The President's Corner

Message from the President

AUSA Stays Focused on Soldier Support
Rundy Galles
Last Frontier Chapter President
You all know that AUSA is an association of Soldiers, NCOs, and Officers from the Active Duty, Reserves, National Guard, Retirees, Department of the Army Civilians, and corporate members. Unlike other military associations, AUSA’s number one priority is supporting Soldiers. AUSA is your voice for the Army in Washington, DC. Don’t just take my word for this. Here are a few quotes from some of our Army’s senior leaders:
From Secretary of the Army John McHugh: “AUSA is without doubt the Army’s most passionate advocates and champions. We are so deeply grateful for what you do for our Soldiers, Active Duty, Guard and Reserve, our civilian employees and, most importantly, our Army families.”
From the Army Chief of Staff General Raymond Odierno: “I want to thank you for all your continuing support to our Soldiers and our families. Together we will sustain the Army and ensure a balanced Joint Force to provide flexibility and capability to the greatest nation in the world.”
From SMA Raymond Chandler: “The Association of the United States Army continues to play a huge role, lobbying for the equipment, pay, and benefits that help us maintain our place as the best Army in the world. For over 60 years, AUSA has supported America’s Army, and for that I extend my thanks and appreciation.”
One of AUSA’s hallmarks remains the dedicated and passionate service of our members and volunteer (unpaid) leaders in our 123 chapters around the world. Chapter programs support Soldiers and families from basic training graduation to welcome ceremonies to saying thanks for a career of selfless service at retirements. A tally of support from our chapters exceeds $1.7 million annually in addition to other care and support activities provided Army-wide. While the statistics of the chapter activities is impressive and exceed that of previous years, it is the passion, patriotism and love of Soldiers that remain the essence of AUSA’s commitment to the Army.
AUSA’s commitment to the Army – as the Voice for the Army and Support for the Soldier – remains strong through our programs and the action of our individual, corporate and sustaining members. In the past 62 years, AUSA has been there – engaged, energized, and focused on Army needs and requirements. As our Army enters this transition period looking toward 2020, AUSA will continue its advocacy and actions and, most important, its commitment to keep our Army Strong – as America’s force of decisive action.
As I stated earlier, our Last Frontier Chapter supports the Active Duty, Reserve, and National Guard Soldiers and their families on JBER-Richardson. We also support Wounded Warrior Soldiers, military retirees, DoD civilians, and the USA Recruiting Command. If you are not a member of AUSA, I strongly encourage you to join. The cost to Soldiers is small and based on rank. Soldiers can sign up online at or fill out one of our paper applications. AUSA membership not only makes you part of this team, but you will also receive valuable discounts with car rental companies (Alamo, Budget, Hertz, and National), Dell computers, Choice Hotels, GEICO insurance, and many other nationally known companies. A one-time savings with Hertz, Dell, GEICO or other member discount will more than offset the cost of a one year membership.
Your Last Frontier Chapter needs your support and membership. Please join or renew your membership today! For the Army,

C. Rundell (Rundy) Galles
Colonel, US Army (Retired)
Chapter President



Voice for the Army; Support for the Soldier