New Jersey Lakes & Pines Chapter

Address PO Box 3
City, State, Zip Joint Base Mdl, NJ 08640-0003
Meeting Time 2nd Saturday
Meeting Place Garden State Diner, Wrightstown NJ
Council Website None


Name Peter A Baktis
Rank COL
Service USA
Component USA
Retirement Status RET
Phone Number (703) 615-9617
Email Address


Name James L Badgley
Rank Maj
Service USAF
Component USAF
Retirement Status RET
Phone Number (609)314-4678
Email Address

Membership Ch

Name Theodore A Cannon
Rank Lt Col
Service USAF
Component USAF
Retirement Status RET
Phone Number (856) 231-1061
Email Address


The New Jersey Lakes & Pines Chapter Mission is two fold: FIRST: Support active and retiree benefit programs for all members of the uniformed services, their families and survivors and to advocate for a strong national defense. SECOND: Generate local community support for active, former and retired military members and their families.

Information on Joining the Chapter

Membership in the New Jersey Lakes & Pines Chapter is open to any person who currently holds or has ever held a commission or warrant in any of the seven United States uniformed services: the US Army, US Navy, US Marine Corps, US Air Force, US Coast Guard, Public Health Service or National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and their surviving spouses. Membership applications may be obtained by contacting our Membership Chairman, Lt Col Ted Cannon, USAF (Ret), at: We are located in Central New Jersey and meet at the Garden State Diner, Routes 537/545, Wrightstown, NJ near Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst (JBMDL) except for the JROTC Scholarship Awards Luncheon held 8 June 2019 at Tommy B's Community Center on JBMDL. PLEASE COME AND JOIN US AT ONE OF OUR MONTHLY CHAPTER LUNCHEON MEETINGS. YOUR SUPPORT CAN AND WILL MAKE A BIG DIFFERENCE. WE WOULD LOVE TO HAVE YOU JOIN US!

Chapter Activities

We are active in the MOAA NJ State Council of Chapters. The Chapter awards the MOAA Medal for Military Leadership to outstanding cadets from both college ROTC and high school Junior ROTC Units within our 11 county region. The Chapter awards several annual College Scholarships to outstanding graduating Junior ROTC senior cadets nominated from our regional high schools. We also sponsor a Junior Officer of the Year (JOY) Award Program recognizing outstanding company-grade officers from among all military service units stationed at JBMDL. This program enhances our continued Active Duty-Guard-Reserve recognition/membership recruiting efforts. Additionally, our Legislative agenda as well as membership drive efforts are included as part of the annual JBMDL "Retiree Appreciation Day." Finally, the Chapter participates in the annual Memorial Day Ceremonies at Joint Base MDL, the Brigadier General Doyle State Veterans Cemetery and the Burlington County Veterans Memorial Park.

Legislative Issues

The New Jersey Lakes & Pines Chapter actively supports the National MOAA legislative agenda through visits, telephone calls, e-mails, letters and cards to our Representatives and Senators in support of National MOAA legislative agenda items. Our monthly newsletter also highlights individual national and state legislative agenda items and urges our membership to actively support these various efforts. Congressional Representatives and Senators are invited periodically as guest speakers at various chapter forums. The Chapter is also very active within the State of New Jersey through working with our District Legislators in supporting State legislation that benefits all service members and veterans.

General Information

Announcements of location and speaker for the next monthly CHAPTER LUNCHEON MEETINGS are made through our monthly Chapter newsletter, by email notices and this website. ***SATURDAY, 11 MAY 2019: CHAPTER LUNCHEON, 12 NOON, GARDEN STATE DINER, WRIGHTSTOWN, NJ. ***SATURDAY, 8 JUNE 2019: JROTC SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS LUNCHEON, 12 NOON, TOMMY B's COMMUNITY CENTER, JOINT BASE MCGUIRE-DIX-LAKEHURST, NJ. For all CHAPTER LUNCHEONS, please RSVP to CAPTAIN Robert Haney, USN (Ret) by EMAIL to: or by PHONE to 609-243-7070. All RSVP's must be received no later than 7:00PM on the WEDNESDAY preceding the scheduled Chapter luncheon. Please join us for a time of fellowship and education.

About Our Chapter

The New Jersey Lakes & Pines Chapter, an affiliate of MOAA, was chartered in 1962and has a membership area covering Burlington, Camden, Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth and Ocean Counties. Meetings are held monthly from September through June. A monthly newsletter provides current highlights of local and national import. The Chapter, with a current membership of 138, is a highly active chapter and very proud of both its sixteen 5 Star Ratings and its legislative successes at both the national and state levels on behalf of all military beneficiaries. At the national level, the Chapter is credited as the main lobbying force in gaining the Paid-up provision to the Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP). At the state level, the Chapter is credited as the primary veterans’ organization to advocate for and gain the change in New Jersey law that exempts military pensions and survivor benefit payments from state income taxes.