President’s Corner

Dear AUSA Supporter,


Thank you for your support of our great organization!  I’m Rocky Kmiecik, and I’m proud to be serving as the President of the Chattahoochee Valley / Fort Benning AUSA Chapter.  This Chapter belongs to all of us, and together, we continue our tradition of helping Soldiers and families.


We continue to remain focused first on supporting scholarships and awards for Soldiers and families, supporting unit/organization activities, and supporting the command of the Maneuver Center of Excellence and Fort Benning.  We count on the great support of our membership, our industry partners, and our outstanding volunteers to make this happen.


Starting with the 2020 scholarships, we will no longer be giving those as part of the Fort Benning CSC program.  We have determined that we can reach a much wider pool of applicants and better serve the Soldiers and families of Fort Benning and the Chattahoochee Valley if we run our own chapter program.  We plan on awarding a minimum of two scholarships for high school seniors, $3000 & $2000 respectively.  We will also award two continuing education scholarships for the same amounts.  Depending on the quality and quantity of applications, we may award additional scholarships at the $1000 level.  The application can be found at the link on the top of the page.


We remain committed to our general membership and industry luncheons.  These forums, featuring dynamic speakers from the MCoE and local community, serve as an informative bridge between the Army, our industry partners, and our membership.  Watch out for announcements via email for these monthly events.


We continue to sponsor the AUSA/MCoE Industry Day in April and “Benning Night” at the AUSA National Convention in October.  These events showcase our efforts to link industry with government and serve as our sole fundraising activities for our Solider and family support programs.  We are grateful to our 2019 Benning Night Sponsors:


Platinum Level:  BAE Systems, CMI Defence America, Leonardo DRS, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman Innovation Systems, Textron Systems and Bell


Gold Level:  AeroVironment


Silver Level:  Hutchinson, General Dynamics Land Systems, General Dynamics OTS, Bose, FLIR, Columbus Georgia Chamber of Commerce


Bronze Level:  National Infantry Association, Idaho National Laboratory, GarryOwen LLC, Rocky Kmiecik LLC, Soucy International, Ultra Electronics, Polaris Government & Defense


We hope you will consider being a sponsor for the 2020 Benning Night.


For Industry Day 2020 we are keeping the highly successful format from last year, staying away from as much “large group” as possible with more breakout sessions with the MCoE & MCDID leadership.  This will give the focus we need for both small and large industries to get more out of the conference.  We are also keeping the additional day on the backside for one-on-one meetings with specific MCoE and MCDID staff personnel.  We hope you will be able to attend this year.


Our Chapter runs on the efforts of our volunteers.  I personally want to thank them for their efforts in helping us support the Soldiers and families of Fort Benning, GA.  The Chapter also benefits greatly from its members.  I would like to thank the members of our Chapter for their continued membership support and encourage everyone to renew their membership with our Chapter.  Our Chapter membership represents our ability to influence our National Headquarters and ask them to continue to be the best advocate possible for the Soldiers and families represented in our Chapter.  I would also like to encourage all members of our Industry family to become corporate members of our Chapter.  Corporate membership is an excellent way to show your support of Fort Benning and demonstrates that your business is a proud supporter of the Soldiers and families assigned to the Fort Benning area.


Again, thank you for everything you do to support the Soldiers and families of Fort Benning, and the Chattahoochee Valley / Fort Benning AUSA Chapter.




Rocky Kmiecik

Colonel, US Army Retired

President, CV/FB AUSA Chapter