Chapter President’s Message

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

2014 AUSA Opening Ceremony

The Association of the United States Army’s Annual Meeting & Exposition is held every October...  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...


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 or 910.527.1103.

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


2014 AUSA Opening Ceremony

The Association of the United States Army’s Annual Meeting & Exposition is held every October in Washington, D.C. The AUSA Meeting is the largest landpower exposition and professional development forum in North America. The Annual Meetings consist of informative presentations, panel discussions on pertinent military and national security subjects, workshops and important AUSA Business meetings.

Key Information about AUSA’s Annual Meetings

  • Over 500 Army & Industry exhibitors occupying more then 250,000 square feet of exhibit space
  • Attendance in recent years have included the Vice President of the United States, the Secretary of Defense, the Chief of Staff and Secretary of the Army
  • Professional development forums are held throughout the three days for soldiers, NCOs, officers, Army family members, and industry executives

For those of us who could not attend this year’s Annual Meeting & Exposition please click on the video link below and enjoy The Opening Ceremony held on October 13th.


Next time you see a Veteran, Retiree or Service member give them a Thank You and Big Hug to let them know You Have Not Forgotten Them.

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.