On Sunday, November 3, one of our long-time members, BG (Retired) Terry L Wiley, was recognized by the Delaware Army National Guard as the 2020 Camp Honoree. Each year the DNG selects an individual who has distinguished himself in his/her military career, and in support of the military and/or community service after retirement. As part of the recognition, the National Guard Training Site at Bethany Beach will be named for BG Wiley for Training Year 2020. It will display his honorary promotion to Major General (State). Following his retirement after 32 years at DuPont, BG Wiley was selected as Delaware’s Assistant Adjutant General, (Army). After retiring from the Guard, he was appointed as the Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army for Delaware. He also serves as the Chairman of the Delaware Military Heritage and Education Foundation, is a decorated Vietnam veteran, is active with his church, and with Boy Scout Troop 204. Congratulations General Wiley, and thanks for being a Soldier for Life, and for supporting AUSA.
On June 27, Larence Kirby, Executive Director, Delaware Commission of Veterans Affairs, and Dave Skocik, President, Friends of Delaware Veterans received a check for $1,750 from the Delaware Chapter, AUSA from the Chapter President, COL (Retired) Gary Dawson. The donation was the proceeds of a May 17 golf tournament at Salt Pond Golf Club, Bethany Beach, and was the second event in two years by AUSA for the Trust Fund. 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.
The Delaware Chapter conducted its Eighth Annual ‘Our Community Salutes’ Enlistee Recognition Dinner on May 29th to recognize high school seniors joining one of the military services after graduation.
The ceremony was held at the Cavalier Country Club. A welcome reception featured light refreshments, sponsor tables and representatives from the VA, Red Cross, the USO and Military OneSource. After dinner, the program founder, Dr Ken Hartman, provided an overview of the program, followed by congratulatory remarks by BG Dave Fleming of the Delaware Army National Guard, and Larence Kirby of the Delaware Commission for Veterans’ Affairs.
Each year we select one high school counselor, nominated by recruiters, for the GEN Colin L. Powell Award; recognizing that individual’s efforts to connect service recruiters with high school seniors interested in beginning their career in the military. This year, we selected Stephanie Johnson of William Penn High School.
Each enlistee received letters of appreciation from the State House and Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committees, and a letter signed by Senator Carper, Senator Coons, and Representative Lisa Blunt-Rochester. Thank you to all of our sponsors, and those that made personal donations!!
The Army must regain its expertise in maintenance and sustainment as it prepares to fight on a fast-paced, austere and deadly battlefield, a panel of senior Army leaders said during the Association of the U.S. Army’s Global Force Symposium and Exposition.
Soldiers have seen their skills atrophy after more than 17 years of war in Iraq and Afghanistan, where they could rely on contractors and the safety of large, sprawling bases.
“We have raised midgrade officers and NCOs who didn’t know what a LOGPAC was,” said Maj. Gen. Glenn Curtis, the adjutant general of the Louisiana National Guard, referring to a logistics package. “So, we forced our units back into the field, and we throttled back on the high-speed training, as we perceived it, and we had sergeants major and colonels teaching what a LOGPAC is and what’s the field craft you have to go through.”
A unit that’s unable to sustain itself will quickly get bogged down on the battlefield, and that’s evident at the Army’s combat training centers, said Lt. Gen. Laura Richardson, deputy commanding general of the U.S. Army Forces Command.
“If a unit doesn’t come in with the basic foundation of knowing their business and knowing sustainment, it will eat their lunch in terms of the operational tempo of their rotation,” she said, adding that Gen. Robert Abrams, who relinquished command of FORSCOM in October to lead U.S. Forces Korea, believes that “sustainment is training.”
Delaware Chapter Association of the United States Army
Members Meeting and Museum Tour
Continental Breakfast, Chapter Update, Tour of the Air Mobility Command Museum,
and Overview of Aircraft on Display …………………………………………..
Saturday, October 27, 2018 Air Mobility Command Museum Dover Air Force Base Time: 0930-Noon
Breakfast and Museum donation – $10.00
Please RSVP by October 24, 2018
Checks payable to DE Chapter, AUSA Mail check and portion below to:
James C. Vavala 2628 Longfellow Drive,
Wilmington, DE 19808-3710 (302) 339-0025 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Sign-up for Delaware Chapter, AUSA Breakfast Meeting – 27 Oct 2018
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Phone _________________________ Number Attending ______ x $10.00 per person = Amount Enclosed $ __________
Bring a new member; they attend as our guest!
On Friday, May 18, 2018 the Chapter conducted its first Charity Golf event to raise funds for the Delaware Veterans Trust Fund. 60 golfers signed up but a steady rain prohibited players from venturing out as some tee boxes were under water. The Golf Course offered a rain-check for all those that came out, and we distributed awarded prizes, awarded money to the 50-50 winners, and auctioned off some of the larger donated prizes. Lunch was served early (10:30).
The Delaware Chapter held a Members luncheon following an orientation and tour of Ft Miles, a WWII Army Coastal Defense Fort in Lewes, on April 21, 2018. The tour included the coastal guns at the Fort and the interior of Battery 519. Twenty-eight members and friends attended, and we presented a check for $100.00 to the President of the Ft Miles Historical Association, Dr Gary Wray. The photo is the group in front of the 16” gun, similar to those housed in one of the coast artillery bunkers at the Fort. This barrel was actually the middle gun on the #2 turret from the battleship U.S.S Missouri.
The Delaware Chapter is having the next Chapter Members Lunch meeting on April 21, 2018 at Fort Miles in the Cape Henlopen State Park. As you may know, Ft Miles was an active Army installation constructed in World War II to protect the Delaware coast and shipping near the Delaware Bay. It was linked to the many observation towers along the Delaware shoreline.
Over the past 12 years the Ft Miles Historical Association has worked to engage the community, local businesses, and State government to preserve and restore a portion of this facility. Battery 519 is the centerpiece of this restoration and is currently the Museum. The Association staff
will meet at 10am, have a site overview from a member of the Ft Miles Historical Association, followed by a tour of Battery 519. This battery, the last one constructed, was built to house two 12-inch guns, a railway, and a chart room. It now serves as the Museum.
After the tour, we will have lunch with a Chapter update. The cost of the lunch and tour is $15.00. (Reduced, thanks to sponsor support).
Please RSVP with your check + contact info to CSM (Ret) Jim Vavala, 2628 Longfellow Drive, Wilmington, DE 19808 by April 10, 2018.
U.S. Army weapons officials today explained the service’s recent decision to dual-arm more soldiers in combat units with the service’s new Modular Handgun System (MHS) in addition to the M4 carbine. Last month, soldiers from the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) at Fort Campbell, Kentucky became the first Army unit to receive the MHS, which comes in two versions —the M17 and M18.
The MHS is designed to provide soldiers with more of an offensive weapon than the Cold-War era M9 pistol it is replacing, The Maneuver Center of Excellence at Fort Benning searched for weapon system that did not require development and offered more offensive capability to those in close combat with the enemy.
Initially, the MHS will be issued to squad leaders and team leaders to carry along with their M4 carbines. In the past, these junior leaders have not typically carried sidearms. Close combat often involves maneuver into tight spaces where a pistol is more effective. Dual arming the pistol down to the team leader level will introduce the MHS into the squad. The Army will regularly reassess the fielding plan.