The Central Texas-Fort Hood Chapter of the Association of the United States Army inducted new leadership at a meeting last week, with the Killeen chamber president taking the helm.
John Crutchfield, president and CEO of the Greater Killeen Chamber of Commerce, was named president of the nonprofit organization, which exists to represent the soldiers by speaking up for the Army, fostering public support and providing professional education and information programs.
Crutchfield said he joined AUSA to learn about the Army for his role at the chamber.
“Then it became about supporting soldiers and their families and helping to tell their story,” he said.
The local AUSA chapter is the largest in the country, and over the years has helped the Fort Hood military community through scholarships, assistance programs and donations to the wounded warrior programs.
“In the coming year, we have to maintain the lofty status that the chapter has earned over many previous years. The fact is that chapter leaders, who preceded those who lead today, created a chapter that is the model for AUSA around the world. We don’t want to take away from that,” Crutchfield said.
During his one-year term, he said he wants to develop and implement better communication lines to share AUSA’s story through various new outlets.
“Also, we have to grow our membership and expand our fundraising efforts to support our programs,” he said. “The last few years have required a great deal of time and effort, on the chapter’s part, to manage the funds that came to us for the benefit of those effected by the tragic events that occurred on Fort Hood. That is behind us now and we need to refocus on membership and fundraising to drive our support programs — scholarships, coupon books, unit support and the like.”
For more information on AUSA and its programs in Central Texas go to forthoodausa.org.
AUSA Executive Committee
The members of the Central Texas-Fort Hood Chapter, Association of the United States Army Executive Committee for fiscal year 2015:
- Past President: Bobby Hoxworth
- President: John Crutchfield
- Vice President: Stephanie O’Banion
- Secretary: Susan Kamas
- Treasurer: JD Johnson
- Parliamentarian/Sergeant at Arms: JC Schoel
- Fundraising Committee Chair: Bubba Silverblatt
- Membership Committee Chair: Larry Phelps
- Chapter Activities Committee Chair: Bill Parry
- Communications Committee Chair: Scott Clark