Welcome to the
            Grand Strand Chapter of

              Military Officers Association of America


                                 Welcome  from Dave Townsend, Grand Strand Chapter President

Thank you for visiting our new website.  Our chapter is a welcoming and active organization with 140 members.  Membership is open to active duty, retired, and former commissioned officers and warrant officers of the uniformed services (Active, Reserve, National Guard, and State Guard):  Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, Public Health Service, and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.  In general, we support veterans’ issues locally and nationally.  We provide leadership awards and college scholarships to deserving area high school cadets in JROTC units.  We attend and support numerous veteran activities in the Grand Strand area including the “Stand Down” for homeless veterans, May Military Appreciation Month events and Memorial Day parade.  We let our voice be known concerning legislative issues both at the state and national levels.

We normally have a dinner meeting ten months of the year (excluding July and August) at the Pine Lakes Country Club on the second Tuesday of the month.  You are invited to give us a try.  Call me at 843-907-1763 to make a reservation, and I hope to welcome you to our award-winning chapter,

Dave Townsend



                    WHO ARE WE ?

We are one of 12 chapters in South Carolina welcoming all officers and their families to the Carolinas ...- Beautiful Places - Smiling Faces...
Please click on this link South Carolina MOAA Chapters to locate a chapter close to you.  

Become a member:

MOAA Membership is open to active duty, retired, former officers, Reserve, National Guard, and warrant officers of the seven uniformed services: Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, Public Health Service and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Surviving Spouse memberships also are available.

If you are interested in joining please either click on the membership tab (on this site), or contact our membership Chairman, John Bradley (CDR, USN, retired): 727-771-3712; or jebradjr46@gmail.com  .                     

Learn more

The Grand Strand Chapter was formed on January 13, 1960. 

Its membership consists of:

  • currently serving
  • former officers
  • retired officers
  • their survivors.

Monthly meetings

Members and their spouses are invited to the monthly membership meeting on the second Tuesday of the month at a local location.   As soon as the monthly meeting message is provided (via email), members are asked to RSVP via theREGISTER  button on the email or, if you prefer, to:

John Bradley: jebradjr46@gmail.com     Phone: 727-771-3712



June Monthly Meeting:

Our June monthly meeting is a Luncheon, scheduled for Tuesday, 12 June, at Kimbels Restaurant (located at 1930 Governors Landing Road in Murrells Inlet) and part of the Wachesaw Plantation Club. Here's a link to their website in case you need directions:


The social hour begins at 11:30; and with lunch and meeting at noon.  Dress as usual is business casual; the cost will be $25.00/person, paid at the door by check or cash.

Our guest speaker for June will be Col. Gregory Kitchens, USMCR (Ret.). The Colonel sits on the Board of the Patriots Point Foundation, an all volunteer organization supporting the Patriots Point Naval and Maritime Museum and new Medal of Honor Museum Chapel.

Here is a link to Col. Kitchens' bio:
Col. Kitchens bio.docx

Our June luncheon is the time when we recognize our generous donors and those who have made a major contribution to the success of our Chapter over the past year. Please remember that it will also be our last social gathering until September.

The color guard will be provided by the South Carolina State Guard.

You may register here on the Website under Upcoming Events, by responding to your Invitational email or directly to John Bradley, mailto:jebradjr46@gmail.com or 727-771-3712.


Editorial Policy: This website and  “The Coastal Tide Newsletter" are published by the Grand Strand Chapter, which is an affiliate of the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA). 

MOAA.org and its affiliated chapters and councils are nonpartisan.






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