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1974-2016 (42 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 42 years!
                      'OUR CFC # IS 76674!'  THANKS!
WHEN:  16 JUN 2016 (THUR)

TIME: 1900 

WHERE: Chapel Fellowship Hall (in front of PX) Fort Myer, Va 
DRESS:  Duty Uniform or Business Attire (COAT AND TIE) 
Topic:  Mentorship 
Sponsor for the meeting:  TBD
Call 301-856-8319 to become a sponsor or donate online at this site. Thanks!
Shelia Howell-Flowers
 Info on the Olmsted Foundation:
OPD Diversity 
 Professional Development Army Diversity Briefing  by Mr. Larry Stubblefield 

IMPORTANT:  Members and new members please use your personal email to receive organization emails! Thanks.  166 members with a goal of 200!

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

DC CHAPTER ROCKS 25th 5-Mile Race/2-Mile Walk
 In Honor of 42 Years as a Chapter


Mark Your Calendars!!!  It is that time of year again - We are looking forward to your participation in the 25th Annual 5-Mile Run/2-Mile Walk sponsored by the Washington DC Chapter of the ROCKS, Inc.   This year the race will take place on 16 September 2015 at 8:30 a.m.  Come on out to beautiful Burke Lake Park and join old friends, new friends, neighbors, as well as Cadets from Howard University, Morgan State, Norfolk State, Bowie, James Madison, VMI, Va State and George Mason just to name a few.  Cheer for your favorite ROTC Battalion, as our military's future shows what it means to be 'Army Strong'!  This race is also a great prep for those of you planning to run the Army Ten-Miler.  Our USA Track and Field Certified Course flows through scenic Burke Lake Park - no cars, stoplights, or potholes. If you do not feel like running, no problem, we  welcome you to walk or all volunteers.


Fees (on or before 5 Sep 16)
DC ROCKS Members = $25     /     Non-Members = $30     /     Under Age 15 = $20
Thank you to our Sponsor (Click Image for Details)


Please note that online registration closes on Friday, September 8, 2016; 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.  Please register early so that we can order the right sizes of T-Shirts. The start time is promptly at 8:30 a.m.

For more information contact the Race Committee Chairman, Eric Hoggard by phone at 757-572-1261 or e-mail at

42nd Annual West Hamilton Dinner, Chapter Fall Awards Ceremony and 
 Silent Auction
in Honor of 42 Years

42nd Annual West Hamilton Dinner

Chapter Fall Awards Ceremony &  Silent Auction

 November 5, 2016


           This event raised 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 (2015) were:


DC Chapter Voluntarism Award

COL (R) Andre Barnes
COL (R) Tommy Osborne
COL (R) Ken Younger
LTC (R) Ernest Jones
LTC Kim McGhee
CPT Keshia Pride


DC Chapter Robert "Bobby" Burke Award


LTC Crede Lyons


DC Chapter Junior ROCK of the Year


CPT Glenn Brown

DC Chapter ROCK of the Year


LTC (R) Shawn Hawkins


Lifetime of Leadership Award

COL (R) Conrado B. Morgan



Thank you all for your support of the 41st Annual West Hamilton Membership Dinner occurred on 24 OCT 15 that started at 6:00pm at the Embassy Suites Springfield (5 mins from Fort Belvoir), 8100 Loisdale Road, Springfield Va 22150, (571)-339-2000. Chairperson and emcee was Kim McGhee. You may contact her at


It was an evening of fun and celebration! It is with your support that the event was successful. So, we thank you again on behalf of the Washington, D.C. Chapter of The ROCKS, Inc.


Free childcare on-site was provide for registrants for children (five and older).  




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" dinner including "Wrinkles"

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:


Wrinkles "Chitterlings"


Potato Salad

Corn Bread

Fried Fish

BBQ Pork

Southern Fried Chicken

Mac and Cheese

Collard Greens

Assorted Desserts

Rolls, Tea and Coffee



Free self parking at hotel.



Please go to the registration website or contact Kim McGhee or Sheila Howell-Flowers to be a sponsor for this event!


Silent Auction:

Thanks to Andre Barnes at for working the Silent Auction.


Items available at silent auction: (not all inclusive)


1. One Room Night (Friday or Saturday) at Embassy Suite Springfield, 8100 Loisdale Road, Springfield, Va (Valued at $150.00)


2. Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. Umbrella. Conrado's International, Inc. Greek Apparel at at $35.00)


3. Four (4) Hours of DJ time from DJ Ice - 703-625-1633 (Valued at $575.00)


4.  Gift Certificate from Brozzelli Bros Deli Fort Belvoir (Valued at $25.00)


5. Four (4) Hours of DJ time from DJ Steve McFreak-703-625-3626 (Valued at $575.00)


6. Four (4) Golfers to play in 10th Annual Washington DC Chapter of The ROCKS, Inc. Golf Tournament on 11 JUN 16 (SAT) at 0800 at Forest Greens Golf Course (Valued at $500.00)


7. Large stuffed animal, a Redskins stadium chair, Duracell Lighted

Arm Bands for running in the dark or low visibility


8. Picture frames, a "Baptism" art print, a jewelry box and jewelry tree, and wine bottle and wine glass framed art.


******A special thank you to Kim McGhee and the volunteer committee for putting together a splendid event on October 25, 2014 and October 24, 2015!  


The 42nd Annual Spring Gala and Awards Ceremony was hosted by The ROCKS, Inc. and Washington, D.C. Chapter of The ROCKS, Inc. on April 23, 2016 at Sheraton Pentagon City Hotel, 900 S Orme Street, Arlington, Va. 
We had 400 + to attend this year!


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

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  (910) 824-1911 c at Forest Greens Golf Course


We will sponsor wounded warriors and cadets, the complementary beverage cart will be a hit and food shown below 
- BBQ -Hamburger and Bar-B-Que, Fresh Potato Salad, Fresh Pasta Salad, Coleslaw, Baked Beans and Dessert 
There will be 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


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 can be 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
Wounded Warriors Sponsors:
1. Gold Star Mothers Maryland Chapter, Inc. ($175.00 donation)
Thanks for the In-Kind gifts for 2016:
1.  Four (4) Hours of DJ time from DJ Steve McFreak-703-625-3626 (Valued at $575.00)
2.  Golfsmith, 15201 Potomac Town Place for allowing space to post golf brochure
3.  Forest Greens Golf Club for allowing space to post golf brochure

Next Event Information:

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





      - Pentagon:  Myles B. Caggins
       - Cheapeake Bay Chapter- APG/Fort Meade (Surrounding Areas): COL (R) Terry Hodges
      - Fort Belvoir: Ylonda Singleton (Cuffie)

      - Bethesda: Mark Preston


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!
--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.


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.




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.