AUSA Leadership Staff Ride

AUSA Leadership Staff Ride

Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture

Check out the full Army Magazine write up by Gina Cavallaro HERE!


The Association of the United States Army - AUSA Center for Leadership hosted an inaugural staff ride that honored the selfless service and significant contributions of African American Soldiers from 1775 to present.


Participants experienced both the National Museum of the United States Army and the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture while listening to inspiring remarks by African American Army leaders.


The staff ride participants included Cadets from seven major programs:

1. Howard University
2. Hampton University
3. Morgan State University
4. George Mason University
5. Georgetown University (with Cadets from The George Washington University University and American University)
6. Virginia Military Institute
7. United States Military Academy at West Point

LTG Brunson

Our keynote speakers included Command Sergeant Major (Retired) David Clark and Lieutenant General Xavier Brunson.

Our senior mentors included:
1. General (Retired) Larry Ellis
2. General (Retired) Dennis Via
3. General (Retired) Carter Ham
4. General (Retired) Robert Brown
5. Lieutenant General (Retired) Kip Ward
6. Lieutenant General (Retired) Roger Shultz
7. Lieutenant General (Retired) Leslie C. Smith
8. Lieutenant General Ron Clark
9. Lieutenant General Xavier Brunson
10. Major General John Rafferty
11. Brigadier General (Retired) Jack Haley
12. Brigadier General Mark C. Quander
13. Brigadier General Janeen Birckhead
14. Colonel Joe Funderburke, Ph.D.
15. Sergeant Major of the Army (Retired) Dan Dailey
16. Command Sergeant Major (Retired) David Clark
17. Command Sergeant Major Russell Price