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First Militia Newsletter January 2011

First Militia Newsletter January 2011

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Salvatore A. Giunta, in the din-ing area.Our fourth annual CorporateSponsor Social Mixer was hostedby one our local Hotels, TheHoliday Inn and Suites, on 4 De-cember. A nice group of nearly 30 Corporate Sponsorsand members of the ExecutiveCommittee attended. All en- joyed a wonderful Holiday buffet
of hors d’oeuvres and compli-
mentary drinks. Several currentand expired members pledgedtheir renewal, and one new ap-plication was received. Thanks toCarolyn Wingard, Lisa Craig, and Jeri Briggs for assisting with invi-tations, name tags, and hostingour Corporate Sponsors.In March 2011, we will have ourfirst Luncheon General Member-ship Meeting. It will be held atthe Courtyard By Marriott onState Road 16, one of our Cor-porate Sponsors. This will be a
“come as you are” event
-whether in ACUs, casual, orbusiness dress. No advancedpayment needed, simply pay atthe Bistro Restaurant. There willbe no formal program - perhapsan innovation, pledge of alle-giance and just a few Chapterannouncements. LTC RobKeating is our project officer andhe will be getting a flyer out inmid-February.
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On behalf of theChapterExecutiveCommittee,we hopeeveryoneenjoyed theHoliday Season with family andfriends and we wish you all avery happy and prosperous NewYear! Our thoughts and prayersare always with our military ser-vice men and women especiallythose currently deployed in ourlocal area, the 3/20
SFB and1153rd Financial Management De-tachment. A very welcome hometo the 53
Infantry Brigade lead byColonel Rich Gallant after a verysuccessful 11 month deploymentto Kuwait and Iraq.Our chapter had a very busy year,especially this last quarter. I willhighlight some significant eventsthat occurred. Our first ever Mili-tary Family Appreciation Day heldon 9 October at the Mark LanceArmory exceeded our expecta-tions. We had an attendance of over 225 from the Army, Navy,Air Force and Marine serviceswith family members. It was agreat day with a free cookout,
music by “3 Up/3 Down“, informa-
tion booths, and activities for chil-dren. We were supported bycadets from the Youth ChallengeAcademy and JROTC studentsfrom St. Augustine High School. Abig thanks to three of our long-time members for their supportand participation in openingceremonies: BG(Ret) RichardCapps, Past Chapter President;County Commissioner andSGM (Ret) Ray Quinn, and Sher-iff David Shoar. This entire eventwas not only put on free for allin attendance, it raised over$3,000 for our operating fundthanks to generous donationsfrom private and CorporateSponsors. The tireless work and commitment by our projectofficer, CSM (Ret) Carolyn Win-gard and her volunteers madeour first Military Family Appre-ciation Day a big success.Our November General Mem-bership Meeting at the OfficersClub at St. Francis Barracks set arecord attendance with MajorGeneral Emmett Titshaw, TheAdjutant General of the FloridaNational Guard as our distin-guished Guest Speaker. It was afast paced evening of activitywith a superb barbeque dinnercatered by the Stavelys, an ex-cellent presentation and videoby Maj Gen Titshaw, announce-ment of the of the ChapterAwards and Streamers for FY2009-10 received at the Na-tional Conference, and recogni-tion of several volunteers andCorporate Sponsors. CSM(Ret) Gary Wingard entertainedus with his guitar in the bar andfireplace room. Other members
saw a video of the Army’s first
living Medal of Honor recipientsince the Vietnam War, SSG
Message from Chapter President • COL (Ret) Don Workman
 January 2011Volume 1, Issue 1
Association of the United States Army
First Militia Chapter 
Chapter Presi-
dent’s Message
Military FamilyAppreciation Day
February GeneralMembership meet-ing and dinner
2010 NationalConferenceAwards
experience in Kuwait andIraq. Back by popular
demand, Stavey Caterer’s
will be serving their fa-mous fried chicken withall the trimmings. BG(Ret) Capps will also bemaking a presentation toshow us how we canraise some additionalfunds involving our entirePlease come join us onThursday, February 17,2011 at St. Francis Bar-racks for our next Gen-eral Membership Meeting.Our guest speaker will beColonel Rich Gallant,Commander of the 53
 Infantry Brigade. ColonelGallant will speak about
his Brigade’s mission and
membership. More aboutthat in his comments inthis newsletter. Theinformation flyer and res-ervation request will beout in mid - January.Please get your paid res-ervations in early because
expect to fill the 90seats available veryquickly.
Chapter President’s Message Continued
 General Membership Meeting and Dinner 
Voice for the Army,Support for theSoldier.
Page 2 Association of the United States Army
I want to once again thank our individual members and Corporate Spon-sors for their support over the past year --- for your membership, sup-port of our golf tournament fundraiser, the Military Family AppreciationDay, our General Membership Meetings, and your private donations insupport of our events, and Soldier and Family Programs. It has been afantastic year and Ilook forward to an-other year leading ourchapter in support of Soldiers and Families inNortheast Florida.
Our outstanding chaptertreasurer, LTC CarolMcClure has taken a newposition at the NationalGuard Bureau in Ken-tucky and will be leavingin mid-January. Carol willreally be missed, not justbecause of the excellentwork she has done overthe last three years butalso because of her al-ways positive and teamplayer attitude and thewonderful person she is.. Anyone interested inthis volunteer positionwith an accounting, audit-ing or comptroller back-ground should contactFirst Vice President, LTCMatt Johnson,(daniel.johnson1@us.army.mil) or Don Workmanatmrdwork-man@aol.com as soon aspossible.
We are also looking forsomeone to help withfinding new volunteersand coordinating all vol-unteer efforts at ourevents. Please contactone of the chapter offi-cers above. Come joinus! You will work with anice group of committedvolunteers supportingour Army, Soldiers andFamilies. I think you willenjoy it!
COL Gerald F. McMullan, Mr. Tibbins E. Gunsallus, Frederick Nunes, BG Huba Wass-de-Czege, COL Joseph Welker, LTC (Ret)Lonnie Gardner, CPT (Ret) Jerry Ramsey, MSG(Ret) Roger Hayes, Dr. Edgar Johnson, COL (Ret) Joseph Stock, Mrs. Helen Schleh, COL(Ret)Julian Stevenson, LTG (Ret) Daniel Schroeder, LTC Lawrence Crimmins, LTC Mark Tolzmann, SFC Wayne Forgie, COL (Ret) Carl H. Smith, CW5 William Young, BG (Ret) Jimmy Watson, COL (Ret) John Davis, COL Elizabeth Masters, SGM (Ret) Joe Camit,CPT (Ret) William Kubon, MSG Scott Parker, CSM (Ret) Greta Penor, LTC VaughnBrown, CSM (Ret) Cecil Fox, Mr. John Hornberger, CPT Robert Bellomo, SGM George
Barthelmes, LTC (Ret) Bartholomew O’leary, COL (Ret) Melina Le Duc, COL (Ret)
William Cousins, MAJ (Ret) George Cassady, MAJ (Ret) Sigfred Matson, COL (Ret)Charles Myers, Joan R. Martin, COL (Ret) John Porter, LTC (Ret) Dennis Pounder, MSG(Ret) Ray Pearson, LTC (Ret) Howard Parks, SGT (Ret) William Bailey, COL (Ret) Jesmond Balmer, Mr. Julim Barbot, COL (Ret) E.M. Brisach, Col James Ralph, SGM (Ret)Angel Garcia-Candal, LTC (Ret) Joseph Gayhart, MAJ (Ret) John Halpin, COL (Ret) Darel Johnson, Ms. Rosabelle, COL (Ret) George Taylor, MaJ (Ret) Morgan Goring, Maj. Gen.(Ret) Douglas Burnett, COL (Ret) Patrick Flynn, CW3 Bill Lock, LTC Jeffrey Greenhut,Mr. Carl Kelle, CSM (Ret) Bert Rowell, LTC (Ret) Ivan Juric, SGM (Ret) GeorgeMacarages, COL (Ret) B.H. Berrey, MAJ Lewis Covin III, MAJ Gray Johnson, COL (Ret)Walter Mealor, COL (Ret) Fernand Thomassy, COL Lloyd Small, Mr. Benjamin Willis, SPCGeorge Reyna, CPT(Ret) Juan Villalobos, COL (Ret) Joe R. Miller, CSM Robert Hosford,COL David Rogers, CSM (Ret) Tommy Williams, LT Thomas Wynn, 1SG (Ret) RayWood, LT Amy King, MD George Corvin, Mr. Clayton Treska, LTG(Ret) Chuck Mahan,MAJ (Ret) William Almas, COL (Ret) Thomas Sandlin, LTC Cecil Cauley, and LTCStephen Dowdie.
whether young or old, retired, Veteranor still serving, NCO, Officer or Civil-ian. Thank-you! As of 1 December here are our 84 Life Time Members:First Militia salutes our life timemembers who have made a longterm commitment to the Associationof the United States Army, and a member of First Militia Chapter 
 Association of theUnited States Army  AUSA is a private, non- profiteducationalorganization thatsupports
 America’s Army— 
 Active, NationalGuard, Reserve,Civilians, Retireesand family members. AUSAChaptersworldwidedevelop programsand activitiesthat providecommunity support for 
 America’s Army 
throughindividual and corporatemembers.
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