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Chapter To Host USSOUTHCOM Rear Admiral

By Charlie Hudson | Posted: Thursday, February 28, 2019 8:35 pm

Florida is among the states to enact different laws and special benefits known as “Military Friendly”.

Florida is also the state with the fifth largest military population of over 90,000 active and reserve personnel and is highly ranked for military retirees. For those who relocate to our area, it’s easy to find the American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) posts. Less well-known is the chapter of the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA South Florida Chapter 25) that holds their luncheons the second Thursday of each month (October through May) at the All Ranks Club, Homestead Air Reserve Base.

At the national level, “MOAA’s greatest mission has been to protect the benefits of military service members and their families.” From a local perspective, their May event in presenting Quilts of Valor always comes with uplifting stories of veterans selected to be presented with a quilt. Their other luncheons focus on topics such as Military Pay Changes/Updates, VA Benefits for Retirees and Surviving Spouses, Honor Flights, Women Prisoners of War, International Health and Education Issues, and more.

Coast Guard Rear Admiral Steven D. Poulin, who serves as U.S. Southern Command’s Director of Operations (USSOUTHCOM), will be guest speaker, Thursday, March 14, 2019, 11:30 a.m. In this role, he directs U.S. military operations across the Caribbean Basin plus Central and South America. Previously, he was Commander of the First Coast Guard District, 

where he directed all Coast Guard missions across eight states in the Northeast including over 2,000 miles of coastline from the U.S.A.-Canada border to northern New Jersey and 1,300 miles offshore. Other flag assignments included the Judge Advocate General and Chief Counsel of the Coast Guard, where he led a dedicated group of legal professionals and was responsible for the delivery of all legal services in support of the Coast Guard's missions and its units. He has held myriad command, operational, and staff positions during his career, including work in Public Affairs, Maritime and International Law, and Command of Coast Guard Sector Mobile, where he directed Coast Guard operations in Mississippi, Alabama, and the Florida Panhandle. In two of his high-visibility specialty assignments he served as the Incident Commander for Deepwater Horizon oil spill response operations and was a Special Adviser for Border and Transportation Security in the Office of Vice President Cheney.

Reservations are requested no later than March 12th, 2019 to Major Tom Powell, 305-235-0091, (Luncheon fee is $20). Individuals who do not have identification card access to HARB should contact Powell about requirements for base access. Powell is also the contact for additional information about the local chapter. For more information about MOAA at the national level, see