Last week we wrapped up the extremely successful 2011 AUSA Annual Meeting. The expanded exhibition space and an abundance of compelling professional development seminars drew in over 35,000 visitors, including eighteen members of Congress and over two hundred Congressional staffers, as well as senior representatives of the DOD, the intelligence community, the U.S. military, think tanks, and foreign military partners. All were there to hear from the Army’s leaders first hand and gain a greater understanding of the operations and importance of our Army.
The highlights of the show included the first address to a military service by the Hon. Leon E. Panetta, Secretary of Defense, and the first major address to the U.S. Army by its new Chief of Staff, GEN Raymond T. Odierno.
Secretary Panetta spoke to an audience of several hundred attendees on Wednesday morning. For those who might not have had the opportunity to hear the Secretary, a video featuring his remarks is below, as well as a link to the speeches made by a number of Army leaders at the Annual Meeting.
During his remarks, Secretary Panetta reminded us that even though our commitments in Iraq and Afghanistan are drawing to a close, the potential for future conflict persists. Our Army, while undergoing some constriction because of today’s national budgetary crisis, must remain vigilant, trained, and ready for the inevitable challenges of tomorrow. Just as Secretary Panetta stated, AUSA will continue to send the message that our Army must have the resources to remain the finest strategic land force in the world – America’s Force of Decisive Action.
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