We request that everyone planning on attending our upcoming meeting provide us with advance notice at the chapter email address (email@example.com).
We will have a seating limitation of 40 at this meeting due to space constraints and Covid concerns.
Our Chapter has a lengthy history of supporting OSDTN, and since they have graciously offered to provide lunch for this event it stands to reason that we in-turn should provide them with an accurate estimate of the number of members who will be present.
We would appreciate receiving all RSVP confirmations NO LATER THAN 19 May, 2021.
Upcoming MOAA Luncheon Meeting
25 May 2021; 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
"Coach Casey Alexander"
Belmont University Men's Basketball Coach
Operation Stand Down Tennessee
1125 12th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37203
Casey Alexander was introduced as Belmont University’s 10th head men's basketball coach in program history Wednesday, April 10, 2019.
He began his second season as head coach in 2020-21 and currently has a Belmont record of 26-7. Inheriting the Bruin program from hall of fame coach Rick Byrd, Alexander led Belmont to Ohio Valley Conference regular season and tournament titles, and the program's ninth NCAA Tournament bid since 2006. Alexander's 26 victories in 2019-20 represented the most by any first-year head coach in NCAA Division I history, and Belmont's victory at Boston College became the latest Power 5 Conference conquest.
When coupled with his final two seasons at Lipscomb, Alexander is one of only seven NCAA Division I head coaches (outside P5, Big East, AAC) to amass at least 78 victories over the last three seasons, joining John Becker (Vermont), Randy Bennett (St. Mary's (CA)), Mark Few (Gonzaga), Chris Jans (New Mexico State), Wes Miller (UNCG) and Craig Smith (Utah State).
Alexander, 47, spent six seasons as head coach at Lipscomb University. The Nashville native spearheaded a program renaissance, leading the Bisons to the best three-year stretch of their NCAA Division I era and the first NCAA Tournament appearance in school history. Lipscomb won 113 games during Alexander's tenure, including 72 over the final three campaigns. In addition, Lipscomb went 59-31 in Atlantic Sun Conference games and a sparkling 35-9 during the last three seasons.
Prior to Lipscomb, Alexander spent two seasons as head coach at Stetson University. He led the Hatters to an 11-7 conference mark in Year 2; equaling the most league wins for Stetson since 1987. Prior to his first head coaching opportunity, Alexander spent two decades at Belmont; first as a player and later as a member of Rick Byrd's coaching staff.
A product of nearby Brentwood Academy, Alexander played point guard for Byrd at Belmont from 1991-95. He compiled a 119-25 record as a player, and helped lead Belmont to the top of the NAIA. As a senior in 1995, Alexander directed the then-Rebels to a 37-2 record, a No. 1 national ranking and an appearance in the NAIA National Semifinals. From there, he spent 16 seasons as part of Byrd's coaching staff. Belmont won 287 games with Alexander on staff.
Alexander was inducted into the Belmont University Athletic Hall of Fame in 2005.
He received a bachelor's degree in physical education from Belmont in 1995 and a master's degree in sports management from Austin Peay University in 1996.
Alexander and his wife, the former Sunni Dixon, also a 1995 Belmont graduate, are the parents of three children: Allie, Reed and Mason.
MTC President's Message
6 May 2021
This month, we will hold our membership luncheon at the Operation Stand Down TN facilities located at the corner of Edgehill and 12th Avenue South - and there is plenty of parking. Retired Brigadier General Eden Murrie, OSDTN CEO, is a member of our Middle TN chapter and she is excited to have us visit their recently renovated spaces. You will not pay for this lunch. If you desire, there will be a donation bowl for those who want to contribute to OSDTN to support their veteran programs. There is no expectation that anyone should donate. We will still be expected to wear masks when not seated for our meal. Our presenter will be the men’s basketball coach from Belmont University, Casey Alexander. Let me emphasize that we will resume our meetings at the Old Natchez Country Club in June.
We celebrated a special milestone at our April meeting when we wished a Happy 100th Birthday to our member Jerry Neal, who served as a bomber pilot in Europe during WWII to include flying a mission on D-Day. We had a good crowd for an enjoyable luncheon and an informative report on Tennessee Veteran initiatives from TN Senator Heidi Campbell. A special thanks to Lt.Col. Karon Uzzell Baggott for coordinating our presenter lineup throughout this pandemic.
I am happy to report that May is a busy month for our chapter, and I suspect many of you appreciate the feeling of returning to normal. I certainly do. I want to invite you to attend our Chapter Memorial Ceremony on Saturday May 29th at the Middle Tennessee Veterans Cemetery on McCrory Lane at 1000 hours. We will be conducting a ceremony to honor those who have served and made the ultimate sacrifice. We will convene at the flagpole in the northern section of the cemetery. Uniform or civilian attire are appropriate.
Also, in the month of May, I want to thank our chapter members who took their time to present the MOAA Medal to our ROTC and JROTC units in the middle Tennessee area. During the spring recognition events at 12 local high schools and 3 local universities we make our annual presentations to outstanding young cadets who have demonstrated leadership potential. My personal thanks to Lt.Col. (Ret.) Karon Uzzell-Baggett and CAPT (Ret.) Larry Cotton for all their work in the coordination of the awards and the event presenters.
Our special thanks to COL Doug Minton for all his work to keep our Middle TN Chapter website updated as technology is constantly changing. His efforts were highlighted this month at the national level when MOAA recognized our chapter with the Colonel Marvin J. Harris Communication Award at the 5-Star level for our website. If we have any members who feel they can contribute their time toward maintaining our website, please contact Doug Minton at our MOAA email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
I look forward to seeing many of you on 25 May and on 29 May!
Congratulations are in Order
Congratulations to MTC member Colonel Steven Todd, TN ARNG! Steve joined the Chapter in 2017 but has not managed to attend but a meeting or two. When asked about this he explained that since he joined he has deployed to Kosovo as an Aviation Task Force Commander, been accepted at the U. S. Army War College Distance Learning Program (2 year), and was promoted in October of 2020 and is transitioning into the Personnel Field. We hope to see him at a meeting soon!
Congratulations are also in order for Dr. Tom Seals who has become our very first HONORARY Chapter Member. Tom is a former Marine with a fascinating story of continued service to veterans of our armed services. If you were fortunate enough to attend our March meeting you got to hear Tom describe his ongoing efforts to serve the spiritually wounded, emotionally distressed and broken-hearted veterans in our community.
Tennessee Veterans Website
Tennessee Veterans (TNVET) has completed work on their website and it is now ready for public consumption.
As a reminder our Chapter is associated with TNVET as the a result of our belonging to the Tennessee Council of Chapters, MOAA (TN CoC).
TNVET is currently composed of 12 state veteran organizations, who have join forces in a cooperative effort address the legislative needs of veterans, active duty military and their families. These members represent all the branches of the military service. The focus and goal is to work with legislators of the State of Tennessee to develop and support legislation that addresses the needs and issues of those who have served or are serving in our United States military forces.