Inside this issue: Presidents Message Fall 2011
Sleeping with Dinosaurs
UCF Army ROTC Ten Miler Team
UCF AROTC Ranger Challenge
Fairways for Warriors
INTO THE UNKNOWN Lewis and Clark
OUC Marathon & 5K December 3, 2011
Carolyn A. Winston, Inc
Sun Coast Chapter Golf Tournament November 5
Open Letter to President Obama
Appreciation & Certifications
Bowling for Hero’s
Operation Holiday Cheer 2011
Helping Orlando’s Homeless Veterans
AUSA Annual 3rd Regional Meeting
Upcoming Events 2011-2012
Pictured above is the 2011-2012 UCF Army ROTC Fighting Knights Honor Guard Platoon. They carry out all Color Guard duties for the Fighting Knights Battalion. This group of young men and women stand proud as they represent their fellow cadets, UCF, and the United States’ Army with the utmost professionalism. Their steadfast dedication is only matched by their degree of motivation and determination. From the weekly rehearsals, to getting uniforms dry cleaned, to carrying out their actual missions; these cadets never complain, they never ask why, and they never think about themselves first. They demonstrate the standard among their peers and they live and breathe the army values. This picture is in front of UCF’s recently erected Veterans’ Memorial and flag pole. Left to right, it features Cadets: Taylor Nogle, Henry Bieber, Molly Lawson, Ethan Long, Hannah Pooley, Corey Wingo, Mary Hallahan, Jaime Ciaffone, Whitley Wilkins, Brianna Colella, Jonmark Rodriguez, Rebecca Carter, Tiffanie Troxell, Abigail Edwards, Francisco Ramos, Nick Jones, and Tara-Lee Gardner. Not pictured are Robert Mullins and Max Thedy.
President’s Message Dear Sunshine Chapter Individual and Corporate Members and Friends, Thank you for another great year of support to our Army, Soldiers and their ĨĂŵŝůŝĞƐ͊ K ƵƌŶĞǁ ŽƉĞƌĂƟŽŶĂůǇĞĂƌƐƚĂƌƚĞĚϭ:ƵůǇĂŶĚǁ Ğ͛ ƌĞŽī ĂŶĚƌƵŶŶŝŶŐ ƚŽĐŽŶƟŶƵĞƚŚĞƐƵƉƉŽƌƚƚŚĂƚƚŚĞ^ƵŶƐŚŝŶĞŚĂƉƚĞƌŝƐǁ ĞůůŬŶŽǁ ŶĨŽƌ͘ At the end of July we received word that we were once again selected as one of AUSA’s “Best Chapters” – for the third year in a row! Your superb eﬀorts ŚĂǀ ĞĂŐĂŝŶďĞĞŶƌĞĐŽŐŶŝǌĞĚĂƚƚŚĞE ĂƟŽŶĂůůĞǀ ĞůĨŽƌƐƵƉƉŽƌƚĂƚƚŚĞůŽĐĂůůĞǀ Ğů for our Warﬁghters and their families. You should take great pride in your eﬀorts! We have a lot going on this year and your Sunshine Chapter needs your support in resources (funds and material), and ƟŵĞ(volunteering). The events where we need your help include the following: - 12 November 2011 – K ƉĞƌĂƟŽŶ, ŽůŝĚĂǇŚĞĞƌ– ĚŽŶĂƟŽŶƐΘƐƵƉƉŽƌƚŶĞĞĚĞĚ - 21 November 2011 – ' E <ĞƌŶĂŶ͕ h ^ZĞƟƌĞĚ͕ ǁ ŝůůďĞŽƵƌŐƵĞƐƚƐƉĞĂŬĞƌĂƚŽƵƌ' ĞŶĞƌĂůD ĞŵďĞƌ ƐŚŝƉD ĞĞƟŶŐĂƚƚŚĞŝƚƌƵƐůƵď– ǇŽƵƌĂƩ ĞŶĚĂŶĐĞŝƐĂƉƉƌĞĐŝĂƚĞĚĂƚƚŚŝƐĞǀ ĞŶƚ͘ - March 2012 – The Chapter will host a fund raising Golf Tournament and will need sponsors and golfers to make this event a success. - April 2012 – The Sunshine Chapter will host the 3rd ZĞŐŝŽŶD ĞĞƟŶŐŝŶK ƌůĂŶĚŽĂŶĚǁ ŝůůŶĞĞĚ Corporate Sponsors and individual support to ensure a quality event. - 16 June 2012 – Annual Army Birthday Ball – plan for another great evening! Since 1 July, the Sunshine Chapter has been involved in: - The 689th ŶŐŝŶĞĞƌŽŵƉĂŶǇ͛ƐĚĞƉůŽǇŵĞŶƚĨƌŽŵK ƌůĂŶĚŽ;ƚŚĞǇĂƌĞĂůƐŽŽŶŽƵƌK ƉĞƌĂƟŽŶ, ŽůŝĚĂǇ Cheer units to support this year). - ŽŶĂƟŽŶƚŽ&Ăŝƌǁ ĂǇƐĨŽƌt ĂƌƌŝŽƌƐ͕ ĂƉƌŽŐƌĂŵƚŽŚĞůƉŽƵƌt ŽƵŶĚĞĚt ĂƌƌŝŽƌƐ͘ - Sponsorship of the UCF Army 10 Miler team for the 9 Oct 2011 race. - ^ƵƉƉŽƌƚƚŽƚŚĞK ƌůĂŶĚŽZĞĐƌƵŝƟŶŐŽŵƉĂŶǇ– 4 Aug event recognizing Future Soldiers. - ŽŽƌĚŝŶĂƟŽŶĨŽƌĂŶĚĂƩ ĞŶĚĂŶĐĞĂƚƚŚĞ, ŽŵĞĂƚ>ĂƐƚt ĞůĐŽŵĞĞƌĞŵŽŶǇŽŶϮϱ^ĞƉĨŽƌ^^' <ĞůůǇ ĂŶĚŚŝƐĨĂŵŝůǇ͘t Ğǁ ŝůůĐŽŶƟŶƵĞƚŽƐƵƉƉŽƌƚƚŚŝƐĞī ŽƌƚĂƐŝƚŵŽǀ ĞƐĨŽƌǁ ĂƌĚ͘ ŶĚƚŚĂƚĚŽĞƐŶ͛ ƚŝŶĐůƵĚĞƚŚĞŽŶŐŽŝŶŐĞī ŽƌƚƐďǇ:Žǀ ĂŶŶĂE ĞůƐŽŶĂŶĚ ŽŶ^ŵŝƚŚŽŶƉƌĞƉĂƌĂƟŽŶƐĨŽƌ Army Ball 2012 – Žƌ^ŚĞůůĞǇůĂƵĚŝŶĂŶĚ:t ĂƚƐŽŶ͛ Ɛǁ ŽƌŬŽŶƚŚĞƵƉĐŽŵŝŶŐK ƉĞƌĂƟŽŶ, ŽůŝĚĂǇŚĞĞƌ͘ ƐǇŽƵĐĂŶƚĞůů͕ƚŚĞƌĞĂƌĞŶƵŵĞƌŽƵƐŽƉƉŽƌƚƵŶŝƟĞƐĨŽƌǇŽƵͬ ǇŽƵƌŽƌŐĂŶŝǌĂƟŽŶƚŽƐƚĞƉƵƉĂŶĚĂƐƐŝƐƚƚŚĞ Sunshine Chapter in doing great things in our community. You have my personal thanks for what ǇŽƵŚĂǀ ĞĚŽŶĞ͕ ĐŽŶƟŶƵĞƚŽĚŽĂŶĚƚŚĂŶŬƐŝŶĂĚǀ ĂŶĐĞĨŽƌǇŽƵƌĂƐƐŝƐƚĂŶĐĞĂƐǁ ĞŵŽǀ ĞĨŽƌǁ ĂƌĚ ƐƵƉƉŽƌƟŶŐŽƵƌŐƌĞĂƚƌŵǇ͕^ŽůĚŝĞƌƐĂŶĚƚŚĞŝƌĨĂŵŝůŝĞƐ͘ Go Army! D ĂƩ &Ăŝƌ AUSA Sunshine Chapter President
UCF Army ROTC Ten Miler Team Pictured right is the 2011 UCF Army ROTC Ten Miler Team. These cadets have been training hard in preparation for this year’s race. From the late nights studying for their ROTC and other academic classes, to the countless miles they’ve put in, this group exemplifies true hard work. These young men and women had to display a strong degree of intestinal fortitude in order to compete with their peers and earn a spot on the team. With only eight slots available, these cadets have withstood the test of time and mileage. They stand head and shoulders above their peers and with their unwavering degree of effort, dedication, and discipline; each of them deserves the opportunity to showcase their talents in this year’s Army Ten Miler. They are (from Left to Right) Top: Aswad Johnson, Taylor Nogle, and Keith Potter; Middle: Daniel Wynn, Robert Mullins, and Tyler Brodt; and Bottom: Bridget Bachman and Naomie Joseph.
UCF AROTC Ranger Challenge In preparation for their yearly Ranger Challenge competition, the UCF AROTC Fighting Knights are receiving a block of instruction on how to call in artillery fire support from experience cadre who have firsthand experience with the procedure. This is one of the culminating events leading up to the competition at Ft. Benning.
These cadets have endured a rigorous two months of training that includes: stress shooting, road marching, land navigation, zodiac boat operations, obstacle courses and trauma evacuation lanes. They been training early every morning and sometimes on the weekends, but competing as a team representing UCF AROTC will be all worth the hardship.
Fairways for Warriors Fairways for Warriors will start their second series of golf clinics for Wounded Warriors in September 2011 at Celebration Golf Club. The first series of clinics was very successful! We had seven clinics followed by a golf tournament. There was an average of 14 wounded warriors attending each clinic. We also had some of the family members participate. Because of the great help from Celebration Golf Club and the Golf Academy every wounded warrior was able to have one on-on-one Instruction under the guidance of COL (Ret) Bob Hurley, our lead instructor. Fairways for Warriors program is for any Armed Services Wounded Warrior from beginner to accomplished golfer. As a supplemental benefit, we provide clubs and any other equipment that they may need to make their experience a success. This is made possible in part due to the generous donations from the Sunshine Chapter AUSA and other local professional organizations. For more information about Fairways for Warriors, a 501(c)(3)organization, please go to our web site www.fairwaysforwarriors.org and be sure to check out our photo gallery to see pictures from all the clinics and the tournament. Or please give Tom Underdown a call at 407 399-0977 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Please check the website for the dates of the next clinic.
TRICARE Expands Retail Pharmacy Vaccine Program TRICARE is expanding the number of preventive vaccines covered at retail network pharmacies. TRICARE covers age-appropriate vaccines recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, including the shingles vaccine, Zostavax. Since late 2009, TRICARE has covered seasonal flu, H1N1 flu and pneumococcal vaccines at retail pharmacies with nearly 300,000 vaccines administered to date. TRICARE officials strongly recommend that beneficiaries check ahead before making a trip to their pharmacy to make sure itâ€™s part of the TRICARE network and is authorized to offer the vaccines. The expanded program covers immunizations for measles, mumps, shingles and many other preventable diseases. To see the expanded list of vaccines available from authorized TRICARE retail pharmacies, please visit http://www.tricare.mil/vaccines
INTO THE UNKNOWN: THE LOGISTICS OF THE LEWIS AND CLARK EXPEDITION ;ĞŶƟƌĞůǇĐŽŵƉƌŝƐĞĚŽĨĞǆĐĞƌƉƚƐĨƌŽŵƚŚĞϮϬϬϯ D D ^dŚĞƐŝƐŽĨƚŚŝƐƟƚůĞďǇD : K E > >͘ ZZ͕ h ^Ϳ
Several historians have made the point that Lewis and Clark’s 1803-1806 Corps of Discovery mission was more tenuous than the Apollo manned-moon flights were. The argument goes that Captains Lewis and Clark traveled into the unknown, abandoning all lifelines and communications with their government and people, while the astronauts traveling to the moon remained in almost constant contact with ground controllers. Well, the truth be told, altitude, speed, and the possible lack of a breathable environment may combine to provide dangers not easily overcome by communications alone. While some parallels exist, the analogy falls short when considering the remarkable contributions made by outside forces, most notably the Native American Indians. Lewis and Clark had time, speed and altitude on their side. Even when deep into lands previously unknown to men of European decent, expedition members could rely on having their feet on solid ground, their wits around them, an adaptable support plan, an ample supply of tools and arms, and an abundance of raw materials from our great land to succeed. Still, the planning was so very important. And, as many have said, it is not the plan per se, but rather than fact of having planned. First off, it is important to understand that this was a military mission. The leaders were both commissioned officers of the US Army, and the “core of their Corps” were US Soldiers. Captain Meriwether Lewis’s task was to equip and man a party to traverse the unmapped middle third of the United States to the Pacific Ocean. Most studies of the expedition begin with the party’s departure from Camp Dubois in the spring of 1804. This starting point ignores the important logistics planning, preparation and training that commenced with Lewis’s appointment by President Thomas Jefferson in the spring of 1801. Under President Jefferson’s watchful eye Lewis conducted extensive preparations at Washington D.C., Harper’s Ferry, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and St. Louis. As always, their initial cost estimate was impossibly low, and it was purposefully low-balled in order to avoid Congressional objections. It was apparently best to rapidly close the deal and then ask for Congress’s forgiveness. Once Congress authorized the expedition’s initial funding of $2,500, Jefferson was confident that if the endeavor was successful, additional monies would be allocated without objection. Ultimately, the total price tag exceeded $39,000, and it appears Jefferson survived. Jefferson most likely verbally authorized his captain to purchase goods and services as required to accomplish his mission. Once distant from Washington, Lewis and Clark more than doubled the personnel limitations specified by the authorization received from Congress and forwarded by the Secretary of War. The larger party required the purchase of additional equipment and provisions from St. Louis merchants. Lewis and Clark freely hired interpreters, guides and boatman to facilitate their task. As the expedition’s primary logistics planner, four themes in Captain Lewis’s foresight require further examination. Continued on page 9
Operation Giveback (OGB) OUC Half Marathon & 5K | December 3, 2011 If you are ready to get a little exercise and be a part of something GREAT, keep reading! The OUC Marathon and 5K, presented by Florida Citrus Sports, is Orlando’s longest continuously held running event and features a course that takes participants through the downtown city streets of Orlando. This race usually benefits the Florida Citrus Sports Foundation which provides assistance to disadvantaged youth and families in Central Florida. HOWEVER, this year, they are inviting other charities to participate and THE “OGB” APPLICATION WAS ACCEPTED. They do all of the advertising, we bring walkers/runners that might not have otherwise participated, and we share the proceeds. I am part of Operation Giveback (OGB), a brand new non-profit organization created this year whose mission is to raise awareness and resources for Wounded Warriors. The first OGB fundraising event was a 10K/5K that took place on May 14, 2011 at UCF. As you can tell by the attached picture, it was a raving success (the goal was 200 participants, the total was 1100)! As a result, OGB donated $40,000 to the Wounded Warrior Project. The OUC Half Marathon and 5K is on December 3, 2011 at Lake Eola in Downtown Orlando. Here’s how you can participate: Runners/Walkers – $25 registration fee for the 5K; $45 for the Half Marathon (a portion of each will go to OGB) Donations - each participant is encouraged to solicit donations (100% of which will go to OGB) Volunteers – Florida Citrus Sports needs volunteers as course monitors to ensure the safety of the participants
Please come out and walk/run along side a Wounded Warrior – A lot of them are participating! If they can do it, so can you!!!
Photo courtesy of OUC: http://www.fcsports.com/OUCHalfMarathonand5K.aspx
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INTO THE UNKNOWN: THE LOGISTICS OF THE LEWIS AND CLARK EXPEDITION Continued from page 6
Innovation – Lewis designed and had built an Iron Canoe. It ultimately failed, yet it exemplifies the spirit of innovation he brought to the enterprise. The inspiration for the canoe was probably Native canoes made of stretched hides that he had observed on the frontier. He sought to improve on what he had seen by making his canoe collapsible and portable. Once the craft was covered with animal skins, only one easily obtainable item, pine tar, was required to make it watertight. Surprisingly, the variety of pine tar that worked, readily available at Harper’s Ferry, proved elusive in Montana. The lesson for the modern logistician is not to assume that a critical item, readily available at one location, will be so readily available at another. When Lewis went to Harper’s Ferry looking for fifteen rifles he was not seeking to create a new rifle type, nor would it have been logical to do so. What he sought was fifteen rifles, with spare firing mechanisms. He was ahead of his time with the concept of creating interchangeable parts, but the artisans of the Army’s Harper’s Ferry Armory were the people to understand it. The armory’s craftsmen subscribed to the time-honored tradition that each weapon produced was a work of art. But, they gradually accepted his reasoning and desires, so when Lewis headed west he possessed fifteen, decade old, contract rifles whose barrels had been shortened. One gunsmith would prove capable of keeping all of the expedition’s weapons operational. Knowing that he and his Soldiers would be operating in a persistently damp environment, and that the standard bulk containers provided by powder manufacturers were convenient but lacked the durability required for a lengthy operation, Lewis designed the expedition’s most important innovation. Their powder canisters were constructed from eight pounds of lead, had narrow corked mouths to seal out moisture, and were intended to refill the powder horns carried by Soldiers. When empty, the containers were melted and formed into rifle balls. They performed magnificently. Expedition members never lacked an ample supply of dry powder or ball, and packing material was usefully consumed as they went. Lewis had special storage bags manufactured in Philadelphia. The then-revolutionary bags without a doubt were designed to overcome a problem exasperating logisticians still today. At issue was the ability to rapidly locate important items of equipment without searching through an entire load of cargo. The contemporary term applied to the concept is In Transit Visibility (ITV). Modern logisticians must be able to track supplies in equipment from their points of origin to their final destinations, often a distance of thousands of miles. During the 1990 Operation Desert Storm, literally thousands of containers arrived at ports with no means of determining their contents except for opening them and inventorying their contents. There was an answer, but it was 1991 before we were using specialized tags and labels to communicate with various electronic devices the presence and quantity of important items within the mountain of supplies at a port or storage location. For the Corps of Discovery there was solution, also. But it took Lewis’ foresight to number each of his storage bags, noting the contents before the party’s departure, in order to avoid the frustration of searching for a single tool in a mountain of equipment. Continued on page 10
INTO THE UNKNOWN: THE LOGISTICS OF THE LEWIS AND CLARK EXPEDITION Continued from page 9
Photos Courtesy of http://lewisandclarkbiography.com/
Host Nation Support - Understanding that the expedition’s success ultimately depended on establishing and maintaining friendly relations with Indians encountered along the route, Lewis obtained a large supply of trade goods in Philadelphia and continued to augment the party’s supply while wintering at Camp Dubois. Early in his planning he recognized that trade goods could, in addition to furthering purely diplomatic aims, be used to reduce logistical shortfalls. The party would freely dispense trade goods along their route in order to obtain provisions, equipment and services. The single most important transaction was with the Shoshone when the Captains acquired forty urgently needed horses to cross the fantastically underestimated Rocky Mountains. The services of several Native guides also proved crucial to the expedition’s success. Most notably, a Native guide enabled the Corps to locate a navigable route through the Rockies. While the party did run short on trade goods during their return trip they used their ingenuity to transform remaining items and nonessential equipment into desirable trade objects. The “Host Nation Support” provided by Native tribes proved indispensable, often providing support at the expedition’s most vulnerable moments. Recent military operations have validated the essential nature of Host Nation Support when attempting to conduct operations with limited resources. Contractor Support - Modern military operations rely heavily on support from civilian contractors. There has been much hand wringing of late regarding the United States military’s reliance on contractor support. Yet, this phenomenon was not new, not even in 1803. Contractors have always contributed significantly to military operations. Lewis anticipated contractor support early in his planning. His initial estimate of expenses provided to Jefferson included a sum dedicated to hiring contractors. Lewis contracted wagon support, the construction of a keelboat, the services of a river pilot, and a team of oxen to pull the boat over a particularly shallow section of the Ohio on his way to the Missouri. He also contracted for the services of two interpreters to accompany the expedition to the Pacific and back, as well as French boatmen to accompany the expedition to the Mandan Villages, and several Native guides along the expedition route. These contracted interpreters, Toussaint Charbonneau and George Drouillard, were some of the party’s most indispensable members. Even more fortuitous was the fact that Charbonneau brought along his wife, Sacagewa, who ended up being the life-saver of the expedition. It is likely that future generations of American’s will look at operations conducted in Afghanistan and Iraq and not adequately appreciate the integral role played by contractors. Continued on page 12
INTO THE UNKNOWN: THE LOGISTICS OF THE LEWIS AND CLARK EXPEDITION Continued from page 10
Transportation - The Lewis and Clark Expedition was at essence a transportation exercise. The endeavor was adequately provisioned and equipped. The operation’s serious shortfalls would regard transportation. The captains failed to complete their mission within the two summers specified by the President. The reason? Waiting for transport. A month was squandered supervising the fabrication of Lewis’s canoe at Harper’s Ferry. An additional two months were lost waiting for the keelboat to be completed. These delays, together with the low water level of the Ohio River in September of 1803, forced the expedition to spend the winter of 1804-1805 at Camp Dubois, near St. Louis. After a grueling month-long portage of the Great Falls, without the aid of horses, the party was again delayed when the Iron Canoe foundered. Lewis and Clark failed to anticipate the need for horses to assist their portage of the Great Falls. Horses would have facilitated an earlier and significantly less treacherous crossing of the Bitterroot Mountains. Assuming that these transportation shortfalls could have been avoided the Corps probably would have been poised to cross the Rockies in the spring rather than the fall of 1805. It is likely that a spring crossing would have enabled the expedition to arrive at the Pacific and return to Saint Louis by December of 1805, meeting Jefferson’s intent of a two summer mission. In the end, it is likely that Jefferson considered Lewis and Clark’s overdue return to be irrelevant, and his two-season timeline the result of his own personal impatience, an arbitrary characteristic of many bosses. The transportation challenges encountered by Lewis and Clark, although ultimately overcome with great success, illustrate that the most conspicuous “friction” encountered by military planners relates to the availability of adequate transportation assets. As with most challenges faced by the captains, transportation shortfalls were overcome by a combination of wit and tenacity. Without a doubt the expedition was a success. Diplomatic and trade relationships were established with the Mandan, Shoshone and Nez Perce tribes. Lewis provided Jefferson with scores of botanical and zoological discoveries. Clark used his notes to create accurate maps of the west, thereby opening it to American Manifest Destiny. Though we did not even address medical supplies and knowledge (no doctor accompanied them), and surveying tools, and a myriad of other issues, many of the logistics issues confronted by Lewis and Clark are very similar to questions that challenge contemporary logistics planners. Lewis and Clark’s successful conduct of an incredibly complex and physically demanding operation provides insight as to how a logistician should prepare to venture into unknown territory. Groundbreaking missions require planning and innovative methods to avoid logistics shortfalls. The movement of men and supplies over great distances has historically been the most challenging aspect of logistics planning and execution. Either by force or by voluntary agreement, Host Nation Support is essential to most military operations. By far the most important factor influencing the outcome of a military operation is manning: the leadership, Soldiers, and Civilians available to execute. Lewis and Clark rank as great leaders because they chose the right people, and they planned way ahead, for most all eventualities. They then adapted.
ARMY BALL CERTIFICATES OF APPRECIATION Lockheed Martin Global Training and Logistics recipients of Certificates of Appreciation and chapter coins for their assistance with Army Birthday Ball 2011 preparations.
From left to right: Paul Buzanowski Michael Wilhelm Steve Anthony
Certificates of Appreciation from AUSA Sergeants Elisebet Freeburg, 143d Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) Public Affairs, and Dawn-Noel
appreciation from the Association of the United States Army presented Oct. 1, 2011, at the 1st Lt. David R. Wilson Armed Forces Reserve Center, Orlando, Fla. The two were recognized for their support of the AUSA Sunshine Chapter’s 236th Army Birthday Ball held June 18, 2011. Sergeants Elisebet Freeburg and Dawn-Noel Dunbar (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Timothy Lawn, 143d ESC)
Congratulations Sunshine Chapter—Best Chapter 2011 Congratulations to the Sunshine Chapter for receiving the Best Chapter Award during the AUSA Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C. Pictured Left to Right: GEN Gordon R. Sullivan, AUSA, President Dr. James T. Blake, PEO STRI Matt Fair, President, Sunshine Chapter COL Greg Maida, Reserve Affairs, 143rd ESC LTG Roger G. Thompson, USA Ret., AUSA VP
Bowling For Heroes
Karen Connors, AUSA Sunshine Chapter
Building Homes for Heroes is committed to supporting veterans who have returned home from the wars in Iraq or Afghanistan with severe wounds and disabilities, with a goal to build homes for families in dire need. For more information: www.buildinghomesforheroes.org. Building Homes for Heroes first annual Bowling for Heroes fundraiser took place on Tuesday, August 23rd at Colonial Lanes in Orlando, Florida. This fun-filled night raised about $8,000 to benefit the severely wounded men and women of the military. One team, “The Strykers”, consisted of Scott Pulford, PEO STRI Strategic Integrator (AUSA EXCOM); Donna Omana, PM Specialist PM TRADE; Donna’s husband, Javier Omana VP, CPH Engineers; and Karen Connors, Sr. Program Manager,
(AUSA EXCOM). Approximately 100 bowlers participated and the money from this event will go to building a home in Lake Nona, FL for Specialist Robert “BJ” Jackson (pictured below on the right). Other important VIPS at the event were Staff Left to Right: Javier Omana, Donna Omana, Scott Pulford, Karen Connors
Sergeant William Castillo of Orlando (left of Jackson) and Sergeant Joel Tavera of Tampa (center); past and
future recipients of Building Homes for Heroes, respectively. The event included two rounds of bowling, dinner and drinks. Over a dozen raffle
attractions and services within Orlando were given away throughout the evening. Next year, the AUSA Sunshine Chapter wants to encourage everyone to join this fantastic fundraiser.
Operation Holiday Cheer
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New Men's Service Center â€“ Opening Late-2012 Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida (CHCF) is preparing to break ground on a new facility for men. This two story structure on the property they own at 639 West Central Blvd in Downtown Orlando. Three will be over two hundred fifty beds, with forty beds dedicated to meeting the specific needs of the homeless Veteran. Brent Trotter President and CEO of CHCF is committed to do all that he can for our Homeless Veterans of Central Florida. Ground breaking will be late this year with an opening planned for early in 2013. In light of all the work to Veterans Administration is doing in Central Florida, this new facility provides a natural opportunity for the local VA and community assets like AUSA to come together for the benefit of this group of great Americans in need. Please check out this link to CHCF for more information. http://www.centralfloridahomeless.org/services_men_center.html
AUSA Annual Third Regional Meeting Hosted by Sunshine Chapter APRIL 11â€”14, 2012 LOCATION: Rosen Shingle Creek 9939 Universal Blvd, Orlando, FL www.RosenShingleCreek.com
POC: Debbie Berry, (407) 748-3807 Debbie.Berry@lmco.com Karen Fray, (407) 616-2574 email@example.com
UPCOMING EVENTS 2011-2012 NOVEMBER 2011 November 1
NDIA Luncheon USMC Birthday
Marine Corps Ball|
4th Annual Golf Tourney—Patrick AFB
AUSA Operation Holiday Cheer
WID/ITEA Social Workshop
NCS Electronics Recycle Event
American Legion/CFVMPF Golf
AUSA General Membership Meeting Citrus Club
I/ITSEC Golf Tournament
November 28-December 2—I/ITSEC Conference
2012 April 11-14, 2012—3rd Region Meeting, Orlando, Shingle Creek Rosen June 16, 2012 - Army Ball
For details about all upcoming events, please visit the Sunshine Chapter website: www.ausa-sunshine.org