Our 73 local chapters are the centerpiece of AAAA. The National Executive Group works hard to maintain a close relationship and support the local chapters.
From the Mount Rainier Chapter to Rio Grande Chapter, to the Air Assault Chapter and their very successful House of Heroes effort that you will see later in this issue on page 53, your National Executive Group has been very busy traveling around the country to chapter events to make sure we are doing everything we can to support you.
That said, one of the issues that has impacted some of our chapters is the misperception that uniformed leaders are prohibited from holding elected positions as AAAA chapter officers, and particularly that Active Duty O-6s should not serve on private organization boards.
AAAA Executive Director Bill Harris addressed this at the AAAA Annual Summit in Atlanta during the Chapter workshops, but I want to make sure that the word gets out to all our members. At the workshop, Bill presented the results of his April meetings in the Pentagon with Mr. Mark Vetter, Associate Deputy General Counsel; and Ms. Peggy Baines, Associate Deputy General Counsel (Ethics and Fiscal).
Mr. Vetter provided the documents referenced below at the April 5, 2016 meeting. The first was a memo and attachment dated November 30, 2012 from Jessica Wright, then Principal Deputy, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense. The second document was DoD 5500.07-R, “Official Participation in Non-Federal Entities.”
The bottom line is that uniformed O-6 and below are NOT per se prohibited from being elected in their “personal capacity” to an AAAA chapter leadership position unless they “… serve in a leadership position that spans an entire installation (e.g. base commander, base command sergeant major)…” [Nov 30, 2012 doc].