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 WELCOME TO THE HOME OF THE WASHINGTON, DC CHAPTER OF THE ROCKS, INC.
1974-2014 (40 Years!) 

 

Thank you for visiting our Homepage! 

  The Washington, DC Chapter of The ROCKS, Inc. provides mentorship, scholarship, fellowship, and professional development to National Capital Region ROTC Cadets, active duty and reserve component commissioned officers, warrant officers and GS-12 civilians and above. Our activities support the missions of the National Board of The ROCKS, Inc., the U.S. Army and other United States Uniformed Services.  We look forward to seeing you at our upcoming events as we celebrate 40 years!
 
Our Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) # 76674 and the campaign is 1 SEP - 15 DEC 2014
You can donate from anywhere in the World now with Universal Giving (UG). Please see below. 
 

Dear Local CFC Participating Charity

 

In 2012 and 2013, the Office of CFC (OCFC) had a pilot test of Universal Giving (UG), (which gives Federal employees the ability to donate to any participating CFC organization regardless of geographic location) in three campaign areas. The pilot was successful and for the 2014 campaign, OCFC implemented Universal Giving in all campaigns (including for our Federal employees and Military members overseas). While it is still early in the campaign, we are hearing positive responses to this option.

 

Office of Combined Federal Campaign

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                                                 Thank You to our New Corporate Sponsor
   
  
 
Thank You to our New Golf Tournament Sponsor
Exclusive Automotive Group
(Aston Martin, Bentley, Bugatti and McLaren)
 

IMPORTANT:  Members and new members please use your personal email to receive organization emails! Thanks.  219 members with a goal of 250!

 
NEXT CHAPTER EVENT WITH WASHINGTON, D.C. CHAPTER OF NNOA :
WHEN: 11 DEC 2014 (THUR)
 
TIME: 1900
WHERE:  WASHINGTON NAVY YARD CONFERENCE CENTER (DC)
DRESS: Duty Uniform or Business Attire (COAT AND TIE)
SPEAKER: NONE
 
Topic: HOLIDAY SOCIAL
SPONSORS FOR THE EVENTS DC CHAPTERS OF NNOA AND ROCKS
 
 
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NEXT CHAPTER MEETING:
 
WHEN: 15 JAN 2014 (THUR)
 

TIME: 1900 

 
WHERE: Community Center, Fort Myer, Va (Building 405)
 
DRESS:  Duty Uniform or Business Attire (COAT AND TIE) 
 
SPEAKER: MG Sanford E. Holman, US Army
 
 
Topic: Building the Bench for
those that are transitioning
 
 
SPONSOR FOR THE MEETING: 
 
Call 301-856-8319 to become a sponsor or donate online. Thanks!
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 Info on the Olmsted Foundation: www.olmstedfoundation.org
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OPD Diversity 
 Professional Development Army Diversity Briefing  by Mr. Larry Stubblefield 
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DC CHAPTER ROCKS 24th 5-Mile Race/2-Mile Walk
 In Honor of 41 Years as a Chapter

Ladies and Gentlemen,
 
The Washington, D.C. Chapter of The ROCKS, Inc would like to thank all who will participate in and support the 24rd Annual Washington, D.C. Chapter 5-Mile Run/2-Mile Walk at Burke Lake Park on Saturday, 19 September 2015.  With over 223 participants last year, including ROTC cadets from George Mason University, Norfolk State University, James Madison University, Virginia Military Institute, Hampton University, Howard University, Morgan State Universiy and Bowie State University our race continues to grow!  This is indeed an excellent race and an overall successful event!! Special thanks to the committee, led by COL(R) Andre Barnes and COL(R) Al Schencke, LTC(R) Rob Gary, CPT Rowan Pruitt, the squad of cadets from Howard University, the George Mason University Color Guard, and Ms. Sharene Cook, along with her team from WSC Associates.
  
2014 40th Annual Winners and Info:
 
Thanks to Brigadier General Frank M. Muth for being the guest race starter!
 
Congratulations to the George Mason Patriots for winning the ROTC Challenge again!!
 
Overall 5-Mile Run Winners  
1st Place          Jon Lopacki
2nd Place        Kyle Jacobs

3rd Place         Michael McQuera

 

Overall 2-Mile Walk Winners

1st Place         William Sellers

2nd Place        Courtney Gaines

3rd Place         Angela Mosely

 

ROTC Challenge       
1st Place Team            George Mason University
2nd Place Team           Howard University
3rd Place Team           James Madison University 

ROCKS         

1st Place Male ROCK Runner            Crede Lyons

1st Place Female ROCK Runner        Brenda Crutchfield

1st Place Male ROCK Walker            Williams Sellers

 
 Full race results can be found at http://www.youstartifinish.com/. (click on 'Events')

 

Special thanks and great appreciation also goes out to Mark Russell and the staff at Metro Run and Walk for providing run support and use of their facility for race packet preparation and pick-up, Randy Skovrinski and his team from U Start I Finish for start/finish line operations and race results, the Burke Volunteer Fire Department, and the staff at Burke Lake Park for their outstanding support and use of the park facilities.

  

Again, thanks and congratulations to all who participated, volunteered, donated, the winners, and the supporters for a fun, safe, and well executed event!  I am looking forward to seeing you all out there again next year J

 
Shawn Lee Hawkins
Shawn Lee Hawkins
Washington, D.C. Chapter Annual 5-Mile Walk/2-Mile Run
Chairman

For more information contact the Race Committee Chairman, Shawn Hawkins 703-599-1097 or e-mail hawknla@verizon.net
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THE AFRICAN AMERICAN EXPERIENCE FUND 

Support the Colonel Charles Young Legacy Campaign!

The African American Experience Fund (AAEF) of the National Park Foundation needs your help to preserve the history, home and legacy of Charles Young, an American hero.
 
On March 25, 2013, President Barack Obama designated Colonel Young’s home as a national historic site: the Charles Young Buffalo Soldiers National Monument in Wilberforce, Ohio.  Today, your help is needed to preserve and develop this great American story which is also the potential future site of the Colonel Charles Young Leadership Academy. 
 
Charles Young was the third African American to graduate from West Point Military Academy; a Military Science and Tactics instructor at Wilberforce University; a member of the Omega Psi Phi fraternity; the first African American Military Attache, the first foreign diplomat from any nation to serve in Haiti; the first African American National Park Superintendent (Sequoia and General Grant National Parks in California), the first African American Colonel in the United States Army, and the highest ranking African American officer in World War I.
 
Young's home in Wilberforce, Ohio was a hub for intellectual discourse and the arts, fueled by his close friendships with the renowned poet Paul Laurence Dunbar and pioneering sociologist, W.E.B. Dubois. Charles Young was an accomplished composer and musician who played the piano, violin, and cornet. He was an accomplished linguist who mastered German, Italian, Spanish, Latin and Greek.  He was a living testament to the regimental mottoes of the Ninth and Tenth Cavalry troops he commanded, the legendary Buffalo Soldiers, with their stalwart cry “We Can, We Will!” and “Ready and Forward!”
 
Your contribution will help establish the Youth Leadership Academy, where youth will study multi-disciplinary curricula that focuses on leadership through mentoring by Omega Psi Phi fraternity members, retired U.S. military officers, educators, preservationists, business leaders and historians. This program will inspire young leaders, cultivate future park stewards, rangers and staff through community service, to follow in the footsteps of an “officer and a gentleman” who never wavered in his pursuit of excellence. One who captured that hard won brilliance and held it aloft as a beacon for all to see; that genius is not always a gift, sometimes it’s a goal, cold and remote as a mountaintop.
 
Please donate online at: www.aaexperience.org.
 
R,
 
Mr. Muhammad Abdur-Rashid, Director, Major and Planned Giving
National Park Foundation
(202) 531-7252

2015  41st ANNUAL SPRING GALA AND AWARDS CEREMONY

The 41st Annual Spring Gala and Awards Ceremony will be hosted by The ROCKS, Inc. and Washington DC Chapter of The ROCKS, Inc. on April 18, 2015 at Embassy Suite Springfield, 8100 Loisdale Road, Springfield, Va. 
 
The 2014 ROCKs of the Year and Honorary ROCK of the Year Awardees for The ROCKS, Inc.:

 

ROCKs of the Year Awardee:  
General Vincent K. Brooks (U.S. Army Pacific)
MG Gwen Bingham (White Sands Missile Range)
COL Charles R. Hamilton (Fort Campbell, K.Y.)
COL Anthony J. (Tony) Polks, USA, Retired (Washington, D.C. Chapter Member)
 
Honorary ROCK of the Year:  
LTG Patricia D. Horoho, The Surgeon General/Commander, USA Medical Command 
 
The 2014 Robert B. Burke Awardees:
LTC Joseph Berry, Jr. (Hampton Roads Chapter) 
LTC Clydea Prichard-Brown (Washington, D.C. Chapter)
MAJ Natasha S. Clark (Screaming Eagles Chapter)
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Washington DC Chapter BG Roscoe C. Cartwright Scholarship Recipients for 2014:
 
High School Seniors:
Cadet Lamek Kahsay, Woodrow Wilson High School, Washington, D.C.
Cadet Leya Curry (USAF), Washington Math Science Technology PC High School, Washington, D.C.
 
Family Member:
Ms. Candice N. Crutchfield, Christ Chapel Academy, Woodbridge, Va.
Mr. Quinten Moton, Choctawhatchee Senior High School, Fort Walton Beach, Florida
 
University/College Freshman
Cadet Floria S. Williams Howard University
Cadet Nia D. Farmer, Howard University
Cadet Abrinna A. King-Snaggs, Howard University
 
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OFFICER PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

 
The OPD held on 7 February 2013 led by BG Gwen Bingham, Commanding General, US Army White Sands Missile Range (ATEC) was excellent at Fort Belvoir. She provided valuable military and life long experience that all could take away. Click the button below to view the brief she gave. Please pay close attention to BG Bigham's Top 10 Plus 2 at slide 8 (DO THE RIGHT THING….EVEN WHEN NO ONE IS LOOKING…"AUDIO MUST MATCH VIDEO!”). Thank you BG Bingham for always BEING willing to participate!
 
 
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Army Strong Stories: The Prichard Twins - Officers, Mentors, Leaders:
 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a33wD94P4sM
 

41st Annual West Hamilton Dinner, Chapter Fall Awards Ceremony and 
 Silent Auction
in Honor of 41 Years


October 24, 2015
                    
     G O O D   F O O D!!!                     F E L L O W S H I P !!!                   R E C O G N I T I O N !!!
                                                                                                   
This event will raise scholarship funds for highly qualified graduating JROTC high school seniors and ROTC College freshmen and other programs sponsored by the chapter.  Awards presented at the event (2014) are the DC Chapter Voluntarism Award, DC Chapter Robert "Bobby" Burke Award, DC Chapter Junior ROCK of the Year, DC Chapter ROCK of the Year, and Lifetime of Leadership Award.     
 
 
Thank you all for your support of the 41st Annual West Hamilton Membership Dinner set for 24 OCT 15 starts at 6:00pm at the Embassy Suites Springfield (5 mins from Fort Belvoir), 8100 Loisdale Road, Springfield Va 22150, (571)-339-2000. We have rooms blocked for this event. Please call to make your reservation. 
 
It will be an evening of fun and excitement. It is with your support that the event will be successful. So, we thank you again on behalf of the Washington, D.C. Chapter of The ROCKS, Inc. We will have child care (five and older) (provided by the chapter) for free.
 
Please click on this link to register: TBE
 
Agenda:
Chairperson and MC is Kim McGhee
  6-7 pm    President Reception and Silent Auction in the Gardener Room
  7-8 pm    Social Hour-"Networking and Mentoring"
8:00 pm    Program Starts-Opening Remarks by the President -in the Ballroom
8:15 pm    Invocation
8:17 pm    Buffet Dinner with "Wrinkles"
9:15 pm    Awards, Silent Auction Results and Payment
9:30 pm    Benediction
9:32 pm    Closing Remarks by the President
9:33-11 pm  Dancing
 
Buffet Dinner Menu:
Wrinkles "Chitterlings"
Salad

Potato Salad

Corn Bread

Fried Fish

BBQ Pork

Southern Fried Chicken

Mac and Cheese

Collard Greens

Assorted Dessert
Rolls, Tea and Coffee 
 
Free Child Care (five and older)-- In the suite- starts at 5 pm and ends at 11 pm.  Please let Kim McGhee know if you need child care at kim.mcghee1@gmail.com.
 
Parking:
Free self parking at hotel.
 
Sponsors:
 
 
Thanks to Andre Barnes at bbarnes@ida.org for working the Silent Auction. 
 
We are accepting in-kind-gifts now:
 
1. One Room Night (Friday or Saturday) at Embassy Suite Springfield, 8100 Loisdale Road, Springfield, Va (Valued at $150.00)
 
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 Congratulations to the award winners for 2014
-ROCK of the Year - MG Marcia M. Anderson
-Jr. ROCK of the Year -CPT Mark Preston
-COL Robert "Bobby" Burke Award- LTC Kim McGhee
-Lifetime of Leadership Award - COL (R) Harvey Dickerson
 
 -Voluntarism Awards 2014:
COL (R) Tommy Osborne- 40th Joint Spring Gala, West Hamilton, Golf, Run and VP of Operations
COL (R) Conrado B. Morgan -40th Joint Spring Gala, West Hamilton, Golf, Run and President
COL (R) Ken Younger -40th Joint Spring Gala, West Hamilton, Golf, Run and Nomination
LTC (R) Ernest Jones-West Hamilton, Golf and Chaplain
LTC (R) Shawn Hawkins-Run, Treasurer, attended meetings and events
COL (R) Terry Hodges-40th Joint Spring Gala, West Hamilton, Golf, Run and APG Representative
COL (R) Frank Francois-RMOA President, Senior Mentor, attend meetings and Events
Jasmyn C. Morgan-40th Joint Spring Gala, Awards Chair, attend meetings and Events
Allen Brown-Leadership Outreach Chair, 40th Joint Spring Gala, attend meetings and events
Crede Lyons-Leadership Outreach Chair, 40th Joint Spring Gala, attend meetings and events
COL (R) Andre Barnes-Scholarship Chair, 40th Joint Spring Gala, Run, Golf, attend meetings and events
Keshia Pride-Programs Chair, attend meetings and events 
Dea Prichardbrown-Secretary, 40th Joint Spring Gala, Golf, attend meetings and events
 
A special thank you to Kim McGhee and her committee for putting together a splendid event on October 26, 2013.                                                                      

 

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Army Doctrine 2015


 
WASHINGTON DC CHAPTER STORE FRONT

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THE ROCKS MEMBERSHIP HISTORICAL JOURNEY BOOK FINANCIAL PLEDGE

 

The National Board of the ROCKS Inc. approved the publication of a book entitled The ROCKS Inc.: A Historical Journey From 1974 – 2014. The revenue from the sales of this book will be the major fundraiser for The National Board and the 23 ROCKS chapters and 7 interest groups.

 

This extraordinary project will capture the legacy in pictures, biographies and short stories of ROCKS members, including those who have become 4-Star General Officers, ROCKS and Honorary ROCKS of the Year, and members of ROCKS Chapter and Interest Groups.  The book will also display ROCKS activities such as the Biennial Conference and Annual Spring Gala and many other contributions made by our members. 

 

We are currently in the fundraising phase of this project and we request that you favorably consider pledging $10 per month for 12 months or make a one-time payment of $120 to support the Journey project.  Upon receipt of your pledge a small ROCKS gift will be forwarded to you with a letter of thanks.

 

There are three ways for you to participate:

  • Make a one-time payment of $120 online at www.rocksinc.org (Click on “Donations”), or
  • Download the Pledge Form located on the home page of our website at www.rocksinc.org and mail it with your $120 check/money order/credit card information, or
  • To set up automatic monthly payments of $10, download the ROCKS Journey Pledge Form, select “I hereby authorize The ROCKS, Inc. to charge my credit card for $10 per month for 12 months beginning ____________ (mm/dd/yyyy) and ending on _______________(mm/dd/yyyy).”, fill in dates, billing information and return to our office either by fax, email, or regular mail.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office at 301-856-9319 or toll-free at Toll Free (888) 762-5747. Thank you in advance for your participation and support.



Click here for more information and to purchase your advance copy                  

Click Here to Become a Sponsor, Make a Donation or Purchase Your Copy

 
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9th Annual Washington DC Chapter of The ROCKS, Inc. Golf Tournament on 13 JUN 15   
(SAT) with a shotgun start at 8:00 am  (910) 824-1911 c

 

Ladies and Gentlemen,

 
Our next tournament will be 13 JUN 15 (SAT).
    
News Channel 7's Mr. Dave Lucas was our Golf Marshal and he played in the tournament on 14 JUN 14 (SAT.) Dave is one of the main anchors on channel 7 and he is also the host of the golf show Capital Golf Weekly. Thanks to Ms. Abby Fenton, Director of Community Relations ABC7/WJLA-TV and Mr. Leon Harris, News Channel 7 for assisting with having Dave as our Marshal. The Marshal opened the event with words of welcome and he assisted us in given out the awards at the end.  We will have a day party with a DJ and we will sponsor wounded warriors, the complementary beverage cart will be a hit and food shown below will be served as a buffet:  
 
-Famous Dave's BBQ:
St. Louis-Style Spareribs (3)
Barbecue Chicken (1/4)
Georgia Chopped Pork (4 oz.) with bun
Corn Bread Muffin
Wilbur Beans
Creamy Coleslawp
Buttered corn niblets
Cookie
Sodas and Water
  

There is a chance to win Five Holes in One:

Wins $25,000

Wins $15,000

LCD Flat Screen TVs

Callaway Big Bertha Club

Domestic Round Trip for Two

   

2015 Online Registration is available now.  Contact 301-856-9319 or 910-824-1911 for more information.
 
    
 
Hole Sponsors for 2015: 
1.   Proctor and Boone, LLC.
2.   Exlusive Automotive Group (Aston Martin, Bentley, Bugatti and McLaren) (cars on site at golf tournament):
 
Thank you sponsors:
 
In-Kind-Gifts  (2014):
1. Papa Johns Pizza x 13 Medium
2. Cheesecake Factory at Potomac Mills for $50.00 Gift Card
3. DC Chapter Polo Shirts to golfers from DC Chapter of The ROCKS, Inc. value at $18.00 each
4. Complementary Beverage Cart sponsored by Premium Distributors of VA
5. One Room Night (Friday or Saturday) at Embassy Suite Springfield, 8100 Loisdale Road, Springfield, Va
6. One Room Night (Friday or Saturday) at Embassy Suite Springfield, 8100 Loisdale Road, Springfield, Va
7.  Bounce Back and Play at Ospreys'- each golfer will get a coupon to cover green fees (does not including cart fees of $21.00) valued at $38.00. The Osprey's Golf Club at Belmont Bay, 401 Belmont Bay Drive, Woodbridge, Va 22191 
8. 4 Box Seats Tickets with Parking in the Garage at the Nats vs Braves game on 20 JUN 14--Capital One Bank for the first place team
9. Prince William Engraving & Awards, Inc. with 26% discount on the trophies in order to support a hole and military discount.
10. The Park at Fourteenth at 14 and I in DC - 4 gift certificates valued at $30.00 each.
11. Best Buy on Prince William Parkway in Woodbridge. They will have volunteers to come out to work, give electronic items away, print photos on the spot and give to you for free and donate $250.00 or $500.00.
 
Hole Sponsors 2014:
1. Pi Lambda Lambda Chapter, Third District, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. (www.pll-omega.org)
 
2. Gant Global, LLC (www.gantglobal.com)
 
3. Norfolk State University Military Alumni Chapter( www.nsuaamac.clubexpres.com)
 
4. VFW Post 1503
 
5. Logistics Systems, Inc.
 
6. Premium Distributors of VA
 
7. Prince William Engraving & Awards, Inc.
 
8. Global Enterprise Services, Inc.
 
9. Proctor and Boone, LLC
 
10. Capital One Bank
 
11. Colonel Jim Danridge, USA, Retired and Family
 
12. Colonel Conrado B. Morgan, USA and Family
 
13. Mrs. Maggie and Mr. Hubert Delany, Entrepreneurs and Professionals Network
 
14. Lieutenant Colonel Wally Johnson, USA, Retired and Family
 
15. Major General Robert L. Nabors, USA, Retired and Family
 
16. Major General Robert L. Nabors, USA, Retired and Family
 
17. Brigadier General Rich Dix, USA and Family
 
18. Retired Military Officers Association (RMOA)
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1a.  Mr. Dwight Freeman, Agent, New York Life Insurance Company, 757-328-8585
 
2a. Colonel Tommy Osborne, USA, Retired and Family
 
3a. Alpha Omega Chapter, Third District, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. (Washington, D.C.)
 
4a. Brigadier General Von Richardson, USA, Retired and Family
 
5a. Best Buy on Prince William Parkway in Woodbridge, VA
 
6a. Lieutenant Colonel Andrew Reese, USA, Retired, DHSZ & Associates, LLC, President and CEO
 
7a. More Options Realty at www.moreoptionsrealty.com
 
8a. Colonel Frank Francois, Retired and Family
 
Donations:
1. Bozelli Bros. Deli and Caterers, Community Center at Fort Belvoir
 
Wounded Warriors Sponsors:
1. Gant Global, LLC
2. Captain Yolanda Cuffie
3. Traci B. Van Field (Navy)
4. Colonel Ken Younger, USA, Retired and Family
5. Antonette Rainey
6. - 9. Major General Marcia Anderson and Family
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"Mentorship"

 

INSTALLATION REPRESENTATIVES

      - Pentagon:  TBD
      - Cheapeake Bay Chapter- APG/Fort Meade (Surrounding Areas): Terry Hodges
 
      - Fort Belvoir: Ylonda Singleton (Cuffie)
 

      - Bethesda: Mark Preston

 

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DONATIONS provide necessary funds for our Scholarship and Operating Funds as well as the chapter  Endowment Fund.  Click here to DONATE NOW.  Thank you in advance for your support!  

It is never to late to donate!
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The chapter performs
COMMUNITY SERVICE PROJECTS bi-annually. Please stand by for additional information, dates and times. 

 

 

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Ladies and Gentlemen,

 

Thank you for your support of We Feed Our People Project.  
 

The Washington DC Chapter of The ROCKS, Inc. and family members participated in the "27th Annual We Feed Our People Project" is on 19 JAN 15 (Monday). It was Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday and he would have been 85 years old. There will be several hundreds of volunteers on site and even more behind the scene from several different organizations. We would like to thank several DC Chapter members that has helped out in the past years.

 

More than a day off, is the catalyst behind the community based coalition of concerned individuals and organizations formed in Washington, DC in 1988 to commemorate the works and life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by reaching out to those most vulnerable the homeless. We Feed Our People (WFOP) provides a nutritious meal and warm clothing for homeless citizens in the nation's capitol as a way to keep the work of a great hero alive.

 

Mr. Walt McGill, one of the originators and founders for the project will be on hand working with some of the other originators and founders.  

 

Thanks!

 

Conrado B. Morgan, Chapter President

910-824-1911 

 


 The Washington, D.C. Chapter of The ROCKS, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization comprised of active duty, reserve, retired and former commissioned and warrant officers of the U.S. Armed Forces, widows and widowers of deceased members, cadets, other uniformed services and GS 12 and above. The organization was formed to provide professional and social interaction and development to strengthen the officer corps.  In addition to the R. C. Cartwright Scholarship Fund, the "Leadership Outreach" program provides the opportunity for teams consisting of ROCKS members to visit Colleges and Universities to provide professional career development guidance to ROTC students. DISCLAIMER: The Washington, DC Chapter of the ROCKS, Inc. is a private organization, not affiliated with any DoD Installation or the US Military. The organization is open to all. This website does not express or imply an endorsement of any products, services, or firms by the DoD or the federal government.