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A Message from Walt Dortch, President:

Officers of the ACWGC, Greetings!


I am closing in on the end of my first year as President of the ACWGC and want to take the opportunity to provide you with my assessment of how things in the Club are going.


When I ran for President, I did so under a platform that emphasized three R’s: Recruitment, Retention and Rightsizing. I will take these up in order.


-Recruitment
A year ago, the Club was experiencing a surge in membership applications and it appeared at the time that growth would ease other Club issues related to administration and continued delivery of services provided by the Club. While applications for new membership have continued, they are at a rate well below those of a year ago and are serving to keep total active Club membership at a “status quo” level. The efforts of Major General Blake Strickler, the Clubs Recruiting Officer, have been exemplary and have included the creation of a state-of-the-art Recruiting Office Website, YouTube Channel and Facebook page. My take is that we have left no stone unturned in the recruitment arena. That said, I encourage all of you to make personal efforts to recruit new members and to let me know if you have ideas as to how to make our recruiting efforts more productive.


-Retention
Many of you responded to a survey earlier this year that among other things was aimed at what aspects of Club membership were the most important to you. Based on that survey here are the top 3: Playing the games, ease of finding human opponents and developing friendships. The historical flavor of the Club was identified by 36% of the members as an important aspect of the club as well. Managing and sustaining the top 3 aspects is, for the most part, a self-sustaining and low overhead proposition. Other Club services are another matter and I will take them up below. We will soon be providing you with another survey with a goal of sharpening further the focus of where our limited resources should be directed to sustain and enhance the most popular aspects of your membership in the Club.


-Rightsizing
Rightsizing is all about balancing services promised by the Club with its capability to provide such services. I believe it is fair to say that when I took office the Club was still attempting to provide the services that were established when the Club had nearly 1000 members in the 1990’s. While several efforts were made to kick off rightsizing efforts none came to fruition. Over the past year a hard look has been taken towards reducing duplication of effort between the two sides. An exemplary and successful effort in this regard was made by Generals Kunz, Eichelberger and Strickler that produced the new ACWGC Training Academy. If you have not taken the time to tour the Campus, I urge you to do so. Another effort which has been made independently by both sides is to dramatically reduce the numbers of awards, medals, ribbons and minor OBD point awards that took a huge effort to manage. The effort to make awards, which are no doubt important to some Club members, an easier to administer and more importantly meaningful part of Club membership is nearing completion.

If you have any questions or comments feel free to email me at anytime at waltdortch@gmail.com. My very best wishes to you all for a happy and healthy holiday season.

A Message from Jim Boling, USA CoA:

The Union Army Command Group is deliberating on major changes to Army administration aimed at improving efficiency, streamline processes, and easing the bureaucratic burden on commanders. These changes include muster process, awards, officer management, and new officer mentoring. Voting is taking place now and early returns suggest full implementation of the change agenda.
 

In other news, Maj Gen Victor Nelson has been awarded the prestigious Kearny Cross of Valor for “exceptionally meritorious conduct in action against the enemies of the United States.” Also, I want to recognize the outstanding tenacity and tactical acumen of Gen Ralph Peterson and Brig Gen Rick Trembley who have battled through 46 other US officers to arrive at the last match on the Union side for the “Last Man Standing” tournament. Congratulations to both of these superb officers.
 

Lastly, as the festive holiday season rolls around for 2021, be sure to let your opponents know of any game turn slowdowns as social and family calendars fill up. I hope you and your families stay safe and well this winter.

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A Message from D.W. Mallory, CSA CoA:

Officers of the Confederate States of America: 

The Confederate command staff, having discussed it collectively, have found it necessary to reduce the official number of CSA awards and ribbons.  Over the years many awards and ribbons have fallen into disuse and have become an increasingly time-consuming task for administrators to handle.  It was decided to do a full review of the more than 600+ awards and ribbons the CSA had on file. From that base number alone I believe it is self-evident why we felt a reduction was needed.  While we do want to continue to acknowledge the efforts of outstanding individuals, a simplification of the process was necessary.  Please note that any and all past awards and ribbons are unaffected. Moving forward though we have decided to make the following changes.  Note: All of the following changes may also be found at the Awards Information page.

 

 

CSA-wide Awards

 

We have elected to eliminate all but two of the existing CSA-wide Awards. The two UNCHANGED awards are:

 

The Jefferson Davis Award 

Awarded by the Commander of the Armies.

Awarded for 'service above and beyond the call of duty' for the CSA.

This medal carries 10 Conduct OBD points.

 

The Pierre Beauregard Award 

Awarded by the Commander of the Armies.

Awarded for achieving 25 victories over Union opponents.

This medal carries no OBD points.

 

It has also been determined that the Joseph Johnston Award should be renamed in honor of the late Gen. John Dragan. 

 

The John Dragan Award (formerly the Joseph Johnston Award)

Awarded by the Commander of the Armies.

Awarded for reaching 1000-point levels.

This medal carries no OBD points.

 

In addition, we have also decided to create one new award celebrating the efforts of our junior officers:

 

The Pelham Award

Awarded by the Commander of the Armies.

Awarded to Junior Officers below the general grades for displaying the enthusiasm and volunteerism which make the CSA great. 

This medal carries 10 Conduct OBD points. 

 

We have also repurposed the Robert E. Lee Award, which used to be awarded to only the Chief of the Armies, and made it accessible to any Confederate officer:

 

The Robert E. Lee Award (Repurposed)

Awarded by the Commander of the Armies.

Awarded to only the most outstanding Confederate officers as determined by the CoA.

This medal carries 10 Conduct OBD points.

 

All CSA length of service ribbons were eliminated as are the campaign ribbons. The only ribbons remaining are those for tournaments and insignia (rank) ribbons. 

 

 

Army of Tennessee Awards 

 

The Army of Tennessee has scrapped all of their ribbons and their current awards. They have been replaced by just the following award:

 

The Albert S. Johnston Award

Awarded by the Commander of the Army of Tennessee.

Awarded to any Army of Tennessee officer who displays exceptional spirit and enthusiasm within the ranks. 

This medal carries 10 Conduct OBD points and may be awarded five times per officer. 

 

 

Army of Northern Virginia Awards

 

The Army of Northern Virginia has scrapped all of their ribbons and their current awards. They have been replaced by just the following award:

 

The Stonewall Jackson Award

Awarded by the Commander of the Army of Northern Virginia.

Awarded to any Army of Northern Virginia officer who displays exceptional spirit and enthusiasm within the ranks. 

This medal carries 10 Conduct OBD points and may be awarded five times per officer. 

 

VMI Awards

VMI chose to retain its Medal of Valor, Graduation Ribbons and Rings, and the Distinguished Service Cross. But it did scrap the Law and Hampton Awards which were replaced by the Robert Rodes award:

 

The Robert Rodes Award

Awarded by the Commandant of VMI.

Awarded for exceptional performance and services on behalf of VMI. 

This medal carries 10 Conduct OBD points and may be awarded five times per officer. 

 

 

The decision to eliminate hundreds of ribbons and awards was not an easy one.  Believe me, this action was not done quickly or without much thought. This project stretched throughout much of 2021 and was discussed numerous times amongst the CSA High Command, the Army Commanders, and the Confederate Cabinet Members. We believe that by reducing the total number of awards and ribbons to a much more manageable level that we can look after them more clearly and have a fresh start moving forward.

 

If you have any questions or comments feel free to contact your Army Commander or the Chief of the Armies for more information.

 

Your humble servant,

Gen. 'Dee Dubya' Mallory

Chief of the Armies, CSA

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