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AUSA Chapter and Volunteer Activities 

4/10/2012 12:00 AM 

Focus on Volunteers and Chapters Supporting Military Families


AUSA Abrams Chapter

AUSA’s Joseph P. Cribbins Award
The GEN Creighton W. Abrams Chapter is looking for outstanding DA Civilian employees from our chapter footprint (Heidelberg and Mannheim) to compete for and receive this exceptional service award. The Abrams Chapter nominee will compete against other nominees in Europe and will be recognized at the AUSA October Annual Meeting in Washington D.C. Please note that AUSA membership is not a criterion for nomination. In addition, attendance at the Annual Meeting is not a requirement. However, volunteers and contractor employees are not eligible for this award and should be recognized by other means. AUSA defines DA Civilians as appropriated or nonappropriated fund federal employees who directly or indirectly support any component of the Army. The deadline for submission of nominations is 04 May 2012. Leaders can contact Dave Norton, the Abrams Chapter President, at dnorton@caci.com or commercial 06221-3635321 if they have any questions or want to nominate a deserving individual.e


Braxton-Bragg Chapter

Once again Braxton Bragg was honored to support The Fort Bragg 2011 Family of the Year. The winner was nominated by units based on the nomination’s involvement in the unit, the community and their interaction as a family as well as a combination of how they balance their family life with their military life. CWO3 James Stevenson, who is currently deployed with the 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade to Afghanistan, and wife, Keri, along with their two children Baylee, 10, and Madison, 12, were named the 2011 Fort Bragg Family of the Year during a ceremony at the Main Post Chapel on Dec. 1.  James Stevenson, who met his wife more than 15 years ago when they were next-door neighbors in Navy barracks at Guantanamo Bay, listened from Afghanistan as the announcement was made. Selfless attitude is a big part of the reason the Stevensons were named Fort Bragg’s 2011 Family of the Year. The title comes with someperks. The Stevensons received a $250 commissary gift card from Braxton Bragg Chapter, AUSA, a $500 AAFES gift card and a Kindle Firee-reader. They also lit the Christmas tree on post.






Greater Los Angeles Chapter

   Support for Families and Veterans

In 2011 GLAC Family Programs provided funding and assistance for 56 events. Of those 56 events, $11,089 supported unit activities, such as deployment, redeployment, holiday and training activities. GLAC also provided emergency assistance and donations to soldiers/families in need in the amount of $8,154. This included support to families with wounded soldiers that have been hospitalized, emergency travel, providing motels for homeless soldiers, and providing assistance to financially stressed families.  Three notable donations that GLAC contributes to are the Vet Hunters Project, the Justin Crabbe Fund, and the Paul Garcia Fund. The Vet Hunters locate homeless veterans and get them off the streets. Justin Crabbe was a Marine double amputee and Paul Garcia is a soldier who was badly burned.  These are all badly need services and assistance; let’s make it our goal to help even more in 2012

Central Texas-Fort Hood Chapter

     It's AUSA Scholarship Time !

Your Central Texas-Fort Hood Chapter, Association of the U.S. Army will once again in 2012 provide $1,000 higher education and vocational training scholarships to deserving active-duty or retired soldiers or members of their immediate families.  Scholarship applications and all supporting documentation must be received at our chapter's post office box by noon March 15, 2012.  Applications will be available in student counseling offices of local high schools by January 10, 2012 For further information, contact Ms. Susan Jones, Scholarship Coordinator, Central Texas – Fort Hood Chapter, AUSA at 254-290-0383, or by mail to smjones@extracobanks.com or go to: http://www.forthoodausa.org/

TJ Stonewall Jackson Chapter

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The Chapter has decided to assist the VVCC acquire some items in support of their expanded rehab wing. Items under consideration include devices to assist our veterans in physical recovery from surgeries, falls, and other physical impairments.  The Virginia Veterans Care Center is located in Salem and for more information visit http://www.dvs.virginia.gov/carecenter_virginia-veterans.shtml.


 The Fairfax-Lee Chapter 

Fairfax-Lee Chapter of the Association of the US Army held its Annual Scholarship Luncheon at the Fort  Belvoir Officers’ Club with over $20,000 in academic scholarships awarded to 27 deserving students. Eleven students received scholarships at the $500 level, nine students at the $750 level, and six at the $1,000 level.

The Rock Island Arsenal (RIA) Chapter

  The Rock Island Arsenal Chapter of the Association of the US Army participated in the 2010 Military Salute at Modern Woodmen Park.  RIA AUSA gave away over 2500 free tickets to Soldiers, DoD Civilians and their families to see the Quad City River Bandits in the 2nd quarter. The venue also served as the site to re-sign the Army Community Covenant.

The St. Louis Gateway Chapter


The St Louis Gateway Chapter of the Association of the US Army recognized 28 outstanding students and Soldiers at the 15th Annual Leadership Awards Ceremony. The ceremony was held at the Missouri Athletic Club.    

Twenty-one students were selected for academic achievement, community involvement, and as a result of a written essay with awards from $1000 to $2500. Seven Soldiers of the Year were also recognized at the banquet. Each Soldier received an award of $500. Local Army commands selected the Soldiers.

 The Major Samuel Woodfil Chapter, AUSA

The Major Samuel Woodfill Chapter of AUSA awarded four children of Soldiers $1000 college scholarships.  Over 40 applications were submitted for the scholarships. The applicants were judged  on their high school grades and activities, recommendations of school officials and others, as well as a 500-word theme paper. The recipients' parents are veterans of Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) and Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF-Afghanistan). Three of the awardees are from Kentucky and one from Ohio.  This is the third year for this scholarship program. 

This past year its Soldier and Family Support Committee provided direct financial support to more than 50 Soldier and veteran families.  The chapter also works with area Army Reserve, Army National Guard units and Army recruiters. It also has close associations with the Cincinnati VA Medical Center,  the Dayton VA Medical Center, Blue Star Mothers of America and others. 

The General John W. Vessey Jr. Chapter, AUSA 

The John Vessey Chapter of AUSA was an event sponsor for the Saints Opener & Military Appreciation Night on 13 May 2010. Braving the cold and at times rainy weather, military members and their families attended Military Appreciation Night at the Saints Home Opener. This annual event sponsored by CUB Foods, Saint Paul Saints, Minnesota Wire and the Vessey Chapter provided 1000 free tickets to Soldiers & their families.



GA Omar N. Bradley AUSA Chapter in Fort Bliss, TX.

The Omar Bradley Chapter of Fort Bliss, TX sponsored the 3-43 Easter Egg Hunt  in which 50 children and 40 family members attended (see photo above). The event began with an Easter egg hunt (500 eggs) for three separate age groups: Ages 4-6; 7-9; 10 and up. There were five eggs that were hidden throughout the park that were especially marked with free gifts from sponsors.

Once the egg hunt was completed the attendees participated in a piñata contest. The 3-43 Easter Egg Hunt was a huge success, thanks to the FRG, corporate sponsors and AUSA. 

Herb Schmeling (shown on left) is an active member and volunteer for AUSA's Fort Lewis Chapter, as well as a USO Puget Sound Area (PSA) volunteer. He continuously gives his all in putting our nation’s Servicemembers first. As one of the USO's Puget Sound Area's most committed volunteers, he regularly gives 60-80 hours a month, and is always available at a moment's notice. 

Affectionately called the “Godfather of Fort Lewis,” Herb was honored for his exceptional efforts, being selected as Fort Lewis’ Volunteer of the Year for 2008.  USO PSA and AUSA are extremely thankful for the commitment and enthusiasm that Herb displays on an ongoing basis. He inspires everyone around him.

      Fort Lewis Chapter
Fort Lewis Chapter Corporate member Ken Swarner of the Fort Lewis Ranger and Chapter VP for Corporate Membership and Publicity hosted a Spouses Valentine’s Day Pampering Party at Marcus Pavilion at Saint Martin’s University in Lacey Washington in the first quarter. 

The event was beyond all expectations as the Ranger Newspaper hosted approximately 750-800 spouses of deployed Soldiers and airmen from Joint Base Lewis-McChord. Several local venders provided professional services free of charge to pamper the spouses. This event was a huge success in giving back to military spouses that continually give of themselves and their families.

     Central Texas-Fort Hood Chapter
Family Programs congratulates the Central Texas-Fort Hood Chapter on their recent selection as "People of the Year" by the Killeen Daily Herald. This honor has been awarded in the past to Commanding Generals and other senior military officials.

The Central Texas-Fort Hood Chapter was surprised and humbled to receive this distinguished honor; however, it is a richly deserved recognition of the service and support they provide to Ft. Hood Soldiers and families as well as the outstanding community relationships they have formed. To read the Killeen Daily Herald article on the Central Texas-Fort Hood Chapter in its entirety click the title of the article, "People of the Year."