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KC AUSA Officer Installation

Wednesday January 22, 2020 was a snowy morning when the Greater Kansas City Chapter of the Association of the United States Army hosted a membership breakfast featuring Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army, Kansas-East Mike Hockley, and CSM (R) Rick Morris, 5th Region President.  CSM Morris installed KCAUSA’s new Chapter President, COL (R) Scott Weaver and Executive Vice President, MAJ (R) Jim Kane.  Nearly 40 of the Chapter’s members braved icy roads and falling snow to hear CASA Mike Hockley and to congratulate COL (R) Scott Weaver and MAJ (R) Jim Kane as they begin their 2020-2022 term as the KSAUSA’s elected officers. 

Honoring outgoing Chapter President MAJ (R) Emma Toops’ four years of service, 5th Region President Rick Morris made the trip to Kansas City from Fort Leonard Wood to recognize MAJ Toops’ dedication and energy in leading KCAUSA in its many outstanding activities in support of soldiers, civilians, veterans and their families in the greater Kansas City area through its programs and community outreach.

Mike Hockley
Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the U.S. Army

Our featured program speaker, Mike Hockley, Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the U.S. Army (CASA) for Kansas (East), gave a very educational presentation about the CASA program. His remarks were supplemented by attending members of the KC Army Recruiting Battalion pertaining to how the CASA program is providing support towards the recruiting mission.

Chapter President COL (R) Scott Weaver is a retired Army combat veteran who served over 29 years on active duty as an infantry officer and strategist.  His strategic-level assignments focused on Southwest Asia and Europe. Scott’s operational experience included Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm, the Kosovo Air War (Operation Allied Force), Operation Northern Watch, and Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom.  He worked Theater plans for U.S. Central Command several times during 2002-2013.

From left to right: Emma Toops, Scott Weaver, Jim Kane, and Rick Morris

Chapter Executive Vice President MAJ (R) Jim Kane transitioned from active duty in 2018 after 22 years of service as a field artillery officer with overseas tours in Germany, Iraq, Korea, the Arabian Gulf, and Afghanistan. Jim deployed to Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003 with III Corps, served in the Republic of Korea 2006-2007, returned to the Arabian Gulf in 2009 with the 75th Field Artillery Brigade, and was a NATO planner in Afghanistan during 2016-2017. He’s begun his civilian career with Sprint Headquarters, Overland Park, Kansas. 


KC AUSAElected Officer Candidatesfor the 2020 – 2022 Term President Scott Weaver is an accomplished leader and educator with over 15 years of success in organizational leadership, global program and project management, strategic analysis and operational planning in organizations ranging up to 125K employees and $12B in budget. He is a retired Army combat veteran… Continue Reading

SAVE THE DATE of Saturday, June 15 2019 for the 244th Army Birthday Celebration and KC AUSA’s 20th Anniversary Celebration WHERE: KC Marriott Downtown, Count Basie Ballroom WHEN: 5:30PM to 9:00PM HOW: Stay tuned for more details! Continue Reading

Newsletter January 2019 The latest chapter newsletter is now published and is posted on our website! January 2019 Newsletter It is chock-full of great information starting with a heads-up on several significant events we are planning, various spotlights on people and programs, details on several JANUARY events that are in the next 2 weeks (see info below), and… Continue Reading

When Experience Doesn’t Count A report on veterans’ transition concentrating on Clarksville and Nashville, Tenn., warns age and length of service “is a significant obstacle” for some soldiers looking for their first private-sector job because older troops have been removed longer from civilian culture. “Some individuals who entered the military directly from high school often… Continue Reading

from AUSA’s 5 Things #4 Veterans Want Community Connections Veterans are looking for community activities such as recreation, connection with other veterans and volunteer opportunities, according to results of a community integration survey conducted by America’s Warrior Partnership, a nonprofit organization connecting service members and veterans with local veteran-centric nonprofits. “Our nation’s warriors are looking for… Continue Reading

from AUSA’s weekly 5 Thinks #3 An A-10 Alternative The A-10 Thunderbolt, a close-air support and ground attack plane beloved by ground troops since its introduction in the mid-1970s, is slated for retirement beginning in 2022, although there is some talk about upgrading the aircraft, known as the Warthog, so its service life could be extended… Continue Reading

Why were they called “doughboys” The History Channel It’s unknown exactly how U.S. service members in World War I (1914-18) came to be dubbed doughboys—the term most typically was used to refer to troops deployed to Europe as part of the American Expeditionary Forces—but there are a variety of theories about the origins of the… Continue Reading

Continuing to Continue The White House and Congress spent most of last week negotiating a bipartisan spending agreement for the fiscal year that began Oct. 1, 2016 but they couldn’t quite work out the details on several items, including how much extra money might to go the Army and Defense Department. The Army stands to… Continue Reading

Army Well-Represented in Congress When the 115th Congress convenes on Tuesday, Jan. 3, more than half of the veterans serving in the House of Representatives and 10 veterans serving in the U.S. Senate will have Army backgrounds. Three of the 10 Army veterans in the Senate have post-9/11 service, as do five of the 44… Continue Reading


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