AUSA SUNCOAST CHAPTER

 

SUPPORTING THE ENTIRE U.S. ARMY FAMILY
IN THE TAMPA BAY AREA AND WEST CENTRAL FLORIDA.

 

 

ABOUT US

Welcome to the Suncoast Chapter of the Association of the United States Army, supporting the entire US Army Family in the Tampa Bay Area and West Central Florida.

As part of the Third Region, we are the oldest AUSA Chapter in Florida with a tradition dating back to nearly half a century. We are a 501 c3 Non-Profit, educational organization and actively support America’s Army including Active Duty, Reserve, National Guard, Army Civilians, Retirees, Veterans, Wounded Warriors, Gold Star Families and JROTC/ ROTC.

Join us, and share our vision. We have numerous opportunities for members, volunteers and concerned citizens who wish to engage with and serve the regional military community. We also work together with sponsors who wish to support the Army in our area. Talk with us about your ideas, and we will try to turn the vision into reality.

For over four decades, our all-volunteer team has supported numerous educational, and professional development programs in the region surrounding the Tampa Bay Area. These include ROTC/JROTC programs, the Gold Star Parents, Wounded Warriors, Veterans Training, Army History and several other programs. We have committed to provide several scholarships to JROTC programs in the coming academic year. Major chapter activities during the coming year  include the Hooah Golf Classic Fundraiser in Spring 2020, and the 245th Army Birthday Ball in June 2020, as well as the Independence Day Dinner at the Fisher Houses in Tampa. This year’s Army Birthday Ball will be hosted by the Suncoast Chapter and supported by US CENTCOM.

Follow our facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/AUSASuncoast/ for a daily view of what’s going on with our chapter.

We look forward to meeting you all and playing the leading role in serving as the voice for the Army and supporting the Army Family in our region. Please contact us at any time with your ideas and feedback at Tel. (813) 585-1634.

ERIC P. LIEN
PRESIDENT
AUSA SUNCOAST CHAPTER
Eric Lien
Eric Lien
Chapter President

Suncoast Chapter Counties

Our Mission

 

AUSA represents every American Soldier by:

  • Being the voice for all components of America’s Army

  • Engaging the community and fostering public support of the Army’s role in national security

  • Providing professional development and educational programs to support our community

Our Vision

 

As the premier voice for America’s Soldiers, we are a dedicated team committed to building the best professional and representative association for the world’s best Army.

Our Values

 

  • Excellence

  • Innovation

  • Professionalism

  • Inclusiveness

  • Integrity

  • Responsiveness

CONTACT OUR CHAPTER LEADERS

Chapter President

Mr. Eric Paul Lien
Email: president@ausasuncoast.org
Bus. Phone: 1(813)406-8577

Treasurer

COL ( ret) Houston Tucker
Email: htucker8@tampabay.rr.com 
Bus. Phone: 1(813)315-8956

Vice President Programs

COL Robert H. Risberg, USA Retired
Email: rob.risberg@gmail.com 
Home Phone: 1(706)580-2567

Vice President Army Reserves

LTC Roger Lee Trout, USA Retired
Email: rltrout@aol.com 
Home Phone: 1(571)275-8980

Vice President for Media Relations/Website

Ms. Cynthia Newman
Email: cindy@crankdigitalmarketing.com 
Bus. Phone: 1(843)909-3483

Immediate Past President

COL Jorge Enrique Rodriguez, USA Retired
Email: rodst6@aol.com 
Bus. Phone: (813) 760-1405

Executive Vice President

LTC James W. Barrett Jr., USA Retired
Email: Ejimb3000@yahoo.com 
Home Phone: (314)443-3230 

Vice President Membership

LTC Eric Michael Pless, USA Retired
Email: Eric.Pless@yahoo.com 
Home Phone: (734)260-0052

Vice President NCO/Soldier Programs

CSM Torrey Vap, USA Retired
Email: torreyvap@gmail.com 
Bus. Phone: 1(813)951-0698

Vice President for Education

Mark McCatty
Email: mark.mccatty@gmail.com 
Home Phone: (813)960-2962

Vice President for ROTC/JROTC Affairs

Ms. Toni Gross
Email: cgross5@tampabay.rr.com 
Home Phone: 1(813)891-6410

Vice President – Young Professionals

SSG Matthew Behuniak
Email: matthew.behuniak@gmail.com 
Home Phone: (253)241-7479