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April 1, 2014 at 4:10pm

Captain Meriwether Lewis Chapter dominates 2013 AUSA Sixth Region Annual Awards

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This title floods the news release announcing the 2013 AUSA Sixth Region Awards. Of the 35 awards giving recognition to chapters, units and individuals, 21 were associated with or nominated by CPT Meriwether Lewis, the Joint Base Lewis-McChord chapter of the Association of the United States Army.

Whoa.

The winners of the AUSA Captain Meriwether Lewis Chapter will join the few remaining winners at the Sixth Region Annual Awards Black Tie Banquet Saturday, April 12 in the Shilo Inn & Suites Hotel at the Portland Airport in Ore. The banquet is part of the 2014 Sixth Region Spring Meeting held at the Shilo Inn April 10-13.

AUSA is a private, nonprofit organization that works to advance the interests of the U.S. Army. In addition to being a lobbying organization, volunteers with local AUSA chapters support troops while deployed and at home. The Sixth Region includes Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Nevada and Northern and Central California.

Makes the Captain Meriwether Lewis Chapter even more of a badass, huh?

Let's take a look at all the winners:

PART II.  SIXTH REGION INDIVIDUAL AWARDS

General of the Armies John J. Pershing Distinguished Service Award

To be Announced at the Banquet

Major General John A. Hemphill Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Region

To be Announced at the Banquet

Sergeant Major of the Army William G. Bainbridge Award for Excellence

Command Sergeant Major (Retired) Dennis R. Bowers, CPT Meriwether Lewis

Sergeant Patrick Gass Award for Excellence

Sergeant Jacob R. Valderrama, CPT Meriwether Lewis

Sixth Region Exceptional Civilian Service Award

Alecia R. Grady, CPT Meriwether Lewis (6R Representative at National)

First Lieutenant Erik S. McCrae Memorial Award

First Lieutenant Hannah Culberg, CPT Meriwether Lewis

Warrant Officer One Adrian B. Stump Memorial Award

Chief Warrant Officer 2 Derrick T. Favors, CPT Meriwether Lewis

Sixth Region President's Medal

Command Sergeant Major (Retired) Alan Callanan, Westmoreland

Greg Hollmann, CPT Meriwether Lewis

Sandy Merlot, Dean

Amy Tiemeyer, CPT Meriwether Lewis

Sixth Region Certificate of Commendation

Kirsten M. Kler, Bonneville Power Administration, Columbia River

Daniel DeGeorge Family, Cavaiani

Mary Findlay, CPT Meriwether Lewis

PART III.  SIXTH REGION TEAM AND/OR INDIVIDUAL AWARDS

Major General (CA) Ronald H. Markarian Award for Outstanding Cooperative Success

Virginia Kinakin, CPT Meriwether Lewis

Lakewood Subchapter of the CPT Meriwether Lewis Chapter

Colonel David A. Appling Award for Outstanding Recruiting Support

Washington State Army Advisory Board, CPT Meriwether Lewis

PART IV:  SIXTH REGION FAMILY AWARDS

Sixth Region Family of the Year Award

SSG Mark A. Jones Family, Dean (6R Representative at National)

1SG Jeffrey Goodman Family, CPT Meriwether Lewis

PART V.  SIXTH REGION CHAPTER AWARDS

Brigadier General Alex R. Cunningham Memorial Award

Category 1:  Chapters with a membership goal greater than 1501 members - NA

Category 2:  Chapters with a membership goal of 900-1500 members - CPT Meriwether Lewis

Category 3:  Chapters with a membership goal of 500-899 members - Columbia River

Category 4:  Chapters with a membership goal of 250-499 members - SGM Jon R. Cavaiani

Category 5:  Chapters with a membership goal less than 250 members - GEN William C. Westmoreland

PART VI.  SIXTH REGION ORGANIZATIONAL AND COMMUNITY AWARDS

Sixth Region Distinguished Unit Commendation

4th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, CPT Meriwether Lewis

864th Engineer Battalion, CPT Meriwether Lewis

Detachment 47, 2-641 Aviation, CPT Meriwether Lewis

Sixth Region Meritorious Unit Commendation

C Company, 7-158 Aviation (FMST), CPT Meriwether Lewis

Noncommissioned Officer Academy Parks, CPT Meriwether Lewis

Sixth Region Exceptional Contributions Award

Joint Base Lewis-McChord Credit Union Team, CPT Meriwether Lewis

City of Lakewood, Washington, CPT Meriwether Lewis

Sixth Region Public Service Award

555 Able Soldier and Family Fund, CPT Meriwether Lewis

Sixth Region Certificate of Appreciation

Bonneville Power Administration Veterans Resource Group, Columbia River

City Bible Church, Columbia River

Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1267, Cavaiani

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