Adjutant General's Corps Regimental Association

AGCRA Membership Drive 1 Sept – 31 Oct 2019

The AGCRA President has set a goal of 4,000 AGCRA members by the end of 2019.  So the Association will conduct its next membership drive on 1 September – 31 October 2019.  The membership drive is also an excellent opportunity for Chapters to raise funds for their respective treasury.  There are two ways to raise Chapter funds:

1.  Grant #1 – Be one of the top three AGCRA Chapters that produce the largest net gain in overall membership proceeds raised with a minimum of $1,000.00 in net proceeds.

1st Place Chapter:  $1,500
2nd Place Chapter:  $1,000
3rd Place Chapter:  $500

2.  Grant #2 – Be one of the top three AGCRA Chapters that produce the largest percentage gains in membership to their local Chapter (to include both new and renewed members).  To qualify, Chapters must have a minimum of fifteen (15) new members or renewals.

1st Place Chapter:  $750
2nd Place Chapter:  $500
3rd Place Chapter:  $250

3.  Note – a Chapter can only win in one of the two Grants listed above.

The following documents provide guidance for the membership drive.

AGCRA MEMBERSHIP DRIVE MOI

AGCRA Hard Copy Membership Application (Note – for efficiency, we encourage everyone to join or renew your AGCRA membership at the following link:  AGCRA Membership)

AGCRA Member Benefits

4.  Starting and ending Chapter membership numbers will be tied to Chapter affiliation within our AGCRA membership database.  Please remind anyone you recruit or who renews their membership to complete the Chapter affiliation field within their membership account at AGCRA.com.

5.  Again, we encourage everyone to join or renew AGCRA membership at the following link:  AGCRA Membership

POC is the AGCRA VP, Membership at Membership@agcra.com.

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The AGCRA Rocket City Chapter Co-hosted their 5th Annual Black Tie Charity Ball

By CW4 (Ret) Sheren Roberts

On 3 August 2019, the AGCRA Rocket City Chapter co-hosted their 5th Annual Black Tie Charity Ball (BTCB) with the Legacy for Korean War Veterans Foundation (L4KWVF) and the Army Space Professionals Association (ASPA).

The Annual Black Tie Charity Ball fundraising event provides financial support to selected Tennessee Valley nonprofit organizations that provide assistance to all Veterans and serving Soldiers and Civilians – Active Duty, Retirees and their Families.  This formal event is dedicated to enriching the quality of life of our Soldiers, Veterans, and Families.

To date the BTCB has raised over $65,000 for local Veteran organizations in the Tennessee Valley.  This year’s guest speaker was Mr. Ronnie Chronister, Senior Vice President for Contracts at Dynetics Incorporated and the former Deputy to the Commanding General of the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command / Army Forces Strategic Command (SMDC / ARSTRAT).  Mr. Chronister’s speech was heartfelt and poignant.  He emphasized the importance of Veterans to tell their stories so that future generations will remember the sacrifices made and honor those who served before us.

This year’s proceeds benefited four deserving local organizations:  Forever Young Senior Veterans in Alabama, Rolling Thunder, Still Serving Veterans, and Women Veterans Interactive.

Forever Young Senior Veterans in Alabama’s mission is to bring honor, healing, and hope to Senior Veterans in the North Alabama area.  The all-volunteer staff works to end the silent suffering of WWII, Korean, and Vietnam Veterans by granting their unfulfilled dreams, returning them to the places where they fought, and giving them the opportunity to heal from unresolved combat stress and other issues related to their service.

In attendance from Forever Young Senior Veterans in Alabama this year were 12 WWII Veterans, 2 Korean War Veterans, and 3 Vietnam Veterans.  The Rocket City Chapter sponsored 8 WWII Veterans from Forever Young Senior Veterans to attend the event.

In attendance at the Rocket City Black Tie Charity Ball from Forever Young Senior Veterans in Alabama this year were 12 WWII Veterans, 2 Korean War Veterans and 3 Vietnam Veterans.

Rolling Thunder’s mission is to publicize the POW / MIA (Prisoner of War / Missing in Action) issues, to educate the public that many American Prisoners of War were left behind after all previous wars, to help correct the past, and to protect the future Veterans from being left behind should they become POWs or MIAs, and to helping American Veterans from all wars.

The mission of Still Serving Veterans is to serve and honor Veterans and their Families by empowering them to build meaningful lives through connections, to fulfilling careers, benefits, and services; and to proactively strengthen Veteran communities through leadership and collaboration.

The mission of Women Veterans Interactive (WVI) is to meet Women Veterans at their points of need through advocacy, empowerment, interaction, outreach, and unification.  WVI addresses the unique, and often unrecognized, challenges facing our nation’s 2.3 million Women Veterans as they return to civilian life.

Also in attendance were 10 Veterans from the Tut Fann Veteran’s Home in Alabama (6 Vietnam Veterans, 3 Korean War Veterans, and 1 WWII Veteran).  The Rocket City Chapter sponsored 8 Veterans from the Home to attend the Ball.

This event continues to grow in attendance each year.  The Rocket City Chapter members work tirelessly throughout the year to make this event special for all attendees, emphasizing the importance of taking care of our Veterans and their Families and preserving our history for future generations.

The Rocket City Chapter BTCB Committee includes CW4 (Ret) EuGene Roberts, President; CW4 (Ret) Sheren Roberts, Vice President; SGM (Ret) Charlie Hardin, Vice President for Marketing and PAO; MSG (Ret) Chenita Henderson, Treasurer and MC for the event; SFC (Ret) Cedric Thomas, Executive Vice President for Operations and DJ for the event; and Tora Henry, Vice President of Ceremonies and Special Events.

Pictured are AGCRA Rocket City Chapter members of the Black Tie Charity Ball Committee that made the event possible.

As members of the AG Corps it is our duty and responsibility to remain relevant in our communities, to support Veteran Organizations and assist former Veterans using our military HR knowledge.  Not all MOSs are privy to the knowledge and benefits that the AG Corps possesses.  Be that Champion in your community or to that one Veteran, you never know the impact that your knowledge can have on someone’s life.

AG Strong.

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The Old Guard Prepares for IPPS-A

By CPT Sheena Rubin, Battalion S1

The 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment is most commonly recognized as The Old Guard (TOG) by many.  We are the oldest active Infantry unit in the Army, serving our great Nation since 1784.  The Old Guard is the Army’s official ceremonial unit, escort to the President of the United States, and is always ready to provide security for the National Capital Region (NCR) in time of national emergency or civil disturbance.  Old Guard Soldiers are known for their exceptional pride in personal appearance and precision in performance.

On Thursday, 28 February 2019, members of the 1st Battalion Human Resources (HR) Section hosted an Adjutant General’s University training session on Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, Virginia.  We started off with a physical fitness competition to build morale and promote esprit de corps amongst all of the Regiment’s S1 Shops.  The course consisted of multiple checkpoints with challenging activities such as buddy carries, tire flips, and water jug carries along a 3-mile loop.  Our Battalion S4, S6, and Retention Sections even participated, showing their support for the AG Corps!

3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) Human Resource Officers, Noncommissioned Officers and Soldiers participated in a PT competition before taking part in the unit’s Adjutant General’s Corps University.

The Integrated Personnel & Pay System – Army (IPPS-A) was the topic of this quarter’s AG University.  Our training event was advertised through S1Net and the Potomac Chapter of the Adjutant General’s Corps Regimental Association (AGCRA) network channels to reach as many HR professionals in the NCR as possible.  Over 100 Army HR Professionals came to Joe Rosenthal Theater for the information brief and live IPPS-A demonstration.  Attendees included service-members from the Regular Army, National Guard, Army Reserve, and Department of the Army Civilians.  It was also noted that Soldiers of various military occupational specialties were present, not just those with AG Corps specific affiliation.

IPPS-A presenters, CW3 Ricardo Estrada and SFC Rosalyn Bennett, HQDA G1, Technology and Business Architecture Integration, Functional Management Division, IPPS-A, made this event an immense success.  Their opening slide show provided an overview of IPPS-A.  It described the program, milestones, fielding timelines, and how IPPS-A will transform Army HR.  The slides that identified the pending changes in military pay and removal of legacy systems sparked the most dialogue from the audience.  Once the slide show was complete, the team transitioned into the IPPS-A demonstration using the software’s live training website.  This realistic view presented all Company Commanders in the room a view of their current HR report options in a new concise dashboard format.  It also revealed to end-users the ability to initiate their own personnel actions through the web-based program.

LTC Allen Kehoe and CSM Robert Carter, 1st Battalion’s Command Team, came out to recognize CW3 Estrada and SFC Bennett for their outstanding work in the HR community.  They each received a Battalion Commander’s coin, certificate of appreciation, and custom print that highlights the unique missions of our unit.  Our leadership acknowledged the importance of data accuracy before the new system goes in effect.  Soldiers will be able to accomplish their mission without making appointments to check on pay inquiries or to update personnel record discrepancies.  The system’s transparency will give Soldiers more time and confidence in the S1 routing process with less physical paperwork.

1st Battalion, 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment Battalion Commander and Command Sergeant Major presents the IPPS-A team with Old Guard plaques for their service in the Army HR Community. Pictured left to right: CPT Jasmine Morgan, CSM Robert Carter (Battalion CSM), SFC Rosayln Bennett, CW3 Ricardo Estrada, CPT Sheena Rubin, and LTC Allen Kehoe (Battalion Commander).

The audience collectively inquired about future distance learning, institutional courses, and on-site home station training opportunities.  The participation during the briefing and follow up requests for supplemental information show that Soldiers realize this HR system will manifest into reality, unlike DMHRS.  IPPS-A is here and The Old Guard is ready!  We look forward to hosting more training sessions in the future.

1st Battalion, 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment Battalion S1 Officers and Soldiers after observing a ceremony on historic Whipple Hill. Pictured left to right: CPT Jasmine Morgan (inbound Battalion S1), SPC Amina Carter (Actions Clerk), PFC Cassandra Vargas (Customer Service Clerk) and CPT Sheena Rubin (outbound Battalion S1).

If you are interesting in serving in The Old Guard please visit Old Guard – Join Us! for more information and application criteria.  Defend and Serve!

1st Battalion, 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment AG Soldiers in ceremonial uniform outside the newly dedicated Old Guard memorial on Joint Base Myer – Henderson Hall, Virginia.
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