff, Chief of Naval Operations Fellow, CNO Strategic Study Group, and Strategy Branch Chief on the Navy Staff.
Our luncheon offers two options (1) London Broil Flank Steak......or (2) Grilled Salmon w/Pesto Cream Sauce. Either is served with a Garden Salad, Fresh Baked Bread w/ Butter, and Chef's selection of Fresh Vegetables and Starch. The $18 per person fee includes sales tax and gratuity. Please RSVP no later than Friday, June 10th to LCDR Bonnie Walker at (605) 381-7285 or you can e-mail her at email@example.com and be sure to indicate your entree selection.
Members are encouraged to invite prospective members and guests to join us, too, for a meeting that promises to be a fun and informative gathering. You'll soon be receiving notification via e-mail or the U.S. Postal Service about this meeting. Keep an eye on your mail box!
And do be sure to check back to this Home Page from time-to-time for any new developments or information regarding this meeting. We look forward to seeing you Friday, June 17th!
at May 17, 2022
May 16, 2022
JROTC Cadet Kaleigh Teague, a Junior at Rapid City Central High School, was presented with the MOAA Leadership Award on Friday, May 13, "her lucky day." But luck had nothing to do with it. Cadet Teague earned the MOAA award for demonstrating "exceptional potential for military leadership," among other requirements.
The medal and certificate were presented by CDR Larry Miller, President of the Black Hills Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA).
To be considered for the award, candidates must be in the upper 10 percent of his/her high school class, be of high moral character, demonstrate a high degree of loyalty to the unit, school, and country.
Several family members were on hand for the ceremony, including her parents, Pat and Michael Teague – as well as her grandparents, Pat and Richard Salkeld.
The Leadership Medal was pinned on Cadet Teague by 1st Sergeant Ryan Wheele of the JROTC faculty. That photo and certificate presentation are on our Activities Page.
Our congratulations to Cadet Teague for her leadership within the Rapid City Central High School JROTC program!
at May 16, 2022
April 15, 2022
ROTC Cadet Brandon Bassett (right) accepts the MOAA Leadership Award from retired COL Mike Kain, Black Hills Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America during ceremonies April 5 at the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology. Cadet Bassett, a Junior at Black Hills State University, is from Rapid City and is majoring in Business Administration. The MOAA Leadership Award recognizes those cadets who have demonstrated exceptional potential for military leadership. Bassett, a veteran, has four years prior active duty service in the Army infantry. Congratulations Cadet Bassett!
April 14, 2022
Editor's note: During a Town Hall meeting sponsored by the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) last week in Rapid City, Senator Mike Rounds told NewsCenter1 Television that the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has recommended closing a number of medical facilities across the county and that "unfortunately, they kind of 'piled on' rural facilities and that's going to hurt our veterans in South Dakota." That same day, the story below – which appears here in its entirety – was posted on the Senator's official website. It deals primarily with VA recommendations that – if implemented – would have a significant impact upon medical services for Veterans across South Dakota and the nation.
Rounds & Manchin to Biden: Don’t Cut VA Medical Services for Elderly Veterans
March 11, 2022
Editor's Note: The South Dakota congressional delegation wasted little time in challenging proposed recommendations announced by the Department of Veterans Affairs that could well result in the closure of medical facilities located in Fort Meade, Hot Springs, and Wagner. The following information has been posted on the websites of Senators John Thune and Mike Rounds, and Representative Dusty Johnson. For a broader look at the VA proposal, check out this report originally posted in the Military Times.
March 3, 2022
February 11, 2022
Editor's Note: We were saddened to learn that Mary Piper, a Lifetime Member of MOAA and a Past President of our Black Hills Chapter, has passed away. Below is the obituary information provided on the Osheim Schmidt Funeral Home website.
Mom was the only child to attend high school and college. She graduated from Incarnate Word College and earned her nursing diploma in 1951. She joined the USAF in 1953 and was stationed at Ellsworth Air Force Base as a 2nd Lieutenant. She met and married a handsome fighter pilot named Charles A Piper Jr.
She received her Flight Nurse Diploma and Wings in 1955. She was honorably discharged as a 1st Lt Air Force Reserve Nurse during her first pregnancy. In 1955, women in the military could not serve their country if they had children. Mom and Dad had six children and later divorced.
Mom was her son John’s greatest and loudest fan at baseball and basketball games. Everyone present will never forget her loud and boisterous enthusiasm which included an obnoxious cowbell. Treasured memories with son Richard included travels to Washington, DC and Spain, where she fluently conversed in Spanish much to Richard’s astonishment. Other travels included trips to see family in Texas, Utah, Canada and Alaska.
Her nursing career of 60 years included Saint John’s, Bennett Clarkson and the VA Hospital in Hot Springs. She completed her career at Sioux San Hospital where she spent 28 years. She proudly retired at age 80.
In the course of her long and esteemed nursing career, mom received numerous awards. To name a few, Mom was a Spirit of Dakota nominee in 2006. The SD Nurses Association honored her with the Joy of Nursing Award also in 2006. Mary received the prestigious Carruth Wagner MD Award as the Nurse of the Year in 2010. She also received the Chief Nurse Officer Award for Outstanding Contributions to Nursing. After retirement, she traded in her crisp white uniform and nurses cap for capris.
Her proud military service and patriotism kept her involved with The Retired Officers Association (now The Military Officers Association of America) and others. Mom was involved in many organizations all her life. She loved to sing and dance. Mom lived independently and was always cleaning her dream home. We will remember Mom for her spirited personality and love of life. Survivors include son John (Vicki), daughters Morgan, Teryn, Logan; daughter Marian(Craig) Alexander, sons Matt (Sarah), Ross (Stephanie); son C.A.(Christine), daughters Callie Piper, Candice(Keith) Sano, Piper (Zach) Ferrell; son Marshall (Lynne), children Alexander (Taylor) and Alicia Piper; daughter Louisa Piper, 13 great grandchildren and many friends and colleagues.
She was preceded in death by her son Richard in 2003, her parents and siblings.
Visitation will be Sunday, February 13 from 1 to 3 p.m. at Osheim Schmidt Funeral Home. Funeral services will be at 9:00 a.m. Monday, February 14 at Blessed Sacrament Church. Burial will be at the Black Hills National Cemetery at 2:00 p.m.
A Memorial has been established to the Black Hills War Memorial Association.