January 2014 AUSA NEWS 

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AUSA News January 2014

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Special Report January 2014

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AKO transition affects retirees, families

The pending Army Knowledge Online (AKO) Transition will affect over 350,000 retirees and annuitants’ myPay accounts.


Army’s elite soldiers compete in 2013 Best Warrior Competition

From the pre-dawn hours to after the sun dipped below the horizon, the Army’s finest warriors were pushed to their limits both physically and mentally during the first day of the Army’s 2013 Best Warrior Competition.


Army must partner with private companies in today’s economy

Budget-strapped, the Army hopes to save money by shifting more of its non-core operations to commercial providers, senior Army leaders said at an Association of the United States Army Contemporary Military Forum.


Best Warrior Competition: Manella top NCO, Christenson top soldier

Greetings from the Association of the United States Army (AUSA), our Army’s and our soldiers’ professional organization. The 2013 Department of the Army Best Warrior Competition was held at Fort Lee, Va., from Nov. 19 to 22. Originally scheduled for Oct. 15 to 18, the competition was postponed due to the government shutdown. While there were many factors that negatively impacted this year’s competition, Sergeant Major of the Army Ray Chandler, the entire Army team and all the personnel at Fort Lee rallied to make this event a reality. I had the honor to watch all the competitors arrive at Fort Lee on Monday, Nov. 18, eager and ready to demonstrate their preparation and professionalism in this milestone event. Their performance throughout all the events was nothing short of amazing.


Breakdown in ‘unit trust’ leads to Mahmudiyah rape, killings

The breakdown in unit trust was key in facilitating events leading up to and following the infamous Mahmudiyah killings in Iraq, Pfc. Justin Watt told a group of noncommissioned officers during a professional development forum at the Association of the United States Army’s Annual Meeting and Exposition.