Adjutant General's Corps Regimental Association

AGCRA Chapter Recognition Program Winners Announced for FY 2021

The President of the Adjutant General’s Corps Regimental Association (AGCRA) is announcing the winning Chapters of the Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 Chapter Recognition Program. The FY 2021 Program, in its sixth year, covered Chapter activities from 1 October 2020 through 30 September 2021.

In the Large Chapter category, the 2021 Chapter of the Year is the Fort Knox-based Gold Vault Chapter. This is the third time that the Gold Vault Chapter has been named Chapter of the Year. Gold Vault also won Chapter of the Year in 2018 and 2019, and runner-up in 2020. The runner-up Chapter of the Year is the Carolina Chapter. The Carolina Chapter was the Large Chapter of the Year in FY 2016, and the runner-up in FY 2017.

In the Small Chapter category, the 2021 Chapter of the Year, for the sixth year in a row, is Redstone Arsenal’s Rocket City Chapter. The runner-up Chapter of the Year is the Fort Huachuca-based Thunder Mountain Chapter. Thunder Mountain was also the runner-up Chapter in FY 2018.

The Chapters of the Year will each receive an award of $1,000 from the National Executive Council (NEC). The runners-ups will each receive an award of $750.

In this sixth year of the program, eight AGCRA Chapters participated in the program by submitting annual historical reports, which is a requirement for competing.

The Chapter Recognition Program was established by the NEC in late 2015 to encourage and support Association Chapters to remain active and consistently engaged in AGCRA membership recruitment and professional development efforts. Historically, the strength of many AGCRA Chapters ebbed and flowed between active and inactive status due to deployments and reassignments, as well as the frequent turnover of Chapter Officers. The Council saw a need to provide recognition, incentive, and rewards for Chapters that remained active and engaged despite personnel turnover.

The NEC has modified the program for FY 2022 and beyond, and will release a new memorandum of instruction in the near future. Besides streamlining the award criteria in this modification, going forward the AGCRA will formally recognize winning Chapters at the National AG Ball, sponsored by AGCRA, and held annually in the month of June in Columbia, South Carolina.

The FY 2022 Chapter Recognition Program will cover Chapter activities from 1 October 2021 through 30 September 2022.

Gold Vault Chapter sponsors Human Resources Command Annual Holiday Ball

The Human Resources Command headquartered at Fort Knox held its annual Holiday Ball in Louisville, KY on 13 December 2019.

During the event, MG Joseph Calloway, Commanding General, Human Resources Command (HRC), presented two Vietnam Veterans with the Vietnam Veteran Service Pin.  Receiving the Vietnam Veteran Service Pins were Mr. Carl Cornelius (sponsor with First Command Financial Services) and Mr. Larry McCracken (sponsor with the Golden Key Group).

The AGCRA Gold Vault Chapter sponsored the Holiday Ball and COL Mike McGregor, President of the Gold Vault Chapter, served as the host for the event.  COL McGregor and COL Hope Rampy (visiting from the DA G1) executed a flawless dual-MC role that provided a great evening of entertainment and esprit-de-corps.  Over 900 personnel enjoy the Holiday Ball – it was a major accomplishment!

MG Joseph Calloway, Commanding General, Human Resources Command, presents the Vietnam Veteran Service Pin to Mr. Carl Cornelius (sponsor with First Command Financial Services).
MG Joseph Calloway, Commanding General, Human Resources Command, presents the Vietnam Veteran Service Pin to Mr. Larry McCracken (sponsor with the Golden Key Group).
COL Mike McGregor (right), President of the AGCRA Gold Vault Chapter at Fort Knox, and COL (Ret) Tony Teolis (left), Senior Vice-President of the Chapter, enjoy the festivities of the Gold Vault Chapter Holiday Ball 2019.

Gold Vault Chapter Celebrates its First Annual Fort Knox AG Week

By: COL Christine V. Enriquez

The AGCRA Gold Vault Chapter (GVC) at Fort Knox held its first annual AG Week from 23-26 April 2019.  The Chapter has celebrated an annual AG Ball and GVC Golf Tournament for the past eight years, however 2019 was the first year the GVC convened a formal week of AG activities.  The previous Commanding General, U.S. Army Human Resources Command, MG Jason T. Evans, graciously agreed to have HRC host the AG Week activities.  The GVC President, CSM Lynice Thorpe Noel (HRC Command Sergeant Major), welcomed all attendees, both local and worldwide to the week of AG activities.

The 2019 Fort Knox GVC AG Week consisted of an AG Ice Breaker, AG Athletics, Leader Professional Development sessions, AG Bowling Night, an AG Senior Leader General Officer Panel, and culminated with the Annual GVC AG Ball.  Due to inclement weather, the GVC Golf Tournament was postponed to 23 June 2019.

The AG Week theme was “AG Heroes Amongst Us” and the theme permeated during the week.  During AG Athletics, led by SGM Pamela Duggan (EPMD Sergeant Major), AG Warriors dressed up as their favorite super heroes to run relay races, participated in Zumba, compete in corn hole and volleyball, and complete a Fun Run / Walk.  Later that day, LTC Leslie DeSander (Soldier Support Branch Chief, EPMD) and LTC (P) Miles Gengler (AG Branch Chief, OPMD) provided Enlisted and Officer Branch Briefs.  CW4 Astra Williams gave an informative Warrant Officer briefing, Mr. Jamie Worthy educated attendees on the Civilian Work Force Development Program, and COL Mark Viney (Chief, Field Services Division, TAGD) provided MilPay and HR Transformation briefings.

Fort Knox tenant units, visiting AG leaders, and HRC personnel had the opportunity to ask AG General Officers an array of questions on 26 April during an AG GO senior leader panel.  The panel members consisted of MG Evans, BG Twanda “Tia” Young (HRC Deputy Commanding General), BG Robert Bennett (The Adjutant General), and BG Douglas Stitt (Director, OPMD).  COL Elmore J. Jones, the Director, EPMD also fielded questions from the audience.  Topics included the new Academic Evaluation Report, the upcoming Army Combat Fitness Test, Reserve Component Talent Management, and leadership responsibilities to spread HRC’s strategic message.

The week culminated with the Annual GVC AG Ball held at the Sadowski Center on Fort Knox.  MG Evans was the senior leader and hosted the event, BG Young sang the National Anthem, BG Bennett provided his vision for the AG Corps with his TAG Address, and BG Stitt served as the guest speaker and heralded the achievements of AG Heroes on post and throughout the Army.  The GVC President, CSM Thorpe Noel, led the audience in reciting the AG Creed.  Approximately 20 gift baskets and giveaways went to lucky winners.  Ms. Teresia Buissereth (daughter of Mrs. Wilzianne Buissereth) and Ms. Haley Scott (daughter of COL (Ret) Tony Teolis and Mrs. Shelby Teolis) won $500 scholarships and several deserving Chapter members received their AGCRA awards. Other honored guests in attendance included MG (Ret) Richard Mustion (former HRC Commander) and Mrs. Mustion and BG (Ret) James Iacocca and Mrs. Iacocca.

The GVC was especially honored to present awards to a very deserving couple, MG Evans and Mrs. Machelle “Chelle” Evans.  MG Evans received his Lifetime Achievement Award and Mrs. Evans received her AGCRA Mrs. Maude / Mrs. Strickland Spouse Award.  The couple continues to selflessly serve the AG Corps and the Army for more than 30 years.

The AGCRA and the Gold Vault Chapter took the opportunity to highlight their numerous accomplishments and contributions during the GVC AG Ball, and they truly represented the Chapter’s “AG Heroes Amongst Us.”