Association of The United States Army



Nov 4-7

Veteran's Day Open House
Camp Withycombe
Nov 7

Reynolds High School
Nov 8

Reynolds High School
 Nov 8
41st Documentary:
Tillamook Pioneer Museum
Nov 10
Nov 13
Memorial Coliseum
Nov 14

Camp Rilea
Dec 2-6 

Dec 4
Veterans of Pearl Harbor
 Inn at the Quay - Vancouver, WA
Dec 7

(ARC, Salem, OR)
Dec 12
Dec 13 

Sixth Region Annual Meeting and Symposium 
 April 10, 2014
April 25-26, 2013
 April 26, 2013


Business Property Trust


Credit Vault Publishing


Northwest UAV Propulsion Systems


NW Priority Credit Union


Oregon Warrior Support


Pacific NW Defense Coalition


RP Advanced Mobile Systems


Salem-Keizer Volcanoes Baseball


Sterling Battery


The Pita Pit




TriWest Healthcare Alliance


US Army Corps of Engineers


US Army Recruiting Command


Warne Scope Mounts




AUSA's Corporate Members are local businesses, large corporations, civic groups, veteran's organizations, societies and local community groups.




-Increase your companies' visibility in the military market.  
-Low cost advertising is often available through the local chapters. 
-Corporate Members may designate up to 10 full memberships in AUSA.

Designees can attend the AUSA Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C., including the special corporate member reception and luncheon recognizing your corporate support of the Army.


Interested in becoming a corporate member?  Contact

Vice President for Corporate Membership at






COL (R) Don Bond,

Chapter President

BG (R) Charles Yriarte, Immediate Past President

COL (R) George Lanning, Past Region President

MG (R) Curt Loop, 

 State President

COL Donald Rolph,

 First Vice President

LTC (R) Terry Schrick, Chaplain

Linda Johnston, Secretary

COL William Schutz, Treasurer

Suzanne Lam, 

VP - Corporate Members

CSM (R) Michael Kalberg, VP - Individual Membership


VP - Administration

LTC Alisha Hamel , VP - Army History

CPT Giles Wright , 

VP - Army Recruiting

COL (R) Herb Hirst , 

 VP - Army Reserve

LTC Kevin Dial, 

VP - Awards

COL (R) Alaine Encabo, VP - ESGR

Michelle Koshosky, 

VP - Family Programs

COL (R) Roberta Janssen , VP - Oregon National Guard

COL (R) Larry Studer, 

 VP - National Meeting

SGM (R) Charles Beauchamp , VP - NCO/Soldier Programs


 Newsletter Editor

COL (R) Robert Windus, VP - Programs

LTC Verl Miller , 

VP - Resolutions

MAJ (R) Donald Olson , VP - Retiree/Veteran Affairs

LTC Eric Larsen , VP - ROTC/JROTC Affairs

LTC (R) Richard Lightfoot, VP - State Defense Force

LTC (R) Dale Billups , Board Member - 

State Defense Force

COL Kelly Smothers , 

 Web Master




Our goal is to be the premier voice of America's Army - Active, National Guard, Reserve, Civilians, Retirees and Families throughout the State of Oregon and Southwest Washington. We are dedicated to serving the entire AUSA family through a variety of activities, programs and projects.


The Columbia River Chapter is one of approximately 130 chapters located throughout the world. We are proud to be the voice of the Soldier. Our patriotic volunteers contribute many hours of service in support of Soldiers and their families. AUSA is a private, non-profit organization which has been the public voice for all components of America's Army, fostering public support of the Army's role in national security and providing professional education and information programs. AUSA advocates for issues such as defense spending, pay increases for military and federal employees, health care, retirement benefits, and much more.


Your involvement is important to support our deployed Soldiers and their families. There are many issues that impact our AUSA family and it is imperative that our voice be heard in the hallways of the Capitol in Washington D.C. 


You can make a difference!









The Columbia River Chapter recently closed Operating Year 1 July 2012 - 30 June 2013 and experienced another very successful year.  Our chapter will be recognized for the following achievements at the Annual AUSA Conference 20-23 October in Washington DC:




Chapter of ExcellenceMerit ChapterBest Corporate Support
Superior Chapter
Star Chapter
Family Programs
President's Club Streamer
Best Support of Reserve Components
Best Support to Recruiting Command
Continuous Star Chapter
Excellence in Reserve Component Growth
Army History
Support of ROTC
Army Birthday



The above would not have been possible without our strong Corporate and Individual member support.  THANK YOU to all!


As we start the new Operating Year (1 July 2013-30 June 2014), we face several challenges in maintaining our past years successful record.  The most important challenge we have is maintaining and growing our Corporate and Individual memberships.  In the near future you will hear plans for a membership drive to be conducted after the first of the calendar year. If you have a current membership that may expire in the coming months or have allowed your membership to lapse, I encourage you to consider renewing sooner rather than later or in the case of an expired membership reconsidering renewal of your membership. 


The Columbia River Chapter will be supporting the Region VI AUSA Conference next April 2014.  The conference will be conducted in Portland at the Shilo Hotel near the Portland Airport.  Additional information is forthcoming.  


I look forward to continuing to serve as your Chapter President and wish all Chapter members and their families a Joyous, Safe and Happy Holiday season. 


COL (Ret) Donald Bond

President, Columbia River Chapter - AUSA


Submitted by Linda Latham

Congratulations to all of the winners in the various categories at the 11th Annual AUSA Columbia River Chapter 

"FORE! Our TROOPS Golf Tournament".

Pictured here is the 1st Place winning team (L to R: Dean Goettsch, Casey Olinger, Mike Rouiler and Bob Elliott

Other recipients of generously donated skill and non-skill prizes included second place tie-breaker Team Beyrooty, who also won the Persimmon Gift Certificate in the raffle drawing, and Waddell & Reed's Kurtis Inouye with the Southwest Airline tickets.  First-time players from Stone Creek Ladies Golf Club went away with

3 skill prizes, including Ladies Long Drive, KP on a Par 3 Hole, and the putting contest.  Not bad for the only ALL-FEMALE team on the course!


Special thanks to the following Chapter Corporate Members who generously donated their time, treasure and talent in support of this fund-raiser:


*Benchmade Knives
*Flir Systems
*Leupold*Waddell & Reed


What a great day to chase around a little white ball too with several yellow balls left in various locations at the Tri Mountain Golf Course in Ridgefield, Washington on July 12th, but a few yellow balls did show up at the end of play for this special drawing. The winning Yellow Ball Team Prize of a foursome at Lewis River went to Dave Yang's team. Before play commenced, our own Chaplain Terry Schrick led us in a "Golf Psalm" followed by the Pledge of Allegiance and special announcements from Co-C hairman LTC Verl Miller.


There were many comments about how much fun these AUSA sponsored tournaments produce.  Since this was the eighth (and final) year for Linda Latham to head up the steering committee planning this effort, she spent the day without her golf sticks for this one, instead electing to hang out at the First Tee, where she harassed and challenged the players to renew their membership, join our AUSA Columbia River Chapter, and guess how many tees in the jar (Leupold Range Finder went to Kent Hollingsworth's son).  The food and camaraderie was great, and with the help of a very special MC,  COL (R) George Lanning, all were reminded of our chapter's important work carried on all year with various projects, soldier recognition, and family support as we feasted on the juicy rib-eye steaks provided by an anonymous Vancouver butcher.


THANK YOU to the following sponsors and volunteers for making this a successful event!


On-Course Helpers:

Don Belshaw & Marlin Swick - Wounded Warriors Collections

Laura McCorkle, Elysium Body Therapies - Hospitality & Wounded Warriors

Linda Hill, Nancy Pine & Dawn Taylor - Opportunity Drawing

Linda Hobbs, Explore Promotional Products - Program & Signage

Linda Reyes & Bill Van Natta - Putting Contest

Roberta Janssen, Linda Johnston, Suzanne Lam - Registration

Gail Dreckman & John Welsh, BPA - OR Veterans Home Christmas Event

Gail Horner & Linda Latham - Volunteer Coordinators

Alisha Hame - OR Military History Museum Display

Jordan Givens & Linda Hill - Decorations & Banquet Set-up

Chris Acosta, Tom Mueller & Dianne Nordhaus - Sell the Tiger & Pros Shots

NW Priority Credit Union & Talking Rain - Beverages


Tee Sponsors:

*Pacific NW Defense Coalition            
*Sterling Battery Company
*Team River Runners
*US Army Recruiting BN

Prize Donors: 

Aspen Lakes Golf Course  |  Benchmade Knives  |  Broken Top Club  |  Crooked River Ranch    Eagle Crest  |  Elysium Body Therapies  |  Fiddlers' Green  |  Golfsmith    Lake Oswego Muni  |  Leupold Tactical Optics  |  Lewis River Golf Course |   Meadow Lakes Golf Course  |  Persimmon Golf Course |   Pronghorn Golf Club  |  Rite in the Rain    Sidelines Sports Bar  |  SOUTHWEST AIRLINES  |  SunRiver Resort Golf Course    Team River Runners  |  Tri Mountain Golf Course  |  Veris Industries  |  WalMart  |  Widgi Creek Golf Club


Without your support we would not be able to do the many things that AUSA does in supporting Soldiers and their families. This year's field of participants was a little lighter than previous year's; however, we still raised over $6900.


In our efforts to continue spreading the word about our Chapter's only annual fundraising event, we hope to reach more supporting partners, friends and fellow Soldiers in order to have a full field of 144 players next year.  Please commit early to play next year or, if you cannot play, please consider sponsoring a hole, donating a prize, or volunteering at one of the golf contests for part of the event.  Additional details about next year's tournament will be available early next spring.


In conclusion, this truly team event has evolved from BG (Ret) Doug Pritt's inaugural scramble raising a few hundred dollars to the current model netting between $5,000-18,000 annually hosting as many as 200 participants in some years.  No two years' events have been the same with locations varying from Persimmon to Langdon Farms to Oregon City to Chehalem Glenn and Tri Mountain Golf Courses.  Various vocalists, a bag-pipe player, video-taped golf swings and team photos were featured while participants competed for prizes donated by Albertson's, AMT, Ankeny Vineyards, Bandon Dunes, Bannings', Benchmade, Columbia Sportswear, Creekside Country Club, Crimson Trace, Danner Boots, Dick's Sporting Goods, Gerber Legendary Blades, Leupold, La-Z-Boy, Manzana Grill, Newport Bay, JetBlue & SouthWest Airlines, Portland Spirit, Pumpkin Ridge Golf Course, Riverside Golf & Country Club, Royal Oaks Country Club, Shilo Inns, Trysting Tree Golf Club, Red Bull, Rogue Brewery, and Warne Scope Mounts, to name a few!


This wonderful tradition can only continue and grow even better with our chapter's ongoing membership support leading the way forward.  Please be a part of the decision...WHERE & WHEN 2014's event takes place?  As I pass along this invitation to continue your tournament, I can most sincerely say 'Thanks for the fond memories and please keep in touch!'


Submitted by LTC Alisha Hamel

A new national holiday has been proposed and Oregon made it into a law this year.  The Spirit of '45 Day in Oregon, the third state in the nation to legislate the day with Senate Bill 832, designates the second Sunday of every August "to honor the achievements of the men and women of the WWII generation so that their example of courage, self-sacrifice, can-do spirit, unity and service will forever inspire future generations of Americans."


Oregon's first celebration of the Spirit of '45 Day was held on August 11, 2013 at Willson Park next to the capitol building in Salem.  World War II veterans were recognized and honored for their service and perhaps to see themselves in the mural produced for this event.


This inaugural year's celebration honored two of Oregon's most successful WWII veterans; Mark Hatfield, who had a long distinguished career in Oregon politics serving as both Oregon's governor and senator along with other elected positions and Brig. Gen. James B. Thayer, a successful businessman, Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army, board member of many important Oregon boards and of whom the Brig. Gen. James B. Thayer Oregon Military Museum is named.


Three speakers at this event were WWII veterans: Ed Johann, a Pearl Harbor survivor who was able to save many lives that fateful day; Leonard DeWitt, a Medal of Honor nominee who saved his company from Japanese invasion in their first real encounter against the Japanese in New Guinea; and Gerry Frank, a veteran of the European theater who spoke about the WWII generation and Mark Hatfield's contributions during the war and to Oregon afterwards.


Lt. Col. Alisha Hamel, the Oregon National Guard Command Historian and Vice President of Military History for the Columbia River Chapter of the Association of the United States Army, was the keynote speaker telling the story of Oregon's Role in WWII.  She told the story of the Oregon National Guard units of the 41st Infantry Division that was the first American Infantry Division to arrive in Australia then fought through New Guinea, The Philippines and onto occupation duty in the Hiroshima district of Japan, the 249th Coast Artillery that was based at Fort Stevens.  The 249th was the only unit fired upon in the United States during WWII when a Japanese submarine fired 17 shells at Fort Stevens.  She told the story about the only casualties in Oregon and the bombs dropped by air outside of Brookings.


Cameron Smith, the director of the Oregon Department of Veterans Affairs emceed the program and orchestrated the laying of the wreath by Reps Julie Parrish and Jim Weidner.  At the moment of the laying of the wreath taps was played to remember those that gave their all and those who have passed before us.


The event also included the Color Guard of the Oregon National guard, WWII enactors and special music, including the "Spirit of '45 Anthem" by Oregon songwriters Bret Lucich and Bonnie Karlyle.


According to the Oregon Department of Veteran's Affairs approximately 152,000 Oregonians served in WWII.  More than 3,700 service members were killed in action and around 24,000 WWII veterans are still living in Oregon today.  All veterans are asked to upload their pictures and stories to so that we will never forget your story.


For more information about the WWII Memorial visit  For information on the Historical Outreach Foundation, the 501(c) (3) non-profit associated with the Brig. Gen. James B. Thayer Oregon Military Museum, go to



Registration is open for the 2013 AUSA Annual Meeting, October 21-23, along with the Military Family Forums.  These forums within the Annual Meeting are designed to engage and inform both the military community and the greater civilian community around them.  We are excited to connect with military families, share resources, and gain insight from our scheduled speakers and panelists.  Our forums this year will feature the Army's top leaders and in depth discussions about holistic approaches to self-care, outside the installation community resources, and the rapidly expanding world of military community and family support via social networking and online outreach.

  • Military Family Forum I- Our Military Community: Voices from the Top: This forum will feature town hall style presentations from the top Army leaders.
  • Military Family Forum II- The Performance Triad: A Holistic Approach to Self-Care: This forum will explore holistic approaches to caring for one's self and family. New and innovative programs from the Department of the Army and the Department of Defense will be discussed.
  • Military Family Forum III- Community Resources: A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood: This forum will showcase the growing support of military families by civilian organizations through private /public partnerships with the military community.
  • Military Family Forum IV- Expanding Our Reach: Our Neighborhood Knows No Bounds: This forum will explore innovative uses of social media and advanced technology in the military family communications arena. Featured speakers will share techniques and successful approaches to building a virtual support community.

Not able to attend in person?  Don't worry, you can still be part of the action virtually.  We will live stream each of our forums, and will also have several ways for you to interact with fellow virtual participants and our forum speakers and panelists.




Gov. John Kitzhaber has selected Major General Daniel R. Hokanson to be Oregon's adjutant generalThe adjutant general is the state's top military commander, answering to the governor.  He oversees the Army and Air National Guard during their domestic missions and oversees their preparation for and demobilization from overseas deployments.  The Oregon Guard consists of about 6,600 Army Guard soldiers and 2,200 Air Guard airmen.


He also will be responsible for developing and coordinating all policies, plans and programs of the Oregon National Guard in concert with the governor and legislature of the state.  The adjutant general also serves as the governor's homeland security advisor.


Hokanson was born in Happy Camp, California, just over the Oregon border.  He and his wife Kelly have three children (Tori, Danny Jr., and McKinnon).

General Hokanson graduated from the United States Military Academy in 1986 and served on active duty in Air Cavalry, Attack Helicopter and Aircraft Test organizations prior to joining the Oregon National Guard.  He has commanded at the company, battalion and brigade combat team levels, as well as an Army Aviation Support Facility.


In 2006, General Hokanson deployed to Afghanistan as Chief of Staff for Combined Joint Task Force Phoenix in Afghanistan, and in 2009-2010 he commanded the 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team in Iraq.  He also founded the National Guard's first Military Assistance to Safety and Traffic and Military Air Rescue Team program where he commanded Oregon's 1042 Medical Company on nearly 100 air rescue and fire-fighting missions throughout the Pacific Northwest.


His most recent assignment was as the Director of Strategic Plans and Policy for the National Guard Bureau at the Pentagon, in Washington D.C., where he developed and implemented NGB strategy, policy, plans and initiatives related to war fighting, transformation, the State Partnership Program, theater security cooperation, homeland security for both federal and state, and civil support missions.


MG Hokanson has ably served the Oregon National Guard and the United States Army for more than 27 years.  He comes to the position with great credentials and vision.  He has achieved extraordinary success whether serving in Oregon or at national levels.


Columbia River Chapter of AUSA welcomes MG Hokanson to Oregon!


Submitted by MG (R) Curtis Loop


The Salem-Keizer Volcanoes
Thanked, Honored and Saluted another 90 outstanding military men and women from World War II, Korea, Vietnam and the Mid-East at their 6
th Annual Patriotic Tribute on July 1st, 2nd, and 3rd, at the Volcanoes Stadium.  The entire stadium was full of patriotic fans and ringed with large American Flags.  Forty organizations that interact with servicemen and women and their families had tables throughout the stadium informing military families of their benefits and services.



This year's Veterans were a tremendous cross-section of The Old/The Young; Men/Women; Officers/Enlisted; High Level Commanders/E-2 Electricians; All Branches of the Service were represented; Deployed/Non-Deployed; Combat Tested/Non-Combat Tested; Warriors of Color/Many Nationalities; and Wounded Warriors.  Veterans from World War II, Korea, Vietnam, all the Gulf Wars, as well as recently returned men and women from Iraq and Afghanistan were introduced throughout the three games.  Induction ceremonies for future servicemen and women were conducted prior to the games.  A special and reverent ceremony on July 3rd, honored the Oregon family of, and in particular, Ms Cheryl Bennett, the mother, of former SEAL, Tyrone S. Woods, who was one of the four men killed at the Benghazi diplomatic mission on September 11, 2012.  The evenings culminated with fireworks all three nights.


The Salem-Keizer Volcanoes are a professional baseball team, home based in the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes Stadium in Keizer, Oregon.  They are the Single A affiliate team of the 2010 and 2012 World Series Champions, San Francisco Giants.  For several years now, the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes have been a strong Corporate Member of AUSA.




Submitted by LTC Kevin J. Dial  


These two words don't usually go together and many of us remember High School history meant you had an hour long class reading a textbook, watching an inaccurate Hollywood depiction of something that meant nothing to you, or if you were really lucky there were field trips to museums or historic sites.  But today's students are getting a whole different experience as they are introduced to history in an entirely different way.


With the living history program students now have the amazing opportunity to learn about key historical events that are still shaping America today, while also getting a chance to meet and discuss these events with veterans that were actually on the ground, in the air or on the sea during these crucial times.  This hands-on approach is revolutionizing the way our students see history.  Now instead of thinking of a battle as just a distant and unrelated event, these students get to see the human aspect and the different factors that literally have changed the world we live in today.


The Living History Days will involve students interviewing veterans, creating reports from the firsthand accounts and spending valuable time with the veterans as they share their stories.  As our country changes, there are fewer and fewer households with living service members who are veterans or family connections to currently serving military personnel.  This disconnect in our society causes a situation where many of our youth don't feel connected to the great sacrifice made by members of the military to keep the world safe and maintain America's freedom.  While most high school students are doomed to learn about history from a textbook, many of Oregon's students now have the opportunity to hear about this nation's wars from Veterans who have fought for our country.  


The main goal of the living history program is to teach students the history of our country.  But the biggest benefit may just be the ability of our Veterans to inspire and engage our students, so they have a greater appreciation for our Veterans' sacrifices and accomplishments which in turn allows them to really understand what it means to be an American.


"Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it."  George Santayana - Philosopher 1863-1952


2014 Living History Day Schedule:


Monday, November 4th - Thursday 7th: Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum

Friday, November 8th: Reynolds High School


The theme of this year's event is "REMEMBERING THE DEFENDERS OF BATAAN & CORRIGEDOR".


An impressive group of Veterans from all over the U.S. will be speaking to the students including:

  • Defenders of Bataan and Corrigedor
  • Bataan Death March Survivor
  • Highest Living Decorated American Veteran
  • Oregon's Last Living Medal of Honor Recipients
  • Tuskegee Airmen
  • National Commander American Indian Veterans
  • Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde
  • WWII, Korean War, Vietnam War, Conflicts, Cold War and Iran & Afghanistan Veterans


  Submitted by Chaplain Terry Schrick


When we think of our fellow Americans serving in the military, and the sacrifices and demands that their job places upon them and their families, we are in deep gratitude.  Whether they are serving in our homeland, or overseas, their task is a great one.


We have been called upon to pray for them during these desperate days.  In an effort to pray more consistently and effectively this list has been compiled.  There is one prayer focus and related verse for 31 days.


Let us be faithful in prayer.  As long as "the war of terrorism" exists, let us be faithful prayer warriors in behalf of our fellow citizens who have committed themselves to defending our America.


1.       Protection - Psalm 34:7, Psalm 32:7

2.        Wisdom - James 1:5

3.        Peace - John 14:26, Philippians 4:7

4.        Presence of God - Psalm 46:1

5.        Inner Strength - Ephesians 3:16

6.        Clear Mind - 2 Timothy 1:7

7.        Security - Psalm 17:8

8.        Health for Physical Body - Philippians 4:13

9.        Courage - Joshua 1:9

10.      To Help Others - Philippians 2:3-4

11.      To Be Aware of God's Love for Them - Psalm 42

12.      Family Concerns -- 1 Peter 5:7

13.      Rest - Matthew 11: 28-29

14.      Adjust to Time Change, Sleep - Psalm 4:8

15.      Unity in Purpose - 1 Peter 3:8

16.      Loneliness - Deuteronomy 3:16

17.      Children of Military - Isaiah 54:13, Psalm 68:5

18.      Spouses of Military - Isaiah 40:11

19.      Patience While Waiting - Psalm 33:20

20.      God Directing Their Steps - Psalm 32:8

21.      Diligent in Their Work - Colossians 3:23

22.      Resist Temptation - 1 Corinthians 10:13

23.      Discernment - Philippians 1:9

24.      Traveling Safety - Psalm 121: 7-8

25.      Fighting Depression - Psalm 42:5

26.      Protection From Evil - 2 Thessalonians 3:3

27.      Encourage Those Around Them - Proverbs 11:25

28.      Personal Prayer Life - Jeremiah 33:3

29.      Deliverance from the Enemy - Psalm 31:15

30.      Angels to Guard Them - Psalm 34:7

31.      Persistence for the Task - Galatians 6:9

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