Association of the United States Army

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Association of the United States Army
Association of the United States Army.jpg
Founded 1950
Type Private
Location
Key people
Carter F. Ham
Phebe Novakovic
Guy C. Swan III
Patricia E. McQuistion
Kenneth Preston
Website www.ausa.org

The Association of the United States Army (AUSA) is a private, non-profit organization that acts primarily as an advocacy group for the United States Army. Founded in 1950, it has 121 chapters worldwide. Membership is open to everyone, not just Army personnel, nor is membership mandatory for soldiers. The organization publishes ARMY Magazine and the Green Book, and runs the Institute of Land Warfare. The current president is retired Army General Carter Ham.

Mission[edit]

AUSA's official mission is threefold:

  1. Being the voice for all components of America's Army
  2. Fostering public support of the Army's role in national security
  3. Providing professional education and information programs

Membership[edit]

Membership in AUSA is open to several categories, including current and retired Army and reserve component soldiers, cadets, government civilians, Army family members, and concerned citizens. Other membership categories include corporate and sustaining (for defense industry businesses).[1] Membership in AUSA includes a subscription to ARMY Magazine[2] received monthly, including the Green Book, which is published in October of each year. The Green Book is an almanac of articles from Army leadership and reference information about America's Army worldwide. Members also receive AUSA News[3] on a monthly basis, which features relevant news about Army topics and AUSA reports on the organization's support of the Army.

Chapters[edit]

AUSA has 121 chapters worldwide, which develop programs and activities that provide community support for the US Army through individual and corporate members. Chapters serve as the liaison between the Army and local civilian communities. They also help educate the public about the needs for a strong national defense and the Army. Chapters are involved in a variety of programs to help support deployed and mobilized soldiers and their families. Typical chapter activities include general membership meetings with high-profile guest speakers, community involvement events and special events honoring the Army and outstanding soldiers.

Awards[edit]

The Association of the United States Army presents a number of distinguished soldiers, civil servants, and volunteers with national awards at its Annual Meeting. In addition, local chapters also give a variety of awards to local soldiers, Army civilians, and volunteers, as well as managing scholarships programs benefiting local students and soldiers. [4]

General George Catlett Marshall Medal[edit]

Established in 1960, the George Catlett Marshall Medal is AUSA's highest honor, and is awarded annually for selfless service to the United States of America. Past recipients include Colin Powell, Madeleine Albright, Kenneth Fisher, and George H. W. Bush.

General Creighton W. Abrams Medal[edit]

Established in 1965, the General Creighton W. Abrams Medal is awarded annually to the individual or group who has done the most to foster the advancement of the United States Army during the past year. Past recipients include Daniel Inouye, William E. DePuy, and the Arlington Ladies.

Major General Anthony J. Drexel Biddle Medal[edit]

The Major General Anthony J. Drexel Biddle Medal is awarded annually to the individual who has contributed most significantly to AUSA's mission over the previous year, often honoring AUSA's most diligent volunteers. Past recipients include Julius W. Becton Jr., Paik Sun-yup, and William G. Bainbridge.

Sergeant Major of the Army William G. Bainbridge Medal[edit]

Established in 2000, the Sergeant Major of the Army William G. Bainbridge Medal is awarded annually to the noncommissioned officer contributing most to the United States Army Noncommissioned Officer Corps. Past recipients include SGM David G. Martinez, CSM Andrew McFowler, and Richard A. Kidd.

John W. Dixon Award[edit]

The John W. Dixon Award, established in 1989, is presented annually for distinguished service in the industrial community resulting in outstanding contributions to national defense. Past recipients include Linda Hudson, Marillyn Hewson, and Norman R. Augustine.

Major General James Earl Rudder Medal[edit]

The Major General James Early Rudder Medal given to a current or former member of the U.S. Army Reserve for advancing a seamless and component-integrated Army. Past recipients include Jeffrey W. Talley, Jack C. Stultz, and Marcia Anderson.

Lieutenant General Raymond S. McClain Medal[edit]

The Lieutenant General Raymond S. McLain Medal given to a current or former member of the National Guard for advancing a seamless and component-integrated Army. Past recipients include Roger C. Schultz, Gus Hargett, and Ansel M. Stroud.

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