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Contact Information

Mailing Address:
MOAS
P.O. Box 1016
Sarasota, FL 34230-1016

Email: contact@sarasotamoaa.com.

 

Our Leadership

David Downer
President
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MEET David
Steve Carnes
1st Vice President
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Christa Friedlander
Treasurer
Pete Dering
Secretary
Jon Gordon
Past President
Jon was born in Point Pleasant, New Jersey, but has called Florida home since he was eight weeks old. As an “army brat,” he lived in many different places, graduating from high school in Virginia Beach, Virginia in 1962. He returned to Florida to attend the University of Florida, where he earned his BA and JD degrees. He earned his commission through the ROTC program and entered active duty in the Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps in 1969. He served almost 29 years, including assignments in Vietnam, Germany, Korea, and various posts in the United States. He served as Staff Judge Advocate at Fort Riley, Kansas and Fort Huachuca, Arizona. His final assignment was Senior Judge, US Army Court of Criminal Appeals.

Jon retired as a Colonel in 1998 and returned to Sarasota, where he entered the private practice of law with his father, Marvene, also a retired Army Judge Advocate and member of MOAS. Although semi-retired, Jon still maintains an office in Sarasota. Jon has served the MOAS as its Treasurer, First Vice President, and twice as its President. He worked with Tony Newton in 1998 and 1999 to create the Sarasota Military Officers Scholarship Fund, Inc., now the Sarasota Military Officers Foundation, Inc.

He served the Florida Council of Chapters of MOAA as the Southwest Area Vice President from 2004 to 2006, and has served as the Council’s Secretary since 2009. Jon is an active member of St. Boniface Episcopal Church, serving as a Vestry member for seven years and as Treasurer from 2014 until 2020. Jon is married to the former Mary Stedman of Arlington, Virginia; they have three adult children and four grandchildren,
MEET JON
Joe Conn
Director
Born an Army brat, Joe Conn graduated from the University of Kentucky and entered active duty in the U.S. Army in 1969. As a Military Intelligence and Foreign Area Officer he had numerous overseas assignments to include Vietnam, Thailand, Germany and Yugoslavia. He retired as an LTC in1989 and founded a company, American Trade Initiatives Inc., which specialized in technology exchanges between the U.S. Dept. of Transportation and international counterparts around the world. He sold the company in 2015 and moved with his wife, Gerry, to Sarasota, FL.
MEET Joe
Craig Hullinger
Director
Craig enlisted in November 1966 and went to Boot Camp at Parris Island, SC. He served with 5th Light Anti-Aircraft Missile Battalion and was meritoriously promoted to LCpl. He was selected to attend Officers Candidate School (Boot Camp Twice!) and Commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in January 1969.

He arrived in Vietnam on Christmas Eve 1969, serving with MASS-3 and MWCS-18 in the 1st Marine Aircraft Wing. He extended his tour to transfer to the 1st Marine Division, serving as Operations Officer and XO of Division Communications Company and Radio Relay Officer of 7th Comm Battalion. He was in the last Marine Ground unit to leave Vietnam in June 1971.

Colonel Hullinger was discharged from active duty in July 1971 and joined MWCS-48 in the 4th Marine Aircraft Wing. He served in several platoons and as Operations Officer and XO. He then served with the 4th Marine Division Headquarters and Headquarters Marine Corps in Washington, DC.

He returned to MWCS-48 in 1989-91 as Commanding Officer. Part of the Squadron was activated for Desert Storm. He was promoted to Colonel in 1990.

Colonel Hullinger then served in Marine Forces Atlantic at Norfolk, VA and Camp Lejeune, NC. He completed his 32 years of service as the Senior Officer in the Amphibious Warfare Technology Directorate at Quantico, Virginia. He retired in 1969, serving from 66-99. Hullinger remains active in military organizations. He serves as a Board Member of the Military Officers Association of America Sarasota Chapter handling social media. He is also a member of the Marine Corps League, Marine Corps Association, the Marine Corps Reserve Association, and the VFW.

Hullinger has a BA in Public Administration and MA in Environmental Planning from Governors State University. He has several years of post graduate work at the University of Illinois Chicago. In civilian life he is a city planning consultant. He has served as a city manager and county planning director in Illinois. He is Vice President for Economic Development for Sarasota Sister Cities. He is married to Beth Ruyle Hullinger and the father of Leigh Ann and Bret. He authors numerous blogs for MOAS, Sister Cities, and a variety of other organizations.

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connectionsmoas.blogspot.com
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det4.blogspot.com
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MEET CRAIG
Carl Sofranko
Director
Carl enlisted in the Air National Guard in 1993 in Ohio while also attending The Ohio State University in Columbus. He graduated in 2000 with a bachelors of science in Sustainable Resource Management. He served the majority of his military career in Services Flight (aka Morale, Welfare, Recreation & Services Squadron) at the 179th Air Wing in Mansfield, Ohio and served 10 years as an enlisted member prior to receiving his commission in 2003. Carl retired in 2014 at the rank of Major.   While serving in the National Guard Carl also worked for the state of Ohio Environmental Protection Agency and later their Emergency Management Agency in the fields of drinking water security and emergency planning and preparedness.   Carl is married to his wife Toni, a 12 year military veteran of the Army and Air National Guard and former commissioned officer. They're raising three children in Sarasota where she is employed as a nurse manager at Sarasota Memorial Hospital. Carl is a real estate agent and also operates a home watch service in Sarasota.
MEET Carl
Susan Warmington
Director
Being a Naval Officers wife meant being able to pick up and re-establish myself very quickly. Having a career in the Fashion Industry gave me the opportunity to have many roles from Buyer to District Manager. I was the fashion Director of Stein Mart for 10 years. Raising two children while moving and working gave them a sense of what would be expected of them someday. Our son is a Police Officer in Palm Beach Gardens with a wife and two children. Our daughter is an Attorney in California, where she lives with her husband and two children. Being in one place for the last 17 years, I left Stein Mart and went on to be the Executive Director of a local charity. I’ve dressed the world and was able to help make the people stronger and more self-sufficient. After 44 years of marriage, we have built our dream home. Looking forward to all life has to offer. MEET SUSAN
MEET SUSAN

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Much of our funding comes from our membership. We gratefully accept donations from the community at large.

Please send your check to:
Sarasota Military Officers Foundation (SMOF) Inc
PO Box # 1016
Sarasota, FL 34230-1016
We are a 501(c)(3) Organization

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