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July 2015 Bragger Newsletter

Chapter President’s Message

This time of year brings lots of celebrations, reflections and somber remembrances for Military Members and their supporters.

In April, we celebrated the Month of the Military Child. This is a special time to honor the youngest among us who provide support and meaning to the sacrifices their parents endure. They show us courage and strength…facing their own unique sacrifices and challenges. They show the pride and honor of being in a Military Family…and we say a special “thank you” to these young people in our military communities!

May brought a time of reflection and remembrances of lives that have been sacrificed for our Country. For many families Memorial Day brings fond memories, painful recollections, and a time to reflect on loved ones who are no longer here with friends and families. For the families who were remembering a fallen loved one… you are forever in the nation’s thoughts and prayers. For those who gave the ultimate sacrifice… we will always remember, honor and Salute You!

June brings in a time of celebration for the Army. This year the Army will celebrate its 240th birthday. Although the Army has faced many changes and challenges… it remains the greatest Army in the World because of the men and women who serve every day. They continue to prove our Army is the Best with history and world changing successes. To the Army….Happy Birthday! To our Veterans and those who continue to serve…a heartfelt Thank You!

AUSA Braxton Bragg Chapter wishes you a wonderful summer with family and friends!

Joy Thrash
President
Braxton Bragg Chapter

We Need You!

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The Braxton Bragg Chapter of AUSA provides the local voice for the Army and support for the Soldier in maintaining the readiness of the Army at Fort Bragg and throughout the state of North Carolina. We are engaged and involved, you can be too, Join AUSA Today!

We assist Soldiers and families from arrival through departure.

We affirm the invaluable role of Army families in keeping our Army Strong.

We avow the awesome role of DA civilians perform in sustaining our force.

We applaud our Veterans for their service in their generation and their continued support.

We aid our wounded, ill and injured warriors to recover and overcome their challenges.

We advance and promote military education.

We award scholarships annually to those seeking higher education.

We assert the important of readiness as the bottom line mission of our Army.

We cannot do it alone…we need your membership and support to better support our Army at Fort Bragg and across the state of North Carolina.

 MG(Ret) Rodney O. Anderson
VP for Corporate Membership

Army 240th Birthday Celebration

On June 14, 2015 our Army celebrated 240 years of service in protecting and defending our way of life. AUSA is proud to support our Army and those who serve.

We enjoy many freedoms as a nation, yet freedom is not free. Our freedoms are recorded in laws but secured by the brave and courageous men and women who serve in Army uniform. We are so proud of our Army and celebrate this 240th Birthday.

Braxton Bragg AUSA hosted three special events on June 11th in recognition of the Army’s birthday. There were cake celebrations at both commissaries as well as a cake ceremony at the Airborne Special Operations Museum as part of the annual scholarship awards ceremony.


Thanks to the commissary for their partnership and cake donation, and to all who attended to show our love and respect for our Army.

 MG(Ret) Rodney O. Anderson
VP for Corporate Membership

  The Fort Bragg Fit to Fight Expo
 

Board members from the AUSA Braxton Bragg Chapter attended the Fort Bragg Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers (BOSS) Fit to Fight Expo held at the Fort Bragg Conference and Catering Center on March 27, 2015. The event focused on the Life Skills of the Single Soldiers on Fort Bragg and improving their resiliency. The Braxton Bragg Chapter communicated the mission of AUSA to the hundreds of participants and distributed AUSA gift bags containing promotional and educational items.

 SGM (Ret) Shirley Draughn
VP for Education & Public Affairs

CSM Jessie Andrews Receives AUSA Award

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CSM(R) Andrew McFowler, Executive Vice President of the Braxton Bragg Chapter of the Association of the United States Army (AUSA) presented CSM Jessie Andrews, the former Task Force Bragg CSM, with an award of appreciation for his continued support of the AUSA. The Award was presented on behalf of AUSA during a farewell luncheon hosted by XVIII Airborne Corps held on March 11, 2015 at Sports USA, Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

 SGM (Ret) Shirley Draughn
VP for Education & Public Affairs

Mr. Charles Pimble Receives AUSA Award

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Ms. Joy Thrash, President of the Braxton Bragg Chapter of the Association of the United States Army (AUSA) presented Mr. Charles Pimble, USASOC Secretary General Staff and the Braxton Bragg Chapter’s Vice President for DOD Civilian Affairs with an award for his retirement from the military and SOF Community after 44 years! The chapter also recognized Mr. Pimble for his continued contributions and support of the AUSA. The Award was presented on behalf of AUSA during a retirement dinner hosted by USASOC held on March 25, 2015 at the Fort Bragg Conference and Catering Center, Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

 SGM (Ret) Shirley Draughn
VP for Education & Public Affairs

Retiree Spotlight

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Mr. Charles E. Pimble, a native South Carolinian, currently works as the Secretary to the General Staff, United States Army Special Operations Command at Fort Bragg. He was commissioned in May 1969 and entered active duty in November at Fort Sill, Oklahoma. After attending the Field Artillery Officers Basic Course, he studied Turkish at the Defense Language Institute, Presidio of Monterey, California. His follow on assignment to Turkey (1971-1973) introduced him to the Special Ammunition arena where he commanded the site for one year prior to rotating to Italy. An assignment with the 559thUnited States Army Artillery Group (1973-1976) resulted in duties as Executive Officer of a SAS site, Race Relations Instructor, and Headquarters and Headquarters Company of the group.

Mr. Pimble returned to Fort Sill for the Field Artillery Officers Advance course in the fall of 1976. Upon completion, he was assigned to Army Readiness 1, Fort Devens Massachusetts where he worked with the Reserve and National Guard Units throughout New England. January thru June 1980, he studied Italian and returned to the 559th Army Artillery Group, as the S-3. During the summer of 1983, Mr. Pimble arrived at Fort Bragg to complete the requirements for Foreign Area Officer course. Upon graduation from this course and the Psychological Operations course, he joined the Special Operations Forces community. After the United States Army Special Operations Command stood up in December 1989, Lieutenant Colonel Pimble departed in June of 1990 for his final assignment to the Joint United States Mission for Military Aid to Turkey (JUSMMAT) Ankara, Turkey. His military awards and decorations include the Army Achievement medal, Army Commendation Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, and the Legion of Merit.

Mr Pimble attended South Carolina State University in Orangeburg where he received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Mathematics. He received his Masters in Education from Boston University. He worked with theater at South Carolina State, the Vicenza (vi-chin-za) Playhouse in Italy, and the Fort Bragg Playhouse.

Mr. Pimble is the author of a book of poems entitled “First Take.” He has appeared in a Discovery Channel Documentary. He has been an International Military Student Sponsor for the past 20 years. Mr. Pimble is North Carolina’s third recipient of the prestigious Four Points of the Crown Award which was established by the Miss America Scholarship Pageant in 2009. He has judged numerous pageants at the local and state levels to include Maryland and Virginia. He is currently on the Accredited List of Chief Judges for the Miss North Carolina Scholarship Pageant.

Mr Pimble is the Department of the Army 2013 National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Roy Wilkins Renown Service Award recipient. In 2014 he received the United States Army Special Operations Command’s inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award which is named in his honor for presentation to future recipients: The Charles E. Pimble SODAC (Special Operations Department of the Army Civilians) Lifetime Achievement Award.

Mr. Pimble will retire in July with credit for 45 years of combined service.

  SGM (Ret) Shirley Draughn
VP for Education & Public Affairs

AUSA DA Civilian of the Year 2015

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Charles E. Pimble VP for DOD Civilians presented the Braxton Bragg Chapter of AUSA DA Civilian of the Year 2015 plaque to Mr. George “Phil” P. Maughan, Executive Assistant/Secretary General Staff of the U.S. Army Civil Affairs and Psychological Operations Command (Airborne). Mr. Maughan will represent the Braxton Bragg Chapter in the AUSA regional competition.

  SGM (Ret) Shirley Draughn
VP for Education & Public Affairs

 XVIII Airborne Corps Change of Command

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The Association of the United States Army Braxton Bragg Chapter board members attended the XVIII Airborne Corps Change of Command on the Main Post Parade Field on Fort Bragg, North Carolina, May 5, 2015. Lt. Gen. Joseph Anderson relinquished command to Maj. Gen. Stephen Townsend during the ceremony.

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The Braxton Bragg Chapter appreciates the continued support and contributions of the outgoing Commander Lt. Gen. Anderson to the Association of the United States.

  SGM (Ret) Shirley Draughn
VP for Education & Public Affairs

3rd Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) Patch Ceremony

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The Association of the United States Army Braxton Bragg Chapter board members attended the 3rd Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) (3rd ESC) Patch Ceremony on Wright Field, at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, June 3, 2015. The patch changing ceremony symbolized and officially recognized the 264th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion and the 330th Movement Control Battalion as subordinate Battalions under the 3rd ESC. Brigadier General Donnie Walker Jr., Commanding General of the 3rd ESC, and Command Sergeant Major Edward A. Bell, Command Sergeant Major of the 3rd ESC, both stood proud in welcoming the two units into its family.

 SGM (Ret) Shirley Draughn
VP for Education & Public Affairs

Fort Bragg “Run to Honor”

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In honor of National Military Appreciation Month (May), Fort Bragg hosted the “Run to Honor” event at Hedrick’s Stadium, May 16, 2015. The purpose of the event was to thank and honor military members for their service. The memorial featured boots with postcards bearing the name of a fallen service member and miniature sized American flags inside to honor service members who lost their lives in combat.

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Hundreds of families and friends of fallen soldiers witnessed and participated in the ceremony and 5K walk/run. Vendors and organizations that provide resources to assist military personnel and their families participated. The Braxton Bragg chapter communicated the mission of AUSA, and distributed promotional and educational items.

 SGM (Ret) Shirley Draughn
VP for Education & Public Affairs

Tour for the Troops

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Braxton Bragg chapter board members attended the Tour for the Troops concert on Fort Bragg, May 15, 2015. The concert was presented by the Air Force Reserve and featured country music artist Billy Currington. The concert was yet another event in honor of National Military Appreciation Month, with the purpose to honor service members who lost their lives in combat.

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Thousands flooded the Fort Bragg main post parade field for the free concert! The crowed enjoyed the live music and entertainment in celebration of our troops.

 SGM (Ret) Shirley Draughn
VP for Education & Public Affairs

Braxton Bragg AUSA 2015 Scholarship Ceremony

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The Association of the United States Army (AUSA) is a non-profit educational organization committed to advancing the educational aspirations of future generations. Each year the Braxton Bragg Chapter of AUSA conducts a Spring scholarship fundraising campaign to support students enrolled in higher education.

This year Braxton Bragg AUSA awarded 20 $1,000 scholarships to qualified applicants pursuing undergraduate and graduate studies. These scholarships were made possible because of generous corporate, community and individual donations.

The scholarship awards ceremony was conducted at the Airborne Special Operations Museum on June 11th, with guest remarks by Major General Barrye L. Price, Deputy Chief of Staff, G1, Forces Command. Award recipients, their parents and several community leaders attended and were treated to a guided tour of the museum after the ceremony.

We applaud sponsors, donors, parents and students for your respective roles in advancing higher education. Education makes individuals strong, members make AUSA strong, the Army strong and keeps our Nation Strong.

Scholarship recipients: Leslie Bryant, Emily Burke, Matthew Calvelo, Randy Cherry, Rourke Donahue, Tyler Elrod, David Garcia, Jacob Gordner, A’Marah Hawkins, Robert Heritage, Evan Lindsay, Michael Lindsay, Wayne Lindsay, Dillon Luedtke, Connor Morschauser, Joseph Musiol, Kevin O’Connor, Victoria Turner, Andrew Wanovich and Cody Weyhrich.

 MG(R) Rodney O. Anderson
VP for Corporate Membership

Why Become an AUSA Corporate Member?

Increase your companies’ visibility in the military market. Low cost advertising is often available through the local chapters.

Corporate Members may designate up to10 full memberships in AUSA.

Designees can attend the AUSA Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C. including the special corporate member reception and luncheon recognizing your corporate sup-port of the Army.

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To download a copy of the membership application click here

  MG(R) Rodney O. Anderson
VP for Corporate Membership

Pick Up Your Dietz Print from Braxton Bragg Chapter AUSA

PrintThe historic Dietz Print of XVIII Airborne Corps in Afghanistan: “First In – Last Out” is now available. These signed edition prints are a reminder of our Army’s service in Afghanistan over the last decade. As with all Dietz Prints, they are sure to increase in value. Get yours early! To purchase your print you can pay through the chapter’s website or you can call Gary at 910.396.3755 or Click Here to email him.

We can mail the print to or you can make arrangements with Gary to stop by our office, Braxton Bragg Chapter of the Association of the United States Army, Room B-K-6 (Basement), in the Soldier Support Center, Fort Bragg North Carolina to pick up your print.

 

President’s Message March 2015

Many of us had never heard the word Sequestration before 2011; now it is a dreaded word well known in the military community.

The Budget Control Act of 2011, commonly know as Sequestration, is a law enacted by Congress that requires extensive defense spending cuts. Some projections have the cuts at $1 trillion dollars over 10 years.

Throw the dart to the world map and chances are very good that you will land on an area with a current or emerging threat. The world faces increased risk from an Islamic State group, uncertainty in areas that were once at peace and continued threats from enemies we have faced for many years. The enemey does not wear the same uniform or have the same method of operation that has been known in past conflicts. The war on terror is not a war that looks like other wars we have faced . . . it doesn’t have a clear beginning and end. Some experts say it will never end. We face enemies that are more technically advanced and use social media in a way no one would ever imagine just a few years ago. Many nations are increasing defense spending, at a time the United States is cutting the defense budget.

Some may say that we don’t need to be concerned by these threats that are thousands of miles away . . . Really? I’m concerned.

With massive cuts in defense spending, the military has faced reductions that impact readiness, training, modernization, benefits and family programs. Civilian workers are also being reduced, which decreases support to the military. We are asking those who serve to do much more with much less.

It seems the Budget Control Act came into existence beause our elected officials were waiting to see if one side would blink first. No one blinked. No one compromised. And the military is now paying the cost in the amount of $1 trillion.

Sequestration has already been a tremendous burden with extensive cuts that have been realized in the defense budget. Our elected officials should stop the madness and end Sequestration. Most people understand that budget cuts are necessary. To some, asking the defense department that spends 17 percent of the overall federal budget to cut by 50 percent can be described as ludicrous.

As the President of Braxton Bragg Chapter of the Association of the United States Army, I echo the voice of General Gordan Sullivan, USA Retired, President & Chief Executive Offier of the Association of the United States Army . . . Stop Sequestation Now!

As an average American citizen, I simply ask our elected officials, how will you meet the challenge of keeping the United States secure with the level of extensive cuts required with Sequestion?

To our Soldiers and Families we will continue to be a voice that advocates on your behalf.

We support you and appreciate your service!

Ms. Joy Thrash
President

Warrior Leader Course Class 03-15 12 March 2015

XVIII Airborne Corps & Fort Bragg
Noncommissioned Officer Academy
Warrior Leader Course
Class 03-15
12 March 2015

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Small Group Leader of the Cycle (Left)
Staff Sergeant Christopher Thompson
XVIII Airborne Corps & Fort Bragg
Noncommissioned Officers’ Academy
I am an Amercian Soldier

Distinguished Honor Graduate (Right)
Specialist Zakhar Kravtsov
3rd Special Forces Group (A)
US Army Special Forces Command
US Army Special Operations Command
I am an American Soldier

SSG Christopher Thompson, the Smail Group Leader of the Cycle received a one year membership with the Association of the United States Army. Specialist Zakhar Kravtsov, the Distinguished Honor Graduate, was presented an Iron Mike Trophy and a one year membership with the Association of the United States Army.

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Creed of the Noncommissoned Officer

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Charge to the Newly Promoted Noncommissioned Officer