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.
19 August 2014
Take the Hill
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.
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
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
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.
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 in the Mariemont Inn, Mariemont, Ohio.
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.
Top Cadet Jonathan Pupillo, Central State University, receives award from
SMA Chandler, Chapter Celebrate Army Birthday
Some 300 guests, soldiers and Army recruits were on hand at two Chapter events on June 11 to celebrate the Army's 239th birthday. Raymond F. Chandler III, the 14th Sergeant Major of the U.S. Army, and his wife, Jeanne, were the honored guests. He serves as the Army Chief of Staff's personal advisor on all enlisted matters. A VIP Luncheon and an afternoon reception were held at the splendid Montgomery Inn Boathouse in Cincinnati. The events were also a major means this year to raise funds for the Major Samuel Woodfill Chapter's Soldier and Family Support fund (see more details on fund below).
In remarks to the guests at the luncheon SMA Chandler pointed out that the United States has the world's best-trained Army. He's proud of those who serve and praised those in the audience that had served. He went on to bring out his concern for the congressional sequester that is drastically reducing the budget for the military. He said the Army over time would have to be reduced by 90 thousand soldiers to a dangerously low level of 450 thousand. Among the VIP guests at the luncheon were Bob McDonald, retired Procter & Gamble CEO, who introduced SMA Chandler, and Cincinnati Vice Mayor, David Mann, who presented the SMA with an appreciative greeting from the city. The chapter president, LTC Robert Sprague, retired, chapter president, opened the luncheon and afternoon reception.
At the reception SMA Chandler congratulated the 50 recruits on hand as invited guests for their decision to join the Army National Guard. He pointed out they will be an important part of the service to both their communities and their country. That evening SMA Chandler, BG John Harris, Assistant Adjutant General for Ohio Army National Guard, and the future soldiers were a part of the pre-game celebration at the Cincinnati Reds baseball game. SMA Chandler threw out the first pitch while BG Harris gave the swearing-in oath to the recruits in front of thousands of Reds' fans.
SMA Chandler is concerned that the congressional sequester may degrade the U.S. Army.
The Major Samuel Woodfill Chapter celebrated the 239th Army birthday.
Cincinnati Vice Mayor David Mann presented the SMA with an appreciative greeting from the city.
SMA Chandler honored Steve Lee, chapter member, for his major role in a successful birthday celebration.
New active Army, Reserve and National Guard recruits assist SMA in cutting the 239th Army birthday cake.
A giant tent and sumptuous buffet, courtesy of Montgomery Inn, greeted the guests to the luncheon and reception.
SMA Chanddler greets special guest LT Herb Heilbrun, WW II hero and B-17 Pilot.
The SMA chats and gives some advice to recruits at the reception.
The Army National Guard future soldiers make preparations for the important swearing-in ceremony at the Reds game.
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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Five Scholarship Recipients for 2014 Announced
The five 2014 recipients of the Major Samuel Woodfill Chapters $1000 college scholarships are announced. The funds are sent to the college that each recipients is attending this fall. They were rated in competition with numerous other students who had submitted applications for the scholarships. Eligible applicants are:
Children and spouses of U.S. Army soldiers currently serving or have served in the Global War on Terrorism (in that order).
Army soldiers and Army veterans who have served or who are currently serving.
Family Members--children, grand children, and spouses--of AUSA Members of the Major Samuel Woodfill Chapter.
U.S. Army soldiers - active, National Guard, and reserve
The 2014 recipients are: Luke I. Anderson, Crestwood, KY, University of Louisville:Adriana A. Conde, Fort Knox, KY, University of Kentucky; Briana R. Quichocho, Fort Knox, KY, University of Kentucky; Benjamin L. Tarasiewicz, Colorado Springs, CO, Colorado Mesa University, and Haley M. Townsend, Greenwood, IN, Kenyon College