Association of the United States Army
Since 1950, the Association of the United States Army has worked to support all aspects of national security while advancing the interests of America's Army and the men and women who serve. AUSA membership is open to anyone who wants to foster the Army objectives and its soldiers.
Major Samuel Woodfill Chapter
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.
The elegant Embers Restaurant is sponsoring a special Happy Hour to include drinks and snacks from 5 to 9 p.m. in its lounge area, Sunday, December 8. The Happy Hour will support the Major Samuel Woodfill Chapter of the Association of the United States Army's annual "Operation Christmas Cheer." Embers is located at 8170 Montgomery Road, Kenwood, exit 15, I-71. A donation is requested - $50 at the door or a prepayment of $45
through PayPal. Click on "Donate"
to pay for Embers:
Chick-fil-a Eastgate Fundraiser
Operation Christmas Cheer
Thursday, December 12, noon to 8:00 p.m.
The restaurant offers a portion of its proceeds to our chapter's fund that provide grocery gift certificates to needy soldiers and veterans.
These fund raising efforts provide gift cards to injured soldiers and veterans who are outpatients at the Dayton, NKY and Cincinnati VA Medical Centers. The goal is to raise $15,000 this year for the program that will enable 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. The donation can be made by PayPal or by check to: Major Samuel Woodfill Chapter with a Memo to "Operation Christmas Cheer (OCC)." 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. Click "Donate "Here to support Operation Christmas Cheer:
Below is a typical "thank you" response from recipients:
"Our family would like to thank you for your great generosity to us. We feel so blessed to have received such a nice gift. May God bless all of you for your generosity."
For more details about our chapter's soldier support program, 'Click here for YouTube video.
The Strength of our
Nation is our Army,
The Strength of our Army
is our Soldiers,
The Strength of our
is our Families,
This is what makes us
AUSA Golf Benefit a Big Success
The AUSA Major Samuel Woodfill Chapter's 8th annual Golf benefit, June 10, raised record funds for the Soldier and Family Support Program. These funds are directed to our area soldiers, veterans and their families in financial need. The program also recognizes top area Army NCOs, ROTC cadets, and awards scholarships to children of soldiers from our area.The chapter's golf benefit also honored and celebrated the U.S. Army's 238th birthday. Army Specialist Brian Freeman cut the Army birthday cake. The golf benefit was was named after Veteran Ralph Steward and was held at the Clovernook Country Club, Cincinnati, Ohio. An awards dinner followed after golf with guest speaker retired Colonel Andy Anderson, a recent inductee into the Special Forces Hall of Fame. He honored those soldiers who served in the many wars from and since World War II and asked them to stand and be recognized.
LTC (ret) Paul Fellinger, golf chairman, praised his committee members Steve Lee, Steve Richmond, Tom Broderick, CSM (ret) Walt Howard, COL (ret) Bob Wetterstroem, COL (ret) Ed Franz, Toml Niehaus,Lou Bohn, Linda Bernhardt, Shauna Moore and Matt Post, as well as the Clovernook CC staff and members.
The golf benefit hole sponsors were trustaff, G&W Products, Triplefin, Kroger, Steve Lee of UBS, AUSA Second Region, Broderick & Associates, Blue Grass Metals, Wealth Dimensions Group, Whitmer & Company CPAs, Projetech, Cintas, Diane & Jim Jones, A-1 Amusement & Party Rental and First Financial Bank. There were numerous contributors to a Gallery raffle event.
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. He mentioned military benefits and retirement needs to be protected. There should be no change to the retirement system, which is well suited to today's force. He says Congress needs to be watched.
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.
All of the honorees, in addition to being presented handsome plagues will be the guests of the chapter at the AUSA national meeting this fall in Washington, DC.
SFC Helmes and
presenter CPT Young.
SSG Riddell, with her
presenter CPT Futrell.
CSM Thomas was the
CSM Pewther was MC
for NCO awards
Golfers Jim Jones, Bob Baldoff, Norb Schmid, and Dan Smith.
Golfers Ellen Nieman, Linda Bernhardt, Drew Mieman and Brian Nieman.
Golfers Doug Loftus, Skip Schoettmer, Jim Megginson and Mark Williamson.
Drive for show, putt for dough.
Specialist Freeman cuts the Army cake.
It was a beautiful day and a beautiful course.
Army recruiters were on hand to honor the 238th birthday.
At check in golfers were presented with a challenge coin to remember the day.
Golfers David Donnelly, Larry Hoelscher, Andrew Tkack and Mike Dreyer.
Guest speaker retired Colonel Andy Anderson
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 of Veterans
Embers, Chick-fil-a Restaurants Support Injured Warriors
You're Invited to Honor Our Army ROTC Cadets
Sharonville Convention Center, Sharonville, Ohio, December 6, 2013
The Major Samuel Woodfill Chapter, AUSA, urges you to join us as we honor the top Army ROTC cadets, as selected by their Professors of Military Science, from each of the six universities in our area: Central State University, University of Cincinnati, University of Dayton, Ohio University, Wright State University and Xavier University. They are our future Army leaders.
At this award dinner you will find this an exciting evening where these outstanding cadets are introduced by their Professors of Military Science. The cadets represent hundreds of outstanding young men and women from their universities. All selected a military career in this time of war. You will feel a sense of pride in these cadets who have volunteered to be a important part of the defense of this great country. You will also enjoy the opportunity to chat with them. The ROTC program produces the majority of new lieutenant for our Army. You are treated to a sumptuous buffet dinner with all the trimmings. There is an open, cash bar. Festivities begin with a social hour at 6:00 p.m. and mess call at 7:00 p.m. Click here for reservation form. If you pay
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