Adjutant General's Corps Regimental Association

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 magazine@agcra.com.

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

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1775 – Spring 2017

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This edition of 1775 is dedicated to “AGCRA – Telling our Association Story”. When COL (Ret) Rob Manning came onto the AGCRA National Executive Council (NEC) as our new Association President, I asked him what he wanted to dedicate the next edition of 1775 to. Without hesitation, he told me we needed to reenergize the Association. Rob being an AGCRA Lifetime Member remains tethered to the pulse of AGCRA and observed that, as the HR Professional Association for the Army, we had plateaued on membership as well as nonprofit organization initiatives that support the Army, AG Corps, and our most valuable commodity – Soldiers and their Families. So Rob went to work as only a former Chief of the AG Corps and AG School Commandant can do. With the support of the NEC, AGCRA is now embarking on the following new initiatives: 3 The AG Corps award for the Regimental Warrant Officer of the Year has been renamed the CW5 Daniel J. Logan, Jr. Medal for Distinguished Achievement. 3 The AGCRA NEC will be announcing a new Spouse Award as soon as medal stocks are procured. 3 We are also looking at creating a Lifetime Member Lapel Pin. 3 We currently have a contractor rebuilding AGCRA.com and the Association’s IT Infrastructure. 3 We will be announcing the winners for the new AGCRA Chapter Recognition Program, which provides a monetary award for our Chapters. 3 And, AGCRA is now the new sponsor for the Maude Leadership Lecture Series, which is supported by proceeds from the Association’s LTG Timothy J. Maude Memorial Fund. So within this edition of 1775, we want to shine the light on the great things our diligent Chapters are doing across the Army, from Korea to Germany, and everything in-between. The backbone of our Association are our hard working, dedicated Chapters who serve as a rally point to all Army HR Professionals across the force regardless of component (Active, ARNG, or USAR). We hope you enjoy this edition of 1775 and our articles from AGCRA Chapters telling our full spectrum Association story as only they can. We welcome your feedback by e-mailing comments to magazine@agcra.com.

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

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1775 – 2016 Fall

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This edition of 1775 is dedicated to Army G1 Operations. In June of 2001, I PCS’d from the War College to the Department of the Army, Deputy Chief of Staff, Personnel (or Army G1) and was assigned as the Chief, Enlisted Personnel Policy Branch for the Army. LTG Timothy J. Maude, who I had not had a previous opportunity to work for, was the Army G1 upon my arrival at The Pentagon. Little did I realize how dramatic the Army and the nation would change in three short months with the tragic events that occurred on September 11, 2001. We lost LTG Maude, SGM Strickland and many other AG heroes killed in action on 9-11. I was so fortunate to have moved away from the E Ring toward the C Ring of The Pentagon that morning when American Airlines Flight 77, commandeered by al-Qaeda terrorist, crashed into the west side of The Pentagon killing many. The crash created a partial collapse of The Pentagon’s western side and directly contributed to the many casualties within the Army G1. Resolute and determined, the survivors of the Army G1 immediately regrouped at Human Resources Command, at that time relocated in the Hoffman complex located in Alexandria, VA. I was very proud to have been a part of an Army G1 effort that continued HR operations in light of the horrific events of 9-11. I was even prouder to return to The Pentagon as part of the team to replant the Army G1 guidon after repairs to the building were completed following the terrorist attack. Upon our return to The Pentagon, I can recall asking the new Army G1, LTG John M. LeMoyne, if I could PCS to a Corps G1 billet to better support the new global war on terrorism. LTG LeMoyne told me I still needed to learn “The Building” (a.k.a., The Pentagon). Being a bit of a wise-apple, I told him I already knew where my Pentagon cubicle was, and where the food court and latrines were. Without blinking, he told me, “you know what I mean.” And he was right. I needed more time to truly appreciate and learn how the Army G1 supports the Army’s HR mission from the enterprise level and the linkages required within the rest of DA to do so. The follow on lessons I learned were invaluable in later being able to balance and represent my Corps Commander’s priorities with the rest of the Army. As much as we AGs want to think our Commander’s requirements are always the priority, sometimes Army priorities take precedence until your command is once again in the que to deploy. We hope you enjoy this edition of 1775 and our articles from the Army G1 Directorate explaining how they provide HR support at the enterprise level. We welcome your feedback by e-mailing comments to magazine@agcra.com.

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

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