A Woman On A Mission
Victoria McAdoo | AUSA
Story by Liesel Schmidt
Support of our military personnel and their families is critical in keeping them going strong throughout their careers as well as in their transition into civilian life from active duty. They spend so much of their lives sacrificing their own needs for their country—facing countless moves, endless deployments, and stressful times of waiting to hear news when the uncertainty of missions looms large. Those uniformed men and women are in the thick of it all, but their families are also serving in their own ways, having committed to this life in which service to their country is priority number one.
But who makes THEIR needs number one? It’s organizations like the AUSA—Association of the United States Army—that dedicates itself to being “The Voice of the Army; Support of the Soldier,” offering them the tools they need to navigate the moves and weather the deployments, to make connections at their duty stations, to further their educational goals, and to offer resources that help them find careers in the civilian world. Heading up such an organization is a large task, and when Victoria McAdoo was recently named Executive Director of Fort Campbell AUSA, it was both her professional experience as well as her personal understanding of military life that made her the perfect fit for the mission and the position.
“Victoria has experience working with non-profits and in volunteering and is a military spouse herself, so she brings varied perspectives and experience to this position,” says Kelli Pendleton, President of AUSA Fort Campbell. “My hopes are that she will elevate the chapter by increasing awareness about what AUSA does for military families, increase memberships, get more folks involved in the organization, and help us achieve our goals for the year. We have a lot planned, including providing professional development for soldiers and military spouses, giving recognition of achievements, and offering scholarship opportunities. We will also continue to provide refreshments to all families waiting for their soldiers at every welcome home flight.”
As Executive Director, McAdoo will be responsible for the overall day-to-day operations of the organization, attend outreach events, organize volunteer efforts, and work to increase membership. “Victoria is a professional who will be a strong asset to our organization,” Pendleton goes on.
“I’m grateful and humbled for the opportunity to work alongside members of this community who see the work the AUSA does as a necessary privilege,” adds McAdoo. Originally hailing from Mount Vernon, New York, McAdoo graduated from Lincoln University in Pennsylvania with a B.S in Education and is a member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc., Omicron Pi Zeta Chapter. Now having been in the Clarksville-Montgomery County area since August of 2017 when her husband was assigned as the Sustainment Brigade Command Sergeant Major at Ft. Campbell, McAdoo has become a part of the community and a strong force in leading the support efforts so needed by the military men and women all around her. It’s a position important in its mission, and every sign points to McAdoo accomplishing great things in her execution.