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2013 Army Ten-Miler Priority Registration Opens May 1
To fill 35,000 Running Cap
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Register Beginning May 1 for First 10,000 Running Slots
Individual and Team Registrations Accepted
Race Registration Opens for Remaining 25,000 Slots
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.
Two soldiers were recognized for their historic accomplishments. Originally from Ida Grove, Iowa, LTG Susan S. Lawrence enlisted in the Army in 1972 and was commissioned in 1979. As an enlisted trooper, she attended the XVIII Airborne Corps and Fort Bragg Noncommissioned Officers’ Academy and was the first female Distinguished Honor Graduate of the Academy. CSM (Ret.) David L. Clark was the first commandant of the XVIII Airborne Corps and Fort Bragg Noncommissioned Officers’ Academy. LTG Lawrence assisted CSM Parisi in presenting awards to the Distinguished Honor Graduate, Leadership Awardee, Small Group Leader of the Cycle and Iron Warrior of the Warrior Leader Course Class 08-12 on May, 24, 2012.