1AD earns elite award at AUSA convention

Maj. Gen. Sean MacFarland and Command Sgt. Maj. Ronnie Kelley, Fort Bliss and 1st Armored Division command team, and Gus Rodriguez Jr., president of the Omar N. Bradley Chapter of the Association of the United States Army, receive a trophy for the largest increase in active duty AUSA memberships Oct. 21 during the opening ceremony of the organization’s annual convention in Washington, D.C. Courtesy photo.

Maj. Gen. Sean MacFarland and Command Sgt. Maj. Ronnie Kelley, Fort Bliss and 1st Armored Division command team, and Gus Rodriguez Jr., president of the Omar N. Bradley Chapter of the Association of the United States Army, receive a trophy for the largest increase in active duty AUSA memberships Oct. 21 during the opening ceremony of the organization’s annual convention in Washington, D.C. Courtesy photo.

By Sgt. Michael Armstrong, 212th Fires Bde. Public Affairs:

The Army’s oldest and only remaining tank division received the Association of the United States Army’s most coveted and sought-after award Oct. 21 during the opening ceremony of AUSA’s annual convention and expo in Washington, D.C.

Maj. Gen. Sean MacFarland and Command Sgt. Maj. Ronnie Kelley of the 1st Armored Division, accepted the organization’s top honor for having the largest increase in active duty AUSA memberships among the Army’s ten divisions.

Also present to accept the award was Gus Rodriguez Jr., director of operations for the Gen. Omar N. Bradley Chapter of AUSA, which represents the interests and concerns of Soldiers and families stationed at Fort Bliss.

With more than 125 chapters worldwide, AUSA is a private non-profit organization that, among other functions, serves as an advocate for veterans and all components of the Army service. For more than 50 years, the organization has served as an influential lobbyist in Congress; campaigning on key Soldier issues like benefits, pay and budget sustainability.

Each October, AUSA hosts their annual convention, which provides attendees and senior military leaders with business meetings, workshops and presentations on current Army topics. The event also boasts more than 700 exhibits that showcase the latest cutting-edge advancements in defense technologies and capabilities, according to their website.

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