About AUSA

Overview of the Greater Los Angeles Chapter of AUSA

Although no active-duty Army installation is present in the Greater Los Angeles Chapter area, Southern California has the California National Guard managed installation of the Los Alamitos Army Airfield and the Joint Forces Training Base, and continues to be a center for technology development – not just for the Army, but for many branches of the military, as well as for the IT industry. This concentration of research and development talent has given the IA membership much of its strength and unique ability to inform and support our key Army leaders.

We are very proud to be strong supporters of the Joint Forces Training Base, Los Alamitos – Headquarters to the California National Guard's 40th Infantry Division (Mechanized) and the Army Reserve's 79th Sustainment Support Command and 11th Military Police Brigade. We also support all other Active Army and Army Reserve commands represented in the Los Angeles and Orange county areas.

Southern California is also home to a great deal of the development work on the Future Combat Systems Program, including the FCS System of Systems Integration Lab (SoSIL).

Board of Directors

Board members include representatives from the Industrial Associate companies, AUSA members interested in serving the Chapter, commanders of the local Army organizations (40th ID, 79th SSC, 311th ESC, 11th MP Bde, Recruiting BN, Public Affairs Office) or their representatives, and the Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army. A goal is to have at least one representative from every defense company in the greater Los Angeles area present at each board meeting. The Board meets four times a year, usually at the office of the President.

Election of Officers

This is done by mail ballot in May or June. The Board serves from 1 July to 30 June. Members can be nominated and elected by the Board at any meeting.

Executive Committee

The Executive committee consists of the officers and several other Board members chosen by the President. These are usually people who have served on the Board for a long time or have shown particular dedication to the Chapter.

Current Chapter Sponsored Functions:

Army Ball

Honors the birthday of the Army and presents the Chapter’s contribution to the National Land Warfare Education Fund. This has traditionally been hosted by one of the corporations in the LA area and attracts about 500 guests, including senior military leaders, chief executives and senior officers of the local defense companies, and a broad spectrum of Southern California residents and political figures. Junior officers and enlisted members are able to attend this event though the donations of chapter members and contributions to the "Give a Soldier a Night Out" program.

Symposium

A two-day event featuring panels on relevant topics with key speakers is presented each year with significant support from both the US Army CIO/G6 and the Commanding General, US Army Space and Missile Defense Command.

ROTC Awards and Scholarships

The ROTC and Reserve Affairs chairman works with the Professors of Military Science at the seven local universities to develop the list of award recipients. He also arranges to have the certificates made, the checks cut, and the pistols and cases purchased. The Board of Directors approves the scholarship and pistol costs. The awards are presented by various Board members at the commissioning ceremonies at each school. To date the chapter has provided more than $1,000,000 in scholarships awarding more than 50 scholarships to deserving cadets each year. The chapter also supports the Junior ROTC in the Los Angeles Unified School District by underwriting their summer encampment and providing other awards.

Top Recruiter Recognition

Support to Army Recruiting, including awards to top RA, Reserve, and National Guard Recruiters. Each month the top recruiters receive a certificate and a $100 bill.

Newsletter

This is published quarterly. Recent copies are posted on this web site.

Other Events

Industrial Associate dinners and annual City Tavern Dinner in Washington DC

Annual meeting (in conjunction with the Symposium)