Fort Bragg, N.C. – Spc. Matthew Wentling, right, his wife Marrisa, left, and their children, Kaleb and Marisol will be recognized as the Association of the United States Army 2013 Volunteer Family of the Year during the Annual AUSA Conference in Washington D.C. this October. Matthew, who serves with the 3rd General Support Aviation Battalion, 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade, and his family were nominated by the 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. April D. de Armas, 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade Public Affairs)
FORT BRAGG, N.C. – Capt. Amanda Maben and 1st Sgt. Donald K. Atkins, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 3rd General Support Aviation Battalion, 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade, presents a coin to Kaleb Wentling, April 30, during a ceremony honoring the Month of the Military Child. The celebration is to recognize the contributions that the military child makes as their parent or parents serve our nation. Kaleb is the son of Spc. Matthew Wentling, 3-82 GSAB, and Marrisa Wentling. The Wentling family will be recognized as the 2013 Association of the United State Army Volunteer Family of the Year at the annual AUSA Conference in Washington, D.C., this October. The Award recognizes an exceptional Army family whose dedicated volunteer service significantly contributes to improving Army well-being and the well-being of the local community. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. April D. de Armas, 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade Public Affairs)
Fort Bragg, N.C. – Marrisa Wentling, Family Readiness Volunteer for the 3rd General Support Aviation Battalion, 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade, shows off a greeting card created by her daughter’s Brownies troop to add to care boxes for deployed Soldiers, April 30. The Wentling family will be recognized as the 2013 Association of the United State Army Volunteer Family of the Year during the annual AUSA Conference in Washington, D.C., this October. The Award recognizes an exceptional Army family whose dedicated volunteer service significantly contributes to improving Army well-being and the well-being of the local community. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. April D. de Armas, 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade Public Affairs)
Fort Bragg, N.C. – Marisol Wentling right, helps Staff Sgt. Jennifer Churchill, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade, prepare a sweet treat at an ice cream social held for troopers, June 12. Marisol is the daughter of Spc. Matthew Wentling, 3-82 General Support Aviation, and Marrisa Wentling. The Wentling family will be recognized as the 2013 Association of the United States Army Volunteer Family of the Year during the annual AUSA Conference in Washington, D.C., this October. The Award recognizes an exceptional Army family whose dedicated volunteer service significantly contributes to improving Army well-being and the well-being of the local community. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. April D. de Armas, 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade Public Affairs)
Fort Bragg, N.C. – Spc. Matthew Wentling, 3rd General Support Aviation Battalion, 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade, helps his son Kaleb accept a certificate presented by Capt. Amanda Maben and 1st Sgt. Donald K. Atkins, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 3-82GSAB, during a ceremony honoring the Month of the Military Child, April 30. Wentling and his family were the winners of the 2013 Association of the United States Army Volunteer Family of the Year Award. The Award recognizes an exceptional Army family whose dedicated volunteer service significantly contributes to improving Army well-being and the well-being of the local community. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. April D. de Armas, 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade Public Affairs)
Fort Bragg, N.C. – Marrisa Wentling receives a certificate of achievement from 82nd Airborne Division Commander Maj. Gen. John W. Nicholson and Command Sgt. Maj. LaMarquis Knowles in honor of the many hours she has donated during her time with the All American Division in a ceremony at the division chapel, April 25. Wentling, her husband, Spc. Matthew Wentling, of the 3rd General Support Aviation Battalion, 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade, and their children, Marisol and Kaleb will be recognized as the Association of the United States Army Volunteer Family of the Year during the Annual AUSA Conference in Washington D.C. this October. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. April Campbell, 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade Public Affairs)
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AUSA Names 2013 Medal and Award Recipients
The Association of the United States Army’s Council of Trustees has announced the names of the 2013 national AUSA award recipients as recommended to the council by the Association’s awards committee.
The awards will be presented at the opening session of the Association’s Annual Meeting and Exposition, Monday, Oct. 21, at 9:30 a.m., in the main ballroom of the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in the nation’s capital with one exception.
The Dixon Award, presented to a member of the defense industry, will be presented at the AUSA Sustaining Member Luncheon on Wednesday, Oct. 23, the last day of the three-day professional development forum.
As previously announced, the George Catlett Marshall Medal for selfless service to the United States of America, will be awarded to Robert M. Gates, a former secretary of defense and director of the Central Intelligence Agency, at the Marshall dinner, Wednesday, Oct. 23, where Gates will be the speaker.
2013 AUSA National Award Recipients
Gen. Creighton W. Abrams Medal for exceptional service to the United States Army is awarded to Gen. Louis C. Wagner Jr., USA, Ret., a former commander of U.S. Army Materiel Command and a current AUSA senior fellow with the Association’s Institute of Land Warfare.
Anthony J. Drexel Biddle Medal for outstanding contributions to the Association of the United States Army is awarded to Col. David A. Beckner, USA, Ret., immediate past president of AUSA’s Stuttgart Chapter, serving as the lynchpin of this chapter for over two decades.
Sgt. Maj. of the Army William O. Bainbridge Medal for exceptional service to the Noncommissioned Officer Corps is awarded to Command Sgt. Maj. Andrew McFowler, USA, Ret., for his 35 years of outstanding service in leading, training and mentoring soldiers and supporting their families.
Lt. Gen. Raymond McLain Medal for outstanding contributions to the advancement of the Association of the United States Army’s goal of a seamless and component-oriented Army is awarded to Brig. Gen. Richard S. Miller, IN ARNG, Ret., for his over 35 years of service, retiring as the deputy commanding general for training, 38th Infantry Division, Indiana Army National Guard.
Maj. Gen. Earl Rudder Medal for outstanding contributions to the advancement of the Association of the United States Army’s goal of a seamless and component-oriented Army is awarded to Command Sgt. Maj. Douglas Gibbens, USAR, Ret., who after 35 years in the U.S. Army Reserve, is the AUSA Second Region’s vice president and Indiana state president, Indiana Chapter president, and a member of the Association’s Reserve Component Advisory Committee.
The Joseph P. Cribbins Medal for exemplary service to the United States Army is awarded to Scott J. Davis, Department of the Army civilian, who is serving as the program executive officer, Ground Combat Systems, Tank Automotive Command Life Cycle Management Command, Warren, Mich.
John W. Dixon award is for outstanding contributions to national defense by a member of the industrial community is presented to Linda P. Hudson, president and CEO, BAE Systems, Inc., for supporting the needs of soldiers as a key partner to the U.S. Army.
The Volunteer Family of the Year award is presented to the 1st Sgt. Tommy Flores Family, for their exemplary volunteer service to the Fort Bliss, Texas, and Fort Sill, Okla., military and civilian communities.
The National Service Award, created this year by the Association, is awarded to the PentFed Foundation for its exemplary service and demonstrated enduring support to the American soldier and the United States Army Community.
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Braxton Bragg Friends,
The weather is finally cooling down and the kids have gone back to school. We are nearing the end of this fiscal year and preparing to start a new fiscal year.
The Braxton Bragg team is proud to announce the 2013 SGM of the Army, William O. Bainbridge Medal is being awarded to our own chapter board member, CSM Andrew McFowler, USA, Ret. for his exceptional service to the Noncommissioned Officer Corps and for his 35 years of outstanding service in leading, training and mentoring soldiers and supporting their families.
Congratulations to: The Wentling Family for receiving first runner up for the AUSA Family of the year.
Congratulations to all of you!
While we all have made it through the sequestration dilemma, our uncertainty looms in our future. We have yet to know how the sequester will impact us indirectly and directly. Only time can tell.
While our country is dealing with many new concerns, we know that somewhere in the most dangerous location imaginable, our military is on point ready to protect us. Our soldiers are still our greatest defense and weapon we have in our arsenal. But just as with anything, there is an amount of safeguarding and upkeep that is necessary to assure we don’t let our weapon rust or stop working.
If I were to sum it up, AUSA is the diagnostic system that tells us if we need to bring that weapon into the shop for some overdue maintenance. When I think about a new soldier joining the military, the situation often makes me think about other big choices we make in life. We all want some type of assurance that our decision is a good choice and that someone is looking out for us. We want that sense of comfort to use our maintenance option whenever possible.
Wouldn’t it be nice if for only the cost of an average AUSA membership, $34 a year we could buy maintenance for ourselves! That is quite a deal. Well, you can. That is what we do here at AUSA. We provide you maintenance so that no matter how far this journey is going to take you, there is a guarantee we won’t let you sit stranded on the side of the highway. We assure your healthcare is affordable and not ever in question. We assure your pay is relatively close to the economical standard for your job and location. We provide you plenty of professional opportunities that should enable you to launch into that next level career for yourself.
But more important than anything, we fight to protect you and to protect your battle buddies. So when your tuition assistance or medical benefits are in jeopardy, you can sleep easy knowing we are watching out for you and assuring your voice is heard up on Capital Hill.
We are your weapon and we are always ready to be there to protect you.
I encourage you to chime in and provide your feedback. Participate and help us become a better organization for you.
I would be remiss if I didn’t mention that once again Braxton Bragg was recognized as for several achievements this past year:
- 82nd Airborne Division = Runner Up for Largest Active Duty Division
- Braxton Bragg Chapter = Runner Up for Largest Overall Membership.
- Braxton Bragg Chapter = Best Chapter Newsletter
- Braxton Bragg Chapter = Runner Up for Greatest Percentage Increase Government Civilian Employee Membership
- Braxton Bragg Chapter = Army Birthday
- Braxton Bragg Chapter = Family Programs
- Braxton Bragg Chapter = ILW
- Braxton Bragg Chapter = ROTC/JROCT/OCS Support
- Braxton Bragg Chapter = Support To Recruiting Command
- Braxton Bragg Chapter = Army History
Thank you for helping us achieve these goals. We cannot do it without you, our members and Board of Directors!
A special thanks to our Board of Directors, who volunteer their time to help us achieve our goal of being the voice for the Army and support for the soldier.
Braxton Bragg Association of the US Army
As we bid farewell to 2012, let us reflect on the events we accomplished last year:
- Quarterly luncheons and general membership meetings – Thank you Maria Rizzotto – VP of Programs
- Provided scholarships to Soldiers and their Families – Thank you Vinnie Venturella – VP of Scholarship Activities
- 16th Annual Expo and Symposium – Thank you Mark Acker – VP of Expo Activities
- Annual Presidents’ Golf Tournament – Thank you Cris Nunez – VP of NCO and Enlisted Affairs
- Attended AUSA’s National Convention in Washington D.C. – Thank you Maria Rizzotto VP of Programs
- Carolina Night – Thank you Maria Rizzotto – VP of Programs 3rd Annual Holiday Soldier Appreciation Luncheon
- Annual kickoff breakfast with Gen. Gordon Sullivan
- Monthly support for retiree celebrations – Thank you Willie Wright – VP of Retiree Affairs
- 100% Hooah Club – a day fishing – Thank you Roger Vickers VP of Soldier Membership
We have a jam-packed year full of activities that will appeal to each of you in some way. Here are just a few of the upcoming events:
- April 29 – Annual President’s Golf Tournament at Ryder Golf Course
- April 30 – May 1 – 17th Annual Expo – Fort Bragg Club
- June 12 – Scholarship Awards Luncheon – Fort Bragg Club
The Association of the U.S. Army (AUSA) has committed to bringing its 2014 Winter Symposium & Exposition to Raleigh on February 26-28, 2014.
We at Braxton Bragg are excited to announce our 2013 Annual Scholarship Program. Please see our application by clicking here:
2013 AUSA Scholarship Application
For additional info, please contact our Chapter Office at 910.396.3755
Thank you and Good Luck!
Thank You To All Our Generous Donors Who Supported Braxton Bragg’s 3rd Annual Holiday Soldier Appreciation Luncheon!
Thank you to all those who supported our Annual Holiday Soldier Appreciation Luncheon.
BRAXTON BRAGG CHAPTER REPRESENTS MEMBERSHIP
ASSOCIATION OF THE UNITED STATES ARMY 2012 ANNUAL MEETING
Sunday October 2012 dawned clear and bright, a great day for the Army 10 miler and as always a landmark in the “Army Hooah Tent” encampment was the Fort Bragg “Hooah” Tent.
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
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Mission: Ensure the welfare of Soldiers and Soldier Families are fulfilled through the Bragg Guardian connection between Fort Bragg and the Greater Fayetteville community.
Vision: The Braxton Bragg Chapter is committed to providing the Soldiers and Soldier Family members of the Fort Bragg Community with a premier Unit/Family Readiness Group (FRG) adoption program by linking loyal Braxton Bragg Chapter Corporate Members with designated Fort Bragg Units and their respective FRG. Through the Bragg Guardian program, the Braxton Bragg Chapter will honor the commitments, sacrifices, selfless service and courage displayed by Soldiers and Soldier Families.
Commitment of Bragg Chapter Corporate Members:
Many Corporate Members of the Braxton Bragg Chapter desire to give back to the Soldiers and Soldier Families of Fort Bragg. The Bragg Guardian program provides an opportunity for Braxton Bragg Chapter Corporate Members to give thanks to Soldiers and Soldier Families, while also giving the corporate member the opportunity to learn more about the functioning of today’s Army.
• Corporate member will be assigned to a Unit and the attached FRG that is commensurate to the capacity of the corporate member’s organization.
• Corporate member will attend at least one meeting with the assigned Unit/FRG leadership each month.
• Corporate member will provide support and assistance for projects and programs linking the respective Units/FRGs with the Fayetteville Community. This assistance, while not necessarily monetary, includes, but is not limited to, acting as a community advocate, helping Units/FRGs with Community fundraisers, assisting with Unit/FRG organizational days and embracing FRGs during Unit Deployment.
• Corporate member will be the Bragg Guardian Ambassador to new Soldiers and Soldier Families to the Fort Bragg and Greater Fayetteville Community.
• Corporate member will provide feedback & activity reports to Braxton Bragg Chapter AUSA EXCOM.
• Corporate member will encourage Unit/FRG participation in Chapter and community activities.
Commitment of Units and Family Readiness Groups:
Many Units and FRGs want to link with the Fayetteville community. This program seeks to provide the Fort Bragg Units/FRGs with the necessary support from the Fayetteville community.
• Unit and FRG agree to participate in program.
• Unit and FRG will invite Bragg Guardian Liaison to at least one unit meeting, organizational day, or other appropriate activity per month.
• Unit will commit to supporting Braxton Bragg Chapter Activities.
• Unit/FRG will learn how AUSA will enrich career development and be the local and national voice for Soldiers and Soldier Families.
For more information, please email us at: President@BraggAUSA.org
*Braxton Bragg has adopted the Guardianship Program with the permission of the Omar Bradley Chapter. We would like to thank those at the Omar Bradley Chapter for providing us with an incredible opportunity bridge our community and Fort Bragg.
CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR FIRST BRAXTON BRAGG AUSA – 100% HOOAH CLUB MEMBER.
Delta Company, 2d Battalion, 325th Airborne Infantry Regiment, 2 BCT, 82d Airborne Division obtained 100% membership today. We recognize the dedication and support from their command team. Specifically Braxton Bragg acknowledges CPT Michael Wolk and 1SG John Howell who lead D Co. We also extend our deepest appreciation to the command team at 2d Battalion, 325 AIR, LTC Erik M. Berdy and CSM Mason Bryant.
Congratulations and Thank You for all you do to protect our freedoms, and give back to our community.
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