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1974-2017 (43 Years!) 


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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 43 years!

26th Annual 5-Mile Race/2-Mile Walk

Register Now!!  We are looking forward to your participation in the Washington DC Chapter of the ROCKS, Inc. 26th Annual 5-Mile Run/2-Mile Walk. The race will take place on September 16, 2017 at 8:30 a.m.  Come on out to the beautiful Burke Lake Park in Fairfax, VA and join old friends, new friends, neighbors, and Cadets from Howard University, Morgan State, Norfolk State, Bowie, VMI, Virginia State, and University of Maryland to name a few.  Cheer for your favorite ROTC Battalion, as our military's future shows what it means to be 'Army Strong!'  Our USA Track & Field Certified Course flows through scenic Burke Lake Park and is a great prep for the Army Ten-Miler!  If you don't want to run, no problem, we welcome you to walk, volunteer, or participate virtually by donating at the registration link. All proceeds will support academic scholarships for U.S. Army ROTC Cadets. 


ROCKS Members:  $30  / Non-Members: $35 / Cadets: $25  /  14 & Under: $20

**Use Discount Code ROCKSRUN17 at checkout to save $5.00 off registration**

2016 Runners

Please note that online registration closes on Friday, September 14, 2017; however, onsite registration will be available on race day from 6:30 a.m. to 8:00 a.m.  Registration closes after 8:00 a.m.  Register early so that we can order the T-Shirts size you need. The race will begin promptly at 8:30 a.m.

Race Marshal: BG Earl M. Simms, USA (Ret)
Post-Run OPD Provided by MG Leslie C. Smith

For more information contact the Race Committee Chairman, Stephen Stanley, at 504-570-3091 or

41st Annual West Hamilton Dinner

Chapter Fall Awards Ceremony and 
 Silent Auction
in Honor of 41 Years

 November 5, 2016

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 to be  presented at the event (2016) are:


DC Chapter Voluntarism Award

 DC Chapter Robert "Bobby" Burke Award


 DC Chapter Junior ROCK of the Year


 DC Chapter ROCK of the Year


 Lifetime of Leadership Award



Thank you for your support of the 41st Annual West Hamilton Membership Dinner which will occur on 5 NOV 16 starting at 6:00pm at the Embassy Suites Springfield (5 mins from Fort Belvoir), 8100 Loisdale Road, Springfield VA 22150, (571)-339-2000. 


It will be an evening of fun and celebration! 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,




 6:00 - 7:00 pm President Reception and Silent Auction in the Garfield Room

 6:30 - 7:30 pm Social Hour-"Networking and Mentoring"

 7:30 pm Welcome Chairperson/MC is Kim McGhee

 7:35 pm Opening Remarks by the President Sheila Flowers

 7:40 pm Invocation

 7:45 pm Buffet "Soul Food"

 8:30 pm Awards, Silent Auction Results and Payment

 9:15 pm Benediction

 9:30 pm Closing Remarks by the President

 9:30 - 12:00pm Dancing/DJ



Dinner Menu:



Corn Bread


Golden Fried Tilapia Fillets


Southern Fried Chicken

Mac and Cheese

Collard Greens

Assorted Desserts

Lemonade, Tea and Coffee



Free self parking at hotel.



Silent Auction:

****** Please contact Andre Barnes at if you have items for the Silent Auction.  

                      'OUR CFC # IS 76674!'  THANKS!

WHEN:  15 June 2017 (THUR)

TIME: 1900 

WHERE: Fort Myer Memorial Chapel (in front of PX) Fort Myer, VA 
DRESS:  Duty Uniform or Business Attire (COAT AND TIE) 

SPEAKER: BG R. "Scott" Dingle, CG Regional Health Command Atlantic

TOPIC:  Leadership Excellence

TITLE:  "Turn It Up:  The Difference Between Thriving and Surviving"

*Special Note: Newly elected officers will be installed at June's general membership meeting.

Sponsor for the meeting:  
Call (301) 423-5000 to become a sponsor or donate online at this site.

Shelia Howell-Flowers
Info on the Olmsted
OPD Diversity 

“Eat Wings. Raise Funds.”


The Washington, D.C. Chapter of The ROCKS, Inc. cordially invites all ROCKS members and its supporters to attend our annual fundraiser at Buffalo Wild Wings (BWW) located in Crystal City at 2450 Crystal Drive on November 8, 2016 from 1100 to 2100 hours.   


It’s so easy.  All you have to do is order food and drinks from the menu and 10% of your tab will go towards the Washington, D.C . Chapter ROCKS Scholarship Fund.  Promotion only applies to the Crystal City location and does not include alcoholic beverage.


There are several ways to support the Chapter Fundraiser.

  1. Eat lunch at Buffalo Wild Wings located in Crystal City.

  2. Tell your family, friends, and Co-workers to eat lunch or dinner at Buffalo Wild Wings.

  3. Invite Soldiers, civilians, family, and friends to lunch a/o dinner at BWWs.

  4. Attend the No host social starting from 1730-1900.          


    The Chapter President will have a no host social from 1730-1900.


    POC for this event is Jennifer Wesley at 804-926-0514 or

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:
Mr. Muhammad Abdur-Rashid, Director, Major and Planned Giving
National Park Foundation
(202) 531-7252


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!
Army Strong Stories: The Prichard Twins - Officers, Mentors, Leaders:


Click Here to View

Army Doctrine 2015







The National Board of the ROCKS Inc. approved the publication of a book entitled The ROCKS Inc.: A Historical Journey From 1974 – 2016. 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 (Click on “Donations”), or
  • Download the Pledge Form located on the home page of our website at 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


Washington D.C. Chapter of The ROCKS, Inc. will partner with the ROCKS, Inc., National Board to conduct it's 3rd Annual Golf Tournament on 6 Oct 17 (FRI) with a shotgun start at 8:00 am at The Fort Belvoir Golf Course,  Fort Belvoir, VA  22191. Pls call 770 842-2158 for questions and sponsorship.
Thank you for your support of the 10th Annual Washington D.C. Chapter of The ROCKS, Inc. Golf Tournament on 11 JUN 16 (SAT) with a shotgun start at 8:00 am at The Forest Greens Golf Course,  4500 Poa Annua Lane, Triangle, VA  22191. Call 9108241911 for questions.
68 golfers with 21of them were Wounded Warriors.
Golf Marshal: COL (R) Conrado B. Morgan - 10th year in a row as Annual Golf Tournament Chairman!


We sponsored 21 wounded warriors 
Including caterer lunch:
- Hamburger and Bar-B-Que, Fresh Potato Salad, Fresh Pasta Salad, Coleslaw, Baked Beans and Dessert
There was a chance to win Five Holes in One:
Wins $25,000

Wins $15,000

LCD Flat Screen TV
Callaway Big Bertha Club
Domestic Round Trip for Two (2)
Ken Gant hit a hole in one, but not at the holes for the prizes above.
2016 Online Registration is open at: 
Contact 910-824-1911 or  (COL) (R) Conrado B. Morgan, Chairman for more information.
Muglligans and 50/50 raffle tickets were purchased.
Hole Sponsors for 2016:  
1.  Pi Lambda Lambda Chapter, Third District, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. www.pll-omega,org
2. Norfolk State University Alumni Association Military Alumni Chapter
3. BG Richard Dix and Family
4. The ROCKS, Inc.
5. COL (R) Tommy Osborne and Family
6. VFW Post 1503 on Minneville Road (The Largest VFW Post in the US)
7. COL (R) Jim Dandridge and Family
8. COL (R) Ken Younger and Family
9. Mr. David Steward, II and Family, Lion Forge
10.  COL (R) Frank Francois, Service Disabled Veteran Enterprise, Inc. and Family
Wounded Warriors Sponsors:
1. Gold Star Mothers Maryland Chapter, Inc. ($175.00 donation)
2.  Tehani Matthews and Family
3.  MG (R) Arthur Dean and Family
4.  MG (R) Arthur Dean and Family
5. COL (R) Tommy Osborne and Family
6. LTC Kim McGhee and Family
7. - 10. George Washington Chapter, AUSA
11.  Robert Evans and Family
12.  COL (R) Lucretia McClenney and Family
13.  The RMOA Business Association, Inc.
14.  Mr. Tony Pica and Family
15.  BG Richard Dix and Family
16.  COL Dover Seawright and Family
17.  MG Marcia Anderson and Family
18.  LTC Antionette Rainey and Family
19.  COL (R) Rex and Geri Allen and Family
20.  COL (R) Helen and Ken Gant and Family
21.  MG (R) Pete Proctor and Family
Thanks for the In-Kind gifts for 2016:
1.  Golfsmith, 15201 Potomac Town Place for allowing space to post golf brochure
2.  Forest Greens Golf Club for allowing space to post golf brochure
3.  Cheesecake Factory Gift Card
4.  All American Steakhouse Gift Card (5594 Ashland Community Square, Manassas, VA)
5.  US Hole In One for Insurance Coverage of $40,000.00 valued at $814.00


Next Event Information:

(If not listed, events are TBD; please check back for updates)





      - Pentagon:  TBD
       - Cheapeake Bay Chapter- APG/Fort Meade (Surrounding Areas): COL (R) Terry Hodges
      - Fort Belvoir: TBD

      - Bethesda: Mark Preston


DONATIONS provide the 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 too late to donate!
--Author Unknown--
The chapter performs
COMMUNITY SERVICE PROJECTS bi-annually. Please stand by for additional information, dates and times. 





Ladies and Gentlemen,


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

The Washington, D.C. Chapter of The ROCKS, Inc. and family members will participate in the 29th Annual "We Feed Our People Project" on 16 JAN 17 (Monday) at 0900 -1600 in Washington, DC. Pre-registered NOT required. Come at anytime you like or stay the whole day. We are celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday/holiday and he would have been 88 years old. There will be several volunteers on site and even more behind the scene from different organizations. We would like to thank several DC Chapter members that has helped out in the past years and this year.


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.  




Shelia Howell-Flowers, President


 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 officers and GS 12 and above regardless of creed, color or gender. This website does not express or imply an endorsement of any products, services, or firms by the DoD or the federal government.