Ozark Empire Chapter Officers

 

President

Chuck Guy COL, USA, Retired

Chuck entered U.S. Army active duty in December of 1965 and served as a helicopter pilot in Vietnam until November of 1967.  He joined the Colorado National Guard in 1981 serving as Commander of a helicopter attack battalion, director of ground safety for the Army Guard and as the Chief of a Joint Contact Team in Slovenia for a year. In his civilian career he was an aerial photo pilot and marketing rep in the oil and gas service industry. He then became a B-727 airplane systems instructor for United Airlines, retiring as manager of regulatory compliance in 2005. Chuck joined OEMOAA in 2012 and has served as membership chairman, speaker coordinator and 1st Vice President. He is a life member of MOAA and the Vietnam Helicopter Pilots Assn. He's a volunteer driver for the Disabled American Veterans and the Community Blood Center of the Ozarks. He enjoys travelling with his wife Connie and playing golf.  They live in Nixa.

1st Vice President

Jerry Nicholson LTC, USMC, Retired

 

2nd Vice President/Newsletter Editor

Ron McCall CAPT, USAF, Retired

Enlisted in the US Air Force in 1972, serving as a hospital corpsman and later as a cardiopulmonary technologist, for a total of 13 years.  Began Physician Assistant training in 1984, later completing a post-graduate residency program, specializing in Orthopedic Surgery. Retired from the Air Force in 1995, serving 23 years, at the rank of Captain. Relocated to Springfield, Missouri with my family, where we live today. I have served on leadership boards of several professional organizations at the state and national levels. Together with my wife, we are active members of Second Baptist Church, where we serve in several capacities. Today, I am still working in the field of Orthopedics, and enjoy spending as much time as possible with my grandchildren, who bring much joy to my life. 

 

Secretary/Treasurer

William Pickett LTC, USAF, Retired

In 1961 Bill graduated as a chemical engineer, was commissioned in the USAF, Medical Service Corp, married Cathy and headed for their first assignment at the USAF Hospital, Wright-Paterson AFB, OH. In 1965 he was assigned to Tan Son Nhut AB as the first bioenvironmental engineer in Southeast Asia and supported activities throughout Thailand & Vietnam.  Returning in 1966 he was assigned to 1st AF at Stewart AFB, NY as staff bioenvironmental engineer.  He attended Graduate School prior to assignment as Chief of the Industrial Hygiene Division of the USAF Environmental Health Laboratory, Kelly AFB, TX.  1974 saw him in Wiesbaden, Germany where he headed a consulting group.  From 1977 to 1981 he was Command Bioenvironmental Engineer in the Surgeon’s Office of Military Airlift Command. He retired in 1981 and for the next 20 years served as a director at the Univ. of CT Health Center. He and Cathy moved to Springfield in 2002 and enjoy travel, genealogy and OEMOAA.  

 

Immediate Past President

Phil Samples COL, USAF, Retired

 

Webmaster

Keith Oxby WO, Royal Navy, Retired

After ten years as a mechanical engineer, Keith joined the British Royal Navy in 1975 as a Marine Engineer, serving on Frigates, Patrol Vessels and a Survey Ships.  He spent most of his sea time in the North Atlantic tracking Soviet Submarines, although commissions took him to most of the Atlantic Rim, the Persian Gulf, Mediterranean and eastern Pacific.  Retiring as a Warrant Officer in 1997 he moved to the SW Missouri Ozarks, where he taught fly fishing. He became an American Citizen and a member of MOZARK Chapter of MOAA, serving as membership chairman and webmaster.  Moving back to the UK in 2015 he fills his time with family and leading walking holidays in the UK.

 

Legislative Liaison

Franklin G. Bridges, LTC, USA, Retired.
Frank entered the U.S. Army active duty in 1965 and Commissioned Regular Army in 1967.  While in Vietnam from 1966 to 1970 he became Equipment Movements Officer, 459th Signal Battalion, and Company Commander, Heavy Cable Construction, 40th Signal Battalion.  From 1975 to 1977 he was Assistant Professor of Military Science, Missouri State University, and Department Head, Military Science, Missouri Southern State College.  In 1978 he became Joint Staff Officer in Korea, and then Production Officer (Army) for Joint U. S. Military Advisory Group-ROK until 1981.  From 1982 to 1985 he became a Joint Staff Officer at the Pentagon, and Project Manager of Communications Electronics Command until 1988.  Between 1978 and 1987 he attended various Military Schools, including Signal Basic, Advanced and Communications Electronics System Engineering Courses, Command and General Staff College, Army War College.  Frank has a Bachelor's and Master’s Degrees and he is a Life Member of MOAA. He’s also a member of Missouri State Founders Club and Life Member of the AUSA.  He and his wife Shirley live in Springfield and they have a son, and two Granddaughters.

 

Surviving Spouse Liaison

Becky Hutchings, RN, MSN-ED, Retired

After Becky completed nursing school in Michigan, she worked in acute care for several years. Upon moving to Missouri, she transitioned to public health where she served those living with HIV/AIDS and eventually became the State Director for the HIV Care Program. Becky was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award from the AIDS Project of the Ozarks in 2005. After receiving her Master of Science in nursing at MSU, she taught in the MSU Nursing Program. She then returned to public health to manage a childcare program before retiring.  Becky attends Praise Assembly where she is Care Coordinator for the choir. She currently serves as Chaplain and Surviving Spouse Liaison for our Chapter. She enjoys time with her family and her two golden retrievers, Cooper and Katy.

 

Membership Chairman - Position Open

 

 

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