AUSA SUNCOAST CHAPTER
SUPPORTING THE ENTIRE U.S. ARMY FAMILY
IN THE TAMPA BAY AREA AND WEST CENTRAL FLORIDA.
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
AUSA SUNCOAST CHAPTER
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
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.
CONTACT OUR CHAPTER LEADERS
Mr. Eric Paul Lien
Bus. Phone: 1(813)406-8577
COL ( ret) Houston Tucker
Bus. Phone: 1(813)315-8956
Vice President Programs
COL Robert H. Risberg, USA Retired
Home Phone: 1(706)580-2567
Vice President Army Reserves
LTC Roger Lee Trout, USA Retired
Home Phone: 1(571)275-8980
Vice President for Media Relations/Website
Ms. Cynthia Newman
Bus. Phone: 1(843)909-3483
Immediate Past President
COL Jorge Enrique Rodriguez, USA Retired
Bus. Phone: (813) 760-1405
Executive Vice President
LTC James W. Barrett Jr., USA Retired
Home Phone: (314)443-3230
Vice President Membership
LTC Eric Michael Pless, USA Retired
Home Phone: (734)260-0052
Vice President NCO/Soldier Programs
CSM Torrey Vap, USA Retired
Bus. Phone: 1(813)951-0698
Vice President for Education
Home Phone: (813)960-2962
Vice President for ROTC/JROTC Affairs
Ms. Toni Gross
Home Phone: 1(813)891-6410
Vice President – Young Professionals
SSG Matthew Behuniak
Home Phone: (253)241-7479