The Aiken Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America – or MOAA – will celebrate its 50th anniversary with a special meeting on Nov. 6 at Newberry Hall.

One of 409 MOAA chapters in the United States, the Aiken Chapter joins 82 others that have achieved this 50-year milestone.

The meeting will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Founded by a core group of 15 retired military officers in September 1963, the Aiken chapter was the brainchild of Lt. Col. Maurice M. Williams, who placed an ad in the Aiken Standard asking all officers of the uniformed services to meet at his office for the purpose of organizing a local chapter of The Retired Officers Association.

The chapter charter was granted by the national headquarters on Dec. 9, 1963. There are currently 106 members in the Aiken MOAA Chapter.

For those who want to attend this meeting, reservations should be made no later than Nov. 1 by calling meeting coordinator Denny Flahault at 803-226-9017 or via email at

The cost of the special buffet meal is $30 per person.

To recognize his many years of service to the military community, U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson, R-S.C., will be presented with an honorary membership at the meeting.

Also in attendance at the 50th anniversary meeting will be S.C. Attorney General Alan Wilson.

Vice Adm. Norbert R. Ryan Jr., USN (Ret.), MOAA president and CEO, will attend the Nov. 6 meeting to present the 50th anniversary certificate to the Aiken Chapter president, Rear Adm. Henry Herrera.

Auxiliary memberships also are available for surviving spouses of deceased officers.

Anyone with a military background who is interested in joining the Aiken Chapter of MOAA should call Linda Caldwell at 803-226-0546 or email