ARTILLERY OCS ALUMNI CHAPTER INC

Fort Sill, OK   |  www.artilleryocsalumni.com

Mission

Preserve the archives, artifacts and memorabilia of the Fort Sill Artillery Officer Candidate School. Administer the Artillery OCS Hall of Fame. Conduct an annual reunion of graduates. Research and document the heroism and significant contributions of OCS graduates to the Nation. Provide educational outreach to the public.

Ruling year info

2003

President

Mr. William L Ford

Main address

PO Box 33612

Fort Sill, OK 73503 USA

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EIN

74-3052514

NTEE code info

Alumni Associations (B84)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

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We are working toward finding the best path to preserve our history, maintain a Hall of Fame, and continue our educational outreach to the public. We no longer occupy building 3025 (the last remaining WWII-era wooden barracks) at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, effective October 15, 2021. We have raised funds to build a 40 x 80 addition to the south wing of the Artillery Museum at Fort Sill, Oklahoma. It will be built and gifted to the US Army. The plans and specifications for the structure are in the final approval stage at the Department of Public Works at Fort Sill, Oklahoma. The gift offer is currently being staffed by the Office of the Secretary of the Army and approval should be forthcoming before the Fall of 2022. The current cost and sustainment estimate is $650,000. We have the funds on hand and we are ready to build on short notice. The building addition will help the Fort Sill Museum accomplish its mission and allow us to perpetuate the Legacy of the Artillery Officer Candidate School

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Fort Sill Artillery OCS Hall of Fame

Preserve and maintain the archives of the Fort Sill Artillery Officer Candidate School. Research and document the history of officers commissioned through the OCS program. Recognize the heroism and significant achievements of those officers and promote an interest in the program to the public through educational outreach.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Conduct research on the history of the Army Officer Candidate School program and the historical contributions of graduates to the history of the USA. Special emphasis on battlefield heroes has resulted in the creation of the Artillery OCS Hall of Valor and recognition of the graduates lost in World War II (936), Korea (69), and Vietnam (322). A new project to present the stories of graduates who died in the line of duty (not in battle) was initiated in 2019. We are also documenting a brief history of all other Army OCS programs from 1941 until the present time.

Population(s) Served
Adults

The school was in operation from 1941 to 1973 and commissioned more than 49,000 Army officers. Fundraising for an addition to the Artillery Museum at Fort Sill that will serve as a theater/classroom and a location to preserve the legacy of the OCS program at Fort Sill began on November 1, 2019. The gift package for the proposed "Artillery Officer Candidate School Heritage Center" was prepared for approval by Fort Sill Leadership and is currently in the office of the Secretary of the Army awaiting final approval. The building will be constructed in accordance with the requirements of the US Army and gifted to Fort Sill upon completion. An Artillery OCS Memorial has been constructed south of the Artillery Museum in Constitution Park. The memorial highlights distinguished graduates and battlefield heroes. It gives visitors a brief historical summary of the Artillery OCS program complete with a replica of the famous Robinson Barracks archway. It was gifted to the Army in August 2021.

Population(s) Served
Adults

The organization has established the Artillery Officer Candidate School Endowed Scholarship in Leadership at Cameron University, Lawton, Oklahoma. The Scholarship is for ROTC students at Cameron University. We will be raising additional funds for the endowment over the next few years and adding to the endowment on a yearly basis using distributions from our Endowment Fund with the Oklahoma Community Foundation.

Population(s) Served
Young adults

Where we work

Our results

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How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of unique website visitors

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

Education Outreach

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

This helps us to determine if we are getting our story out to an increasing number of people each year.

Number of inquires for information or updates on OCS history, valor awards and fallen comrades

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

Education Outreach

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

The number of inquiries indicates there is an interest in what we are making available to the public.

Number of Visitors to the Hall of Fame

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

Preserving the Legacy of Artillery OCS at Fort Sill

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Facebook Followers

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

Education Outreach

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Facebook followers help us compare our reach to other organizations with the same target audience.

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

In addition to building the addition to the Artillery Museum, a virtual Artillery OCS Hall of Fame will be located in the same facility as our archives and memorabilia. We will build an addition to the Artillery Museum at Fort Sill. The virtual Hall of Fame will be available on a kiosk to all visitors in the area. A link available to anyone with an internet connection will give access to the public, no matter where they might be located.

We conducted work sessions with all concerned to weigh the pros and cons of all possible avenues.
We coordinated with local museums ( Lawton and Fort Sill) to share space and resources.
We create a timeline (2018-2023) to have the process completed.
We have raised the funds from interested graduates and family members - no corporate contributions are anticipated.
The next step is final approval by the Secretary of the Army.
Final versions of the engineering and building plans are under final review.
Upon approval, we will begin construction.

We have the manpower and the fundraising ability to accomplish the goal. The Fort Sill Museum system is on board with our plan and we have been working with Fort Sill Leadership every step of the way, so far. We are aware of the constraints that will be placed upon us by the Army Center for Military History. The approval process and details are complicated and time-consuming. We are in the final stage of approval at this time.

We have raised the funds ($650,000) and the plans for the building are in the final approval phase.
We expect approval of our gift package by the Secretary of the Army in the Fall of 2022.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Suggestion box/email,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    We published the names of donors to the Artillery OCS Heritage Center project to inspire other graduates to contribute.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our board, Our funders,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback,

Financials

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ARTILLERY OCS ALUMNI CHAPTER INC

Board of directors
as of 06/29/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr William Ford

Michael Dooley

William Ford

Randy Dunham

Rich Cobin

John Mennig

Wayne Hunt

Dave Kendall

Harvey Glowaski

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

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Heterosexual or Straight
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Person without a disability

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