2021 AUSA North Texas – Audie Murphy Awards Winners

AUSA North Texas – Audie Murphy chapter today announced the winners of the 2021 AUSA North Texas – Audie Murphy Awards. Recruiters, Army Civilian Personnel, and Community Partners were honored for their work in categories ranging from Outstanding Recruiter to Outstanding Nonprofit highlighting the many ways in which individuals and nonprofits supports soldiers, their families and Army civilians, providing a voice for the Army, and honoring those who have served.

“The chapter is proud to recognize our AUSA North Texas – Audie Murphy honorees for making an impact in the community,” said Patti G. McCoy, president of the AUSA North Texas – Audie Murphy. “The Dallas Recruiting Battalion and our nonprofit partners not only are an integral part of our association, they also provide networking opportunities that makes the chapter the most useful and functional with America’s Total Army, its industry partners, like-minded associations and other supporters at the national, regional and chapter levels.”

The AUSA North Texas – Audie Murphy awards were created to highlight the work of the chapter’s partners in North Texas. Award recipients have consistently contributed to educating, informing, and connecting soldiers, their families, Army civilians, and veterans.

The winners in each category for their outstanding contribution to the North Texas Army and veteran community are as follows: 

North Texas Wreaths of Honor (Mr. Larry Allen, director) is recognized for its contributions and dedication of remembering and honoring soldiers who have gone before us and their family. 

Operation Once in a Lifetime (Mr. Patrick Sowers, founder and director) is recognized for its dedication to make the dreams of U.S. Service Members, veterans and their families come true. 

Defenders of Freedom (Mrs. Donna Cranston, executive director) is recognized for outstanding support to veterans.

Army Scholarship Foundation (COL (ret.) Jeff Gault, chairman of the board and chief executive officer) is recognized for providing college scholarships to the sons and daughters of those who have served our nation honorably as soldiers in the Army and for providing college scholarships to spouses of enlisted soldiers serving on active duty in the Army.

Our Community Salutes DFW (COL (ret.) Rich Kaniss, chairman of the board ) is recognized for providing recognition to future soldiers of each military branch of service.

U.S. Army Recruiting Battalion Dallas honored recipients for outstanding performance include:

Mr. Alfredo Ferrer, Advertising & Public Affairs Chief is recognized for outstanding support of  North Texas – Audie Murphy Chapter’s mission

Sergeant Yornalis Loblack, Recruiter is recognized for outstanding performance promoting Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics in Denton High School’s JROTC cadet programs.

Outstanding chapter volunteers are:
Mr. David Ewing,
Mr. Kevin Wentz,
COL (ret.) Woody Alexander,
Matthew Raskiewicz

Leadership award recipients:

COL (ret.) James P. Hogan (Catalytic Leader) 

COL (ret.) Richard Kaniss (Visionary Leader)

LTC (ret.) Joel Batalsky (Most Involved Leader) 

Mr. Ankit Rajora (Outstanding Achievement and Leadership) 

COL (ret.) Jeffrey Gault (Transformational Leader) 

COL (ret.) Lewis Knapp (Emerging Leader) 

Mr. Joshua Miller (Unsung Hero)

Mrs. Shelly Knapp (Advisor of the Year)

About AUSA North Texas – Audie Murphy Chapter

Association of the United States Army (AUSA) is a non-profit professional association representing America’s Army on Capitol Hill and in local communities. 

AUSA North Texas focuses on programs raising funds and awareness to support Army future soldiers, ROTC, wounded warriors, PTSD and TBI treatment. 

As the AUSA North Texas region’s premier chapter, nonprofit, educational and professional association, we educate those we serve (with programs, products, resources and events, inform our members, Congress and the American public about issues affecting America’s Army – Regular Army, Army National Guard and Army Reserve, and connect America’s Total Army, its industry partners, like-minded associations and other supporters.