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Chapter supports successful Armed Forces Week
The Redstone-Huntsville Chapter
sponsored a “buy-out” of the Huntsville
Stars baseball game on June 21 at Joe
Davis Stadium in Huntsville, AL. In
return for AUSA’s contribution of $2,000,
AUSA distributed some 300 tickets to
Soldiers and other ID cardholders at Redstone Arsenal. Some 187 Advanced Individual Training Soldiers attended, as did
several DA Civilians and their families.
The youngest soldier present was
selected to throw out the ceremonial
“first pitch”, and several other soldiers
participated in team-sponsored activities
between innings. LTG and Mrs. Kevin
Campbell were special guests of AUSA,
as was COL Tom Keegan, Cdr, 59th Ordnance Bde, and CSM Willie Pullom from
the 832d Ordnance Battalion. Chapter
President Mike Howell, Exec VP Steve
Taylor, VP for Public Affairs Steve Wil-
SSG Anthony Marvan of
Headquarters and Headquarters
Company, 59th Ordnance
Brigade, won the NCO of the
Year honors, and SPC Kenster
Shannon of Headquarters Company USAMEDDAC, won the
2008 Soldier of the Year honors.
SSG Marvan and SPC Shannon received the Army ComSPC Kenster Shannon
SSG Anthony Marvan mendation Medal from MG
won the 2008 Soldier of
received he NCO of the Myles and many awards from
the Year honors.
Huntsville’s military supporters
from the Huntsville/Madison
son, and VP for Soldier Affairs Bob civic community and defense industry.
Whiteford hosted our AUSA guests. AUSA presented to each: $250.00 (cash),
Attendance at the game was over 6,000. an engraved wall plaque, a numbered
The Redstone-Huntsville Chapter C3103 AUSA chapter coin, and a free 1participated in an awards ceremony for year AUSA membership.
the 2008 NCO and Soldier of the Year for
Please see SUPPORT on 2
AUSA assists Madison County Veterans Memorial
The Redstone-Huntsville AUSA Chapter supported the
Madison County Veterans Memorial Foundation through its
contribution of $10,000 at a presentation ceremony on May 7.
Mrs. Cathy Anderson, the chairman for fundraising activities,
received the oversized presentation check from COL (Ret)
Steve Taylor, Chapter Executive VP, accompanied by BG (Ret)
Bob Drolet, Alabama AUSA President, and COL (Ret) John
Rogers, Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army (North
Alabama) and newly-elected 3d Region President.
Groundbreaking for the $4 million project is scheduled for
Veterans Day, Nov 11, 2008 with dedication currently scheduled for one year later, Nov 11, 2009. The Redstone-Huntsville
Chapter hopes that the large contribution will enable the planners to push forward with their plans without delay.
In addition to this monetary contribution, volunteers from
the AUSA membership staff the Memorial Foundation office
It is AUSA’s hope that this Memorial will honor the citizens
who have worn their uniform bravely in the past, as well as
help educate and remind young Americans about the costs to
REDSTONE – HUNTSVILLE CHAPTER
ASSOCIATION OF THE U.S. ARMY
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HUNTSVILLE, ALABAMA 35807
secure the safety and freedom we all enjoy today. The Memorial will feature a large fountain, flags, statues and walls
inscribed with the names of fallen Madison County veterans
from all U.S. wars and military conflicts. There have been over
350 individuals from Madison County whose names will be
inscribed on the Memorial for having made the supreme sacrifice in our nation’s wars.
our AUSA Chapter, together with Team Redstone,
celebrated the 233rd birthday of the United States
Army at a dinner at the Redstone Officers and Civilians Club on June 14. Thirty-three corporate tables were
purchased, with many of the tables donated to our Soldiers in uniform. Over 325 people were in attendance.
The evening started with a social hour followed by
Chapter President COL (Ret.) Mike Howell’s welcome. Following recognition of our special guests, Huntsville Mayor
Spencer, LTG (Ret.) Larry Dodgen, MG (Ret.) Jim Snyder,
MG (Ret.) Gerald Watson, Dr. David Williams, President
University of Alabama Huntsville, numerous AUSA Past
Presidents and many others by CW5 (Ret.) Keith Freitag,
the Chapter Vice President for Awards and Recognition,
the audience participated in a round of toasts.
Following video birthday greetings from Secretary of
the Army the Honorable Pete Geren, the Army Chief of
Staff General George W. Casey, and the Sergeant Major of
the Army Kenneth O. Preston, the 233rd Army birthday
and 231st US Flag Day cakes were escorted in under the
sabers of NCO escorts from the 59th Ordnance Brigade.
LTG Kevin T. Campbell Commanding General,
SMD/ARSTRAT; Commander, Joint Functional Component Command – Integrated Missile Defense and PVT
Ricky Hartwell, the youngest soldier present, placed saber
to cake and cut the Army birthday cake. MG Jim Myles,
Senior Mission Commander, AMCOM and Redstone Arsenal, with the assistance of COL Walt Lorcheim, the oldest
Soldier in attendance, made the first cut of the Flag Day
Soldiers and NCOs then provided a superb presentation of “Train me Sergeant” which brought a standing
ovation from all in attendance. This was followed by brief
remarks from MG Myles and a keynote address by LTG
Campbell. LTG Campbell relayed a moving story of a
Korean War Veteran that he had the opportunity to meet
recently to present the Purple Heart Award and how even
after all these years he would do his duty again today if he
This was truly a moving event and a salute to our Soldiers, the U.S. Flag and The United States Army.
Thank you for being a member of the
Redstone-Huntsville Chapter of AUSA. The
end of June is the close of the AUSA operating year, we’ll know before long if your
Chapter earned the honor of BEST AUSA
CHAPTER again. Regardless of the outcome, I want to thank your Chapter Officers
and Board Members for an outstanding job
in organizing and executing our programs.
You’ll read elsewhere in this Salute of all
those activities that your Chapter accomplished in the past quarter. It was a busy
one culminating in the Huntsville/Madison
County Armed Forces Celebration Week
(AFCW) that our Chapter and the Chamber
of Commerce co-sponsor each year. Thank
you to all who volunteered your time to
make AFCW and all of our programs so
successful. Thank you too to those who just
came out to enjoy the activities and camaraderie. Your numbers and enthusiasm say
a lot about our AUSA Chapter, Team Redstone and this community.
We celebrated the Army’s 233rd Birthday on 14 June. The NCOs and Soldiers
from the 59th Ordnance Brigade were terrific in their Soldier Challenge and NCO
Response – thank you. Thank you also to
MG James R. Myles, AMCOM CG, for his
remarks and introduction of the guest
speaker. Thank you to LTG Kevin T. Campbell, SMDC CG and our featured speaker,
for reminding us of our heritage and inspiring us.
We’re very pleased to welcome our new
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2008-2009 Board Members: CSM
attendance was terrific. Mayor
Spencer, BG (Ret) Larry Capps,
(Ret) Jeff Greer, SES (Ret) John
representing the Chamber of
Chapman (welcome back), Stew
Hirsch, LTC (Ret) George Gore
Commerce and I presented
plaques to the 389th. It won’t be
and COL (Ret) Bob English. Four
new Chapter Officers were elected
long before they are also known
as Huntsville’s Own. Your AUSA
that night: Sofia Bledsoe as VP for
Chapter provided water and fans
Publicity, CW5 (Ret) Keith Freitag
as VP for Awards and Decorato the community and Soldiers
from the 59th Ordnance Brigade.
tions, Mike Kelley (welcome back)
as VP for Member Retention/education and Tuesday night was the first of three Soldier
Show performances in the VBC Concert
Kathy Hale as Acting VP for Chapter Support Group Activities. I ask you to share
Hall. Many of you commented that this
years Soldier Show was the best ever.
with me a special thank you for service to
Unique this year was the signing of the
the Chapter to Mike Carden, Rod Bissell
Army Community Covenant on Wednesday
and Bob Woods who retired from our
morning at the Space and Rocket Center’s
Executive Board this year. I also want to
welcome back COL (Ret) John Rogers,
Davidson Center. GEN Richard A. Cody,
Vice Chief of Staff of the Army, representing
Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army,
Secretary of the Army Geren was joined by
Northern Alabama (Upper Alabama to
LTG Campbell, CG SMDC, MG Myles, CG
many of us) who serves AUSA as the 3rd
AMCOM, Mayors Spencer, Huntsville, and
Armed Forces Celebration Week was a
Kirkindall, Madison, Mike Gillespie, Madigreat success again this year. It started with son County and others to signed the
covenant committing to build partnerships
AUSA sponsoring Military Appreciation
that support the strength, resilience, and
Night at the Huntsville Stars on June 21st.
It was a great game with the score seesawreadiness of Soldiers and their Families.
That was followed by the AFCW Luncheon
ing until the Stars clinched it and one of
the best home game attendance marks this featuring GEN Cody.
Later that evening MG Myles hosted an
year. Monday was very busy starting with
AMCOM tribute to GEN Cody who is retiring
the Proclamation Signing then the Team
Redstone Soldier and NCO of the Year Lun- this month after 35 years of service.
cheon. Congratulations go to SSG Anthony
Marvan and SPC Kenster Shannon. That
evening was the Concert in the Park at Joe
Davis Stadium. Juice, a local band, and the
389th Army Band, AMC’s Own, provided
Continued from 1
the pre-fireworks entertainment – the
In addition, these two outstanding soldiers will be the guests of the chapter at the
upcoming AUSA National Convention in
Washington, DC. Mike Howell, Chapter
President, presented the AUSA gifts at a
luncheon honoring these outstanding
Thirty-six chapter members worked 4
water points to give out 2000 bottles of water,
and 6 boxes of fans to roughly 3,500 people at
the Armed Forces Week Concert in the Park
performance by the 389th Army Band. The
crowd included roughly 200 active duty soldiers, plus retirees and reservists.
Steve Taylor, Executive VP, presented a
plaque to the cast of the 2008 Army Soldier
Show after the 3rd of 3 Huntsville performances for the public and for local Soldiers.
AUSA co-sponsors the event, part of
Thursday featured the Army Community Service reception and on Friday your
Redstone-Huntsville Chapter hosted the
2008 AUSA AFCW Golf Tournament. Over
140 turned out at the ‘Links on Redstone
‘with honors going to a team from CAS,
Inc., one of our corporate members
Some of us (Jeff Greer, Mark McBride,
Rich McAdams and I) journeyed to Anniston
for the Satellite Chapter’s Golf Tournament.
AFCW officially concluded with the Air Show
on Saturday and Sunday at Huntsville International Airport. But technically it ended
Saturday night with the Tennessee Valley
Vipers Military Appreciation Night.
The Anniston Satellite Chapter is doing
well. MG (Ret) Gerald Watson and Carol
Ann and David and Jacklin Sparrow are the
spark plugs. Our sub-chapters at the University of North Alabama and Alabama
A&M are in summer recess but we’ll have
news of their activities in the next Salute.
Your Chapter is doing well and has a
wide range of activities planned through
the rest of 2008. As always keep up to date
by visiting www.ausa.org or our Chapter
website, www.ausaredstone.org, maintained
by Corporate Member ITT-CAS.
Mike Howell, COL (Ret), US Army
Huntsville’s Armed Forces Week Celebration. The presentation took place before
some 3,000 attendees at the Von Braun Center Concert Hall. Following their performance, each Soldier-performer and supporting team member received a RedstoneHuntsville Chapter coin to show this Chapter’s appreciation for the contributions
made to the morale of our Soldiers and the
citizens of this community.
The Redstone-Huntsville Chapter AUSA
co-sponsors with the Huntsville/Madison
County Chamber of Commerce the Armed
Forces Celebration Week (AFCW). One highlight is the AFCW Luncheon, attended by
over 500 civic leaders, military guests, business representatives (many Corporate Members), and the public. After VCSA General
Cody’s remarks, Chapter President Mike
Howell presented him with a numbered
Chapter coin in appreciation of his dedicated service to the Army, Soldiers and their
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needed to win wars in Iraq and
Afghanistan. The bill not only provides
weapons, vehicles, body armor, and pay for
our soldiers, but also includes important
provisions to promote quality educational
opportunities for our nation’s veterans.
thy improvements to the GI Bill,
The legislation updates the
GI Bill, a federal program that
which were the product of much
has a long and successful legadebate in the Senate and which
cy since its inception in 1944.
represent sharp improvements
The new GI Bill provides addiover an original proposal that
would have negatively affected
tional educational support to
recent veterans, covering not
retention rates. I opposed the
only tuition, but also housing
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when the Secretary of the
under the terms of the new GI
Defense, the Secretary of the VetSenator Jeff Sessions
erans Administration and the
Bill, some benefits are transferable, meaning that a qualifying soldier may Congressional Budget Office each stated
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pass along to his spouse or children the
educational benefits for which he is eligible. as a 16 percent reduction in America’s
I was proud to support these noteworfighting force. The possibility of that unintended consequence was unacceptable and
resulted in changes to the bill.
I also felt that the original proposal was
crafted to prevent veterans across the
country from receiving equal benefits for
their service, resulting in an inequity for
Alabama’s veterans. For example, veterans
seeking to attend the University of Michigan would receive $24,150 a year, while
those enrolled at the University of Alabama would receive only $14,847. That disparity is unfair on its face, and for those
reasons I objected.
In all, the revised legislation, which I
voted for, represents an improvement to
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I intend to introduce legislation in the
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Army’s tuition assistance program;
increasing Soldiers ability to earn a four
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ISSI Unexploded Ordnance,Inc.
J2 Technologies Inc.
Jacksonville State University
Jacobs Sverdrup Technology Inc.
Jane C. Smith, Circuit Clrk
JB Management, Inc.
Jean Porter Design Consultant
John Deere/Aero Tech Sales
Jones Group at Merrill Lynch
J. Smith Lanier & Co.
Koniag Services Inc. (KSI)
Kratos Defense & Security Solutions,
Kwajalein Range Services LLC
L3 Communications Integrated Systems
Lanier Ford Shaver & Payne PC
Laser Fabrication & Machine Co., Inc.
The Lioce Group Inc.
Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company
Lockheed Martin STS
Logistics & Environmental Support Serv.
Lynn Layton Chevrolet
Macro Industries Inc.
Madison County Commission
MAG7 Venture Group, LLC
Malace Technical Services
Marie Imports Hallmark
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Maynard Cooper and Gale, PC
McLane Advanced Technology
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South Realty Inc.
Southern Convention Services. Inc.
Southern Digital Product, Inc.
SpecPro Environmental Services, LLC
STAI-System Technology Associates, Inc.
System Studies & Simulation, Inc
Systems Development Corp.
TAOS Industries Inc
Tech USA, Inc.
TecoLote Research Inc.
Teledyne Brown Engineering
Teledyne Electronic Manaufacturing
Teledyne Solutions, Inc.
The Huntsville Times
Torch Technologies, Inc.
Total Solutions, Inc.
Trace Systems LLC
Tyonek Fabrication Corporation
United Space Alliance
Univ of Alabama in Huntsville
U.S. Space & Rocket Center
Valley Hill Country Club
Van Valkenburgh & Wilkinson Properties
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WaveLink, Inc. (WLI)
West Point Society of The TN Valley
Westar Aerospace & Defense Group, Inc.
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Whitney, Bradley & Brown, Inc.
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Wilson Garage Door Co. of Huntsville
Woody Anderson Ford Inc.
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National Technical Systems
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Northrop Grumman Mission Systems
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Orbital Sciences Corporation
Paradigm Technologies, Inc.
Parker Hannifin (Aerospace)
Peduzzi Associates, Ltd.
Penta Research Incorporated
Perkins Technical Services Inc
Phase IV Systems Inc.
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PPG Industries, Inc.
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Premier Professional Systems Inc.
Professional Golf Shop
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3D Research Corporation
5-D Systems Inc.
AAA Brown International
AAR Mobility Systems
Accurate Machine & Tool Corporation
Advanced Federal Services Corporation
Advanced Optical Systems, Inc.
Advanced Systems Development, Inc.
Aegis Technologics Group Inc.
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Anniston Army Depot
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Applied Data Trends
Artech Design Group, Inc.
ATK - MRTS
AZ Technology Inc.
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Battelle Memorial Inst. Huntsville
Beason & Nalley, P.C.
Bell Helicopter Textron
Berney Office Solutions
Bevilacqua Research Corporation
BFA Systems Inc.
Booz Allen Hamilton
Bradley, Arant, Rose & White, LLP
B. R. Williams Trucking, Inc.
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Century 21 Steele and Associates
CFI Global Solutions Inc.
Chandler / May, Inc.
Chugach Management Services
Cirrus Technology Inc
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Coldwell Banker Premier
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Athens HS JROTC marches
toward successful year
The Athens High School Golden Eagle Battalion has
completed a very busy year, with competitions, social events,
and fundraisers that helped bring us closer together as a
The year started with an exciting trip to Fort Benning,
GA, to observe a 2007 “Rangers in Action” Graduation.
During the fall, the program participated in three parades;
the Athens High School Homecoming Parade, Huntsville’s
Veterans Day Parade, and the Athens Christmas Parade. The
color guard has performed in over thirty color guard events
including JROTC Day at Alabama A&M University, seven Veteran’s Day events and the Fiddler’s convention.
The rifle team has been extremely active this year, with
both varsity and junior varsity teams having an outstanding
18-4 record in the
North Alabama Air
Rifle League. They
also performed a 21Gun Salute at the
Veterans of Foreign
Wars Post 4765 Veterans Day Program
The cadet staff planned the Military Ball which was held
at the Redstone Officers and Civilians Club. The highlight of
the night was the grog bowl; a bowl where the staff pours
assorted drinks such as orange juice, apple juice, Sprite,
Coke, and fruit punch into a bowl and tasks the top two
freshmen in the class to drink from it.
The staff also worked very long and hard to pull together
a wonderful awards ceremony, where outstanding cadets
were recognized, along with a reception afterwards, where
cadets mingled with parents, friends, and guests.
John Williams joined Houston-based MEI
Technologies as director of corporate business
Kevin Cook joined Will Technology as chief
Camino Everson was promoted to chief
financial officer at Infinity Technology where
he was previously director of finance and
David Cox joined Sparta, Inc. as a senior
engineer assigned to the technology assessment division. Cox retired from the Army
where he last was a colonel working at SMDC.
Cecelia Stephenz was promoted to director
of strategic analysis and proposal operations at
Teledyne Brown Engineering.
Dr. Mel Adams has joined ASE Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Booz Allen Hamilton,
as a lean enterprise subject matter expert.
John D. Miller, formerly of Northrop Grumman, recently opened a Huntsville office for
Stanley Associates Inc. has promoted Gary
Hall to systems director and Lisa Tyree to program control director at the applied engineering and technology division. Tamara Montgomery was promoted to director of program
control for the technical services division.
Paul Reitmeier has been named president
and CEO of Time Domain and will lead the
Chapter supports ROTC and JROTC Awards Program
During the past few months several members of the RedstoneHuntsville AUSA Chapter have
been very busy supporting our
Chapter’s ROTC/JROTC annual
awards program. As the Chapter’s
board members watch the seasons
change from winter to spring, during these ceremonies they also
watch the true budding of young
Americans preparing to serve their
Country as citizens and soldiers.
The ROTC/JROTC award ceremonies are the highlight of the various schools’ programs each year.
These ROTC/JROTC ceremonies
are well-attended (300-600 people)
by the Cadet’s family members and
friends and several community
support activities. The RedstoneHuntsville Chapter supports 12
JROTC and two ROTC programs
during a normal year. In 2008, the
company’s growth in commercial applications
for its high-performance ultra wideband and
real-time location products in the health care,
manufacturing and retail markets.
Several key personnel changes have been
made at . Damian Bianca, a retired Army
acquisition officer, has been appointed president of QuantiTech.
Tom Stott was named vice president of
Parsons Huntsville. He is the senior officer
here for Parsons Corp. and is responsible for
their local business growth.
Sentar Inc. has added William H. Bump,
as a senior analyst; Dr. John M. Siegel, with a
focus on developing a biotechnology base for
the company; Courtney Langham, as a principal analyst; William Shawn Hill, as a senior
principal analyst and Daniel Wittig, as a senior
After six and a half years with Intergraph,
Roy Willis has retired as vice president, life
cycle management (LCM) in the company’s
Federal, Security & Intelligence business unit.
Tom Young has been named vice president
and will lead the LCM unit. Young has been
manager in LCM since joining the company in
Chad Rogers has joined Will Technology
Inc. as strategic contracts manager. Rogers
has spent the last 15 years in sales management in the telecommunications industry.
The National Association of Professional
and Executive Women named Rosa Snyder,
p[resident of Snyder Technical Services as its
Woman of the Year in aerospace engineering.
Gary Smith has been named corporate vice
president and general manager of DRS Test
Chapter provided the following
ROTC/JROTC support to award
The Corporate Headquarters of
AUSA provides the winning ROTC
and JROTC Cadets with an AUSA
designed medal, an AUSA certificate of recognition and a History
award (ROTC only). The RedstoneHuntsville Chapter provides a very
professional award package to the
various ROTC/JROTC awardees.
Our AUSA Chapter recognizes
Cadets from the ROTC programs
with a paid one-year AUSA membership, a Chapter coin, a framed
AUSA certificate and $50 cash. The
JROTC Cadets receive a paid one-
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and Energy Management. Ken Winters is now
vice president of business and advanced technology development. Kevin Duke has been
named vice president, programs. Mike Hamilton has been named vice president of business
Steve Cayson joined Intuitive Research &
Technology Corp. as director of technology
development and integration, Also at Intuitive, Vergenia Shelton was promoted to director of design and engineering support.
SSG Anthony Marvan and SPC Kenster
Shannon were named Redstone Arsenals NonCommisioned Officer and Soldier of the Year
at 21 June ceremonies at the ROCC.
Charles Farrior is the new director of the
Business Management Directorate in the
Army Aviation and Missile Life-Cycle Management Command’s Acquisition Center.
CSM Rickey Cooper joined the Garrison in
March as its top enlisted soldier replacing the
retired CSM Bill Cole. Coopers assignment here
follows his return from a second tour in Iraq.
Dr. Patricia Sanders, Missile Defense
Agency’s executive director retired following
34 years of federal service. She was a member
of the Senior Executive Service and recipient
of the 1999 and 2005 Presidential Rank Award
for Meritorious Executives.
On 15 May, 1SG Amos Jackson replaced
out going HHC 59th first sergeant Jacob
Endres in a change of responsibility ceremony
overseen by company commander CPT Jacob
The Army officially promoted William T.
year membership, a Chapter coin, a
framed AUSA certificate and $25
cash. The Redstone-Huntsville
AUSA Chapter proudly supports
Northern Alabama’s ROTC/JROTC
programs. Congratulations to
these outstanding cadets and the
schools they represent.
“Tim” Crosby, deputy program manager of the
PEO Aviation l, to brigadier general. Crosby
assumed his current duties last May.
Debra Wymer is selected to the Senior
Executive Service. She serves as director of
technology integration and interoperability for
space and missile defense with the Army
SMDC and Army Forces Strategic Command.
LTC Andrew Hamilton is the new product
manager for Ground Maneuver Unmanned
Aircraft Systems within the PEO Aviation. He
succeeded LTC Keith Hirschman Hamilton
comes to Redstone from Fort Rucker.
Hirschman is slated for the Army War College
The Medical Repair and Renewal Team
received the Teamwork Award. Team members
are Crystal Bennett Echols, Michael
Mollineaux, Sherene Opichka, Mike Hunter,
Rex McLaury, Roger Brosemer, LTC James
D’Arienzo, Rob Mackey, Cheryl Renz-Olar,
Joseph Serena, Jennifer Cagle, Delores Davis,
Gail Wilbur, Shawn Willie, Nancy Wilhite, Paul
Daugherty, Althea Rudolph, Donna Parker,
Cassandra Mora, Cindy Halbrooks, John Crow,
Freddy Steel, Victor Taylor, Steve Feldman and
LTC Gregory Paul is the new Field Artillery
Launcher product manager at Redstone. Paul
was the systems coordinator for the Bradley
and M113 combat vehicles in the office of the
Assistant Secretary of the Army (Acquisition,
Logistics and Technology).
LTC Andrew Blanton is the new Precision
Guided Missile and Rocket product manager
at Redstone. Blanton was assistant product
manager for business management and development, PEO Missiles and Space.
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Bulldog Battalion holds Military Ball
On Friday, 18 April, 2008, Cadets,
Cadre, staff, distinguished guests, parents
and relatives gathered for a night of fun,
enjoyment and reflection during this
year’s Bulldog Battalion Annual Military
Ball at the Redstone Arsenal Officers and
Civilians Club. The guest speaker for the
evening was Major General (R) Paulette
M. Risher, former Deputy Commander for
Mobilization and Reserve Affairs, U.S.
Special Operations Command. COL Eli
Ballard, Commander, 8th Brigade, U S
Army Cadet Command and COL(R) Steve
Taylor, Executive Vice President, Redstone-Huntsville Chapter, AUSA were also
part of the official party this year.
The Cadets and their guests, as well as
the Cadre and Staff were dressed in their
best and entertained themselves with discussion, laughter and adoration.
For the Class of 2008, the commissionees could not be any finer. After dinner, the Bulldog Cadre escorted each senior Cadet to the traditional grog bowl and
the august gathering charged their glasses and heartily toasted one another.
The guest speaker, MG (R) Risher, was
impressed by the professionalism embodied by the Bulldog Battalion’s Cadets and
the enthusiasm they propagated
throughout the entire event. She offered
sound advice to the cadets echoing her
solid past with warm reflections of how
she rallied through the ranks to become a
The Ball was also graced by the presence of COL(R) Steve Taylor, Mr. Claude
Baldwin, and Mrs. Pamela Caruso, all of
the Association of the U.S. Army (AUSA),
Redstone-Huntsville Chapter. COL Taylor
officially welcomed the Bulldog ROTC
Battalion’s new members to AUSA - 55
Cadets strong - and committed AUSA
support to the Cadets of the Bulldog Battalion as they sought to accomplish their
primary mission as scholars, citizens and
leaders. COL Taylor presented C/LTC
Rogers elected AUSA third region president
He reappointed BG (Ret) Bob Drolet to another term as Alabama state president and as a region vice president at large. “Bob’s
leadership and knowledge of how the region operates and his close
ties to AUSA national made him an easy selection for these two
positions,” Rogers said.
Also reappointed, as region vice presidents at large, were Emily
Vandiver and Joe Fitzgerald, both former Redstone-Huntsville chapter presidents. Joining Fitzgerald and Van diver as VPs at large is
At the annual AUSA third region Spring meeting, John Rogers,
former Redstone-Huntsville chapter president, was elected to
become the new AUSA 3rd region president.
The third region is made up of seventeen AUSA chapters and
encompasses the states of Alabama, Mississippi, North and South
Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Puerto Rico and the Republic of Panama. Rogers began his two-year term on1 July.
Within a week of his term’s start he announced his leadership
team for the region. “I relied on the proven skills and experience
of many from the Redstone chapter in putting my team in place,”
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Austin Franklin (Battalion Commander)
with a plaque, officially welcoming the
Bulldogs as a Satellite Chapter of the Redstone-Huntsville Chapter.
AUSA’s overall mission is to serve as
the voice of the Army and its Soldiers, to
generate public support for the Army’s
role in National security, and provide
additional support through educational
and informational programs.
2008 represents a fantastic and successful year. This ROTC program more
than doubled in size, commissioned its
first nurse, and made mission for the
year! Cadets get to plan and execute all
phases of their training and as LTC Harris
remarked, “this prepares them to be leaders in the Army upon commissioning as
2nd Lieutenants.” This has been another
successful, student-led event, because in
ROTC, “We train to lead” and as our
motto says, “It’s just too hard to quit!”
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