George Washington Chapter Base Camp Brief Aug 2020

George Washington Chapter Base Camp Brief Aug 2020

*** CHAPTER NEWS – August 2020 Edition ***
George Washington Chapter (GWC)
Association of the United States Army (AUSA)
THANK YOU to our Individual, Community Partners, Sustaining Members, Corporate Sponsors!

Current Chapter Membership Profile:

  • Individual Members – 10,077
  • Community Partners – 141


The George Washington Chapter has received the Best Chapter Award in its category for an unprecedented 5th consecutive year!  The Chapter greatly appreciates the support of ALL of our Members/Partners. This recognition is directly attributable to the support of the Chapter membership.  Twenty-six (26) streamers will be proudly added to the Chapter flag!

2020 Streamers Earned




  1. Best Chapter
  2. Chapter of Excellence
  3. Superior Chapter
  4. Merit Chapter
  5. Chapter of Distinction
  6. Star Chapter
  7. Community Partner Growth
  8. Excellence in Community Partner Growth
  9. Excellence in Reserve Component Growth
  10. Special Award
  11. Support to U.S. Army Recruiting Command
  12. ROTC/JROTC/USMC Support
  13. Community Partner Support
  14. Reserve Component Support
  15. Army History
  16. Army Birthday
  17. Family Programs
  18. Education & Programs
  19. Professional Development
  20. Department of the Army Civilian Support
  21. Soldier for Life
  22. Vietnam War Commemorative Partnership Program
  23. Take the Hill
  24. Young Professionals
  25. Volunteer Development
  26. Member Communication

Professional Development Forum -- 2019-2020 Luncheon Series -- final event will be feature the Honorable Kevin M. Fahey, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Department of Defense. The Chapter is in the process of coordinating a virtual platform for this event slated to be held in late September.  We will advertise the date and registration information as soon as it’s ready for prime time!    
GWC Educational Scholarship Golf tournament POSTPONED:  Our primary scholarships fundraiser, our annual golf tournament, has been rescheduled for 9 October 2021!  The tournament will be held at the Golf Club at Lansdowne on the Robert Trent Jones II Course.

SCHOLARSHIPS:  In May, the George Washington Chapter was honored to award 45 extremely deserving and talented college bound, undergraduate and graduate students scholarships totalling $36,250!  Additionally, we were privileged to donate a 46th scholarship award in support of West Point Ethics day!  Our thanks to Dr. Sue Myers and Karen Lowe for their detailed efforts.  Those that received scholarships will be recognized virtually at our final 2019-2020 professional development series luncheon in late September.  



The AUSA leadership has made the difficult decision to convert the 2020 AUSA Annual Meeting from an in-person meeting to a virtual experience. Based on health and safety considerations and on-going restrictions on large gatherings, it’s just not possible to conduct an in-person meeting as originally envisioned.
The Annual Meeting is an incredibly important event and one of our favorite ways to celebrate everything that unites us, but health and safety must come first. It’s no secret that this has been a difficult time for all – soldiers and their families, our AUSA members and you, our great volunteer leaders. We know that this announcement was a tremendous disappointment to most of you, but AUSA like so many other organizations determined that it was the only way to proceed this year.   
As National went on to say, we’re sad but you can’t wring your hands if you’re rolling up your sleeves … and your AUSA team is doing just that! Details for a large virtual event this October are underway. While it may not replace the full experience of the in-person AUSA Annual Meeting, it will serve to keep us connected with Army senior leaders and messages, with industry partners, and with AUSA members around the globe.
We’re planning for a forum that connects us beyond the 33,000-plus people we expected to see in Washington, DC this year. We will be reaching out soon with plans for recognizing our chapters and conducting the training we had planned to get everyone up-to-speed on our new mass email system – Pardot; and our new Association Management System – Fonteva.  Watch for updates in the News You Can Use sent to all volunteer leaders each Friday.

36TH ANNUAL ARMY TEN-MILER VIRTUAL EDITION:  Registration for the Virtual Ten-Miler is OPEN!  Check out the website …
Train At Your Own Pace – Run In Your Own Town! 

LTG Theodore G. Stroup, Jr. Achievement Award
Concluding its inaugural year for its JROTC Scholarship program, AUSA’s Education & Programs Department is proud to announce the first winners of the LTG Theodore G. Stroup, Jr., Achievement Award. The first place award goes to Cadet Captain Prescott Farris of Fairfax, VA; the second place award goes to Mr. Fernando R. Avila of Waldorf, MD. Candidates were judged on their abilities in writing an essay concerning Army ethics, as well as on letters of recommendation and their transcripts. For more information on this and other AUSA scholarships, please visit
DEFENSE HEALTH AGENCY MEDIA ADVISORY:  TRICARE Select Enrollment Fee Increase:  The Department of Defense recently announced that TRICARE Select Group A retirees will be required to pay enrollment fees beginning Jan. 1, 2021. Click here to learn more.

Membership, Membership, Membership – Please renew your
Community Partnership and Individual Membership Today!

Dick Winter, LTC U.S. Army Retired
President, George Washington Chapter
Association of the United States Army