Association of the United States Army
Arsenal of Democracy Chapter
Greetings from Arsenal of Democracy Chapter new President of the Board
21 September 2016
Welcome to the Arsenal of Democracy Chapter of AUSA. I would like to introduce myself, I am BG (Ret) Mark A. Montjar, and will serve as your President 1 July 2016 to 30 June 2018. My military career began when I entered the Army at Ft. Lee, VA in January 1972. I served in a variety of command and staff assignments both in Germany and at Ft. Lee until I separated from active duty and joined the Army Reserve in October 1977 while simultaneously starting a 25 year career at General Motors. Two days after 911, I was mobilized back into the active Army at the Army Materiel Command (AMC) Headquarters in Alexandria, VA., where I served as the Assistant Deputy Chief of Staff for Logistics, then later Operations from 2001 to 2005. While at AMC, I retired from General Motors in April 2002. My final assignment was at Ft. Monroe, VA. where I served as Deputy Commanding General of the US Army Cadet Command from 2005 to 2006 then retired from the Army in May of 2007. I then worked at Booz Allen Hamilton, Agility Logistics, and finally VSE Corporation as Director of Business Development. I am now fully retired. My wife, Diana, and I reside in South Lyon. My son lives in Shelby Twp. and works at TACOM. My daughter, her husband, and two grandsons live in Montclair, NJ.
In the coming months, your leadership team will bring forth new ideas and events that are sure to increase the involvement of our membership. The first Chapter event will be the Hospitality Suite at the AUSA National Meeting 3-5 October in Washington, DC. On 15 October, the Chapter will co-sponsor with Women in Defense the “Celebrate Michigan’s Military” event at the DC3S building. This will be the fifth year for CMM and the second year supporting Guardian Angels Medical Service Dogs. Two Michigan Veterans have been paired with a service dog as a result of last year’s event and this year we hope to pair at least five Michigan Veterans with a service dog. One of our Chapter’s Corporate Sponsors, Meritor, Inc., has pledged $20,000 which covers all training expenses for their puppy, Bull. He will be meeting his Veteran in approximately two years. Look for your invitation through our Chapter email in early September. In the meantime, if you have any questions, please contact Mary at firstname.lastname@example.org.
On 18 October we will conduct our Corporate Luncheon at the Detroit Athletic Club. Our featured speaker will be Mr. David Albritton, Executive Director for Global Product Development Communications at General Motors. Mr. Albritton will discuss the latest initiatives from a General Motors perspective which impact TACOM, the Army, and the Department of Defense. Additionally, our special guest will be LTC (Ret) Charles Kettles, our newest Chapter member and recipient of the Medal of Honor from President Obama on 18 July 2016. Your team will be developing plans for new events such as a “Pub Crawl” in Grosse Pointe and other locations. These events will be a membership drive for ALL individuals led by our Young Professionals.
My goal for the Arsenal of Democracy Chapter is t o increase our membership as much as possible (at least 25%), provide support for all of our soldiers and families, support and mentor Army ROTC cadets at our high schools and universities, support various military events with speakers and attendance, work with other organizations such as National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) and Women in Defense (WID) to further develop our mutual goals and support for the Army, and “Have Fun”.
I am excited to lead the fantastic team we have elected and look forward to meeting as many of you as I can. I encourage all of you to let us know how we can improve what we do for you our members, our Army, and our community.
Go Army! Hooaahhhhhhh!
Mark A. Montjar
Brigadier General, US Army Retired