Adjutant General's Corps Regimental Association

1775 Hard Copy Option

AGCRA Members,

Your Professional Non-Profit Army HR Association is now offering a 1775 hard copy option for the following reasons:

1.  To help cut down printing and mailing costs of the magazine and pass these savings on to our members.

2.  For those AG Soldiers and Army HR Professionals who are constantly on the move due to PCS, deployments, and / or high OPTEMPO, a digital copy of 1775 is always available on  By accessing the 1775 digital copy, you’ll never have to worry again if your hard copy magazine will find you.  You can find all 1775 digital copies by clicking “Content” at the top of our Home page, then click “1775“.

3.   Instructions for those members who still prefer a 1775 hard copy version are provided below.

a.  The hard copy option of 1775 is now in the your AGCRA membership account info section.

b.  Once you are logged into, click either “My Account” at the top right portion of the Home page, or click “Membership” or “Shop”, and then “My Account” to review your account information. You can also access your account by clicking the link below.

c.  The 1775 hard copy option is in “Account details” on the left.  Then scroll down to “How to Receive 1775 Magazine (for active members)” and select the option you want.

d.  The default selection is “No hard copy”, so you must change this option if you want a hard copy of 1775 mailed to you.

e.  You must also keep you mailing address current within your AGCRA membership account info.

We’re encouraging AGCRA members to check all info in their membership account file. Contact if you have any issues.

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1775 – 2018 Fall

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It is an honor to serve as the next Editor of 1775. It is especially gratifying that my first edition as Editor is dedicated to the “Centennial Year of the Warrant Officer.” Warrant Officers are the touchstone of the AG Corps. Often behind the scenes, these quiet professionals are the Army’s Subject Matter Experts who serve at the highest levels within our Army and the Department of Defense. As a young Captain, my first exposure to our professional HR Warrants was during my time as the Battalion S-1 / Adjutant while assigned to the 556th  Personnel Services Battalion at Schofield Barracks, HI. I was astonished at the knowledge, tact, and flexibility of both then CW3 Gerald I. Sims, Jr., and CW2 Lisa L. Taylor. I soon learned they were the “go to” Warrants for all things HR. They, like the vast majority of our HR Warrant Officers, are not only experienced but care and diligently seek to serve our Soldiers, Families and Army Civilians.

CW3 Sims and CW2 Taylor had phenomenal careers serving as advisors and confidants to the Army’s senior leaders. CW5 (Ret) Sims, now serves as the AGCRA’s Honorary Warrant Officer, and he is still serving our Army at Human Resources Command as the Deputy Chief, Army Personnel Records Division. Mr. Sims not only takes care of today’s Soldiers, but he also serves the many Veterans and Retirees throughout the Nation. For myself, as a Civilian working at the Adjutant General School, I not only seek advice from our current HR Technicians but I also frequently discuss today’s HR “Hot Topics” with CW5 (Ret) Pamela Johnson and CW4 (Ret) James Fiedler. I know I can count on our HR Warrants to lead and serve the Army.

Finally, I would like to thank the previous 1775 editors, MAJ (Ret) Alisha Sanders, MSG (Ret) Phillip Johnson and foremost my immediate predecessor, COL (Ret) Robert (Bob) Ortiz-Abreu, Jr. Bob spent countless hours assisting with the publication of this edition, and I value his mentorship, guidance and his years of selfless service to the Regiment and its members. I desire that I too can deliver a professional publication that both educates and entertains while also stimulates spirited discussion on issues facing our AG Corps today.

Defend and Serve, Rangers

Lead the Way!

We hope you enjoy this edition of 1775 and solicit your comments and feedback at

Paul R. Dwigans
Lieutenant Colonel (Retired), U.S. Army
AGCRA VP, Publications
Editor, 1775

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1775 – Spring 2018

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This edition of 1775 is dedicated to “AG NCOs – Backbone of the Corps”. Due to their commitment to selfless service and willingness to make great sacrifices on behalf of our Nation, our Army, Commanders, and Soldiers, AG NCOs are an integral and significant part of the Army HR Team. During my Army Career and as I PCS’d to new assignments, I made it a point at every unit that my very first appointment would always be with my NCOIC or Senior NCO. I wanted to send an immediate and strong signal that my Senior NCO and I were a team. He or she had my intent for our collective HR mission and they had my trust and confidence to enable Commanders, and take care of Soldiers and their Families. Additionally, the U.S. Army’s NCO Corps has distinguished itself as the world’s most accomplished group of military professionals. Historical and daily accounts of life as an NCO are exemplified by acts of courage and heroism, and a dedication and willingness to do whatever it takes to accomplish the mission. AG NCOs have also been celebrated for decorated service throughout the Army’s long and distinguished history, from the American Revolutionary War to current conflicts in Afghanistan and Syria. They truly epitomize being the Backbone of the AG Corps. This will be my last edition of 1775 as the magazine’s Editor. After nine years as Editor, I believe the time has come to step aside and let someone with a passion for telling the AG Corps’ and Association’s story come in and bring new ideas and innovation to take the magazine to even greater heights. LTC (Ret) Paul Dwigans is that person and has graciously volunteered to serve as the next 1775 Editor. I ask all AGCRA members to give Paul the same super support that I have received over the last nine years, which have been truly fulfilling as our beloved Corps has transitioned from Personnel Services Delivery Redesign (PSDR) to the new and emerging IPPS-A system that will start fielding in FY 19. We hope you enjoy this edition of 1775 and solicit your comments and feedback at

Bob Ortiz
AGCRA VP Publications & Editor, 1775
Colonel (Retired), US Army
AG Corps Hall of Fame Class of 2013

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