President’s June Message
This will be my last message while serving as President of the Braxton Bragg Chapter, AUSA.
We have come a long way in the past years. But our mission is even more important as we continue to see Fort Bragg and the Army transform in the upcoming years.
It is with a grateful heart that I want to express my sincere thanks to all those who have been part of this team over the past 2 years. The Braxton Bragg Board of Directors is made up of approximately 21 people. Everyone on our board is a volunteer and each person realizes that this comes with a commitment as well as a sacrifice. For each person they know this is just one way to give back to their community. What is admirable and humbling is that many of our individual board members serve on other committees or boards here in our area. They simply are amazing individuals who inspire me everyday. For each to whom I will always be thankful for their patience, flexibility, responsiveness, and determination.
Any success Braxton Bragg has seen can be attributed to the hard work, dedication, and commitment that numerous people have provided through their time and effort and our board of directors is just a piece of the puzzle. Our soldiers, their families, government civilian workers, retirees, veterans, contractors, and our military friends and neighbors who live in the surrounding communities, are the heart of this organization and their continued support is vital to our survival. We are fortunate to have some of the most incredible Commanders, Command Sergeant’s Majors, and leaders here at Fort Bragg.
Our corporate members are truly the gems of this organization. They are the rare jewels that we treasure and could never replace. We are who we are because of their devotion to our soldiers and their families. Their willingness to provide funding and the means to support our programs for our soldiers and their families is central to much of what AUSA strives do to.
AUSA is part of a larger family here in our community and I want to recognize those organizations that have been our partner for various events that we supported together: Bragg Special Activities Committee, the North Carolina Defense Business Association; Our surrounding Chambers of Commerce; the Sandhills Military Council; the Association of Special Operations Professionals; and the Friends of Special Operations Forces. Thank you for working with Braxton Bragg AUSA and allowing us to work with you to support our troops!
Whether we are fighting to protect your military benefits up in Washington, DC, or providing you support here at Fort Bragg, this chapter will always be at the ready to jump into action when the request comes in.
I hope that each of you will look into the programs, events, and opportunities we support and perhaps join us for an upcoming breakfast or lunch.
As I prepare to close out my term as your president, I want to once again thank the board of directors for their unwavering support. I would like to also thank Gary Kirschenman, who has been my battle buddy for the past 2 years. Gary often can be found in our office working tirelessly to process new memberships and keep our administrative tasks on track. Thank you Gary for continuing to be a soldier even after retiring from the Army. “You have given a new meaning to never leave your battle buddy behind.” Thank you for never leaving me behind, but at least staying a few steps ahead and waiting for me to catch up.
I would like to also thank my family who has stood ready to help whenever needed. They often were in the background of many of our events, taking pictures, helping set up, cleaning up, or just talking to those who attended. My husband John, who is one of the most giving people I know, is true to his pararescue training. He is ready to jump in whenever he knew someone was in need of help. To my two wonderful bonus children, (step-children) Connor and Karsen, thank you for always understanding why I missed dinner or worked late into the early morning hours. I simply could never have done any of this without the understanding and support of my family. Thank you.
I am looking forward to supporting our incoming President, Joy Thrash and the Board wherever they need my help. Joy brings with her years of experience leading membership organizations to success. She will be a great leader who is also dedicated to giving back to our community and supporting our soldiers.
I have thoroughly enjoyed my time as your President. It has been an honor and privilege to be a part of such an unbelievable organization and to sit next to the heroes and trailblazers that I have admired and looked up to throughout my career. I think about how lucky I have been to be able to sit amongst so many heroes and families that have selflessly given so much while serving our Nation. I feel so blessed to be part of one of the cornerstones of our military installations, Fort Bragg. We live and work with Commanders, Command Sergeants Majors, NCO’s, Military leaders – past and present, and many other people who make up the Fort Bragg Power, Projection; Platform. Whenever I come through those gates and see the sign, “Fort Bragg, Army Installation, Home of the Airborne and Special Operations Forces”, I know I am home, and there is no place better we can be.
All The Way! Hooah!
2014 Exposition – Postponed
Due to the recent deployment of XVIII Airborne Corps and continued high OPTEMPO here at Fort Bragg, the Braxton Bragg AUSA Exposition has been postponed for 2014.
We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. The Chapter is planning on hosting a variety of other events in place of the Expo. Please contact our office or board of directors for additional information.