Early last year, the Captain Meriwether Lewis Chapter of the Association of the United States Army (AUSA) announced that it would be expanding its reach by forming five satellite subchapters in the towns and cities surrounding Joint Base Lewis-McChord. At the time, the main chapter had 1,200 members and was growing, so the hope was that the subchapters would help to educate the public on a more local level about the Army and then consistently garner support for those serving in uniform.

Ken Swarner, who publishes the Ranger newspaper, has resided in DuPont for 13 years and was happy to take the reins as the president of the DuPont subchapter.

"DuPont is the gateway to Ft Lewis, so it was a logical place to launch a subchapter," said Steilacoom resident Denise Dhane, who is serving as the subchapter's vice president and co-owns Dhane Orthodontics in DuPont.

"This community has stuck by these troops through thick and thin, and I know they will continue to," she said with a smile, alluding to the Operation Make a Soldier Smile organization, which she founded. "Its like our subchapter has been around doing this job for years now!"


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