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Fall BBQ at Port 5!

Mark your calendars for Sept 29th @ 1600 hrs (4 PM) for our Fall gathering!

The buffet menu will include a garden salad, BBQ Chicken, a veal dish, pasta, a couple more veggie dishes, rolls, coffee, and a brownie/cookie dessert spread.  There is also full bar there with friendly service and “veterans prices” !   

Many of you are already members of  PORT 5 (its a very social Veteran’s Organization).  PORT 5 has an extremely scenic venue right on Long Island Sound in Bridgeport.  If you haven’t seen this place yet, you are in for a treat.  Weather permitting this will also be a an outdoor event overlooking the scenic harbor there.

We will have a special guest speaker, Tara Carr, LTC, USA (Ret), at the BBQ!

Born in Danbury and raised in New Milford, Tara enlisted in the U.S. Army at 17, serving for 25 years before retiring from her post in Hawaii. In the Army, Tara rose from private to lieutenant colonel. She was a platoon leader, company commander, and foreign area officer in China. Carr was deployed to Afghanistan.

In Afghanistan, she was the key leader representative for the Commander of Special Operations Joint Task Force, traveling extensively and working with Afghanistan’s only female special operations unit. She managed people in uniform, out of uniform, from foreign countries.

Competition is not new to Tara. While still on active duty, she took part in the reality TV show “The Amazing Race” in 2017, winning second place with her partner Joey Covino. She was a 2018 finalist for Ms. Veteran America, which raises funds and awareness for homeless female veterans.

Among her positions in the military she was: Strategic Planner, East Asia, US Army Pacific HQ; Political Advisor to the Commanding General, Special Operations Officer, NATO Command; Policy Strategist, Strategic Defense Intelligence Agency, Wash., DC; China Foreign Area Officer, US Embassy, Beijing, China.

LTC Tara will share with us some of her experiences and views on China, as well as answering any questions you might have about China, Afghanistan, and other aspects of her career.

Head to the RESERVATION FORM to signup!


Also, while you are editing your calendar….mark down DEC 12th for our Holiday Luncheon!


We’re BACK!

Our last luncheon on (Sunday, June 13th, 1200-1500, Redding Country Club) was and complete success!  We had a beautiful outdoor venue at the club and all were very happy to be free of the rules and hardships of the pandemic. We had a fantastic buffet meal and a great opportunity to reconnect and catch up on the fellowship we have been missing for too long.


Al Smith

President, WCMOA



2022 YAA Program

The WCMOA  Young American Awards Program RETURNS in 2022!!   This will be our 46th year promoting leadership and patriotism in Fairfield County high school graduates.  As you know, the program is built around genuine contact with the awardees, school counselors and administration, and student parents and we look forward to this year’s event.  Stay informed of this year’s event here on our Website.  We will resume our normal YAA schedule with a kickoff meeting of the YAA committee and all school liaisons in January.  The program culminates with our “dining out” style military banquet at a spectacular local venue.  All are welcome to participate in the rewarding event! Drop an email to this year’s YAA Chairman, Lt Col John Simonetti at and become a part of our annual signature event!



Eligibility:  Men and women who have served or are serving on active duty, or in one of the National Guard or Reserve components, as a commissioned or warrant officer in one of the seven US uniformed services, as well as widows or widowers of any deceased member of one of those services.

Dues – WCMOA has several different membership opportunities – Annual/Multi-year, and Lifetime:

Annual:   $20     ($20/year)
3 Year:     $50     ($16.66/year)
5 Year:     $75     ($15/year)
LIFETIME:   $200
Over 80+ and Auxiliary Members:  FREE

To join our ranks, please fill out and send us a Membership Form.

WCMOA, PO Box 2145, Norwalk, CT 06852-2145

Or Contact Susan Monks, Membership Chair, on or +1-203-257-2089.

Chapter Activities

The chapter holds business and social meetings quarterly.    Regular quarterly meetings are held at a variety of venues within Fairfield county and we always have an engaging guest speaker.

In June, the chapter conducts an impressive formal military dinner and ceremony to honor our Young American Awardees.  The Young American Awards Program (YAA) honors  graduating seniors from over 30 area High Schools, selected for their patriotism and leadership potential.  Be sure to check the chapter’s newsletter for location and program information, or or contact Susan Monks, Membership Chair, on or +1-203-257-2089.


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