A 5-STAR LEVELS OF EXCELLENCE CHAPTER
The Emerald Empire Chapter of MOAA, an affiliate of the national Military Officers Association of America (MOAA), is a Eugene-based 501(c)(19) veterans organization that meets regularly at the Veterans’ Memorial Building at 1626 Willamette Street. Today, there are 88 Regular Members, and 33 Associate Members, made up of active, retired and former members of the nation’s seven uniformed services and their surviving spouses.
This Chapter advocates on military personnel matters, and proposed legislation affecting the career force, the retired community and veterans of the uniformed services.
As a local chapter, we focus on the local military community.
The Retired Officers Club of the Emerald Empire was organized in late 1965, and became a chartered affiliate of The Retired Officers Association (TROA) on 11 May 1966. In 1977 the club was incorporated as a nonprofit organization under the laws of the State of Oregon.
The objectives of the club as expressed in the original constitution are primarily patriotic and social. Occasional non-partisan political activity is undertaken where the rights and interest of active, retired and former members of the various services are concerned. In order to achieve its objectives, the club has actively participated in the Oregon Council of Chapters of MOAA and is associated with the Oregon Council of Federal Retired Organizations. In addition, the club supports several local community activities and maintains liaison with the University of Oregon ROTC unit.
On 1 January 2003, the name of the organization was changed to MILITARY OFFICERS ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA. The new name clearly identifies who we represent, and invites all generations of officers to join those nearly 390,000 members who already have committed themselves to that mission.. MOAA will be known widely for the elite organization it is, comprised of retired, active and former officers of the seven uniformed services who have served this nation.
Officers, retirees, and former officers of the uniformed services of the United States, and their surviving spouses, are eligible to join MOAA. To join the Emerald Empire Chapter, select the "Chapter Membership Application" (below) which will download a form to you. Print it out, fill it in, then follow the instructions in the lower right-hand corner of the form...and welcome aboard!
Since its inception in 1965, The Emerald Empire Chapter has been closely linked with the University’s ROTC program. Many chapter members are alumnus and some are even adjunct professors. The chapter is involved in the cadets’ commissioning ceremonies and has annually offered awards and scholarships to the top cadets.
This past year the University of Oregon ROTC program won the prestigious MacArthur Award as one of the top programs in the country. The award is based on a combination of the achievement of the school’s commissioning mission, its Cadets’ performance and standing on the command’s National Order of Merit List and its cadet retention rate.
ROTC is the largest single source of new officers for the Army, commissioning the majority of the Army’s new officers each year through the senior ROTC program. Their mission is produce commissioned officers in the quality, quantity and academic disciplines necessary to the Active Army and Guard/Reserve component requirements. Further, they provide the premier leadership development training at the University of Oregon, and Military Science education to all interested students.
To find out more about the ROTC and the range of experiences they can expose students, select the "U of O ROTC button.
*See the Local News page for more information on these organizations, and how we support them in their efforts to help Lane County veterans.