Adjutant General's Corps Regimental Association

AGCRA Virtual Race #4

The AGCRA Virtual Race is back!  The theme for this upcoming Virtual Race is “We Are AG!”

The Virtual Run/Walk Race distances this year include: 1.6K, 5K, 10K, 15K, 21K, and 50K

All racers will register through Yes.Fit starting the 1st of September 2022.  And yes, you will need the Yes.Fit’s race tracker (linked to your training device) or manually load your completed mile(s) on Yes.Fit.  This is a requirement in order to trigger the mailing of your medal.  Everyone participating in any of the distance segments must register with Yes.Fit first at their website (https://yes.fit/).

Details are provided within the PowerPoint slide deck below.

Points of contact are:

CW5 (Ret) David G. Betancourt – david.g.betancourt@gmail.com
CW5 Mark W. Hickman – mark.w.hickman.mil@army.mil

AGCRA Virtual Race #4

AG School Commandant Sends Message

Adjutant General’s Corps Teammates,

I am honored to serve with you as 36th Commandant of the U.S. Army Adjutant General School and 23rd Chief of the Corps. My family and I are blessed, and I wish to thank everyone that has welcomed us to Fort Jackson and to the SSI and AG School (AGS) Teams. I also want to thank COL Marcus Motley, for his leadership over the past two years as our Commandant and for his hard work to transform our Corps for the future.

I am inspired by this diverse and talented group of AG professionals and with our HR stakeholders worldwide. We look forward to the coming months as we focus on historic changes in our HR data systems and deliver capabilities to our entire Army. Simultaneously, we must ensure our fielded force structure meets the needs of our Army to fight to win our nation’s wars in 2030 and beyond.

In just a few short months we will see the latest release of the Integrated Personnel and Pay System for the Army (IPPS-A), a comprehensive human resources information system (HRIS). This will be historic for both our Corps and the Army as we integrate Active, Guard, and Reserve HR data into a single platform, subsuming multiple legacy systems. The availability of multiple data points on individual Soldiers will present new opportunities to better manage our talent across the force. Our HR professionals will be called upon as the subject matter experts to help Commanders manage their people.

Our Adjutant General’s Corps Strategy, published just a few months ago, is a framework for everyone in our Corps to strive to be HR professionals of excellence, remain tactically and technically proficient in our craft, and be relevant to our Army. The strategy outlines a path to modernization and the increased effectiveness of our Corps.

In just the short time I have been on board, I am impressed by the volume of impactful projects that our team is already tackling. From structure and force design challenges presented to our proponency division, to the modernization of our Captain’s Career Course and other Professional Military Education, to the training of IPPS-A in our Advanced Individual Training and Functional Courses, there remains an ongoing effort to meet the demands of the field by developing quality HR professionals. We must also recognize our Band professionals at the Army School of Music (ASOM), and the joint service team at the Inter-service Postal Training Activity (IPTA). ASOM and IPTA are an integral part of our school family and provide critical skills to support the Army mission.

I am excited about the future of our Corps. Together, with the Regimental Command Sergeant Major, CSM Tamika DeVeaux, and the Chief Warrant Officer of the Branch, CW5 Mark Hickman, we are focused on leading, shaping, training, and developing our HR experts for this great Army, serving its people, past, present and future!

COL Chesley D. Thigpen, Jr.

Shields Up! Defend & Serve!

Most military organizations have unique greetings and responses, but until now the Adjutant General’s Corps Regimental Association has not had its own.

But, it does now:  Shields Up!  Defend and Serve!

During this year’s Fort Carson AG Ball, The Adjutant General of the Army, BG Hope Rampy was the guest speaker.  During her remarks, she mentioned AG Soldiers holding their “Shields Up” – meaning doing whatever was required to support the War Fighter.

During his speaking engagements, the Army G-1 Sergeant Major, SGM Mark Clark, tells Soldiers if you’re proud to be AG then reply, “Defend and Serve!”.

During the PT session at the recent AG CSM/SGM Workshop at HRC, Fort Knox, SGM Clark combined these two phrases when speaking to the AG CSMs/SGMs and stated, that as a means to recognize the hard work and experiences shared amongst Army HR professionals, we would use the term mentioned by BG Rampy, “Shields Up!”, when greeting our HR Soldiers and they should respond with “Defend and Serve!”

Let’s all follow the lead of The Adjutant General of the Army and the Army G-1 Sergeant Major and adopt this greeting and response.

Shields Up! Defend and Serve!

On Tik Tok (see link below), SGM Clark is also seeking the most motivated rendition of “Shields Up! Defend and Serve!” Can your unit/organization meet the challenge?

Tik Tok Link