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.

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 2017 Benning Night Sponsors:

Platinum Level:  BAE Systems / CMI / Leonardo DRS / Lockheed Martin / Orbital ATK

Silver Level:  AeroVironment / General Dynamics OTS / General Dynamics Information Technology / Elbit Systems America / First Command / Hutchinson / KMW / Raytheon / SAAB Barracuda

Bronze Level:  Ultra Electronics / National Infantry Association / Rocky Kmiecik LLC / GarryOwen LLC / Soucy Defense / Columbus Georgia Chamber of Commerce

Contributing:  Earthly Dynamics

We are looking forward to the 2018 Benning Night, which will take place on Tuesday, 9 October 2018, in Room 202B of the Washington, DC Convention Center, 6-9pm.  Keep your dance cards open!

For Industry Day 2018 revamped the format, moving away from as much “large group” as possible into more breakout sessions with the MCoE leadership.  This gave the focus we needed for both small and large industries to get more out of the conference.  We also added an additional day on the backside for one-on-one meetings with specific MCoE staff personnel.  We will work to make the processes smoother for next year – save the dates: 10-11 April 2019.

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