About The AUSA

Voice for the Army — Support for the Soldier

who we are

Since 1950, the Association of the United States Army has worked to support all
aspects of national security while advancing the interests of America’s Army and
the men and women who serve.

AUSA is a private, non-profit educational organization that supports America’s Army – Active, National Guard, Reserve, Civilians, Retirees, Government Civilians, Wounded Warriors, Veterans, and family members. AUSA provides numerous Professional Development Opportunities at a variety of events both local and national.

Advocacy

AUSA speaks out for the men and women of the United States Army who proudly serve our country.

Local Community Involvement

AUSA has 120 chapters located worldwide. Made up entirely of volunteers, they provide recreational and educational opportunities to Soldiers and their families. AUSA and its’ chapters have contributed over $2,000,000 to awards, scholarships, and support of soldier and family programs. Their mission is to support our Soldiers and the civilians and families who work alongside of them in the local community.

Professional and Educational Benefits

AUSA is your professional association. As an Army professional, you need to keep current on issues that affect you in the work place. AUSA offers you the opportunities to accomplish this at its Annual Meeting, ILW Breakfasts, Hot topics and the Global Force Symposium.

Who Can Join?

AUSA is open to all Army ranks and all components — including Active, National Guard, Army Reserve, government civilians, retirees, Wounded Warriors, Veterans, concerned citizens and family members. Indeed AUSA welcomes anyone who subscribes to the philosophy of a strong national defense with special concern for the Army. Community businesses and defense industry companies are also welcome to join AUSA.

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Our Mission

AUSA represents every American Soldier by: - Being the voice for all components of America's Army - Fostering public support of the Army's role in national security - Providing professional education and information programs

Our Vision

As the premier voice for America's Soldiers, we are a dedicated team committed to building the best professional and representative association for the world's best Army.

Our Values

- Excellence - Innovation - Professionalism - Inclusiveness - Integrity - Responsiveness

AUSA President and Board

(Photo: Teamwork makes the dream work! The new Captain Meriwether AUSA Board Members are all smiles as they show off their AUSA Volunteers T-shirts. Shown from back left: Tina Torfin (Second Vice President), Janine Dorsey (Chapter Secretary), Sandi Lewis (Co-Director of Community Partners), John Colvin (Individual Membership), Isabella Colvin (Chapter Vice-President), Arnie Norem (Chapter Treasurer), Stephanie Prosser (Director of Young Professionals), Amy Tiemeyer (Chapter President) and Holly Contantine (Director of Single Soldiers).)

Captain Meriwether Lewis Chapter of AUSA

Amy Tiemeyer is no stranger to military service and the support members need and deserve. With a background as a veteran of the first Gulf War, serving in the Navy Reserves and being a military spouse herself, it’s safe to say Tiemeyer — the new chapter president of the Captain Meriwether Lewis Chapter of the Association of the U.S. Army (AUSA) — knows how to support the military and their families.

“I am honored to serve as the Captain Meriwether Lewis Chapter of AUSA Chapter President for a second time,” said Tiemeyer, who is also a past chapter president … I learned a lot the first time and I look forward to building on past experiences.”

 

Tiemeyer brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the role, and she’s joined by fellow smiling faces among the newest list of AUSA chapter board members.

 

They are all coming together to begin their term supporting Joint Base Lewis-McChord and Camp Murray service members.

 

“My board is very new and diverse, which is exciting, and I look forward to trying some new things,” said Tiemeyer.

 

The new Captain Meriwether Lewis Chapter of AUSA board members bring with them more than 150 years of military service and 63,000 hours of service through local AUSA chapters alone.

 

“We have a board of 16 people that includes seven soldiers for life, two veterans, five retirees, five military spouses, two engaged and patriotic civilians, and three Department of Defense (DoD) employees,” explained Tiemeyer, who said she appreciates the AUSA because of its high-level of inclusion.

 

“I love being a part of AUSA because we are so inclusive, with no distinction being made between men and women and/or officers and enlisted members,” said Tiemeyer. “AUSA believes if you want to support the U.S. Army, then come join us! Not to mention, we are constantly being given support from the national level, as well as autonomy to support our local area’s unique needs.

 

Their first general membership meeting for the public is Oct. 6, and it has a new focus of engagement — now including military chaplains in the invites for its meetings.

 

The Captain Meriwether Lewis Chapter of AUSA is already planning several events that will kick off as soon as this October.

 

“We are working hard to fundraise for this year’s Operation Turkey Drop and Ham Grenade (a program that provides complimentary holiday meals to service members and their families), and our Suits for Service Member program is doing really well,” said Tiemeyer. “Back by popular demand, we are bringing back our Zombie 5k in early fall of 2020, and the team is already starting to ramp up the planning to make this the best one yet!”

 

Currently, the new chapter is looking for volunteers that are passionate about supporting those who served and/or have served. Interested individuals or groups can find more information at ausa.org/chapters/captain-meriwether-lewis-chapter or [email protected].

 

“As the premier voice for America’s soldiers, we are a dedicated team committed to building the best professional and representative association for the world’s best Army,” according to the Captain Meriwether Lewis Chapter website.

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Testimonials

  • AUSA supplied us with welcome home baskets. It was great for the single guys returning home.

    A.N.R.
    A.N.R.SGT
  • The AUSA is a wonderful organization to be a part of. Helping our troops right here in our own community is great feeling.

    R.J.
    R.J.Business Owner