Sullivan: AUSA Supports 30,000 Soldier Increase 

7/16/2009 

                Sen. Joseph Lieberman, I-Conn., is calling for an increase of active duty Army end strength by 30,000 over the next three years, a move strongly supported by the Association of the United States Army.

          In his remarks July 14 on the floor, Lieberman put into the record a letter he received from Gen. Gordon R. Sullivan, USA, Ret., and president of the Association of the United States Army, on the senator’s  efforts to raise end-strength levels.

In part, Sullivan’s letter said: “The Army is in dire need of sufficient troops to increase dwell time for active duty soldiers, increase support for operational missions and help the Army achieve reorganization objectives.”

He added increasing dwell time would also help military families.

“Your actions to make this a reality show that you are a true ally to the armed forces,” Sullivan wrote.

The amendment is co-sponsored by Sen. John Thune, R-S.D.

The Senate is expected to take up his amendment to the Fiscal Year 2010 Defense Authorization Bill next week.