VORRY CHANDLER MOON
Vorry Chandler Moon was born in Miami, Florida, on May 21, 1944. He graduated from Northwestern High School and Tennessee State University and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Air Force in December 1966.
After receiving his pilot wings at Craig AFB, Selma, Alabama in February 1968, Lieutenant Moon was assigned to the 3rd Special Operations Wing, Bien Thuy AB, Republic of Viet Nam, flying the AC-47 Gunships call sign “Spookie.” In 1969, Lt. Moon departed Viet Nam for Moody AFB, Valdosta, Georgia as a T-37 Instructor Pilot. While assigned to Moody, he also served as an academic instructor teaching principles of flight, T-37 systems and navigation to student pilots. He further served as the first Chief of Social Actions at Moody. In 1973, Captain Moon was reassigned to US Military Assistance Command Thailand/Joint US Military Assistance Group in Bangkok, Thailand, as a Drug Education Field Team Commander. After thirteen months, Captain Moon moved to Udorn Royal Thai Air Force Base as a DOD Training Officer for the Royal Laotian Air Force.
Upon his return to the Continental US, Captain Moon was assigned to Grand Forks AFB, Grand Forks, North Dakota, where he served as a KC-135A Aircraft Commander, Flight Commander, Command Post Officer Controller, Headquarters Squadron Commander, and was promoted to the rank of Major. In 1979, he moved to Offutt AFB, Omaha, Nebraska as an Emergency Actions Controller in the Strategic Air Command Underground Command Post. Additionally, he was the Command Control Unit Operations and Training Branch Chief while assigned to Offutt. In 1983, Lieutenant Colonel Moon was reassigned to Carswell AFB, Fort Worth, Texas as a KC-135A Flight Commander and then to a position as Chief, Operations Support Training Branch, 436 Strategic Training Squadron. In January 1990, he was assigned as the Squadron Operations Officer of the 436 STS.
From this position in July 1991, Lieutenant Colonel Moon retired from active service and began a successful business career as a training and organization development consultant. He founded his company, MBJ, Inc., in 1994 and served as owner, CEO and lead curriculum designer for his corporation providing training consultant services to four Fortune 500 companies, AF Material Command, AF Test Pilot School and Lockheed “Skunk Works.”
Since moving to Colorado in 1991, Mr. Moon has been very active in local politics and community functions and activities in the South Metro Denver area, City of Centennial and Arapahoe County. In 2003, Mr. Moon was elected to serve a four year term as Centennial City Councilman, District I. As Councilman, Mr. Moon spearheaded Centennial’s economic development efforts bringing over 3000 new high tech jobs from three new companies. He participated in the initiation of the Centennial Home Rule Charter effort and fostered the rebuilding of SouthGlenn Mall into The Streets at SouthGlenn. Mr. Moon was appointed in May 2010, to fill a vacated term on the Centennial City Council through January 2012. In February 2011, Council Member Moon was elected by Council to serve as Mayor Pro Tem for the City of Centennial, Colorado. Mr. Moon was reelected to another four year term in November 2011.
Mr. Moon's education includes a Bachelor of Science Degree in Aeronautics Education from Tennessee State University. He is a graduate of Squadron Officer School, Air Command and Staff College, the Industrial College of the Armed Forces and a veteran of both the Viet Nam Conflict and the first Gulf War. A command pilot with more than 900 combat flying hours, his decorations include the Distinguished Flying Cross, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal with eleven Oak Leaf Clusters, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal with one Oak Leaf Cluster, National Defense Service Medal, Viet Nam Service Medal and the RVN Gallantry Cross with Palm. Recipient of the Outstanding Young Men of America 1981 Award, 1983 8th District Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Man of the Year, 1990 Father of the Year Award from Zion Baptist Church, 1999 Outstanding Scouter Award, 2008 recipient of Chi Phi Chapter Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Founder’s Award.
Mr. Moon is a member of Good Shepherd Episcopal Church, the Aurora Branch NAACP, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity and Past President and current Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Hubert L. “Hooks” Jones Chapter of Tuskegee Airmen, Inc.
He is married to the former Candace Millicent Davis of Fort Smith, Arkansas, and they have seven adult children and eleven grandchildren.