By Sofia Bledsoe, AMCOMOctober 16, 2008
Redstone-Huntsville Chapter is simply the best in the Association of the U.S. Army for the fifth consecutive year.
With heads held high as they walked to the stage, the leaders of the Redstone-Huntsville Chapter of the Association of the U.S. Army, proudly accepted the banner for Best Overall Chapter, an unprecedented accomplishment, at the 2008 AUSA annual meeting and exposition in Washington on Oct. 6-8.
The chapter also received awards at the Third Region Breakfast Oct. 8 for Best Support to Reserve Components, special awards for Army Birthday, Family Programs, Institute of Land Warfare, Take the Hill and Star Chapter; Greatest Percent Increase in Corporate Membership, Greatest Government Civilian Membership, Excellence in Corporate Membership Growth, Presidents Club Gold, Merit Chapter, Superior Chapter, Chapter of Excellence, Support to Recruiting Command, and Support to ROTC - the largest number of streamers given to a chapter in the Third Region.
The chapter region includes counties in Tennessee and northern Alabama including the cities of Huntsville, Birmingham, Florence (University of North Alabama Sub-Chapter), Montgomery and Anniston (Satellite Chapter).
The Redstone-Huntsville Chapter hosted an array of activities during the AUSA Expo including a hospitality suite at the Embassy Suites Hotel where they celebrated their Chapter Homecoming, Southern Hospitality Open House, and Chapter Member Appreciation Night.
In addition to the chapter's hospitality suite, they hosted Team Redstone's Soldier and NCO of the Year as part of its delegation. The chapter also sponsored a Hooah Tent at the Army Ten-Miler and cheered Team Redstone's winning teams.
The Redstone-Huntsville Chapter furthers the aims and objectives of AUSA with a range of programs that promote the Army and support Soldiers (active duty, Army Reserve and Army National Guard), their families and Department of the Army civilians, veterans and retirees.
Chapter goals for 2009-10 include:
Aca,!Ac Support through grants and donations activities that benefit chapter membership, AUSA, the Army, civilians, and Soldiers and their families.
Aca,!Ac Expand activities focused on Army civilians, Army National Guard, Army Reserve, ROTC programs and Army recruiters.
Aca,!Ac Strengthen community support for AUSA and expand community involvement in chapter activities.
Aca,!Ac Translate AUSA's professional and educational objectives into chapter programs.
Aca,!Ac Explore options to establish/charter a Birmingham Satellite Chapter.
Aca,!Ac Achieve individual membership goal of 3,000 members.
Aca,!Ac Achieve corporate membership goal of 300 members.
Aca,!Ac Attain and maintain Chapter of Excellence status.
The chapter will hold its "Welcome Home" celebration Thursday, Oct. 23 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Heritage Club in downtown Huntsville. Everyone is invited to the celebration.