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The membership has spoken with surveys recently sent to every member. Only 72 people responded, but they demographically represent the core of our membership. Only two non-members responded for the survey.

At the November 2018 reunion in D.C. two surveys were released. The first survey was from 1st. VP Kim Casey and dealt with the reunion exclusively. The second survey from 2nd VP Scottie Lloyd dealt with both reunion issues and membership in general. These are the results from the second broader issue survey.

The BLUF was clear and the USACCRA Board has been briefed on your thoughts.

  1. The reunion is our bread and butter activity, but many are wavering and wondering if isn’t time to perhaps expand our purpose or do business with reunions differently to be relevant for younger generations.
  2. The last two reunions are considered superlative successes. There are suggestions for improvement, but the basic outline, especially worked with a local chapter, is the correct pattern.
  3. Dues are fair. Lifetime memberships are a great deal.
  4. Members “crave” more information particularly about the Chaplain Corps now and into the future. Historical presentations are great but considered entertainment. There is a significant feeling of loss and detachment from the Corps the longer a person is retired. Membership appears to want us to help fill some of that gap with information.
  5. Which leads to another repeated issue. People expect the Chief of Chaplains and the SGM of the Corps to attend and provide a good brief on challenges, successes, and issues now and into the future of the Army Chaplaincy. The DCH was mentioned only once as a replacement. It’s got to be the Chief. No replacements. This was adamant by the surveys.
  6. Having said this, the DACH Staff and USACHS Staff are often recommended as follow on speakers. The topics can vary, but people like this pool of speakers. Also mentioned are Army commanders and General Officers.
  7. What does our membership want by these surveys? In order of desire: fellowship (reunion, well crafted website), Information (Better speakers and expanded website), and Connection capabilities (Rosters and expanded website). A special comment is drop the reference go rank. Call folks by first name, but leave off the colonel or SGM stuff.
  8. Include more of the Reserve, National Guard, and Chaplain Candidates. Also, see if a better connection can be crafted with those who are still in active service.
  9. When and where should we conduct the reunion? Fall and spring are the favorites with many saying why not alternate them. Locations vary greatly, but all places warmer is best and centrally located is better especially near a major airline hub.
  • We had nine people volunteer for help on the board and two said they are trying to make things happen with a new local chapter in their area.

The USACCRA Board is working on these results and the results from the reunion survey. More to follow, but we thank all who took the time to do this survey. We value your feedback.

1st VP Scottie Lloyd

2016 USACCRA Reunion

Are you ready to mark your calendars?  Excitement is building as the planning moves forward for the next United States Army Chaplaincy Corps Regimental Association (USACCRA) 2016 Reunion!  The dates are set, the city is selected, and the hotel is contracted.

The 2016 USACCRA Reunion is scheduled for 26-29 October 2016 in San Antonio, Texas.  The reunion will be held in the historic Menger Hotel which located across the street from The Alamo. The theme of the Reunion is “Telling Our Story.”San Antonio

San Antonio is a bustling, historical city.  Although San Antonio is the 7th largest city in the nation with the population of 1.4 million, it is known as “a large city that feels like a small town.” It dates back to the May 1st, 1718 when Franciscan missionaries and the Spanish crown established the first mission along the San Antonio River.  The mission was called Mission San Antonio de Valero.  Five other missions followed.  That first mission later became known as The Alamo.  The Alamo is number one on every visitor’s list; three to four million visitors from all over the world walk through its doors each year.

Not only historically significant, the city is a modern metropolis which offers unimaginable opportunities for millions of visitors each year. Following close behind The Alamo is the famous River Walk.  The River Walk originally began as a result of a plan to protect down town San Antonio from flooding.  Now it is a 15 mile long city park which draws visitors from everywhere across the world.

On July 5 of this year, the five missions in San Antonio were in scripted as a UNESCO World Heritage site.  It is the only World Heritage site in Texas and the 23rd in the United States.  This designation has increased exponentially the number of international visitors to San Antonio.

Known as “The Military City,” San Antonio is home to more than 500,000 military members, federal civilians and their families.  The State of Texas and the city of San Antonio welcomes all military members and retirees to the city with open arms. You can click on the attached link to learn more about San Antonio.

As you can tell, the local USACCRA group is excited to host the 2016 Reunion.  As we grow closer to the date, we will introduce you to more and more details of our planning.

After the first of the year we will provide you with the link to make your hotel reservations and register for the Reunion.  In the meantime, review the attached link and begin getting excited with us!  Begin by blocking 26-29 October your calendar.  We look forward to welcoming you to San Antonio!

Mini Reunions

The members of the chaplaincy family find regular informal gatherings to be both useful and lots of fun. They become something like “mini-reunions” that are enjoyed nationally every two years. Local chapters of the U.S. Army Chaplain Corps Regimental Association (USACCRA) provide this opportunity. As a result, at least two new chapters are in the making.


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Barry Bowden agreed to coordinate the start of a chapter in the Fayetteville, NC area where so many of our number have retired to be near Fort Bragg. A small, but interested, group gathered for lunch at Luigi’s on July 23 and made the decision to meet again in about three months—this next time with some effort to spread the word to those who are not aware of what USACCRA is doing and would enjoy participating.


Pictured are those who attended the lunch: Anita Cottingham, John Cottingham, Melanie Bowden, Barry Bowden, Tom Smith, Tim Leever, and Jim Johnson. Not pictured but present was Jerry Powell.

A group who live in the Augusta, Georgia, area met on July 21 at Macaroni Grill for lunch. This combination of retired and active duty chaplaincy family members demonstrated the value of sharing information between the two groups and supporting their common goals. Suzanne Hall and Gloria Smith agreed to share the coordinating roll in getting the ball rolling there. The task is a simple one, since local chapters are free to decide how often, when, and where they will meet. Keeping the process as simple as possible is the key, with the most challenging task to locate and notify all those in our group who live in the area.


Pictured are those who attended the luncheon. Front Row: Suzanne Hall, Gloria Smith. Back Row: Tom Smith, Bob Hall, Randy Dillard, Charlie Smith, Herman Cheatham, and Tim Mallard.

Anyone living in an area where other chaplaincy family members are also located can start a local chapter where you live. You may obtain a list of a few in your area from Tom Smith, VP for local chapters of USACCRA, whose e-mail address is