ROCKS, Inc., Establishes Chapter at Joint Base Lewis-McChord | Item
Board members were sworn in to JBLM Rainier ROCKS, a new chapter of ROCKS, Inc., in a ceremony at the Lewis Army Museum on Joint Base Lewis-McChord.
ROCKS, Inc., is a non-profit organization providing mentorship, scholarships and scholarships to officers and cadets in their military careers, while providing volunteer opportunities, advice for military and civilian transitions, and a networking forum.
âThis organization is intended to promote the professional development of officers,â said Major General Xavier T. Brunson, commander of the US First Corps and life member of ROCKS, Inc. âGood things will come from this newly created chapter. “
Brig. General (Ret’d) Lawrence E. Gillespie, Sr., President of ROCKS, Inc., presided over the swearing-in of Major Owen Ryckman, Chapter President, Major Mikhail Jackson, Chapter Vice-President, and Board members by teleconference.
âWe recognize the opportunity to provide professional development and mentorship to JBLM agents,â said Ryckman. “We also recognize the help of the soldiers who changed duty stations which made this charter possible.”
With its roots in Washington, DC, ROCKS, Inc., was founded by 65 officers of the United States Army in 1974. It is now the largest organization of professional officers spanning all branches of the military. , with over a dozen affiliations with members around the world.
âNetworking and mentoring through ROCKS, Inc. has allowed leaders to form friendships and gain mentors that they are still in touch with today,â said Jackson. âLeadership development is the key to our success. Our dedication to mentoring and our dedication to officers, warrant officers and civilians across JBLM Rainier ROCKS will improve not only JBLM, but the Pacific Northwest community.
ROCKS, Inc.’s JBLM Rainier ROCKS Chapter began its journey in the summer of 2020, when interested officers gathered to discuss the need for a JBLM Chapter. Coordination and planning was then carried out to establish an interest group and organize a formal structure to achieve chapter status.
The National Board of ROCKS, Inc. approved the interest group in September to be licensed as JBLM Rainier ROCKS.
âAs we move forward, we ask for help and support to keep our professional development momentum going,â Jackson said. “We have a vision for the future, but these things are only possible with active buy-in and constant participation.”
For more information, please visit www.ROCKSinc.org.