By Amanda Kim Stairrett

Killeen Daily Herald

FORT HOOD – Leaders from Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana and Arkansas Association of the U.S. Army chapters descended upon Fort Hood this week for the semi-annual Region 4 meeting.

Region 4 includes the Central Texas-Fort Hood Chapter that covers Copperas Cove, Temple, Belton, Killeen, Harker Heights, Salado, Lampasas and Gatesville; Alamo Chapter in San Antonio; Arkansas Chapter in North Little Rock; GA Omar N. Bradley Chapter in El Paso; Lawton-Fort Sill Chapter in Lawton, Okla.; Leonidas Polk Chapter in Leesville, La.; Maj. Gen. Robert Bernstein-Texas Capital Area Chapter in Austin; New Orleans Chapter in New Orleans; North Texas Chapter in Dallas; San Jacinto Chapter in Houston; and Thunderbird Chapter in Oklahoma City.

In attendance was retired Gen. Gordon R. Sullivan, AUSA's president and chief operating officer.

Participants took a tour of Fort Hood Friday afternoon, which included stops at Oveta Culp Hobby Soldier and Family Readiness Center, the Close Combat Tactical Trainer, Warrior Skills Trainer and Engagement Skills Trainer.

Lt. Gen. Rick Lynch, III Corps and Fort Hood commander, met with the group before the tour to discuss his 2009-12 campaign plans that outline the vision he has for the post. That plan is set to be re-released in April with updates, Lynch said.

The plan outlines how the post will prepare soldiers and take care of families into 2011. It also provides information on what is needed to make certain goals reality and how individuals, organizations and businesses can help. Lynch delivered the same campaign plan to businessmen and women from across the United States during Fort Hood's "CEO Day" Thursday.

Command Sgt. Maj. Neil Ciotola, III Corps' and Fort Hood's senior noncommissioned officer, also addressed the group during a banquet Friday evening at Club Hood.

The meeting is set to continue today with workshops and presentations by retired Col. John E. Davies, AUSA director of regional activities. Retired Col. Ralph Gauer, AUSA state president and National Resolutions Committee member, is also scheduled to lead a session on how the resolutions process works for chapters.

There are seven AUSA regions in the continental United States.

The Pacific Region includes chapters in Hawaii, Japan, Korea and Alaska. The Europe Region includes chapters in Belgium, Germany, Italy and Netherlands. The Middle East Region includes a chapter in Kuwait.

Contact Amanda Kim Stairrett at or (254) 501-7547.

AUSA plans golf tournament

The Central Texas-Fort Hood Chapter of the Association of the U.S. Army is set to host a golf tournament May 8 at The Courses at Clear Creek on post. Proceeds from the three-person scramble will go to AUSA programs that benefit soldiers and their families.

The scramble starts at noon, and food and prizes are available.

For more information, contact Megan Shapiro at (254) 288-2876, (254) 287-4130 or

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