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Major Samuel Woodfill Chapter
Chapter of Excellence
Serving the tri-state area of Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio
U.S. Army Values
Bear true faith and allegiance to the U.S. Constitution, the Army, your unit, and other soldiers.
Fulfill your obligations.
Treat people as they should be treated.
Put the welfare of the nation, the Army, and your subordinates before your own.
Live up to all the Army values.
Do what's right, legally and morally.
Face fear, danger, or adversity (Physical or Moral).
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Chapter Participates in Welcome Home Ceremonies
Your Major Samuel Woodfill AUSA chapter participated in the Welcome Home/Army Birthday celebration for all veterans conducted at Cincinnati's Washington Park. A special welcome was given to Vietnam war veterans. The Great Lakes and Ohio River Division, Corps of Engineers, was the primary organizer with the assistance of the Cincinnati U.S. Army Recruiting company. BG Margaret Burcham, commander of the division, was involved in the event that included swearing in some 200 Army recruits. The keynote speaker was MAJ (ret) Sario Caravalho, a decorated Vietnam special forces veteran. The Woodfill chapter was a co-sponsor of the event and had an active booth on the park grounds. The chapter also arranged for a presentation of a "Certificate of Appreciation" signed by GEN (ret) Gordon Sullivan, AUSA president. It was presented to LTC (ret) Phil Tilly., a civilian executive at the division, for his work as chair of the event's organizing committee. The NCO shown with BG Burcham is SSG Brian Wray from the recruiting company. He worked closely with LTC Tilly in organizing event.
chapter's chairman of the "Operation Christmas Cheer" program. In offering the check, Mr. Surron said, "It was our pleasure to help out such an honorable group of people."
This fund raising effort provided gift cards to injured soldiers and veterans who are outpatients at the Dayton, NKY and Cincinnati VA Medical Centers. The goal of $15,000 for the program that enabled the chapter to show appreciation to these soldiers and veterans who have given so much to protect our country and way of life.
Your AUSA chapter also accepts tax-deductible, charitable donations directly to the "Operation Christmas Cheer" fund and it's year round program to help needy soldier, veterans and their families. Your donation can be made by PayPal or by check to: Major Samuel Woodfill Chapter with a Memo to the "Soldier Support Fund." Send to Major Samuel Woodfill Chapter, c/o LTC (r) Paul Fellinger, 5493 Delhi Road, Cincinnati, OH 45238. If you have any questions, please contact CSM (r) Walter Howard at firstname.lastname@example.org or 513-752-9734. Thank you so much for your support. To send your donation via a credit card or PayPal, just click on the adjacent "Donate" button.
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Chapter Honors Outstanding NCOs
The Major Samuel Woodfill Chapter honored three NCOs from its area of operations at a general membership dinner meeting at the King's Island Conference, Mason, Ohio, on April 27, 2013.
The keynote speaker for the evening was CSM Donald E. Thomas, retired, who concluded his career as the Command Sergeant Major, United Nations Command, Combined Forces Command, Unites States Forces Korea, and Eighth Unites States Army, Youngsan, Korea. He discussed the lack of a new Army budget and how it has been functioning for three years under a continuing resolution.
The Master of ceremonies for the NCO awards ceremony was CSM William Pewther, retired, the chapter's vice president for NCO and Enlisted Affairs. The first honoree was SFC Matthew F. Helmes, 1st Platoon, H&H Battery, 174th ADA, Army National Guard. His presenter was CPT Matthew Young. The second honoree was SSG Schelee K. Riddell, 940th Military Police Co., also Army National Guard. Her presenter was CPT Joshua Futrell. The third honoree from the U.S. Army Reserve was SGG Arron M. Collett, 396th Engr Co., 478th Engineer Battalion. Because of being on active duty for training he was not present for the awards ceremony.
SFC Helmes and
presenter CPT Young.
SSG Riddell, with her
presenter CPT Futrell.
CSM Thomas was the
CSM Pewther was MC
for NCO awards
BG Margaret Burcham and SSG Brian Wray were involved with the swearing in of the 200 recruits.
The speaker's stand for the welcome for all military heroes.
LTC (r) Bob Sprague, Jack Lokesak, CSM (r) Walt Howard, COL (r) John Lusa and COL (ret) Bob Wetterstroem at the chapter exhibit.
COL Lusa (left) presents the "Certificate of Appreciation to LTC Tilly.
SSG Wray readies the recruits for the swearing-in ceremony by BG Burcham.
Your Major Samuel Woodfill Chapter is again cited by the Dayton VA Medical Center for its 2012 "Operation Christmas Cheer" that provided grocery gift cards to veterans and their families. William G. Wall, manager of the OEF/OIF Program at the center in awarding the certificate at left to the chapter is quoted as follows: "I wanted to personally thank you for all your work in fund raising and making this year's OPERATION Christmas Cheer an outstanding success. Your hard work and compassion provided the foundation for an enjoyable Christmas holiday for 106 of our Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom veterans and their families. It is an extraordinary blessing to have your chapter's assistance in the work we do with the OEF/ OIF veterans as they make the sometimes arduous journey from combat to community. Your efforts have ensured that the glide path is a little smoother for those we serve."
Chapter Is Cited for Support to Veterans
Fund Drive to Support Injured Warriors Is Successful
The fund raising program to provide $100 Kroger grocery gift certificates to outpatient veterans and soldiers at the Dayton and Cincinnati VA Medical Centers was successful. This year's program, known as "Operation Christmas Cheer," distributed 150 of the certificates.
Chick-fil-A Eastgate's Fundraiser was among the sources of the funds. On Thursday, December 12, from noon to 8:00 p.m., the restaurant provided 20% of its proceeds during this period. Tom Sutton, owner and operator of the Chick-fil-A Eastgate, Cincinnati, presented a check for $1627.81 to CSM (r) Walter Howard, the
Tracy Butts, chief, Voluntary Service, Cincinnati VA Medical Center, accepts cards.
Delhi Kroger Manager Ray Brown transfers gift cards to CSM Howard.
CSM Howard and Tom Sutton of Eastgate Chic-fil-A restaurant.
Top Army ROTC Cadets from six university-based ROTC battalions were selected by their Professors of Military Science to be honored by AUSA's Major Samuel Woodfill Chapter at an annual dinner. Unfortunately, the annual awards dinner was cancelled due to inclement weather. The awards will be presented by chapter members at each university's ROTC awards ceremonies during the next several months.
The awardees and their universities are: Cadet Jamme Schott, University of Cincinnati; Jonathan Pupillo, Central State University; Joseph P. Kearney, University of Dayton; Nicholas Kocher, Ohio University; Trey Westrick, Wright State University, and Ron Longworth, Xavierl University.
Six Army ROTC Cadets Honored by Chapter
Ohio University: LTC Terry St. Peter, PMS; Top Cadet Nicholas Kocher, awardee, and COL (r) John Lusa, chapter presenter.
University of Dayton: Cadet Joseph P. Kearney receives top cadet award from COL (r) Robertt Wetterstroem, chapter presenter..
Wright State University: Cadet Trey Westrick receives top cadet award from COL Wetterstroem, chapter presenter.
Sequestration: "biggest danger facing today's military"
by GEN Gordon Sullivan, USA, Ret., president of the Association of the U.S. Army
The biggest danger facing today's military is not terrorism, global instability or the proliferation of weapons. It's the danger of our ignorance if we let history repeat itself. In our zeal to quickly cut federal spending we have accepted an increased level of risk to our national security because of unwillingness by our political leaders to think twice before dropping the ax.
We've been in this situation before, and we didn't like the outcome. In 1898, then-Brig. Gen. John J. Pershing wrote about the state of post-Civil War defense policies, noting that many people believed there would never be another war. "Pacifism was predominant," he wrote. "As the national debt had grown, partly as a result of pensions, retrenchment had been the political cry of both parties, and appropriations for defense had been constantly reduced. The people throughout the country were almost exclusively occupied with their own personal affairs to the neglect of such considerations. Nobody listened to those who realized the wisdom of maintaining an adequate army and advocated it."
More than 100 years ago, the siren song of reductions in defense manpower was luring the unsuspecting onto the shoals of unpreparedness for future conflict. Pershing's reflection on post-Civil War defense spending highlights a trend that began just after the American Revolution, and seems to continue driving contemporary decisions. This cycle of readiness followed by unpreparedness has repeated itself all too often throughout our history. Cuts are made with little relationship to reality or logical predictions about future defense requirements. In today's lexicon, those cuts and reductions are called "sequestration." For GEN Sullivan's full text go to: www.ausa.org
Congressman Brad Wenstrup Addresses Joint AUSA, MOAA Meeting
In a packed luncheon of a joint meeting of the Major Samuel Woodfill AUSA chapter and the Greater Cincinnati Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America, Rep. Brad Wenstrup of Ohio's 2nd U.S. Congressional District laid it on the line. When speaking of the status of the U.S. military he said that the U.S. budget should not be the basis for strategizing the military. The status of the military should be the basis for strategizing the budget.
He spoke to a packed dining room of AUSA and MOAA members in the National Examplar restaurant of the Mariemont Inn, Mariemont, Ohio. He was introduced by BG (r) Tom O'Brien, the MOAA chapter president. The congressman pointed out that the present spending "sequestration" and its automatic cuts are a problem for the military. It needs changes to obtain more flexibility in how it is administered. As a result, he is concerned about the validity of the military organization.. The congressman explained that just one percent of our population serve in the military and makes "us safe." The military is one of the government things that make us "exceptional."
Rep. Wenstrup speaks with authority not only as a congressman, but as a medical surgeon and as a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve. He serves on two congressional committees: Armed Services and Veteran Affairs. He served as an Army combat surgeon in Irag for a year earning the combat badge and Bronze Star. Rep. Wenstrup also conducted a special swearing in ceremony to two new Army recruits. He issued the oath to Sanchez Moore and Andrew Sakeria.
The luncheon was also an official meeting of the Woodfill chapter and an election was held. Elected to two-year terms starting 1 July 2014 were CW4 (r) Matt Luther as president and CW4 (r) Frank Pollard as first vice president. AUSA chapter member CSM (r) Walter Howard received a national certificate of appreciation for his work in support of soldiers, veterans and their families.
Rep. Wenstrup accepts tokens of appreciation from BG O'Brien, MOAA chapter president (left) and LTC Sprague, AUSA Chapter president.
Rep. Wenstrup, also Army Reserve Lieutenant Colonel, gives oath to recruits Andrew Sakeria and Sanchez Moore.
"The status of the military should be the basis for strategizing the budget."