Veterans organization

National veterans organization leader to speak in Arlington Heights

An Arlington Heights restaurant will host a gathering of current and former military officers at an event spoken by the leader of the group.

Retired Air Force Lt. Gen. Dana Atkins, president and CEO of the Military Officers Association of America, will address members of the North Shore and Chicago chapter of the organization on Sunday May 15 during a lunch at the Palm Court Restaurant.

Atkins, a command pilot with more than 4,000 hours in fighter jets, held a number of key command and staff positions during a military career spanning more than three decades, including director US Pacific Command operations.

He also flew as a demonstration pilot for the European A-10 Demonstration Team and the US Air Force Thunderbirds.

Since 2015, Atkins has led MOAA, a nonprofit, nonpartisan veterans services organization that advocates for strong national defense and issues of compensation and benefits for service members and veterans.

Membership in the group, which now numbers more than 350,000, is open to active duty, National Guard, Reserve, retired and former officers and non-commissioned officers of the Army, Corps of Marines, Navy, Air Force, Space Force, Coast Guard, Public Health Service, and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Surviving spouses of deceased officers may also join.

The local chapter, established in 1963, has more than 200 members in Chicago and northeastern Illinois.