The tent serves as a rallying point for hundreds if not thousands of Fort Bragg Alumni who gather to meet with and congratulate the Fort Bragg runners and enjoy a bit of the incomparable “Airborne and Special Operations Spirit” that can only be found at Fort Bragg. This year represented another first in that the Hooah Tent also served as a center for FORSCOM and USARC now fully relocated to the Fort Bragg “Center of the Universe”! Congratulations to all of our Fort Bragg and Sandhills runners who participated in the 27th Annual Army 10 Miler!
And while the 10 Miler serves as a rallying point and singular event it also serves to signal the start of the Association of the United States Army Annual meeting held at the Walter Washington Convention center in Washington, DC. The meetings started on Sunday. Our President, Sharon Lewis and Immediate Past President, George Quigley, represented the Chapter at the Presidents dinner and accepted numerous awards on behalf of the Chapter representing our support to our Fort Bragg Soldiers and their families and our Army in general, AUSA being the “Voice for the Army”
As always, the opening ceremonies were inspirational and included a stirring portrayal of the contributions of our Army to the nation since its inception in 1775. An address by the AUSA President and CEO, GEN (Ret) Gordon Sullivan as well as by the Secretary of the Army, the Honorable John McHugh, who praised our Soldiers and their families and provided an overview of the Army’s future as our nation struggles with numerous issues. The bottom line as always is that our Army will remain strong, will keep the faith with our Soldiers and their families, and will be ready if and when our Nation calls. Your membership helps to insure that AUSA keeps that message vibrant on Capitol Hill and in the forefront with our elected representatives and the Nation.
The Braxton Bragg Hospitality suite in the Sheraton Four Points was available for all members and visitors throughout the meetings. It is a great place to relax, get some refreshments, conduct meetings and enjoy fellowship with other Fort Bragg / Sandhills participants
Once again, the highlight of the events was Carolina Night, hosted by the Braxton Bragg Chapter and sponsored by:
North Carolina Defense Business Association
Hendrick Chrysler Jeep
Rick Hendrick Toyota
Reed Lallier Chevrolet
R.A. Jeffrey’s Distributing Company, L.L.C.
It is always a much sought after invite, but open to all former and current paratroopers, Fort Bragg Alumni, and their families and friends. Guests were treated to a wonderful Carolina Barbecue Buffet and while we missed the traditional presentation by the “All American Chorus” we were honored and privileged to be entertained by Warrior Spirit Band comprised of Wounded Warriors from Vietnam and our current conflicts. Their songs encompassed their challenges as Wounded Warriors and were well received by all in attendance. Special thanks to Maria Rizzotto and her Team for the tremendous effort they provided in support of all of the Chapter events.
The Chapter was honored to have numerous outstanding leaders and several of their spouses join us to include:
- Gen David Rodriguez – CG, FORSCOM
- LTG Dan Allyn – CG, XVIII Abn Corps
- CSM Vimoto – CSM, XVIII Abn Corps
- CSM (R) Jimmie Spencer – AUSA National Director
- CSM Thomas Capel – CSM ISAF
- BG Kelly Thomas – FORSCOM
Deputy Chief of Staff
- CSM Darrin Bohn – CSM FORSCOM
- The Honorable Geoffrey G. Prosch
The Braxton Bragg reps along with many of the Fort Bragg leadership Team also attended the President’s Luncheon with a keynote address from the Chief of Staff of the Army, General Ray Odierno, the Corporate Luncheon, Third Region breakfast hosted by the new Third region President, Mary Trier with a keynote address by LTG (Ret) Jack Stultz, former CG of the USARC, and the Marshall Award Dinner honoring former Secretary of State, the Honorable James Baker. Each of these provided information that will allow our Chapter to better serve the Fort Bragg/Sandhills community.
Throughout the 3 day events Chapter representatives attended various for a focused on various topics impacting our Army to include the budget, family support, PTSD/TBI, installation management, force modernization and panoply of other topics. In addition, AUSA once again assembled a veritable “who’s who” of Defense Contractors who provide equipment, supplies, technology, and research and development in support of our Forces. This is truly a magnificent Professional Development opportunity for all who attend.
Thanks to all who worked so hard to make this Annual Meeting a success. If you have any questions about the meeting or want additional information on any of the presentations please contact the Chapter, visit our website www.braggausa.or org visit the AUSA national Website at www.ausa.org