Eugenia “Gene” Thornton
Rank: Colonel (Ret)
Phone: 302 335 1655
Rank: Colonel (Ret)
Service: Army Reserve
Rank: Lieutenant Commander (Ret)
The mission of the Dover Chapter of MOAA is to support a strong national defense, and to benefit the members of the uniformed U.S. Services, their families and survivors while providing needed support to the community and its members.
The Dover Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) was chartered in 1969 and serves Kent County Delaware. The Chapter obtained its own 501(c)(19) designation as of September 2006, and Certificate of Incorporation as of May 2010 so as to officially be able to conduct year round fund raising as a tax exempt non-profit service organization. Meetings are held the third Saturday of each month from September through the following May at a local restaurant in Dover DE; 5 P.M. Social Hour and 6 P.M. Sit-down Dinner. The Chapter publishes a monthly newsletter during these months that is available in a hard copy snail mail edition and/or electronically via e-mail. The Chapter has about 85 members of currently serving, former, and retired U.S. Service Officers and their survivors.
The Dover DE Chapter of MOAA holds 8 meetings a year (September through the following May) featuring guest speakers on topics relevant to the members and its mission. A special Holiday Party is also held on the second Sunday of each December so as to collect in advance appropriate age related unwrapped children's gifts for the USMC "Toys for Tots Program".
The Chapter supports the four local high school JROTC Programs in Kent County by annually presenting MOAA JROTC Medals and Certificates each May; year round fund raising efforts also allows for the awarding of $1500 College Scholarships to their select graduating cadets. The Chapter also supports the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Army ROTC Programs at the University of Delaware by presenting discussions about MOAA's mission to its cadets and staff, and by annually awarding sets of Second Lieutenant's Bars to their graduating ROTC seniors.
MOAA is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization open to officers and former officers of the Uniformed Services