Alumni Newsletter

Military Science Alumni Chapter Middle Tennessee State University Murfreesboro, Tennessee  Spring 2018

Greetings Military Science Alumni Chapter Members,

Another MTSU Spring semester is in full swing!!  And I'm hoping all of you are doing well!!

I’m BG(R) David Ogg, Military Science Alumni Chapter (MSAC) President and on behalf of the new MSAC Vice-President Tom Hoover, and the Secretary/Treasurer Nancy Garner, we are honored to update you on your MSAC.

If this is your first MSAC newsletter, GREAT!!  We continue to work with the MTSU Advancement Office to update our records so you know what your MSAC, the Military Science Department, the University and mostly what our great Cadets are doing.

So on with the updates and some requests!

MSAC’s Annual Meeting

The 2017 MSAC Annual Meeting was held at the MTSU ROTC Building on November 4th.  I want to thank LTC(R) Doug Chaffin, Class of '78, for chairing the meeting.  Thanks to all those that attended.  Here are some of the significant agenda items/actions:

  • Election of New MSAC Board for 2018-2019 - The membership elected a new Vice-President, Tom Hoover.  Tom is Class of 1980 and transitioned from the Army as a Captain.  Tom has been a MSAC Vice-President and President, so he's well qualified to be a board member. 

           Nancy and I were re-elected to our current positions.                                                                                                                                                             

           If you want to be nominated or nominate someone for any office please make it known to me (msac.mtsu@gmail.com) and we'll present all               names to the membership for consideration and election at the November 2019 annual meeting.  

  • MSAC Hall of Fame Nominations:  We inducted seven MS/ROTC Alumni General Officers into the MSAC Hall of Fame.

           If you want to nominate a MSAC member, please use the Nomination form at the ROTC Alumni Link:                                http://www.mtsu.edu/arotc1/alumni/index.php 

  • MSAC Membership DuesRemember to send in your membership dues.  Contact Nancy Garner at nancy.garner@mtsu.edu to submit.
    The current dues system is:  Lifetime Membership (scaled by age) 40-under: $350; 41- 50: $300; 51-60: $250; 61-70: $150; 71-80: $125; 80-above: $100; OR Yearly Membership: Gold Hooah: $80; Silver Trooper: $40; Bronze Raider: $20.

 

  • MSAC Funds Update:  The Annual/Budget Expense Report and the three funding accounts were presented.  Information on each funding account is provided below.  To contribute see the Online links at the end of the newsletter.  Remember, all donations are 100% tax deductible.

 

-- MSAC Alumni Capstone Fund:  This is a general purpose fund used to support the priorities of the Military Science Department.  This fund is under the direction and control of the Dean of the College of Basic and Applied Sciences with recommendations from the Military Science Department Chair and the MSAC President.  Forms of contributions are donations from the MSAC, friends of the university, and others who wish to support the general needs of the Military Science Cadet Corps, Department and MTSU.  As mentioned the MSAC membership through the MSAC President has direct recommendation input into the use of these donations.  Also, I would ask that you consider shifting your donations from the already substantial ROTC Alumni Scholarship account to this new Capstone account.  If the scholarship mission increases then we'll get back with you but for now we believe we've reached our scholarship goal.

-- ROTC Alumni Scholarship:  This account is controlled by MTSU and influenced by the PMS.  Your generous donations will fund four ROTC Alumni Scholarships for the academic school year.  At this time this account has over $136K in principle and interest.  This amount is amazing and more than enough to support the ROTC Department's desire to provide scholarships to deserving Cadets.  The PMS has been asked to look at the account's interest amount and begin to distribute some funds in smaller amounts (i.e., $500) to desiring Cadets.  This may be a windfall for some Cadets and is a credit to our membership for their generous contributions.

-- Alumni General Officer Award:  These funds, controlled by MTSU and influenced by the PMS, are donated by the 13 currently living Alumni General Officers (total Alumni Generals 16).  The funds are specifically directed for the purchase of an Officer/Military Dress Saber for presentation each year to the new MTSU Cadet Battalion Commander.  The MSAC President will reach out to the Generals should funds be required and to new Generals as they are selected.

Military Science Department Activities and Support

  • The MS Department's Annual Spring Awards Ceremony is April 24, 2018.  As MSAC President, I will present the Alumni Chapter's awards:  MSAC MS IV Peer Award, the General Officer's Officer Saber to the Cadet Battalion Commander (school year 2018-19) and four ROTC Alumni Scholarships.
  • The MS Department's Commissioning Ceremony is May 11, 2018.  The numbers are:  Five Active Duty; Four Reserve Duty, for a total of Nine commissionees. 

Upcoming MSAC Events:

  • The 2018 MSAC Annual Membership Meeting will be held on November 3, 2018, at Forrest Hall.  Meeting time is TBD.
  • The meeting will be held in conjunction with the MTSU's "Salute to Veterans and Armed Services Day" and MT football game.  Game time is TBD.

-- During the game MTSU ROTC Alumni will be acknowledged.  If like last year, with 10-12 minutes remaining on the 1st Quarter game clock, ALL MTSU ROTC ALUMNI are requested to meet in the NW tunnel of Floyd Stadium.  At the first time out after the 10 minute mark we will walk onto the football field (stand on the nearest 20 yard line number).  We'll then be announced/recognized to the audience.  After, we'll be released to go back to our seats.

-- HALFTIME:  Veteran's Salute:  All Vets walk across the football field.  Alumni General Officers lead the Vets across mid-field.

MTSU ROTC Alumni Link & Information

-- Also, if you are on active duty, email Nancy and give her your branch, duty status and duty location.  We're working on the mentorship program and our records in general.  Thanks!!

-- Check out the Blue Raider Battalion's Facebook page at:  https://www.facebook.com/blue.battalion.  We’re looking into a specific Facebook page for the MSAC.

-- Mail your donations/gift check,  payable to the MTSU Foundation, to:

          MTSU Foundation, Wood-Stegall Center, PO Box 109, Murfreesboro, TN  37132

 

Again, thank you for all your support to the MSAC and the Military Science/ROTC Cadets and the cadre.

See you on the objective!!!

Respectfully, 

R. David Ogg, Jr.
MSAC President
BG, USA (Retired)
Class ’78
wizofogg@aol.com

Thomas F. Hoover, Jr.
MSAC Vice-President
CPT, USA (Retired)
Class ’80
tomfrankhoover@comcast.net

Nancy Garner
MSAC Secretary/Treasurer
nancy.garner@mtsu.edu