VIPMOAA ROTC & JROTC Awards Committee Co-Chairs:
COL Norm Merski, USA (Ret.)
MAJ Frank Duckett, USAF (Ret.)


VIPMOAA continued its excellent support of ROTC/JROTC programs in 2017.  Last year all eleven JROTC units on the Virginia Peninsula were recognized – including JROTC units from Bethel, Denbigh, Gloucester, Hampton, Heritage, Kecoughtan, Menchville, Phoebus,Tabb, Warwick, and York.  Scholarships were awarded to senior cadets at all 11 Junior ROTC units for $500 on the Virginia Peninsula as well as 11 MOAA Leadership medals with a $25 VIPMOAA  gift card to Junior Cadets at each of the 11 units.

We want to thank the following members for taking the time to make these presentations at the following JROTC units:

BETHEL – Jay Harper DENBIGH – Jim Murphy GLOUCESTER – Bob Whitman
HAMPTON – Ron Smith HERITAGE – Jack Greenhalgh KECOUGHTAN – Ray Holleran
MENCHVILLE – Steve Mondul PHOEBUS – Ron Corson TABB – Barry Creed
WARWICK – Barry Creed YORK – Bill Bentz

In 2017, VIPMOAA continued to be present for every Comissioning for the three local ROTC units- William & Mary College, Christopher Newport University, and Hampton University by welcoming them into the officers’ Corps and awarding them the MOAA 1 year Membership Certificate & their first set of Lieutenant bars.


The informal mentoring program with officers from VIPMOAA is still in development. The program focus is on pairing a senior Army ROTC cadet with an interested MOAA member and establishing an initial contact between the parties. How the mentorship develops, the scope of the mentorship and the nature of contacts would be is up to the individual mentors and the interest of their respective cadet.  A group session was held last Veterans' Day.  If you are interested in being a part of this initiative contact Col Norm Merski USA (Ret) at (757) 345-9352 or Col Ron Corson USA (Ret) at (757) 253-1311


Each year, VIPMOAA members give out one MOAA ROTC Award Certificate and Medal to a student at each of our area colleges with Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) programs.  VIPMOAA also provides a $100 gift check to each awardee.

Gold Bars for New Officers:

MOAA supports the award of 2nd Lieutenant insignia and a professional looking certificate (for 1 year MOAA membership) to each newly commissioned 2LT at the College of William & Mary, Christopher Newport University, and Hampton University. VIPMOAA members make the presentations.

VIPMOAA Chapter Scholarships

In School-year 2011-2012, VIPMOAA began issuing $500 "scholarships" to senior students at Junior ROTC units on the peninsula.  Member donations enable the chapter to issue these scholarships to each of the 11 area high schools.  These scholarships are part of the VIPMOAA chapter's "Military Community Service/Scholarship Fund".  Go to the "Community Service" Tab under the "About Us" Tab for information about the fund.  VIPMOAA provided 11 $500 scholarships to the 11 Junior ROTC units for the school-year 2014-2105 and was able to increase the scholarship to $700 for school-year 2015-2016.

Junior ROTC at 11 High Schools

Each year, VIPMOAA officers give out MOAA Certificates and Leadership Medals at each local high school with a Junior ROTC program.  VIPMOAA member presents a certificate and medal. VIPMOAA funds a $25 Gift Card for a JUNIOR year cadet at each of the 11 JROTC High Schools every year.