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Military Chapter earns high honors

Posted on Wednesday, August 28, 2013 at 10:00 am


For the sixth consecutive year the Potomac Chapter of the Military Officer’s Association of America was declared a Five Star Chapter for 2012.

Chapter President and Essex County resident John R. Clickener said five stars is the highest award that any of the association’s chapters can receive. He said the honor spoke to the quality and the dedication of his chapter’s members.

“It’s not just any one person,” he said. “It’s collectively everyone in the chapter continuing to do what they’ve done throughout their lives.”

Clickener, a retired Lieutenant Colonel of the United States Marine Corps, said his organization was one of 13 chapters out of 18 total in Virginia to receive four stars or greater.

“The reception of the award is a reflection of the dedication that the military families [or] the military member, their spouse and their children have had their throughout their lives,” said Clickener. “They’ve served while on active duty and they continue to serve in support of our veterans and retirees and their families after they have retired. They are deeply committed to the communities that they live in.”

Members are also actively involved in community service groups and activities such as the concert series in the Northern Neck and the Northern Neck of Virginia Historical Society.

The Potomac Chapter as a whole has also been directly involved with activities at the Naval Surface Warfare Dahlgren Division as well as the planning for Veterans Day and Memorial Day Ceremonies for the localities of Hague, Colonial Beach and Tappahannock.

The chapter has also branched out to Warsaw in the past, as well as the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg where its members held meetings on campus in conjunction with book signings and authors’ evenings.

The Potomac Chapter awards a medal and college scholarship to a graduating senior from King George High School who is a member of the Junior Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps.

In addition to local activities, Clickener shared that the Potomac Chapter has also received recognition for its role as one of the leading organizations involved with legislation on the state level.

Clickener added: “I’m honored to have the opportunity to serve as an officer on the chapter and I’m so proud of the people I’ve served with and am now serving for.”

The award will be presented at the MOAA’s annual meeting in October in Colorado Springs.