Old Natchez Country Club, 115 Gardengate Drive, Franklin, TN 37069
David Winters enlisted in the Navy 1971, attended boot camp at Great Lakes, was ordered to the Naval Academy Prep School in Bainbridge, and graduated from Annapolis in 1976.
At sea, he served as Weapons Officer, Deck Officer, Electronic Maintenance Division Officer Intelligence Officer, and Operations Officer. During this time he authored the Boat Officer’s Handbook (USNI Press), which for over twenty years was the authority for Navy small craft operations.
In 1986, he underwent special graduate training for assignment to the Navy European headquarters staff in London primarily to repair the damage caused the by infamous John Walker spy ring. (John Anthony Walker, Jr. was a United States Navy Chief Warrant Officer and communications specialist convicted of spying for the Soviet Union from 1968 to 1985. During his time as a Soviet spy, Walker helped the Soviets decipher more than one million encrypted naval messages, organizing a spy operation that The New York Times reported in 1987 "is sometimes described as the most damaging Soviet spy ring in history.") During this time, he managed orbital assets and led special operations missions in the Middle East and Eastern Europe, earning the Combat Action Ribbon. He drafted a number of successful treaty addenda and as the theater Code-Master, independently conceived and initiated the technological fixes for previously unaddressed national security vulnerabilities. His successful innovations are now Department of Defense standards and adopted by NATO.
Retiring from the Navy in 1994, he held positions as a Business Consultant (and reputed techno-pirate) in Europe and Asia. He attended law school in England, and the United States, beginning his legal practice in 2002. He retired in 2012 and now devotes his time to various non-profit boards, writing, and flying an antique aircraft.
He is married to COL Debbie (Tipton) Winters, USA Retired.
(If you have ever heard the phrase “Secret Squirrel Ops” used before, you know that this meeting should be quite interesting.)
MTC President's Message
We had and outstanding meeting on the 27th at the Martin Center. TBI Special Agent Richard Littlehale and TBI Assistant Special Agent Reeves Garnett enlightened us on the latest in Cyber Security. The topic is one that has many facets and we were only able to hit the highlights, so expect to see Special Agent Reeves Garnett in the future.
MOAA national is accepting applications for the Board of Directors. New board members will be voted in by the national membership and installed on November 2nd. The association is looking for highly qualified officers with proven track records in the grades of W-1 through O-10 to serve on the board. Applicants must have their packages in by 31 March to the Committee on Nominations. If you are interested in applying refer to the requirements on page 90 of the March edition of the MOAA magazine. You can also check the requirements at www.moaa.org/boardapplication
While I am on the MOAA magazine, please take the time to help MOAA National’s congressional initiatives by asking your Senators and Congressman to support Military pay raises and ending the deduction of service earned retirement pay to offset VA disability compensation for members whose disability retirement under Chapter 61, 10 U.S.C. preclude them from serving at least 20 years. In this month’s magazine there are pre-printed letters to your Senator and Congressman. All you have do is sign the letters and mail them. All these letters help National by showing that they have a strong voice backed by their membership.
I want to put a plug in for our support of the JROTC and ROTC awards programs. We support 14 JROTC programs by presenting an MOAA Medal and Ribbon to the unit’s outstanding cadet/midshipman. This spring is when we present medals to the selectees. Captain Larry Cotton has done an outstanding job in the past couple of years ensuring that we have members who can present medals at their awards ceremonies. It is a fun time and if you would like to help please let Captain Cotton know of your interest. Also, there will be awards ceremonies coming up for the 3 ROTC units at TSU and Vanderbilt. The schedules for those ceremonies are on our website under the Chapter Activities tab (ROTC/JROTC Support). If are interested in attending or presenting, please contact LTC Karon Uzzell-Baggett.
Mark your calendar for the 27th as we return to Old Natchez Country Club for our regular meeting. We will have a great program, as CDR Dave Winters shares his story on identifying and catching one of the more notorious spies in our history.
2017 MOAA Levels of Excellence Award
We have been very fortunate that MOAA National has recognized our Chapter as one of the best in the nation for the past five years with the MOAA 5 STAR LOE Award. This is recognition is the result of both the efforts of your elected Board, and the individual level of involvement by our members in support of a large number of veteran’s initiatives across the Middle TN area.
It is time to begin building our 2018 submission, so we are asking each of you to please take a second to identify your efforts in support of veterans in this area during 2017, and then submit those activities to our Board using the email address firstname.lastname@example.org. We know that we have an embarrassment of riches in this regard, but if we do not hear from you then your efforts cannot be considered for inclusion in our submission. Each year we try to highlight different organizational involvement so please help us show how we “Continue to Serve”!
MOAA National Email Communications
If you are a Basic, Annual or Life Member of MOAA, you have the ability to manage the frequency and content of the emails that MOAA sends you on a variety of relevant items, to include: Legislative Advocacy, Transition & Career Issues, Finance, Healthcare, Family & Spouse Advocacy, Recommended Reads, MOAA Member Benefits and infor-mation from our MOAA President. (MOAA puts out a lot of relavent information!)
To access these selections sign on to the MOAA web site, go to the Publi-cations Tab and select Email News-letters. You will then confirm your email address, and be taken to a page on which you check the areas that you are interested in. The FINAL Step is to select one of more of the Opt-IN or Opt-OUT option at the bot-tom of the Web Page. Once you have completed this pro-cess (and it is not as time consuming or as arduous as it reads) you will begin receiving information on the areas you have selected.
This will not afect your local Chapter email.
MTC Membership Updates
Please join us in welcoming the following new members, who have joined the Chapter during the 2018 membership year: