Highlights from our April 2020, Chapter Newsletter
2020 AUSA 3rd Annual Golf Scramble
Update! We rescheduled our Golf Scramble this year from May 15 to Monday, June 15, 2020. This is our 3rd Annual event and will be conducted at the Salt Pond Golf Club in Bethany Beach to raise funds for Delaware veterans and their families!
We hope to increase participation by AUSA members, as well as members of the Delaware National Guard, and veterans throughout the State. There will be gift bags and prizes for all participants. Each year we canvas area stores and restaurants for prize items for our players. Donations of gift items are welcomed and they will be auctioned after lunch. Consider donating a gift item or sponsoring a hole. You can sign up on the entry form here.
We are bombarded by every media outlet on the COVID-19 pandemic so we will just include two items:
Dover Air Force Base
They have adjusted their hours for access by military families and retirees. In brief: Effective April 8, 2020, retired military members, their dependents and approved Veteran Health Identification Card (VHIC) holders will only be allowed access to the installation on Wednesdays and Saturdays, during which they will have exclusive access to the commissary and pharmacy (once reopened). On these days, retirees, their dependents and VHIC holders will also have shared access to other base facilities, including the Base Exchange, Shoppette and base post office. This policy does not apply to the housing side of base.
Active-duty members and their dependents will only have access to the commissary on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Sundays, and access to the pharmacy on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. This group will have access to other base facilities throughout the week.
The pharmacy is expected to reopen April 10, but all beneficiaries are highly encouraged to enroll in Express Scripts mail-order pharmacy (https://www.express-scripts.com/).
The Defense Department has issued new guidance instructing service members, DoD civilians, and others on military installations to wear cloth face coverings when they cannot maintain six feet of social distance in public areas. The Centers for Disease Control have recommended wearing such coverings in public settings to slow community-based transmission of COVID-19.
First Female Special Forces Member
A National Guard soldier is on track to become the first female to complete the Special Forces Qualification Course since the training was opened to women, according to the New York Times. The unidentified soldier is expected to become a Green Beret engineer after graduation. There are two National Guard Special Forces groups, the 19th and the 20th.
“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader” ~ John Quincy Adams
Please Join or Renew Your Membership
Join, or renew your membership in AUSA. Dues are only $40 for two years, AUSA is a strong voice on Capitol Hill, and it supports programs that benefit soldiers and their families! Go to https://www.ausa.org/membership/individual
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Gary W. Dawson, President
Delaware Chapter, AUSA