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MOAACC presents Florida Tech with $1000 for Obstacle Course Maintenance
Military Officers Association presents Florida Tech with $1000 for Obstacle Course Maintenance
Melbourne, Fl – July 22, 2020 –
The Military Officers Association of America Cape Canaveral Chapter (MOAACC) presented a $1,000 check to the Florida Institute of Technology for maintenance on the Air Assault Obstacle Course on July 22nd. The check was from MOAACC’s Good Deeds Foundation (GDF). The Air Assault Obstacle Course is part of the Florida Tech Challenge Course Complex located in Fellsmere, Florida. The complex is a unique asset among colleges across the nation and provides a variety of military specification courses, including not only the Air Assault Course, but a Leadership Reaction Course, Marine Course, High Rope Course, and Small Unit Tactics “Airsoft” Course. Florida Tech’s ROTC has priority for use of the courses, but it is also used by area high school ROTC programs, and units from Patrick SFB and the Coast Guard. Other organizations such as scouts, corporations, and even Olympic Athletes have used the facility in the past, but are required to pay for use, serving to defray operating and maintenance costs.
The Air Assault Course and other courses are used to build leadership skills and confidence, as well as prepare Florida Tech ROTC cadets for Air Assault School. Due to COVID-19, course usage is down and that means revenue for upkeep and maintenance is also down. Dave Beach, the Assistant Director for FLA Tech Outdoor Operations thanked MOAACC for the generous donation, stating it will go a long way to off-set costs incurred due to the COVID-19 situation.
MOAACC is leading an effort to organize other service/veteran organizations and corporations in the community to ensure this unique asset remains available for use by the area’s aspiring military officers, military oriented students, and military units.
Photo Caption: Colonel Steve Bond, USA-Ret, MOAACC Vice President (center right), presents a $1,000 check to Dave Beach (center left), Asst Director of FLA Tech Outdoor Operations for Air Assault Obstacle Course maintenance at the FLA Tech Challenge Course Facility. LTC Jimmy Crook, Professor of Military Science at Florida Tech (far right) and MOAACC’s CPT Donn Weaver, USA-Former (far left) look on.
The Military Officers Association of America Cape Canaveral Chapter (MOAACC) is an affiliate of the national Military Officers Association of America (MOAA). MOAA and affiliates are nonprofit veterans’ organization dedicated to maintaining a strong national defense and ensuring our nation keeps its commitments to currently serving, retired and former members of the uniformed services, their families and survivors. Membership is open to those who hold or have ever held a warrant or commission in any of the Uniformed Services or their surviving spouse. MOAA and its affiliates are nonpartisan organizations.
Located in Brevard County, Florida, the Cape Canaveral chapter is the largest chapter in MOAA with 1300 members. MOAACC supports MOAA’s aims at the national and local level, engages in philanthropy by providing direct support—monetarily and with volunteer hours—to local military, veterans, and their families, and is a social organization sponsoring activities for members. For more information, visit our website at www.MOAACC.org.
CPT Donn Weaver, USA Former
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