Military Officers Association of America Awards Junior Officers

By Charles D. Gaddis IV, NPASE Det. NW

The Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) Kitsap Chapter awarded four junior officers at the Elks Lodge in Bremerton, May 15.

MOAA has awarded service members every year for 39 years, increasing the morale between service members, veterans and civilians.

“It’s a wonderful thing to honor these service members on active duty,” said Greg Bajuk, president of MOAA Kitsap Chapter and retired Navy captain. “We feel its a privilege to present awards to outstanding officers and we hope it progresses their careers.”

Kitsap is one of 450 chapters throughout the United States and raises funds for military awards and commendations for active, retired and reserve members.

“It’s an absolute honor to be selected for this award,” said Lt. Matt Lovick, assigned to the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74). “I accept this award on behalf of the Stennis and her crew; without them I wouldn’t be where I am now.”

The association plays an active role in military personnel matters and especially proposed legislation affecting the career force, the retired community, and veterans of the uniformed services.

“I appreciate what the MOAA continues to do through mentor ship and unparalleled support to those serving,” said Lovick.

MOAA continues to support service members throughout the U.S. and members range from veterans to military spouses and elected officials.

“I think it’s great that MOAA continues to take time to recognize our junior officers,” said Capt. Tom Zwolfer, Naval Base Kitsap’s commanding officer. “These service members are the future of our Navy.”

150515-N-EC099-064 BREMERTON, Wash. (May 15, 2015) Officers awarded from Military Officers Association of America Kitsap Chapter pose for a group photo after receiving their awards during their annual luncheon. The MOAA has been supporting the military for over 39 years.(U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Charles D. Gaddis IV/Released)

150515-N-EC099-064 BREMERTON, Wash. (May 15, 2015) Officers awarded from Military Officers Association of America Kitsap Chapter pose for a group photo after receiving their awards during their annual luncheon. The MOAA has been supporting the military for over 39 years.(U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Charles D. Gaddis IV/Released)

150515-N-EC099-059 BREMERTON, Wash. (May 15, 2015) Lt. David Wheeler, assigned to Naval Hospital Bremerton, receives a certificate of merit from Military Officers Association of America Kitsap Chapter during their annual luncheon. The MOAA has been supporting the military for over 39 years.(U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Charles D. Gaddis IV/Released)

150515-N-EC099-059 BREMERTON, Wash. (May 15, 2015) Lt. David Wheeler, assigned to Naval Hospital Bremerton, receives a certificate of merit from Military Officers Association of America Kitsap Chapter during their annual luncheon. The MOAA has been supporting the military for over 39 years.(U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Charles D. Gaddis IV/Released)

150515-N-EC099-049 BREMERTON, Wash. (May 15, 2015) Lt. Matthew Lovick, assigned to the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74), receives a certificate of merit from Military Officers Association of America Kitsap Chapter during their annual luncheon. The MOAA has been supporting the military for over 39 years.(U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Charles D. Gaddis IV/Released)

150515-N-EC099-049 BREMERTON, Wash. (May 15, 2015) Lt. Matthew Lovick, assigned to the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74), receives a certificate of merit from Military Officers Association of America Kitsap Chapter during their annual luncheon. The MOAA has been supporting the military for over 39 years.(U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Charles D. Gaddis IV/Released)

150515-N-EC099-043 BREMERTON, Wash. (May 15, 2015) Lt. Jeffrey Joyce, assigned to Naval Undersea Warfare Center Keyport, receives a certificate of merit from Military Officers Association of America Kitsap Chapter during their annual luncheon. The MOAA has been supporting the military for over 39 years.(U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Charles D. Gaddis IV/Released)

150515-N-EC099-043 BREMERTON, Wash. (May 15, 2015) Lt. Jeffrey Joyce, assigned to Naval Undersea Warfare Center Keyport, receives a certificate of merit from Military Officers Association of America Kitsap Chapter during their annual luncheon. The MOAA has been supporting the military for over 39 years.(U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Charles D. Gaddis IV/Released)

150515-N-EC099-037 BREMERTON, Wash. (May 15, 2015) Lt. Jim Mosimann, assigned to the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68), receives a certificate of merit from Military Officers Association of America Kitsap Chapter during their annual luncheon. The MOAA has been supporting the military for over 39 years.(U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Charles D. Gaddis IV/Released)

150515-N-EC099-037 BREMERTON, Wash. (May 15, 2015) Lt. Jim Mosimann, assigned to the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68), receives a certificate of merit from Military Officers Association of America Kitsap Chapter during their annual luncheon. The MOAA has been supporting the military for over 39 years.(U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Charles D. Gaddis IV/Released)

150515-N-EC099-026 BREMERTON, Wash. (May 15, 2015) Members of Military Officers Association of America Kitsap Chapter prepare to award junior officers during their annual luncheon. The MOAA has been supporting the military for over 39 years.(U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Charles D. Gaddis IV/Released)

150515-N-EC099-026 BREMERTON, Wash. (May 15, 2015) Members of Military Officers Association of America Kitsap Chapter prepare to award junior officers during their annual luncheon. The MOAA has been supporting the military for over 39 years.(U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Charles D. Gaddis IV/Released)

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