Adjutant General's Corps Regimental Association

2022 Huntsville-Madison County, Alabama Veteran of the Year

On 10 November 2022, CW4 (Ret) EuGene Roberts, Chapter President of the AGCRA Rocket City Chapter, was named the 2022 Huntsville-Madison County, Alabama Veteran of the Year.

CW4 (Ret) Roberts led the Rocket City Chapter Volunteer Team to receive the Adjutant General’s Corps Regimental Association Small Chapter of the Year for the last six consecutive years.  His exemplary leadership has displayed true patriotism and selfless volunteerism for all to emulate.

CW4 (Ret) EuGene Roberts (7th from left), with his wife CW4 (Ret) Sheren Roberts, are flanked by members of the AGCRA Rocket City Chapter.

His genuine leadership has demonstrated an enthusiastic patriotism through tireless work to enrich the quality of life for our Veterans, First Responders, Gold Star Families, Heroes Week Warriors events and activities in Alabama, children with cancer, children of low-income communities, and teachers.

CW4 (Ret) Roberts has exemplified himself and led many others to come out to make a difference in our society as a whole.  Moreover, CW4 (Ret) Roberts’ selfless and tireless service continues to perpetuate the finest traditions and history of volunteerism in our communities and our country.

CW4 (Ret) EuGene Roberts and his wife CW4 (Ret) Sheren Roberts.

Congrats to CW4 (Ret) Roberts, a cut above within the ranks of AGCRA!

CW4 (Ret) EuGene Roberts, 2022 Huntsville-Madison County, Alabama Veteran of the Year.

AGCRA Rocket City Chapter Breakfast

On 23 August 2022, the AGCRA Rocket City Chapter conducted its quarterly AG Breakfast.

SES Max Wyche, U.S. Army Materiel Command’s Deputy Chief of Staff, G1, was our Guest Speaker.  In his speech Mr. Wyche talked about the biggest challenge facing the Army today is Active-Duty recruiting.  He emphasized that the Army is committed to maintaining high enlistment standards and is prioritizing quality over quantity.  Specifically he stated:

  • “The Army, along with the other services, is facing unprecedented recruiting conditions due to a combination of factors including the current robust labor market, intense competition for talent within the private sector, and an ongoing decline in the segment of America’s youth that is qualified and interested in serving in the military.

  • The COVID-19 pandemic further limited the ability of recruiters to interact with recruiting prospects in person.  It also exacerbated academic and physical fitness challenges, limiting the pool of qualified applicants.  Two years of the COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in lower ASVAB scores (9% decrease) and applicant fitness shortfalls.

  • The Army is taking active measures to overcome these challenges without compromising our standards for high-quality Soldiers, including temporarily increasing the tours of duty for experienced, successful recruiters; revising the tattoo policy to mirror the other military service branches; and adding funding for targeted enlistment bonuses and increased marketing in key areas.  The Army will continue to develop innovative ideas to build high-quality recruits as an investment in America’s youth.”

COL Tim Zimmerman, AMC G1, gave an update on IPPS-A, including the challenges that the system is currently facing.  We understand how desperate the Army needs this system and we look forward to when all the kinks are worked out so that we can have a fully functioning personnel and pay system.

CW4 (Ret) EuGene Roberts, Chapter President, congratulated the members for their dedication and support to the Chapter, ultimately resulting in our being named the Best Small Chapter 6 years in a row.  He explained how important the AG Corps is and how our dedication and commitment to People should always be a priority.

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.