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Sunday, November 01, 2020




*** CHAPTER NEWS – October 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 Statistics:

  • Individual Members – 10,077
  • Community Partners – 125


Reminder: Please access your member profile to ensure your information is current.

Chapter News and Events:


George Washington Chapter supporting our Veterans.

Middleburg Community Center Veterans Appreciation Picnic 3 October 2020



Professional Development Forum 6 October 2020 featured the Honorable Kevin M. Fahey, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Department of Defense. Outstanding presentation on DoD Acquisition initiatives.


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Honorable Kevin M. Fahey Assistant Secretary of Defense for Acquisition Department of Defense


Professional Development Forum December 2020 – Featured Speaker will be LTG John B. Morrison DCS G6 (invited)


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Lieutenant General John Morrison DCS G6


GWC Educational Scholarship Golf tournament:  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. Sponsorships are available and donations to the Educational Scholarship fund are most appreciated. The Golf Flyer will be published in December 2020.


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Robert Trent Jones Jr Course Hole 11









AUSA NOW events are available on demand: To access the on demand videos, log into AUSA Now virtual venue website using email address and password you used during the meeting.


The numbers surrounding AUSA Now are quite impressive! Here are just a few highlights:

  •  20,000+ registrants
  • Participants from 70 countries
  • 500+ exhibitors
  • 450+ speakers
  • 138 sessions
  • 16.9 million unique users exposed to #AUSA Now on Twitter. 
  • 260 registered media personnel representing 110 media outlets

Catch all the news and highlights you missed here.

View the digital AUSA Show Daily presented by Defense News here.

Click here to read highlights of AUSA Now presented by Defense News.

As a reminder, all AUSA Now programming will remain available On Demand. Please retain your AUSA Now username and password so you can access the content. Login to the AUSA Now virtual event platform and view past programming through the AUSA Now agenda.

Again, we want to sincerely thank everyone who made AUSA Now possible. Your participation helped us fulfill our mission to support Soldiers, Army civilians, and families; provide a voice for the Army; and honor those who have served.
Army Museum Opens 11 November
The National Museum of the United States Army, a 185,000-square-foot steel-clad building at Fort Belvoir, Virginia, will open to the public on Nov. 11. Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy said the museum “will be a place for members of the Total Army family to gather and share stories while also creating an opportunity for visitors to connect with our nation’s history through the eyes and voices of individual soldiers.”

What to Watch: A small ceremony will be held for the opening, livestreamed on the museum’s website. Information is available here for visiting the museum: https://info.ausa.org/e/784783/visit-/4rwrd/333823923?h=xAuoRLZiws11immV3EQqPKmljakgn4v2FxcJaoQP5IQ

See  this link for addtional information and tickets.
TRICARE OPEN SEASON 2020 CAMPAIGN -  Per the Defense Health Agency, the TRICARE Open Season is the annual period when beneficiaries can enroll in or change their health care coverage for the next year.

TRICARE Open Season is 9 November–14 December 2020 -  Enrollment actions made during this period take effect on 1 January 2021. 

Also, eligible beneficiaries can also enroll in vision and/or dental coverage through Federal Employees Dental and Vision Insurance Program (FEDVIP) during Federal Benefits Open Season, which is also 9 November–14 December 2020.

NEW!  TRICARE SELECT FEES FOR GROUP A RETIREES -   Effective 1 January 2021, TRICARE Select Group A retired beneficiaries must pay TRICARE Select enrollment fees. Group A consists of sponsors and their family members who first became affiliated with the military through enlistment or appointment before 1 January 2018. TRICARE Select Group A beneficiaries have not previously paid enrollment fees. TRICARE Select Group A retirees must contact their regional contractor before the end of TRICARE Open Season to set up a monthly enrollment fee payment. Enrollment fees must be paid by allotment, if feasible. Beneficiaries will be disenrolled for failure to pay enrollment fees.  For more information about this and other news from the Military Health System, click https://info.ausa.org/e/784783/Wn9qxcRRhC4i-tSCq9dLBs131I-6qY/4l5x2/327656645?h=rV9jb5L6GLEvrTvBJ79eMmlVDKc0H8yWr8GehyWCWqw. 

AUSA Scholarship Awards -  Prescott Farris of Fairfax, Virginia, is this year’s winner, receiving a $1,000 award. Fernando Avila of Waldorf, Maryland, will receive a $500 award.

The newest edition of Army Echoes is now available -  Download current edition by clicking on the link below or by using your Army Echoes app (iOS and Android) when available:

Current edition: 

Featured articles include:

-        Meet the 2020 Chief of Staff Army Retired Soldier Council
-        Message from the Commanding General, U.S. Army Recruiting Command
-        TRICARE Open Season is coming:  Take the time to prepare now
-        Changes coming soon for some TRICARE Select retired beneficiaries
-        Army Emergency Relief is still here for you!

The Women in Military Service for America Memorial at Arlington National Cemetery includes a new monument called "The Pledge". Located in the center of the memorial’s lobby, it is a bronze sculpture commissioned by the U.S. War Dogs Association of a combat nurse and a military working dog, with an inscription reminding visitors that “women in uniform also guaranteed their freedom.”

What to Watch: Closed in March by the pandemic, the memorial reopened yesterday for a public event where time passes were required. For information: 

Sign up for the U.S. Army Virtual Career Fair - Nov. 20. Over 150 career opportunities to choose from!
Register now at: 
 #ArmyHiring  #hiringnow #jobsearch #CallToService #USArmy #WarriorsWanted #WhatsYourWarrior #ArmyTeam  #Future #Benefits

Member Benefits and Savings:
To access member discount codes and links, please log in using your AUSA username and password.


Membership, Membership, Membership – Please renew your

Community Partnership and Individual Membership Today!




Thanks for your Support - One Team - GWC AUSA!

Dick Winter, LTC U.S. Army Retired

President, George Washington Chapter

Association of the United States Army