Reid Feltmate

GATESVILLE — Two retired Army officers want to form a North Fort Hood chapter of the Military Officers Association of America.

The retired officers — Reid Feltmate of Gatesville and Coryell County Judge John Firth of Copperas Cove — on March 25 sent a letter to more than 50 current and former MOAA members living in the 76528 ZIP code inviting them to explore the feasibility of starting the chapter.

Organizational meetings are set for 11:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. April 18 at the Stockyard (Andy’s) Restaurant in Gatesville, the letter states.

“The seasoned corps of uniformed officers that comprise an MOAA chapter would be instrumental in fostering the North Fort Hood presence that is increasingly benefiting Coryell County and its communities,” the letter states.

The MOAA, with 380,000 members, is the largest association of military officers in the nation, Feltmate said when he addressed the commissioners court this week.

Membership in the organization is open to active-duty, National Guard, Reserve, retired and former commissioned officers and warrant officers of the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, Coast Guard, Public Health Service and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Feltmate said.

Surviving spouses of deceased officers can become auxiliary members, he said.

Those attending the organization meetings “can talk feasibility, discuss the plan and schedule, discuss our draft charter and select a nominating committee for chapter officers,” the letter states.

For more information, contact Feltmate at (254) 313-2337 or

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