Mosier honored by the Association of Military Officers for his service

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orchids

The Orchid Society of the Ozarks Annual Orchid Auction will be held today at the Northwest Technical Institute, 709 S. Old Missouri Road in Springdale. Please use the south door. Preview starts at noon with auction at 1 p.m.

Exotic plants from all over the world will be auctioned off. Anyone interested in growing orchids is welcome. The aim of the society is to stimulate interest in orchids and their cultivation. Monthly member raffles and occasional public auctions provide affordable orchids and supplies for new and experienced growers.

Information: oso-web.org or (479) 310-9444.

Marines

The Marine Corps League, Northwest Arkansas Detachment No. 854, monthly meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 19 at the St. Mary’s Center for Nonprofits, 1200 W. Walnut St. in Rogers. All current and former members and former members of the Marine Corps and Fleet Marine Force interested in learning more about the detachment are invited to attend.

Information: nwamarines.com.

Democrats

Senior Democrats will meet at noon Sept. 20 in the Fayetteville Public Library’s Walker Community Hall. Jon Comstock will speak about the proposed Benton and Washington County Jail expansions. The meeting will take place in person or can be joined by Zoom.

Information: (479) 841-4420.

SAR

The General Lafayette Chapter, Sons of the American Revolution, will meet at 11:30 a.m. September 24 at the Whole Hog Cafe, 3009 N. College Ave. in Fayetteville.

Visitors are welcome.

Information: (479) 521-3194 or (479) 751-2489.

MUFON

The Northwest Chapter of the Arkansas Mutual UFO Network will meet from 10 a.m. to noon on September 24 in the Fayetteville Drake Field airport conference room. Topics on the agenda include UFO case reports from Arkansas, a review of the Disclosure Project pathways, book reviews and highlights from Astronomy Day.

Section meetings are open to members, guests and anyone with a genuine interest in the UFO phenomenon. The meeting room will open at 9:30 a.m. for early arrivals.

Information: (479) 422-9586.

Hikers

The Ozark Hill Hikers, affiliated with the American Volkssport Association, invite all interested walkers to join them for a walk Sept. 28 at Pea Ridge National Military Park. Registration is from 8:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. at the Visitor Center at 15930 EUS 62 in Garfield. The park charges an entry fee, or you can use your senior pass. Participants will choose a 6 km or 11 km walk. There is a charge of $3 for credit and $2 for non-credit for the ride.

Membership dues for Ozark Hill Hikers are $12 per year, pro-rated $1 for each month remaining in the calendar year.

Information: (479) 381-9366 or email [email protected]

Civil war

The Bella Vista Civil War Roundtable will meet at 7 p.m. on October 6 at the Bella Vista Historical Museum.

Jerry T. Wooten will present his new research on the significance of the Union Supply Depot at Johnsonville, Tennessee, and illustrate what happened there on November 4, 1864, during the Battle of Johnsonville.

His new book, “Johnsonville: Union Supply Operations on the Tennessee River and the Battle of Johnsonville, November 4-5, 1864,” takes important steps to answer important questions about the Union logistics supply line in western theatre. The 1864 battle along the Tennessee River at Johnsonville has long required full historical treatment. Past accounts of Tennessee history have ranked the landslide Confederate victory as another feather in the cap of famed Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest and his cavalry. Even regional and national accounts of the Civil War in the West either simply noted the battle or ignored it altogether.

Wooten’s new book now explores how Federal commanders used both rivers and rails to supply their advancing armies, how they transformed the understanding of how warfare in Tennessee was to be fought, and illustrates the one of Forrest’s most brilliant and daring campaigns in explaining why Johnsonville was a key target for Confederate command desperate to slow the Federal advance south.

Wooten will sign and have copies of his new book for sale before and after the meeting at $29.95 (hardcover).

The purpose of the Bella Vista CWRT is to educate and stimulate interest in the period of United States history known as “the Civil War”, to promote historical, educational and literature related to the Civil War, including events and circumstances related to the cause and effects of the war. The Roundtable normally meets at 7:00 p.m. on the first Thursday of each month at the Bella Vista Museum, 1885 Bella Vista Way in Bella Vista, at the intersection of US 71 and Kingsland Road.

Information: (812) 899-2049 or email [email protected]

Letter Writers

Northwest Arkansas letter writers will meet on October 11 to organize a postcard exchange. Bring 10-12 postcards for the event. There will be a discussion of ideas for future programs.

Information: Email [email protected]

MOAA

The American Chapter of the Northwest Arkansas Military Officers Association has announced that Captain Clifford C. Mosier, USA (Retired), Chapter member, has been selected for induction into the Arkansas Military Veterans Hall of Fame Class of 2022.

Mosier clearly exemplified valorous military service to the United States during his 39 years of service in the United States Navy, Arkansas National Guard, and United States Army. He left the family farm in Pawnee, Oklahoma, joined the Navy, and completed three Western Pacific cruises aboard three different aircraft carriers. After a four-year stint in the Navy, he joined the Arkansas National Guard, was accepted into the U.S. Army Officer Candidate School, and became a qualified UH-1 Iroquois helicopter pilot (” Huey”) and was deployed to the Republic of Vietnam.

Mosier served three consecutive combat tours in Vietnam performing attack, dust-clearing and insertion missions as a pilot for aviation organizations. During one assignment, he served as an Air Force Commanding General’s pilot. It was during a mission with the General that Captain Mosier received the Distinguished Flying Cross. During his three combat tours in Vietnam, he also received two Bronze Stars and 31 Air Medals in the nearly 775 flight hours he accumulated.

Following an active Army downsizing and with a strong desire to continue serving his country, Mosier applied for and was accepted into the Arkansas National Guard as a Sergeant (E-5). He was promoted to Staff Sergeant (E-6), deployed in support of Operation Desert Storm, then promoted to Sergeant First Class (E-7) and received his third Bronze Star. Cliff retired in 1998 as an Army Captain (O-3).

Mosier’s love and patriotism for his country continued after his retirement, as he was active in the local American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and the Northwest Arkansas chapter of MOAA. Since 2009, as coordinator of the NWA MOAA Chapter’s Flag Education Program, he has taught more than 3,500 fifth-grade students a year about the history of our flag and proper etiquette. He also started a program to install flag poles in the homes of disabled veterans in northwest Arkansas. Finally, Mosier is the only MOAA member in the state of Arkansas to receive the highly prestigious “Award of Outstanding Service” from MOAA National Headquarters.

Information: [email protected]

Service Dogs of Distinction is a national organization serving veterans seeking such pet assistance by training the veteran to train the dog as a future companion. This service and training organization meets weekly on Fridays from 1 to 5 p.m. at American Legion Post 27 on Curtis Avenue in Fayetteville. Pictured (left to right) Bobby New, veteran and retired, former Superintendent of Fayetteville Schools, and his pet; Marsha Wyatt, administrator of NWA Service Dogs of Distinction; American Legion Station 27 Commander Dave Benson; and Acting Secretary for Post 27, Bill Hansberry. For information on Distinction Assistance Dogs, call (501) 730-3928 or email [email protected] (Courtesy picture)
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