AUSA CHAPTER GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING
The Association of the United States Army Kuwait Chapter hosted their first members meeting of the new fiscal year on 29 September at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Farwaniya, Kuwait. The Chapter was honored to host the Ambassador designate to Kuwait, Mr. Lawrence R. Silverman, the Area Support Group Kuwait Commander, COL Joseph W. Power, and Deputy Chief of Staff for ARCENT forward, COL Chris Compton as well as over 100 service members and sponsors. AMB Silverman and COL Compton where the nights guest speakers.
The Crowne Plaza again exceeded expectations for service and (Malik’s company) provided professional photography to record the night’s activities. Dinner was an impressive display of local cuisine offering the best: Shrimp cocktail, humus and pita for appetizers, with a wide selection of meat, rice and shepherd’s pie (it was amazing) among the offerings of main courses. Desert was nothing but the best, with chocolate mousse, flan and pudding proving to be among the crowd favorites.
The speakers where introduced by Dr Rania. AMB Silverman spoke about the history of the US and Kuwaiti relations, starting all the way back in the 1940s, with USA engineers coming to help develop logistics which aided in winning WWII. He also explained the problems with the loading and unloading of ships and how these mishaps can still prove to be tumultuous tasks in the 21st century. Finally, he spoke of the liberal support that Kuwait offered following the Sept 11 attacks through blood donations; and how it stands out as an enduring reminder of the strong bond between our countries. He ended his remarks with the statement of the US’s continued commitment to the region and Kuwait in particular.
COL Compton began his talk with a short video showing the might of the US Army. His remarks focused on his experience and the values that attracted him to the Army. He shared his personal story as a young man in high school watching the liberation of Kuwait on TV. It was a war fought for the right reasons, the right way and with the right people conducted with professionalism by Generals Collin Powell and Schwarzkopf. “Join the team that makes a difference” is the new Army slogan and he focused on this point that the US Army continues to lead the world with the speed, precision and power to dominate warfare around the globe.
1LT Nathan Hanners gave a short talk on a soldier’s perspective of being involved in AUSA. 1LT Hanners stated his involvement has been rewarding and he urged others to consider the benefits of becoming a member. Hanners also took a moment to thank the Kuwait Chapter’s members who strive to make each event a success.
The night was concluded with remarks from Dr. Rania, explaining the mission of AUSA Kuwait Chapter and how the chapter supports the US Army’s mission here in Kuwait. The contributions of our sponsors, volunteers and board members were also recognized with representatives from Vectrus, The Bridge Company, Agility, and others coming forward to stand with the AMB and COL Compton.
by 1LT Nathan Hanners