Ashe County High School JROTC Leadership Award May 24, 2013
Ashe County High School JROTC Leadership Award

Ashe County High School JROTC Leadership Award

May 24, 2013

* The New River Chapter presented the MOAA Junior ROTC Leadership Award at the Ashe County High School's student award assembly on May 24, 2013.

Shown at right (top) is New River President CAPT-Ret. Doug Ehrhardt, USN presenting the award certificate to Cadet Captain Zachary Bryson May.

* The lower photograph shows Captain Ehrhardt pinning the MOAA Leadership medal on Cadet May.

* This is the fourth year that the New River Chapter has made the award presentation to a deserving JROTC cadet at the ACHS.

The MOAA JROTC medal recognizes an outstanding cadet who shows exceptional potential for military leadership:

The cadet is selected by the unit commander.

The candidate is in his or her next-to-last year of the JROTC program.

Is in good academic standing.

Is of high moral character.

Evinces a high order of loyalty to his unit, school and country.

Shows exceptional potential for military leadership.

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The Conscientious Objector (Award Winning Theatrical Documentary) May 21, 2013 - 6:00 - 8:00 PM @ Ashe County Arts Council
The Conscientious Objector (Award Winning Theatrical Documentary)

The Conscientious Objector (Award Winning Theatrical Documentary)

May 21, 2013 - 6:00 - 8:00 PM @ Ashe County Arts Council

* Sponsored by the New River Chapter, MOAA, the compelling and inspirational true story of the heroic actions of Private First Class Desmond Doss, an Army Infantry Company Medical Aidman who was honored with the Congressional Medal of Honor by President Harry Truman for saving the lives of at least 75 wounded men on one day during the WWII battle for the Maeda Escarpment (Hacksaw Ridge) in Okinawa. The story is told by men whose lives Doss saved on that day. It is a dramatic story of courage, honor, personal conviction, faith, fierce patriotism and heroism during one of the bloodiest battles of WWII where expected survival was only 1 chance in 10.

* Colonel Charles Knapp, US Army, Retired and Ashe resident, a Consulting Producer during the making of the documentary and Consulting Producer of Hacksaw Ridge, a theatrical movie now in preproduction by Walden Media will offer an introduction and comments.

* This is special program being offered as a belated community recognition and celebration of Armed Forces Day, which occurs on Saturday, May 18, 2013.

* Eighteen youth cast members, in full period patriotic costume, of Ashe Counties Generation eXcellence will open the program with a musical tribute to America’s flag, the National Anthem and then pay honor to America’s Armed Forces with a dramatized medley of the service hymns of each branch of the uniformed services. Veterans in the audience will be paid special recognition.

(Pictures used with permission of desmonddoss.com)

Upper right: Corporal Desmond Doss, USA

Lower right: President Harry S. Truman presenting Corporal Desmond T. Doss with the Congressional Medal of Honor

The members of the New River Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America are pleased to host the showing of this documentary, produced and directed by Terry Benedict. The theatrical length documentary has earned 23 film festival awards and been shown on national television 12 times including the world-wide Armed Forces Network. It has been subtitled in four languages besides English and distributed widely in Asia and Europe. It is available at most video outlets, from desmonddoss.com and can be leased from NetFlix. The film is in demand by youth groups, Boy/Girl Scouts and school curricula on personal conscience, courage, leadership, patriotism and leadership. According to Col. Charles Knapp, U.S. Army Retired, local Ashe resident and sponsor of the film, “This film is a quintessential story of Duty, Honor, Country. It is the dramatic real life portrayal of what can happen to an ordinary life at the intersection of Personal Faith and Committed Patriotism.”

President Truman was heard to remark when pinning the Medal of Honor on Corporal Doss’ uniform, “. . . because of what you have done for your comrades and the country, this act gives me more pleasure than being elected President of our country . . .”

Not all heros carry a weapon. Doss didn’t. Some carry faith. Doss did.

Knapp is Chairperson of the Desmond Doss Council of the Georgia Cumberland Association in Calhoun, GA which is responsible for protecting the integrity of the Doss life story, film and book copyrights, and the extensive Doss collection of memorabilia on loan and in several university archives.

“Doss was a sought after speaker to youth groups and traveled the world. He would hold an audience of middle schoolers spell bound on normally dry topics of character development, personal faith and ethics and get a standing ovation at the end,” says Knapp who had known Doss for many years. “Roads, bridges, VFW halls and American Legion posts carry his name. His likeness in bronze can be found in veteran’s parks. The most notable is his full size bronze figure in the Georgia Hall of Patriotism in Centennial Square in Atlanta, GA."

Click here to read Doss' entire Medal of Honor Citation

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Air Force Junior ROTC Award Presentations Wilkes Central and North Wilkes High Schools
Air Force Junior ROTC Award Presentations

Air Force Junior ROTC Award Presentations

Wilkes Central and North Wilkes High Schools

Representatives of the New River Chapter, MOAA attended award presentation ceremonies on May 2nd and May 3rd at two of the high schools in our catchment area for the purpose of presenting the National MOAA Leadership Award to selected AF Junior ROTC students.

Shown in the photograph to the right (top) is Cadet Technical Sergeant Andy Kempter, the North Wilkes High School First Sergeant. Following the pinning on of the MOAA Leadership Medal, Captain (Ret.) Doug Ehrhardt, USN, President, New River Chapter, presents the award certificate to Cadet Kempter. The ceremony took place at the Baptist Home Baptist Church in North Wilkesboro.

In the lower photograph, Cadet Major Jackson Bell, Cadet Commander of the Wilkes Central AF JROTC is shown receiving the award certificate from Colonel (Ret.) Ken Lynn, USAF, Secretary/Treasurer, New River Chapter. Also shown is LtCol Tim Fuller, Senior Aerospace Science Instructor (left) and Michelle Sheppard, Wilkes Central HS President. The ceremony was held at the North Wilkesboro Presbyterian Church.

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New River Chapter Awards 2012 Col. Marvin J. Harris Communications Awards Contest

New River Chapter Awards

2012 Col. Marvin J. Harris Communications Awards Contest

* The New River Chapter received two awards in the 2012 Col. Marvin J. Harris Communication Awards Contest which is held annually to recognize both MOAA Council and Chapters that do an outstanding job communicating with their members.

* The New River Chapter awards for Category V (Chapters with fewer than 120 members) were:

Electronic Newsletters - Winner

Web site - 1st Runner Up

Link: Click here to go to the award list on the MOAA website:

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GovX - New Discount Buying Program A MOAA Members Only Service

GovX - New Discount Buying Program

A MOAA Members Only Service

If you're interested in learning more about a new MOAA Members Only discount buying program - GovX - follow the below link to visit our North Carolina Council of Chapters webpage and get all the details.

Link: Click here:

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New River 1st VP Attends Oscar Night! Dr. Charles Knapp, MC, USA-Ret.

New River 1st VP Attends Oscar Night!

Dr. Charles Knapp, MC, USA-Ret.

* New River Chapter 1st Vice President, Dr. Charles Knapp of Helton, NC was in Beverly Hills, CA for the 2013 Academy Awards Gala recently.

* A retired U.S. Army colonel, Charles is consulting producer for the motion picture “Hacksaw Ridge,” which tells the true story of World War II Medal of Honor winner Desmond Doss, the first conscientious objector to be honored with America’s highest military award for valor above and beyond the call of duty in the face of enemy fire.

* COL Knapp is also chairman of the Desmond Doss Council of the Georgia Cumberland Association in Calhoun, GA, which holds the life story, intellectual property, book and film rights and memorabilia in trust for the late Desmond Doss, who died in 2006.

* Dr. Knapp has previously been involved in productions related to Desmond Doss, notably the 2004 documentary “The Conscientious Objector.”

* "Hacksaw Ridge" is currently in in preproduction by Walden Media. and is being produced by Bill Mechanic, former CEO of Fox Filmed Entertainment.

COL Knapp shared, "What a treat it was to be the guest of agent, Gabe Videla, D"Artagnan Entertainment and the producers of the movie, "Hacksaw Ridge." Mary, Charles wife, said she saw me on ABC's coverage and "would recognize my bald head anywhere . . . "

Charles added, "Hacksaw Ridge was the name GIs gave to the battle for Okinawa's Maeda Escarpment in WWII and the incredible and heroic actions of aid-man PFC Desmond Doss, for which he was decorated with the Medal of Honor. It is a story of the intersection of faith and patriotism."

Now in the eleventh year towards getting Doss' story told, COL Knapp works with a few other patient but zealous compatriots on the Desmond Doss Council of the Georgia Cumberland Association.

Link: Click here to read the March 14, 2013 Jefferson Post article:

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North Carolina Council of Chapters "Convention at Sea" February 13-18, 2013

North Carolina Council of Chapters "Convention at Sea"

February 13-18, 2013

* The North Carolina Council of Chapters Convention at Sea returned to the Port of Charleston after an enjoyable 5-day cruise to the Bahamas.

* Readers are invited to visit the Councils website, below, to read and see pictures detailing the cruise.

* New River Chapter President, Doug Ehrhardt was among the 40+ NC Council participants on the Carnival Fantasy cruise and commented, "It was a lot of work for us all, but somebody from the New River Chapter had to do it!"

Link: Click here to visit the North Carolina Council website.

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