Adjutant General's Corps Regimental Association

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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AGCRA Rocket City Chapter Upcoming Events

Monthly Meeting – 2nd Tuesday of each Month, Java Café

Huntsville HAVOC Night Out – 6 April 2019, VBC

Morris Elementary Visit – 12 April 2019

Adopt-A-Mile – 27 April / 4 May 2019, Hwy 53, Mile Marker 325

Pancake Breakfast – 11 May 2019, Applebee’s Memorial

Memorial Day Ceremony – 27 May 2019, Maple Hill

SFC Jenkins’ Retirement – 1 June 2019, New Bern, NC

Rocket City Chapter BBQ – 15 June 2019, Huntsville

Tut Fann State Veterans Home Visit – July 2019 (TBD)

Chamber of Commerce – St. Jude – 1 August 2019

Black Tie Charity Ball – 3 August 2019, North Hall, VBC

St. Jude Walk/Run – 28 September 2019, Huntsville

Sempre Fi Community Task Force Heroes Week – 1-12 November 2019, Huntsville

Veteran’s Day Parade – 11 November 2019, Huntsville

Feed the Hungry – Thanksgiving Dinner – 29 November 2019, Huntsville

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Rocket City Chapter Community Service

By CW4 (Ret) EuGene Roberts

This past Thanksgiving, the Rose of Sharon Soup Kitchen in Huntsville, Alabama, allowed the poor and homeless in the Huntsville & Madison County area to celebrate the holiday with a proper Thanksgiving lunch.  This celebration had hot food, friends, and fellowship.

Members of the AGCRA Rocket City Chapter supported and took part in their 8th Annual Thanksgiving lunch at the Soup Kitchen.  They prepared a full range of holiday goodies for those in need.  80 to 100 needy North Alabama individuals were able to enjoy fellowship and good food.  The Soup Kitchen served turkeys, ham, dressing, mac and cheese, green beans and dozens of assorted pies, cakes and cookies.

The Rocket City Chapter throughout the year took time to help provide food that will help serve over 2,000 meals every month at the Soup Kitchen.  Thanksgiving wouldn’t be as special without the Rose of Sharon community.  “We’re playing games.  We’re laughing.  We’re telling stories with one another.  This is what Thanksgiving is about,” said Ms. Theresa Wilson, CEO of the Rose of Sharon.  “By volunteering we are part of the solution for the homeless in the Tennessee Valley.  Being a part of something bigger than ourselves, we wanted to help bring hope and opportunity to men, women and children who are physically and spiritually broken and exhausted,” added Ms. Wilson.

The Rose of Sharon serves breakfast and lunch from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM every Monday through Friday.  Their website is https://roseofsharonsoupkitchen.org/.

Thanks to everyone from the Rocket City Chapter that came out to help for this year’s Thanksgiving lunch.

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