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Members of the Board of Directors of Voices for America’s Troops:
• Lt. Col. Juan M. Crockett, U.S. Army, Chair
• Treasurer: Ms. Regina D. Chavis
Biographies of Key Leaders
Members of the Board of Directors
Chair: Lt. Col. Juan M. Crockett, USA
Colonel Crockett was commissioned through Tulane University ROTC Program in 1986, and he earned a Bachelor of Science from Southern University in New Orleans. He holds a Master of Science in counseling and psychology from Columbus State University (2005) and a Master of Divinity in Pastoral Care from New Orleans Seminary (1991). He has an earned Doctorate of Ministry and is a national certified counselor. He serves on active duty as a command chaplain for the U.S. Army at Research, Development, and Engineering Command. He held many command chaplain positions and served a combat tour in Iraq, in Korea, and with U.S. Army Central Command as the area support group command chaplain for Kuwait. He is the son of a Vietnam veteran and has a son who is currently serving and is a veteran of two combat tours. In addition to his involvement on the Board of Directors for MOAA, he is actively involved in several national, local, and service to Military Community Organizations including Hampton University Ministers (National) Conference, the USO (actively supports USO of Hampton Roads and Central Virginia), and the Suicide Prevention Task Force (Aberdeen Proving Ground). He is an avid supporter of our veterans and Gold Star Mothers, Families, and Survivors.
General Walter “Skip” Sharp was born in Morgantown, West Virginia while his father was fighting in the Korean War. General Sharp graduated from West Point in 1974 and was commissioned as an armor officer. He earned an M.S. in operations research and system analysis from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and is a graduate of the Army War College. General Sharp commanded the United Nations Command, Republic of Korea-United States Combined Forces Command and United States Forces Korea from 2008 to 2011. He also commanded troops in Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm, Operation Uphold Democracy in Haiti and the Multinational Division (North) of the NATO-led Stabilization Force in Bosnia.
General Sharp had four assignments at the Pentagon on the Joint Staff. He was the deputy director, J5 for Western Hemisphere/Global Transnational Issues; vice director, J8 for Force Structure, Resources, and Assessment; director for strategic plans and policy, J5; and the director of the Joint Staff. General (Ret) and Mrs. Sharp live in the Washington, D.C. area. He is consulting for and on the BODs of several U.S. and Korean companies and The Korea Society. He is involved in Northeast Asia and especially Korea strategy and policy discussions at several Washington, D.C. area Think Tanks
McCawley graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., in 1980 and went on to earn a Master of Science degree in aeronautical engineering. Following more than 27 years of active service, he retired from the Navy in 2007 after serving as the commanding officer of USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72). After his retirement and a number of years working in the aerospace and defense industries, he holds the position of president and CEO of the New England Center and Home for Veterans.
North retired from the Air Force in October 2012, culminating his career as commander, Pacific Air Forces, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii. He is a 1976 graduate of East Carolina University, N.C., and holds a master's degree from Golden Gate University, Calif. A command pilot, he flew over 4,700 hours in the F-4, F-16, and F-15, including 83 combat missions. During his career, he commanded at the squadron through the major command levels. He is currently vice president for customer requirements for Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., where he is responsible for engagement and activities across the aeronautics portfolio. He resides in Aledo, Texas.
Rear Admiral Buchanan holds a Bachelor of Science degree in naval engineering from the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., as well as a Master's in Business Administration from the University of Nebraska in Omaha, Neb. He attended the Senior Executive Program in National Security at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government. Over the course of his 30-plus years on active duty in the U.S. Navy, Buchanan served as the Commanding Officer of USS PARCHE (SSN-683); Executive Assistant to the Commander of U.S. Pacific Command; and as Commander of Submarine Force 7th Fleet, Commander Task Force 74, and Commander Submarine Group 7. In flag officer assignments, he served as Chief, Strategic Submarine and Maintenance Division (OPNAV N871); Commander, Submarine Group 2; and Director, Operations and Logistics, U.S. Strategic Command. Private sector roles include Director Strategic Planning, for the Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA); Vice President Corporate Services for First National Bank of Omaha; Area Program Manager with EDS for Navy Marine Corps Intranet; Vice President of Integrated Undersea Systems for Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems; President of the U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation in Washington, D.C.; and President of the Gettysburg Foundation. Buchanan is currently the Florida Relationship Manager for the Department of Veterans Affairs Veterans Experience Office. Buchanan also serves as a Director and Chairman of the Government Security Committee for Hydroid Inc. of Pocasset, Mass, as well as a Director for Wartsila Defense Inc. of Chesapeake, Va. He is on the Advisory Council of ThanksUSA, a nonprofit organization providing scholarships to military spouses and children.
Officers of the Corporation:
Lt. Gen. Atkins is a native of Portland, Ore. He earned his bachelor's degree in biology from the University of Portland and holds two master's degrees, one in aeronautical science from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and another in national security strategy from the National War College. A command pilot with more than 4,000 hours in fighter aircraft, Atkins has served in a number of key command and staff positions, including commander, 20th Fighter Wing, Shaw AFB, S.C.; commander, 35th Fighter Wing, Misawa, Japan; vice commander, 7th Air Force and U.S. Air Force Korea; director of operations, U.S. Pacific Command; and special assistant to the supreme allied commander Europe during the air war over Serbia. During his career, he flew as a demonstration pilot for both the European A-10 Demonstration Team and the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds. At the time of his retirement from the Air Force, Atkins served as commander, Alaskan Command, U.S. Pacific Command; commander, 11th Air Force, Pacific Air Forces; and commander, Alaskan North American Defense Region, Elmendorf AFB, Alaska. He and his wife, Laura, were the 2004 recipients of the General and Mrs. Jerome F. O'Malley Award, which recognizes the wing commander and spouse whose contributions to the nation, the Air Force, and the local community best exemplify the highest ideals and positive leadership of a military couple. Before becoming the ninth president of MOAA, Atkins served as president of Chronicle Media, a print and digital media company based in Augusta, Ga., that serves the southeastern U.S.
General Lynch is a graduate of the Virginia Military Institute and Emory University School of Law. He served 10 years on active duty as a judge advocate followed by 22 years in the Air Force Reserve. His final assignment in the Air Force Reserve was mobilization assistant to the Judge Advocate General of the Air Force. As a civilian he served as assistant general counsel (Manpower and Reserve Affairs) for the department of the Navy, a career senior executive service position. As corporate secretary for Voices for America’s Troops, he supports and advises the board of directors.
Treasurer: Ms. Regina D. Chavis
Chavis holds a bachelor's degree in accounting from Walsh College in Troy, Mich. She has nearly 30 years of experience in public accounting and the nonprofit industry. Prior to joining MOAA in February of 2017, Chavis served as the Associate Executive Director and Senior Director of Operations at the American Political Science Association. She was responsible for managing finance and administration, building operations, human resources, member services, meetings and events, marketing and communications, and publications to achieve intended program and mission results efficiently, economically, and effectively. She also has worked at local nonprofits, such as the National Association of Chain Drug Stores and Chesapeake Home Health Agency, as well as for-profit organizations during her illustrious career. She is a licensed CPA and Chartered Global Management Accountant. Chavis is the child and surviving spouse of Air Force retirees. She has enjoyed the opportunity to travel the globe from the time she was born in Germany to the time her spouse retired in the Washington, D.C., area. “Aim High … Fly-Fight-Win”
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