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1974-2015 (41 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 41 years!
NEXT EVENT: 41st Annual West Hamilton Dinner on 24 OCT 15 (SAT)
Click Here to Register for the West Hamilton Dinner
See below for more info on hotel, food, entertainment, child care and silent auction items!
We look forward to seeing you there. Register now!
WHEN:  22 OCT 2015 (THUR)

TIME: 1900 

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


Call 301-856-8319 to become a sponsor or donate online. Thanks!
 Info on the Olmsted
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.  196 members with a goal of 300!

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 24th 5-Mile Race/2-Mile Walk
 In Honor of 41 Years as a Chapter


Mark Your Calendars!!!  It is that time of year again - We are looking forward to your participation in the 24th 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 19 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, 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 any and all volunteers.


Fees (on or before 5 Sep 15)
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 11, 2015; 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

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

41st Annual West Hamilton Dinner

Chapter Fall Awards Ceremony &  Silent Auction


October 24, 2015



        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 (2015) 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.  We will also have Gold Star Mothers (parents who sons or daughters were Killed in Action (KIA) in attendance as our guest.




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 and the reservation code is 41W. Chairperson and emcee is Kim McGhee. You may contact her at


It is sure to be an evening of fun and celebration! It is only 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.


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


Please click on this link to register:




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 - 11:30pm 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. We are accepting in-kind-gifts and monetary donations.


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 Oprey's 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, 201! We expect that our event this year will also be a SUCCESS!  


The 42nd Annual Spring Gala and Awards Ceremony will be 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. 
The Gala sold out 37 Days in advance in 2015.  We had 260 to attend with about 50 on the waiting list.  Recommend you get your ticket early next year.

Vietnam Veterans and their families received special recognition for their service and sacrifice at the 41st Annual Spring Gala.  We recognize Vietnam Veteran (served in the Vietnam War in Vietnam) and Vietnam Era Soldier (was on duty during Vietnam- but did not serve in Vietnam).  A proclamation certificate signed by President Barack Obama, a commemorative pin and two bumper stickers were given to each.  A group photo was taken.


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 – 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 (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


Ladies and Gentlemen,

Our next tournament will be 11 JUN 16 (SAT).
Our last tournament was 13 JUN 15 (SAT) 
Mrs. Andrea Bailey, Candidate for Prince William Board of Supervisor (Potomac Magisterial District) was the Golf Marshal at the last tournament.  Mrs. Bailey opened the event with words of welcome.  We had a day party with a DJ and we will sponsored 24 wounded warriors, the complementary beverage cart was a hit and food shown below was 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 Coleslaw
Buttered corn niblets
Sodas and Water
There was 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 TBD.  Contact 301-856-9319 or 910-824-1911 for more information.
Muglligans and 50/50 raffle were purchased.
Thank you Hole Sponsors for 2015: 
1.   Proctor and Boone, LLC.
2.   Exclusive Automotive Group (Aston Martin, Bentley, Bugatti and McLaren) (cars on site at golf tournament):


3.  George Washington Chapter, Association of the United States Army (AUSA) ( Sponsor) 

4. VFW Post 1503 (
5.  COL (R) Conrado B. Morgan (President and Golf Chairman) and Family
6.  Gant Global Services, Inc.
7.  James Dandridge II (Senior Foreign Service, Minister Counselor (R) (A ROCKS Founding Member) and Family
8.  COL Shelia Flowers (Incoming President), COL Eric Flowers (VP for Membership, The ROCKS, Inc.) and Family
9.  BG (R) Earl Simms (Chairman, The ROCKS, Inc.) and Family
10.  LTC Clydea Prichard (Immediate Past Secretary) and Family and Rope Crew in Baghdad, Iraq 
11. COL (R) Ken Younger (Nomination Chairman) and Family
12.  Ms. Gloria McFarland and Family (great supporter)
13.  COL (R) Tommy Osborne (VP of Operations) and Family
14.  Alpha Omega Chapter, Third District (DC and VA), Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.
15. RMOA Business Association, Inc. (RBA)
16. BG Rich Dix and Family
17.  LTC (R) Shawn Hawkins (Treasure), President, Hamma Down Enterprises and Family
18.  Management Support Technology, Inc. (MSTI)
1a. George M. Hampton Foundation (GMHF)
2a.  Norfolk State University Alumni Association Military Alumni Chapter (NSUAAMAC)(
Thank you Wounded Warrior Sponsors for 2015:
The Wounded Warrior Battalion from Fort Belvoir was sending 24 wounded warriors to play in our golf tournament on 13 JUN 15.  We would like to thank the following for sponsoring 24 wounded warriors:
1. COL (R) Conrado B. Morgan (President) and Family
2. MG (R) Arthur Dean and Family
3. MG (R) Arthur Dean and Family
4. COL (R) Ken Gant and Family
5. LTC (R) Ernest Jones (Chaplain) and Family
6. LTC Lyon Crede (PMS, HU) and Family
7. COL (R) Andre Barnes (Scholarship Chairman) and Family
8.  COL (R) Tommy Osborne (Vice President of Operations) and Family
9. LTC (R) Cozy (USMC) and Mrs. Andrea Bailey (Democratic Candidate for Prince William County Board of Supervisor (Potomac District)
10.  1SG Al Wood, Pi Lambda Lambda Chapter, Third District (Fatherhood Imitative Chairman), Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.  and Family
11. Dr. Faye Davis and Family (Guest speaker on Identity Theft for May 21, 2015 and member)
12.  MG Gwen Bingham and Family (member and great supporter)
13.  COL (R) Rex Allen and Family (member, great supporter and golfer)
14.  LTC Kay "Linda" Emerson (incoming Counselor) and family
15.  COL Marilyn D. Brew and Family (member and great supporter)
16.  COL Charles Hamilton and Family (member and great supporter)
17.  LTC James Clarke, LTC Natasha Clarke and Family (members and great supporter)
18.  COL Lillian "Anita" Dixon, COL LaTonya Lynn and COL (R) Dorene Hurt (VP for Communications, The ROCKS, Inc. (members, great supporters and member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.)
19.  COL (R) James T. George and Family (member and great supporter)
20.  COL (R) Lucretia M. McClenney (VP for Finance, The ROCKS, Inc.)
21.  Woodbridge and Forrest Park Senior High Schools AJROTC
22.  LTC Clydea Prichard-Brown (Immediate Past Secretary) and Family
23.  MG (R) Robert Gaskill and Family (member and great supporter)
24.  MG (R) Peet Proctor, Proctor & Boone, LLC and Family (member and great supporter)
Thanks In-Kind Gifts (2015): 
1.  One Room Night (Friday or Saturday) at Embassy Suite Springfield, 8100 Loisdale Road, Springfield, Va valued at $135.00 (Manager Reception and Buffett Breakfast)
2.  Washington DC Chapter of The ROCKS, Inc. Sun Visors
3.  Complimentary Beverage Cart
4.  Day Party
5.  Buffet Meal
6.  Romano's Macaroni Grill gift card valued at $35.00
7.  Golf sponsorship package valued at $400.00
8.  Applebee's $5.00 x 110 gift certificates on Prince William Parkway valued at $550.00 (Phillip Roberts, Marketing Manager) 
9. Golfsmith $10.00 x 100 gift certificates valued at $1000.00
10. Donation of $125.00 from Dywane Hall from Dywane A. Hall & Company
Hole Sponsors for 2016:  
1.   Exclusive Automotive Group (Bentley, Bugatti and McLaren) (cars on site at golf tournament):

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


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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 28th Annual "We Feed Our People Project" on 19 JAN 15 (Monday) at 0900 -1600 in Anacostia at The Big Chair: Martin Luther King, Jr. Ave, SE and V Street, SE Washington, D.C. 20020. 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 86 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.




Conrado B. Morgan, 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.