Letter From the President-Elect

Letter From the President-Elect

Publication Date
Thursday, March 11, 2021

The Redstone-Huntsville Chapter of the Association of the United States Army along with local community partners and members wish we could be together in person this
March to hold the Global Force Symposium and Rocket City BASH as we have for so many years in the past. However, due to pandemic restrictions, it is best to meet
virtually! The theme of this year’s Global Force NEXT is Protecting Tomorrow through Persistent Modernization. The Redstone community is no stranger to this concept.
Our community leaders and business colleagues are continually looking forward to new opportunities with the support and backing of one of the area’s longest supporters, the Redstone Huntsville Chapter of AUSA now in our 62nd year of operation. Now more than ever the U.S. Army needs your support. A front-row seat to
the Army’s Future Force via Global Force NEXT provides you the opportunity to hear from senior Army leadership and the eight Cross-Functional Teams on how businesses in this community can support the modernization efforts in place.

While our chapter has not been able to conduct large-scale events this year that the community is accustomed to, we have been busy behind the scenes supporting Soldiers, their families, and our veterans. One of the segments of our population impacted the most during the pandemic has been our seniors and veterans. The chapter has taken extra steps to assist our own Floyd E. “Tut” Fann State Veterans Home in securing iPads to communicate with family members and funding morale boosters like pizza luncheons to keep the frontline workers engaged and feeling appreciated. The chapter delivered awards to leaders in the DA Civilian workforce and members of the Guard and Reserve. Chapter leadership also delivered an incredible virtual Veterans Day Celebration with Redstone leadership. Our Young Professionals made a financial contribution to the USA Patriots Softball Team and supported the 2020 game behind the scenes.

Plans are in the making for another highly anticipated game in Huntsville this September. I am also excited to announce a new joint scholarship program with Huntsville Association of Small Businesses in Advanced Technology (HASBAT). Launched in February for area high school graduates planning to pursue a degree in a STEM field. The Huntsville/Madison County community is rich in our history of technical and highly educated business leaders and our chapter will do its part in supporting the Army’s commitment to help build the next generation of these technology leaders. If you are interested in becoming involved with the work and mission of our chapter, please visit our website or social media pages to learn more. If you are already involved as a Community Partner or individual member or volunteer of this award winning “BEST” chapter, we thank you for your service both in the past, present and most importantly in the future. The time is now to get involved and protect tomorrow through supporting the modernization efforts of our U.S. Army.

ARMY Strong!
Rhonda Sutton, President-Elect, Redstone-Huntsville Chapter of AUSA