December 28, 2017, Chapter Newsletter
Chapter Meeting and Social
The Delaware Chapter conducted its Fall lunch meeting and social on Saturday, November 18th at Fraizer’s Restaurant on Lockerman Street in Dover.
We were joined by COL (Ret) Dennis Dougherty, the First Region (AUSA) President and CSM (Ret) Art Maggs, President of the Ft Dix Chapter. After a Chapter activity review and discussion, we presented CSM (Ret) Jim Vavala with a Certificate of Appreciation signed by GEN (Ret) Carter Ham. It acknowledged Jim’s 6 years as our Treasurer. Thanks, Jim!
Then we welcomed our speaker, Kim Burdick, from the Delaware Humanities Forum. Kim is a local, award-winning historian who has coordinated many seminars and symposiums in the area. Kim is a graduate of the College of Urban Affairs at the University of Delaware and is Chairman Emeritus of the Delaware Humanities Council.
She spoke about the impact of the Revolutionary War on the Delaware colony – its citizens, local politics, and its militia.
Veterans I.D. Card soon available
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) recently announced that the application process for the national Veterans Identification Card (VIC) is available for Veterans. This effort fulfills a promise that has been unfulfilled since 2015.
Only those Veterans with honorable service will be able to apply for the ID card, which will provide proof of military service, and may be accepted by retailers in lieu of the standard DD-214 form to obtain promotional discounts and services. The card will provide a more portable and secure alternative for those who served the minimum obligated time in service but did not meet the retirement or medical discharge threshold. Veterans who served in the armed forces, including the reserve components, and have a character of discharge of honorable or general (under honorable conditions) can request a VIC. To request a VIC, Veterans must visit vets.gov, click on “Apply for Printed Veteran ID Card” on the bottom of the page, sign in, or create an account. The initial response was overwhelming, but cards should be available within 60 days
Wreaths Across America
AUSA participated in both ‘Wreaths Across America’ events in Delaware. On December 11, 2017, at 11:30 am, the Delaware General Assembly welcomed Wreaths Across America to the First State for the 4th annual ceremony at Legislative Hall in Dover.
The mission of the program is to remember (the fallen), honor (their service) and teach (youth about the value of freedom), by laying wreaths on veteran graves, around the world.
On Saturday, December 16, 144 citizens joined the Lieutenant Governor Hall-Long at the Delaware Veterans Cemetery for a Wreaths Across America ceremony, followed by the laying of wreaths on several hundred veteran graves.
Army Dual-Arms Combat Teams
U.S. Army weapons officials recently explained the service’s recent decision to dual-arm more soldiers in combat units with the service’s new Modular Handgun System (MHS).
Last month, soldiers from the 101st Air Assault Division at Fort Campbell, Ky 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 M9 pistol it replaces.
The MHS did not require development and offers more lethality 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 did not typically carry 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.
SAVE THE DATE!
The Delaware Chapter, AUSA is planning its first Annual Golf Tournament on Friday, May 18, 2018, at the Salt Pond Golf Club in Bethany Beach, DE. Proceeds will be donated to the Delaware Veterans Trust Fund.
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
Gary W. Dawson, President
Delaware Chapter, AUSA