What AUSA Chapters do for Cadets 

Chapter Spotlight

Major Samuel Woodfill Chapter, Cinncinatti,OH - Honoring ROTC Cadets, November 2009 - Lt. Col. Philip Tilly, Executive Officer, 7th ROTC Brigade 

Selected Examples of What AUSA Chapters do for Cadets

The Bradley Chapter served as the sponsor of the refreshments for the University of Texas at El Paso Commissioning Ceremony reception.  There were a total of 24 cadets commissioned during the ceremony.  The cost to the Chapter was $150.

Fort Benning Chapter attended JROTC Award Ceremony for Spencer High School, provided refreshments for ceremony, and presented two cadets with AUSA Medal and Certificates.

On 14May 2010, COL (R) Michor Gentemann presented the AUSA medal and the AUSA History Award to two Central Washington University graduating cadets at Ellensburg, WA.  There were approximately 80 ROTC students and 120 guests and dignitaries at the ceremony.  The guest speaker was the President of CWU.   The CWU award ceremony was a joint Army and Air Force presentation and included a pass in review.  It was a very professional ceremony. 

 AUSA Chapter awarded two JROTC Scholarships for $500.00 and $250.00 to cadets from Los Lunas and Albuquerque  High School.

MG Lekson Chapter VP Gary Kloppenburg awarded a $500.00 scholarship to UNM Army ROTC student.  LTC Richard Elam, First Militia Chapter Member presented JROTC Awards at Matanzas High School in Palm Coast, ‘Florida on 5 May 2010. Four medals and certificates were presented, one to a  deserving Freshman to Senior. Sixty miles around trip, Three hours volunteer time, and $80.00  spent for medals  and certificates. First Militia Chapter’s Captain Vernon Pinkney presented JROTC Awards at Wolfson High School on 14 May2010. Four medals and certificates were presented to outstanding cadets in grades 9 to 12. Three hours volunteer time donated by the Captain and 480.00 expended by the Chapter.

 On May 26th, the Fort Lewis Chapter president presented a JROTC Top Senior award to William Tsaprilis and a Top Returning Junior award to Lawrence Le, at Mount Tahoma High School in Lakewood WA, for  their accomplishments during the school year. 

Stuttgart Chapter annually presents a plaque to the Army JROTC Cadet of the Year at Alexander M. Patch High School, Patch Barracks, and Stuttgart.  This yearr's plaque, along with an AUSA ROTC medal, was presented at the high-school awards assembly to Cadet LTC Christina L. Lowry.  As the chapter president was out of town, he arranged for COL Richard Pastore, USAG-Stuttgart commander and new AUSA lifetime member, to make the formal presentation on 7 June.

Greater Los Angeles Chapter paid $400 to cover part of the cost for the busses to bring JROTC cadets from three high schools to the annual JROTC Fun Day at Griffith Park for a picnic. 

The Chapter was the principal sponsor for the "All City Staff Competition".  This is an annual event to determine the top ten cadets in the Los Angeles Unified School District.  It is the most prestigious achievement that cadets can earn in the LAUSD JROTC Program.

GA Omar Bradley Chapter:   Fort Bliss Commanding General and Chapter President Gus Rodriguez presented the distinguished JROTC cadet from the Ysleta ISD with a plaque honoring her achievement.  Cadet COL Kayla Sandoval from Parkland High was present at the event with her Senior Army Instructor and the BDE Cadet CSM.

GA Omar N. BradleyChapter supported the University of Texas at El Paso ROTC's spring 2010 Dinning Out.  The Chapter purchased the cakes for the event at a cost of $150.00 and also provides a $500 donation to help offset the expense to the Cadets.

GA Omar N. BradleyChapter President, Gus Rodriguez, presented newly commissioned Second Lieutenant, Bradon Alford, with a $25.00 gift certificate from AAFES to help offset uniform expenses. The commissioning was held at Fort Bliss Soldier Hall with a reception afterwards.

On 15 Apr 10, Chapter Vice President for ROTC/JROTC Support presented an AUSA ROTC Medal, AUSA ROTC Certificate of Appreciation and a $500.00 Scholarship to the Baylor University ROTC Cadet of the Year, Cadet Matthew Graham at the Annual ROTC Banquet.

Central Texas/'Fort Hood (On 17 Apr 10), Chapter Vice President for ROTC/JROTC Support Gene Silverblatt presented a $500.00 Scholarship, AUSA ROTC Medal, AUSA ROTC Certificate of Appreciation and an AUSA ROTC Book to the University of Mary Hardin Baylor Cadet of the Year, Cadet William McCarville during the Annual ROTC Banquet at the Plaza Hotel, Killeen, Texas.

On 17 Apr 10, Chapter Vice President for ROTC/JROTC Support Gene Silverblatt presented a $500.00 Scholarship, AUSA ROTC Medal, AUSA ROTC Certificate of Appreciation and the AUSA ROTC Book to University of Texas A&M at Central Texas Cadet of the Year, Cadet Irael Rubio.

•General Membership Meeting in recognition of: Year of the NCO & Veterans’ Day Commemoration

•Chapter President recognized distinguished guests to include LTC Christine Harvey, Professor of Military Science, UCONN, ROTC. He also announced that the ROTC running team came in 2nd place out of 52 ROTC schools in the Army Ten-Miler.  The Colonel and 10 Cadets ran the race. It was an outstanding finish for the University.  •The chapter supported the ROTC’s participation through donations from its Sustaining Members.  •Elaine Krauss, Executive Director discussed with Colonel Harvey the ROTC’s participation in the Chapter’s Annual Spring Dinner and Awards Ceremony (April 2010). Posting of the colors by the ROTC & recognition/presentation to the ROTC Running Team for their 2nd place finish in the Army Ten-Miler.

On April 9th, LTC Michael Lavey presented the AUSA Junior ROTC Award to Cadet Tyler Harrington at the Methuen High School Junior ROTC Program. In addition to the Award Ceremony, the ROTC Cadets Passed-In-Review.    The Mayor of Methuen and Superintendant of Methuen Schools and the Methuen High School Principal were in the reviewing party. Other Awards were presented by other military and civic organizations. Also, US Army and US Marine Corps recruiters were in attendance. The Methuen High School band played the National Anthem and other martial music and the Junior ROTC rifle team performed.

Tenessee-Kentucky Chapter (Tri-State Chapter) members represented AUSA at the East Tennessee State University ROTC Honors Day ceremonies for the presentation of AUSA ROTC Awards to selected Cadets.

Col (Ret) Richard R. Babbitt - Northern New York and Ft Drum Chapter VP for ROTC awarded AUSA's ROTC Military History Award at Clarkson Universities Annual Detachment Awards Ceremony to Cadet Colby Sortebik.

MG Kent Hillhouse contacted several gun clubs who had ranges for the ROTC to use but none fit the bill. He heard of an old veteran who owns the Eagle Mt. Ranch in the San Jose area. After a discussion with the owner, John Fell, he visited the ranch to see if it would provide the Santa Clara University ROTC / Military Sicences dept with a viable training area.  The ROTC department lost their training area and would have to travel over 100 miles to fire weapons or have lane training.  MG Hillhouse set up a meeting there for the following week to discuss the use of the land by the ROTC department, and informed LTC Shawn Cowley of the new training area. 

At our Executive Board meeting on 19 Feb, we invited the Alabama A&M ROTC department to attend our meeting and provide an update on AUSA activities related to their cadet battalion.  Cadet 1LT Mark Hull, a junior, attended along with LTC (USA-RET) Mike Manning from the ROTC training staff.  Cadet Hull provided his report to our attendees outlining the battalion's steps in becoming an official AUSA ROTC Company affiliated with the Redstone-Huntsville Chapter.  Cadet Hull was also elected to serve as vice-president of their AUSA ROTC Company, and we look forward to working with him on integrating their plans and activities with the parent chapter.  They will be regular attendees at both our EXCOM and full board meetings in the future.

This was a $250 donation to help support the ROTC Bataan Death March ROTC Run in New Mexico

Central Texas/Fort Hood Chapter  JP Hogan and Josh Galloway spent some time with the ROTC Detachment at the University of North Texas in January.  They spoke to the cadets and cadre about AUSA efforts locally and at the National level and how these efforts benefited ROTC programs. The session was well attended by the cadets and the cadre. Several cadets expressed interest in joining AUSA and becoming active in some of the Chapters activities.  In the coming months you will be hearing more about our Chapter's efforts to expand support to the ROTC programs at UNT, UT-Arlington, SMU, TCU and other North Texas Universities. We are also planning a Golf Outing in early September focused on raising funds to expand our support for ROTC programs in the area.

The Sunshine Chapter sponsored the UCF ROTC Cadets who were in DC for Annual Meeting to attend the ROTC Luncheon.  The Cadets, their OIC and the Sunshine Chapter Executive VP, Matt Fair, enjoyed the Great Program from "Down Range" and the guest speaker, GEN Ham.  The Cadets really enjoyed the lunch!  The Chapter is proud to sponsor the Cadets to the luncheon which gives them another opportunity to interact with other members of ROTC and the Total Army.

Army ROTC Cadet Andrew Wignet of Central State University was presented with a handsome plaque and $100 for being the top cadet at his ROTC battalion.

Represented the Columbia River Chapter, AUSA, and the Army Reserve at the University of Portland’s ROTC Veteran’s Day Ceremony.  Key Note speaker was BG (Ret) Ken Ross.  Starting the day prior to the ceremony, the Army ROTC and Air Force ROTC detachments stand vigil at the Broken Wall Monument.  On the monument at listed the 80 names of University of Portland’s fallen servicemen from all US Conflicts.  Talked with LTC Lewis Doyle, the new Professor of Military Science for the Army ROTC.  We discussed plans for the Army presence and representation at the upcoming West Point vs. UP Men’s Basketball game in January 2010.

Gene Rafanelli, our VP for ROTC/JROTC supports and I met with LTC Hammond and his staff at ASU ROTC.  We provided him a list of support we would provide him and he agreed to have one of his staff on our EXCOM.  This will greatly improve our relationship and how we support ROTC in the future.

The Greater Los Angeles Chapter presented a 9mm pistol and case to Wesley Williamson, the top ROTC cadet at the Claremont-McKenna Colleges.

MG Peter Gravett, VP for ROTC and Reserve Affairs. Spoke at the award ceremony for USC/Cal State Long Beach ROTC cadets.  He presented commissioning kits to 7 graduating seniors.

The AUSA medal, with appropriate certificate, was presented to Cadet Kaitie Cook on 26 May at the JROTC award ceremonies.  COL(R) Gustafson, JROTC/ROTC VP for the Carlisle Barracks/Cumberland Valley Chapter, briefly discussed AUSA and the significance of the award.

MS. Donaldson presented ROTC awards at Lyman Ward Military Academy at Camp Hill Alabama. 

Upon the recommendation of CPT Nathan Whitten, the GMU ROTC Operations Officer, Faifax-Lee Chapter awarded one year AUSA memberships to six deserving members of the George Mason University ROTC Corps of Cadets. 

COL (ret) John Booth, Fort Monmouth Chapter Board Member, and Corporate member attended the Rutgers University Army ROTC Annual Awards Ceremony.  On behalf of the Fort Monmouth Chapter, COL Booth congratulated the ROTC Cadets on their awards.

The Fort Monmouth Chapter invited five ROTC Cadets, at Chapter expense, to the General Petraeus "Person of the Year" award dinner. They were: Cadets Salerno, McDonough, Osterheld, Berrigan and Finney. The Cadets provided the color guard for the event and were supervised by MSG Rick Jenkins for the ROTC Staff.

Diane Boeger drove to Lake City Army Ammunition Plant, 40 miles from home, to pick up items for the ROTC Goodie Bags to be given to the KU ROTC program for their Ranger Buddy Challenge which will be held on April 24, 2010. Lake City is an important Corporate Member of GKC Chapter.

Dr. (SGM Ret) Waymon Duane Williams presented hard copy volumes of the Story of the NCO to the Military Instructor of the Year for the Joint ROTC Program at Georgia Institute of Technology, MSG Obee.

The Greater Augusta - Fort Gordon Chapter presented $100 to support the Augusta State University JROTC Spring Formal and Awards Presentation.

Steve Taylor, President, attended the Drill Competition Day hosted by the Alabama A&M University ROTC program in Huntsville, AL on 10 April 2010.  Some 15 area JROTC programs, some from as far away as Birmingham, sent precision drill teams and track and PT participants to compete for their schools.  I made it a point to seek out the leaders from each school present to ensure the Redstone-Huntsville Chapter had them on our list for AUSA awards participation.  I was able to identify 3 schools we did not previously know about, and they were quickly incorporated into our schedule for award presentations within the next two months.  Our Chapter is proud to support the Alabama A&M ROTC program as they become increasingly involved with the JROTC programs in the area, working their way toward official recognition as an AUSA ROTC Company.

USA's MG Kent Hillhouse arranged a visit to the Eagle Mt. Ranch to discuss the use of the property for Combat Lane Training and for M-16 rifle familiarization firing.  All parties agreed the the property, and private ranch owned by John Fell, would meet all the requirements for the ROTC training. Mr Fell would donate the use of the facility and Support AUSA and the SCU ROTC programs

SROTC at U. of Arkansas Pine Bluff -- which is newly an ROTC "Host Institution" instead of its previous status as an extension center of U. of Central Arkansas -- will hold their military ball, with awards ceremony, 1 May 2020.  AUSA National, B.Bruce, has already furnished them the Senior ROTC Medal, as well as the AUSA Military History Award.  Ark Chap has begun coordination to have a presenter; status as of 9 April 2010 is: three presenter candidates, and waiting to see whether #1 takes it or it falls to #2 or #3.

COL (Ret) Alphonso Knight Jr, a former member of Executive Committee for the Ft Lewis Chapter, presented an engraved sabre and a one-year membership in AUSA to the Distinguished Graduate of the National Guard OCS Regt in the concluding graduation for 2009 Warrior Forge, in a ceremony held on Watkins Parade Field, Ft Lewis WA.

The Chapter presented Leadership Awards to Silver Bluff High School Cadets Kabriel Stallings and Derrick Burns.

Two members of Fairfax-Lee Chapter BoD/Advisory Cmte will attend Lake Braddock JROTC award ceremony and presented the AUSA certificate/medal to deserving cadet.

Robin Mathia prepared and mailed JROTC Outstanding Cadet Medals and certificates for Deltona High School.  This year's recipients are:  Justin Resnick, Dickens, Prez, Smiley and Lopez.

Robin Mathias prepared certificates for this year's recipient of the AUSA Outstanding JROTC Cadet Medal at Forest Hills HS. This year's recipient is C/2LT Naisha Rodriguez

Sunshine Chapterr's Robin Mathias prepared the Outstanding JROTC Cadet Medal certificate using her professional calligraphy skills for this year's recipient at Port St Lucie HS, Port St Lucie, FL (C/1SG Amando Ojeda). 

Fort Riley Chapter made $100 financial contribution to JROTC drill meet to sponsor a trophy.

On 21 Jan 2010 LTC(R), US Army, Nick Laiacona (VP Corporate Affairs, Capital District Chapter of NY State), met with LTC Joe Raczkowski, Assistant Vice Principle and Supervisor of the LaSalle Institute Junior ROTC Program. This was an initial meeting to establish closer ties with La Salle Institute (LSI). LSI has grades 6 thru 12 and is an all male military high school run by the Christian Brothers. Nick agreed to order three medals from AUSA National for the upcoming awards ceremony which will be held in May 2010. The Capital District Chapter will be involved in the presentation of the awards. Either Nick or Ed Keyrouze (Chapter President) will make the presentations. Nick also agreed to look into awarding some small scholarships ($200) to deserving students. This will need to be approved by the Chapter Executive Board. Nick will continue to work with the school.

Chapter invited junior Soldiers and Cadets to attend out Annual Soldier Appreciation Picnic.

 CW2(R) Ronald Emerson, chapter member, presented the AUSA JROTC medal and certificate to C/CPT Joy E. Crozier on 27 May at the Dan River High School JROTC awards ceremony.  Crozier will be the cadet Bn commander for school year 2010-2011.  Emerson is the Senior Army Instructor at Dan River High School JROTC program.   

Ft Sheridan AUSA Chapter members John Fascia, Bill Powell, and Marty Levin all helped to present medals to Lane Tech JROTC students on behalf of AUSA. Cadet Major Dolores Sawtillan was the top cadet to receive the AUSA award. Lane Tech is on the north side of Chicago and has about 300 student cadets. Event was held this afternoon in the Lane Tech Auditorium.  This school is 102 years old.

The "Viking Battalion" of Rogers High School Army JROTC held their Annual Awards Ceremony in the school's auditorium. The Ceremony began with the Posting of the Colors by Cadet Color Guard followed by the playing of our National Anthem.  LTC Michael Carlino, Senior Army Instructor welcomed all attendees and proceeded to recognize Cadets with awards assisted by SGM Charles Ricker. 

1SG(R) Richard Enos, VP for Awards, RI AUSA presented the AUSA JROTC Medal w/Certificate to Cadet Oski Augustowski and the Rhode Island 2010 JROTC Leadership Award (an inscribed Silver Bowl) to Cadet Rebecca Weaver.  Many military and civilian organization presented awards. Colors were retired. Current Cadet Enrollment is 65.  Event was from 5:00PM to 7:00 PM.  Refreshments were served.

The NTC High Desert Chapter presented a JROTC Medal, one year’s membership and a $100 dollar savings Bond to C/LTC Dominique M. Alvarez from Riverside Poly High School.

The General CW Abrams Chapter of AUSA supports the JROTC program at the Mannheim High School with an AUSA JROTC award recognition certificate signed by General Sullivan and AUSA JROTC award pin. The certificate and pin will be presented to 2nd LT Andrew Simmons on 25 May 2010 at the Mannheim High School Multi-Purpose Room (gym) starting at 7:00 pm and it'll be over by 8:00 pm.

COL(R) Bob Freeman presented the AUSA JROTC Medal Set to local cadet from Hopkinsville High School on 8 May 2010. The ceremony took place at noon at the Hopkinsville Central High School.

COL(R) Jimmy Cox, Chapter Treasurer, presented the AUSA JROTC medal and certificate at the Magna Vista High School JROTC awards ceremony.  The award was presented to the Bn C/CSM Kimberly G. Hamm.  The last part of the ceremony was her promotion to C/MAJ as the Bn Cdr for school year 2010-2011.

Chapter president Jerry Brettschneider and Chapter Secretary Sheri Singh Minhas attended the JROTC Armed Forces Day formal Parade and Awards on Sat May 14th. A reception followed the parade. They presented the AUSA JROTC Ribbon and Certificate.

SFC Semba L. Brittian presented the AUSA JROTC award to Cadet SGT Casey McGuinness at North Springs HS 7447 Roswell Rd Atlanta, GA. Ceremony took place at 1830 hrs on 23 April.

Personally presented AUSA medals and Certificates of Achievement to the top JROTC cadets in each class, freshman through Senior at Crescent City High School.  Freshman, PFC Michael Hess; sophomore, SSG Terry Bell; Junior, CSM Logan Singleton, and Senior, MAJ Lacie Matthews.  The event was an Awards Dinner and attended by many parents and local civic leaders. 

North Hardin High School is hosting the multi-state regional JROTC drill competition this weekend. Gene will be on hand to present gift cards to the Drill Sergeants who assist with the event. Cost to chapter $535.00.

AUSA Japan Chapter President NIck Charles met with LTC Michael Fleetwood of the Zama High School JROTC to discuss support to the JROTC Army ball, the AUSA medals for cadets and the AUSA medals for Yokota High School JROTC. I informed him that we have the medals and that I in fact ordered medals for Yokota as well. We will attend the JROTC Ball and present the medals.

The Chapter presented a framed Armor poster with Chapter AUSA coins to Cadet Kyle Lee as a graduation present, along with an AUSA pen and pencil set. 

VP Soldier Support served 5 trays of homemade fudge to the Cadet Candidates of the United States Military Academy Preparatory School during their Taste of Heaven event. All the fudge disappeared in a matter of minutes.

AUSA Puerto Rico Chapter co-hosted with Cadet Command an Army Officer event. The event focused on educating local influencers on the value of becoming an Army Officer, which surrounds the recent Officer advertising campaign. Army Officers from each path served on a panel to discuss their experiences and answer questions. MG Felix Santoni (AUSA 3rd Region and Chapter VP) served as the moderator for the event.

Chapter President Richard "Nick" Nickum and 1st Vice President COL Lawrence Hannan attended and participated in JROTC Brigade Skills Competition.  Participation included presenting the awards to the competitors at the completion of the competition.