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Wreath Laying at MAJ Woodfill's Gravesite

The list of Northern Kentuckians who have fought in our nation's wars is long and distinguished. But the man claimed by most as the area's greatest soldier was not a Kentucky native. He was an adopted son from Indiana.  Medal of Honor awardee Major Samuel Woodfill was honored at his gravesite in the Arlington (VA) National Cemetery recently by the Major Samuel Woodfill Chapter.  A wreath laying at Major Woodfill's gravesite, which was recently restored to its original condition, was conducted by Colonel John Lusa, retired, Cincinnati AUSA chapter president; Command Sergeant Major Douglas Gibbens, retired, Indiana State AUSA president, and Clarissa Freeman, AUSA 2nd Region president.
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The Army Community Covenant commemorates its three-year anniversary this month with an appreciation and thanks for communities, organizations and Americans who continue to support Soldiers and their families. The city of Cincinnati signed the Covenant on May 31, along with numerous other community and service organizations. LTC (r) Robert Sprague, president, Major Samuel Woodfill Chapter, signed for the AUSA. The secretary of the Army created the Army Community Covenant in 2008 to foster and sustain effective state and community partnerships needed to improve the quality of life for those belonging to the service.The Community Covenant highlights that support, while also striving to inspire Americans to continue to recognize and support the men and women in uniform. Community support is essential to the
readiness of the Army; it contributes to the strength and resilience of U.S. Soldiers and families. The Community Covenant also acts as a platform to develop a comprehensive support framework of local and state agencies and community organizations to ensure all Soldiers and families have programs and services in their community.
LTC (r) Robert Sprague, chapter president, signs the Cincinnati Covenant for AUSA.
Army Community Covenant Signed in Cincinnati

Those in attendance included two special guests.  They are, sixth from left, Father Joseph Beckman, a WW II  bomber navigator in the Pacific, and the Marine in front, MSG Cliff Reeder, who also fought in the Pacific in WW II.  At the time he was the youngest Master Sergeant in the Marines.  Also in the photograph is LTC (r) Robert Sprague, chapter president, back row third from right.
Central State University. Shown, left to right,  are COL (r) Robert Wetterstroem, Master of Ceremonies, Cadet Paul Winfield, Mr.  Heilbrun, and
LTC Mike Thomas.
University of Cincinnati. Shown, left to right,
COL Weterstroem, Mr. Heibun, Cadet Christsopher Kzpucinski, and
LTC William Galinger.
University of Dayton. Shown, left to right, are Mr. Heibrun, Cadet Larry Holman, and LTC Daniel Redden.
Ohio University. Shown, left to right, are Mr. Heilbrun, Cadet Brian Johnson, and LTC Terry  St. Peter.
Wright State University. Shown, left to right, are Mr. Heilbrun, Cadet Anthony Cesalu, and LTC Phil Wolford.
Xavier University.  Shown, left to right, are Mr. Heilbrun, Cadet Colin Zidar, and
LTC Kevin Wissel.
Association of the United States Army
Major Samuel Woodfill Chapter

Serving the Tri-state area of Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio
c/o 5493 Delhi Road
Cincinnati, Ohio 45238
December 4, 2012

Mr. Tom Sutton
Chick-fil-A at Eastgate FSU
874 Eastgate North Drive
Cincinnati, OH  45245-1588

Dear Tom,

On behalf of Bob Sprague, Chapter President, and Walt Howard, Operation Christmas Cheer Chairman, I want to thank you again this year for your restaurant's generous cash contribution of $1138 to Operation Christmas Cheer.  In addition to that, we also received over $220 in individual contributions from your patrons.  As we have mentioned in the past, this is an effort spearheaded by CSM Walt Howard and supported by the members of the Major Samuel Woodfill Chapter of the Association of the U.S. Army to purchase Kroger gift cards.  The cards are then given to local soldiers who have incurred injuries from combat duty in Iraq or Afghanistan and are meant to help them and their families enjoy this holiday season.

Our soldiers and their families are asked to sacrifice their personal goals in order to support those of our country, and your contribution allows us to say "Thank you" to them on behalf of a grateful nation.

Sincerely,

Paul Fellinger
Chapter Treasurer
Association of the United States Army
Major Samuel Woodfill Chapter

Serving the Tri-state area of Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio
c/o 5493 Delhi Road
Cincinnati, Ohio 45238
December 4, 2012

Mr. Jon Zipperstein
Embers
8170 Montgomery Road
Cincinnati, OH  45236

Dear Jon,

On behalf of Walt Howard, Chairman of our Chapter's special Operation Christmas Cheer project, I want to express our sincere gratitude to you for setting up the tremendous fund raising event again this year on November 18th.  The contributions totaled $5,350, which will be used to purchase grocery gift cards again this year.  The cards will then be given to local soldiers who have incurred injuries from combat duty in Iraq or Afghanistan and are meant to help them and their families enjoy this holiday season.  Furthermore, the cards will be a complete surprise to the soldiers.

Our soldiers and their families are asked to sacrifice their personal goals in order to support those of our country, and your effort to help us raise this money allows us to say "Thank you" to them on behalf of a grateful nation.

Sincerely,

Paul Fellinger
Chapter Treasurer

Cf: Stephen Lee, CSM (Ret) Walt Howard