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would appreciate you doing so as soon as possible and prior to 1 August. Your financial sup- port is much appreciated and will be used in support of Sol- dier and Family Programs. We have two great events com- ing up in June with our Army Birthday Banquet on 11 June and Army Birthday Ceremony on 14 June, both events to be held at the Officers Club, St. Francis Barracks in St. Augustine. You will get more details in flyers and emails in the next several weeks. Please continue helping us bring in new members to our Chapter both Individual and Corporate Sponsors. Increased Membership means more dol- lars in our operating funds for more support to Soldier, Fam- ily programs, Veterans, and events for our General Mem- bership. Please bring a guest to our Membership Dinners and meetings. Thank-you for your support of Your Chapter-- First Militia Chapter. It has been a busy quarter for our Chapter since our last newsletter. You will find a lot to read about in this issue about events, fund- raisers in support for soldiers and families, and also upcom- ing events. I just returned from the Third Region AUSA Conference in Atlanta and am proud to announce that our Chapter has been named the "Best Small Chapter" in Third Region for the second con- secutive year. Additionally, First Militia Chapter was also awarded the "Most Improved Chapter" of the 18 Chapters in the Region. This could not have happened without a strong membership base that has exceeded the membership goal from AUSA National for 30 consecutive months, an outstanding and highly com- mitted Executive Committee Staff and our President of Board of Advisors, BG (Ret) Richard Capps. The Region Awards and a number of Indi- vidual Awards will be pre- sented to the General Mem- bership at our Meeting and Dinner on 12 May 2011. You will find information about two fundraising events in this issue, our recent Golf tournament, and our ongoing Rifle Raffle fundraiser. A special thanks to LTC Richard Elam and his special staff from his office that put to- gether a great Golf tourna- ment that raised in excess of $7,300 for our operating fund for 2011-12. Thanks also to all the Corporate sponsors and Individual contributors who helped make this year's tour- nament a big financial suc- cess. Second, our Rifle Raf- fle fundraiser is off to a great start with the tickets sales coming in. Thanks to BG (Ret) Capps for chairing this fundraiser and getting us a great price for the raffling of a WWII M-1 Carbine Riffle. If you have not bought or re- turned your tickets yet, we Chapter President Comments COL (Ret) Don Workman, Presi- dent First Militia Chapter PRESIDENTS COMMENTS 1 VETERANS UPDATE 5 JROTC AWARDS 3 FEB CHAPTER MEETING 6 GOLF TOURNAMENT 2 FELLOWSHIP LUCHEON 5 FAMILY PROGRAMS 4 Inside this issue: May 2011 Volume 1, Issue 1 ASSOCIATION OF THE UNITED STATES ARMY First Militia Chapter “ARMY STRONG, FIRST MILITIA STRONG” A NOTE FROM THE BOARD OF ADVISORS: BG (Ret) Richard G. Capps - Can you believe the first quarter of 2011 is history!! The First Militia Chapter has been really busy and off to a great year. The Board wishes to thank Col. (ret) Don Workman and his most talented staff for their untiring work. The Chapter is in the mist of awarding and recognizing our JROTC students. What a rewarding experience to take part in their ceremonies and see motivated young men and women receive awards for their accomplish- ments. In addition the next month or so is a really busy time, with the 17 th annual Golf Tournament, 3 RD Region Conference in Atlanta, GA, May 2011 General Membership meeting, the Army Birthday in June and of course our recently kickoff Rifle Raffle for a M1 Carbine, 30. Caliber. By now most members should have received the mail outs with instructions reference the raffle. This a new opportunity for the Chapter to raise additional revenue so as to increase support to our soldiers, their families and provide more scholarship assistance to those deserv- ing young men and women. The Board asks for your full support and participation. As a reminder, the First Militia Chapter is an exempt organization under section501(c)(3) of the Internal revenue Code. Upcoming Events: 11 June Army Birthday Banquet Guest SpeakerFLNG Historian, Greg Moore Music by Mrs. Joan Taylor Catered by Culinary Outfitters Army Birthday cake cutting ceremony 14 June Army Birthday Ceremony Guest SpeakersLTC Matt Johnson and LTC Robert Keating Army Birthday cake cutting ceremony Light Lunch and Beverages

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First Militia ChapterASSOCIATION OF THE UNITED STATES ARMYVolume 1, Issue 1May 2011

Chapter President CommentsIt has been a busy quarter for our ChapterCOL (Ret) Don Workman, President First Militia Chapter

Inside this issue:would appreciate you doing so as soon as possible and prior to 1 August. Your financial support is much appreciated and will be used in support of Soldier and Family Programs. We have two great events coming up in June with our Army Birthday Banquet on 11 June and Army Birthday Ceremony on 14 June, both events to be held at the Officers Club, St. Francis Barracks in St. Augustine. You will get more details in flyers and emails in the next several weeks. Please continue helping us bring in new members to our Chapter both Individual and Corporate Sponsors. Increased Membership means more dollars in our operating funds for more support to Soldier, Family programs, Veterans, and events for our General Membership. Please bring a guest to our Membership Dinners and meetings. Thank-you for your support of Your Chapter-- First Militia Chapter.PRESIDENTS COMMENTS 1

since our last newsletter. You will find a lot to read about in this issue about events, fundraisers in support for soldiers and families, and also upcoming events. I just returned from the Third Region AUSA Conference in Atlanta and am proud to announce that our Chapter has been named the "Best Small Chapter" in Third Region for the second consecutive year. Additionally, First Militia Chapter was also awarded the "Most Improved Chapter" of the 18 Chapters in the Region. This could not have happened without a strong membership base that has exceeded the membership goal from AUSA National for 30 consecutive months, an outstanding and highly committed Executive Committee

Staff and our President of Board of Advisors, BG (Ret) Richard Capps. The Region Awards and a number of Individual Awards will be presented to the General Membership at our Meeting and Dinner on 12 May 2011. You will find information about two fundraising events in this issue, our recent Golf tournament, and our ongoing Rifle Raffle fundraiser. A special thanks to LTC Richard Elam and his special staff from his office that put together a great Golf tournament that raised in excess of $7,300 for our operating fund for 2011-12. Thanks also to all the Corporate sponsors and Individual contributors who helped make this year's tournament a big financial success. Second, our Rifle Raffle fundraiser is off to a great start with the tickets sales coming in. Thanks to BG (Ret) Capps for chairing this fundraiser and getting us a great price for the raffling of a WWII M-1 Carbine Riffle. If you have not bought or returned your tickets yet, we

VETERANS UPDATE

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JROTC AWARDS

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FEB CHAPTER MEETING

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GOLF TOURNAMENT

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FELLOWSHIP LUCHEON

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FAMILY PROGRAMS

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Upcoming Events:11 June Army Birthday BanquetGuest SpeakerFLNG Historian, Greg Moore Music by Mrs. Joan Taylor Catered by Culinary Outfitters Army Birthday cake cutting ceremony

14 June Army Birthday CeremonyGuest SpeakersLTC Matt Johnson and LTC Robert Keating Army Birthday cake cutting ceremony Light Lunch and Beverages

A NOTE FROM THE BOARD OF ADVISORS: BG (Ret) Richard G. Capps- Can you believe the first quarter of 2011 is history!! The First Militia Chapter has been really busy and off to a great year. The Board wishes to thank Col. (ret) Don Workman and his most talented staff for their untiring work. The Chapter is in the mist of awarding and recognizing our JROTC students. What a rewarding experience to take part in their ceremonies and see motivated young men and women receive awards for their accomplishments. In addition the next month or so is a really busy time, with the 17 th annual Golf Tournament, 3RD Region Conference in Atlanta, GA, May 2011 General Membership meeting, the Army Birthday in June and of course our recently kickoff Rifle Raffle for a M1 Carbine, 30. Caliber. By now most members should have received the mail outs with instructions reference the raffle. This a new opportunity for the Chapter to raise additional revenue so as to increase support to our soldiers, their families and provide more scholarship assistance to those deserving young men and women. The Board asks for your full support and participation. As a reminder, the First Militia Chapter is an exempt organization under section501(c)(3) of the Internal revenue Code.ARMY STRONG, FIRST MILITIA STRONG

First Militia Chapter17th Annual AUSA Golf Tournament Sponsors and Donors - Rebecca GibsonOur 17th Annual First Militia Chapter AUSA Golf Tournament was another great success! Thanks to our sponsors, donors and players, we raised over $8000 for our Chapter which ultimately goes back to our wonderful Service Members and their Families. Great job to everyone who participated in making this event so successful! A special notice needs to be made to all our sponsors new and old during these times of economic challenge. Every dollar big or small, helps especially during these trying times. You stepped up even though the economy is not well which shows your dedication, respect and honor to our Service Members and their Families. In recognition of our sponsors, some donated money, gifts or both, starting with our repeat contributors, in alphabetical order: Adventure Landing, Bank of America, SGM (R) Carl Burchfield, Burkhardt Distributing, Camp Blanding Exchange, BG (R) Richard Capps and COL (R) Carl Smith, Cheney Brothers Food Distribution, Conch House, CSM (R) Allan Crosby, Dicks Sporting Goods, Extreme Fireworks, First Coast Security, FLARNG Recruiting & Retention, FLNG State Family Programs, Florida Telco Credit Union, BG (R) Eugene Lanzillo, Leonardi Nursery, NGAFL, NGAFL Retirees, Outback Steakhouse, Phantom Fireworks, SafeSmart, Inc. Safety Ties, St. Augustine Officers Club, Triangle Nursery, USAA, COL (R) Don Workman and 164th Signal Battalion (LTC Daniel (Matt) Johnson, MAJ Vernon Pinkney & 1LT John Roberge) . Those who contributed for the first time this year, in alphabetical order: Arnett Heating & Air Conditioning, CPT Adam Bailey and CPT Ben Ruffner, Bozard Ford, Tom Pomar of Century 21, Civilian Marksmanship Program, Betty Crosby of Elegant Events, Enterprise Leasing Company FL, Exit Real Estate Gallery jeannescholl.com, Mark Miner-Commissioner - District 3, The Mudville Grille, Navy Federal Credit Union, Vickie Layton of PriceisrightREALTOR.com, Shelley Trela of Prudential Network Realty. We cant thank everyone enough for supporting our cause. Our Service Members risk their lives to protect our wonderful country and its beliefs and its people like you that are the reason they risk so much. Without your generosity, we couldnt give back to those who protect us and our ways of living. Thank you for caring as much as we do!

WE RAISED OVER $7,300 FOR OUR CHAPTER WHICH ULTIMATELY GOES BACK TO OUR WONDERFUL SERVICE MEMBERS AND THEIR FAMILIES

Thank you again to everyone who contributed financially or physically! It couldnt be done without you!!!Tom Pomar of Century 21: $100 Civilian Marksmanship Program: $1500 CSM (R) Allan Crosby: $100 Bozard Ford: $500 Betty Crosby of Elegant Events: $100 CPT Adam Bailey and CPT Ben Ruffner: $250 BG (R) Eugene Lanzillo: $100 BG (R) Richard Capps and COL (R) Carl Smith: $250 Commissioner Mark Miner, District 3: $100 Enterprise Leasing Company FL: $250 The Mudville Grille: $100 Exit Real Estate Gallery jeannescholl.com: $250 Navy Federal Credit Union: $100 First Coast Security: $250 NGAFL: $100 Vickie Layton of PriceisrightREALTOR.com: $250 NGAFL Retirees: $100 St. Augustine Officers Club: $250 Shelley Trela of Prudential Network Realty: $100 146th Signal Battalion: $250 SafeSmart, Inc. Safety Ties: $100 Arnett Heating & Air Conditioning: $100 COL (R) Don Workman: $100 SGM (R) Carl Burchfield: $100

2011 Chapter Scholarship Program Is Now Open LTC Robert KeatingWe proudly announce the opening of the 2011 chapter scholarship program and are excited about significant changes to award criteria. This year, rather than award to one broad category of applicants, we will recognize two very special categories in addition to general membership. Categories now include: (1) Enlisted/Non-commissioned Officer (NCO), (2) Combat veterans, and (3) General membership, SROTC, and JROTC. We will award at least one scholarship to each of the three categories, for up to a total of $4,500. Scholarship application forms and detailed award criteria are Page 2 available on the chapter website at www.firstmilitia.org. Applicants must meet the criteria for one or more categories, or be sponsored by a member who qualifies for the category. The selection board will convene the last week of July to select the best qualified applicants. Scholarship awards will be presented at our 11 August 2011 General Membership Dinner Meeting at Camp Blanding Joint Training Center, Starke, Florida. For Further information please call Lieutenant Colonel Rob Keating at (904) 823-0285 or email [email protected]

Volume 1, Issue 1First Militia Chapter, AUSA Presents JROTC Cadets of Bell High School with Certificates of AchievementOn Saturday 19 Mar 11, CSMs (Ret) Gary and Carolyn Wingard presented certificates of Achievement and AUSA medals to 4 outstanding Cadets of Bell High School at their annual Military Ball. Bell is a town in Gilchrist County approximately 33 miles West of Gainesville. Bell High Schools JROTC Program is of incredibly high esteem having received the Honor Unit With Distinction Award for seven years in a row. Currently run by SAI Col McGill and AAI 1GH Meinholtz, the Cadets are motivated, well disciplined and possess the skill sets to become Wingard presented the certificates and medals. The criteria needed to be selected for receive the AUSA awards includes excellence, innovation, professionalism and integrity. The Cadets chosen to receive these awards demonstrated these values not only in school but also in their community. The recipients were: Freshman Cadet Aida I. Valdes Sophomore Cadet Joseph K. Birchfield Junior Cadet Charles L. Wingate Senior Cadet Lisa M. Downs great leaders in todays Army. CSM (Ret) Carolyn D. Wingard spoke about AUSA and announced the winners as CSM (Ret) Gary L. Pictured is CSM (Ret) Gary L. Wingard presenting the certificate and medal to Freshman winner Cadet Aida I. ValdesCHAPTER OFFICERS Chapter President Don Workman, COL (Ret) First Vice President Matt Johnson, LTC Secretary Lisa Craig, COL Treasurer Carol McClure, COL VP for Individual Membership Vacant VP for Corporate Membership CSM (Ret) Allen Crosby VP for Scholarship & Awards Rob Keating, LTC VP for Operations Bob Carroll, SGM (Ret) VP for Soldier Support

Matanzas High School Senior Army Instructor and CPT Rhonda Rickards present awards to Matanzas High School JROTC Cadets

Mike Hossford, SCSM VP for JROTC Program Gray Johnson, MAJ VP for Veterans Affairs Ray A. Quinn, SGM (Ret) VP for Public Affairs Vacant

COL (Ret) Carl Smith receives the Third Region Outstanding Achievement for his many years of service to AUSA to include First VP and Immediate Past President of First Militia Chapter and as current State President of the six Florida Chapters. Page 3

Family Programs Coordinator Carolyn Wingard, CSM (Ret) Volunteer Coordinator Ms. Jerri Briggs Newsletter Editor Rhonda Rickards, CPT

First Militia ChapterArmy Emergency Relief CampaignThe annual Army Emergency Relief (AER) campaign will run from March 1 through May 15, 2011. AER is a private non-profit organization incorporated in 1942 to provide finiancial assistance to Soldiers, active and retired, and their families. Access to financial assistance is available 24/7 directly through one of 86 AER Sections located work=ldwide or through 347 military bases with severarelief arganizations. For further information on the 2011 campaign, contact your units coordinator, or click http:// www.aerhq.org/

18 Senators Press VA for CaregiversChairman of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee, Senator Patty Murray (DWA), along with 17 Senators from both sides of the aisle, have written to Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Eric Shinseki, and the Director of the Office of Management and Budget, Jack Lew, to urge the Administration to carry out the law and begin providing supportive services to caregivers of wounded veterans. It has been reported that some family members of seriously injured veterans have had to leave their jobs and make tremendous sacrifices without training, counseling, and financial benefits. Senator Murrays letter is available on the U.S. Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs website. For more information, please go to Wounded Warrior news at http://www.military.com.

MAY IS PHYSICAL FITNESS AND SPORTS MONTH, A PERFECT TIME TO KEEP THAT PROMISE TO START A REGULAR EXERCISE PROGRAM. THE BENEFITS OF PHYSICAL ACTIVITY FAR OUTWEIGH THE RISKS OF GETTING HURT, SO WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?

Bank to Pay Back Military FamiliesWells Fargo & Co. will pay $175 to any eligible veteran who had a Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Loan refinanced between January 20, 2004 and October 7, 2010, the bank said. The move comes as part of a court settlement in a Georgia lawsuit that alleged the bank overcharged activeduty military personnel when they executed the refinances. Federal law protects active-duty military members from foreclosure and high interest rates. Wells Fargo will alert eligible households with letters. The bank could pay out up to a total of $10 million. This marks the second major concession by big banks to military families this year. Last month, JPMorgan Chase & Co. refunded $2 million to 4,000 Service members who had been forced to pay high interest rates

TRICAREs Get Fit Page can Trigger New YouTRICARE has launched its updated Get Fit webpage with a new section focusing on monthly healthy living tips through slide show presentations. These presentations provide health information, including suggesting healthy activities and living tips in hopes of a healthier lifestyle such as increased energy and reduced stress not only to Soldiers, but their beneficiaries as well. TRICARE Management Activity will introduce a new health theme each month to raise awareness and commitment to health and wellness. This web page should aid in making informed food choices and being physically active to help beneficiaries reach and maintain a healthy weight, reduce their risk of chronic disease and promote overall health. Visit http:// www.tricare.mil/getfit for healthy living tips, links, games and articles.

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Volume 1, Issue 1First Militia Chapter holds Inaugural Fellowship Luncheon - CSM (Ret) WingardIn years past, the 1st Militia Chapter would get together at local restaurants for lunch once a quarter and fellowship. With the high op tempo since 9/11, the Chapter was pulled in many different directions and the luncheons were put on the back burner. President Don Workman (COL, Ret) has revived the quarterly luncheons and the Inaugural fellowship luncheon was held on Wednesday 23 March 2011 hosted by the Courtyard Marriott on SR 16. Enjoying a make your own sandwich bar which included potato and macaroni salad, 26 members, corporate sponsors and perspective members of the 1st Militia Chapter sat together, sharing ideas and enjoying the casual atmosphere. The corporate sponsors present were Century 21 Properties, KJs Products, NCO Club, and Courtyard by Marriott. GM Tim Barnett was presented a chapter coin as a COL (Ret) Workman briefly spoke about what the chapter has been doing and the events scheduled in the coming months. He reminded everyone of the golf tournament on 18 April and the next general meeting that will be held at the Officers club on Thursday 12 May.

thank you for hosting the inaugural fellowship luncheon.

Veterans Update SGM (Ret) Ray QuinnSt. Johns County Veterans Council Chartered by the St. Johns County Commission in July of 2001, the council is comprised of more than twenty-one veterans and military organizations. One of our charter members, COL (Ret) Ed Taylor was instrumental in the formation of the council. The major thrust of the council is to promote patriotic ceremonies honoring our nation and the men and women that have earned our freedom. In addition the council offers guest speakers, supports the Lassen Nursing Home and assists with veterans stand downs. As a result of the council's efforts every new classroom in St. Johns County received a United States flag. Considering the number of new schools that in itself was quite an accomplishment. The council is currently supporting the efforts of the Flagler County Purple Heart Chapter to designate Interstate 95 from Flagler County to the Jacksonville National Cemetery as a Purple Heart Trail. It is our intent to ask the City of St. Augustine to develop a Purple Heart Trail that will lead to our own St. Augustine National Cemetery. A representative of our chapter attends all meetings of the Veterans Council and any chapter member may attend. Meetings are held the last Thursday of each month, 7:00 p.m. at the Elks Lodge, A1A, St. Augustine. Clyde Lassen Nursing Home The Lassen Nursing Home located on State Road

16 has received much attention over the past few months. All of the attention has not been as good as hoped. There have been issues with hiring and keeping qualified directors and passing initial inspections. I want to ensure that all are aware the home is in operation, just not operating at capacity. The main issue has been passing an initial inspection that would permit veterans who are served by Medicare and/or Medicaid. That failure resulted in turnover of one director and another was offered a position near their home for much more salary. I am happy to report that the inspection has been passed and now the home awaits a certification number. This number is needed before additional residents in those categories can be admitted. Congressman Mica has stepped in to speed that certification process. We who have been involved have been Continued on page 6 Page 5

First Militia Chapter17th Annual First Militia Chapter AUSA Golf Tournament 18 April 2011Jeri BriggsThe weather was as sensational as the golfers and the volunteers. Saint Johns Golf and Country Club was, as always, the perfect setting and COL (R) Don Workman, all of the employees there AUSA First Militia Chapter President made this event as nice as it could possibly be. Tournament volunteers began arriving around 0615 the day of the event. The Thursday before the event, 14 April, volunteers met at the 1st Place Team MAJ Stephen Stroud, COL Perry HagaMark W. man, CW5 Gerry Dedge, and COL (R) Ned Woolfolk Lance NCO Club to prepare the gift bags for the expected 120 golfers. Volunteers that assisted on Thursday and also 18 April at the tournament were Jeri Briggs (Volunteer Coordinator), CPT Ben Ruffner, LTC Bill Mitchell, SFC Hector Ortizbag preparation 14 April we also had assistance from volunteers SGM Beverly Arena (whose husDave Furnal, Tom Adams, Mike Price & Wayne Stevens enjoying a break band owns Amicis Italian lunch with cole slaw, potato Restaurant and donated dissalad, baked beans, and rolls. count coupons for all of the All the food was donated by gift bags), LTC (R) Bob Haynie, Krystal Sheely, and SSG Kelley Dunn. Tournament day additional volunteers were Saint Johns County School Board Member, Bill Mignon, LTC Bob Keating, SGT The team from Dicks Sporting Goods took 2nd Susan Bush, RePlace Mike Babcock, Dave Gooden, Larry becca Gibson, SFC Pence, and Hunter Morrissette. Gerry Robinson, Vickie Cheney Brothers as were the Layton, Jen150 canvas gift bags we nifer Ingram, stuffed with gifts and handed rd 3 Place went to CPT Brian Cooper, CW2 Rocky Stacey out to all the golfers. Alumbaugh, SFC John Hoff, and WO1 Ben Reis. Cribbs, FLARNG Winners of the tournament Public Affairs are shown in the photos . Photographer, Other prizes awarded were: Debbie Cox, WO1 Isaac Closest to the pin Women Figueroa, MAJ Betsy Evans CPT Closest to the pin Men Last Place went to MAJ Vernon Pinkney, CPT Zac Adam McClain, 1LT John Roberge, and CW3 Dan Wilson LTC (R) Pat Smith Bailey, Longest Drive Women Vazquez, MAJ (R) LTC Matt Johnson, SFC AnMAJ Betsy Evans 4th Place went to CPT Jason Neumann, MAJ Diana Haynie, and SGM gelo Guarino, LTC Rich Longest Drive Men Betsy Evans, and MAJ Kevin Becar. (R) Bob Carroll who had Elam, and First Militia ChapTom Adams already put in ter President COL (R) Don Longest Putt Women countless hours Workman. Ginger Simpson acquiring prize Longest Putt Men donations, hole The tournament was a total CPT Jason Neumann sponsors, and any- success. After the golfers Chipping Contest thing else needed finished playing, Cheney Vaughn Brown to make this a suc- Brothers provided a wondercess. At the gift ful grilled bar-b-que chickenCheney Brothers entered a team - Brad Boley, Jason OReilly, and Dave Williams Page 6

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Veterans Update continued from page 5dismayed by the government's processes (I am being kind). One of the newest residents is COL (Ret) Ed Taylor. Having visited COL Ed I can report he is doing well and is most appreciative of his surroundings. He is not in charge yet, however I anticipate a change of command soon. Our heartfelt sympathies are extended to him for the loss of his wife Jan. Jacksonville National Cemetery Many of our veterans and veteran families are not yet aware of the wonderful asset this shrine brings to Northeast Florida. Located at 4083 Lannie Road, Jacksonville, Florida 32218 (Phone 904.766.5222) the cemetery provides the dignity our veterans and spouses so richly deserve. As of this writing the total number of interments numbers close to three thousand (3,000). Phase 1B is scheduled to open in May which will include the new entrance, administration building and columbariums. I would urge all to become familiar with this privilege afforded those who have served. Your funeral director can provide information for your planning which can include burial or placement at the cemtery at no cost and will include military honors. Included for a burial is opening and closing of the gravesite, a vault and headstone at no cost. The most important document for eligibility is the discharge document DD-214 or NGB 22 (indicated 20 or more years service). I would encourage you to visit the shrine or the website at www.cem.va.gov/ nchp/jacksonville.asp Those families that have cremains and wish to have them interred at the cemetery may contact the cemetery at the above number. ID Cards DoD has announced removal of SSN's from ID cards (all issue categories). As a member of the Chief of Staff, U.S. Army Retiree Council that was our request annually from 2002 to 2006. We also asked that the requirement for renewal for spouses end at age 65. It was changed, but to age 75.

COL Gallant Captivates AudienceLTC Matt JohnsonSpeaking to a packed house, COL Rich Gallant eloquently delivered a memorable address to the First Militia Chapter members. "The success of the Brigade's mission rests upon the accomplishments of the NCOs and Soldiers of the Brigade," COL Gallant stated. His pride in his Soldiers was evident as he described the deployment from beginning to end. Using a slideshow with captivating photographs, COL Gallant took the audience on a visual journey beginning with training at Camp Blanding and Fort Hood, Texas and then on to Theater and back. COL Gallant was the keynote speaker for the Chapter's Quarterly Dinner Meeting held the evening of February 17th at the Saint Francis Barracks Officers Club. Needless to say, registration for the dinner was at an all-time high with nearly 100 members and guests in attendance. The speech was interesting, inspiring, and often times comical as COL Gallant displayed emotion for his Soldiers while keeping the audience laughing at the often times funny events that can occur during a deployment. While COL Gallant was delivering an excellent speech, Stalvey Caterers was delivering one of the best dinners in the history of the First Militia Chapter, which featured their famous fried chicken. Overall, it was an evening to remember with good Army camaraderie all around.

A Special Thank You to our Corporate Sponsors

AUSAs Corporate Members are localbusinesses, large corporations, civic groups,

veterans organizations, societies and local Amici Italion Restaurant, 1915 A1A South, St. Augustine, FL 32080 community groups. Andys Taylor Rental, 1005 Pope Road, St. Aug, FL 32080; (904)471-2991 This program provides Corporate Members Arnett HIG & Air Conditioning, Inc, 83 Orange St., St. Aug, FL; (904)829-3071 the opportunity to demonstrate to the community that they support Soldiers and Atlantic Automotive & Quick Lube Ctr, 155 A1A Beach Blvd, St. Augustine, FL; (904)471their families while strengthening their own business opportunities. 9790 Bank of St. Augustine, 120 SR 312 West, St. Augustine, FL 32086 Bed Bath & Beyond, 320 C B L Drive, St. Augustine, FL; (904)829-1901 Bozard Ford Co., 540 Prime Outlets Blvd, St. Augustine, FL 32084 Century 21 St. Augustine Properties, Inc., 2820 A, US HWY 1 South, St. Aug, FL; (904)797-6000 Courtyard by Marriott/Fairfield Inn, 2075 SR-16, St. Augustine, FL; (800)238-767 Craig Funeral Home, 1475 Old Dixie Highway, St. Augustine, FL; (904)824-1672 Elegant Events, 3940 Barbara Terrace, St. Augustine, FL; (904)797-2352 Florida Capital Bank, 1017 A1A Beach Blvd, St. Augustine, FL 32080 Gregg T. Russell, DMD, PA, 2535 U.S. 1 South, Suite 2, St. Augustine, FL; (904)97-7901 Herbie Wiles Insurance, 400 N. Ponce De Leon Blvd., St. Augustine, FL; (904)829-2201 Jims Drywall, 68 S. Dixie Highway, St. Augustine, FL; (904)824-0836 KJs Products LLC, Mr. Kenny Johns, P.O. Box 861025, St. Augustine, FL Knox Insurance Network, 1578 U.S.1 South, St. Augustine, FL; (904)825-1233 Leonardis Nursery, 902 Anastasia Blvd., St. Augustine, FL; (904)829-5909 Luvata, Inc. National Guard Association of Florida, Ms. Mary Paul, P.O. Box 3446, St. Augustine, FL Navy Federal Credit Union Roddy Custom Carpentry Runk Properties, Inc, 1985 Mizell Rd., St. Augustine, FL; (904)471-8272 SafeSmart Inc., 2385 Pellicer Rd., St. Augustine, FL San Marco Terrace Rehabilitation & Care, Mr. Doug Hernandez, 189 San Marco Ave.,St. Aug, FL St. Augustine Officers Club, 82 Marine Street, St. Augustine, FL 32084 St. Johns Family Funeral Home & Crematory, 385 SR 207,St. Augustine, FL; (904)824-1625

First Militia Chapter, AUSA Post Office Box 3883 St. Augustine, FL 32085-3883