Chapter President’s Message

CSM (Ret) Andrew McFowler, Chapter Executive Vice President Ms. Joy Thrash, Chapter President CSM (Ret)...  read more...

NCO Academy Opens New Facility

Fort Bragg marches into the future, the 21st century The XVIII Airborne Corps and Fort Bragg Noncommissioned...  read more...

Fort Bragg Sports – 5K Walk/Run

5K Fun Walk/Run Shirley Draughn Vice President for Eduction & Public Affairs More than 800 exercisers...  read more...

Events


Chapter President’s Message

DSC03054CSM (Ret) Andrew McFowler, Chapter Executive Vice President
Ms. Joy Thrash, Chapter President
CSM (Ret) Seve England, Member of the Council of Trustees, AUSA

With a sense of honor, on July 1, I was sworn in and assumed the role as president of the Braxton Bragg Chapter of the Association of the United States Army (AUSA). The Braxton Bragg Chapter is one of the most respected Chapters in AUSA, with a long heritage of taking care of Soldiers and their Families. I look forward to the opportunity to continue this tradition.

During the months ahead, members of the Braxton Bragg Chapter can expect continued leadership by a board of directors that is committed to strengthening the Chapter. The board will continue to grow the Chapter, deliver events for member involvement, provide increased communications to the members and support the national office of AUSA to strengthen the voice of Soldiers and their Families to the nations decision makers.

With growing uncertainty in the world, Fort Bragg will inevitably be called on to deploy to protect the interest of our country. The Braxton Bragg Chapter will be here to stand along with our Soldiers and their Families with unwavering support.

I encourage you to  let me know how the Chapter can better serve you. Contact me at jthrash@ncdba.com or 910.527.1103.

I am thankful for this opportunity to serve the men and women who sacrifice so much for our great nation!

 

NCO Academy Opens New Facility

SONY DSCFort Bragg marches into the future, the 21st century

The XVIII Airborne Corps and Fort Bragg Noncommissioned Officer (NCO) Academy was formally established on January 1, 1972, in the 5,000 series block on the Northwest side of Fort Bragg, utilizing WWII-era Buildings. Built in 1941 and consisting of 39 separate buildings, the facilities were maintained by Directorate of Public Works (DPW) and the NCO Academy’s Repairs and Upkeep section. In 2009, the Commandant, Command Sergeant Major Roger Howard believed that our Noncommissioned Officers deserved a better environment in which to learn and grow as leaders, and with the Commanding General’s concurrence, together, they were able to get the funds approved for our hew facilities consist of today. The groundbreaking ceremony for the new NCO Academy facilities was conducted April 5, 2012, although the official date the construction began was October 4, 2012, by Caddell Construction. On April 17, 2014, the NCO Academy, and the Commandant, CSM Michael McIntosh, hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony officially opening the doors to the brand new state-of-the-art 100,000 square foot NCO Academy. The new NCO Academy is complete with the latest technology in the classrooms, improving our Noncommissioned Officer Education System by enabling the NCO Academy to be in-compliance with the Army Learning Concept 2015. The first Warrior Leader Course in the brand new facility commenced on April 23, 2014, and graduated on May 22, 2014. The new NCO Academy consists of two separate buildings; the General Instruction Building complete with all classrooms, command suite and staff sections; and a brand new barracks facility.

Fort Bragg Sports – 5K Walk/Run

Photo 4 for 5K run5K Fun Walk/Run

Shirley Draughn
Vice President for Eduction & Public Affairs

More than 800 exercisers of all fitness levels participated in the monthly Fort Bragg Sports 5K Walk/Runs hosted by the XVIII Airborne Corps at Hendrick’s Stadium, July 26 and August 23, 2014. Participants included Active military, Retirees, civilians, youths, parents running with jog strollers and dogs! The event was created to promote health and fitess within the community. It also enables vendors to display their products and provide giveaways to the participants. It was a win-win for the Braxton Bragg Chapter of AUSA. Immediately following the Walk/Run, the chapter was able to have some laughs, meet new people and communicate the mission of AUSA to hundreds of participants. Board members distributed more than 100 AUSA gift bags containing promotional and educational items to include an AUSA watch, which was raffled at the end of the events. According to many of the participants, it’s events like this one that brings a sense of camaraderie to the Fort Bragg community and are well enjoyed by all.

Farewell to a True Patriot, CSM William T. Mixon, US Army Retired

CSM William T. Mixon, US Army Retired

Courtesy of Ronald V. Hall Funeral Home

 

OI1439751710_MixonWTAdvanceBorn: Tuesday, January 15, 1929
Died: Saturday, January 11, 2014

Command Sergeant Major (Retired) William T. Mixon (1929-2014)

Command Sergeant Major William T. Mixon was born in Vidalia, Georgia on January 15, 1929. He died January 11, 2014 in West Palm Beach Florida at the Veterans Administration Hospital. CSM Mixon entered the Army in 1948 and completed 35 years of service in the Army retiring at Fort Bragg, North Carolina as the Command Sergeant Major of XVIII Airborne Corps. During his 35 year career he held numerous positions of increasing responsibility including Sergeant Major of the U.S. Army Ranger Department, Command Sergeant Major U.S. Army Infantry Center,

Command Sergeant Major 101st Airborne Division in Vietnam and Command Sergeant Major U.S. Army Alaska. He served 31 years on parachute status completing more than 1500 military static line parachute jumps. Command Sergeant Major Mixon served in combat during the Korean War with the 3d Infantry Division where he participated in the Inchon Landing and fought in the Chosen Reservoir Operations. He served a total of 18 months in combat during the Korean War. He also served two one year tours during the Vietnam War with the 101st Airborne Division including service as the 101st Airborne Division Command Sergeant Major from 1969-1970.

He participated in numerous operations such as Operation Hawthorne, Junction City, and other combat operations including a parachute drop at Kontoon, Vietnam. During the Cuban missile crisis, he was stationed in the Panama Canal Zone where his unit was poised for contingency airborne operations associated with that historic period of American history.

After his retirement from active duty in 1983, he worked for Mutual of New York Life Insurance Company in Fayetteville, North Carolina and managed his own business. He was chosen by President Reagan to serve on the National Veterans Cemetery Board. He also served on the advisory board of the Association of the United States Army, Braxton Bragg Chapter, and the Counsel of Trustees Association of the United States Army, Washington D.C. He was a member of the Masonic Blue Lodge with a 3d degree and 50 years of service. He also was a member of the Scottish Rite with a 32d degree.

CSM Mixon was recognized as a premier sports official and was a member North Carolina Athletic Association. His awards and honors include Legion of Merit (2 awards), Bronze Star, Air Medal (44 awards and 1 with V device), Korean War and Vietnam War Service Medals and Combat Infantryman Badge with star. He earned the Master Parachutist Badge, Ranger Tab, and Expert Infantryman Badge. He is a member of the U.S. Army Ranger Hall of Fame, Ranger Training Brigade Hall of Fame, 1st Brigade, 101st Airborne Division Hall of Fame and the U.S. Infantry Center Dough Boy Award. He was honored with the Association of the United States Army William G. Bainbridge Award and the Presidential Medal for his service to the Association. CSM Mixon is survived by his wife of 63 years Mary Winefred Mixon.

He has three children LTG (R) Benjamin R. Mixon, Sarah Jane Forsythe and Betty Jean Davidson. He has six grandchildren, Michael, Ashlee, Kortney, Adrienne, Amanda and Charles. He has four great grandchildren Mary Charlotte, Frederick, Eliza, and James. He is survived by his sister Mamie Turner. CSM Mixon was preceded by his mother and father Tracy and Cora, brothers Grady, Lamar, John and sister Josephine Rogers.

The funeral Service will be held in the chapel of Ronald V. Hall Funeral Home at 310 North Street West, Vidalia, Georgia beginning at 3 PM January 18, 2014. Burial will follow in Lakeview Memorial Gardens with Military Honors.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home beginning at 1 PM on Saturday.

In lieu flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or the National Kidney Foundation.