ACPAA - A Celebration of Life for our dear friend and colleague, Toni B. Wainwright has been finalized, and will be held on 25 January at 1300 hours at Joint Base Myer - Henderson Hall. Ceremony will begin at 1300, in the Koran Room of Patton Hall (formerly The Fort Myer Officers' Club) followed by a reception at the same location. This event will honor her life-long commitment to the Army, DoD, her family, and many friends, and is open to participation by all attendees. We will be reminiscing about all the "good times" we shared with her throughout her amazing life and career.. If you have a "Toni Story," please come and share. This announcement is also on Facebook at my Facebook page and the ACPAA Group page. If you cannot RSVP through Facebook, please send your RSVP to Please include the number attending with your RSVP. We appreciate your RSVP ASAP to help with our planning. Visitor access to Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall is through Hatfield Gate (Washington Boulevard at South 2nd Street, Arlington, Va), and requires either a Common access Card (CAC) for DoD Military personnel (active, reserve and or retired), their family members; DOD Civilian Employees and cleared Contractor Personnel. Federal employees of non-DOD agencies will be admitted based on presenting ID cards from their respective agencies. IF YOU DO NOT HAVE ONE OF THE AFOREMENTIONED CARDS, YOU CAN EITHER 1. APPLY ON LINE AT: and receive a temporary Visitor's Pass OR 2. YOU CAN PRE-REGISTER at the Visitor Control Center in Building 415 on the Fort Myer portion of the joint base. OR 3. If you are not able to pre-register, you will have to register in person when you arrive at Hatfield Gate, which results in long lines and delays. The pre-registration is a very simple procedure and requires only your Name, Date of Birth, Gender, Drivers License Number and issuing State, Social Security Number, email address and reason for your visit which is "Other". I TESTED THIS ON-LINE PROCEDURE TODAY AND RECEIVED MY PASS IN LESS THAN FIVE MINUTES VIA EMAIL. Please accept my sincere appreciation for all your condolences and interest in this Tribute to Toni! Melinda McMillon Darby


A unique institution established in 1968 for current and former personnelists who love the Army.

Greetings to all our Army Civilian Personnel Alumni Association Members and Potential Members: 

It is my honor and privilege to serve as your president, and to welcome you to our new website.  We are so excited to have this “up and running,” and encourage you to register and obtain the most current information about this great organization. 

Our Army Civilian Personnel Alumni family is growing every day, and our new website will enhance our opportunity to exchange information with current and former colleagues.  An added benefit will be our ability to keep current on what is happening in the Army Civilian Human Resources field. 

An enormous debt of gratitude goes to all our Board Members and Directors for their invaluable input, and especially Mary Hannagan, Greg Adams, our Immediate Past President, Toni B. Wainwright, and our new functional webmaster, Mike Vajda, all of whom worked tirelessly and relentlessly to make this a reality, not just a desire.

As most of you are aware, ACPAA was founded during World War II as the Office of the Secretary of War, Civilian Personnel Division Alumni Association.  Bill Kushnick, John Macy, Chuck Mullaly Walt Jacobson, and Bob Willey were the founders. 

In 1967, the William H. Kushnick award was established, and the group began to have banquets to recognize the contributions of outstanding individuals in our field.  In the late 70’s, the name was changed to the Army Civilian Personnel Alumni Association.  Later, the John Macy and Nick Hogue awards were added.  We continue this tradition today, with this year’s Kushnick Banquet scheduled for June 9th at the Officers’ Club at Fort Belvoir Virginia.

Our mission is straight forward, “to serve as the Army civilian human resource professional association, providing a sense of community for the Army CHR personnelists through professional and social networking and the recognition of excellence.”

Lastly, we give a big thank you to Jay Aronowitz, our current Army Director of Civilian Human Resources, and Assistant G-1 for Civilian Personnel, for his interest and support of our organization.  We have been meeting regularly to exchange ideas and information on how ACPAA can serve the Army and its Alumni, as our founders envisioned.

I encourage you to register if you are already a member, and to join and register if you are not currently a member.  Thank you so much for the opportunity to be a part of this enduring organization.